Monthly Archives: March 2017

Catching Up With 3.22.17

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I am catching up with the titles on what I pick up off the new release rack. What am I reading? Below are the current titles I still purchase with a quick synopsis and rating:

Unworthy Thor – $3.99

Current Issue – #5

We now have an answer to what Nick Fury said to Thor to make him unworthy.  For me, the answer was unexpected and interesting.  I also wasn’t expecting the conclusion to this riveting mini and I have to tell you, I still feel as though it is worth the ride!  Even the ambiguous ending should make you excited for what’s in store in the future!

Final: A

Venom – $3.99

Current Issue – #5

We finally get to see Brock back… but we will have to wait for next issue to see him in action.  This continues to be one of the best books on the racks and I every issue keeps the action coming!  How is the symbiote going to react when his longest host returns?  Pick up the next issue and find out!  I’m betting it will be so much fun!  Can’t wait!

So far: A

Hulk – $3.99

Current Issue – #4

Four issues in and have yet to see Jen Walters Hulk out.  I feel like we’re back in the days of Bruce Jones writing the Hulk.  The fourth issue ends how the first issue should have – so we’re still in the same pace as we have found ourselves since the beginning.  Which is a shame.  This series could have been exciting but it’s fizzling along.  The real question will be how many readers will still be along for the ride?

So far: C

Spider-Man 2099 – $3.99

Current Issue – #21

We have now been told that Spidey 2099 will be finished at issue #25.  It’s too bad – this series has kicked all sorts of ass and I just wish more people joined in.  The news isn’t all bad as Peter David will be writing the new Scarlet Spider series.  But, man, I will miss this comic!

So far: A

Nova – $3.99 

Current Issue – #4

This series is still a decent ride with Rich Rider harboring a dark secret.  The last issue shows Sam Alexander still trying to have a normal life on his off hours but how his family still can’t be trusted to be left alone.  Rider hooks up Gamora – but that is cut short as Rider keels over in pain due to what he has become.

So far: B

Anyways, what are you guys reading? Are you reading any of the same titles? What do you think?l

The New 52 Doomsday (2016)

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Not sure why the original had to be improved upon.  Doomsday was and is the coolest villain that Superman has to offer.  This new version, only available as a Build A Figure from the DC Multiverse line, is still pretty cool looking – but I miss the bones over his eyes.  I still think the protruding bones could look better but they don’t look terrible.  The only reason I picked this big guy up is I still hold out for a Hulk/Doomsday battle to play out in the pages of a crossover someday.

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Old School Ads 3

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Maybe classic Savage Hulk is an idiot savant – look at him do math like its nothing!

Hulk Blow Up Bop Ball (2014)

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This Hulk piece is easily one of the funniest Hulk finds in a while!  Granted, this has been in my collection for the longest time and I just never showed it off.  It’s basically what it looks like – you blow this little sucker up and then slam it up and down as fast as you can in your balled up fist.  Or, as the package says “PUNCH IT!”  This needs to be used – expect a video this summer of me and my girl using this crazy thing!

Let Me Take You on a Free Ride: A Year of Hulk Confusion – Week 11

There might be times where we are all a bit confused – and this year we will explore the times that the Hulk has no idea what is going on. Even the times when he isn’t sure what to do or where to go… It’s a year of confusion!

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Imagine waking up and not knowing where you are?  Imagine doing the same thing and realizing you’re in an airplane!  Hulk is not exactly the kind of surprise passenger you want or need.  Especially when he doesn’t fly so well:

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ALL THE BANNERS!

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A while ago Amazon released an exclusive set that included a Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner.  It was a while coming since both Eric Bana and Edward Norton both had their own figures.  Bruce has even appeared in a few 2 packs back in the day with a “Transforming Hulk”.  Let’s take a look through the figures, shall we?  We can begin with the latest and the best looking of all of them – the Marvel Legends Bruce Banner:

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It is very well sculpted under the likeness of Ruffalo and it isn’t a slouch on the other departments either.  The articulation is top notch!  It boasts an impressive 16 joints!  Too bad all that Banner really ever did was run.  Run from the Army, run from the cops, run in those snazzy dress shoes that look fresh from the shoe shine.  How does he keep himself looking so debonair when every time he throws a tantrum he rips everything to shreds?  Oh that’s right – he’s always angry.  Anyways, this figure is not a pricey or difficult figure to find – and if you’re a Hulk fan there certainly is no reason NOT to get him!

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The Edward Norton figure, on the other hand, is an easy figure to forget and not consider picking up.  I love all my figures – but if I had to pick one celebrity figure who played Bruce Banner to drop it would not be a hard decision.  The Edward Norton figure is a 3&3/4 figure (think GI JOE size) in comparison to the 6″ figures that the 2008 Hulk figures stood at.  Banner doesn’t reflect Norton as much as just a standard figure – in fact out of the package I doubt anyone would be able to recognize where this guy came from at all!  I do enjoy the fact that all the “Transforming Hulk” figures all have one thing in common – they all somehow slip Banner inside of the figure.

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Eric Bana Banner (say that 3 times fast) on the other hand is actually a step back in the right direction!  Sporting his nerdy slick hair do from the 2003 mistake Hulk movie this figure is detailed and actually looks like the actor who played him!  While certainly not up to the standards of the Marvel Legends Banner this figure is still leaps and bounds better than the 2008 version that came after it.

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Of course, one of my favorites, a figure that could never be mistaken for anything BUT Banner, is the 1996 Transformations line Bruce.  This figure is everything you think of when you think of Banner – ripped clothes, wild, bewildered look on his face and barefoot!  It also has the honor of being packaged with what is arguably the ugliest Hulk figure ever:

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No, seriously… look at this thing:

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While I do like this Banner the most the one major thing it lacks is size.  It’s the smallest Banner in this whole list!  That – and the joints drive me nuts.  They are so obvious.

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This Banner does rank as one of my favorites considering the last Banner is confusing at best.  It has an anime, feminine quality to it that is an interesting choice.  Of course, it’s the only Banner figure that sports a lab coat – so that’s something:

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You can’t fault Toy Biz too much as they remember to add the purple pants on this figure – I just can’t get over the face – is he wearing lipstick?  Maybe it’s just a bit of lip gloss to bring out those dreamy emerald eyes.  He looks like he should be fronting a boy band!

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Of course I am aware that there is a Bruce Banner Hot Toys figure – and no I did not pick it up – while I agree it looks fantastic I think my money is better spent else where rather than a super-detailed action figure.  Anyways, what does everyone out there think?  What’s the best Banner figure?  Which tops the charts for you?

Marvel Legends Yellow and Brown Wolverine (2016)

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There have been quite a few Wolverine figures – actually, that’s an understatement.  Wolverine, due to his popularity, has more figures between Hasbro, Toy Biz and all other entities making Marvel figures than most any other character.  In fact, I’m pretty sure the only other character who can wrestle that title from Wolvie is Marvel’s flagship, Spider-Man himself.  It wasn’t until 2016 when we got what many consider the ultimate Wolverine figure – the yellow and brown costumed, runt of  figure from the Marvel Legends X-Men line.

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It was the figure that collectors have been asking for and one that Marvel finally released.  He’s accurately shorter than most of the other figures in the ML line and sports the costume that pretty much every Wolvie fan would agree is their favorite!  Funny enough, even though Wolverine is most known for his yellow and blue duds it’s the yellow and brown that he has spent the most time in.  At least according to this site.