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Marvel Legends – A-Force Box Set (Toys R Us Exclusive)

A-Force. Who now? A band of women that teamed up together to take on evil. It has comprised about every female member of the Marvel Universe from the Inhuman Medusa all of the way down to the crime-fighting Misty Knight. Since there cannot be a box set of 30+ figures, they had to pare that down a bit. And what they ended up with was a unique look at some different women of the Marvel Universe. None of which I have in my collection. The only woman here who has had a figure was She-Hulk. She has had two figures before (back in 2007 and 2008). So, let’s take a look at the figures.

She-Hulk:

Jen Walters herself in all of her green glory. They went with the purple and white color scheme for her suit that we have seen forever. This particular design is from the A-Force series. It is a nice suit, since it takes cues from her original outfit with the white belt line around the middle. She also has the high neck and gloved arms that we saw later in other designs. And I sure am glad they decided to give her shoes at some point. Just because Hulk goes around barefoot, doesn’t mean She-Hulk as to as well.

Her face is good. I think this box set came out at the perfect time, when Hasbro figured out how to make pretty ladies. She-Hulk has a bit of a shine to her skin. It looks like she has been working out a bit. It will be nice to see more consistency with the less shiny skin.

Lady Sif:

Lady Sif (or just Sif on the box) has also been around a long time. 1964 is a ways back. She really came into pop-culture more recently as she fought alongside Thor in his movies. This Sif has an outstanding outfit. Red and white adorn her body. She has armored gauntlets and boots that protect her appendages. Her torso has some white detailed painting
that is really crisp and clean.

Her face is very lovely. She looks a lot like Jessica Jones to me. I feel like there is a lot of Krysten Ritter in her face. She has a headdress on with the same white and red motif.

Sif comes with a good number of accessories. She has a cape that rests on her shoulders. It does not peg into her back. She also comes with a belt that has a skirt attached around the bottom. The belt also has a hilt for her sword. And then she also has her sword. It is a fairly plain sword. There are no special markings or great details to the sword. I think it is very fitting of a warrior to have a weapon that is all business.

Singularity:

Supposedly she is a sentient quantum singularity. Very Star Trek of them. She is a very small member of the team. She does not wear an outfit, instead just being. She has some great color tones of blues and purples over a translucent body with glitter. The only other paint is her white eyes.

It is pretty neat that she is translucent, but I always worry about those clear bodies. I hope she will hold up over time. She has such a small body. She is a similar height to Loki and Monica, but that is only because of her high hair. She is only about nose high to them.

Loki:

Since Loki is a god, he is able to return from the dead. When he came back after Ragnarok, he was a lady. Sure, why not. At some point Loki joined up with the A-Force for a time. And now we have this fantastic figure. She has some of the most beautiful green paint I have ever seen applied to a figure. I love that her boots are not gold, but a deep mustard yellow. You may recognize them as Rogue’s boots. I only noticed because, just like with Rogue, the tops of the boots are not glued into place, and one was flopping around. They easily squeeze back into place.

She has a beautiful face, and stuff her in hair, just like in the comics. Her horns are large and magnificent.

If you had an eagle eye, you might have noticed a bit of a problem with Loki’s hands. Yup, she has two left hands. Well, that isn’t great. I was not going to go all of the way back to Toys R Us to return this set that has 5 fantastic figures and one wrong hand. One it is too far away, and two, I may end up with another problem later on.

This one I fixed by giving her Phoenix’s gold hands. I have an email in to Hasbro to see if there is any way to get a replacement hand. If not, I will see about repainting a hand so she can have her ungloved hands back.

Elsa Bloodstone:

A gunslinger to be sure, Elsa has strength too, because of the Bloodstone she wears around her neck. I actually have the Bloodstone comics from when she was blonde, before she joined Nextwave and dyed it red. She comes with a pair of rifles, as well as a revolver that fits in the holster on the belt around her waist.

She has a very pretty face, as we can see the trend going in this set. It is not a perfect face, as there are a few lines from the molding process.

Along with her great outfit, mobility with a duster, she also has the amazing long red hair. The details in the hair are quite well done. We may be done with the days of blobby hair.

Monica Rambeau:

Though going by a dozen or so names over the years, Monica was most known as Spectrum. She has also been a part of 10 teams, including Nextwave where she met Elsa Bloodstone, and of course A-Force.

She is decked out in her Spectrum outfit of black and white with a knee-length black trench coat. She continues the trend of beautiful faces. She has some amazing hair too. This style could have easily been a mess, but there was great detail taken, and she looks great with it pulled back behind a headband.

She has the darkest outfit, but the dark fits in, to give a unique look from the rest of the vibrant colors.

This is a fantastic team of women. Guess the adage that female action figures don’t sell didn’t get into Hasbro’s mind when they went for this set. It is decently priced for an exclusive. It was $120, which is $20 per figure, which is what we pay for the figures regularly at full price in the stores for Marvel Legends figures, and they are all new figures (save for She-Hulk who we haven’t seen in 9 years). Some would argue that the price is not quite the great deal, since the standard figures come with BAF parts for another final figure for each wave.  I highly recommend this set. And more fun yet will be to continue to build up the A-Force team. About any woman you have in your Marvel collection will have been a part of this team.

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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.


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.


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.


Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 


Power Rangers (2017 Movie) – 6.5 inch figures (Toys R Us Exclusive)

WOO HOO!!!!!! I never walk into something early. I have been a serious toy collector for a long time now, and follow a lot of people online. I see people getting figures early. I don’t know if I happen to live where the toy department people are better at saving products until release date, or if I am just so unlucky.

Well today I was in Toys R Us for one last look, and there they were, the new 6.5 inch Power Rangers movie figures. I did not know these were going to be a thing. I had the list of what was supposed to be coming out this year in the 6.5 inch figures, and this was not on it. I have been missing a few news items since I have been sick for all of 2017 so far, and I was finally feeling well enough to venture out and see what I could find. And boy did that pay off. I did not know they were not supposed to be released until I got up to the check stand and they guy had to get his manager to override the pre-sale lock.

I decided to go with my favorite Pink Ranger, and Alpha 5. I almost grabbed Trini, but I knew I could do a good look between the two Pink Rangers, since the MMPR Yellow Rangers has not yet been released.

So, let’s take a look at Alpha 5. I think I am in the majority when I saw the design for him. Um, yikes? That is a big change from the original gold headed robot we had back in the day. They went with a much more organic alien look. It is growing on me.

His articulation is really well done. I was a bit worried that with the first non-Ranger in this line of 6.5 inch figures, that they would do something terrible. Bandai America stuck to the script and gave us a really good figure. He has really good range of motion in his arms including shoulders, elbows and wrists. The same goes for the legs with good hips (hindered a bit by the leg design), knees, and ankles that allow the feet to swirl 360 degrees and bend on a ball. His head is mounted on a solid neck with a ball joint. Simple and perfect. It allows for good movement of the head in any way you could imagine.

The Pink Ranger has a bit of a more realistic look to her than the rest of the figures in the 6.5 inch line. The other figures are more similar to the ideal of what the Power Ranger would look like. They are clean and smooth. The new Rangers have far more texture than the others.  The new Kimberly has a darker pink as the base, with touches of silver/blue that takes places of the original white checkerboard.  The overall design is a more organic alien look, but a nice nod to the original costume. Areas around the visor look right on, but as you move back, the head is pointed on top. So some similarities and some deviation.

The new Pink Ranger has all of the articulation of the other figure buck with the addition of better hips that allow for splits. Mostly that is thanks to the lack of a skirt. The rest of the body has the same movement, with a few cuts placed in slightly different areas for aesthetics. Pink Ranger 1 has a ball torso where the upper and lower parts are connected. Pink Ranger 2 has the classic Marvel ab crunch and waist swivel. The ab crunch does not allow for quite as much motion as the ball jointed torso, so there is a slight loss there, but it is clear that Bandai was going for the really clean look of the costume, and didn’t want a big line across the middle of the torso.

There are two other pretty big changes. One good and one not so good. They both have to do with reduction of body parts. First is the chest area. The previous 6.5 inch females have torpedo boobs, and does not look like anyone in the show. I can’t think of any Ranger that looked large in their costume. Bandai did a good job of slimming down the chest a bit to give a more realistic look.

The other reduction is in the size of the feet. They went with a much smaller foot. They are too small. It would have been great with standard feet that the other females have. At least Kimberly didn’t end up with the super-tiny Marvel Legend feet with high-heeled solid boot. Ugh! I will take this over that any day.

Being a part of the 6.5 inch line, they come with Build-a-Figure parts that build the movie Megazord. I am still on the fence with this Megazord, but I think the design works in the 6.5 inch line. Part of what bothers me so far is that the toys do not have very good articulation, but not many Power Rangers Zords do. These are the best at articulation we have seen yet… if we will ever get to complete them. 😉 I know we will eventually, but now I have 3 Megazords in different levels of completion, with Ninja Storm Megazord being the only one complete so far.

I am definitely glad they ended up making this team for the 6.5 inch series. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the team. They are going to be fairly stand-alone in style compared to the rest of the figures we have gotten, and well continue to get. Hopefully with the inclusion of Alpha 5, we will get to see some other characters show up in future waves. Next up, Bandai is going to complete the In Space and Mighty Morphin’ teams. Can’t wait!


Power Surge Optimus Prime – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class

If you say Power Surge Optimus Prime, you could be talking about three different figures out at the same time. That sounds unprecedented to me. You have the standard release, with Optimus in his red/blue paint scheme in the Warrior Class. Then you have the Clash of the Transformers version that has a lot of white with red/blue added. Finally there is the giant scale, similar to the Legends class with lights and sounds.

We are looking at the second of the Primes, the white version that is a Toys R Us exclusive.

I have not been a huge fan of the Robots in Disguise Optimus Primes. I do not like the idea of the cab and trailer being attached to one another in vehicle mode, since it takes away from the playability of the truck. However, it does help the robot mode, by allowing Optimus to be tall and slender and look pretty good.

So, with this iteration of Optimus Prime, he is a major retool of the original RiD release. There are lots changes, and one really good improvement. The best thing they did with this mold is to change the way the arms and shoulders connect to form the truck cab. They gave more of the truck part to the shoulders, and took away a lot of the truck from the forearm. What that did was free up the hands, so you can actually see the hands and not have them mostly hidden by the cab.

The rest of the changes are mostly cosmetic to allow for the new Power Surge parts. This includes shoulder mounted blasters, which give him a really tough look. He also comes with two swords that can be placed on his back as wings. All three of the parts are clear-blue plastic, which is nice for the Power Surge effect, and better than the painted blue accessories for the standard release figure.

One of the other changes to the figure was around the legs. On the first release figure, he had two sets of wheels on the trailer, which gave him 8 wheels going back with 4 on each side. I don’t know if Hasbro has ever seen a semi-trailer, but they do not have wheels going all the way along the body of the trailer. This time around, they made the legs skinnier with only one set of wheels on each side. In the extra area, they added a hook on each leg that I presume is to hold the axe they threw in as an extra. The guy is running around with a pair of energy swords, why would he need an axe too? Who cares? Now he has a backup weapon on his thigh.

I think this is an improvement over the first RiD figure. There are some cosmetic upgrades, as well as physical upgrades to the character. This is what you want to see when a figure is being amped up with new powers. I don’t think we needed two versions of the figure, and I have not bought the standard version yet. I think it is a bit redundant to have a recolored version that is not as good looking in the regular release. And the giant figure? It seems a bit over the top to have such a large version. It does come with a Mini-Con, so that is an advantage, but for $45 it is a pretty expensive choice when you can have this guy for $14.

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

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