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Spider-Man (Black Costume), and The Jackal – Marvel Legends (Sandman Wave)

We are continuing our look at the Sandman Wave of Marvel Legends. Over halfway done with this wave, so let’s not delay any longer.

Spider-Man (Black Costume):

Ah yes, a fan favorite. The Black Suit Spider-Man. Could this be when he was wearing the Venom Symbiote? Could be, but I am guessing not. We have had a lot of versions of Spider-Man so far, and this is yet another of the great suits. Besides his standard blue and red suit, this may come in second. Originally Black Cat gave him a copy of the Venom outfit (this time made of fabric). She thought it was very sexy. So of course Peter wore it. There were a few times it came out of retirement over the years. Each time was a troubling time for Peter, and it was reflected in the suit.

This is a very standard Spider-Man body. Once again relying on the paint to carry the naked buck with a new head. He has all of the great Spider-Man articulation that we know and love.

That is it for the Spider-Men for this wave. Three out of eight figures is enough I think. There are plenty more costumes we could see in the future. My hopes are on The Amazing Bag-Man where Peter wears a Fantastic 4 costume with a paper bag over his head. And of course a proper 6 inch Iron Spider.

The Jackal:

The Jackal!?!? Who the *bleep* is The Jackal. Oh yeah, another crazy scientist that Peter has enraged somehow or another. This guy came around after Gwen Stacy died at the hands of Green Goblin. See there, a double tie in to both Spider-Man AND Green Goblin in one wave. It wasn’t bad enough that Peter blamed himself for the death of Gwen, but now there is a crazy guy that wants to make a Gwen Clone. In the midst of all of the mess-ups and failed experiments, he created Ben Reilly (the Scarlet Spider). Yay! Scarlet Spider reference. I don’t care what people say, I was riveted to the Clone Saga.

This Jackal is one freakish looking dude. Scantily clad in a pair of blue underwear, he is hairy all over. They did such a good job covering him with texture. He only has some dark paint on his chest, but the sculpting is so nicely done that it looks like there are many colors all over the body.

He has some fantastic musculature, especially on his back. He is a creepy addition to to this lineup. I am sure he is nobody’s favorite bad guy, but he sure does bring something different to the display shelf.


Spider-UK and Ms. Marvel – Marvel Legends (Sandman Series)

Spider-UK:

Spider-UK, where things in the Spider-Verse take a strange turn. So, of you know your history, back in the 80s, Excalibur was a fantastically crazy comic. For my followers, you know that was the one that started it all for me. Well, there was a guy named Captain Britain. He was like Captain America, but even more muscular. Well, the same is happening with Spider-UK. He is like Spider-Man, but a lot stronger.

From a different Earth (833) William “Billy” Braddock (note the name is almost the same as that of Brain Braddock (Earth-616’s Captain Britain), and is a mix of Captain B, and Spider-Man. The multiverse has allowed Spider-People to come out of the woodwork, and that is fine with me.

It is nice to see a buffed-up version of Spider-Man. He does not have quite the articulation of the thinner Spider-Men, but that is to be expected. You get more muscle, you lose some of your motion. That is just life, and it is reflected in the toys too.

The design of Spider-UK is great. I can see why he was added to the Spider-Verse. Take the standard red, white, and blue of Spider-Man, and add the design of the Union Jack, which also happens to be red, white, and blue. There you have all the makings for a new Spider-Man. Add in a sad story (his universe has been destroyed), and you have your next Spider-Man to join the ranks.

Ms. Marvel:

Let’s move away from our Spider-Man for a minute and take a look at Ms. Marvel. Hey, that isn’t Carol Danvers! Nope, Carol has moved on to become Captain Marvel, so that left the mantle of Ms. Marvel open for a new recruit. That is where Kamala Khan comes in. She gained the powers of being a polymorph, where she can take on any shape. Think Reed Richards of the Fantastic 4.

Kamala is a Pakistani-American, and takes to wearing clothing that is appropriate for her culture. The suit is made of a Biokinetic Polymer which becomes very malleable, allowing it to change with her.

The figure is a short buck with thin appendages, just like Kamala. There was a lot of work that went into making this whole new outfit, and it paid off. She looks great. She wears the red and blue of Ms. Marvel, with the added lightning bolt of gold that she wore in her later black outfit.

She comes with two extra body parts. Elongated and exaggerated arms and hands. In her regular form, she has two fist hands. When switched out for the bigger hands, she has one fist, and one open hand. That allows to an added bit of playability. And being that she comes in the Sandman wave, she will need some bigger appendages, since you know Sandman can get pretty big himself.

Oof, poor Goblin. He just can’t catch a break in this wave. Seems that everyone wants a piece of him.

Two more characters in the wave down, and we have reached the halfway point of this wave. Spider-UK is a nice new touch to the ever growing Spider-Verse, and Ms. Marvel is a unique character all her own.


Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.


Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Team Compete (White and Yellow Rangers)

Today we are taking a look at the last and final two figures to complete the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in the 6.5 inch Legacy line.

This is wave 3, but technically the 4th wave due to the Toys R Us exclusive set of movie figures that came out a little while ago. This wave is again split between two teams. 2 figures are to complete the MMPR team, while the other three figures will complete the Power Rangers In Space team. I grabbed the MMPR figures first since I know there is a whole lot of love for both the White and Yellow Rangers. It is not a big surprise that Bandai would wait until the end of the line to give us these two figures.

First off, let’s look at the White Ranger. Another Tommy Oliver. Haha! This is not the first line to have multiple Tommy’s in it, and we have at least one more on the way, when we get to Zeo.

Tommy comes with Saba, and a sheath for said beautiful sword. The Saba sword really is a work of art. Saba is so nicely painted, with a base of white, and touches of gold, red and silver. This is probably the most expensively colored single piece that Bandai has ever done in terms of paint apps.

Facing off, Tommy vs Evil Tommy. Actually this works and is show accurate. If you remember, Rita had a second Tommy, an evil Tommy made, and they fought. Of course you know a copy is never quite as good as the original.

Next up, let’s look at Trini. The original TigerRanger from Zyuranger was a male, hence the lack of a skirt. It made the transition to MMPR fairly well, and Trini had her helmet off enough that we just went along with it being her.Of course in the Legacy line, they give their ladies a little more going on up top, so this is definitely a woman this time around. She has one of my favorite helmets in the entire series, with the tiger face and teeth coming down over the visor.

Trini comes with the final part of the Dino Megazord, though back in the day it was just Megazord. She comes with the yellow right leg. It is not quite as nice looking as the blue leg. It is a bit flat around the bottom, and the face of the tiger is a bit cartoonish.

The girls are together and they look great. There are some subtle differences in the two, as to not just be a repainted copy from pink to yellow. For one, Trini is shorter than Kimberly. Now that I say that, in season 2, Trini leaves for a peace conference, and Aisha Campbell takes her place as the new Yellow Ranger along with Rocky and Adam who took over as the Red and Black Rangers respectively.

The core 5 members look great together. The colors are so bright, as they were back in 1993. So many different colors that created a genre of action TV all it’s own.

So, you can go with season 1 and 2, when Tommy broke the power of the Green Ranger and became a part of the team.

Or you can go with Season 2 and 3 with the White Ranger. Whatever your favorite team makeup, you certainly can make it here.

The Megazord is complete. As with other Build-a-Figure lines, these are generally very special parts that are going to end up being one-off parts. There are no other Zords that are like the Megazord, so we will only see these used once. Megazord is really well done. It has open hands that makes me think he should have a sword of some sort. It really is too bad it didn’t come with one.

Now we have 2 complete Zords, not including the Astro Megazord that will be done with the rest of the In Space team at the end of this wave.

I am really, really happy with what they are doing with these figures. Bandai America is really doing a great job of giving the Power Rangers fans what they really want and deserve. From fantastic figures, to nice Build-a-Figures.

The rest of In Space will follow with Zeo on the horizon. There is also the whole metallic MMPR figures debacle that is coming soon, but I won’t get into that. I will just hope for a weapons pack so the core 5 can have their individual weapons at some point.


I hate Toys R Us!!!

So I saw online this morning that Toys R Us is running a sale on the Mighty Morphin’ Legacy Falconzord.   $59.99 instead of the usual $79.99.   I went to the website, and there it was in all of it’s white and gold glory.

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I clicked on the “Add to Cart” button, and it gave me a popup for a Free Store Pickup Today.

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.19.16 AM.pngThe problem is that there is no store within 50 miles that carries the Falconzord.  So, I cannot order it online from the website because all of the stores in my area cannot figure out that they need to actually have a stock of a Toys R Us Exclusive toy?!?   Come on!   I have not even seen one of them in the store, and I have frequented many of these stores recently.
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I have been burned too many times when items are labeled with this sign.  When I see posts of upcoming toys and I hear they are Toys R Us exclusive I have to shout, “Fuuuuuuuuuuuuudge!”   But I did say ‘fudge’.  Anyone get my A Christmas Story reference?   If not shame on you and add that to your watch list for 9 months from now.

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I don’t get it.  I am a grown adult with money to spend on specific items.   Toys R Us has the market cornered on one of those items, Power Rangers, and they cannot seem to get it right.   It is too bad there isn’t a store out there that is dedicated to selling toys… oh wait, that is exactly what Toys R Us is supposed to be doing.    They are a toy store… I think.  It is is in their name.

Bandai is creating some of the best figures it ever has, and they are working with the devil.  Toys R Us seems to have such a hit and miss record for ordering.   In my area alone, I have 4 TRUs within what I would call ‘driving distance.’   There were 5, but they closed one down so they could sell the land to put up apartments.  We live in one of the most expensive housing areas in the country, and yet they cannot stock the items people really want.  Nor do they stock items that they have the cornered market for.  It says exclusive right on the box.   That means no one else can carry it.   People will HAVE to come to TRU to get it.   Maybe that just doesn’t make sense to them.

Now that the steam is really rolling out of my ears, I will end this rant.  On to better things as I figure out what I am going to do about getting my hands on this beautiful bird.    I did get the Legacy Megazord on Amazon for a great price, so I can start back filling some of the old Zords I do no have in my collection.

 


Vortex – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

Take Alpha Bravo, who was a rescue helicopter with rockets on the side. Repaint it with a crazy paint job, and you have Vortex. They didn’t even give him a new head.

I think overall the paint is a bit much. When you have Combaticons, you don’t think wild colors that stand out. You want more of a military look. And for the most part, Bruticus looks like he is going to be colored correctly… other than this bright green and yellow arm formed by Vortex.

In robot mode, we pretty much get what we got with Alpha Bravo. He is less than inspired. Blocky and out of sorts. On the upper half, his head is the best part. He has a great face with a good design and the red connected eyes.

His torso is clearly a part of the Combier. It is so much more blatant than the other figures. Probably due to so much extra color around the rest of the chest. Of course, if you put paint on the combiner tab, then it will rub off, and nobody likes paint rub.

He has that giant backpack of greeble back there that is super ugly. Really, there isn’t much they could probably do with it, but still, it looks pretty bad on the slim frame of Vortex. We have had lots of other helicopter robots in the past decade that have turned out well, so we can’t blame it all on the alt mode being a helicopter.

His legs are another part that don’t look great. They are rather blah down there. The bottom part especially with the strange shape of the calf, tiny feet, and the bulge off to both sides. It all had to get moved out of the way for the arm.

The helicopter is a pretty good looking machine. Vortex looks better to me than Alpha Bravo because of who he is. As an attack helicopter, I expect to see Vortex with missiles hanging off his sides. Not so much with the rescue helicopter.

Vortex comes with the same two weapons as Alpha Bravo. The rifle and the dual gattling gun hand/foot. This time in grey rather than black. They don’t really go too well with the helicopter, but the big gun does make a nice stand for the rather flat helicopter to sit on.

I cannot imagine Vortex and Swindle hanging out together. I am sure they do not appreciate the skills that the other brings to the team.

They are a good pair to look at to see the wide range we get when we see the Deluxe figures in this line. Swindle is bulky with large shoulders, and lots of bumpy parts, where Vortex is rather streamlined with a very slender body.

I cannot wait to track down the rest of the team and finally get Bruticus built. This is taking a long time to find them all. It is probably due to the inundation of so many Robots in Disguise figures still holding spots on all of the pegs at both Toys R Us and Target.


Blizzard and Hulkbuster – Hulkbuster Wave Part 4 (Final Part)

Today we are looking at the final two figures in the Hulkbuster Wave.  Blizzard, and the big guy himself, Hulkbuster.

Blizzard:

Blizzard is a character that is a bit below my radar. And rightfully so. He seems to be 3rd tier at best, but at least a part of Iron Man’s rogue gallery.

He is simply constructed. He has a special head, but the rest is done with paint. This is a great body that they use. It is very strong and has great muscle texture all over.

He has a menacing looking face, with angry eyebrows and no mouth. It would have been nice to get some sort of power burst with him to get something at least. It looks like he is standing around getting angry for the most part.

Hulkbuster:

Hulkbuster is huge! I expected him to be heavy as I was buying the team and could feel heft, especially in the legs. He comes with two legs, two arms, a torso, a front and back piece for the chest, and a tiny little head.

He goes together easily for the most part. The head popped right on. The arms easily went onto the their holes. There was a bit of a need for some extra strength to get the legs onto their posts, but I managed. There is a post that sticks up out of the lower torso and attaches into the upper torso. Mine is stuck and does not swivel to the sides. I can get side to side movement, but no twist. So, as for now, my Hulkbuster is slightly off center.

Overall this is a great wave of figures. They give a good look across the board, and they have a fantastic build-a-figure on Hulkbuster. It will be a while before they live this one down. It is like the Sentinel back in the day. All other BAF figures were held to that standard, and it took a long time for some people to get over that one. Now we have the new standard, and the bar is set high!


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