I certainly wanted to snag this 3 pack for one reason. The new Thanos head sculpt. I have every ML Thanos that was released starting with the BAF from the original Avengers movie and I didn’t want this one to slip through my fingers. I will say, there was one humongous hurdle to leap: the price. These Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary figures, filled with mostly re-paints and re-issues, are priced pretty outrageously. the single figures are $25 while the 2 packs are topping out at $50. The 3 packs, obviously, were hitting $75 so I didn’t think grabbing this new Thanos was going to work out.
That is until a fateful trip to Target one day, a trip with the whole family in tow, I stumbled across this 3 pack in the clearance section. For half off! It was $34! I looked and looked and could not see anything different, anything wrong at all with it! A random chance at finding a super expensive 3 pack that I desperately wanted clearance out? It was fate, I tell ya!
While the Iron Man and Cumberbatch Strange are kind of cool they really aren’t the reason to pick this up. The BAF Thanos that came with the series, as nice as it was, was not impressive with the oddly stoic head sculpt that came along with it. This new Thanos has a clenched teeth, angry sculpted head that absolutely freakin’ rocks!
The accessories that adorn the figures in this 3 pack are thankfully appropriate but expected. The Strange spells, extra hands, Iron Man blasts and open handed Infinity Gauntlet that accompanies the figures don’t exactly make it worth the retail price tag – but since I found it for a song I was all too happy to snatch this up!
I think everyone was pleasantly surprised with just hos enjoyable the Dr Strange movie was. I know I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did! Seeing the merchandise dominate the retail space wasn’t completely unexpected though… and most of it was a pass for me. I did decide to purchase the classic looking metal figure – and as a founding member of the Defenders it makes sense in the Hulk room! So, bonus!
The one thing I noticed too is that it wasn’t riddled with holes like the Hulk figure is. Of course, I think they are just hidden behind the cape – but I have never wished the Hulk to don a cape until this moment! The only real missing piece is the details on the edge of the cape. I sort of wish it featured the yellow with squiggly pattern like it does in the comic.
Being a teammate of the Hulk’s can never be easy. He’s pretty much the friend in your group that is on heavy drugs. You like him, know he’s a good person deep down but your scared to hell about what he is capable of doing! The Defenders has always been an anomaly of a super group. None of the team members actually WANT to be on a team together but when collected the main quartet can accomplish the impossible. With those facts out in the open I bring you the Hulk guest shot in Doctor Strange #70 & #71.
The Hulk, being in the Pantheon, is out to save the world – but he’s having trouble getting some time to get any work done. Especially when Strange, who is not actually Strange, comes beckoning Hulk to help him. Funny enough, it’s the mention of a mutual teammate that alerts the Hulk to the impostor standing before him. The evil Strange goes to find a host to bond with – seeking out the sidekick of all sidekicks.. Rick Jones!
The man with nine lives is confronted with the evil being but the Hulk comes to the rescue… until he himself is consumed with the dissolving doppelganger. Rick Jones comes to the rescue as usual of his jade colored friend as he taunts him and the Hulk rages inside until he is control of his faculties. When the evil Strange takes off the two old friends hang for a second to catch up. Easily, the best part of the whole couple of issues.
These issues should be relatively easy to track down and even easier to purchase for a good price. It’s not a bad couple of issues – and it has one of the grossest scenes I can remember – posted back in April – check it out if you want the willies.
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MU Surfer/Strange 2-Pack
Sure enough they have made the Defenders 2-Pack! It has Strange and Surfer and I think the only reason the Hulk is not in this 2 pack is because they already brought out the Hulk/Wolverine 2-pack. So I can’t complain… then again – when have I ever let reality stop me from ranting! Actually, I was pretty happy to get this 2-pack.
There is a slight paint change from the original Surfer to this one – but there isn’t much you can do otherwise to make this figure look different. He’s freaking Silver! Put some shiny spots on him – at least that’s something new! And to top it off – the Strange figure is the same one we received on the single card.
Part of the reason I bought this is because I like to display the figures in the original packaging – yes, I am one of those – and I do like how they made these 2-packs with a comic that features each of the characters! So, while we aren’t exactly getting anything new – it’s hard to resist picking up such great figures!
The 2 most powerful members… other than Hulk!
So, I know that WalMart has an exclusive 6″ Avengers line – but they have yet to show up on the East Coast… if any of my Gamma Bros that visit this site have found an extra and want to help me out I would be truly grateful! Anyone?!?!?
Well, in the meantime – check out the art I did on a blank Defenders #1 cover. Let me know what you think! As you can see – it’s featuring the original Defenders only! 😉 Actually, there is another side to this cover – if you’d like to see the other side just click on the image (Trust me – it’s so worth seeing!)
Let’s just begin with the MU line that had both its ups and downs this year. I have really warmed up to this line – more than I should, probably – mainly due to the vast amount of different figures they have. Here are the positives from 2011:
The Best: From the Avengers Boxed Set, including an amazing looking first appearance Hulk, to the classic, rarer and more unknown characters produced like The Constrictor and Skaar. Marvel and Hasbro released some of the better variants this year related to the Hulk Universe, like the First Appearance Wolverine and, like I mentioned before, the Avengers Boxed Set. I know I’ve mentioned that twice already – but it’s THAT good! Not to mention, the Avengers set has become pretty hard to find these days. We also have one of my favorite repaints of the year – the Compound Hulk. Yes, it’s based off of a terrible story – but let’s face it – the re-paint is just hilarious and spectacular! We were also able to complete complete our classic Defenders displays with the long over due release of Dr. Strange! (yes, I have it but have not posted it – you would not believe how much I have to post – it’s just about finding the time to do it all!) Also getting an Absorbing Man – complete with fully transformed metal variant – gives the MU line one of the best years for figures we’ve had in a long time!
The Worst: That’s not to say that everything was peaches and cream with the line this year… starting with the Avengers Base variant. Everything about that figure was excellent – everything but the price. It’s amazing to watch the TRU exclusive yo-yo in price the way it did. First they were asking $19.99 – but not even a month later the figures went on sale for a much more reasonable $12.99. Once the sale ended the price went back to $19.99 for a bit – then lowered again to $16.99. Basically, these figures were not selling. Collectors may have bought them, like myself, but obviously they weren’t popular enough to keep the price up. Speaking of variants too – the Skaar “name plate” variant is the weakest excuse for a variant to date.
All in all – not too shabby – the MU line has way more positives than it does negatives this year – so kudos to them!