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Thor and Valkyrie 2-Pack – Marvel Legends – Thor: Ragnarok

Target has been getting a bunch of 2-Packs for the Marvel movies, and they are holding onto them for a LONG time. I am hoping that they or Hasbro will figure out that they are not holding onto the 2-packs for so long because people don’t want 2-packs, but instead that they are generally one new figure, and a slightly retooled figure from a line that just came out. In this case, it is the Thor Valkyrie 2-Pack. Valkyrie is new, but Thor is nearly identical to the one that came out in the Hulk Wave to celebrate Ragnarok.

From Hulk BAF wave

I skipped this 2-pack for as long as I can, but Target put it on sale for $20.99. That is nearly a 2 for 1 sale. Now I am interested. So I grabbed it up and here we go. 2 more figures for the Thor: Ragnarok series.

They come with a good number of accessories. Thor comes with a second set of hands, so he has 2 open and two grasping hands. He also comes with the sword of Heimdall called Hofund, and rubbery electricity for his arm/hand. Valkyrie comes with a little less, the Dragonfang sword and scabbard.

They look good side by side. They are decked out in their gladiator armor. Thor looks as he does toward the end of the movie, where he is missing the shin armor he had during his battle with Hulk. Valkyrie is decked out in her clothing from earlier in the movie. By the end of the movie, she was once again in her white armor.

With the two different hands, Thor is a pretty dynamic character. He can hold stuff in both hands, and he can look like he is grabbing toward something, or use that electricity. It is a very rubbery material that wraps around his arm and hand. It is actually a flat piece that curls up, so it can be easily wrapped around any part you want. The likeness of the helmetless head is really well done. He looks really good.

I am not sure why Thor came with Hofund. It is Heimdall’s sword, but nonetheless, Thor gets paired up with it. It makes me wonder if they were originally going to make a Heimdall figure, but went with a second Thor instead. I guess they didn’t just want to include the green swords we got with the first figure.

Valkyrie looks really good. His has a nice resemblance to Tessa Thompson. Her outfit has some good detail overall. I am still waiting for Hasbro to get on with it and finally give us some women with double articulation in their elbows. We are still so limited with the 90 degree bend we get right now. She comes with Dragonfang and a scabbard for the sword. It matches in color and design to Thor’s twin blades he got with the first figure. The scabbard is fairly useless. It does not attach to her back as it should. Where is the peg?

These two look really good together. They match in their style really well, from the design to the colors they wear. I like the design choice in the movie to give them less capes and more of just a fabric drape.

I do not think this is a set worth the original $39.99, or the lowerered price $34.99, since we only get one new figure. Drop that down to $20.99, and you have a deal. I will take a helmetless Thor as a freebee to go along with Valkyrie. I think they should have just has Valkyrie in the mainline in the first place. They certainly had enough characters they could have had a whole wave of movie figures. I don’t know why they still run half movie, half comics in each wave. I have seen the Infinity Wars preview pictures, and it continues. With 60+ main characters, and they can’t just give us all movie figures. Ah well, I am not in charge, but I will wait for them to make the same deal with the Star-Lord/Ego pack. I am not going to pay $34.99 for my third movie Star-Lord, when they did it right the first time.

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Marvel Legends – Thor Ragnarok Series (Gladiator Hulk Series)

This Marvel Legends series based around Thor: Ragnarok is a lot of fun. 3 of the figures are from Thor: Ragnarok, and 3 are from the comics, with the Build-a-Figure breaking the tie in the movie’s direction. Let’s get started.

Movie:

Up first is of course Gladiator Thor. He comes dressed in his new garb from the movie. The paint is really well done with a lot of great colors. I really like the asymmetrical look of the outfit, shoulder armor on his left side, and shin armor on his right.

Even his tunic is well done. It is supposed to be reminiscent of his cape, but not really that useful in a gladiator battle.

He comes with the two swords he ran around with. They have a great looking blue color with gold hilts.

 

Loki:

Next we get Thor’s brother, Loki. Compared with the other figures, I find him to be lacking quite a bit. I like the face sculpt okay, but we have seen better.

He should have come with a pair of knives, but alas, he doesn’t. His outfit is a bit on the drab side. Too subdued for the likes of Loki.

 

Hela:

The third figure for the wave is Hela. I loved her in the movie. She was such a good badguy. So we get her wearing her amazing headgear. It is so intricate, with all of the horns. The rest of her outfit carries along with that theme, carrying the interwoven look all the way down her arms and legs.

Along with a pretty nasty looking sword, Hela also comes with an alternate head. It is a very good likeness of Cate Blanchett. She was a great choice for the role.

The first three figures in this wave are well done. Thor and Hela stand out against Loki, but he is a decent figure. There is one more to go that we will look at as we get to the end of the series.

Comics:

Jane Foster:

The first of the comic figures is Jane Foster Thor. She goes along quite well with the A-Force team of women that came out earlier this year. She has more of a classic look to her, with a lot of leather and a pounded-metal helmet and armor. I am very happy with the overall design.

Odinson:

Odinson is a bit of a letdown in this series for me. He seems like a redundant figure to add in to the wave. I do see the relevance as Odinson lost the ability to control Mjolnir, and later took up his Jarnbjorn ax to continue to fight. This is somewhat mirrored in the events of Ragnarok. The outfit is simple, with very little detail added. I am not sure anyone would scream from Asgard that this is their favorite figure in the series.

Ares:

Ares. Oh, boy. Now this is a figure. He is BIG. Standing upright, he is nearly a head taller than Odinson. He is really standing out as a great figure. From the skull on his chest to the great looking armor.

And on top of everything else, he is equipped with the most accessories of anyone. He comes with a double-axe, broadsword, and a removable helmet. And in the case of all of that failing him, he also has a knife. Well done indeed.

Again it is 2 for 3 with the wins. Ares is the best of the wave for the regular figures, and Jane foster is pretty good too. Odinson is a bit lacking.

Build-a-Figure:

Gladiator Hulk:

Collect all of the figures and you can build yourself a giant Gladiator Hulk. He comes with a removable helmet, an axe, a hammer, and shoulder armor.

He looks absolutely fantastic. The details are as good as we have ever seen. The paint is really well done, with some great detailing on the outfit.

Comparing him to Thor, he is a great size. I am sure it was quite a feat to get him to fit in the boxes with the other figures. And the accessories really add a lot.

This is a great series of figures, with only a few figures that don’t make the cut. Hasbro cannot hit it 100% of the time, but 71% is not too bad. We will see what we get in the second round of figures that are expected around the movie.


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.


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!


Valkyrie and Thundra – Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Series Part 2

Valkyrie and Thundra are a different breed of woman for Marvel Legends. Both are larger women. They are proportionate, but they are both tall. We are talking half a head taller than the standard male Legends body. And that is what we needed with these women. They cannot be using the same buck as the Spider-Women. They need to be more robust.

What is really nice is that, though they are both tall, they share very little in common. They are independent women. I am guessing they use the same arms and legs. Both are simple. No additional parts other than paint, and that is fine. Where they really come alive is in the face and torso.

They could not have more different faces and hair. Valkyrie has a calm face with braids falling over her shoulders. The braids kind of float in the air when when her head is turned, but I don’t know how they could have done this differently to make it work any better.

Thundra on the other hand is rather angry. She has a big head of bright red hair. Her face sculpt is well done, and her hair looks good. Her hair does get in the way of head movement, so it is a bit restricted there.

In the torso area, Valkyrie is combining Madonna’s metal bra with Thor’s metal torso circles, and it looks good on her. She has a LOT of black in her outfit, so it is good to have it broken up a bit.

Thundra wins the torso award. She is wearing a short top that exposes her mid-torso, and thank goodness it does. Without clothing covering the area, the designers really went for it and gave us a very finely sculpted 6-pack. It looks great.

They both have an accessory. Valkyrie has a sword. When I first saw it in the box, I was afraid it was going to be so crooked since it is slender. It came out pretty well.


Thundra had a chain and mace that is in a curving sculpt. I think it is time to go back to the drawing board with this one and try out some real chain and see what we can do about upgrading her a bit.

Overall, these are two really well done women. They are great additions to the Hulkbuster Series, and they will be standing nice and tall on the shelf amongst the men.


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