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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.

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Marvel Legends Multi-Packs and Exlcusives

We are going to take a quick look at a few multi-packs that came out a few years ago.  I was not able to find them initially, but they were available in the secondary market (Amazon) for great deals.   They have been sitting on the floor way too long, and wanted to be let free to play.

Amazon Exclusive – Age of Ultron 4-Pack (2015)

This is the Amazon.com exclusive set from Age of Ultron. It contains a really large new mold of Thor, a retool of Black Widow, a new tool of Bruce Banner, and a retool of non-Legends Hawkeye. The set is okay. I really wanted to get my hands on a decent movie Thor, and of course the Bruce Banner. We have had Hulk, but this is the first time we get Bruce.

Black Widow is a fine figure. The colors on her outfit are kind of fun. They are not very movie accurate. She comes with a set of batons to break some bad guy heads. Hawkeye is the weakest of the set. It is clear that he was not a part of the Marvel Legends line originally. His face seems a bit smooshed, and the rest of his proportions are way off too. Not what we are used to with the Marvel Legends movie figures.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Three-Pack (2015) (Toys R Us Exclusive)

This is a fun set of great characters. We get Agent Coulson carrying his really big gun. He comes with two heads, the alternate head wearing sunglasses. They did a great job of capturing the likeness of Clark Gregg.
The second figure is Nick Fury. He comes clad in his black outfit and black trenchcoat. He comes with two handguns that have working holsters, one on the hip, and one on the chest. Then there is Maria Hill. She uses the Agent 13 body with a new head sculpt.

This is a great set to fill out some of the non-super powered characters in the MCU.

Infinite Three-Pack (2014)

This set, I found for a good deal on Amazon I think. It was a super sale, and I could not miss getting my hands on Ms. Marvel. And she does not disappoint.
She comes with Captain America, who I think is a reused version. And then there is Radioactive Man. We can’t have too many bad guys, and to have one that is opaque and glowing is pretty fun.


Marvel Legends – Allfather Wave

This was one of the biggest undertakings of my blogging career.   Not long ago, my trusty Canon EOS up and died.  More to the point, a sensor in the computer died, thus leaving a black line across every one of my pictures.   Since it was 8 years old, there was no way of repairing it.  So, I up and got myself a new one.  More bells and whistles than ever before.  A Canon EOS T6i.  Can’t get much better than that without moving to a professional camera.  And since this gig doesn’t pay anything, I am thinking the camera right below pro is good enough.

Well, the long time of no camera, as well as finishing school for the year (as a teacher, not a student), there is a pile of toys waiting to be shot… in a photo shoot.  Among them were three waves of Marvel Legends.   The three most recent waves, Allfather, Thanos, and Hobgoblin.   I reviewed Iron Man Mark 43 a while back, which was only two shoots before the camera kicked the bucket.

In a grand scheme of a free weekend day I went for it.  I shot all of the figures in one outing.  Including the Build-a-Figures, that equals 22 figures.  It took a long time, but it was a lot of fun, and I got a final shot of all 22 in one big picture.

So without any more delay, here we go with the Allfather Wave:

Iron Fist:
4 sets of hands for Iron Fist in total.  I think this may be a first for Marvel Legends.   Also has Oden’s leg.

He looks fantastic.  He is was  a minor character in the Marvel Universe.   He is coming out at the right time as it was announced he will get getting his own series on Netflix along with the AMAZING Daredevil show that came out not too long ago.  We will first see Jessica Jones, followed by Iron Fist, and then continuing with Luke Cage, before we ultimately get a Defenders series.  If the rest of the shows are anywhere as good as Daredevil, the Avengers are going to have a run for their money from the TV/internet front.   It is going to be awesome to see what comes of this guy.

Machine Man:

First, let’s look at the accessories. He comes with extended arms, as well as Oden’s arms.  Now for the much bigger question:

Machine-who now?!?!  Definitely outside of my realm of knowledge.  Seemed like Hasbro was digging pretty deep for this one.  He actually does have some history with Tony Stark, as well as Ms. Marvel who appears in this wave with him.  I like the concept of Machine Man being the latest in a series of sentient robots who take up a life of a human.  We have seen this idea before.  The Red Tornado comes to mind.

Extending arms are just one of his many abilities.  I can see this guy getting some major upgrades by some builders.  I have seen a comic picture of him with a flight pack.  Already the gears are turning in my head.

I don’t necessarily love the extending arms, but they are a nice touch.  The punching hands on the end of the extension do switch out with his standard hands, so at the very least, he has a second set of hands… which we still don’t see a lot of.  There is a lot of playability with a set of hands that grasp on the end of extensions.

Sentry:

Simple.  Man of strength.  No accessories necessary.   He comes with Oden’s arms.

The is a big dude, just as he is in the comics.   I remember when he came out in the comics at the time I was collecting.  He has a great story, and a tremendous made-up backstory as if he had been around for years and years.  I really like this big guy sculpt.  He has muscles upon muscles.  One grabbing hand and one punching hand.  Hold on to the one you want to punch!

Hawkeye:

Hawkeye.  Poor Avengers Hawkeye never gets a break.  Once again, we get a comic version of a guy we should be getting a movie version of.   He comes with Oden’s Torso.

Not a bad figure, but I really would have liked a movie figure to go with all of the other movie figures.

I couldn’t find anything that tells about Hawkeye’s metal arm.  I mean, it belongs to Bucky with a purple paint job, and was in the comics for a moment, but not much out there on the arm.Thor with his hammer, sword, and his dad’s leg.

This is a MASSIVE figure.  he is so over sized for the rest of the figures.  He stands a head taller than the rest, and that just seems a little silly.  His outfit overall is fantastic.  The details on his hammer and sword are amazing.  I kind of looks like he laid the smackdown on He-Man and stole his sword.

Ms. Marvel:

Ah yes, the beautiful Carol Danvers.  I have been a fan of her’s for many years.  She is one tough lady.   She comes with her regular head and masked version with mohawk.  She comes with King Thor”s head, cape and axe.

She looks great with her mussed hair.  Fantastic look for her.   Her current outfit is reminiscent of her original outfit, but with a lot less skin showing.  I do love the New Avengers look of the black suit with gold lightning too, but this one suits Captain Marvel.

I didn’t know how much I would like the mohawk look, but it makes her look bad ass!  Go get ’em girl!

Scarlet Witch:

Red beauty.  She looks so much better than the earlier version of herself in the Legends line.  She comes with her magic circles as well as Oden’s head, cape, and staff.

She has some tiny little feet and skinny legs. I wish they were a little more substantial.  It makes her a bit hard to pose… especially with the heavy cape.  At least the cape helps her stand.

She looks great using her powers.  Easy to put on and off.  They really stand out in that bright pink color.

Oden:

Something unique this time around is the decision where you can either make Oden, or King Thor.  I went with Oden since he uses the tall staff, and his head sculpt is amazing.   I love the helmet.

The team all together.  This time around they are all good guys.  Not so in the future waves. 6 guys and 2 women in the wave are pretty good stats.  There are a lot more women coming up in future waves too.

 

This is the first 8 figures of the massive photo shoot come back next time as we take a look at the Hobgoblin Series.  Good guys, bad guys, and pizza!  Gotta love it!


The Triumphant Return of Marvel Legends

Over on Captain Toy, Michael Crawford has done a two part review for the newest Marvel Legends wave featuring the BAF for Terrax.

This wave includes:   Thor, Klaw, Hope Summers, Constrictor, Steve Rogers, Iron Man Extremis, Ghost Rider, Terrax

For a full review by Michael, check out the two parts:  Part 1, and Part 2.

Michael gave all of the figures between 3 and 3 1/2 stars, which is a really good score for an entire wave.  From what I have seen of his pictures, it appears that Hasbro has taken better care when creating characters.   They took over the Marvel Legends line a few years back, and basically drove it into the ground in what looked like riding the coat tails of success with an emphasis on ‘suck’.

Poor paint that looked unfinished and blotchy, bad sculpts including mannish women.   It looks like they are coming back with a renewed vigor.   There appear to be quite a few variants out there this time around.   Some are a little strange… like the orange flame Ghost Rider being the variant this time around.

Looks like I am going to have to go on a new hunt.  Thank goodness WonderCon is only a few weeks away.


Thor Movie MiniMates

Thankfully the MiniMates are much better this time around than just a few weeks back when I reviewed the Marvel MiniMates TRU Wave 9.  I was a little worried after that last wave that we were going to be getting worse and worse figures, and possibly killing off one of my favorite toy lines.

But it looks like they just cheaped-out with the last Marvel line.  Not that this is in any way a good thing, but at least we have an improvement.  The figures can hold stuff again, and the paint looks fantastic.

Thor and Destroyer.  I was wondering how Destroyer will look on the big screen, and from the sighting of him I saw in a commercial, he looks pretty bad ass.   His figure here is pretty basic.  Lots of little details over a silver body.  I would have expected him to be taller.  Some of those fancy waist lentheners they sometimes use on the figures.  Bigger boots.  Something.

Thor is looking good in a bit more of a muted version of his comic costume.  It plays well in the real world, and I am sure it will look really good in the movie.  I am really fond of his helmet.  Taking away the feather wings for metal wings gives more of a realistic interpretation.

Loki and Odin.   Short names and BIG horns.  Previously we have had two Loki figures.  One with piddly little horns and Lady Loki with some pretty big horns.  This Loki blows the others out of the water.  Odin on the other hand goes for power over height, and has some pretty tough looking horns of his own.

Both figures have really nice details on their armor, Odin with more molding on his chest plate.

Civilian Thor and Asgardian Guard.  Really, this is the Donald Blake figure, but I think they want to actually sell this figure and since nobody would know who Donald Blake is, they went with Civilian Thor.    Very plain as figures go.  Some nice details in the jeans, but otherwise, not a lot going on there.   He does come with the hammer stuck in stone (it is removable).

The Asgardian Guard comes with a sword and spear.  His armor is really well done and his pants are well detailed too.

This is one of the two Toys R Us exclusive sets.

The other TRU exclusive set is Lady Sif and Volstagg.  Lady Sif is a nice looking female figure.   The does not have a lot of extra add-on details but the paint is fantastic.    Volstagg is a big boy.   He needed some extra armor for his big tummy.  My figure has a problem where the post under the hair was shaped funny, so his hair does not sit on his head very well, leaving a gap at the top of his head and his mouth does not show.   I am going to have to do a little surgery on that one.  All will be well though.

Lady Sif comes with a very nice sword.  Unique and held well in her had.   Volstagg has a battle axe that does not look like it could cut warm butter.   It will however smash it into a greasy mess.   I watched the trailer to see if he showed up at all, but I could not pick him out.

So, this is the TRU Wave of figures.  There are a plethora of other MiniMate figures I am going to have to track down.   These are really nice figures, and I KNOW I am going to like this movie.  So alas, the hunt begins.

There are five single packs: Frost Giant 1, Frost Giant 2, Asgardian Guard, Laufey, and Selvig.

There are also four 2-packs for Marvel Wave 39.  They are Thor and Destroyer (same), Loki and Odin (same), Agent Coulson and Frost Giant (same as Frost Giant 1), and Jane Foster and Frost Giant (again same as Frost Giant 1).

Now, I might pass on the other two sets, but come on, it is Agent Coulson, who is very much a part of getting the Avenger Initiative off the ground, and Jane Foster… who doesn’t want a MiniMate of Natalie Portman?

Ah, the life of a toy collector.  You find something you like and then you have to go out there and find more.  🙂  Until next time.   Happy hunting.


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