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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.

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Warlock Wave (X-Men) – Marvel Legends

Once again I have amassed another wave of  Marvel Legends.   This time around we are building Warlock.  The wave is another lovefest for the X-Men.  We have some mainstays from the team, as well as some outliers.    I have already looked at Colossus back a bit.  Now I have the rest of the team and I am bringing the whole line to you right here, right now!

Old Man Logan:

Wolverine in the future. He is the only figure not to come with a build a figure part for Warlock. And really, that is no problem. Either you want this guy, or you don’t. And in most Legends collectors, this is a guy you want. I am sure Hasbro bet on that, since they did not give him a BAF part. The other could have been the Jim Lee designed Cyclops, That one would have sold too.

We once again get a figure that is in normal street clothes. And that is a GREAT thing. These figures looks fantastic in regular clothes. Logan is sporting a bomber jacket that is unlike what anyone else has so far. He also comes with the newer Wolverine fists that have the removable claws. Best innovation of the last year for the Legends line.

 

Dazzler:

Dazzler is an interesting choice of figures and subject for the Marvel Legends line. There is no doubt that this lady that looks to be pulled right out of the 70s is going to stand out among the other Legends on the shelf. She is actually a product of 1980. I don’t think disco was quite dead yet, but it was on it’s way out. Dazzler can create light using sound and vibrations. This seems to be a power akin to Jubilee. Not the strongest ability, but useful in different settings.

She is also quite a good athlete. She is a martial arts expert as well as a good rollerskater. Speaking of rollerskates, I never thought we would get a figure in rollerskates. This has to be a one off feet design. I can’t imagine that there are other rollerskating superheroes out there. A very nice touch.

She comes with a microphone, since she is a good singer, and she can use the sound of her voice, only after it has gone through a speaker. She also comes with the very common wrist power. This time showing up in a rainbow design.

 

Shatterstar:

Shatterstar was created in the (surprise) 1991, by (surprise) Rob Liefeld. Okay, no surprises here. Everything about this guy SCREAMS 1990s comics. From the face and hair, to the shoulder pauldron, to the high boots and long gauntlet gloves. Not only two swords, but a double sword. He has it all. He is a bit of a stretch to make the X-Men team. He has been in X-Factor, and X-Force, but I don’t think he was ever a full-fledged X-Men.

 

Sunfire:

A good guy, a bad guy, a Horseman of the Apocalypse, an X-Men, and a member of Big Hero 6. Shiro Yoshida has done it all. Now he is immortalized in Marvel Legends glory. It didn’t take much to make a standard buck into Sunfire. They made a new head (well detailed), a belt, and gave him flame hands. This seems more like they looked at the parts they had on hand and tried to figure out who they could make with minimum effort. That is okay with me. Let’s get some crazy figures we would have never thought would get made. Less Captain Americas and Iron Men, and more of this kind of figure.

 

Cyclops:

Not only is this Cyclops, but this is probably the most recognizable suit Scott Summers have ever worn. The bright blue and yellow, with the straps around the chest. Jim Lee hit it big time when he created this suit. It was even the suit used in the cartoon on TV. This may be the quintessential Cyclops for all time. We are definitely well on our way to building a full team of 90s X-Men.

 

Polaris:

Polaris has the powers of Magneto. He used that to his advantage to pretend to be her real dad. Turned out not to be the case, until 2012, when it was revealed that Polaris’ mom had an affair with Magneto. Yup, Magneto had three kids, and only one of them got his powers. Can’t explain the other two. So it is no big surprise that Lorna Dane dresses similarly to her half-sister Scarlet Witch.

Her backstory is a lot more interesting than the figure. Very basic in design, using the female buck, and adding a new head, cape, wrist gauntlets, and effects. Even her face tells us she knows she is boring. Come to think of it, with the exception of Logan and Warlock, nobody has an expression. Strange.

 

Warlock:

There is no surprise that this strange unit was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz back in 1984. Computer technology was new and exciting, and to think that there could be life on other planets that had techo-organic beings was all the rage. It wasn’t long after that Transformers came out, with a whole civilization that is also techno-organic.

This figure is large and imposing. One of the biggest BAFs we have had in a long while. He stands over a head taller than Colossus, and even he is a head taller than the rest of the figures. He is so big, his waist is at shoulder height of the rest of the men.

He has a great face, good articulation (for a big man), one fist and one open hand, and a nice sturdy base of big feet. The colors are well done with a metallic gold wash over black.

This is an interesting team. There is a wide range of X-people from all over the time line from the 80s to now. This set allows you to fill in some gaps in teams, from everything with an X in the title. Logan and Cyclops are the standouts of the wave, with Colossus looking good, and Warlock being a lot of fun. I can’t help but think that Sunfire and Polaris were easy filler figures to just throw in there among the new parts heavy Dazzler and Shatterstar.


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

 


Marvel Legends #200 – Colossus (Warlock Wave)

I am 2 waves behind in my Marvel Legends. I have one photographed, while the other is still boxed. But today I have to stop and take a look at Colossus. He is not only important because he is a really cool character, and a killer action figure, but he marks my 200th Marvel Legend.

My very first Marvel Legend was Captain America that came out in 2005. Later that year I started the hunt for the second BAF in the Sentinel Series (Still my favorite figure of all time). Then I didn’t really start to collect until 2013. Over the years from 2005 to 2013, I collected 18 figures. Not a whole lot considering how many figures actually came out that year. But with the Iron Monger series, I was in it for good.

There have been a lot of attempts and tries over the years to get the Marvel Line kickstarted. ToyBiz introduced us to the figures with good articulation. Some of those characters were not often seen before that time period, and that was really great. But we kept seeing the same things pop up. Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine. Not to say that doesn’t still happen, but now we have movie versions, and comic versions, and really far out there comic versions.

Some of my favorite figures are X-Men. They were an early part of my comic youth, and I still love them today. Colossus is a great example of a good X-Man. He has been around forever. He has seen many changes over the years in the comics and the movies. Most recently he was rediscovered in the movie-verse with his appearance in Deadpool. He was the straight-man to Deadpool’s comic silliness. And that is the way it should be.

This version of Colossus is the comic version. Red and yellow are pretty standard colors for him in most of his outfits. There is an added black chevron to his torso to give a bit of extra color.

The metal color Hasbro used to color his head and arms is absolutely fantastic. It is shiny and just the right color. Since he is a big guy, he lost the double joint in the elbows that all of the bigger figures have also lost. That does limit his movement a bit. He is a giant 7.5 inches tall. The is Build-a-Figure territory, but he is not the BAF this time around.

He comes with the classic Russian hard-edged face. His hair is a darker gunmetal color, cut high and tight, just like any good Russian should. The details in his face are second to none. He has so much detail, that I can look at that face for days and still find new details.

He comes with a second head. This is his hipster head. The hair is coiffed to one side with the front sticking up. He has a nicely trimmed beard, straight across the bottom. I really like this look too. It is hard to decide which head will be the primary head when he is on the shelf.

The muscle tone on this guy is so great. I am always amazed at the quality that Hasbro has put into this line. They work on the back as much as the front. There is nothing lacking from this figure. I am excited for the rest of this cool and crazy wave. But first I have to go back to the last two waves and get those completed. Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1.

Until next time.


Deadpool – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Deadpool. One crazy guy, that made a huge splash outside of the comic world with a movie that was a huge success. People in the know have loved Deadpool for years. For me, he was in and out of comics that I read. I knew who he was. I knew he had a loud mouth and great jokes that could rival Spider-Man. It wasn’t until more recently that I started to get the collected volumes to really delve into the character. And boy does this not disappoint.

Now we have the figure. Part of the X-Men series, since he wants to be an X-Men over almost anything else. What do we get with this figure? First and foremost, we get a fantastic figure. We get some nice new body parts. The forearms and the shins are both covered in armor. He has a great head sculpt that gives a wonderful expression. And he comes with a few costume accessories that really add to the outfit, including the belt, shoulder holster for his katana blades, and leg holster for his gun. So, with such a great figure, how can we top that? Add in more accessories than I have ever seen come with one figure, and more than some waves have had over all of the figures combined. Let’s take a look at what we get.

First off, a knife. I am sure if Deadpool is using a knife, he is out of options… like cutting off his own hand to get away. There is a sheath along the outside of his left leg to keep it nice and close by.

Next up is a pair of guns. They look like they are Desert Eagles. A little small if they are, but fairly well done. They both have a holster, one on the hip, and one on the thigh. Yay for storage for your guns!!!!

Next up, the pair of Katana blades. Can’t be Deadpool with out going into a gun fight wielding a pair of swords. They look great. They were nice and straight out of the box, and fit nicely into the sheaths running down his back.

Then we get a little crazy. A rocket launcher with punching fist. This is the same rocket launcher we got with The Punisher, but without the boxing glove. Thankfully, if you want a more serious tone, the boxing glove is removable. The rocket launcher pegs into the hole in his back.

We get a couple of extra weapons. One is a repaint of the shotgun that came with The Punisher. This time around, it is a much better silver color. The other gun is a futuristic rifle. It makes me think of the Kree storyline where Deadpool was pretending to work with them while he was actually working on destroying them.  These guns are extra, and do not have a place to be stored on Deadpool.  I am thinking some straps need to be added, because Deadpool needs to go into battle with every weapon that is not tied down.

Finally we get an alternate head. We need an unmasked head, because how else is he going to eat that taco he also comes with? The head looks horribly great. He is no doubt a burn victim of some sort. The smile is well done, and shows he cannot be kept down by that ugly face.

This figure is great. No wonder it took me so long to get my hands on. Everyone and their brother wanted this figure. It was an additional figure to the wave, so it did not come with a BAF part. Instead they filled every part of the box with some kind of death instrument. What fun!!!


Rogue – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

As I continue on the back half of the Juggernaut Series, we come to one of the most anticipated figures in this series, Rogue.

She is decked out in her classic green and yellow outfit with the brown leather flight jacket. She looks like her 90’s amazingness, from the well designed outfit, to the fantastically big and poofy hair.

Earlier we looked at Phoenix, and she suffered from a giant, heavy blob of hair. Hasbro went a different way with Rogue, and actually sculpted a fantastic head of hair. Not only does it look great, but it is also fairly light. So, it shows Hasbro can do big hair well, they just didn’t do it with poor Jean. There was a lot of talk before Rogue came out, so I am sure this is one of the figures they really didn’t want to mess up.

Her outfit looks so good. The green is shiny and metallic. The yellow is flawlessly painted. She is wearing her iconic short gloves and long boots. Her boots are a little bit of a wild card. There are two added parts, the top of the boots on her thigh, and the green piping around the bottom of her knee. These two pieces are loose, and do not always stay in place. They can probably be glued into place, as they do not hinder the double knee joint. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

She comes with one accessory. It is her bare hand. We have seen this open hand a number of times on lots of ladies, but this time it just works very well. She has been know to take off her glove to steal powers, so that is a great add to the figure.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure. She looks great. They picked the right costume to use. She has a great body buck that allows for great posing. I don’t know of anything I would change on this figure. She is very well done.


Wolverine – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Over the years we have had lots and lots of Wolverines. This guy has always been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and he has been a part of every team conceivable. Of course, none of them more so than with the X-Men.

This time around we get Wolverine in his brown and yellow outfit. It has been referred to as his gaijin costume, since he wore it during his time in Japan in the comics. Hasbro really went out of their way this time around to really give the team a unique look. They could have gone with outfits that had them all matching in their yellow and blue, but that would have been a lot of the same. Some people don’t like this outfit and color scheme, but when was initially introduced to Wolverine, he was still running around in this outfit.

The sculpt looks great. He is a bit shorter than the other characters in the line, just he way he should be.

One of the best parts of the sculpt is the change in the shoulders. He has more movement in his shoulders than we find with Spider-Man. That allows for some pretty dynamic posing for him. You can get some fairly accurate comic poses.

Since it is Wolverine, you have to have claws that come out of the hands. In the past, they have used one sculpt pieces with hands and claws together, and what we get are wavy rubbery claws that do not stay straight. What Hasbro did this time was make hands with holes, and then add harder plastic claws later. It works to great effect. Not only that, but you get more posing options for Wolvie, with choices on how many claws he has out.

He comes with “accessories” of an extra set of hands. Unfortunately they are more fists, this time with no claw holes. I think the claw holes are small enough that they did not need to include a second set of fists. I would like to have seen open hands with the claw holes, so you can mix and match for even more dynamics.

I love Wolverine. Always have, always will, so this was a natural choice for me. I would have picked him up, even if it was the extra figure in the wave. He looks great, he is a lot of fun to play with, and he is a quintessential character in the X-Men universe, so he is definitely a must-have.


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