Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#23: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Batroc the Leaper

I was pretty excited when I saw that Batroc the Leaper was getting a Marvel Legends figure. What's not to love about this extravagantly facial haired villain with the outrageous French accent (I briefly toyed with writing this post using such an accent, but decided against it)? Fortunately, he was released in this half-movie-Avengers-half-random-characters wave of figures, so his build a figure piece won't go to waste. Acrobatic fighter that he is, Batroc has double hinged elbows and knees, just as you'd hope. There are no accessories, aside from the build a figure pieces. It seems like the female characters usually include the torso, but in this case it is included with Batroc. The tip on the left side of Batroc's mask is a little bent on my figure. I'm not sure if that's something that can be fixed, but I'm okay with just imagining that it's the result of a resound thrashing from Cap.

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Monday, April 13, 2015

#22: Age of Ultron Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Captain America

Next up from Age of Ulton is Captain America. For whatever reason, only Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America are available as Marvel Legends figures at retail. For the rest of the team, you'll have to buy an Amazon exclusive four pack (coming as soon as its available to this blog!). I really don't get this kind of thinking. I'm just glad they'll be presumably be easy to find, rather than a store exclusive. And Ultron himself is a build a figure in a series with no figures from the movie. Ugh. Also, no Scarlet Witch or Quicksilver ML figures at all! Okay, enough complaining. Captain America is basically a repaint of the Winter Soldier figure. He has the same alternate hands and heads. The torso is a new sculpt, however. Unfortunately, there's still no way to stow his shield on his back.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

#21: Age of Ultron Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Hulk

I already have the Hulk from the first Avengers movie, so I was thinking of passing on this version. Ultimately I decided to keep it. Basically, it is the same figure, but with the new stretchy pants. The head, arms, and lower legs are the same pieces, while the torso and upper legs are new. While the previous Hulk had one fist and one open hand, this Hulk has two fists. He's even more ready for smashing. The new leg parts have a texture on the pants, while the torso is very smooth. The arms have a more textured sculpt, so it is an odd transition. Also, the shoulders on this Hulk are a little narrower. I don't think I'd noticed it from the trailers, but Hulk's pants have an Avengers logo on each pants leg. Now we just have to wait for the Hulkbuster wave of figures to have the two square off.

Friday, April 10, 2015

#20: Age of Ultron Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Iron Man Mark 43

I haven't bought a movie style Iron Man six inch figure since the first movie's line. I probably would have bought this one solely for the build a figure piece, but fortunately I like the design. The Mark 42 from Iron Man 3 just had way too much gold for my liking, so I'm glad to see that the Age of Ultron Mark 43 scaled that back and has a better balance of red and gold.

The other big selling point for this figure is that Hasbro has finally included an alternate head with the faceplate raised, revealing Tony Stark's face inside the helmet.

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.
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