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Blizzard and Hulkbuster – Hulkbuster Wave Part 4 (Final Part)

Today we are looking at the final two figures in the Hulkbuster Wave.  Blizzard, and the big guy himself, Hulkbuster.

Blizzard:

Blizzard is a character that is a bit below my radar. And rightfully so. He seems to be 3rd tier at best, but at least a part of Iron Man’s rogue gallery.

He is simply constructed. He has a special head, but the rest is done with paint. This is a great body that they use. It is very strong and has great muscle texture all over.

He has a menacing looking face, with angry eyebrows and no mouth. It would have been nice to get some sort of power burst with him to get something at least. It looks like he is standing around getting angry for the most part.

Hulkbuster:

Hulkbuster is huge! I expected him to be heavy as I was buying the team and could feel heft, especially in the legs. He comes with two legs, two arms, a torso, a front and back piece for the chest, and a tiny little head.

He goes together easily for the most part. The head popped right on. The arms easily went onto the their holes. There was a bit of a need for some extra strength to get the legs onto their posts, but I managed. There is a post that sticks up out of the lower torso and attaches into the upper torso. Mine is stuck and does not swivel to the sides. I can get side to side movement, but no twist. So, as for now, my Hulkbuster is slightly off center.

Overall this is a great wave of figures. They give a good look across the board, and they have a fantastic build-a-figure on Hulkbuster. It will be a while before they live this one down. It is like the Sentinel back in the day. All other BAF figures were held to that standard, and it took a long time for some people to get over that one. Now we have the new standard, and the bar is set high!

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Valkyrie and Thundra – Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Series Part 2

Valkyrie and Thundra are a different breed of woman for Marvel Legends. Both are larger women. They are proportionate, but they are both tall. We are talking half a head taller than the standard male Legends body. And that is what we needed with these women. They cannot be using the same buck as the Spider-Women. They need to be more robust.

What is really nice is that, though they are both tall, they share very little in common. They are independent women. I am guessing they use the same arms and legs. Both are simple. No additional parts other than paint, and that is fine. Where they really come alive is in the face and torso.

They could not have more different faces and hair. Valkyrie has a calm face with braids falling over her shoulders. The braids kind of float in the air when when her head is turned, but I don’t know how they could have done this differently to make it work any better.

Thundra on the other hand is rather angry. She has a big head of bright red hair. Her face sculpt is well done, and her hair looks good. Her hair does get in the way of head movement, so it is a bit restricted there.

In the torso area, Valkyrie is combining Madonna’s metal bra with Thor’s metal torso circles, and it looks good on her. She has a LOT of black in her outfit, so it is good to have it broken up a bit.

Thundra wins the torso award. She is wearing a short top that exposes her mid-torso, and thank goodness it does. Without clothing covering the area, the designers really went for it and gave us a very finely sculpted 6-pack. It looks great.

They both have an accessory. Valkyrie has a sword. When I first saw it in the box, I was afraid it was going to be so crooked since it is slender. It came out pretty well.


Thundra had a chain and mace that is in a curving sculpt. I think it is time to go back to the drawing board with this one and try out some real chain and see what we can do about upgrading her a bit.

Overall, these are two really well done women. They are great additions to the Hulkbuster Series, and they will be standing nice and tall on the shelf amongst the men.


Hot Wheels – Iron Man and Hulkbuster Iron Man

These two make a great combination. First off, the metallic dark red is a beautiful color. Match it with lots of gold chrome, and it looks amazing.

The Iron Man car (#1) looks like something that Tony would concoct to get a suit to him quickly. I could see this drive down the road and transform to go onto his body. It has jet engines in the back, and a bit of clear blue plastic here and there for a great additional touch.

The Hulkbuster Iron Man (#19) is even more amazing. Now this one, I could see driving suits around waiting to be called into action. It has the matching metallic red and gold chrome.

Of course the Hulkbuster suit was not much without Iron Man inside to control it. Fear not, this version of the Hulkbuster also fits the Iron Man car into the back. Iron Man fits in there nice and tight. There are some indents in the floor of the truck bed that allows the Iron Man car to stay in place very well.

This is a fantastic vehicle for car collectors, comic collectors, and the kids who just want to play. I would be very sad to see this paint job get ruined by rough play, but then it will be a “Battle Damaged” version, right?


Iron Man 2 figures: Iron Monger (comic) and Advanced Armor (comic)

The other day, while slushing through and endless army of Iron Men hanging on the little metal hooks at Target, I came across two figures I did not yet have.  Iron Monger and Advanced Armor Iron Man.

These two figures could not be more different.  Other than the fact they are both in the Comic Series of the Iron Man 2 series, they have NOTHING in common.   As you will see, Iron Monger is huge and cartoonish looking, while Advanced Armor is thin and much closer to the movie series.  They are both really nice figures though.

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As with many of the other figures, we get a repulsor blast to go over his hand.  This one is a nice two-toned clear color, and not overly heavy.

The color scheme is the red and gold we are used to from Iron Man but with a few modifications in the design to make this version interesting.

The Advanced Armor has a stronger looking neck and larger shoulder pads that do rotate for arm movement.  The arms have larger parts around the upper forearm that are reminiscent of the classic armor.   There is quite a bit of detail around the torso area as well.   The upper legs have a fun design with the red wrapping around the gold.   The knees have a sharp point to them which does seem helpful.

Again, we get that great neck articulation that allows him to be posed in a flying position.  Here you can also see those sharp knees.    On his back he has two fins, one over each shoulder.  I assume those are for flight.  Not much else they could be for.

The generational gap, from the comic version of the first Iron Man armor to the Advanced Armor, which is supposed to be the best of the best.   These are fun to have side by side to compare how far Tony came in his designs from the original to now.  The first armor was more of a necessity armor, making due with what he had.   To think it started with a bulky armor where he could hardly walk, to an armor where he can fly.   How times have changed.

Iron Monger:

What it would look like if Smurfs built an Iron suit?    That is a lot of blue.   Thankfully Hasbro did a bit of weathering on the Iron Monger suit, or it would have been REALLY bright.  He is a much more cartoon looking figure.  Big body parts, feet, and hands.  That is not to say it is a bad thing, just different.   He has a great amount of detail, and the dark wash really brings out the details.

My favorite part may just be the back.  He has SO many details on his back, and really does take away from the cartoon look of the front.

Even though he is so big and “balloony” he does have really good articulation.  Thankfully the shoulder pads are on a pivot so they move up with the arms.   Of course, Iron Monger will never be able to scratch his head, but that is to be expected with the larger figures.    He has rotation in both his wrist and arm right below the elbow for a little extra movement.    Of course, he also has the double joints in the knees that thankfully look to be the new standard.

The Iron big boys, the movie version of Iron Monger and Hulkbuster IM join Iron Monger.  There is definitely a difference in style from from the movie and comic versions of the character.

These figures are great.  I cannot wait to see what else they have.  And when we get Iron Man 3 toys?  Heaven to be sure.   As long as they stay in the 3 3/4 scale.   Do you hear me Hasbro?  DO YOU HEAR ME!?!?!  🙂


Iron Man 2 Toys are back

With the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD, those of us who were collecting the 3 3/4 inch line of Iron Man figures may finally be able to finish the collection.

With any luck it will not be long before I can fill that giant gap in the collection. For some reason, #14-21 were not released in the first wave, but were held off until the release of the DVD.
I was at Target a few days back, and they have a new endcap setup for Iron Man 2. They had just the beginnings of the new figures being placed, but I already found one of the Holy Grail figures I was missing.
It seems that Hulkbuster Iron Man is a must-have for any Iron Man collector, and the #27 figure was nowhere to be found. Well he is now. And there were a few of them. Good Hunting.
The original numbering went to 31, but I found a couple of figures with higher numbers. I will be showing the three new figures I found either tonight or tomorrow.
It has been a little crazy at home over the past few days, and it has been too dark to shoot any pictures, and I really don’t want to take poor pictures just to get them out there.


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