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Hound – Transformers: The Last Knight

Hound is a figure that we can’t look at without thinking of the version that came out last time. That was a really good version that matched the movie pretty well, and had a ton of weaponry to go with him. How will the new Hound stack-up?

First off he comes out of the box in robot mode. The first thing I thought was just how light the green was. It was a bit too washed out compared to the movie. But I think it was a better choice than the vibrant green used in the last version of Hound.

His head is much bigger in this version, and looks a lot better than the last version that has a bit of a pin-head thing going on. The face sculpt is good. There is a bit of bleeding on the colors, but not too bad.

The guns can combine and be stored on his back when not in use.

He comes with a good amount of weaponry this time around. Two big guns and two smaller guns. None of them are the weapons he uses in the movie. He still uses the same weapons from the last movie, which came with the last figure. There is a reason of the change in vehicle mode. Is it worth it for the wrong weapons? We will see. Apparently all of the weapons from the previous version can be attached to ports across his body.

Standing together, this new version is only slightly taller. He has a lot more bulk to him this time around, which fits the movie better.

In vehicle mode he is a Mercedes Unimog. He is missing the cover for the truck bed that was in the movie, and instead he has a weapons platform. All four guns combine with an extra piece to allow the turret to rotate.

The front end of the truck looks really good. There was some changes to the back, but the front stayed true.

This is a good usage of the guns in this mode. I do really like the way the guns were broken down in the last version. A little more “Robots in Disguise” but this has a lot more playability to it.

Now side by side it is amazing how much larger the new truck is from the old one. The figures were not that much different in robot mode, but the size difference is quite drastic in vehicle mode.

This is another good figure from the Last Knight line. Hasbro has been having some trouble getting figures out to the people and it has been hard to find some of the figures. Most are worth it. I have a few more from the movie to look at in the future.

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Autobot Squeeks – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Class)

Squeeks is a little robot that showed up here and there during Transformers: The Last Knight. He was a character mostly in the first part of the movie. Once things got crazy, he went to the wayside so the big bots could battle it out. I had expected to see more of him in the film, maybe in a roll similar to Fixit from Robots in Disguise.

Well, Squeeks comes in his robot mode with a trailer, an arm, and a giant gun.

The trailer opens up into a repair station not unlike Optimus Prime’s trailer. It has a weapons system in the back, a repair arm, and a red tool box for holding parts. In this case, the arm, and his handlebars in vehicle mode.

He can sit on the repair stand in robot mode to get fixed up.

When one of the handlebars is removed, the arm can take it’s place and give Squeeks an actual usable hand.

He can change out that arm for a cannon as well. This this is crazy. It also had a handle so someone else could also use the gun.

The trailer can fold up once more and become a backpack, though it does make Squeeks back heavy, so his front wheels are off the ground. The weapon system is deployed in this mode over Squeeks head.

Transforming Squeeks is quite involved. It is pretty amazing the engineering that went into making a fat round guy into a long scooter. But it works, and he looks great. The rust and dirt is brushed on from the factory, and does not look all that good.

The trailer can attach to a flip-up hitch. There are little wheels on the bottom of the trailer so it can roll. The hitch was hard to get connected the first few times, but got a bit easier. The parts hold together very well.

The only thing missing is a place to store the big gun. It is not very “disguise” like if a scooter is driving around with a super cannon on the trailer.

And if the scooter mode needs a bit of fixing up, it can fit well on the trailer as well.

I have been waiting for this guy since I first saw him online. I knew he would be a unique figure with some pretty neat transformations if he was to change his look that much. I had expected him to be slightly bigger. I was thinking he would be a similar size to the motorcycles that have come out in the Generations line. It was going to be my main vehicle for my 6 inch Deadpool.

But alas, it is ever so small. Great for comedy relief, but out-scaled nonetheless. Either way, he is a whole lot of fun to play with. Keep your scanners peeled for this one.


Marvel Minimates – Thor: Ragnarok – Walgreens and Toys R Us sets

With Thor: Ragnarok only a few weeks away, it is time to break into these MiniMates boxes and see what we have going on here.

Gladiator Thor and Hela:

Gladiator Thor and Hela are one of the two packs that are the same across the series. They come dressed for battle. Thor is wearing his gladiator outfit that we are very familiar with from the preview. The details in the outfit are fantastic. He comes with two blue/green swords that have replaced Mjölnir after it was destroyed by Hela.

Hela comes in her over-the-top headdress. It is so wide and fantastic looking. Hela also comes with a cape that is bit too long for her. It touches the ground before her feet, so she leans forward a bit. Good thing I was posing the figures in sand.

They both come with an additional accessory. Thor comes with his short hair, while Hela comes with an unmasked head and long hair.

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie:

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie are the other set that are the same amongst the retail sellers.

Hulk is nothing short of amazing in this small scale. He is HUGE! Well relatively huge anyway. He stands nearly a head taller than any of the other figures. He comes with lots of additional body parts to beef up his arms, legs and torso. There are great little additions here and there to make him larger overall using the same basic body as a standard Minimate and then going from there. He has his hammer and axe going into battle.  Valkyrie looks good. She comes with a sword that matches those of Thor in color. The design is unique. She also has a half cape similar to Thor, with a different color.

These two also have additional accessories. Hulk comes with hair, and Valkyrie comes with two small daggers. They are SO small. I am sure I am going to lose them soon.

It is not a surprise that these would be the four figures selected to be in all retail packs. You have to have the main two stars, Hulk and Thor, and you want a bad guy as well as someone else of interest. This is a good start.

 

Roadworn Hero Thor & Civilian Loki:

The Walgreens Exclusive side consists of 2 more 2-packs. The first is Roadworn Hero Thor and Civilian Loki. Thor looks to be in a toned down version of his Avengers outfit. We don’t know what he has been up to yet, but I am sure he is going home for a bit of a rest (you know because he is Roadworn Hero).

Loki is just a civilian at the moment. We know that won’t last long, but I like the all-black suit. It suits Loki very well. The only accessory in this set is Thor’s Mjölnir. We know what happens in the previews with the hammer…

Skurge & Grandmaster:

The other Walgreens Exclusive pair is Skurge and Grandmaster. We saw Grandmaster last at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Now he plays a major role in this movie as he is the leader of Skaar, and the reason we get to see a battle between Thor and Hulk.

Grandmaster is played by Jeff Goldblum, who I really like as an actor. Along with him in this set is Skurge who is played by Karl Urban, who I think is a totally under-utilized actor today. Skurge looks a little on the fat side as opposed to being in armor.  Neither figure comes with an accessory.

These are interesting secondary characters that make for a richer collection. It is nice to get some figures that are not all the same.

All 4 Walgreens packs have the same back pictures and info.

Sakaar Loki & Heimdall:

The final set is the Toys R Us Exclusive. TRU only got three 2-packs for this series, and the first two showed up at Walgreens as well.

A fitting 2-pack. Heimdall had been cast out of Asgard by Loki who was posing as Odin. Heimdall does not have his gold armor, but he does have his fantastic sword.

In the meantime, Loki is in his second box and is being called Sakaar Loki. Guess he ditches the black suit for some super colorful armor. I am bummed to see that there were not additional accessories beyond Heimdall’s sword. We saw Loki in the preview flipping a few daggers. That would have been an easy addition to the set, since we just saw two that came with Valkyrie.

All 3 2-packs come with the same backing for the TRU set.

I don’t know about the rest of the Marvel Universe, but I have been dying to see these two go at it since they began fighting amongst themselves in The Avengers. This should be a pretty epic battle.

Overall this is a great series of figures. Lots of fun, as I am sure the movie will be. Now I just have to wait for the movie in a few weeks.


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.


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!


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