Friday, August 28, 2015
Rather than being a build a figure for the series of figures that included Age of Ultron characters, Ultron ended up being the build a figure for the Ant-Man series. Because I have been extremely lax updating this blog lately, you may or may not recall that I have Ant-Man and the Wasp. I actually bought the entire series at once, which was only the third time I was able to get something I wanted out from the stockroom at Target. So now I have some figures I don't want, which will probably end up for sale online soon. But anyway, Ultron. His characterization in the movie was a bit different than I was expecting and his face kind of weirds me out somehow, but at the end of the day he's a giant killer robot, which is always something I dig. He is appropriately taller than other Marvel Legends figures. He's mostly grey plastic, with some silver paint that is only on the front of his body, as well as some other highlights.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Since the Wasp isn't properly in the Ant-Man movie, this series of Marvel Legends gets the next best thing with a comic based figure of her. Her previous Marvel Legends figure was the same costume. Given how likely Jan is to change costumes, one would think that a different costume would be appropriate in a newer figure. Oh well. Thanks to the wings on her back, the Wasp isn't the easiest figure to get standing. As it is, she's kind of hunched over. She doesn't have any accessories, unless you count her wings (which are removable) and the build a figure piece that she's packaged with.
Friday, July 24, 2015
When it comes to toys, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no Avengers. Fortunately, there is at least a Marvel Legends version of Ant-Man. Interestingly, this is the wave that has Ultron as a build-a-figure. I suppose it's appropriate in that the comic version of Ultron was created by Hank Pym. Anyway, here's Ant-Man in his movie inaccurate helmet. I'm not sure if they were working off early concept art or what, but the helmet doesn't have an exposed mouth like that. Ah, well, whatever. Otherwise, the costume is pretty accurate.
Ant-Man comes with a couple of nice accessories: a miniaturized version of himself, his trusty steed Ant-ony, and a miniaturized Yellowjacket. Sadly, I think that's the only version of Yellowjacket that Hasbro is making. Who needs figures of the antagonists, right?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
When it came out, I saw Jurassic Park way too many times in the theater. So of course I was pretty excited to see Jurassic World. During most of the movie, I was wondering why the T Rex got so little screen time, but by the end I could understand why. Something that I really liked is that the T Rex in Jurassic World is the same one from the first movie. This T Rex isn't as large as the first movies T Rex toy, but is more akin in size (and color!) to the juvenile T Rex toy. This time around, the skin is made of a harder plastic, and there's no "dino damage." She has an action feature, where by pushing a button on the back, the jaws open.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Another birthday gift, it's the Animated Series version of the Joker. I've been meaning to pick this figure up, as Mark Hamill's Joker is the one I consider the most iconic. Fortunately, there weren't any breakage issues with my figure. Based on looking at pictures of it beforehand, I was worried about how terribly the knee articulation would interrupt the flow of the figure when used, but that turned out to not be a problem. Joker comes with a stand and several episode specific accessories that I don't recall the significance of off the top of my head. There's a necklace, a comb, an ice pick, and a cool 50's style bubble space helmet, as well as a couple of alternate hands.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
My birthday was a couple days ago, and one of my gifts was the Total Heroes Bizarro figure. Total Heroes is the weird DCUC quasi followup line that Mattel came up with that had more simplified/stylized sculpts and reduced articulation for a lower price. I think the only physical retail locations they ended up at were Toys R Us stores. I'm not particularly keen on re-buying many characters again in a slightly different style so soon after the demise of a previous line, but I'm usually down for a Bizarro. Especially when he's in my favorite purple costume. And he has a soft cape!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
So hey, this is my first Marvel Select figure. When I saw the promo pictures, it just looked too cool to pass up. And hey, it'll be way cheaper than getting the Marvel Legends build-a-figure version. Which I'll probably get anyway, because I'm a sucker. Plus, there was a free shipping offer from the Marvel shop online, so I pre-ordered it. Originally scheduled to ship in early July, it came out a bit earlier than that. Marvel Select is generally held as being higher quality than Marvel Legends, and the heft of Hulkbuster is an immediate indication of this difference. This is a solid figure, while a similarly sized one by Hasbro would be noticeably lighter weight. Marvel Select figures are also in a somewhat larger scale, and Hulkbuster is pretty tall. Probably a good 8 or 9 inches. Some of the joints are hard to move, but that is probably a good thing with such a heavy figure. One of the neat things is that the shoulder pads are on ball joints, so they can be positioned pretty easily. There are no accessories, Tony is ready to smash without any assistance.