Thursday, November 30, 2017

#93: Marvel Legends - Man-Thing

I have on a few occasions in the past thought about picking up the older Marvel Legends Man-Thing figure, but never did. Since the only figure from this series that I was kind of on the fence about buying was Bullseye, Man-Thing was enough of an incentive to buy him as well. I don't really know much about the character, although I do remember he was randomly living in the "Danger Arboretum" at the Massachusetts Academy in Generation X. Mainly, I'm just interested in the cool design.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#92: Marvel Legends (Jessica Jones) - Jessica Jones

While half of the figures in this series are from Daredevil, one other Netflix Marvel show gets representation with Jessica Jones. Usually when a character is just wearing street clothes, the only way their figure is available is as part of a multipack, like Mary Jane, Bruce Banner, Coulson, etc. But Jessica Jones gets a solo release, so kudos to Hasbro for showing some faith. It's a very nice figure, with a great Krysten Ritter likeness. My only complaint is that she doesn't have a scarf. Word on the street is that the scarf from Jyn Erso can, with some modification, make for a good substitute.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#91: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Elektra

Although only briefly teased during the first season of Daredevil, Elektra was a major player in the second season (yeah, there was a lot going on in the second season). Although I'm glad there is an Elektra figure, this was released before the Defenders series, and I kind of wish they had waited to make that version of her, because she was wearing a more comics inspired costume. But this figure is a good representation of her onscreen appearance. Armed with, of course, a pair of sai, Elektra also has an alternate unmasked head.

Monday, November 27, 2017

#90: Marvel Legends - Blade

Oddly enough, Blade was the first Marvel hero to really do well on the big screen, which helped usher in X-Men, Spider-Man, and ultimately the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie version of Blade did get a Marvel Legends figure years ago, and now here's a comic version of him. True to his name, Blade comes armed with a sword with a sheathe on his back, which is attached to a bandolier of stakes. He's ready to fight some vampires. His other accessory is an alternate head, which has a more Wesley Snipes feel to it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

#89: Marvel Legends - Bullseye

Bullseye is probably Daredevil's most iconic foe, so it makes sense to include him in a series featuring the Netflix version of him. But since he hasn't made an appearance in live action since the Ben Affleck movie, this is the comic version. It's a nice looking figure that's mostly a repaint of Spider-Man with the extra arm swivels. Where he really shines is the accessories. He has an alternate unmasked head which has a great maniacal yelling expression, as well as a pistol and a knife. His left hand has a cool knife throwing effect, and there are a couple alternate left hands: one for holding a gun, and one doing a pointing/finger gun gesture.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

#88: LEGO Minifigures series 17 - Rocket Boy

Rocket boy is a person in a costume, which is one of my favorite sub-themes to the various series of LEGO minifigures. It's a very cool rocket costume, with the face looking out from a porthole. Underneath, the kid is wearing a grey jumpsuit with the old school LEGO space series design on his chest, which is reproduced in a more hand-drawn looking form on his flag. Maybe this is Benny as a child? If this series is even in stores any more, it's easy to find the rocket boy by feeling for the rocket piece, which is very distinctively shaped.

Friday, November 24, 2017

#87: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Daredevil

Daredevil is basically the foundation to the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So of course he gets a figure. Since he barely had his costume during the first season of the show, I'm just considering this a season two figure. I'm sure there were some differences between the two seasons that can positively identify this costume from which specific person, but I'm not that invested in the difference. For what it's worth, I think this costume looks better in action figure form than in TV form. As usual, Daredevil's baton can be split in two, and there's a holster on his leg for it. He also gets alternate fist hands to swap. An unmasked head would have been cool here, but I'm not complaining.

#86: Star Wars The Black Series (Rogue One) - Baze Malbus

Unless Hasbro decides to at some point make a Bodhi or Saw figure, this is probably my last Rogue One figure. It's too bad Baze and Chirrut were so hard to find, since you probably wouldn't want one without the other. Like I did with Chirrut, I had to wait to find one online for a price I was willing to pay. Baze is a cool figure, but his giant cannon (it comes in three parts: gun, hose, and power pack) makes him back heavy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#85: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Punisher

Finally, a post that's (somewhat) timely! I got this figure a couple months ago, but the Punisher Netflix series just dropped a few days ago. I've been too busy playing the new Assassin's Creed to have watched it yet (not to mention being a week behind on my regular TV shows), but I hope to soon. Either way, this Punisher figure is based on his appearance in the second season of Daredevil. It's a nice looking figure, and he's got a pistol and rifle for accessories. When I opened this figure, the lower torso was rotated off center, so I thought the lower part of the skull marking was missing. I don't think that's ever happened to me before.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#84: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2) - Star-Lord and Ego

Fun fact #1: You can get this set really cheap, for less than the price of a single figure, online these days. Fun fact #2: Since I'm super behind on blogging, this is a set I bought a few months ago, when it was new. So I paid full price for it. Yay! Since the set is the only way to get the Ego figure (hey, I wouldn't have minded if they gave him Ex Nihilo's spot in the regular release series), I bought it. It's a nice figure, a mini Kurt Russel ready for space adventures. There's an alternate head with a more stern expression. Otherwise, Ego has no accessories. There are three Star-Lord figures from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, but this is the only one I'm getting. The costume on this one is different enough from the first movie's, so I'm okay with that. Also, the Chris Pratt likeness on this one is light years beyond the first movie version. Star-Lord has an alternate masked head, his two blasters (which can hang off pegs on his hips), and a little black rectangle which I think is a Zune.

Monday, November 20, 2017

#83: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Hulk (build a figure)

Movie Hulk has previously been a regular single release, but gladiator Hulk gets extra accessories and armor, so he's a build a figure. Fair enough! Hulk is, naturally, pretty massive, and the crest on his removable helmet makes him even taller. He's got a big axe and hammer for any gladiatorial combat needs. Since I already have shredded pants Hulk and stretchy pants Hulk, I wouldn't have thought I would even want another movie Hulk. But put him in some armor, and I'm sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#82: Marvel Legends - Odinson

When Thor loses Mjolnir and therefore can't be called Thor any more, he has to fall back on his family name and just go by Odinson. Unless he's Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor, in which case he continues to be Thor. But this figure is comic Odinson. With has tattered cape and rope belt, he looks kind of like a hobo. No cool helmet or chest disks here. He does get a pretty large axe, though. Odinson isn't the most necessary figure for a collection, and I mostly got him for the build a figure piece, but he does look pretty cool at least.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#81: Marvel Legends - Thor

Marvel hasn't been shy lately about shaking up many of their major characters. Thor is one of those characters with a major change in the status quo, with the mantle of Thor and Mjolnir passing on to Jane Foster. This new Thor has been pretty popular, so we didn't have to wait too long for a figure of her. It's a really cool design, and probably your only chance to get a Jane Foster figure that isn't a Minimate. Thor naturally includes Mjolnir, and her cape is removable.
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