Friday, October 23, 2015
Finally, after assembling all the pieces from seven different figures (yeah, I'm only keeping three of them), here is the completed Hulkbuster. It's impressively weighty and pretty massive. The legs feel like they're solid plastic, so it won't have any problems standing up, although its big feet would probably have done a good job of that without any help. It's even a couple of inches or so taller than the Marvel Legends Hulk figures, so it's definitely conceivable that Tony Stark could take on the Hulk in this armor. The Hulkbuster even has a good amount of paint apps, featuring paint on the back side, which is more than some Iron Man figures can boast. Unless they come up with some really cool variation in the future, I don't think I'll need another Iron Man figure after this.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I bought Valkyrie solely for the Hulkbuster piece she's packaged with, but when I had the figure in hand, I liked it and decided to keep it rather than sell it off. A badass Asgardian lady with a sword, what's not to like? Also, she's surprisingly tall. If that average Marvel Legends figure is about six inches tall, Valkyrie is about an inch taller than that. It's times like this that I wish I'd bought the pegasus from Mattel's MOTUC She-Ra sub-line, because I think that Valkyrie would look really cool mounted on its back.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
For whatever reason, Hasbro opted not to make Marvel Legends figures for most of the new characters appearing in Age of Ultron. Quicksilver was completely left out, but at least Scarlet Witch and Vision got new comic based figures. Maybe they will eventually get around to releasing them, but until then I figured that this Vision is close enough to fill in until a movie version gets made. Vision is labeled as "Marvel Heroes" on the packaging, because he's a swap figure with Doctor Strange. They come with different Hulkbuster parts, so I don't know why they aren't just completely separate figures. I'm guessing there is some bean counting going on that this is the better financial option for Hasbro, but from the outside it is somewhat mystifying. Vision includes no accessories, unless you count his cape. It is packaged separately, and it is removable, so maybe it does count. The cape itself makes him a bit back heavy, but fortunately it is long enough that it can be used to prop him up.
Monday, October 12, 2015
The last figure from Age of Ultron to get the Marvel Legends treatment and released to retail is War Machine, part of the Hulkbuster build a figure series. It's basically a repaint of the War Machine figure from Iron Man 3. There's a different left hand, but more importantly, there is an alternate head with the faceplate up, leaving Don Cheadle's face exposed. If nothing else, at least Age of Ultron gave us figures of Iron Man and War Machine with open faceplates. He's still got the same posable cannon that can be positioned on either shoulder. Even though it's basically a repaint of a figure I already have, I figured it was worth picking up for the alternate head, and it doesn't hurt that I didn't have War Machine in the standard grey/silver color scheme.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Devastator represents the best part of Transformers, taken a step further: robots that turn into vehicles, and then can combine into an even bigger robot. The first, and arguably the best, combiner is certainly being given the star treatment in the Combiner Wars theme that Transformers toys have going this year. As the centerpiece of the line, there is the new Devastator set I've been dreaming of since I was a kid, made up entirely of voyager class figures that make a toy that is dwarfed in size only by the recent Metroplex. I never had the original Devastator, so I'm really glad that they made this set. It's a very nice upgrade from the original, with much less awkward looking proportions, and a substantial boost in size. Devastator is even surprisingly well articulated. The only real issue I have is with the right foot, which doesn't have much forward support, as the scoop from Scrapper doesn't have a good way of locking in place, or at least not so far as I've noticed.