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Wolverine – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Over the years we have had lots and lots of Wolverines. This guy has always been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and he has been a part of every team conceivable. Of course, none of them more so than with the X-Men.

This time around we get Wolverine in his brown and yellow outfit. It has been referred to as his gaijin costume, since he wore it during his time in Japan in the comics. Hasbro really went out of their way this time around to really give the team a unique look. They could have gone with outfits that had them all matching in their yellow and blue, but that would have been a lot of the same. Some people don’t like this outfit and color scheme, but when was initially introduced to Wolverine, he was still running around in this outfit.

The sculpt looks great. He is a bit shorter than the other characters in the line, just he way he should be.

One of the best parts of the sculpt is the change in the shoulders. He has more movement in his shoulders than we find with Spider-Man. That allows for some pretty dynamic posing for him. You can get some fairly accurate comic poses.

Since it is Wolverine, you have to have claws that come out of the hands. In the past, they have used one sculpt pieces with hands and claws together, and what we get are wavy rubbery claws that do not stay straight. What Hasbro did this time was make hands with holes, and then add harder plastic claws later. It works to great effect. Not only that, but you get more posing options for Wolvie, with choices on how many claws he has out.

He comes with “accessories” of an extra set of hands. Unfortunately they are more fists, this time with no claw holes. I think the claw holes are small enough that they did not need to include a second set of fists. I would like to have seen open hands with the claw holes, so you can mix and match for even more dynamics.

I love Wolverine. Always have, always will, so this was a natural choice for me. I would have picked him up, even if it was the extra figure in the wave. He looks great, he is a lot of fun to play with, and he is a quintessential character in the X-Men universe, so he is definitely a must-have.

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San Jose Toy Show Haul Part 1: Marvel MiniMates

I was really surprised and happy when I found these older Marvel MiniMates sets from 2003-2005. I have been a collector from pretty early on, probably about 2004 or 2005.  I had a bit of a challenge going back and getting some of the first sets, but this was a gold mine for a collector.  All in one place, and all for a great price.  Just $4.00 a set. That was cheaper than they cost originally.  Priced to sell, and sell they did.   And for your enjoyment, opened and displayed:

Here are the five sets I grabbed.   I will show you the sets in order of appearance.  This was before all of the special packaging that we get now from Art Asylum and Diamond Select.   The Gaijin Wolverine and Dark Phoenix sets are both San Diego Comic-Con exclusives.  But they don’t even say anything about it.

Logan and Storm from 2003 wave 3.   Logan is wearing his street clothes, similar to the Days of Future Past outfit he wore.   Storm… well, Storm is in one funky outfit.  Something with a mix of Khan from Star Trek and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.  I do like the nice smooth long hair.  She also has a great big pair of boots.

The Leader and Gamma Hulk from 2004 Wave 6.  I think this is my favorite set of the new figures.   Gamma Hulk is pretty cool in his clear green.  In recent years, Hulk has been pumped up in the MiniMate lines.   He has been given feet to make him taller, and extra muscle pieces.  Here in a standard 2 inch size, it still works.  He is still the Hulk.   As for the Leader, that is one BIG head.  I have seen some people online doing some modifications to make big-headed MiniMates, but this is the only one I know of that is a single-piece big head.

Wha?  Another Wolverine?  Of course.  The best selling character Marvel has.  Gotta put him in as many outfits and expressions as they can.   Here with Mariko in this San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive from 2004.  This is a great set.  One, because we do not get to see a lot of Mariko, Logan’s love of his life, but to have her in a figure is extra cool.  Plus, Wolverine is in his Gaijin brown outfit.  Cool only because when I was young in my comic reading life, this was the outfit he was wearing.  An X-Man on the outside of the team.

Dark Phoenix and Cyclops from SDCC 2005.   Give up dude, you are never going to get the girl you want.  Dark Phoenix has great paint here, really looking like she is wearing metal.  She is also very angry.  And then there is Scott Summers, in his classic visor and covered head.   A classic look.

Firestar and Iceman.   Iceman is clear.  Nice!  With the blue paint, he looks great. He also comes with an accessory, an ice ball on his fist.   Standing by Firestar, these two really are opposing forces.  Um… Firestar looks oddly familiar.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Hmmmm……  Oh yeah:

Can you say “repaint?”  Down to the hair and flames.  Dark Phoenix just has the addition of her belt.

New X-Men characters, Hulk characters, and Firestar.  I could not figure out how she fit in with Iceman, other than having fought the X-Men at some point.  Might have been better if she were with some Avengers.   Oh well.

Up next, part 2 of my good finds at the San Jose Toy Show.


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