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Deadpool – Back in Black – Marvel Legends GameStop Exclusive

In late 2016 and early 2017, Marvel had the brainchild to take us back to the 80s. We join Peter Parker as he finally gets rid of the alien symbiote that will one day become Venom. But before that happens, the symbiote goes on an adventure with none other than Deadpool. You know nobody would be able to hang with that crazy dude for long. Well, five issues in this mini-series is all the future Venom could take. Back in Black is of course a reference to AC/DC’s album by the same name, released in 1980. The issue doesn’t scream over the top 80s references like I thought it would, but with the non-stop action over 5 issues, there isn’t really time to stop and take in the nostalgia.

Flash forward to the end of 2017, and we have a figure in hand of that very same Deadpool. He comes with a good number of accessories. None of them are new, but they are still cool none-the-less. He comes equipped with a grasping hand and a web-slinging hand. I was surprised that he really took on the persona of Spider-Man a lot in the book, and actually flew around with webs. He also comes with Toxin’s clawed hands, as well as one more grasping hand. He comes with the back arms that came with Space Venom, since he needs them for a classic scene from the book. In the book he gets a little crazy and fangs show up. We get that in a repaint of Superior Venom’s head. And then we get some weapons too. Deadpool’s own katana swords in a transparent pink to represent the swords he stole off an alien. He didn’t use them for long, but that was a fun scene.

Teamed up with his modern self, the Deadpool of ole didn’t wear all of the gear he does now. It was a simpler time, so his Black Suit is less detailed with guns and pouches and the rest. Pretty much as it was in the comic.

Throw on the backpack for some straight-out-of-the-comics fun with swords. Unfortunately the symbiote arms were made for Space Venom and holding hand guns. The swords are not held in place very strong. One side can hold a blade pretty well, but the other side is just placed there.

When the going get’s tough, Deadpool gets crazy. He showed some of the future Venom look with sharp fangs and claws. He grew in size too, but you cannot represent that in a single toy. I have one problem with the right hand on mine. It is extremely loose. When I put the hand in, it tends to flop around. The grasping hand even falls out when just standing there. I am going to have to work on getting that a bit tighter. Anyone have a good way of going about that, I am all ears.

By the time Deadpool was done, he realized that the symbiote was trying to take over his mind. Not happy about that, he was able to get rid of the alien. But then it wanted to hook up with Peter again. Deadpool said, “If you want him, you have to go through me.” Not happy about having to deal with Deadpool and his crazy mind again, it decided to go hunting for a new host. And the rest of the story is history…

This is a fine figure. Only two problems, holding the swords with the extra appendages, and a loose hand socket. The paint is pretty solid. I have heard of some problems with paint on the figures people have found in the store. Since I got mine online, I never got a choice. Thankfully mine came in good shape. This is a fun figure to go along with a richer history being filled in for Venom, Spider-Man, and of course, Deadpool. If you happen by a GameStop and are a fan of Marvel Legends, Deadpool, or Spider-Man, this is a figure to get.

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Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson – 2-pack – Toys R Us Exclusive

This is the Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack with Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson. It is labeled as “Spider-Man”, but this is really the All New All Different Spider-Man. You can tell by the green around the emblem on the chest, as well as the hint of green in the eyes of the mask. Basically in the comics, this is a new take on Peter Parker, where he is a Tony Stark level company owner, where his world has grown past New York, to encompass the world. Think about the trouble he has caused, or what has been caused to him on a New York scale, and blow it up to a world scale. That could be a lot of fun to read.

Anyway, we are looking at the figures today. This is one of the most known couples in all of comic history. Along with Lois Lane and Superman, and Cyclops and Phoenix, Peter and Mary Jane have gone through a lot together. Now we finally get our first Mary Jane Watson Marvel Legends figure, and she is AMAZING!!!

We do not get a lot of people in street clothes, since Hasbro doesn’t think they will sell. We have gotten a few suits, but that is about it. Now we get Mary Jane in a black tank top and blue jeans. The paint is fantastic. I do have to warn about looking at the black tank top when you are going to buy this set, if you can find multiple. The first set I found had some yuck on the shirt, and it really stands out against the black. When I went to another store and found more, there were three to choose from, and one of those also has stuff on the tank top. So, just be aware.

Close up on Mary Jane, she has an amazing head sculpt. The eyes are straight. The paint is applied so well. She has fantastic hair. Nothing wrong with this figure at all. She comes with one accessory, a bag that can be thrown over her shoulder. The strap is molded to go across her chest, so you are limited to it going one way only.

This is the first time in a very long time that we have had Peter with an unmasked adult head. We have gotten a teen version not too long ago. This head looks really good. One of the eyes is a bit off, but other than that, he looks good and handsome.

Spider-Man comes with 5 accessories. He comes with the masked head, equipped with the new green lenses. He also comes with an assortment of hands to allow 2 open hands, 2 fists, and 2 web-shooting hands.

I don’t know that this is my favorite Spider-Man outfit. I am not too keen on the green accents. A bit of a strange choice when the suit has always been black, red, and blue. I guess Marvel needs it to stand out when the chest is glowing in the comics. This is definitely the way 2-packs should be. Something new with a reprint figure, and an all-new figure that will blow us away. This is definitely a must-have for Spider-Fans. You cannot pass up Mary Jane Watson, and another Spider-Man to add to the Spider-Verse is okay too. We have been drowning in Spider-stuff this summer, since the movie came out, and Marvel Legends has done a great job with all of it.


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…


Captain Universe (Cosmic Spider-Man) – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

The Spider-Verse meets the Micro-Verse. Peter Parker was joined with the Uni-Power and given greater power than he had before. The costume he wore was consistent with others who also joined with the Uni-Power, save for the webbing around the mouth area.

This was an easy choice of figures. They used a standard muscular buck and added some heads.

There is a lot of work that went into the paint on this one. Most of the body is white, but the upper part has a lot of added work. The metallic blue is really nicely done. The head sculpt is pretty well done. There is a lot of good details around the eyes.

The second head belongs to Captain Universe. This is more of a generic head that could be anyone. I am going to go with Ray Coffin, who was the first Captain Universe back in 1979 in Micronauts #8.

The final head sure does look like Peter Parker with a beard. I really, really, really like this head sculpt. The hair and beard are great. This head will definitely be making an appearance again soon on some body or another.

This is one of those figures that I didn’t have any clue about. He was a means to an end, so I could collect all of the parts to Vulture’s wings. But along the way, I learned a lot about him, and really like the figure overall.
We are down to our last two figures. One is pretty bad, and one will take the cake. Until next time…


Beetle – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

About a year ago to the month we had a Beetle in a Spider-Man themed series of Marvel Legends. Then it was Janice Lincoln. Now it is Abner Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins here is the original Beetle. He made his debut in Strange Tales #123 back in September of 1964. At the time Beetle was wearing a loose fitting suit, and had suction cups on his fingers. He was not the trim man with sleek suit you see here today, though the mask is still right on. Spider-Man enters the scene a year later in 1965 when he and the Human Torch have to team-up to once again send Jenkins back to prison.

What we get in the figure is the much more sophisticated Mark II version of the suit, where Jenkins decides he has to step up his game to take on the likes of Iron Man. He kept the purple and green color scheme for now.

There are two sets of holes in his back. One set is for the shell, and the other is for the wings.

Beetle can just wear the shell, which looks pretty cool, and then the wings can be attached separately.

The wings, which we have seen a few times now, are a great size. Even though they were used on women figures before, they are large enough to work for this Beetle. He has a nice strong stance, so he can support the extra weight on his back, and stay standing.

Janice Lincoln took on the mantle of Beetle in 2010. Her armor is based on the Mark II armor that we have Jenkins wearing.

It is pretty easy to pin down which version she is wearing, since the earlier Mark I was more like a fabric suit, and the later Mark III was more like Hulk-Buster armor.
Jenkins turned his life around and became MACH-I. Lincoln uses her armor for bad guy stuff.

I like this Beetle. He is fun with all of the functioning wings and the fun paint colors. He stands out on the shelf nicely. And he is a good team-up figure for the new Beetle.


Moon Knight – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

Moving on to the comic characters of the Vulture Series, we have Moon Knight. There is a LOT of love out there for this guy.

Think of him as Marvel’s answer to Batman. A fairly regular guy that runs around in a suit and beats people up. He has multiple personalities and a lot of cool gadgets. This version of Moon Knight is his more recent attire where he wears more of a shielded armor on his body. He has kept the white cape and the pointed hood. The hood and cape are separate pieces. The cape has a peg that is supposed to connect to the back of Moon Knight to keep it in place. I have found it to fall out of place any time he is moved.

Moon Knight comes with a bunch of accessories. He comes with a staff (same as Daredevil and a few other characters), one big moon weapon, three small moon weapons, and alternate fist hands.

I haven’t found a good way to use the small moon weapons, but he can hold the larger moon as well as the staff.

This is the second Moon Knight we have gotten from Marvel Legends. It was actually in the last series (MODOK series) where ToyBiz had control of the license back in 2006. Flash ahead 11 years, and he has made a return.


The first version had less of a black color to the costume, and more of a gunmetal. At ToyBiz, they loved the articulation, and they made their hands with finger articulation. That was neat in theory, but it made for pretty weak grasping hands, and the fists looked terrible.
He also had a cape that wrapped around him, and looks like it is always trying to give him a hug.

This is new version is an improvement over the first version. ToyBiz did a great job with creating the highly articulated figures we have today, but Hasbro has continued to work on the details, and has continued to make some great costumes.

Relating Moon Knight to Spider-Man goes all the way back to September, 1978 in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 22. They meet for the first time in that issue and fight one another until they see that they are fighting for the same thing, and team up in the next issue. Moon Knight and Spider-Man will meet many more times over the years. This Wave Team-Up works for me.


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