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Marvel Legends – A-Force Box Set (Toys R Us Exclusive)

A-Force. Who now? A band of women that teamed up together to take on evil. It has comprised about every female member of the Marvel Universe from the Inhuman Medusa all of the way down to the crime-fighting Misty Knight. Since there cannot be a box set of 30+ figures, they had to pare that down a bit. And what they ended up with was a unique look at some different women of the Marvel Universe. None of which I have in my collection. The only woman here who has had a figure was She-Hulk. She has had two figures before (back in 2007 and 2008). So, let’s take a look at the figures.

She-Hulk:

Jen Walters herself in all of her green glory. They went with the purple and white color scheme for her suit that we have seen forever. This particular design is from the A-Force series. It is a nice suit, since it takes cues from her original outfit with the white belt line around the middle. She also has the high neck and gloved arms that we saw later in other designs. And I sure am glad they decided to give her shoes at some point. Just because Hulk goes around barefoot, doesn’t mean She-Hulk as to as well.

Her face is good. I think this box set came out at the perfect time, when Hasbro figured out how to make pretty ladies. She-Hulk has a bit of a shine to her skin. It looks like she has been working out a bit. It will be nice to see more consistency with the less shiny skin.

Lady Sif:

Lady Sif (or just Sif on the box) has also been around a long time. 1964 is a ways back. She really came into pop-culture more recently as she fought alongside Thor in his movies. This Sif has an outstanding outfit. Red and white adorn her body. She has armored gauntlets and boots that protect her appendages. Her torso has some white detailed painting
that is really crisp and clean.

Her face is very lovely. She looks a lot like Jessica Jones to me. I feel like there is a lot of Krysten Ritter in her face. She has a headdress on with the same white and red motif.

Sif comes with a good number of accessories. She has a cape that rests on her shoulders. It does not peg into her back. She also comes with a belt that has a skirt attached around the bottom. The belt also has a hilt for her sword. And then she also has her sword. It is a fairly plain sword. There are no special markings or great details to the sword. I think it is very fitting of a warrior to have a weapon that is all business.

Singularity:

Supposedly she is a sentient quantum singularity. Very Star Trek of them. She is a very small member of the team. She does not wear an outfit, instead just being. She has some great color tones of blues and purples over a translucent body with glitter. The only other paint is her white eyes.

It is pretty neat that she is translucent, but I always worry about those clear bodies. I hope she will hold up over time. She has such a small body. She is a similar height to Loki and Monica, but that is only because of her high hair. She is only about nose high to them.

Loki:

Since Loki is a god, he is able to return from the dead. When he came back after Ragnarok, he was a lady. Sure, why not. At some point Loki joined up with the A-Force for a time. And now we have this fantastic figure. She has some of the most beautiful green paint I have ever seen applied to a figure. I love that her boots are not gold, but a deep mustard yellow. You may recognize them as Rogue’s boots. I only noticed because, just like with Rogue, the tops of the boots are not glued into place, and one was flopping around. They easily squeeze back into place.

She has a beautiful face, and stuff her in hair, just like in the comics. Her horns are large and magnificent.

If you had an eagle eye, you might have noticed a bit of a problem with Loki’s hands. Yup, she has two left hands. Well, that isn’t great. I was not going to go all of the way back to Toys R Us to return this set that has 5 fantastic figures and one wrong hand. One it is too far away, and two, I may end up with another problem later on.

This one I fixed by giving her Phoenix’s gold hands. I have an email in to Hasbro to see if there is any way to get a replacement hand. If not, I will see about repainting a hand so she can have her ungloved hands back.

Elsa Bloodstone:

A gunslinger to be sure, Elsa has strength too, because of the Bloodstone she wears around her neck. I actually have the Bloodstone comics from when she was blonde, before she joined Nextwave and dyed it red. She comes with a pair of rifles, as well as a revolver that fits in the holster on the belt around her waist.

She has a very pretty face, as we can see the trend going in this set. It is not a perfect face, as there are a few lines from the molding process.

Along with her great outfit, mobility with a duster, she also has the amazing long red hair. The details in the hair are quite well done. We may be done with the days of blobby hair.

Monica Rambeau:

Though going by a dozen or so names over the years, Monica was most known as Spectrum. She has also been a part of 10 teams, including Nextwave where she met Elsa Bloodstone, and of course A-Force.

She is decked out in her Spectrum outfit of black and white with a knee-length black trench coat. She continues the trend of beautiful faces. She has some amazing hair too. This style could have easily been a mess, but there was great detail taken, and she looks great with it pulled back behind a headband.

She has the darkest outfit, but the dark fits in, to give a unique look from the rest of the vibrant colors.

This is a fantastic team of women. Guess the adage that female action figures don’t sell didn’t get into Hasbro’s mind when they went for this set. It is decently priced for an exclusive. It was $120, which is $20 per figure, which is what we pay for the figures regularly at full price in the stores for Marvel Legends figures, and they are all new figures (save for She-Hulk who we haven’t seen in 9 years). Some would argue that the price is not quite the great deal, since the standard figures come with BAF parts for another final figure for each wave.  I highly recommend this set. And more fun yet will be to continue to build up the A-Force team. About any woman you have in your Marvel collection will have been a part of this team.

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Marvel Minimates – Thor: Ragnarok – Walgreens and Toys R Us sets

With Thor: Ragnarok only a few weeks away, it is time to break into these MiniMates boxes and see what we have going on here.

Gladiator Thor and Hela:

Gladiator Thor and Hela are one of the two packs that are the same across the series. They come dressed for battle. Thor is wearing his gladiator outfit that we are very familiar with from the preview. The details in the outfit are fantastic. He comes with two blue/green swords that have replaced Mjölnir after it was destroyed by Hela.

Hela comes in her over-the-top headdress. It is so wide and fantastic looking. Hela also comes with a cape that is bit too long for her. It touches the ground before her feet, so she leans forward a bit. Good thing I was posing the figures in sand.

They both come with an additional accessory. Thor comes with his short hair, while Hela comes with an unmasked head and long hair.

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie:

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie are the other set that are the same amongst the retail sellers.

Hulk is nothing short of amazing in this small scale. He is HUGE! Well relatively huge anyway. He stands nearly a head taller than any of the other figures. He comes with lots of additional body parts to beef up his arms, legs and torso. There are great little additions here and there to make him larger overall using the same basic body as a standard Minimate and then going from there. He has his hammer and axe going into battle.  Valkyrie looks good. She comes with a sword that matches those of Thor in color. The design is unique. She also has a half cape similar to Thor, with a different color.

These two also have additional accessories. Hulk comes with hair, and Valkyrie comes with two small daggers. They are SO small. I am sure I am going to lose them soon.

It is not a surprise that these would be the four figures selected to be in all retail packs. You have to have the main two stars, Hulk and Thor, and you want a bad guy as well as someone else of interest. This is a good start.

 

Roadworn Hero Thor & Civilian Loki:

The Walgreens Exclusive side consists of 2 more 2-packs. The first is Roadworn Hero Thor and Civilian Loki. Thor looks to be in a toned down version of his Avengers outfit. We don’t know what he has been up to yet, but I am sure he is going home for a bit of a rest (you know because he is Roadworn Hero).

Loki is just a civilian at the moment. We know that won’t last long, but I like the all-black suit. It suits Loki very well. The only accessory in this set is Thor’s Mjölnir. We know what happens in the previews with the hammer…

Skurge & Grandmaster:

The other Walgreens Exclusive pair is Skurge and Grandmaster. We saw Grandmaster last at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Now he plays a major role in this movie as he is the leader of Skaar, and the reason we get to see a battle between Thor and Hulk.

Grandmaster is played by Jeff Goldblum, who I really like as an actor. Along with him in this set is Skurge who is played by Karl Urban, who I think is a totally under-utilized actor today. Skurge looks a little on the fat side as opposed to being in armor.  Neither figure comes with an accessory.

These are interesting secondary characters that make for a richer collection. It is nice to get some figures that are not all the same.

All 4 Walgreens packs have the same back pictures and info.

Sakaar Loki & Heimdall:

The final set is the Toys R Us Exclusive. TRU only got three 2-packs for this series, and the first two showed up at Walgreens as well.

A fitting 2-pack. Heimdall had been cast out of Asgard by Loki who was posing as Odin. Heimdall does not have his gold armor, but he does have his fantastic sword.

In the meantime, Loki is in his second box and is being called Sakaar Loki. Guess he ditches the black suit for some super colorful armor. I am bummed to see that there were not additional accessories beyond Heimdall’s sword. We saw Loki in the preview flipping a few daggers. That would have been an easy addition to the set, since we just saw two that came with Valkyrie.

All 3 2-packs come with the same backing for the TRU set.

I don’t know about the rest of the Marvel Universe, but I have been dying to see these two go at it since they began fighting amongst themselves in The Avengers. This should be a pretty epic battle.

Overall this is a great series of figures. Lots of fun, as I am sure the movie will be. Now I just have to wait for the movie in a few weeks.


Gamora with Rocket (Marvel Select Disney Store Exc)

I absolutely love this version of Gamora. I was bummed it was not coming out in any form in the Marvel Legends line, but I was happy that it was coming out in Marvel Select. In the last few years, Marvel Select figures have gotten the full articulation treatment. In the past, they were limited, being over glorified statues. Not any more.

Gamora comes with Rocket in this set. You can also get Star-Lord, Drax, and Groot to fill out this team if you would like. They run a little higher, $24.99 for each figure.

There are a lot of accessories. Rocket comes with 4 guns of varying sizes, while Gamora comes with 3 guns, two blades, and 4 additional hads. They also come with a base that can attach to the rest of the team.

There is really good movement in both figures. Rocket does well holding both his big and small guns. His tail helps him out a lot.

I really like the size comparison of the two. Rocket is small, but very dangerous looking.

Gamora has great articulation. She is able to hold her rifle with two hands, and can have very dynamic stances.

The sword is gigantic. It is long and imposing, just as it should be.

Though she comes with so many weapons, she has no way of carrying any of them, which is sad. It would have been nice to have seen a few holsters, or sheaths. Oh well, you don’t want to mess with that fantastic outfit of hers.

And when all else fails, she can punch her way out of the situation, which I am sure she has no problem doing.

I have assembled my Guardians team. This version of Gamora and Rocket, teamed up with movie Star-Lord and Groot, and comics Drax. That is the team I choose to guard my galaxy.


Katana – DC SuperHero Girls (2016 SDCC Exclusive)

It has been a while since I looked at a DC Superhero Girl. I was actually on the Mattel Toy Shop site at the end of last year since I heard they had She-Ra for a super good price. I saw that they had some Katanas left for an awesome price as well, so I pounced on the deal. I got her, took pictures, and then they sat in a folder on my desktop since January. It is June! Time to clean house I guess.

Well, the box art is what this set is all about. The fine people at Mattel did a fantastic job with some amazing art on all sides of the box.

Inside the outer box is a window-box that portrays Katana about to be attacked by some other bad girls.

Slide the box open and there you have the doll. She looks ready for action. She is clad in armor, holding her katana blade. Along with the katana is a bladed staff, 2 sai, a knife, and 4 throwing stars for good measure. That is a lot of accessories for a DCSG. Way more than any of the other girls get. That is to be expected in a SDCC exclusive set.

She has a stand with her name on it. The sheath of the sword attaches to the base to make a really nice display.

She is able to hold all of her weapons, except for the throwing stars. They are a bit on the small side for her grasping hands.

It was a nice touch to include sheaths for the weapons. She is able to wear the knife on her back.

There are a lot of parts that make up Katana. All of the armor comes off, leaving her in a grey/black suit. You can see that her arms are two different colors, so she is limited to wearing one outfit. Similar to Harley Quinn with painted legs.

This is a nice set. I do not like how she is looking off to the side. It makes it hard to pose her for photo shoots with the other girls. I saw she is still available on Amazon, but the price is back up to $90. Fear not, the standard version is out now, and is $21.99. Way better in price. I have not seen her in the wild yet. She was supposed to be coming out with Frost, who I have also not seen the wild. I will keep my eyes peeled for them.

Until then, there are lots of other great girls that have come out that we will be looking at shortly.


Guardians of the Galaxy (comic) Marvel Legends – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Box Set

Way back when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced, I had know who The Guardians were, but not a whole lot about them. I had seen them pop up now and then, but not really that mainstream. I knew Marvel was really taking a risk going all in by adding a team that was mostly unknown. I trust Marvel, and I knew they were going to do a good job. I was all in. Well, the crazy hit, and The Guardians gained more followers. One of the advantages of that is that there are other risks taken when putting out toys.

The comic version of The Guardians was made in the Marvel Legends 6 inch line and was an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. Originally set at about $120, I was not going to be able to get this one. Besides that, it was WAY too high priced with each figure going for $24, if you are including Rocket as one figure, which would be hard to do for that price. Then back in March, I had some money for Amazon, and this set popped up for 30% less than it sold for on Entertainment Earth’s site. Funny enough, it is still available on Amazon for the 30% off, and EE says they are sold out.

Anyway, let’s take a look. That is a lot of stuff in one box of Marvel Legends. The whole team is here. Rocket in uniform. Groot is looking very angry. Star-Lord is looking great in his uniform. Gamora is clad in soft-goods mixed with some plastic. And Drax has some metal hands and is very very bright green.

Out of the box, they look even more dynamic. That is a team I can get behind. I LOVE teams, and this one looks great.

Let’s take a closer look starting with the firecracker, Rocket Raccoon. He comes with three different weapons. He is holding one that fits him pretty well. The other two are gigantic, but you know Rocket, that is the way he likes them. He is also posing with a baby Groot. Not nearly as cute at the movie Groot, but not much actually is. I really like Rocket’s paint. His face is so bright with the black and white face.

Star-Lord comes masked with his helmet and mask in place. With all of the extras, we didn’t get an unmasked version. Too bad. His suit is just fantastic. It has a classic feel to it, with the barnstormer jacket and the brown spats over his boots.

He comes with a pair of pistols. They are really well made with good details. They do need a bit of paint apps to really bring out the details. And some holsters would have been nice, but not the worse. He also comes with the Tesseract.

Drax has a pair of metal hands, as well as his bare hands. He comes with 4 knives. The metal hands do not allow holding of weapons. When the hands are removed, the gauntlets can be removed as well, but he always wears those.

The two big knives that look like big ole Bowie knives with guards for his hands. They are well made and look just right in the big guy’s hands.

The two smaller knives are the same as the pair that came with movie Drax, and they also holster in his boots.

Gamora is so lovely. Her paint is top notch. He comes fully dressed with a head that has a hood up. Her mouth is slightly open. She has the rest of the cape, made of plastic, going down the back.

There is a soft-goods poncho that goes on under the cape. There is one arm hole and a head hole in the poncho.

The extra clothing covers up so much great paint apps on the rest of her body. She is certainly not modest, wearing next to nothing. No wonder she has to wear a poncho and a cape. I hear space can be a cold place. She has a second head that does not have the hood. The hair is a bit more free. She also has a really big broadsword that is two-toned gold and silver.

You can make a lot of clothing choices with her. Her cape can be worn without the poncho, which is actually closer to the art from the cover of the box.

Finally there is Groot. This is not your ordinary movie Groot. This guy is angry. From the neck down, it actually IS the movie Groot, but with a darker paint job. The head is all new, with a look much closer to the comic books, with a much more root appearance.

This is a great team. They look so good together. They have the height, both high and low. They have a whole lot of different fighting attributes to bring to the table. I love teams!!!

And for good measure, the comic team is joined by the movie team. Comparing the two teams based on appearance: movie Groot wins, Comic Gamora. Comic Drax, Comic Rocket, and a tie on Star-Lord. I absolutely love the movie, and I cannot wait to see Volume 2, but for the Marvel Legends, the comic team wins on appearance.

 

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Teslor and Brainstorm – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return Deluxe Class Walgreens Exclusive

Brainstorm gets special marks for being the first-ever Transformers Exclusive figure for Walgreens. Walgreens and Hasbro have been making exclusives for a while now with Marvel Legends and Star Wars. Now they delve into the world of the endless battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.

Thankfully what we get is a figure we want, and not just a repaint of something we will be able to get somewhere else. He is a retool of Blurr, and shares a lot of the same parts, but he is his own guy. Basically if you combine Blurr (Titans Return) with Brainstorm (Thrilling 30), you will get the new Brainstorm Titans Return Figure.

Brainstrom’s colors have flexed a bit over the years, but mostly in G1 he was a baby blue color like the Thrilling 30 version that came out in 2014. This time around they went with a more teal color that matches his IDW comic color scheme.

When you put him side-by-side with Blurr, you can see just how much of their bodies are the same. Pretty much the only differences between the two are the shoulders, the heads, and the shield. That is pretty impressive, since they look fairly different. Shoulders say a lot about a Transformer apparently.

In 2014, Arcana, on the right became the first modern Headmaster. He had a ball joint head, so Brainstorm could actually move his head. He very much looked like the testbed for the Titan Masters to come in the Titans Return series. You can see Arcana is a lot taller than Teslor. That is of course due to the face that he is a Headmaster for a Voyager Class figure, as opposed to the Titan Masters that are made for Deluxe Class figures. Since Arcana is bigger, he cannot be used on the Titan Master figures, nor can the Titan Masters be used on the 2014 Brainstorm. I don’t think anyone would really want to anyway, since he would have a tiny pinhead. We are once again bitten by the copyright bug, since Arcana had to be renamed Teslor this time around.

When you are ready, go ahead and transform him into vehicle mode. It is not that hard to do, especially if you have Blurr. It will feel strangely similar. Well, not that strange, since we know the bodies are virtually the same.

Side by side, we can start to see the similarities and differences. Where Blurr has the long, flat nose , Brainstorm has a more tapered nose with guns added.

Brainstorm is supposed to be a space ship, but while he does have the overall design of his earlier G1 version in the wings and the nose, he still feels like a cruiser in many ways. He has wheels for rolling, and they don’t feel like landing gear. He also has an open top. While these guys are robots, thus not needing air, it does not go with general thinking of a space ship with an open canopy. Even Wheelie, built as a car, has a better canopy ( https://flic.kr/p/Kb7YTz ).

Overall, I think the robot was well executed. The body has great articulation, and has a great design nodding to the original G1 Brainstorm. He is built on nearly the same body as Blurr, but they are different enough not not just be a repaint.

The vehicle is also a nice homage to the G1 ship, with good design and matching touches like the wings. Since it was built on the Blurr body, it still has that ground vehicle feel, so some points off for that, but overall well done.

He is a nice addition to the second wave of the Deluxe series, with a nicely growing Autobot crew.


Punisher – Marvel Legends – Walgreens Exclusive

Another good choice by Walgreens to get as an exclusive. I don’t know if there is someone at Hasbro/Marvel leaning in and telling Walgreens that this is going to be a must-have for fans, but this is the second exclusive figure to come out of the Netflix/Marvel shows.

Frank Castle here looks great. He comes with so many great weapons, and outfit is spot-on.

Frank mostly runs around shooting people and blowing stuff up, so you would imagine that he would get a few weapons. And he does. He gets a really big machine gun that is reminiscent of the Vietnam era, which fits right into Frank’s past. He also comes with a rocket launcher that pegs into the hole in his back. Finally he rounds out the weapons with a white shotgun with a canister loading system. For me, the shotgun is the weak weapon, as it is white. Who runs around with a white shotgun? I could not find anything about it on the Internet that shows the Punisher carrying such a weapon.
In addition the physical weapons he carries, he also has a shoulder holster filled with bullets and grenades. Everything a vengeful vigilante needs in a day’s work.

Frank comes with two heads. The bandana wrapped head with a grimacing expression, and a hair falling in his face with a five o’clock shadow stoic expression. Both work great with the figure. Of course if you are into photographing your toys, you will be happy to have both heads, as you get different vibes from each head.

The body is pretty standard. The paint apps are well done. The skull on his torso looks great against the black suit. The only drawback I could find in the whole figure are in the hands. Frank does not have a trigger finger, on either hand. That is a bit of a problem for me. He is going to be holding a gun in every scene. He should have trigger fingers on both hands. A bit of a mistake on Hasbro’s part.

Aside from the finger mistake, this is a good figure. Walgreens has another win on it’s hand. I have dozens of Walgreens near me, but I have such a hard time finding any of the exclusive figures. Luckily this figure overlapped with Namor, so I picked up both online for their normal $21.99, and got free shipping. So I didn’t have to kill the Earth with hours of driving around, and I have two new figures for my collection. Come back next time for a look at Namor to round out the Walgreens exclusives…for now.


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