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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.

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Spider-Man – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

Back with the next Spider-Man. Yesterday we took a look at the homemade suit Spider-Man. Today we will take a look at the suit that Tony Stark gave to Peter Parker.

I am not a fan of the wings. They fall off too easily, and they are too short in width to allow SM to fly.

This figure is similar, but not the same as the Spider-Man we got in the Civil War 3-pack back when Civil War came out. This suit has more texture on the suit, and the paint apps are actually better.

He comes equipped with the web wings that we saw from the very first trailer with Spider-Man flying over a helicopter. And in the movie, that scene was even better with all of the context behind it.

He comes with two sets of hands, which is pretty typical for Spider-Man. One set of fists, and one set of web-flinging hands.

This version of Spider-Man has a lot more articulation than the Homemade Suit version. He has the super-jointed shoulders that allow for some very dynamic poses.

In addition, he has an alternate head that has squinty eyes. His eyes in the movie were a character of their own. I really think they took a cue from Deadpool and allowed Spider-Man to wear his mask much more and let his eyes do a lot of the talking. Very well done. If you want an unmasked version, you have to go hunt down the Spider-Man/Iron Man 2-pack to get Tom Holland’s head.

Comparing the two Spider-Men for the movie, they are very similar in height…which is what we would want. It is funny how the optical illusion of the two figures alone make the Homemade suit version look smaller.

Well, we are two figures in, and we are already almost done with the movie figures. Next up, we have a run of comic figures. Some are good, some are so-so, and one is absolutely terrible, not to mention it is missing a part. Until later…


Spider-Man (Homecoming Homemade Suit) – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

It seems like Hasbro really has their stuff together. Waves are coming out as fast as we can find them. Finding them is the hard part sometimes. This wave I found across my 11-state road trip.

This is our first figure, and rightfully so, it is how Tony Stark found Peter in the first place. A kid running around in a hoodie and mask.

This wave is the “Vulture Wave” as you buy the parts to build Vulture’s wings from the Homecoming movie. That is a first for the Marvel Legends line. We have had many many many Build-a-Figures, but this is the first Build-an-accessory. That being said, we are talking about a set of wings that are an awe-inspiring 23 inches wide. When we are talking about 1 inch equaling 1 foot, that is a HUGE wingspan. I take pictures of my Marvel Legends on a 2 foot square diorama. I cannot even get all of the wings in the picture. That is a crazy big set of wings. But we will be getting to him. You will notice as we go along with the figures, that the wing pieces will begin to show up in the background. Each character comes with a piece. Seven figures, seven pieces.

Let’s take a look at Spider-Man, or as Tony Stark would call it, Spider-Man Mark I. When we first caught up with Spider-Man in Civil War, he was running around in this outfit. He stated that the goggles helped him to focus his senses since they were heightened and going crazy in a fight. He comes with a set of fists and his hood is down.

Spider-Man comes with a second set of hands that are web-slinging hands. They are in more of a natural pose for how a person actually does the web hands as opposed to the comics where Peter has exaggerated finger posing.

He also comes with a second hood, so he can have his hood up. Is this inspired by Spider-Gwen? Maybe. I noticed a few times in the film that he had his hood up, but generally in a fight situation the hood was down. Better to see, and no real way of keeping it on. I am glad we got two variations.

This is a great first figure for the wave. Since this is the Vulture Wave, you know Vulture is coming. We will also be looking at a new suit Spider-Man. And that is all. We do not get anyone else from the movie. Boo! This would have been a great time to get a few more movie figures in regular clothes. Shocker anyone? The rest of the wave is made up of comic characters. And believe it or not, since it is a Spider-Man wave, we will be getting 3 Spider-Men this time around. About typical with each Spider Wave.


Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!


Yandu – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) (Titus Series)

Yandu did not make it into the series for the first movie. There were a lot of people that were unhappy that the Marvel Legends for the first movie was just the Guardians, when there were so many great figures that needed to be made. Well, this time around, we are getting them. There are many secondary characters from the first movie that stole scenes, and made bigger impact in Volume 2.

Yandu is one of those characters. He is really the catalyst that made the Guardians a reality, since he stole little Peter Quill and used him for his own gains. In this movie he has a stronger link to Rocket, and allows Rocket to come to peace with his life and his role in the larger universe.

The figure is just what we wanted it to be. His ugly mug has a nasty smile that lets us know that he knows something we don’t. He is in his Ravagers duster and dark colors. The colors really bring out the blue of his skin, much like it did in the movies.

If you so desire, Yandu’s coat is removable. You can see all of the really nice detailing that went into the clothes.

He comes with two heads. The first has his red electronic bar on his head that controls his Yaka Arrow. Later in the movie (No Spoilers) he relies on a different fin to control his arrow. This one is on the second head that he comes with. It is a nod to the comic version of Yondu that does have a large red fin on his head.

Yandu comes with one weapon, his Yaka Arrow. Now in the first movie he used it, and we could see it was powerful. But in Volume 2, we saw JUST how powerful it really is, and that arrow is dangerous. The arrow comes with a wisp of power streaking out behind it. The power is pretty short, and does not stay in place very well. I would love to have had a second arrow to fit into his sheath on his hip. You can either have the arrow flying or it is missing. I will probably go and make my own. An arrow will not be all that hard, just small.

I really like Yandu in this scale. He is a good looking figure, and a much needed addition to the Guardians. I am glad we are getting two waves of Guardians for this movie, and we get to see a wider range of characters represented.


Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.


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