Ash Soft (2017)

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I find the plushes – or “softs” as we call them in our house – pretty awesome when they create them of classic heroes (and some villains).  Ash in general has been a favorite of mine since high school when I first saw Evil Dead.  I was 14 and my brother made me close my eyes during the tree rape scene.  It was much more gruesome in my mind than it was in the movie when I saw it years later.  I don’t know why they do that sometimes – make the younger folks close their eyes due to nudity – but I was a pretty imaginative kid so the things I can conjure in my head were far worse than what was on the VCR tape.  Either way I was psyched to see that Ash not only remained in the lexicon of pop culture but is still going strong these days with Ash vs The Evil Dead.

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Pulls From the Short Box 5.23.18

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What is the point of comics if you don’t read them? Don’t be one of those CGC slabbing comic book “collectors”! Make sure to read them over and over again! Here is a list of what I’ve been reading from my collection:

Spider-Man 2099 (1992)
W: David / A: Leonardi
Issue I’m Reading – #5-8
Total Issues in the Series: 46s20997
One of the things I remember best about the Ghost Rider series from the 90’s was how every issue seemed to introduce a new villain who Ghost Rider would then dispatch shorty there after.  He literally killed everyone who he went up against.  Spidey 2099 started off sort if the same way where the Specialist is killed in issue#5 after battling Miguel for just a few issues.  We meet a pretty great but sick new villain in the Vulture but he doesn’t stick around for all that long after it’s revealed what he likes to chew on.  Thankfully he and his Freakers crew is beaten by issue #8.

So Far: B+

Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
W: Starlin / A: Medina Almond
Issue I’m Reading – #6
Total Issues in the Series: 42Warlock6
I’m not sure how to take the beat down that Warlock takes at the hands of one his oldest arch-nemesis but I do love a great story where the hero, outmatched by strength, has to use his cunning to defeat the bad guy instead.  Next up?  Infinity War cross-over issues!

So Far: B

Catwoman (1993)
W: Duffy/Dixon / A: Balent
Issues I’m Reading – #10-11
Total Issues in the Series: 94Catwoman10
Leading up to Knightsend Selina takes on a mad genius with a knack to building bad ass weaponry.  These issues have some of the best fight scenes and showcase Catwoman’s undeniably great fighting style!

Thankfully I did track down all off the Knightsend issues – but it’s a 10 issue storyline and Cat has just two installments!  The worst part of it all is watching Jean Paul continually lose his mind while Bruce Wayne keeps walking to the edge and then backing off again.  I’m sure when I get to the issue where he finally leaps it will all be worth it!

Also read: Batman #509, Shadow of the Bat #29 and Detective Comics #676.

So far: B+

Batman and Catwoman: Trail of the Gun (2004)
W: Nocenti A: Sciver
Issue I’m Reading- #1-2
Total Issues in the Series: 2Batman_Catwoman2
Written a little heavy handed this tale hardly really starts Bats at all.  Truthfully, most of the time we follow Catwoman through a pretty blasé search for a perfect killing machine – bullets that are heat seekers and can hit it’s target without even being aimed right at you.  Too much preaching to make these issues hold up well.  I wouldn’t even consider myself too bold in saying that you wouldn’t miss out if skipping ever reading these issues.

Issue: C-

Anyways, what are you guys reading from your collection?

Mini-Mates Speed Energy Hulk (2018)

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Who can deny the real appeal of Mini-Mates?  Not me!  They have released a couple Hulks in this new year even though they keep releasing Hulks the new ones are still exciting to see!  I especially thought this set was pretty nifty with the “Speed” theme.  The Hulk in particular is kind of awesome!  Is it just me or does every new series seem to improve the overall design of the product!  I really would like to see them tackle a “War” Hulk or even a Rick Jones Hulk – that would completely rock the house!

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Smash Boyardee: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Gluttony! Week 21

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I’m not saying I wouldn’t eat spaghetti made by the Hulk – I’m just saying it would take a bit of convincing!  Love the amount of food being prepared and then how much it feeds!  Gluttony is right!

Avengers Hulk Wall Crawler 2.0 (2018)

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The wall crawlers are one of the best possible toys out there – they are loads of fun… for at least the three minutes until the little sticky knobs at the end of the creepy spider legs become covered in dust and dirt.  The original was made of a light, almost Styrofoam body.  The new one is actually cooler because it was made of a light plastic.  The face looks way better on the new one than the original one does.  The new face looks cartoony while the original looks like a deformed nightmare meant to make little ones wet their pants.

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Weapon X Dorbz (2017)

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It’s funny how last year seemed to be the year of Wolverine as far as toys and collectibles go but he was MIA in the comics.  There was a rumor floating around – one that was somewhat substantiated later – that the Head of Marvel made the characters that weren’t under the MCU umbrella disappear from the comics.  One way or another.  The FF was put into another dimension.  Wolvie was “killed” off.  It was an obvious, albeit childish, reaction to not having some of their most popular characters not in their control on the big screen.

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Of course, I’m not sure exactly what happened but I do know that I was all too excited when they made Logan appear in his Weapon X gear in X-Men: Apocalypse.  I love the storyline of Logan hooked up to all the doohickeys and gadgets – his appearance something out of nightmares – completely out of his head and violent!  Even funnier is when they decided to make a Dorbz from that moment.  The pudgy little blob decked out in the gear Logan had to suffer through makes it both really sad and kind of hilarious!

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What Size Suits You? (That’s What She Said?)

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I  always thought bigger was better – and most of the time it still stands – but I do have to say that the 3 3/4″ figures are nothing to slouch at.  The only thing that the 3 3/4″ scale has going against it is the price point.  Truly, even with as much articulation and the fantastic paint applications that the figures offer there is no way the figures should break $8.  Unfortunately, for the line, they aggressively increased prices to a whopping $13.

On the other hand, Marvel Legends truly give us one of the best toy lines ever.  The variety and sheer scope of the figures they have created is easily the most impressive pieces of this whole line.  This is a line that started with Toy Biz (with many thinking the TB years were the most superior) and continued with Hasbro where the figures continued to get more and more detailed.  Another great aspect of this line was when they decided to add in pieces to create larger figures.  This was amazing for the few lines especially as they gave us larger figures in a 6″ scale like Galactus and a Sentinal or Apocalypse.  Again, the only real downfall is the aggressive price increases until we reached the apex of today which is $20.

Now the Marvel Select figures easily dominate, in size, all of the other lines that Marvel offers.  The accompanying diorama pieces or accessories easily make these figures worth the prices that have stayed steady at $25.  The only lacking aspect with Marvel Selects is the range of characters.  While they are always adding on to this expanding line usually they add just 7-13 figures annually.  I should also mention that they have already repeated characters multiple times.

So which figures do you guys prefer?  Which scale is best, in your opinion?  I would love to hear multiple points of view – let me know in the comments!