Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#19: Avengers Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Agent Coulson, Nick Fury, Maria Hill

Hasbro has finally fixed a glaring omission in its Marvel Cinematic Universe based line of Marvel Legends figures. Finally, an Agent Coulson figure! I've got a bunch of Mattel's figures of guys in suits, so Hasbro's is a refreshing change. Coulson's got a pretty good likeness, sporting something of a smirk. He's also armed with the gun he shot Loki with in the movie.

I'm also glad to have a Nick Fury that actually looks like Samuel L. Jackson. I have the original Ultimate Nick Fury figure, which predates the MCU. So although the comic character was drawn to look like SLJ, the figure just looks like a generic guy. It's mostly the same figure, and still has the issue with the arms not being able to go down very far. He's armed with a couple of pistols, each of which has a holster. They have odd blue stripes on the sides. I'm going to imagine that they're meant to be icers from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The last figure in this set is Maria Hill, who's basically a retooling of Black Widow. Unlike Black Widow's unattached holsters, Maria's are attached to both her leg and hips, which makes her leg articulation a bit more restricted.

Also included is an alternate head for Coulson. Deal with it.

When I first heard that this set was hitting stores, I checked out Toys R Us's website, and there was a listing for it. It wasn't in stock yet, so I signed up to be notified when it was available. The next day, I checked the website again on a whim, and the set was in stock, so I ordered it. I never did receive a notification that the set was in stock, and next time I checked it was out of stock. So the moral is to never rely on an in stock notification from the Toys R Us website.

Friday, March 27, 2015

#18: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Spider-Man

It's been a while, but I'm back. I think that I went for almost a month without buying any new toys. But I found the new Spider-Man figure, so here we go again.

Okay, I think this is my favorite Spider-Man figure. Yes, it's another comic book Spidey (I actually only have one other in this scale), but he comes with the best accessories: a half-unmasked head and a slice of pizza. If you don't think that's awesome, then I just don't know what to tell you. This is from the newest wave of Marvel Legends figures, focused on Spider-Man and featuring Hobgoblin as a build a figure (Spidey comes with a leg). Spidey also includes a standard fully masked head, as well as a couple alternate hands (open, fists, and web shooting *THWIP* varieties). I'm assuming this is a mold originally designed for Spider-Man, but all the detail below the neck is painted on, and there is a hole in his back as if an accessory is meant to be plugged in. Either way. Best. Spider-Man. Figure.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

#17: Doctor Who - The Other Doctor

Going to Gallifrey one inspired me to fill out my roster of Doctor figures. Since there is no proper 12th Doctor figure in the 5 inch line, I went with the "other Doctor" figure. Since John Hurt won't license his likeness for other lines (NECA creatively released a figure of his character from Alien with a facehugger covering his face), this is the best way to get a John Hurt figure. It's a pretty good likeness, although the likeness on the interchangeable Paul McGann head isn't as good. The sonic screwdriver is included, but it sadly can't be holstered on his bandolier. Also included is the Time Lord weapon, the Moment. I'm kind of surprised this wasn't released as a two pack with a figure of Billie Piper as the Moment's interface. That would have been cool.

Friday, February 27, 2015

#16: Doctor Who - Ace

For the second year in a row, I went to the Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One and bought an action figure based on one of the actors that I also got an autograph from. Ace was the Doctor's final companion in the classic series, so although she has appeared in the audio series, she's never had an onscreen departure from the TARDIS. The figure is a nice representation of Ace, they even duplicated all the patches and badges for her iconic jacket. Naturally, she includes the baseball bat that she used to destroy a Dalek from her most iconic scene. 

Ace has one of the largest assortment of accessories from the Doctor Who line. She includes alternate arms so she can be displayed without her jacket. There's also a removable backpack, RPG launcher, and some canisters of nitro-9, one of which can be plugged into the backpack as if it's sticking out from the top.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

#15: Funko Pop! Movies - Smaug (The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies)

The chiefest and greatest of calamities has never looked so cute. On the whole, the toy offerings for the Hobbit movies have been fairly weak. Of course, I wanted a Smaug of some sort, but the "standard" figure was an 80 buck web exclusive. So the Funko Pop! version seems like a good compromise, being way cheaper. I'm really surprised at just how cute Smaug ended up after the Pop! treatment. There's something about that expression that reminds me of a dog begging for a treat. I originally thought that the black mark on the chest was a paint issue, but apparently it's on every figure. I guess it's meant to represent the weak point in his armor, but I thought that was on the left side of his chest. There are a couple variants, one is gold, and one has reptilian eyes, rather than the standard Pop! style black.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#14: Figma Ghost In The Shell - Kusanagi Motoko: S.A.C. ver.

Here it is, only February, and this is my second anime Figma. Stand Alone Complex was my introduction to Ghost In The Shell (I didn't see the original movie until afterwards), and it's one of my favorite anime series. Major Kusanagi is the main protagonist/poster woman for the series, so she's the first to get the action figure treatment for the line. I'm not sure if the rest of the team will get made, but I'm assuming that Batou would be the next in line. The Major is the standard Figma, in that the figure is very well articulated, and looks good. There is the usual assortment of hands included, as well as a stand. The Major has two hairstyles, one with the hair at rest and the second with the hair swept to one side. There is a handgun and a machine gun with detachable silencer also included. Her three interchangeable expressions are yelling, stern, and one with a slight smile.

Now I really need a Tachikoma...

Friday, February 20, 2015

#13: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Maidens of Might (Captain Marvel)

For the longest time, I only knew Ms Marvel as the character that Rogue absorbed her superpowers from. Recently, she's had a bit of a renaissance, taking on the title of Captain Marvel while getting an awesome re-design and headlining her own title. Fortunately, Hasbro didn't waste too much time in getting her made into plastic. Unfortunately, this is still a hard figure to find. Hasbro may have had a bit of a rough start when they started making Marvel Legends, but they've improved considerably since then. Captain Marvel's base body may have no sculpted details on it, but it looks good and is well articulated. The head is a great presentation of Carol's masked look, complete with the distinctive faux-hawk hairstyle.

There's also an alternate unmasked head, and a glob of energy that fits over either fist to represent energy based attacks. As part of the Allfather build-a-figure wave, Captain Marvel includes Odin's unhelmeted head, axe, and cape.
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