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-
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.
Marvel Legends have had a series of ups and downs in the recent past. With the packaging changed and no inclusion of a collectible comic book and a price hike that’s almost double from when they offered such things I find it amazing that the action figure line is still thriving. Let’s be honest – the entire line has seen some better days – the recent offers of the BAFs are not that exciting. The Odin BAF was very disappointing and the Ultron BAF was underwhelming as well. The Groot BAF was surprisingly awesome – even if most of the figures featured in the series was not very desirable. I didn’t even bother with the Iron Monger or Mandroid. They aren’t terrible but they weren’t all that impressive either. Should I even bother getting into the Hobgoblin (that should never had been a BAF in the first place)?
The most recent series, though, have made most of my collector friend’s ears perk up. It started with the Rhino that came with the Spider-Man series – a BAF that rivaled the previous “best figure” from Marvel Select. The Rhino even came with a change-o-head – a modern and a classic (I’m so partial toward the classic I don’t even bother with the modern) and while it’s far from a useful accessory it’s still nice to see Marvel offer choices.
The Hulkbuster Iron Man series was the first Marvel Legends line that I actively sought out in a long time! The promise of a substantial and humongous Hulkbuster figure proved too much for me to stay away. Most of the figures weren’t appealing – although they were very nice – I was only interested in Thundra, Valkrie and the good Doctor. I had to barter, promise and even threaten (not really but it sounds good) to acquire the rest of the pieces to complete this huge behemoth! It’s a fantastic figure – certainly worth picking up if you can get a good price but this one gets pretty pricey! There are some minor tweaks I would have loved to make – especially the flat red paint – but it’s not enough to make this figure any less desirable.
Now, onto the newest BAF, the Absorbing Man! This is the latest Spider-Man ML series to line the pegs and it features some fantastic figures – never mind one of the better Absorbing Man figures ever made! As it compares to the figures before it – let’s visit it one by one – The Absorbing Man from the Hulk Transformations line is a great figure – where the BAF trumps it is in size – and size only – because the sculpt, paint and accessory (the size of the wrecking ball he comes with) is all pretty great.
The Hulk Classics Absorbing Man figure is very rare, very cool and extremely expensive on the secondary market. It’s also one of the cooler figures ever made of the guy! All except the size it might’ve taken the top spot. The scale really doesn’t knock it off the top of the list though – but another figure like this on card or in package and the Hulk Classics Absorbing Man might be knocked off the peak.
The Marvel Legends Absorbing Man from the Hulk line is a decent figure – all but the made model head they chose. He just looks too handsome! Can you imagine this villain getting into a fight and screaming “Not the face – hit me anywhere but the face!” Not to mention the size of the ball and chain is on the small side.
The Absorbing Man also comes with a change-o-head – one without a transforming look – and it is great but I am sticking with this one… unless I can find another body without paying a premium. It also has an extra arm (normal) and another (transforming into wood). Totally worth the pick up if you have the chance! The only thing I’d change is ball and chain to have a loose chain rather than a sculpted, solid chain.
I enjoy when Harbro releases these 3 packs. The Agents of SHIELD one from TRU is pretty fun, even though I didn’t pick it up, I thought it still looked great! It not really being Hulk related I decided against it. I do have quite a few collectibles that are not Hulk… and even some non-Hulk related – but those are few and far between. Target themselves seem to carry some of the more enjoyable 3-packs. I remember the first one I saw was the Cap, Ms Marvel and Radioactive Man boxed set – and while I thought the figures were really very decent I didn’t have a desire to own it. Radioactive Man was the real unique figure and since he was more of a Thor villain I didn’t see the need to buy one.
This 3-pack is just hitting the shelves here on the East Coast and it boasts an Ulton, White Vision and a new Hulk. Really, it’s just the head mold of the Hulk that’s new… that and maybe the hands (which don’t look all that great) but the body is obviously a re-use of the latest Marvel Legends Hulk.
The head has a close shaved cut reminiscent of Waid’s Indestructible Hulk. The better part of this figure is the re-paint showcasing the classic purple pants. I never collected all of the pieces to create the BAF Ultron from the AoU Marvel Legends line but this figure is well done. It does seem as though Ultron may have an odd acne problem with boils adorning his upper chest, thighs, shoulders and calves. The Vision figure, I’m guessing, is supposed to be a phasing variant but it just looks white.
Overall, the Hulk figure is really cool looking – and right now Target has this 3-pack discounted on their site for $30. If you mention this at any Target they will honor the price and you will avoid the regular $50 price tag. Happy Hunting friends! Let me know what you guys think of this figure.