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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.

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Iron Man Mark 43 (Thanos Wave, Marvel Legends)

I was almost able to pass on the Thanos Wave.  Then Tony went and made a new suit of armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Well, then I went and found it in the store.  It had to be bought at that point.   So here he is in all of his red and gold glory.

This guy has all of the articulation we have come to love from the Marvel Legends line by Hasbro.  He has the double joints in the elbows and knees that actually give him a bit too much movement, but that is up to the owner’s discretion as to how folded up they want their Iron Man.  This version has a lot more red then what we saw with with Mark 42 during Iron Man 3. And thankfully the gold is actually gold and not some sand color.    He has just a bit of silver on parts of the body to make the suit a bit more interesting.

I always find one of the trickiest parts of working with a new Marvel Legends figure is the painted joint.  Some of them are really hard to get loose, and I really don’t want to break off an arm.   I had him out of the box for a couple of days before heading out into the sun for some photographs.  I was all set to bash on the ankles that didn’t appear to have more than a back and forth movement.   A little time in the sun, and the joint loosened up and freed up the side to side movement.

The only complaint I have about the figure is the head’s movement up.  He can look down with his head touching his chest, but he cannot look up as he would do when he is flying.  We have had others that could do it.

Overall, he is a nice figure.  I don’t think I can get behind the Build a Figure idea when the figures are running $20 a piece now.  I would really need to have that figure in order to continue shelling out that kind of cash for five or six figures.  In the Thanos Wave, both Spider-Woman and Hellcat come with the same parts for Thanos.  At least they could have gone the Allfather route and given us some alternate BAF parts.  Happy Thanos and Angry Thanos.  Something different.  But it comes down to…”Do I need Thanos?”  We have definitely moved away from the days of the Sentinel Series.   Remember that one way back in 2005 when the boxes weighed 5 pounds because of such massive parts?   I do have to say the second wave coming out later this year is a lot more tempting with the Build a Figure being Hulkbuster Armor.  That one I could get behind.  Of course, there are a bunch of no-name characters to get with it.  Why wouldn’t we get Hulkbuster with this wave? You know, a BAF of someone who was actually in the movie for more than 7 seconds.

Well, another great armor for my Hall of Armor.  There have been a lot in this scale, and I am sure we will see more to come.


Marvel Legends – Groot – Finally I have Nova!!

Finally, finally, finally I found Nova and got the last piece of Groot.  It makes me crazy that Marvel Legends puts out the BAF and then they don’t have enough of one figure, thus creating an unfinished BAF… in this case, Groot, that I wanted more than any of the other figures.

The detail work on Groot is amazing!  From all of the little veins and wood pieces, to the gentile addition of moss, and of course the face is the best.

The Guardians are finally all together.  I can’t believe how amazingly tall Groot is.  Since I had most of the pieces, I could see he was going to be big, but this guy is HUGE!

I still don’t know why they went with two characters who were not in the movie.  There were plenty of other characters I would like to have seen in this wave.


Marvel Legends – Mandroid complete

It was a long road to getting all of the parts of Mandroid.  I finally found the last two figures to finally build Mandroid.  He is big and impressive.  Let’s look at the last two figures on our way to the big guy.

Marvel Now! Captain America:

He is a big, tough version of Cap.  He has a lot of detail, and I found the paint to be pretty good.  He comes with his shield, which can be placed on his wrist, or thrown on his back.

He comes with the really good articulation we have come to know from the Marvel Legends line.   Double joints in the knees and elbows.  The leg joints are pretty soft.  I am not too keen on the rubber use that makes the knees and elbows.  The knees on my Cap are pretty loose.  I am expecting to find him laying on the ground quite often as he will no doubt loose his balance and topple over.

We have seen a lot of Cap’s as of late.  I don’t think I would have picked him up if I didn’t need the Mandroid part.   I think the movie version of Cap was pretty spot-on, so this is not that big of an addition to my collection.  Guess we will see what happens with the transition to a new Captain America.

Black Widow:

I am not a huge fan of Black Widow in the Marvel movies.  Scarlett Johansson is far from one of my favorite actresses, so I would have been fine if this had been a comic version, but the figure is okay.   She comes with two heads.  The long hair version above, and the short hair version below.  She also comes with 4 hands.  2 open and 2 grasping.  I cannot believe they would give us a Black Widow and not give her some weapons.   She has molded in guns on her hips, but that is all.

She has the same good articulation as we get with all of the Marvel figures.  It is hard to get her into poses.  She has skinny body parts and high-heeled boots that make it tricky to get her to stand on her own.  The outfit has so much detail close-up.

Mandroid:

Six parts all in a pile.  This time I didn’t have to option to begin building Mandroid early.  Black Widow had the torso, and as she was my last figure, I just had a bunch of parts waiting around.  But from the size of the arms and legs alone, I knew this was going to be a big figure.

He is so easy to snap together, and then he can begin to wreak havoc.  The only problem I had with him was the paint on his chest.  It is a very big chest, and the plastic from the front of the box rubs against the eagle stamp.  When I found Widow, there were two, and I took the one with the least amount of damage to the paint.

He shares some of the same parts as the previous release Iron Monger.  From the abs down to the ground is the same, and they reused the fists.  The torso, arms, and head are new.  He is a great figure.  Well worth the wait and all of the hunting.  If you are still looking for parts, don’t give up, he is worth it.


Finally, Finally, Iron Monger is complete with the addition of Ultron

Ultron is a good bad guy in his own right, but with him coming with the final piece of the Build a Figure Iron Monger, I have REALLY been looking forward to getting my hands on him.

He is what we expect from a standard Marvel Legends figure.  He has great articulation, and a great sculpt.  Usually we look at the paint apps here as well, but really, we have two dots on the shoulders, and some on the face.  Not much here, but not really much needed as he is molded in the right color of metal.  Very nice over all.

Of course, even Ultron knows what I am really after.  The head of Iron Monger.  Now, for those that haven’t seen the progress so far, you can see that a chest-sized head is going to make quite a large figure.  Let’s get to it!

Big, bad, and tons of details.  The head really makes the figure.  I am really happy that I started collecting the series so long ago.  I am happier that it did not go the way of Giganta, who I am still looking for the head/waist piece to complete her.   Another figure to add to the lines of really good, large figures.

A good mix of movie and comic figures.  Good guys, and bad guys.  This is a very nice wave overall.  I am happy to have these 7 figures on my shelf.

 


Marvel Legends – Iron Monger – Still Building

The first review I saw of the two figures based on Mark 42 and Iron Patriot made me start to collect this line, and rekindle a collection from Marvel Legends that ended for me back in 2006.  I collected the smaller offerings from Marvel, a few Universe figures, and Iron Man 2 figures, but the Legends went to the wayside.   Now they are back on my radar.  This weekend I was out on a hunt and came across the very figures I was waiting for, so now this wave is nearly complete.  That also means Iron Monger is nearly complete.

Classic Iron Man:

Figure number 2 of this wave is this good looking guy from early on in the days of red and gold.  He comes with a second head, so if you don’t like the pointy helmet, you have the rounded version.  Your choice.  The colors are great.  Lots of good mobility.  The only problem I have with him is in the shoulders.  He walks around like a bodybuilder.  He cannot lower his arms to his side.  He came with the waist-high right leg of Iron Monger.  This guy is going to be BIG!

Heroic Age Iron Man:

The Heroic Age Iron Man is a bit more bulky than the other offerings.  He has a lot more movement.  You can see the cut joints in his upper legs, his ankles move, and he can really rotate those shoulders.  All of the extra blue lights really add to his good looks.  He comes with the equally impressive left leg of Iron Monger.

Along with the Norman Osborn version of Iron Patriot, these three make up the comic portion so far of this line.  Ultron will ultimately join this group when I finally find him.   No head yet, but Iron Monger is a big boy.

Iron Man Mark 42:

And here we go with a more realistic look.  Funny how the figures can look Legends, and movie accurate at the same time.  This suit definitely looks like it can hold a real person.  There are lots of movement in the design.  He can touch his own shoulder with the hand on that arm.  Double joints in the elbow help that accomplishment.  One of the best parts is the huge range in the neck.  This Iron Man can actually take on flight poses and be able to see where he his going.

Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes:

With this movement in the movie series that the people in the suits are the heroes, Rhodes get his name on the box instead of Iron Patriot.  Maybe since they already put Iron Patriot on the first figure, they wanted to make sure to differentiate it with this one from the movie.

He has great movement.  The only problem I have is the lack of ankle movement since there is extra armor over his feet.  It make him hard to hold a pose.   He comes with the cannon on his shoulder.  It can be mounted on either side, but does not look right over his right shoulder.  It looks like it was designed for the left shoulder, but there is a hole in the right side if you care to have it over there.

The paint is fantastic on this one.

Five figures, and most of a Monger.  Waiting for that last one, and then we will really get to see what Iron Monger is all about.  I really like this wave of Iron Men.  I was sad when I saw that there was such a poor showing for the Iron Man 3, 3.75 inch figures, but this definitely makes up for it.


Disneyland – Iron Man Tech

 

Life size replicas as well as movie props.   It was worth the wait in line to go in and see all of the great armors.  My wife and I were already headed down for the weekend to kick-off my Spring Break.  It was the end of our annual passes for Disneyland, and we wanted to go one more time.  Then the news of Iron Man Tech coming to Disneyland to promote Iron Man 3, and I knew that it was fate.

They had the new Mark 42 on display, as well as the first 7 armors.  It was so cool to see them side by side in a comparison.   Here they are:

Mark I:

Mark II:

Mark III:

Mark IV:

Mark V:

Mark VI:

Mark VII:

All seven of these armors are displayed like the Hall of Armor in Tony’s work area.   Lights all around, and in the middle is displayed the Mark 42 armor:

The gold color of the other armors is a lot more subdued, taking on much more of a tan color.  There is also the addition of more silver in certain areas of the body.

In addition to the 8 armors around, there is an area where you can stand on a platform, and an artificial Iron Man armor is built over your body on the screen.  Then it runs tests on the screen with you presumably inside the suit you are looking at.    The line grew quickly, it took a while to be built up inside the suit, and it was not all that impressive.  So I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the props that were hanging behind the glass along the first part of the line.

The Mark I prop was outstanding.  To see all of the weld lines and the dents in the armor really shows how Tony would have pieced this together out in the desert.

The Mark 42 parts are really well detailed.  Looks like the end of the battle for these parts.

There are many, many more pictures to share.  Just click on any picture above to be taken to my Flickr site and peruse the rest of the pictures.  Lots more detail shots of the armors.


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