Tag Archives: Marvel Legends

Jean Grey/ Cyclops 2-Pack (2017)

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The Toys R Us exclusives are touch and go at best.  Especially where Marvel Legends are concerned.  We’ve gotten 3-packs of SHIELD and the new Marvel characters like Sam Wilson Cap and the new Hawkeye but this time they hit it out of the park!  With the return of Jean Grey expect this 2-pack to disappear pretty quickly, if it hasn’t already!  This set is both beautiful and classic!

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I can’t tell you how much I appreciate when I see interchangeable heads.  It’s like getting multiple figures without having to pay for them!  This comes with a regular Jean, a “needs a haircut or different conditioner” head and then, of course, the possessed, evil Jean.  All with her classic costume!  Classic Cyclops as well in his most popular costume makes this set one of the best TRU offerings in a long time!

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Marvel Legends Gladiator Hulk BAF (2017)

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Thank you to all that have been messaging me asking me to blog about all the new Hulk items that have been released.  If you’re on my FB page then you will know that not only do I have them all but I have had them for quite a while!  I was able to acquire the BAF Gladiator Hulk a week before the street date!  Thank goodness I did too, getting the pieces to this guy is proving to be very difficult.  Some of the figures are pretty fantastic – and then there’s Loki.  A terrible figure with very little accessories!  If you are lucky enough to unload them to help pay for the Hulk then good on you because he’s already running a pretty penny on eBay.

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The figure is pretty fantastic too!  I was hoping for an 8″ figure since it was the Hulk and this is the first time the Hulk has treated to the BAF format.  While he still stands taller than most of the other figures in the set he is the same size as the AoU Hulk we were served.  The real difference?  The absolute killer gladiator set up that this Hulk comes with!  The war paint, the helmet, the huge hammers and all the armor!  It absolutely makes this figure a killer piece to add to the Hulk collection!

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Like I mentioned, having to buy every figure in this series just to get the Hulk – which means you’re shelling out about $120 to get this bad boy!  That might seem steep but really, you’re going to pay about $75-90 just for the Hulk on eBay anyways, so for another $30 bucks or so you can have all the figures too.

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I have seen this on FB – with the soft plastic they used for the hammer makes it susceptible to bending when the Hulk holds it.  You can easily avoid this by having the Hulk hold the hammer high on the neck.  I actually thinks this looks cooler anyways.

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The Gladiator Hulk’s expression is an interesting choice.  He really looks as if he is confident and stoic at the same time.  I get that the Hulk has constantly been sculpted with the raging anger face – but with a BAF I really feel as if we should have been given an alternate head with a screaming anger face!  It would have been perfect!

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The figure reminds me of the last time the Hulk was seen in war paint… but this time he’s way more bas ass!

Marvel Legends 14″ Incredible Hulk (2017)

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I have a to make sure I love expensive pieces.  Hot Toys, a lot of times, ultimately disappoint.  The rubbery skin puts me off – I like the hard plastic feel of an action figure.  When the 12″ line appeared in toy stores I was very intrigued to see what a Hulk figure would look like.  The Iron Man and Cap were extremely well sculpted and looked impressive – the price tag was a bit steep though.  My only hesitation would be shelling out $50 for a figure.  I still remember the 12″ Icon figures from Toy Biz in 2006 that only ran a very reasonable $20.  Well, I just found the new ML Hulk this past weekend.

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The price tag still took me by shock – it was just a tweak above the already expensive $50 figures regularly – but I could not take my eyes off how well this figure was done.  The sculpt is absolutely top notch.  The expression on the Hulk’s face was so perfect – with an alternate head that rivals the 6″ Face Off Hulk’s likeness to the Classic Buscema image.

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The box is even superb with the prism images of the Hulk adorning the sides and back.  The images show just how great this new line is in both size and articulation.  I can’t say enough great stuff about how well done this figure is  – with the understanding that I have yet to see it out of the box.  I like keeping my figures in the package and if I want one out of the box I will buy a second.  Well, I am not sure just how easy/hard this figure will be to fins so for now, this one is staying minty fresh inside the window box.

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The size is certainly one of the highlights of this piece,  The fact that it is larger than the rest of the figures in this line was a great addition.  Hulk should be huge and should be imposing!  The heft is perfect – it’s actually heavier than some of the later released Bowen statues.

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I will keep an eye out as I have seen other retailers offering this figure for less and closer to the $50 price.  Wal-Mart had these posted for $54 in pre-order.  They were sold out pretty fast.  I would be surprised to see if this piece don’t stay on the shelves.  I know Target puts these 12″ figures on clearance after a while but I’d be really surprised to see these dip below a $50 price tag.

Marvel Legends Angela (2017)

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Angela has to have one of the best back stories of any comic character ever.  I can’t recall any other hero that would have their back story in a completely different comic universe – to be killed in said universe – and then to mysteriously appear in another universe.  She is still who she is – which is bad ass – with a few tweaks that make sense.  She’s still an angel who kicks ass and now defends the greater good in one of the more celebrated comic universes.  How long until we see her in the movies?

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Marvel acquisition of the character even made the original appearance in Spawn #9 worth something – raw copies are still easily attainable but graded copies are going what I loving refer to as “nutso”.  That being said, it was hard to pass up the first figure that Marvel ever created of her!  Who knows if it will be worth anything in the future – the Spawn Angela figure is pretty plentiful so it hovers around the $5-$10 range.  There used to be a version that didn’t paint on underwear under the armor that was artfully dubbed “Party Angela” (Man, us collectors are a perverted and insane bunch).  This Angela would not have such a variation as her whole costume is just the underwear accessorized with an oversized belt and gold boots.

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Marvel Legends Onslaught (2016)

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It was one of the things I tried to convince myself I wanted.  I love the story line – even with all of it’s faults – but I never took the plunge in buying any of the earlier figures.  Finally, I had a second chance at grabbing an Onslaught Build a Figure.  I still am on the fence about the first release – which it is articulated like crazy it’s also very awkward.  I am trying to look at the bright side as the best Onslaught figure is the 1997 offering… and that one is insanely high in price.

This new figure might be based off the new Red Skull character from the very disappointing AXIS event but that matters very little to me.  I grabbed the classic head from Kitty Pride and I now have the Onslaught figure I’d been looking for!  What do you guys think?  Which is the best Onslaught figure?

TRU Exclusive Evolution of Groot (2017)

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The first time they offered a Groot figure to us you had to collect every Guardians of the Galaxy figure just to build it.  That means you had to buy the funky Iron Man no one wanted.  You had to buy the Nova – which is actually fine because it’s an awesome character and figure.  But you needed to buy Drax and Gamora – whether you wanted to buy them or not – too bad!  You want the awesome Groot figure?  Then shell out the money for figures you don’t even want to buy!  That, of course is the bane of every collector who wants the Build a Figures.  The good news is: Toys R Us has come to the rescue!

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TRU is offering a new Groot with an added bonus of tiny Groots!  I was psyched to see they included the adult, small and potted Groot all in one package – and the best part is that the adult Groot sports a new head sculpt!  Originally the Groot figure had a more stoic face.  You couldn’t tell what that giant living tree was thinking.  Here he is very pleased.  I can’t tell you what would make Groot this happy but his face makes everything seem better.

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The real extra in this package – the reason I picked this up in the first place – was the two tiny baby Groots they supplied.  I shouldn’t say baby – one of a “baby” I guess, the other is a toddler.  Either way, this set is worth the price tag.  Pick this up today!

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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?