Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#85: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Punisher

Finally, a post that's (somewhat) timely! I got this figure a couple months ago, but the Punisher Netflix series just dropped a few days ago. I've been too busy playing the new Assassin's Creed to have watched it yet (not to mention being a week behind on my regular TV shows), but I hope to soon. Either way, this Punisher figure is based on his appearance in the second season of Daredevil. It's a nice looking figure, and he's got a pistol and rifle for accessories. When I opened this figure, the lower torso was rotated off center, so I thought the lower part of the skull marking was missing. I don't think that's ever happened to me before.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#84: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2) - Star-Lord and Ego

Fun fact #1: You can get this set really cheap, for less than the price of a single figure, online these days. Fun fact #2: Since I'm super behind on blogging, this is a set I bought a few months ago, when it was new. So I paid full price for it. Yay! Since the set is the only way to get the Ego figure (hey, I wouldn't have minded if they gave him Ex Nihilo's spot in the regular release series), I bought it. It's a nice figure, a mini Kurt Russel ready for space adventures. There's an alternate head with a more stern expression. Otherwise, Ego has no accessories. There are three Star-Lord figures from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, but this is the only one I'm getting. The costume on this one is different enough from the first movie's, so I'm okay with that. Also, the Chris Pratt likeness on this one is light years beyond the first movie version. Star-Lord has an alternate masked head, his two blasters (which can hang off pegs on his hips), and a little black rectangle which I think is a Zune.

Monday, November 20, 2017

#83: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Hulk (build a figure)

Movie Hulk has previously been a regular single release, but gladiator Hulk gets extra accessories and armor, so he's a build a figure. Fair enough! Hulk is, naturally, pretty massive, and the crest on his removable helmet makes him even taller. He's got a big axe and hammer for any gladiatorial combat needs. Since I already have shredded pants Hulk and stretchy pants Hulk, I wouldn't have thought I would even want another movie Hulk. But put him in some armor, and I'm sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#82: Marvel Legends - Odinson

When Thor loses Mjolnir and therefore can't be called Thor any more, he has to fall back on his family name and just go by Odinson. Unless he's Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor, in which case he continues to be Thor. But this figure is comic Odinson. With has tattered cape and rope belt, he looks kind of like a hobo. No cool helmet or chest disks here. He does get a pretty large axe, though. Odinson isn't the most necessary figure for a collection, and I mostly got him for the build a figure piece, but he does look pretty cool at least.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#81: Marvel Legends - Thor

Marvel hasn't been shy lately about shaking up many of their major characters. Thor is one of those characters with a major change in the status quo, with the mantle of Thor and Mjolnir passing on to Jane Foster. This new Thor has been pretty popular, so we didn't have to wait too long for a figure of her. It's a really cool design, and probably your only chance to get a Jane Foster figure that isn't a Minimate. Thor naturally includes Mjolnir, and her cape is removable.

Monday, October 30, 2017

#80: Marvel Legends - Ares

One of the weird things about the Marvel universe is that it has both Norse and Greek (and others?) gods running around acting as superheroes or villains. He's been a Thor villain, so he's here for the Ragnarok series. I'm not really familiar with the character at all, and if not for the build a figure, I wouldn't have bought him. But he's a cool looking figure, and he can do double duty as an Ares for Wonder Woman to fight, since I didn't feel like building that figure. He's a huge figure, befitting a literal god, and he fits right in with the Asgardians. He's got a ridiculously oversized sword and axe, as well as a dagger that fits into a sheathe on his leg. Also his helmet is removable. His face has a dark wash on it to make it look more shadowed under the helmet, so he looks kind of weird without it.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

#79: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Hela

The Hela figure poses quite a quandary for me. See, there are two interchangeable heads. One has this absolutely fantastically ridiculous headgear, while the other one is goth Cate Blanchett. I can't decide which one I like more. As the primary antagonist from Ragnarok, I am glad that Hela wasn't relegated to a store exclusive, 2 pack, or a build a figure. She turned out to be a cool figure. My only complaint is that the hip joint is kind of loose, but that's probably just an issue with my specific figure. Aside from the two heads, her cape is removable, and she has some crazy looking sword.

Friday, October 27, 2017

#78: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Loki

Back when the Avengers figures came out, the only six inch figures were exclusives, but at least we got a Loki. Both previous Thor movies only got smaller 3 and 3/4 inch figures, but Loki's back in the six inch scale for Ragnarok. While I still like his Avengers outfit the best, the one is cool too. Bonus points for it including the half helmet with trademark horns. The helmet and cape are removable, and those are the only accessories. There are pegs for the cape to plug into on his shoulders, but the one on the left side has been exceedingly uncooperative. But it stays on well enough. The lower part of the tunic is a separate piece, so it has a tendency to slide up on the torso.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#77: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Thor

The toys for Ragnarok came out a couple months ago, but the movie isn't out until next month. So even though I'm behind on blogging about my toys, I'm still ahead of the movie game. Thor here is the only figure I saw in the store a day or so after the street date, so it's the first figure from the series that I picked up. So this is Thor in the gladiator scene from the trailer, which means he's wearing that cool helmet. Since Mjolnir has been destroyed, he's armed with two swords. It's a different look for Thor, but still manages to look appropriately Thor-like. Also I'm glad to finally get a movie Thor figure with a cool helmet on.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

#76: S.H. Figuarts Pokemon - Team Rocket

Released alongside Ash is everyone's favorite duo of ne'er do wells, Team Rocket. Jessie and James (and Meowth!) are sold as a set. They look good and are well articulated, and have a couple alternate pieces. They each have an alternate screaming/alarmed face, as well as fists or open hands. Jessie gets an extra pointing hand while James gets the best extra hand: one holding a rose. James and his roses is one of those weird affectations that I really love, so I'm glad it got made into action figure form. There's also a stand, which I presume is for Jessie. With her outrageous anime hair, she can stand unassisted, but it does leave her with a pronounced lean. Meowth, like Pikachu, isn't particularly articulated. But he does get an alternate face with a stunned expression.
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