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Nick Fury, Red Guardian, and Giant Man – Marvel Legends: Giant Man Series

Nick Fury:

As we continue to look at the comic book side of the Giant Man Series, we get a look back to the good ole boss of SHIELD, Nick Fury. Back in the day, this guy with grey sideburns was the man. Probably broken a bit by his live action portrayal by David Hasselhoff.

He is a well done figure. Pretty basic body, but really the bodies that are being used now by Hasbro are the best (in the price range). He comes in a great outfit with some great details. It is modern enough to fit in with other SHIELD figures like Maria Hill.

If you want to vary it up, you get a choice of heads. First up, Dirk Anger. Who the heck is that? I didn’t know, but thankfully Wikipedia did. He is apparently a creation of the great Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen, who wanted to use Nick Fury, but couldn’t/ So they turned Fury in to Anger and ran with it. To have it added to this figure’s accessories is amazing and fun.

You also get a SHIELD agent head, which I have seen in droves all over the internet at an army builder. I have only ever seen one in the wild, and it is this one, so no army building for me.

Nick is a great figure. He is a good throwback to the comics, and who better to have in a Civil War line than the man in charge of SHIELD?

 

Red Guardian:

Well, this is a good choice for a comic figure for Hasbro. Basically take a new head sculpt and stick it on a repaint of the comic version of Captain America. They even are able to use Cap’s comic version shield too.

For us, Meh. He is not used since the fall of the Soviet Union, and really we have moved passed the Cold War era stuff. I am a huge fan of WWII, so Cap is great, and so are all of the comics from the 40s. The Cold War just doesn’t do it for me.

 

Red Guardian is a fine figure. This Cap body has been used a few times now, for figures outside of Cap. But since this is supposed to be the Commie version of Cap, it is a natural choice. I just think this is not going to be anyone’s choice of a favorite figure. He will be lost to time at the back of the shelf of more interesting and relevant figures.

Giant Man:

Time for the Big Boy. THIS is what Build-a-Figures is all about!!!! Give us parts for a figure that will end up being half again the size of the next figure.

This time around, you needed to get your hands on all six figures to get the parts to build this guy.

Scott Lang is sporting his outfit from Civil War, of course. It is an updated version of the Ant-Man costume from his first movie. I really liked the first costume, and didn’t think it needed an update, but if you are going to go extreme with size changes, you might want to make sure your outfit can change with you. You do not need a wardrobe malfunction when you are that tall.

I have a feeling that it is no coincidence that the Giant Man figure came out just before the new 12 inch line of Marvel Legends. Hasbro really did a good job of upscaling their line to make sure that this really big figure still functioned the way the smaller figures did.

At 10 inches, he is more than tall enough to take on the baddest of bad guys and make his presence known. The details of his outfit scaled up so well. The textures of the materials are great, and the details get better with different gloss and matte paint schemes.

His face is the best part, as with most of the best figures. He wears a full helmet this time around, so his face is hidden more. So Hasbro went and added clear red lenses on the figure with eyes on a molded face underneath. This is another case where money could have been saved by just painting the lenses red. But they went the extra distance, and really gave the collectors a treat. And the collectors will not forget that. We get the bum end some times, but others are shining moments that we carry with us to the next wave of figures.

The only problem I have with the whole figure is his left hand. It is the open hand of the two (the other being a fist). I feel like the fingers are a little fat, or maybe not long enough. Either way, the hand is a little bulky, and the opening could have been a little wider. As it is, with a bit of a struggle you can get an enemy’s wrist in there for holding.

This is another great line for Marvel Legends, and Hasbro. I like the movie side of the line better than the comic side. It feels like the comic side had to dig pretty deep to fill in three figures. Fury is a natural choice, but Nuke and Guardian are a bit old school, and out dated.

This is by far not the end of the Giant Man Series. There is still Namor (an exclusve to Walgreens), War Machine
and Iron Man Mark XXVII (in a two pack), Winter Soldier and Falcon (who are single packs)
and Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man (beaten to a pulp in a three pack). That is 8 more figures added to the 7 already released. This is the biggest wave ever for Marvel Legends. I am pretty sure the first time we have a repaint (Cap and Iron Man 3-pack) in the same wave.

Well, that is the end of the Civil War’s main lineup. On to other stuff for a bit before we head back to Marvel in a little while. We have so many other things to look forward to here in the near future, so stay tuned!

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Marvel Legends – Giant Man Series – Black Panther and Nuke

Today we take a look at the continuation of the Marvel Legends – Giant Man Series.   There were three main characters from the Civil War movie.  We looked at Cap and Iron Man already.  Today we are going to look at Black Panther, before we deviate into the comic book side of the like with Nuke.

Black Panther:

Black Panther was a new character introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this summer during Civil War. In Civil War, it was Team Cap vs Team Iron Man. Then you had that Civil War pull in other people, like T’Challa here, who lost is dad, and wanted to see someone pay for it.

The figure by Hasbro is fantastic. We continue to see the Marvel Legends figures get better and better. Nowhere does it improve as much as in the movie line figures. The detail on Black Panther’s suit is astonishing.  He has great articulation, on a very nice body. He has lots of good movement all over.

His accessory is his unmasked head. Not that Black Panther runs around with any accessories anyway, so it was nice of them to throw in the head. If they are going to continue to have characters in the movies run around with their masks off, they need to continue to give us unmasked heads to go with them…not to mention well detailed heads that somewhat resemble who they are supposed to look like. This one does a good job. I was glad to see that Hasbro has their eyes under control, at least for the moment.

I am really looking forward to the Black Panther movie, to see what they do with this character and the world he lives in. How is he going to fare with taking over his dad’s job, and defending the world?

Nuke:

This is one crazy dude! I didn’t know a lot about Nuke as I saw the lineup for this Series of figures. He is a Nutty-McNutster. There was something strangely familiar about him, and then I remembered he was used in Jessica Jones on Netflix. It was a bit of an origin series for him, and it will be interesting to see if he makes another appearance on that show, or on Daredevil, where he got his start in the comics.

The figure is on the big body buck. He stands half a head taller than Iron Man, which is pretty tall, since Iron Man stands half a head taller than Captain America. He has a body that matches that height. He has muscles for days, probably choosing to go with the vest since he cannot find shirts that can contain those biceps.

He comes with three accessories. A futuristic rifle, a bowie knife, and an alternate head. The gun, as most of the made up guns go, does not look great. It is a bit too bulky, and the figure has trouble holding it with both hands. It would have been better to get something more realistic. It would go better with the Vietnam era outfit too. The knife is really well done, and can be placed in a sheath he wears on his back. I have said it before, and as often as I can that I love getting holsters and sheaths for the figures to hold their own accessories.

The alternate head only goes to make Nuke look even more crazy. With half his face blown off, you can see the cybernetic enhancements underneath. This being caused by being put into the Weapon Plus project where he ended up as Weapon VII. That Weapon Plus program had a way of really messing with the minds of the people that went in there. It seemed like after Weapon 1 (Captain America), the program went off the tracks and messed up some people pretty badly, or at least started with some people that were already questionable.

Nuke is not my favorite of the wave, but stands as a good figure that has all of the necessary articulation and some nice accessories. He was not on my radar as a character, so there is no real draw there for me.

We are going to carry on next with the continuation of the Giant Man Series and finish off the comic book portion of the wave before taking a look a the big man himself, Giant Man.


Marvel Legends Civil War – Captain America and Iron Man Mark 46 – Giant Man Series

The Civil War movie was very polarizing for fans of Captain America and Iron Man. I was on team Cap, while my wife went for team Iron Man. We had a lot of fun poking one another during the movie as each made good points about their stand on all that brought about the Civil War.

Captain America:

Captain America is another Captain America. I have 7 Captain America’s just in the Marvel Legends line, though there are even more that I do not have. This one is a good representation of Cap from the movie.

His outfit is so very nicely detailed, from great molding to a really nice paint scheme. He is ready to battle with all of the articulation you expect from the Marvel Legends line. Hasbro has really gone for it, and has spread the great articulation through all of their lines of 6 inch figures. So much so that other companies have jumped onto the 6 inch bandwagon to capitalize on the ever growing 6 inch market.

Steve comes with his trademark shield. This one is the movie version. It has the straps on the back to be held on the arm only. There is no peg like the comic version to be attached to the back.

Iron Man Mark 46:

Iron Man is decked out in his Mark 46 suit this time around. He is looking good with the red and gold, and a bit of silver in there for good measure.  We have had a LOT of Iron Men over the years of Marvel Legends. Some great, some good, but the movie figures have the best details.

This version of Iron Man comes with open and closed hands. His open hands have a port to add repulsor beams that are beautifully painted in blue and white. They give a bit of extra detail to allow for more playability.

The only problem I have with the hands are the lack of movement at the wrists. If he is using the the repulosors as a weapon, he has a bit of a funny stance while firing them toward someone.

This is a great start to the Giant Man Series.  We get the main characters from the Civil War movie.   I was a but surprised at first that this wave was half Civil War, and half Comic.  Then I saw what they were up to.  This wave of 7 figures has been extended to add 8 more figures in exclusives and box sets.  That turns out to be a whole lot of figures under the Civil War branding.


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