Tag Archives: Marvel Legends

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?

Marvel Legends Series Maestro (2017)

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If you are a fan of the Facebook Page of this blog then you know I found this figure this past Saturday.  If you’re yet to be a fan of the page – like it here – I try to give extra stuff and put stuff up as soon as I find it and such.  That’s neither here nor there at this point though because we have a Maestro figure in 3 3/4 scale finally!  Yes, the figure is based off the Contest of Champions rather than the classic style of the character.  CoC wasn’t a bad read – I wasn’t all that interested at first but I had to take a peek as the Hulk (many versions) play a big part.

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The oddest part is seeing Maestro – spoilers – defeated as his main thing is being too powerful to be taken down by anyone.  But hey, a character too powerful to take down by anything is a pretty boring read.  I thought the series was entertaining as heck and was sad to see it end at issue #10.

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The Maestro figure we are served is still a great figure but I would kill for a Maestro with removable pointy crown.  Ultimately, I’m still glad to be getting a Maestro figure no matter which version.  I can’t say I would give it a thumbs up in adding it to your collection, unless, like me, you’re in too deep and can’t get out!

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Marvel Legends Punisher (2016)

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I could not pass up this Punisher figure – not only is it well done with great accessories – but with the alternate head it reminds me of the amazing Keown Punisher from TIH #395(see below).  This bad-ass figure was only available at Walgreens but so worth the hunt if you were able to track one down.  I’m still waiting for Walgreens to bring us some amazing Hulk exclusive merchandise… things beyond minimates!  Comeon Walgreens!  Get in the game here!

Ladies Worthy of Plastic: Thundra and Valkyrie Marvel Legends (2015)

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Back in 2010 when they released the ML Hulk/Valkyrie 2-Pack I was ecstatic to finally get a Valkyrie figure.  That figure is still the only “classic” Barbara Norris figure you can get – but the new release, in her modern dude, is certainly worth a pick up as well.  While I’ve always contended that the new price points are off and that they are asking too much I still enjoy a great new figure.  Granted, these were new when I bought them but forgot to post them – so… there’s that.

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She and Thundra have a great place in Hulk history but with the Thundra figure finally released it does sting slightly more that Lyra was never made.  It would have been perfect to have the whole family together and it seems pretty likely that it would have been easy to make a Lyra with a simple repaint – but alas, we don’t have one and we’re only left with Thundra.  Of course, she has a more storied past in the MU so it’s fitting for her to have a figure before her bastard daughter.

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Either way, these two ladies were worth the price and certainly deserve a place in everyone’s Marvel set up – let alone a complete Hulk collection!  If there is any negative I see it’s that the skin tones on Thundra are a little flat and Valkyrie overall deserves a richer look.

Grade for these two figures: Valkyrie – A, Thundra – A-

Marvel Legends Thanos BAF (2015)

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These Build A Figures have been some of the best of the whole series.  That is, until the recent Red Skull Onslaught BAF.  But, hey – the BAF Thanos offered with the first Avengers ML series is based off the Thanos we’ve seen in the movies.  While it is a very cool figure, Marvel keeps up the tradition of mediocre paint jobs with with a much better version offered by the Marvel Select.  Yes, the Marvel Select version (complete with Lady Death) is the figure to get.  This is still cool – just not AS cool.

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