There was a fair enough amount to like this Infinity War Wave for a lot of Marvel Legends collectors, but I was mainly in for the Thanos BAF. I also liked the Iron Spider, and Songbird has a retro Marvel Comics appeal to her, but I'll likely sell most of these on the Super-DuperToyBox eBay store in the future. There was also a Bleeding Edge Iron Man, but I'm fully stocked on that character, and was pleased with the Black Panther Wave Invisible Iron Man, which included a Tony Stark head. Check out the video:
Marvel Legends Infinity War Wave Thanos BAF (2018) - YouTube
Below, Infinity War Thanos BAF with the recent Walmart exclusive Thanos, a repaint of the 2015 Thanos BAF. Be sure to follow the Super-DuperToyBox Instagram to see more photos of what I'm looking at!
Target had marked down the Thor/Valkyrie 2 pack, but I already had the single carded Thor, which had that cool Ragnarok helmet, so I picked this Valkyrie up loose on eBay. I loved the character portrayed in the movie by actress Tessa Thompson, who shared a warm relationship with Hulk, but had to work past her painful defeat in the past by Hela to assist Thor in defeating her once and for all. The sculpt and paint on this figure is commendable, but falls short in the accessories. I like the sword, but it's hand is woefully too small for Valkyrie to get a grip on. We are given a sheath to house the slender blade, but no peg to stow it. We also have two irremovable daggers molded onto the outer thighs- I'm not a fan of this on my modern action figures, and I feel we should be getting more extras with these 2-packs.
Still, if you can get her for south of ten bucks, and are a fan of Thor Ragnarok, she does make a good companion for your Thor or Gladiator Hulk. The metallic finish on her armor and ponytail are great, and the facial print/sculpt captures the actress' likeness well . I felt Ragnarok was one of the best Marvel movies, and really conveyed the zany, magic/cosmic side of Marvel I've enjoyed reading.
I must say, I'm delighted with this Marvel Legends 1st Appearance Deadpool- I got him a couple bucks under retail price, shipped from Kokomo Toys in Indiana. My initial impression from Hasbro's solicitation of this figure was surprise- I'd only just secured the coveted X-Men/Juggernaut BAF Wave Deadpool, which comes armed to the teeth with an alternate Wade Wilson head and taco. For all the complaints I heard about this version's lack of extra weapons, I still really love this action figure. He's not exactly 100% original Deadpool appearance, but rather an amalgamation inspired by the Rob Liefeld creation.
A topic of some debate regarding Deadpool is his trigger fingers... with no guns included. It's been argued that perhaps he was known less for his marksmanship in the early days, but his 1st appearance in New Mutants #98 shows him on the cover brandishing a firearm, so that's not really true. I say find a gun or two and arm him!
The buck on this figure is excellent, with all the articulation I could ever want, notably the butterfly joints at the shoulders. I've heard complaints about his overly slender build compared to the previous X-Men Deadpool, but he looks buff enough to me.
Deadpool's katana stay in his grip and in the sheaths on his back securely, no matter his pose, which is key. I've heard complaints about the short length of the blades, but that doesn't bother me. It may be that this is a sort of "bonus" Deadpool, having seen at least four renditions of the character from Hasbro in the last couple years, but I like the variety. If you see this Deadpool, pick him up!
I may have had a harder time shelling out the retail price for this new Marvel Legends Black Widow & Motorcycle set, but after an Amazon Warehouse Deal discount and points earned on my Amazon card cut the price to under $18.00 shipped, I was in. Check out the video:
Marvel Legends Black Widow & Motorcycle - YouTube
This newest Marvel Legends Black Widow was released on the heels of the very recent Legends Retro Series Black Widow, which reused the Mary Jane head from the Amazing Spider-Man 2pk. With this new motorcycle pack, we get a great traditional Black Widow head with longer hair, as well as a portrait straight out of the 2016 Black Widow comic, the first issue's cover also featuring the bike included. I just read this run of Black Widow on Marvel Unlimited, and thoroughly enjoyed it- recommended! Complaints regarding the painted belt haven't bothered myself as much as some collectors, but additional sculpting in this area could have made her seem less plain. The seam running down the neck into the chest bothers me more, but it's not obvious standing on a shelf from a distance. The face and eyes are tidily painted, so that's good.
Hasbro hasn't been putting many extras in these special box sets lately, continuing the trend by giving Natasha trigger fingers but no guns, so I armed her myself with a couple .45s I had. The cycle is nice, with easily rolling, rubber tires and rear suspension, Black Widow symbol emblazoned on the sides. The Ghost Rider and Motorcycle set seems to be favored among the Marvel Legends community, and is probably a better value for the price,but I do admire the styling of the Widow cycle.
Below, Black Widow versus Scourge, a great Marvel Legends figure
with plentiful accessories that got me back into Legends last year...
I almost couldn't believe what a cool figure Hasbro was dropping when I saw the announcements for this 10.5" Marvel Legends Series Wolverine. I'd been impressed with most of the previous 1:6 scale figures from this series, but this one really tapped so deeply into my '80s/'90s nostalgia that I preordered him on Big Bad Toy Store's site. Wolverine did not disappoint, check out the video:
Marvel Legends 10.5" Wolverine - YouTube
The accessories really made this Wolverine worth the full retail price of fifty bucks, particularly the unmasked head and empty mask accessory that hangs over the figure's back from around the neck, a feature I loved about the recent Retro Series Wolverine. The berserker head is also really well painted and sculpted, with battle-distressed shoulder pads included to complement. Ferocious! I'd have preferred gripping hands and a katana to the alternate fists with claws retracted, since his claws can be individually removed anyway. And the articulation on this Wolverine is outstanding, the butterfly joints at the shoulders adding the kind of posing dynamics required of a character like Wolverine.
Below, Wolverine with my other Marvel Legends 1:6 scale figures:
I ran into a few of these Walmart Exclusive Thanos finally, surprised by news of this repackaged BAF from the 2015 Thanos Wave with Batroc, Hellcat and Spider-Woman. Threre was also another Captain America, Iron Man, and Hulk from the Age of Ultron movie. I had interest in Hellcat initially, having read Marvel NOW! She-Hulk relaunch in 2014, but had stopped collecting Legends for a few years there. The packaging on this looks great, as does the figure inside. At the price of a regular Legends figure on the pegs, getting this beefy 7.25" figure with extra head and Infinity Gauntlet accessories is a decent value.
The recoloring of the previous, more darkly painted Thanos in his classic colors looks great. Accentuated by silver panel lines throughout the limbs, the figure has an all-over metallic finish, the Infinity Stones individually colored on the gauntlet. The skin is darker than the previous version as well, one with the iconic evil grin, one close-lipped.
The articulation is pretty limited, due in large part to the bulk of the figure, but the hips are just poorly designed and nearly immobile. The abdominal hinge is also extremely limited, unfortunately, and the elbows aren't a great deal better. Still, he'll mostly stand on the shelf, Infinity Gauntlet outstretched in a menacing fashion. I'm mostly okay with that for now because this Thanos is just such a great looking action figure- a great value for that alone at twenty bucks, in spite of the limited articulation.
Below, Thanos with another shiny Marvel Legends BAF, the 2013 Iron Man 3 Wave Iron Monger. Like Thanos, Iron Monger has a lot of looks, but limited range of articulation...
who by comparison had better articulation than Thanos in my opinion...
And finally, the Marvel Legends Thanos with my Marvel Select Thanos and smaller Marvel Universe Thanos, who were also styled after the classic look of the character. The Marvel Select is perhaps the best Diamond Select has ever released, and one of my favorite action figures. And while I've sold off most all of my 3.75" Marvel Universe figures, I've held onto this Thanos...
More of my collection is up for auction at the Super-DuperToyBox eBay store! If you live in the Continental U.S., now is your chance to make a bid on lots of very cool DC Direct Green Lantern Series figures from my personal collection. I loved the DC Direct line of action figures, this Green Lantern Series 3 Batman as Green Lantern from the halcyon days of their artistry! Keep an eye on my Instagram as I post images of items for sale in the future!
Another DC Direct figure for sale from my personal collection is this Blackest Night Series 3 Arisia Rrab from 2010. What a beauty! I loved Jeff Johns' 2009-2010 miniseries, and found new interest in his update of the Green Lantern mythos after reading it, even venturing further into the New 52 Green Lantern title in 2011.
Jessica Jones was not even on my radar until the 2017 Netflix series hit the internet, which I still haven't seen, but I loved the plain-clothed presentation of this Marvel Legends figure. The leather jacket is great! We are getting the new dot matrix tampo for the portrait, which resembles actress Krysten Ritter from the Netflix series well enough. Interestingly, it was pointed out by YouTuber AnthonysCustoms that the same printing method was utilized for the dry brushing affect on the jeans, likely for automation and consistency.
Jessica has serviceable articulation, as far as the females get, with some particularly good range in the torso joint and the shoulders, in spite of the jacket. She can do about as much as any female figure from Hasbro, and she really looks great.
I'm not sure how Jessica would fare against Wolverine's claws, but she did survive an attack by Iron Man and Vision in Alias #26 according to Wikipedia, but only barely. Appearing first only seventeen years ago in the aforementioned series, Jessica Jones is often affiliated with Luke Cage, Carol Danvers, the New Avengers, and of course the Defenders. She does possess superhuman strength, flight, can block mind control, and is a skilled detective.
I picked up this Marvel Legends Thundra at half-price, though I'd admired her hanging on the pegs in 2015, and her variant, Valkyrie.Appearing first in Fantastic Four #129 (1972), Thundra originated from an alternate 23rd Century, where Earth is known as Femizonia, and ruled by a race of warrior women. More recently she's made a minor appearance in the short lived Fearless Defenders (2013), which I finally read this year after subscribing to Marvel Unlimited.
Misty Knight and Valkeryie are obvious choices for a Marvel Legends Fearless Defenders sub-series, but Dani Moonstar would have been a more relevant character choice than Thundra, having been a fleshed out character. Thundra was merely part of a larger group of heroines that came to the rescue in issue #6. That said, I appreciate the simplicity of this action figure, and her flashy outfit.
There are some neatly printed tampos throughout the figure, enabling Hasbro to reuse parts by simply repainting- they are consistent, so I'm fine with it. She has the same limited articulation that most female Marvel Legends have, the head particularly immobile due to the hair sculpt. The reverse swing position of her ball chain an be a challenge to pose, leaving me wishing Hasbro has put a wire through it. That said, I had fun posing her with it. I'd probably never paid full retail for this unless trying to complete the Hulkbuster BAF, but for half price she's fun.
While I've owned a couple Colossus figures, I realized while writing this I've never dedicated a post to the X-Men character. Russian mutant Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin is the heavyweight of the X-Men whose skin turns into organic steel, known for his strength and virtue. I was unfamiliar with this modern outfit, but stumbled upon a discounted price w/free shipping. At over 7" tall, this big figure will add variety to my burgeoning Legends collection, already diverse with different body types, sexes, alien life, etc. I've had the classic Marvel Select Colossus stowed away on card for awhile, but this 2017 X-Men Series has his own thing going on.
Aside from the Warlock BAF parts, which are currently up for auction on my eBay store, Colossus comes with a great alternate head! This bearded visage will be the one this figure wears among my displayed collection!