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Marvel Legends – Thor Ragnarok Series (Gladiator Hulk Series)

This Marvel Legends series based around Thor: Ragnarok is a lot of fun. 3 of the figures are from Thor: Ragnarok, and 3 are from the comics, with the Build-a-Figure breaking the tie in the movie’s direction. Let’s get started.

Movie:

Up first is of course Gladiator Thor. He comes dressed in his new garb from the movie. The paint is really well done with a lot of great colors. I really like the asymmetrical look of the outfit, shoulder armor on his left side, and shin armor on his right.

Even his tunic is well done. It is supposed to be reminiscent of his cape, but not really that useful in a gladiator battle.

He comes with the two swords he ran around with. They have a great looking blue color with gold hilts.

 

Loki:

Next we get Thor’s brother, Loki. Compared with the other figures, I find him to be lacking quite a bit. I like the face sculpt okay, but we have seen better.

He should have come with a pair of knives, but alas, he doesn’t. His outfit is a bit on the drab side. Too subdued for the likes of Loki.

 

Hela:

The third figure for the wave is Hela. I loved her in the movie. She was such a good badguy. So we get her wearing her amazing headgear. It is so intricate, with all of the horns. The rest of her outfit carries along with that theme, carrying the interwoven look all the way down her arms and legs.

Along with a pretty nasty looking sword, Hela also comes with an alternate head. It is a very good likeness of Cate Blanchett. She was a great choice for the role.

The first three figures in this wave are well done. Thor and Hela stand out against Loki, but he is a decent figure. There is one more to go that we will look at as we get to the end of the series.

Comics:

Jane Foster:

The first of the comic figures is Jane Foster Thor. She goes along quite well with the A-Force team of women that came out earlier this year. She has more of a classic look to her, with a lot of leather and a pounded-metal helmet and armor. I am very happy with the overall design.

Odinson:

Odinson is a bit of a letdown in this series for me. He seems like a redundant figure to add in to the wave. I do see the relevance as Odinson lost the ability to control Mjolnir, and later took up his Jarnbjorn ax to continue to fight. This is somewhat mirrored in the events of Ragnarok. The outfit is simple, with very little detail added. I am not sure anyone would scream from Asgard that this is their favorite figure in the series.

Ares:

Ares. Oh, boy. Now this is a figure. He is BIG. Standing upright, he is nearly a head taller than Odinson. He is really standing out as a great figure. From the skull on his chest to the great looking armor.

And on top of everything else, he is equipped with the most accessories of anyone. He comes with a double-axe, broadsword, and a removable helmet. And in the case of all of that failing him, he also has a knife. Well done indeed.

Again it is 2 for 3 with the wins. Ares is the best of the wave for the regular figures, and Jane foster is pretty good too. Odinson is a bit lacking.

Build-a-Figure:

Gladiator Hulk:

Collect all of the figures and you can build yourself a giant Gladiator Hulk. He comes with a removable helmet, an axe, a hammer, and shoulder armor.

He looks absolutely fantastic. The details are as good as we have ever seen. The paint is really well done, with some great detailing on the outfit.

Comparing him to Thor, he is a great size. I am sure it was quite a feat to get him to fit in the boxes with the other figures. And the accessories really add a lot.

This is a great series of figures, with only a few figures that don’t make the cut. Hasbro cannot hit it 100% of the time, but 71% is not too bad. We will see what we get in the second round of figures that are expected around the movie.

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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.


Marvel Legends – Thanos Wave

I went away for a two-week vacation to Europe, and now I am back to look at the final wave of the three Marvel Legends super photo shoot.   Today we are going to look at the Thanos Wave.  This is a great wave of really nice figures. From the massive Hulk to some pretty ladies, and Batrok thrown in there for fun.   Let’s go!

Iron Man:

Iron Man got his own earlier review here.  It seems only fitting for Tony to be out of the box before the others get their chance.

Hulk:
Gotta love the size.  They smushed him into that packaging to get the Hulk to fit.  He comes with Thanos’ arm.

He as such great details.  He is wearing his newly acquired Age of Ultron stretchy pants.   Thank goodness Bruce doesn’t have to track down new pants any more.It is amazing that these two figures could come in the same size box.  They really had to work hard to get Hulk in there.  His size is amazing.  Larger than the BAF Thanos actually.

Captain America:
We have seen this before.  A new paint scheme on a Cap.  We get a few extra hands, unmasked head, and Thanos’ leg.Shhh.  One of his extra hands is a pointing finger, but it could also be a shushing finger too.  Don’t say bad words, or so the gag went through most of the movie.

Two punching hands make for great hands to create scenes.  These are a great addition to the set.

Can’t forget the salute hand.  It could also be a chopping hand, but we don’t see Cap karate chopping too many bad guys.

If you are going to have a modern movie comic figure, you have to have much of the movie without his helmet/mask on, or so say the movie makers.

Batroc:

Batrok is a new character for me. I love the idea and look of him. Looking at the Marvel Database, he seems to have connections to just about everyone, so he fits right into this wave.   He comes with Thanos’ torso and collar.

That color scheme stands out so much.  I love that the he would think this is a good outfit for robbing people.

A little bit French, and a little bit Wolverine.  I absolutely love his head sculpt.

Hellcat:

Another character I don’t know much about.  Looks like she has been around for just about forever.   Plain yellow outfit with painted on eyebrows.  Looks like she could fit in with Batman pretty well.  She comes with a baton (Daredevil), along with Thanos’ head and arm.

Hellcat’s paint is not the best.  She has some orange highlights on her yellow outfit that can be a little hit or miss.  There is also a bit of weakness on the yellow below the knees.  Yellow should never go over blue.  They should have sculpted the part in yellow, and then painted blue boots.   Oh well.

Her head sculpt is okay.  Pretty plain.  She is not my favorite character of the wave.

Spider-Woman:

One of my favorites.  This costume of Jessica’s is the best. She comes with two sets of armpit webs for arms out or arms in.  She also comes with the head and arm of Thanos that Hellcat comes with.  At least this way you get to choose the best head to put on Thanos.

Arms out, the removable wings look great.  She is a great sculpt overall.   The paint overall is well done too. There were only some problems with the black stripes between the red and yellow sections.  Easy enough to touch-up.

Arms down, the other set of wings work well too.

Now THIS is how you head sculpt…and hair sculpt.  Jessica looks beautiful.

Thanos:

Thanos all put together.   He is a lot of figure.  Hefty.  I was glad to have the two head sculpts to choose from.   One was a lot better than the other.

All seven figures in their plastic glory.  I am still amazed at Hulk’s size.  Thanos better watch out.  How is it that Batroc was the only one to look at the camera.  One of those things of only seeing through the small camera screen.

Finally done with the three waves of Marvel Legends.  That was a lot of figures to try to get standing.   Of course by this time of the day, the wind started to blow.  I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get the shot.

 

This was quite an undertaking to get all of the figure shot.  And now here we are with Ant-Man coming out, both the movie and the ML wave.  I am looking forward to what comes next.

Up next, we are going to look at some Legion Class Transformers.  I was on a holiday in Europe for two weeks, and I brought along a couple of little guys.  We did a shoot on a 1900 year old Roman wall in York.  That was a lot of fun.


Quick Pics: Marvel Vs Capcom MiniMates

Today are some quick pics of the Marvel Vs Capcom line of MiniMates.   There are a LOT of accessories that go along with the figures.  Some stands, and more extra weapons than these guys know what to do with.   Stand out favorites are Deadpool and Dante.   Both are really well done.  I am a little bummed that Deadpool does not come with the straps to hold his swords, nor holsters for his guns.  Ah well, can’t have everything.  At least we get a great looking Super Weapon for Iron Man.

Deadpool and Dante

Iron Man and Arthur

Iron Man and Arthur facing off

Magneto and Zero

Hulk and Mike Haggar

All 8 figures

8 figures plus the first 4 pack including Morrigan, Red Hulk, Stealth Iron Man and Mega Man Zero


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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