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Nova (Sam Alexander) – Marvel Legends Titus Series (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Wave 1)

 

Sam Alexander is Nova. There are a lot of Novas out there, but Sam is the newest Nova to the Legends team. Why is he a part of a movie series?
Well, I will tell you. Sam’s dad was Nova Centurion. He lost his helmet along with his life. His son found the helmet with the help of Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, hence the connection to the Guardians. On top of that, Sam is a part of the Titus Series, with Titus being the Build a Figure. AND Titus used to be the Nova Centurion too. There are a lot of tie ins to this lineup. He was not just thrown in there.

Now, here is the thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Series. It feels like it is a redo of the original wave from the first movie. We are going to take a look as we move along and see the connections between this wave and the first wave, and see if this was a good move.

This time around, we get Kid Nova as in Sam Alexander. In the original wave we got Richard Rider who was Nova Prime. This was definitely not a copy. There is nothing that is the same about these two, other than they are both Novas.

Sam uses the newer “teen” buck. A shorter, slighter build body. He is clearly teen Spider-Man with some modifications to the body. There was work done to the upper and lower torso to incorporate the gold circles and straps. And there was added bulk to the forearms. In addition the helmet head is all new.

Don’t be tricked by this photo. The perspective of the lower camera makes Sam look taller than he is compared to Richard.

He stands almost a head shorter than Richard Rider, and it suits him. He is a great looking figure. These two look great together, looking linked but different all the same. Where Richard Rider’s suit is shiny and metallic all over, with Sam, only the gold parts are shiny. The rest of the suit and the helmet are matte.

So far, this wave shows similarities from the first wave, but this NOT the same figure. He is a great addition to the space side of the Marvel Universe, and will look great working with the Guardians, or with the younger members of the Spider-Verse.


Space Venom – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave Build-a-Figure

The Spider-Verse is ever evolving. Old players come back. Sometimes for the better. Venom was a pretty old character. They did whatever they could to keep him relevant. But a homicidal symbiote alien can only do so much. He can take over good guys, bad guys, make alien children who are worse than he is. What do you do when all of that is done? You make him a good guy. Agent Venom is his name, and the suit is worn by none other than Flash Thompson. Wait what? Flash Thompson, the jerk that picked on poor teenager Peter Parker is now a good guy? He cleaned up his ways, went off to the military and became a good soldier before losing his legs.

Superhero landing!

Superhero landing!

Thompson and the Venom symbiote found their way into space, and a bit of adventures, with Venom being taken over with mind control. Finding their way to Venom’s home planet of Klyntar, the other Klyntar helped cure Venom of the craziness, allowing Thompson to tap into the full potential of Venom, creating quite a fine space faring knight, and an intergalactic ambassador of Earth. Can’t say I ever saw that coming from way back in the day when I first read the original comics of Spider-Man and Venom’s run-ins.

 

The figure is exactly what we want with a Build-a-Figure. He is a big boy. Strong and muscular. He as fairly good articulation. Most of the super-muscular guys tend to lose some of the articulation that the slight figures have.

He is mostly black, to no one’s surprise. He has his white trademark spider on his chest. Changing a bit from the original design of Venom, this version has some extra white detailing around the shoulders, and white on the insides of the hands. He still retains the white on the back of the hands. He even has white running up the back of his calves. Hasbro really did to a nice job with the paint this time around.

For his head and neck, it looks more like armor plating rather than organics. His head looks like a helmet with a strong brow and an equally strong jaw. I was surprised by how pointy the chin is. The ultra creepy eyes of the past are gone and what remains are white outlines similar to Agent Venom, with lines that bleed down his jaw.

This is a great finish to this wave. We have had quite a few BAFs from the Spider-Verse. Rhino was the biggest. Finally there is someone who can take him on face to face. Let the battle begin!


Evil Adversaries – Hobgoblin and Electro – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

Here we go again… another Hobgoblin and another Electro. Well, for Hobgoblin, we had to build the figure, and he was a strange version. It is nice to get the standard version. And as for Electro, we only got the movie version, so it is good to get our hands on the crazy masked version.

Hobgoblin was created in 1983, when the write was under pressure to bring the Green Goblin back yet again to battle Spider-Man. Well, when you don’t want to keep bringing guys back from the dead, you create a new villain. This was not just the Green Goblin in a new costume, though it was pretty much the Green Goblin in a new costume. Fly around on a goblin glider and thrown flaming pumpkin bombs at people. Yup, pretty much the same.

With the Build a Figure, I was not terribly impressed. The body was less detailed than I expected. This time around, it is all different. The costume is great, with good details, like the mesh on the arms. The cloak is torn and the folds in the leather gauntlets and boots is well done.

Hobgoblin comes with a man-purse, a bomb, glider, and alternate super creepy head. I was not surprised to see that we are getting a Green Goblin in the upcoming Sandman Wave. Hasbro loves to introduce something like the glider, and then get their money’s worth out of the design. And we haven’t gotten a proper Green Goblin since 2006. That is still during the days of ToyBiz for those who are keeping track.

Electro is a great bad guy for Spider-Man. Even Sony thought so and created a terrible version for their movie. Alas, the toy was not great either. Blue sparkly head with electric hands. Guess what? The head is better this time, but we still only get the electric hands! What gives?!? You pack in 3 sets of hand for Spider-Man, but cannot give Electro a second set of hands with out electricity? That is total garbage.

We do get a couple of nice heads for Sparky here. He comes with the tattooed head with a pot leaf on his face, or is that electricity? Oh, I see. It is supposed to be a tattooed version of his fantastic mask. 😉

Well the good news is that we also get the awesome electric mask. That may be one of the best accessories packed in yet. It looks right, and like any good Spider-Man villain, it is larger than life.

Well, there you have it. Only two bad guys in this wave. Even Venom is a good guy now. Fear not, we have 4 new bad guys in the upcoming Sandman Wave. Of course it is going to include 3 new Spider-Men, so the Spider-Verse will be growing too. Bad guys are not going to have a lot of hope with this many spiders running around.


Web-Slinging Heroines – Spider-Woman and Silk – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

You know there are a lot of characters in a specific theme, when they give you your own Universe. The Spider-Verse has become something crazy, with so many crossing webs (all pun intended).

We are adding to the Marvel Legends ranks with two more women Spider-types, Silk and Spider-Woman.

Silk is an Asian-American woman who was bit by the same spider Peter Parker was. Apparently the dying wish of that spider was to bite as many people as possible. She is a part of Earth-616, which is the standard Earth from the comics. She has similar powers to Peter, but she does have organic webs that shoot out of her hands. She also has heightened Spider-Sense that she calls Silk-Sense.

She comes on the skinny female buck that a lot of the Spider-ladies come with. It allows for some good movement. Thankfully she came with the flatter feet. No high-heeled boots for these Spider-Women. She comes with an alternate head with her mask down. She also comes with an extra mask piece that goes around her neck. Her head sculpts are both beautifully done. She has a really well done face, and nice hair.

Ashley Barton, known as Spider-Woman is from Earth-807128. This is a very sad Earth. It is set 50 years in the future, and features a dying world, Old Man Logan, and almost all of the heroes dead. It cannot be a good existence.

Ashley is the daughter of Peter Parker’s youngest daughter, and Hawkeye. So her dad is Clint Barton, who is older than her grandfather, Peter Parker. This is a weird existence. From there it just keeps getting weirder and more intertwined. Like her recruitment into fighting along side Spider-Man, who is now Otto Octavius. Who can keep track of this stuff?

Anyway, we get Ashley Barton. Similar to the two Ultimate Spider-Men, this was a set that made sense. Two of the same bodies, with a new head or two, and you have yourself two figures. Ashley has some really nice paint apps, with a very dynamic outfit.

She does not come with any accessories. Some hands would have been nice. I don’t think we have had any Spider-Women come with alternate hands. She does have one grasping hand, which is unique to the Spider-Women. They generally have fists, open, or web-slinging hands.

Next time, we are on to the bad guys of the wave, and the Build-A-Figure. Those bad guys better watch out. The Spider-Team is growing to be very big now. I am going to have to get them all out for one big photo shoot. Hope you aren’t arachnophobic.


Ultimate Spider-Men – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

Twins! Peter Parker and Miles Morales are both Ultimate Spider-Man. Miles took up the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker died. Miles went on after Ultimate Spider-Man to star in his own comic twice.

This was a no brainer for Hasbro to create these two. They could do a repaint, add a few unmasked head sculpts, and they could sell two for the price of two.

They really are the same figure twice. They both come with the very small body buck, with great articulation. They come with closed fists, open hands, and web shooting hands. In the packaging, Hasbro decided to ship them with opposite hands in web-shooting pose. That probably didn’t trick anyone.

Even their BAF parts are both the opposite arms of Space Venom. They couldn’t even change that one around much.

The best part, is that they came with unmasked heads. That really lends a lot to the figures, and makes them much more playable. They feel less like a direct copy. We get young Peter with his center-parted hair and a great smile. Miles looks amused, but slightly more serious.

This is a great first duo for the Space Venom Wave. Hasbro has been using the multi-figure packaging for a while now, but this is the best use yet, and it follows well throughout this wave. More Spider-Fun to come.


Abomination Wave – Captain America – Marvel Legends

What a strange collection of figures for a wave. We have a movie character, comic characters and a cartoon character. That is a lot of different genres to pull from. They seems to be very loosely based around Captain America… for the most part, but not really for the Build a Figure. Abomination is definitely a Hulk bad guy that I don’t know that I can relate to Cap in any way.

First off we have Scarlet Witch. This is an easy one. Civil War come to life. She looks great, and is a much needed member of the team. Probably the only figure in this wave that people really wanted to go after. Many of the others are repaints, but this one is special. She has the realistic clothing and face that we see on the other movie figures. She comes with some flame effects for her hands. The best of the wave for sure.

Next up is Secret War Captain America. Ah, Secret War. Just a reason to repaint Ole Steve Rogers here for another figure. We have to have about a million Captain Americas now. We can start a Super Soldier army with all of them, I am pretty sure. This Cap is not very happy. He is looking quite perturbed.

He comes with a throwing hand that is throwing his shield. It is a fun gimmick. The shield can be removed and attached to his arm, or pegged into his back.

Captain Britain. I guess he is a captain, so that relates him to Captain America? I am glad to get a new version of Captain Britain, since I love me some Excalibur, and the last figure was not great looking. This one is pretty tough. His helmet is really cool, and he looks like a brawler.

Eel. Ah, yes. Another excuse for a repaint. Technically, Eel worked with Red Skull, and did get defeated by Captain America, so there is a connection there. This is really just a total reuse of Blizzard with a new paint scheme and some Electro hands thrown in. There is not a lot going on here. Most people will want to skip this one.

Wonder Man. Well, he is Wonder Man. The most boring superhero ever. Ugh. He was a agent of SHIELD, and an Avenger, so I guess there is a Cap connection, but it is pretty thin.

Iron Skull. Now we are talking. Someone totally related to Captain America. And in a new outfit that is really cool. Red Skull is dying in the cartoon Avengers Assemble, so he takes Iron Man’s suit and becomes Iron Skull. That is a great premise. And the figure is fantastic. This is the head of Red Skull we have seen before. It is repainted better than we got back with The First Avenger Red Skull.

He comes with a standard Iron Man Suit, but it is molded in black with some glitter. He comes with a repainted Iron Man helmet that has a red skull painted on it. The dark armor and the eerie red skull helmet work so well together and really creates a great badguy.

Finally there is the BAF of Abomination. I could not find a connection to Captain America for this guy. I know he is really closely related to Hulk, but not Cap. Well, either way, we get 6 parts to put him together.

The paint is really well done. There sculpt overall is really well done too. He has a good head sculpt with the big ear-wings. He looks like he is armor plated all over. I think his legs seem slightly short to me.

There are some issues with how he is constructed. There are some plastic and rubber parts that are attached together, mostly around the shoulders and back. The two parts did not adhere very well, and there is a major seam that runs all around his body.

Overall, this is a weird set of figures. I only wanted 3 of the figures, Scarlet Witch, Iron Skull, and Captain Britain. Some people may want even less than that. Other than getting Scarlet Witch for their Civil War team, there is no one here that is really that great and needs to be collected. Keep an eye on Amazon for the price to bottom out on the majority of these figures. All of them are now sitting at $12.98, with the exception of Scarlet Witch that stayed up in price, for good reason. I never saw this wave in the store, and I am glad I didn’t. It saved me money hunting them down on Amazon later.


Juggernaut – BAF – Juggernaut Series

And we close out this series with a big ol’ bad guy. The one and only Juggernaut, also known as Cain Marko. He is the original unstoppable force, and he is a big guy.

Juggernaut has some pretty good sculpting on his body. Most of it is just muscle, but there are some veins in his arms. His boots are really well done. The most detail went into his face and helmet. You would expect for a guy who goes into battle head-first, he would have a pretty banged up helmet. And he does. The real shining light is the face sculpt that is hidden under the helmet. We get a fair amount of the face, showing through the holes. It is so well done, down to a chipped tooth.

Compared to the rest of the figures, he is a head and shoulders taller, and twice as wide. These are my favorite BAF figures. We get the bigger than life guys that cannot be sold as individual figures. They work so well, and end up being so much fun.  They tend to have a little less articulation than the other figures, but real big guys tend to be a little less flexible than the average guy too. So nothing lost.

This was a mixed bag of a series, with some of the best figures we have seen, and a few that are less than desirable. But once they are put together for the final team picture, there is no doubt that this is a great team.


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