Since the Spidey stuff is out I thought I'll get Molten Man done first.
First the parts list:
Head - Hydro-man
Torso pieces - Spider-woman
Right Arm - Doppelganger
Left Arm and metal beam- Spider-man (Stealth Suit)
Right Leg - Scorpion
Left Leg - Mysterio
The torso comes in two parts. You have the main piece and the back shell. The interior of the upper torso is made with some translucent orange plastic. And with gaps on the outer shell you can actually put a light on him and he'll have a fiery appearance. There's a pic of that a little further down.
The upper torso joint is visible here. It looks like a lever which can move front, back and to the sides.
From what I gather, in Spider-man: Far From Home Molten Man is one of the Elementals which Spidey has to deal with. Don't know yet if he's an actual person of if he's a pure elemental. If it's the former then it will be similar to the comics. I can't say I know much about the character, or have read much of the stories he's been in for that matter.
The first time I saw the Molten Man figure online I did not like him one bit. To be honest he looked like a giant gold turd with bits sticking out. Having it in hand has changed my opinion slightly. I quite like the flowy metallic look. With the cracks of orange visible you do get the sense that he's a walking fire giant waiting to explode. Oops... I should say large fire guy. This is no giant. The thing in the trailer standing several storeys high. Now that's a giant. In other words I feel the figure is small. I also think that he'll look better if they had made him more symmetrical. I don't get why one side is bigger than the other... His left arm is large and heavy and it causes him to lean to his left side more. He has a fierce appearance. I like his deformed face with the bit of metal flowing down. Only the metal beam on his right arm is removable. The metal beams have a charred appearance which is nice. They unfortunately failed to paint all the sides so some parts look clean and new.
Now I get that there are bound to be cracks on his outer shell. But what you see in the following pic looks very much like a finger print which is annoying. There's also another noticeable one on his chest...
I mentioned earlier about how you can stick a light on him and make him light up. Well here's my attempt. He looks really cool! He probably looks the best like this.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, upper torso joint (elaborated above), ball joint waist, ball hips, thigh swivel, swivel hinge knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He cannot look down. He can look up just a bit. The head will be slanted when you turn it. The elbows can bend ninety degrees. The left wrist hinge is restricted due to the sculpt of the forearm. The upper torso joint offers little range of motion. He can bend forward and back a bit, slant to the sides and also rotate a bit. The waist joint is similar to the upper torso joint and has a a better range. It also allows full body rotation. The knees can bend ninety degrees. Phew... all in the articulation is pretty good for the big guy.
Molten Man turned out a bit better than expected. I still don't really like him. I wish he were bigger and more symmetrical. The light up effect is cool. Whether I'll display him or not will depend on the movie. Thanks for viewing!
Here's a look at the Marvel Legends Spider-man: Far From Home Mysterio.
Mysterio, is he a friend or foe? I'll say foe. They've already mislead us with the Skrulls in Captain Marvel. I'm thinking they'll do the same in Far From Home. Besides Mysterio is all about deception. In any case it's great to see a new Spidey "villain" on the big screen.
The figure looks awesome! I'm loving the amount of sculpted detail on his suit. Check it out. The green areas and the gauntlets are textured. The armoured torso has a nice design to it. I especially like the wrinkles on his boots. They look well worn and comfy. For some reason I feel like getting a pair even though I'm unlikely to use them. The helmet has a good shape to it. It has a pearlescent appearance with a purplish tint. There's no unmasked head underneath unfortunately. Or any proper head for that matter. The helmet pegs directly onto the neck joint. The cape has a nice flowy look to it. I like the "eye" symbols of the clips on the front. On the back there's a printed on metallic green design of what looks to be Mayan or Inca design and buildings. The designs while interesting are rather distracting. I would have preferred if he had a plain coloured cape.
The inside of the cape has some sculpted detail as well. There are several raised green diamond shaped thingys. Some sort of tech perhaps.
And here's how he looks without the cape. Hmmm... this might be a potential troop builder. Just need to change the colour of the "belt".
Mysterio does not come with a proper head so I tried some on. The bearded Peter Parker head was the closest I could think of in terms of look and hair colour. I know there's little likeness but I think it looks pretty good.
You can use the skull head from the comic Mysterio figure if you like.
Accessories. Mysterio comes with an extra pair of fists. It would have been nice if they could have included some effects pieces. The BAF part is the left leg of Molten Man.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He is able to look up and down a bit. The elbows have excellent bend. The forearms are able to reach his biceps. Not that we need them too. He's still human and not a Transformer. With the torso joint he can only bend forward a little. He is able to bend back more.
Here's a double dose of Marvel Legends Far From Home Spider-man for you.
New movie, new costume, new figure. New body too. That's right default Spidey here is on an all new body. And he looks pretty good. I think the proportions are better than the Homecoming version. The lines of the costume were all sculpted and there's nice muscle definition. The figure is quite shiny. Now I've heard some comments on how the shine makes it look like a knock off. I can see that point of view but if you refer to the trailers and promotional images you can see his costume does has a shine to it, and I think they did a great job of it. It looks very nice to me. If anything maybe the red could be of a slightly darker tone. The black areas of his costume has a textured pattern on it. It looks to have been printed on. Nice! Click images to enlarge. I like the way they did the logo. It has the white edges like how it's supposed to be. I also like white logo on his back. Love the contrast.
Stealth Suit Spidey next.
Unlike default Spidey, Stealth Suit Spidey has some proportion issues. Notably the neck area. It looks long, thin and awkward. And I think the head also looks a tad small. I'm fine with the rest of the body. There's nice sculpted detail on his suit. I especially like the sculpted lines on his "ski-mask". Some parts of his suit are gloss black, such as the arms and the straps on his legs. It helps differentiate a different part of his suit and I don't mind it too much.
Stealth Suit Spidey comes with an alternate head with the goggles raised and an extra pair of web-shooting hands. The included BAF part is the left hand of Molten Man and a charred metal bar.
Default Spidey only comes with an extra pair of web-shooting hands.
The goggles are fixed in the raised position on the alternate head. I wished there was a hinge so that it can be used. As it is this feels a bit of a waste to me. Unless there's a very cool scene in the movie involving it or something. I would have much rather have got a new unmasked head. Take care when swapping heads as you don't want the goggles to break off.
On the subject of heads, the unmasked Peter Parker cannot be used on both these figures unless you do some modifications. Hopefully we'll get a new updated one.
They are able to swap heads if you like.
Both default Spidey and Stealth Suit Spidey have a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, butterfly joints, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. Both can look up and down well. Stealth Suit Spidey can look awkward in some poses though due to little to no pivot of the head. The butterfly joints work well. Love them. Both can crunch forward about one and a half clicks and bend back one click.
Both nice figures. Stealth suit Spidey would have been better if not for the head and neck issues. I'll likely use him as a burglar or a mercenary for the time being. Thanks for viewing!
Worthy! There's even more Avengers: Endgame spoilers within. Click away if you don't want to be "spoiled" further.
Cap comes with Mjolnir and it is hidden behind the shield. Do check that it's there when selecting your figure.
Captain America, from out of nowhere! I didn't think it would be out this soon. You see the reveal one day and the next thing you know there were sighting reports. Wow! I cannot tell you how excited I am for him! Love Cap! So many awesome scenes in Endgame!
The figure is a mix of old and new parts. The upper torso and arms are new, with the rest of the body mostly coming from the Infinity War Cap. There's more bulk to this figure than previous versions which suits him fine. He looks better even. The head is similar in design to the Civil War Cap. Not too sure if the head is new. I'm going to say it is. The head on this figure looks bigger. I didn't get a good piece. The helmet was stuck on poorly and there are notable gaps at the ears and the hair at the back of his head. The highlight of this figure would have to be the sculpted scale mail on the torso. Nice detail! The shoulder pads were stuck on and are flexible. The Avengers logo is only present on his left arm. The belt reuses the Civil War Cap's belt.
A quick comparison of head sculpts. This head seems bigger. The eyes and lips were very well done. I also like the skin tone on this new one too.
Cap comes with an unmasked head, a shield and Mjolnir. Both the shield and Mjolnir are similar to the ones we got previously. The shield was made to look battle damaged. It's covered in dirt and has dents in the paint.
The unmasked head looks great! There's a good likeness. It's probably the best MCU Steve Rogers head we've got.
Here's a comparison with the unmasked head from the MCU 10th Anniversary Civil War two-pack.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel and up and donw hinge right wrist, swivel hinge left wrist, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, boot swivel and ankle hinge and pivot. With both heads he can look down okay, up not as much due to the helmet / hair. Take care when using the shoulder hinge. Though flexible the shoulder pads may get damaged as it pushes into/over the shoulder when the hinge is used. Also don't leave his arms stretched out too long, you don't want the pads to be warped out of shape. The elbow joints cannot be fully utilised due to his larger bicep and forearms.
Here's a look at Spider-man and MJ from the Homecoming two-pack.
Let's get Spidey out of the way first. He's basically the same figure we got previously like from the Vulture BAF series and the Iron Man Sentry two-pack. The obvious difference is the jacket and the sleeved arms. You may recall he briefly wore this look in Homecoming. The scene where he got stuck in a storage facility. There are also a couple of other differences. The blue is of a different tone and the lines on the blue areas are darker. I'm not a fan of that as I think it makes his costume more "busy". Now the figure is cool and all but I think most of us would much rather have got a Peter Parker figure in civilian attire.
A closer look at the jacket. The logo was done well. You can actually make out the words. It reads "Midtown School of Science and Technology". Click images to enlarge.
The jacket is removable. There's not much point in doing so though considering the sleeved arms. Underneath the top yellow jacket you'll find a separate navy hoodie jacket, or at least part of it anyway. A huge portion of it is missing as you can see. I guess they did that so he wouldn't be overly bulky. The zipper was painted which is nice. It helps with the overall look.
The unmasked Peter Parker may be used with this figure.
For accessories he only comes with an extra pair of web-shooting hands.
MJ is the main reason for getting this two-pack. Her actual name is Michelle Jones according to Wiki. I had to look it up... Guess I'll need to watch Homecoming again. It's also a good time to refresh before Far From Home. MJ reuses some parts from the Netflix Jessica Jones, such as the torso and upper legs. The arms with the rolled up sleeves are new, as are the lower legs and boots. There's nice detail on the jacket. The black stripes on her sleeves were painted. I like that they also painted the zipper. She has a good head sculpt. There's a good likeness. She looks a little annoyed. There's nice shape and detail for the hair.
She comes with an alternate head. I prefer this to the default one above. She wears a hint of a smile and has a more friendly appearance. With her hair tied up into a ponytail more of her face can be seen and the sculpt and likeness shines through more.
She also comes with an extra set of open hands. They look too big if you ask me.
MJ has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot.
Spider-man has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot.
Both nice figures. I like MJ. Spidey unfortunately will be heading to storage until I can find space for a Spidey display. Thanks for viewing!
Let's get back to some Avengers shall we. Here's a look at the MCU Ronin.
I assume you've watched Avengers: Endgame. If you haven't I highly recommend doing so. It's an awesome movie! Some mild spoilers ahead. I'll hide it for you just in case. Simply highlight the text to read. So in the movie Hawkeye becomes Ronin after his family gets "dusted" by Thanos. He was shattered and took out his anger on the remaining criminal elements in the world. Going to the extent of murdering them. His appearance like this was brief and I can't quite recall the look of his attire. It was an action scene and we did not get a good look at him from the front. The figure does look accurate for the most part. Maybe not as much gold on the shoulders, forearms and legs. It's hard to tell. There's a great amount of detail on his attire. His outer coat looks thick and has several compartments. Some areas are textured too. And you can make out the seams and creases in it. The forearm bracers and shin guards were sculpted. I love the painted gold lining deco.
The hood and outer coat is removable. Underneath we get something like how he appeared in the later part of the movie. He wears and all black padded vest body armour. It has some nice detail on it. All the gold deco will have to be repainted black to make it more screen accurate.
Here's a close-up of the head.
The following is my preferred look for him. The hood is rather big and it's neater this way. With the leather like mask there's little indication as to who might be behind it. Aside from the blue eyes that is. The gold outline is actually raised and textured. Love that the mask has some breathing holes in it. Click images to enlarge.
The unmasked head from the Quantum Suit two-pack may be used on this figure. Hawkeye looks great! Love that we have several options in which to display him. Not happy we have to spend more to do so though...
Accessories. The hood piece and the sheath with strap you've seen. Then there's a long sword, a short sword and an alternate left hand throwing shurikens. The BAF piece is the left arm of Thanos. I forgot to take a pic of that as I've already built the figure which you can see here.
The swords are suppose to have longish holes in them. We only get a sculpted design of it which is okay I guess considering the scale. There's some nice detail on the handles. His grip on the swords is quite tight. Do take care when making him grip them as you might scrape off some of the black paint from the handles.
Forgot to mention that the inside of his gloved hands are gold in colour which is probably not screen accurate.
He has two swords but only one sheath. It is possible to fit both in that single sheath.
Since the sheath strap is adjustable I was thinking of having him carry one like in the following pic. It will hold and not drop out. It'll look okay when he's viewed from the front.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. With the hood on he can only look down and not up. He can turn his head with it but it'll look awkward. Neck articulation without the hood is fine. The outer coat restricts use of the ab crunch. You can still turn his body. The lower portion of the coat is flexible and he can raise his legs somewhat. Without the coat the ab crunch can go one and a half "clicks" forward and one click back. My figure has loose hips and the legs feel rather soft so I couldn't pose him as good as I would have liked.
Comparison shots. There's some size difference but I wouldn't mind using him with the comic based figures.
Great figure! Nice look and decent accessories. We can also use him as a troop builder as well. Thanks for viewing!
Woohoo! Dr Doom!!! Oh wait... it's just Infamous Iron-Man. At least it's better than nothing.
For those who do not know Dr Doom who took up the mantle of Iron Man for a time. I was aware of the development but I did not read the story. So according to Wiki basically he got his face restored, wanted to redeem himself, helped out Tony Stark and became Iron Man when Tony was comatose. Google for more details. I'll be looking out for the tpb. I'm reading that it's a good read.
Infamous Iron Man is a repaint of the Iron Man figure we got in the Okoye BAF series. Based on the front view the head looks to be the same. The back of the head may have been slightly modified to accommodate the hood. I'm not too sure as the hood was stuck on. There's a bit of paint detail on the helmet. You'll want to make sure that the painted lines are as best as possible. Notably the "mouth". I was able to choose from a couple of pieces and on almost all of them the mouth did not align properly. The suit was cast in shiny grey plastic. For me it looks a little flat and I would have preferred it shinier. Aside for the centre one, the other two green circles on his chest were painted on. There's green paint deco under his armpits, at his elbows, inner thighs, just below his knees and on his feet. The dark olive green cape is a separate piece. I love how seamless the hood and cape appear from the back view. I also love the shape and the textured detail on it. It's only textured on the outside. The inside is smooth. The cape is quite long and it touches the surface.
The cape is removable. The hood unfortunately isn't. He looks quite awkward like this. They really should have made the hood removable. Or maybe included an extra normal head. I'm noticing the green feet more as I go though the pics. They kind of remind me of bedroom slippers...
A close-up of the head. He looks pretty good actually.
Accessories. He comes with an unmasked head, Repulsor hands, two Repulsor effect pieces and two stringy energy effect pieces. We've seen similar hands and effect pieces previously. The Repulsor hands do not have hinges on them.
The unmasked head has a decent likeness. He looks a little old compared to the images I looked up. I don't mind it considering he should be around the same age as Reed Richards. There's nice detail for his hair and I like that it's got some shading in it.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look down okay. He can't look up due to the hood. The cape restricts him from using his right arm fully. There's more allowance for his left arm. The cape gets in the way of low posing and also some flying poses.
Nice figure! Shame about the hood being stuck to the helmet. Thanks for viewing!
Caliban is based on when he became Death, one of the Horseman of Apocalypse. He sure looks the part with that monstrous head sculpt. The brow ridge is thick and extends upwards like horns. His open mouth screaming expression, with the teeth showing add to his menacing look. The dark rings around his eyes helps to highlight the yellow eyes better. I think the best part is the way they did his skin. It's white and with quite a bit of grey shading done. It results in a more textured and realistic appearance. He looks like he stepped right out of a monster movie. Great stuff! The body is new to my surprise. I could have sworn we got something like it before. Anyway it's a pretty plain body. Aside for the bands at his wrist which are separate pieces all the costume details were painted. There's quite a bit of veins visible on his body. Notably on the inside of his biceps. Those there are huge and bulging. The claw hands are new. They are really bony and creepy looking. And like his head, shading was done here as well. Very nice! The white areas of his costume have a pearlescent appearance. It catches the light well and he looks brighter with it. One thing about it is that the white is peeling off, especially from the joints on my figure. Maybe it's a one-off and I got a poor piece. But it's something to look out for.
A close-up of his face. Oooh what sharp teeth you have. Kinda like a vampire's. Actually come to think of it he does look like one of those elder vampires. Also check out his sculpted tongue. Nice! Click images to enlarge.
Those, like me who have been searching for an extra pair of Monster Venom hands for Shadow King may want to consider using Caliban's hands. They fit and I think they look good. These hands are currently easier to find and I'm going to go with them.
Articulation. He's got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, elbow hinge, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. The elbows bend at most ninety degrees. The ab crunch allows two clicks forward and one click back.
Great figure! I like him more than I thought I would. Thanks for viewing!
To be honest, I don't know much about these two characters. Especially Skullbuster. So from the back of the package, he's said to be a member of the Reavers. Now I've heard of the group and even recognise some of the characters from my Google search. I think I had some of the animated series Toy Biz figures. Guess I never really took interest in the them. It's a different story now. In fact I've learnt more about some characters after getting the figure. So you see buying toys makes you read more. Lol.
Skullbuster reuses the Deathlok body. With him being a cyborg it works, and he looks pretty good. The vest is new and unique. On one side you have the spiked shoulder cover and on the other you have a bottle cap. Lol. There's great detail on his vest. In addition to the pockets and pouches, there's a knife and a couple of ammo clips sculpted on. To top off his attire he's wearing a bandolier across his chest. I like that they painted the ammo. He has a great head sculpt. He looks very menacing. A skull is painted on his face and there's a crack in the design. There's a bit of shading done on it and I like that they smudged the paint. It makes it more realistic.
The jacket is removable. You can change up his look if you like.
Accessories. He comes with a Murray Reese head and a gun. The gun is the same one that came with Deathlok. The included BAF part is the right arm of Caliban.
Reese is another member of the Reavers. Like Skullbuster he too is a cyborg. He's wearing a transparent helmet with communication equipment attached. It has nice detail on it. The helmet is not removable unfortunately. The head sculpt looks good. He looks a seasoned soldier. There's a scar on his right cheek.
Now Reese does not wear the same attire as Skullbuster. So I looked around so see if there was any other figure to use for him. Nuke looked a good candidate for his military attire so I tried a head swap. And what do you know, the head fits. And he looks good too. I might get another Nuke for this purpose.
Next up Blink.
Blink is a pretty simple figure. The body reuses Psylocke's body. Her choker, belt with skirt and boot tops are separate pieces. I like that they painted the studs on both the choker and belt. I also like the twist in the skirt which helps a lot with action poses. She's got a nice head sculpt. I love her pointy ears. The paint around here eyes and the markings on her face were well done. I like the shape of her hair too.
Accessories. She comes with two crystal like shards and a teleportation portal effect piece. The shards are actually her portal ability focused into weapons. She can hold them well in her hands. The included BAF part is the left leg of Caliban.
The teleportation piece is quite small. The max size of someone it can allow is the Bucky Cap body which is a tight squeeze. You can only use it on the lower body with larger characters. Blink has no problem going through.
Blink has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot.
Skullbuster has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel and up and down hinge right wrist, swivel hinge left wrist, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, boot swivel and ankle hinge and pivot. The shoulder covers restrict him from raising his arms fully.
Here's a look at the new Marvel Legends Forge and Weapon X figures.
Which character is this? Forge? I don't know... I'm not really seeing him. The head sculpt reminds me more of Danny Trejo. Especially so when viewed from the side. He's even wearing a pissed off look on his face. Lol. I think the head is too small and rounded for Forge. I remember him having more of a longish head like you see on the back of the package. It's not too bad actually. There is some likeness. I like the headband, hair and the ponytail. The body reuses the Bucky Cap body with some new parts such as his cybernetic leg and boots. I'm not liking the gloves as they look a little big on him. The boot tassels are separate pieces and are staying in place through friction. I have them a little higher up his leg so they won't drop down to easily. The tassels look plasticky. Maybe a bit of a dark wash would help.
Accessories. He come with a large machine gun and a pistol. The included BAF part is the left arm of Caliban.
The weapons are of a metallic green colour. The following pic better shows the colour. The pistol may be stored in the holster on his leg.
Next up Weapon X.
I'm not really keen on Weapon X. I mean it's good to have him around for situational shots but other than that he's likely to be kept in storage. Aside for Spider-man I don't display the different looks of a character. That said this is a great looking figure. I like the helmet and the devices hanging at his waist. Along with the tubes they really make this figure. The body reuses the Tiger Stripe Wolverine body with new lower legs and feet. He has a bit of a cankles issue. It does not look as bad for him as on Kraven. I like the added painted hair on his chest, arms and legs.
A close-up of the helmet thingy. There's great sculpted detail on it. The tube which attaches to it may be pulled out so we may swap the head. It's the only tube which can be pulled out.
A closer look at the devices on his waist. Love the detail on them. Like the paint apps too. The colours they used for the screen gives the impression that they are illuminated. The devices may not be removed unfortunately. Or the belt for that matter. It's a shame really otherwise we can get a Wolverine figure in his bathing suit.
Accessories. He only comes with an unmasked head. The included BAF part is the right leg of Caliban.
I'm not sure what they were going for with the unmasked head. If it was rage they didn't achieve it. Logan here looks a little surprised and on the brink of passing out. I like that there's some blue shading in his long hair.
Tried a quick head swap. Now to proceed with the bathing suit idea. Lol.
Weapon X has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, butterfly joints, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He cannot look up with both heads due to his hair. He is able to raise his arms despite the tubes. However the higher you raise the higher up his body the belt is going to go. The devices on his belt hinders leg articulation a little. Just raise the belt for better posing.
Forge has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist rotation, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, boot swivel and ankle hinge and pivot.
Comparison shots. I don't know where's my Toy Biz Weapon X so I can't compare it with this figure for you.