Adam Warlock | Death’s Head II | Ex Nihilo | Gamora | Mantis | Nebula | Rocket Raccoon and Toddler Groot | Star-Lord | Group Shots
Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 : Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock was there at the beginning for me. When the flames of my love for comic books were first truly stoked. He’s been around since before I was born too, but when I was truly born into comics, Adam Warlock was there, wielding the Infinity Gauntlet. I never looked back. Alongside the Silver Surfer and Thanos, he was what started my deep interest in all things Marvel Cosmic. When Marvel brought him back around after a quiet little while for the Dan Abnett / Andy Lanning run of Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn’t have been happier. It’s been a long time since that run too though, so to now get hands on that beloved (by me) Adam Warlock…and Magus?!?! Christmas in May! Truly Christmas in May, because Uncle Santa (Hasbro) sent me this 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 of Marvel Legends for free to share with all of the awesome readers out there! Thank you!
- Adam’s orange skin is the perfect shade.
- Strong face detail conveys Adam at his white eyed finest.
- Magic effect accessories are a perfect fit for the character and look great with light blue coloring.
- Adam’s sash and belt look and fit perfectly while allowing full movement of his lower extremities.
- Warlock features a healthy amount of modern Legend articulation omitting really only the butterfly chest joints, otherwise it’s all there.
- Here’s where it gets next level. The hair. Adam’s hair is highly detailed, well sculpted, looks perfect.
- Warlock comes with a second head, an old friend, Magus. There is an exceptional amount of varied and alternate detail in Magus’ head outside of the color.
- Magus has his own set of perfectly colored, incredibly well sculpted hair.
- Hasbro has nailed the psychopathic eyed look that Magus deserves to show.
- The contrast between Adam Warlock and Magus is staggering, Warlock with the stoic face, Magus with the crazed smile. They are going to look great side by side on my Cosmic shelf!
- Uniform detail is sharp and paint is really just Spic and Span clean here.
- Warlock includes the head BAF piece for Mantis, we will talk about her in her own post (spoiler, awesome).
- With limited exception, Hasbro has done away with the “running change” concept of figure releases. For the most part, it’s been a blessing. Trying to keep up with all running changes was a challenge, but some collectors really loved it. The reason I mention it here though, is …I want a vintage look Adam Warlock AND Magus running change, and it’s in “the bad” because I’m probably never going to get that. Still, happy I have this, for me, he’s a perfect figure!
This whole wave of figures (as you will see in the coming days) is full of knock out, drop dead gorgeous figures. It makes picking a favorite very difficult. Characters I never thought I’d see in plastic, costumes I never thought I’d get. Ex Nihilo? Death’s Head II? In 2017, we are showered in the riches of glorious action figures and Hasbro is doing amazing things. I have to call it for this wave though. I love every figure in the wave that comes after Adam Warlock, but I can love none greater than Adam Warlock. He’s a character core to my love of comics and this particular package contains him in one of my favorite incarnations. It also includes him in one of my favorite evil incarnations. You’ll notice from the pictures, Adam and Magus standing side by side. When the figure popped up on Amazon the first go round, I had to order one, I knew I needed two of these to properly and forever display Magus and Adam Warlock!
Folks have been posting and sharing images of Adam Warlock for a few weeks now. Everyone gets really anxious and thinks that they will never get one and these won’t ever hit shelves. That causes people to do crazy things like charge more than double for the figure on the aftermarket. If the copious and bountiful 2017 waves to come before this Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 are any lesson, patience. Stores may have gotten their early drip feed, even Amazon, but the flood gates aren’t open yet and the pattern seems to be, a few retailers, limited stock, a few more retailers, more stock, more, more, then right up on HasbroToyShop.com! That said, I hate waiting, so I get the desire to get what you want even if it’s a little bit more. I encourage you to be patient though. Don’t feed the scalpers. It doesn’t help Hasbro make more figures if you pay $60 for a figure someone already bought. Let the scalper eat their greed, wait a little bit, and encourage Hasbro to make more incredible figures like Adam Warlock!
MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.
Mezco One:12 Green Arrow
Man, the Green Arrow went up and down for pre-order on Mezco’s site while I was sleeping. I don’t know how long it was actually up, but I tend to sleep for really long periods of time. The moral of the story is, I missed out on the pre-order. However, thanks to another blockbuster trade with my buddy Daniel (are there more in the works? I want to bring you more One:12!), I now have my hands and eyes on this exceptional Green Arrow figure. Interestingly enough, I just went to look for an actual release date of this figure on some sort of One:12 Wiki are official source of information / database of One:12’s….Man, someone should get on that!
- The Arrows…. Mr. Queen comes with a literal amount of 5 individual arrows, 13 counting the unseprate-able bundles. Each is unique.
- Single Arrow
- Grappling Hook Arrow
- Explosive silver tip looking Arrow
- Explosive green tip looking Arrow
- 3 pack Arrow
- Quiver full of shafts set that fits snugly and looks perfect in Green Arrows backpack quiver.
- Can’t talk about arrows without talking about the bow. Green Arrows bow is sturdy, the string is well affixed to the bow for what has already held up well to light posing. If you aren’t careful though, you will definitely send an arrow flying, it’s tight enough for that.
- The leather work on this figure is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in this or any figure scale. Buckles, belts, his entire jerkin is so finely stitch point detailed, it is a site to behold.
- One of the few times I’ve ever seen a “hood” work on a figure. The way it is engineered with the poseable piping at the mouth of it is really something to behold.
- HIs boots look armored, and the armor looks battle damaged perfectly. The same can be said of Green Arrow’s bracers.
- Arrows iconic Errol Flynn goatee is perfectly captured here.
- The sneaky back belted dagger looks briliant, and more brilliant still is that you can pose Green Arrow in a reach for it.
- 5 sets of hands of all kinds are included here.
- The Mezco One:12 Green Arrow, does not in fact, come with a boxing glove arrow…dang.
Mezco One:12 makes giant step after giant step with each figure they release, and the place where they started was already head and shoulders above in the scale. These are ultra-premium figures at an absolutely reasonable price (as long as you pre-order and don’t mind waiting). Green Arrow adds to the already impressive, and rapidly growing roster of super heroes in the One:12 line that includes a greatest hits of both your favorite DC and Marvel characters. Do you want this figure? Yes? Is he worth a kidney? That’s your decision to make, but as I’m given to understand, you only really need one.
Excitement for Mezco One:12 of any figure variety is at a fever pitch. They are flying out of stock on websites and while the aftermarket (Amazon / eBay) is still reasonable in price, it’s about the only place left to go unless you are pre-ordering at MezcoToyz.com or a place like BigBadToyStore.com. The lesson here is, pre-order if you want it. You will miss the boat if you don’t, and you don’t want to do that.
Mezco One:12 Punisher
So, I’m a little bummed I can’t use my Punisher quote from 1989 again…it would just be redundant, but I’m really excited that I got a look at the standard release Punisher from Mezco One:12! Months and months back, just after Toy Fair 2017, we gave you an up close look at the Mezco One:12 Toy Fair Exclusive Punisher. Word on the street is, they only made 60. I spent a good amount of time on that write up and photo shoot. I encourage you to check it out, it’s a full in depth review of The TF Exclusive Punisher, but it’s also an in depth review of this Punisher, as there are only three differences that my barely trained eye is able to detect.
Instead of a full write up of this Punisher, which I adore as much as the first, if not more honestly (I’m a sucker for the comic colors) I’m going to call out the three major differences, then I’m going to show you a bunch of nice pictures that I took of this Punisher, which I received courtesy of and in trade with a new friend named Daniel. Daniel, I thank you for this Punisher, and the upcoming Green Arrow review that I’m excited to share with everyone!
- Difference 1 – the color of the front Skull is white vs. black.
- Difference 2 – the color of the Punisher’s belt / ammo pouches, here, on the standard release they are leathered and weathered looking almost black brown, on the exclusive, it’s all black.
- Difference 3 – That Mezco Exclusive sticker on the box!
In 2017, Mezco is four Punishers deep. This one, the Toy Fair Exclusive, the PX Previews, and the ultra limited run of classic costumed Punisher (rumored less than 400). This will give collectors both joy and fits. Getting them all will be no small feat, but those that have the Classic and Toy Fair exclusive have a hell of a head start.
This particular version of the Punisher is the standard release, but it’s been a while since he came out and getting him now will be a challenge. Less of a challenge than the Classic, PX Previews, or ultimately rare Toy Fair never sold exclusive, but a challenge none-the-less.
Amazon Exclusive Sinister Six – Spider-Man Box Set
It was at some point before Toy Fair 2017 that my good friend, an “insider” at Hasbro tipped me off to keep my eyes on Amazon. At that point, I did just that. The series of events from that point is fuzzy, but I think I saw and shared the announcement at the Hasbro Toy Fair event. An Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Sinister Six Box Set was coming! I pre-ordered from Amazon at about the same time. As luck and brainless living would have it. While I was asleep at the wheel, Amazon charged, packed, and shipped this gem to me over Mother’s Day weekend, and now…well now it’s here for you in all of it’s glory.
But what is it’s glory? A little background on the set. Remember ToyBiz? Most people that make their way here should. Before Hasbro made Marvel Legends, ToyBiz made Marvel Legends. Before ToyBiz made Marvel Legends, they made Marvel Superheroes, a five or so inch scale toy line that featured, you guessed it, Marvel Superheroes. Each figure had it’s own gimmick or accessory and was for better or for worse, the basis for my post GI Joe collecting life into my young pre-teen years. This set pays tribute in grand fashion to that Marvel Superheroes toy line and packaging. Placing Spidey and his staunchest adversaries inside throwback card backs all strung and folded together and placed in a lovely informative sleeve. Showcased is the cover for Spider-Man annual #6 from 1963, the cover features the Sinister Six in original, classic costumes. So does the box set.
Before we dive in, it should be stated that each of these figures has been released before in the Marvel 3.75 inch line. Each figure is a repaint to represent the time period / costume of the character relative to the set theme. Let’s check them out!
Doctor Octopus | Electro | Kraven | Mysterio | Sandman | Spider-Man | Vulture | The Rest | Availability | Family Photos
- Doctor Octopus is a classic color repaint of the Marvel Legends 2015 single card release.
- As opposed to the previous release, and it’s probably just mine, I find that the tentacles fit in a little better here.
- Doc Ock has a more full head of hair this go round, the bowl cut is still definitely visible and I adore it’s “mom did it” charm.
- Ock’s tentacle recolor in black looks great!
- As with the previous release, making sure the tentacles went into the right back hole was a little bit of a challenge. It may be that any can go in any, but in some spots it didn’t feel right.
- I’ve got a bunch of Electro figures. They all look a lot like this one, yet this one stands out as the best by far because the coloring is what I want it to be in my head.
- This Electro features the character in his most classic and memorable costume with the colors just dead on.
- Face sculpt perfectly captures his mask.
- Clean lines and paint application.
- He’s just so bright and comic-booky!
- Electro would have been perfect with the inclusion of electric burst wrist cuffs.
- Kraven saw his first and only release in his modern form as a Marvel Universe figure as part of wave 18 in 2012. Wow…wave 18 was 5 years ago! In that release he was featured in his modern costume. This release sees him in his classic / vintage costume. Fans will be delighted.
- From head to toe, Kraven looks every bit a character from the 60’s. Bright orange coloring, Zebra print.
- The only difference apart from paint and accessories for any figure in this set is Kraven’s legs / feet. Check out those ballet slippers! Perfectly captured…and if I may, completely ridiculous, why would he be dancing around the jungle in those?!
- Really clean paint app here!
- Man oh man does he cry out for a spear!
- Mysterio gets his second run, and it’s a good thing because folks were very excited about his first run.
- This second iteration features Myserio in his 60’s costume. As opposed to his first release, with the addition of the costume lines, he feels significantly more complete. The line work is great, fine detail, well applied and clean.
- The overall color scheme for me works better for the figure than in his previous release.
- The picture on the box shows Mysterio’s cape clips as gold, but on the figure they are pink / purple.
- I thought when we got the single card Sandman we got him in his classic colors. Hasbro has proven me wrong. I would suggest there is none more a classic Sandman than this one.
- The pale green is perfect.
- The shirt stripes are dead on.
- The brighter sand color makes his sand limbs stand out so much better!
- I got one question for ya….do you smell what the Sandman is cookin?!! I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about that whacky eyebrow. It’s pretty noticeable and a rough knock on an otherwise awesome figure. I’m pretty sure it’s a quality control issue and fairly certain Hasbro wasn’t going for a sideways painted eyebrow on one side and almost none on the other. Still, if you get one like this and it bugs you, a headswap to the single card Sandman which you can now find for a very reasonable price will do the trick. **UPDATE Confirmed, Sand Man eyebrow issue appears to be this one one, I’ve seen images of several others who have ordered and they all look normal**
- We got this single card Spider-Man in 2016. While folks weren’t thrilled with the articulation, the design and paint were truly top notch. This figure carries that forward and gives us the classic pale blue and red Spidey colors, for which I am grateful.
- I say that, because I said that when I talked about the hyper articulated Spidey released with Shocker as a two pack not a month ago. Now that Hasbro has gone and outdone itself, I’m going to need this paint app on that Spider-Man body, please and thank you.
- Still though, for shelf show, this will likely take the place as favored Spidey till the more articulated mold is updated with these old school colors.
- That back spider is perfect!
- When you stand him next to the latest Spider-Man release from the two-pack, you just want this scheme on that mold… horse is dead now, moving on.
- Really nice color adaptation for Vulture here, the brighter wings and brighter costume look great.
- Added art detail on the costume with feather like lines.
- Hasbro did a great job of making Vulture look much younger with the same headsculpt as the previous release featuring a much older look.
- The wings on this release of Vulture are staying in more solidly than those of the previous release. Probably just that it’s newer, but still, I appreciate when wings stay on.
This Spider-Man Vs the Sinister Six Box set is fan service at it’s finest. The set features classic villains, classic costumes, incredible design, and packaging that is second to none. A note on the packaging…I kind of feel like folks were in the Hasbro offices joking about how long they could make an action figure package. Marvel 3.75 team wins at about 5 or so feet when the set is expanded, bravo! Kidding aside, fans of Spidey need this, fans of ToyBiz Marvel Superheroes want this. The real struggle will be to keep it in this Marvelous package or take the figures out.
This is an Amazon exclusive set, and available now. If you buy it from this link…well, I’d be mighty grateful. Click here to grab it for $79.99. 7 figures, 80 bucks…VALUE!
MUReview and the litlgeeks are crazy about Mashems! Especially Mashems that are comic book related, like Mashems’ Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman series!
So many Batman Mashems to collect, and if you need any Jokers, give us a call!
Iconic Avengers with great details! Like Captain America’s Shield and Thor’s Hammer!
Spider-Man brought the villains to us in this set of Mashems, we got a bunch of Green Goblins!
Mashems are out now, you can pick them up wherever you find awesome toys, or just go to Amazon!
Check out some sweet group shots!
The litlgeeks are some seriously lucky litlkids! This weekend they got to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which they LOVED! And when they got home, sitting on their table, a brand new Magic Box, sent to us for free from their great friends at Hasbro! What was in the box?….
Dancing Groot is so much fun! He will say I am Groot, he will dance to music he plays from the movie soundtrack, and for the most fun, if you leave him on and don’t touch his button for 15 seconds, he goes into listen mode. In this mode, if he hears any music / sound, he’ll light up and dance!
Dancing Groot includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.
Music Mix Star-Lord
Music Mix Star-Lord is a great way to take more of the songs out of the movie and into your living room! By pressing Star-Lords button without the cassette inserted, he will say up to 25 phrases. With the cassette, pressing the button will play tunes from the sound track! Pair him up with Dancing Groot for a disco dancing good time!
Music Mix Star-Lord includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.
Groot bop it
The classic and awesome fun of bop it with a twist! A Groot twist! Twist Groots head, bop his head, pull his legs, play alone or pass it to a friend! Groot is voiced by Rocket Raccoon, so he says more than just “I Am Groot” to instruct you.
bop it Groot is for ages 8 and up and includes demo batteries.
The whole gang!
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