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Marvel Legends – Human Torch – Walgreens Exclusive

My 250th Marvel Legends figure is none other than Johnny Storm. The continuing exclusives from Walgreens is focusing on the Fantastic 4. We now have Namor, The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), and now The Human Torch (Johnny Storm).

The Human Torch is a good figure. He is a solid buck with good articulation. There is not a lot to him, since he is flaming, so therefore not heavily clothed.

He has flaming forearms, and a new head sculpt. There are removable flame effects that sit on his shoulders and a small post that goes into his back.

He comes with a flaming fist, as well as an open hand. These are great for posing and photo shoots.

 

He also comes with two fists that are not flaming. They are needed as regular fists.

Add on some flames, and you have a good number of accessories for this guy.

The team keeps growing. Now with three figures, the other two are on their way next year.

I think this is a solid outing for The Human Torch, and he looks great hanging with his sister. This is going to be great when the whole team is together.

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Marvel Legends – A-Force Box Set (Toys R Us Exclusive)

A-Force. Who now? A band of women that teamed up together to take on evil. It has comprised about every female member of the Marvel Universe from the Inhuman Medusa all of the way down to the crime-fighting Misty Knight. Since there cannot be a box set of 30+ figures, they had to pare that down a bit. And what they ended up with was a unique look at some different women of the Marvel Universe. None of which I have in my collection. The only woman here who has had a figure was She-Hulk. She has had two figures before (back in 2007 and 2008). So, let’s take a look at the figures.

She-Hulk:

Jen Walters herself in all of her green glory. They went with the purple and white color scheme for her suit that we have seen forever. This particular design is from the A-Force series. It is a nice suit, since it takes cues from her original outfit with the white belt line around the middle. She also has the high neck and gloved arms that we saw later in other designs. And I sure am glad they decided to give her shoes at some point. Just because Hulk goes around barefoot, doesn’t mean She-Hulk as to as well.

Her face is good. I think this box set came out at the perfect time, when Hasbro figured out how to make pretty ladies. She-Hulk has a bit of a shine to her skin. It looks like she has been working out a bit. It will be nice to see more consistency with the less shiny skin.

Lady Sif:

Lady Sif (or just Sif on the box) has also been around a long time. 1964 is a ways back. She really came into pop-culture more recently as she fought alongside Thor in his movies. This Sif has an outstanding outfit. Red and white adorn her body. She has armored gauntlets and boots that protect her appendages. Her torso has some white detailed painting
that is really crisp and clean.

Her face is very lovely. She looks a lot like Jessica Jones to me. I feel like there is a lot of Krysten Ritter in her face. She has a headdress on with the same white and red motif.

Sif comes with a good number of accessories. She has a cape that rests on her shoulders. It does not peg into her back. She also comes with a belt that has a skirt attached around the bottom. The belt also has a hilt for her sword. And then she also has her sword. It is a fairly plain sword. There are no special markings or great details to the sword. I think it is very fitting of a warrior to have a weapon that is all business.

Singularity:

Supposedly she is a sentient quantum singularity. Very Star Trek of them. She is a very small member of the team. She does not wear an outfit, instead just being. She has some great color tones of blues and purples over a translucent body with glitter. The only other paint is her white eyes.

It is pretty neat that she is translucent, but I always worry about those clear bodies. I hope she will hold up over time. She has such a small body. She is a similar height to Loki and Monica, but that is only because of her high hair. She is only about nose high to them.

Loki:

Since Loki is a god, he is able to return from the dead. When he came back after Ragnarok, he was a lady. Sure, why not. At some point Loki joined up with the A-Force for a time. And now we have this fantastic figure. She has some of the most beautiful green paint I have ever seen applied to a figure. I love that her boots are not gold, but a deep mustard yellow. You may recognize them as Rogue’s boots. I only noticed because, just like with Rogue, the tops of the boots are not glued into place, and one was flopping around. They easily squeeze back into place.

She has a beautiful face, and stuff her in hair, just like in the comics. Her horns are large and magnificent.

If you had an eagle eye, you might have noticed a bit of a problem with Loki’s hands. Yup, she has two left hands. Well, that isn’t great. I was not going to go all of the way back to Toys R Us to return this set that has 5 fantastic figures and one wrong hand. One it is too far away, and two, I may end up with another problem later on.

This one I fixed by giving her Phoenix’s gold hands. I have an email in to Hasbro to see if there is any way to get a replacement hand. If not, I will see about repainting a hand so she can have her ungloved hands back.

Elsa Bloodstone:

A gunslinger to be sure, Elsa has strength too, because of the Bloodstone she wears around her neck. I actually have the Bloodstone comics from when she was blonde, before she joined Nextwave and dyed it red. She comes with a pair of rifles, as well as a revolver that fits in the holster on the belt around her waist.

She has a very pretty face, as we can see the trend going in this set. It is not a perfect face, as there are a few lines from the molding process.

Along with her great outfit, mobility with a duster, she also has the amazing long red hair. The details in the hair are quite well done. We may be done with the days of blobby hair.

Monica Rambeau:

Though going by a dozen or so names over the years, Monica was most known as Spectrum. She has also been a part of 10 teams, including Nextwave where she met Elsa Bloodstone, and of course A-Force.

She is decked out in her Spectrum outfit of black and white with a knee-length black trench coat. She continues the trend of beautiful faces. She has some amazing hair too. This style could have easily been a mess, but there was great detail taken, and she looks great with it pulled back behind a headband.

She has the darkest outfit, but the dark fits in, to give a unique look from the rest of the vibrant colors.

This is a fantastic team of women. Guess the adage that female action figures don’t sell didn’t get into Hasbro’s mind when they went for this set. It is decently priced for an exclusive. It was $120, which is $20 per figure, which is what we pay for the figures regularly at full price in the stores for Marvel Legends figures, and they are all new figures (save for She-Hulk who we haven’t seen in 9 years). Some would argue that the price is not quite the great deal, since the standard figures come with BAF parts for another final figure for each wave.  I highly recommend this set. And more fun yet will be to continue to build up the A-Force team. About any woman you have in your Marvel collection will have been a part of this team.


The Invisible Woman – Sue Richards – Marvel Legends (Walgreens Exclusive)

Sue Richards, Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman. Whatever you call her, the newest entry in the Walgreens exclusive figures from Marvel Legends is now a trend. First we had Namor, and now The Invisible Woman. The rest of the Fantastic 4 cannot be far behind.

Sue comes with H.E.R.B.I.E. While not an accessory people were dying for, it is a nice accessory none the less. We could very well have gotten Sue with nothing more than her alternate hand. It is nice that they threw something else in there for us. He will help all of the toy photographers her in the future as they build their Fantastic 4 sets.

Sue is well done. She is one of the newer body types that have melded form and function. Gone are the skinny limbs with the high-heeled boots. We get a much more usable pair of feet that not only look more realistic, but help the ladies stand on the shelf.

She has a fantastic head sculpt. She is beautiful. I am hoping this is the current trend, since we have now had a lot of really well done female heads recently that have been far and above some of the heads that have come out before.

I am really happy with this Sue, and I am looking forward to what is coming next with the Fantastic 4. Unlike the likes of Walmart, Walgreens seems serious about getting the figures out to the people. They may not be the fastest at getting the figures on the shelf, but they do get out there eventually. The reasons for me to go to Walgreens keeps growing. Marvel Legends, Transformers, and MiniMates. Keep it up Walgreens.


Winter Soldier – Marvel Legends (Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

Like Falcon, Winter Soldier was SUPER hard for me to find. When I did finally find the two, they had pegs full of them. Crazy!

Well, this is the updated Winter Soldier for the Captain America: Civil War movie. This time he is unmasked, and without black facepaint on his unmasked head.

Right off, there is a bit of a problem with the head. The flesh tone is in the hair. It looks like the paint on the hair just didn’t get far enough to cover all of the hair. That should be a pretty easy touch up with some paint. The face looks pretty good overall. It is a good portrait of Sebastian Stan.

He comes with two weapons, a knife and a handgun. The knife is a bit loose in his hands, since they are both gun firing hands, so the knife wants to fall out all of the time. The handgun fits okay in his hand, but not the greatest. It looks to be a black Desert Eagle. Boy how people love to use a Desert Eagle, except in the real world, where it is oversized and overpowered, but it looks good right? Unfortunately with all of the straps and belt, Bucky does not actually have anyplace to hold either weapon. I thought we were past this fake holster stuff. He has a fake gun on his chest.

Comparing this Bucky to the first Bucky that came out in the Mandroid wave that featured characters from Captain America: Winter Soldier, you can see they are fairly similar. The legs and arms are the same. There is a new chest, and a new head. The arms and legs were really well detailed, so I can see using them again. I would like to have seen at least a modified belt from the first figure, so Bucky could hold his knife on the back of his waist. The head sculpt is a lot better this time around. I did not break out the unmasked head for the first version because I vowed to never use it again after posting pictures. It was ugly, didn’t look anything like Sebastian Stan, and does not have a place in my collection.

At least this version has good weapons. The first version came with such a terrible gun, I had to ditch it and look through a parts box for some usable weapon that he may actually use. This time around was better.

I love that it is Falcon and Winter Soldier that came out together. They are two guys that are fighting amongst themselves for Cap’s #1 friend. One from before the ice nap, and one in modern times. They really did not get along in Civil War, but they were there for Cap, and it is great to get more figures for Team Cap.


Falcon – Marvel Legends (Captain America: Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

I felt really lucky to find this Walmart exclusive version of Sam Wilson, Falcon. It was not easy to get. I HATE Walmart exclusives. I do not have many Walmarts around me, and they are terrible wastelands of no toys. Empty shelves and pegs galore. Usually I have better luck on road trips elsewhere.
This figure was no different.

This is Sam Wilson in his flight suit from Captain America: Civil War. He was awesome in the movie, with all of his great aerobatics and acrobatics when fighting.

The biggest problem I had with this figure was opening him after I already put Vulture’s wings together. There is no articulation in this set of wings, so it was a bit of a letdown. That being said, this is a good figure.

He has standard articulation. A bit less movement with the movie figures than the comic counterparts. Generally the clothing gets in the way.

Sam comes with the backpack in place. A closed up Redwing fits in the top of the backpack.

The wings attach with two posts (top and bottom). They do not stay very tightly in place, so that messes with the playability a bit.

He has grasping hands, ready to shoot someone, but he did not come with any weapons. He is all about cool guns, right after even cooler wings. He needs something.

In addition to the closed up version of Redwing, Sam also comes with a flying version. A nice addition.

Overall this is a good figure. It helps to fill out Cap’s team of Avengers. Up next, the other Walmart Exclusive…


Vulture and Build-an-Accessory – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

Oh what fun. We start with the 7th figure of the wave, and give him wings to fly. I could not have asked for a better ending to the series than this.

We start with the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie version of Vulture. He is a super detailed figure. As we have seen, Hasbro goes above and beyond (for the most part) with their movie figures in the MCU. This one is no different. He has an amazing helmet with the creepy green eyes behind the visor. His suit is right out of the movie, from the furred jacket, to the harness.

He has good articulation. Not as great at Spider-Man, but then again, not many figures do. He is not a spring chicken anyway, so we would not expect Vulture to be too articulated, just enough to match a human.

He comes with the final piece (or first piece, depending on which figure you open first) of Vulture’s wings. This is the engine and wing attachment point. It is equally well detailed, and the paint is great. Compared to the two-tone paint on the rest of the wings, I was surprised by the extra touches. Nicely done.

There are no directions that come with Vulture for how to put the wings together. It takes a bit of flipping the pieces around in your hands, and look for the right and left indicators on the wings to know which side each part goes to. All together, we are talking a 23 inch wingspan, which is a 23 foot wingspan in Marvel Legends scale. To put that in perspective, a standard 4-seater Cessna has a 36 foot wingspan, so this guy’s wings are HUGE!!!

As you would expect with an accessory that comes in 7 pieces, the wings are very well articulated. They were in the movie, so it is only right that they would be in the figure.

You can recreate all of your favorite scenes from the movie, or fold in the wings to make him a little more manageable for a shelf display. Though I think I am going to show him off in all of his spread-wing glory.

I am so happy with this figure, and the wings. I think Hasbro hit it out of the park with their first build-an-accessory. They have shown that this is something they can do to change up the usual BAF, and give us some big alternatives.

Finally the team is all together. 3 movie figures, and 4 comic figures. 3 more Spider-Men for the collection, and some other good additions to the rogue gallery.


Tombstone – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

Ugh, the letdown for me of the wave. I am NOT into Tombstone. He is ugly, and he is fairly uninventive. He is a Spider-Man bad guy, so he fits, but this guy really does not bring a lot to the table for me.


On top of that, he is missing one of his boot tops. There are plastic accessories that make up the wrist of the gloves, and the tops of the boots. Hasbro doesn’t even care enough to give this guy proper clothing molds, and one of them isn’t even there. I really don’t care much. It doesn’t really detract from the figure, and I do not care about this guy one bit. He is a means to an end. All I really want is the engine piece for Vulture’s wings. He is going to sit in a dark corner until I need him to come out to be a punching bag for a Spider-Man or two in the future.

Well, one figure left. Vulture. A figure and the necessary part to make the build-an-accessory work. We will see him next…


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