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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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-