Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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
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.