Marvel Legends 2016 Wave 1 Review

Marvel Legends 2016 Wave 1 Review

Marvel Legends 2016 Wave 1
2016, a new frontier in toys.  …Well, it’s kind of the same frontier, with different packaging and a different name for the line, still though.  In 2016 Marvel Legends (3.75) wave 1, Marvel fans are showered in the glory of some very long awaited characters arriving to the plastic medium.  Featuring long held fan favorites that help to start and fill out teams, as well as never before seen outfits for some previously released characters.  There is so much to want here!  Wave 1 includes Captain Marvel (Danvers), Ulik, Triton, Yondu, Spider-Man Noir and Iron Man Mk I.  Completists should also note that the case assortment includes a Black Panther figure clad in solid black  (re-issue / re-paint) and a House of M Spider-Man (re-issue, paint looks a little brighter than the original).  For financial reasons, I have stopped trying to keep up with re-issued figures, and I do not collect on card, so the packaging doesn’t do much for me beyond getting to open it…but again, if you have to have everything, you have to grab Black Panther and House of M Spider-Man (again).  It should be noted for clarity, the price point for Marvel Legends 3.75 is $12.99 per figure, NOT $19.99.  There were rumors spinning out of control last week due to a typo on the Hasbro site, and I hope that if it’s not already put to bed, this serves to do so.

A note on packaging

The Marvel Universe 3.75 inch action was re-branded Marvel Infinite in 2014.  Now, in 2016, Marvel Infinite becomes Marvel Legends.  This aligns the 3.75 inch line with the larger 6 inch line in name, branding and packaging.  A first since all this Marvelous plastic has been put together in pretty much any form.  With this re-brand, comes new packaging.  Some folks weren’t thrilled with the simplicity of the Marvel Infinite packaging.  I think the new Legends packaging takes steps to remedy that, presenting front character card art and a dynamically, well shot, action figure photo on the back.  A healthy description accompanies each card back, something that, as an avid 80’s GI Joe collector, I greatly appreciate.  Overall, I consider the re-branded packaging a definite improvement over the Infinite line.

Ulik

The Good

  • Ulik’s is captured in excellent fashion.  The A-Bomb / Abomination mold used displays his hulking size perfectly with one caveat (see “the bad”).
  • Obey the beard!  It looks great here!
  • Ulik’s Pounders look fantastic.
  • Thanks to the recycled mold, fans of articulation will be very pleased, Ulik has joints as far as the eye can see and his pose-ability is limited only by balance.
  • Ulik’s nifty harness…on this mold…change the feet, shave him and give him a haircut…I smell Charlie-27.

The Bad

  • The Abomination mold has a neck / shoulder section going up and outward from the body.  Ulik is a little hunchy and short necked.
  • Ulik has been portrayed many different ways in the comics, clearly only one of those many was captured here.  Simply preference, but I like the harness he has with the skull on the front.

 

 

Captain Marvel

The Good

  • I’m gonna go with one of the last things I noticed first.  The incredible detail on both boots and gloves with the gold colored studs.  Something that in this scale, you might not expect to be there, but when it is, it’s mind blowing.
  • Nice, solid, thick clean paint lines.
  • Hair texture is comic accurate.
  • The sash is FAAAABULOUS!

The Bad

  • One micro meter off on the placement / direction of the eyes can take a slick pretty face and turn it a little sideways.  Captain Marvel teeters on that edge, but I’m sure it’s going to be a little different with every figure based on QC.
  • Long gone are the days of nifty hand energy blasts.
  • Like many new figures, limited articulation is noted, no chest swivel, no wrist articulation.

 

 

Triton

The Good

  • It’s the little things you miss on the first pass.  The detailed forehead, fins and eye brows, very interesting capture of minute detail.
  • Well captured comic likeness in his facial expression.
  • Another very clean paint application.

The Bad

  • I feel like he should be more scaley.
  • I would have liked to see the purple stripe continue down his leg.
  • A trident type accessory a’ la Sub-Mariner would have been a nice to have.

 

 

Yondu

The Good

  • Marvel Legends brings you the real and true Yondu!  The one from the ORIGINAL Guardians of the Galaxy, complete with star badge! (in fine paint detail!).
  • The Mohawk.  I’ve seen it done in custom form and everyone has come close, but this iteration of Yondu knocks it out of the park.  Matches the length of the head, feels right in the hand.
  • Sharp paint lines detail Yondu’s torso markings.
  • The bandolier from the quiver accessory marks the line between the sides of Yondu’s torso perfectly.
  • Bow fits great in the hand, and with some clever positioning you can definitely make it look like Yondu has knocked his arrow.
  • With Yondu out and Vance Astro coming, I can only hope that Hasbro has the best of intentions towards finishing out the classic Guardians of the Galaxy lineup. Martinex, Starhawk, Aletta, Charlie-27, Firestorm..FIRELORD!!

The Bad

  • The limited articulation is felt when you try to pose bow with arrow.
  • Hasbro hasn’t already released all of the other classic Guardians.

 

 

Spider-Man Noir

The Good

  • Folks should be thrilled, this dark and broody looking Spidey is based off of the same mold as WWII Captain America, which means, he’s all kindsa bendy all over the place, he’s got poses for days!
  • The different textures on the head are very detailed and you can consider me impressed.
  • The darkness of this character is captured perfectly in plastic form here.

The Bad

  • This would have been a good opportunity to throw in some accessories, a gun, maybe even a trench coat.

 

 

Iron Man MKI

The Good

  • Iron Man MKI is a repaint of the gold Iron Man released in the Classic Avengers 3-pack so long ago.
  • The grey paint accentuates the rawness of the armor very well.
  • Lots of depressions in the sculpt to show dings and dents.

The Bad

  • Weird issue, never seen it before, and it may just be the one I got, but the left hand hangs very loose in the socket.
  • I always felt like this particular armor should be a little bulkier.
  • If you aren’t careful, that antenna is freakin’ gone!

 

 

The rest

Marvel Legends (3.75) comes out in 2016 with a bang of great figures that I’m happy to own including characters that I have been salivating over for some time.  We already know the lineups of wave 2 , wave 3, and 2 waves of comic packs.  Check out this roster!

Wave 2

  • Gamora
  • Living Laser
  • Rage
  • Armored Spider-Man
  • Yellow Costume Daredevil
  • Vision

Wave 3

  • Hydro Man
  • Morbius
  • Rogue (80s)
  • Quasar

Comic Pack Wave 1

  • Vance Astro / Sam Wilson Captain America
  • Young Thor / Jane Foster Thor
  • Iron Man (Superior) / Machine Man

Comic Pack Wave 2

  • Scarlet Spider / Spider-Man
  • Hyperion / Supreme Hyperion
  • Captain Marvel (Danvers Masked) / Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell Kree Soldier outfit)

Outside of the above, there has been more than a mention of Lock Jaw.  It’s 2016 and Hasbro is on fire.  If they can get everything above out the door this year, I will be both very happy and very (much) poor(er)!  Bravo Hasbro 3.75 team on a great line launch, can’t wait to get my hands on what’s next!

Availability

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Family Photos!

Marvel Infinite 2015 A Year In Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 A Year In Review

When it was 2015, It was a very good year.
It was a very good year for plastic
and the Hasbro Marvel Infinite Team
We got some amazing new figs
From the Hasbro Team
When it was 2015

Marvel Infinite 2015 Year In Review
Marvel Infinite closes 2015 with it’s second full year in production, continuing to carry the torch that the Marvel Universe toy line passed off to close out 2013.  2015 Marks the release of 3 amazing waves of figures, as well as the end of the Marvel Infinite toy line (in name only).  2016 will see the launch of the Marvel 3.75 inch toy line re-branded as Marvel Legends, this, to match up with the 6 inch figure line in name, packaging and branding.  Enough about the future, let’s talk about the Marvelous year that Marvel Infinite gave to us, 18 new figures, 3 re-issues for a total line up of 21 figures released on the Marvel Infinite card back.  We got 12 characters that have never been in the Hasbro main 3.75 inch Marvel line before, and gorgeous new outfits for everyone else.  Calling out the re-issues before we dive into the waves, we got a Miles Morales Spider-Man, a Daredevil from a prior 2-pack, which is an amazing figure mind you, but needs no further mention here, and a Hawkeye.

Wave 1 (click for original review)

Wave 1 brought us the variants of the year.  2 different paint app Sandman figures, 2 different paint app and head sculpt Beast figures, Bishop, Black Cat and Big Time Spider-Man with Hawkeye and Daredevil re-pack kickers.  A solid start to a great year.  Click the link above for our original review, check out the family shots and some new thoughts on figures we’ve lived with for the year.

 

 

Sandman

The Good

  • I love his sand fist bashy thing.

The Bad

  • When pants break articulation flow… but I guess he needs pants.

 

 

Sandman (Full Sand Variant)

The Good

  • The creepy white eyes still get me every time.

The Bad

  • Pants or ankles, pants or ankles.

 

 

Beast

The Good

  • Every time I see a healthy 90’s X-Men roster on my shelf, my heart smiles a little.

The Bad

  • Because Beast is such an acrobatic character, this is one of the few cases that I feel like the lack of articulation actually hurts the representation of the character.

 

Beast (Variant)

The Good

  • A vintage character captured perfectly.

The Bad

  • Because Beast is such an acrobatic character, this is one of the few cases that I feel like the lack of articulation actually hurts the representation of the character.

 

 

Black Cat

The Good

  • She is just none more black.  Such a great paint application here.

The Bad

  • She’s got the frail legs, but hers have held up. So far so good!

 

 

Big Time Spider-Man

  • The Good
    • Another deep, dark, black paint app.

    The Bad

    • The fact that I can’t take the web slinging hand and put it in a web slinging pose due to lack of wrist articulation is a little frustrating.

 

 

Bishop

  • The Good
    • This is just a slick, dead-on comic accurate figure.

    The Bad

    • 1 pistol grip…2 guns.

 

 

Best of Wave 1

BISHOP!  With clean sharp lines and perfect comic-a-like presence, this one is an absolute no brainer.

 

Wave 2 (click for original review)
Wave 2 gave us a more traditional wave of figures, Shanna, Thunderstrike, Vulture, Armored Daredevil, Doctor Octopus and a re-pack of Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales.  Getting two classic Spider-Man villains in the main Marvel 3.75 inch line was a huge win for this wave.  Thunderstrike is a really strong figure, Armored Daredevil looks great…and Shanna, what could have been.

 

Thunderstrike

The Good

  • One of the more solid feeling Thors yet released.

The Bad

  • Turns out, for display…who really cares what the color of the T on top of Thunderstrike is…

 

 

Vulture

The Good

  • I love how old he is captured here.  He looks crotchety as all hell.

The Bad

  • The wings…I still hate how hard it is to get the wings to stay in.  I don’t want to glue them, but that seems like the only sure fire 100% success method.

 

 

Doc Ock

The Good

  • I dig that you can spin the tentacles.

The Bad

  • Keeping the tentacles in is sometimes a challenge.

 

 

Shanna

The Good

  • The outfit

The Bad

  • Every time I look at the unpainted half of her face…

 

 

Armored Daredevil

The Good

  • He just looks so freaking awesome.

The Bad

  • Daredevil is another acrobat, the limited articulation is still noted here.

 

 

Best of Wave 2

ARMORED DAREDEVIL The red is bright, the black is deep and dark, the lines are clean, and he’s ready for a fight.

 

Wave 3 (click for original review)
Wave 3 hammered home 2015 with 4 never before released characters and two with brand new costumes.  Unstoppable Colossus, Chameleon, Korg, Emma Frost, X-Man Deadpool and the very long awaited North Star.  Not that I have a section for it but Wave 3 wins the year.   Figures long awaited, nice surprises, and just a solid dig into a deep catalog of Marvel characters.

 

Deadpool

The Good

  • Deadpool in this classic costume is such a great character to have, and the heads…you get two!

The Bad

  • Still annoying that he has a holster but a gun too big for it.

 

 

Korg

The Good

  • The fact that Korg made it to plastic is amazing and astonishing.

The Bad

  • A little more crack detail would have been appreciated (fill in with black paint, make it pop!).

 

 

Emma Frost

The Good

  • The build of this figure is perfect for the character.  Frail, delicate, spot on representation.

The Bad

  • Because of the good, my hulk hands broke this poor girls foot.

 

 

The Unstoppable Colossus

The Good

  • The Juggernaut body type is one of my favorite in the line and this was great re-use.

The Bad

  • Inconsistent paint application.

 

 

Chameleon

The Good

  • The best part about this figure is how many other figures we can get out of him.  Outright, you can buy 3 and have 3 different Chameleons…or Chameleon, Chameleon trying to look like someone else, and a suited Osborn.  But the custom possibilities for a suited body are endless.

The Bad

  • I’d like a Jonah head.

 

 

Northstar

The Good

  • I love his elfy ears.

The Bad

  • Now that I have him, waiting as long as I had to, doesn’t seem so bad.

 

 

Best of Wave 3

EMMA FROST, apart from the fact that I broke her, she’s awesome.  The paint app, the face, and even the dainty poses she can move to.

 

And MUReview’s favorite Marvel Infinite figure of 2015 is…..

BISHOP!  Because BISHOP!

 

Marvel Infinite 2015 Group Shots

 

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 3 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 3 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 3
The final wave of Marvel Infinite 3.75 inch figures is upon us, and what a glorious wave it is.   The curator of the line at Hasbro has dug deep into the catalog of Marvel characters and come out with a handful of winners to send us into the holiday season.  Long line collectors will covet the ‘elusive for years’ Northstar, as well as the awaited entries of The Unstoppable Colossus and Emma Frost.  Fans and collectors of earlier waves will recognize Chameleon’s default head as the same under the helmet from Mysterio (we got what we thought we would!).  The line also features Korg, a character that, while beloved is also from the deeper annals of Hulk lore (Planet Hulk).  Rounding out the line is a beloved version of Deadpool in his ‘X-Men’ costume.  Let’s take a look at each figure in a little more detail.  There are a lot of wins and one terrible and unfortunate loss…

Deadpool

The Good

  • Deadpool features an extra ‘mask-partially-lifted’ head, same as was included in the Deadpool Corps SDCC Taco Truck…which we hearted.
  • Speaking of SDCC…this particular Wade Wilson, apart from paint color and water wings is the same Deadpool offered in the Taco Truck set…no complaints, awesome Deadpool!
  • Also included with Deadpool, also from the SDCC set, re-colored guns that were packed in with Lady Deadpool, a bazooka-ish weapon and a hand laser blaster weapon.  This in addition to a knife and two on-back katanas…because it just wouldn’t be deadpool without katanas.
  • Nice, clean paint application.
  • Deadpool’s finery, belt, chest strap, make WW feel larger than he is.
  • All weapons fit in the figures hands easily with no struggle.
  • Folks will be happy that Deadpool, because he’s a re-use of the SDCC figure, has all of the finest points of articulation from the prime era Marvel Universe, torso, hips, double jointed knees.  I think the only thing missing here is ankle rockers.

The Bad

  • Deadpool has a holster.  I couldn’t get anything that came with him to fit in said holster.  The laser blaster is too fat and the knife is too long.
  • I’m afraid to swap the head frequently here, the neck ball is already showing stress signs from swapping default to half mask once.  Be careful!

 

Korg

The Good

  • Korg looks like a newly birthed Thing…or if Thing had a baby with a conehead…but that’s how he looks in the comics, so great job Hasbro!
  • No brainer recycling of Thing’s body.  Great articulation for a figure of that girth was already available, glad to have it back!
  • Shoulder pads fit perfectly with little to no wiggle.
  • I was always a fan of the Planet Hulk / King Hulk shield and I’m glad to see it return in good use.
  • Korg is a cult favorite character, as such, he’s got lots of customs in all scales in the world to represent him.  A good measure of this figure, is that Hasbro is definitely on par with the better customs out there noting only the exceptions in the bad.

The Bad

  • One day I’d really like to see some black in the cracks of a figure like this.  I don’t know what kind of work that is on an assembly line, probably a ton, but if it wasn’t, the amount of depth it would add to the character would be astonishing.
  • The above applies double to Korg’s face.

 

Emma Frost

The Good

  • Fans of Marvel 3.75″ were teased with Emma Frost in 2013 when she was supposed to come in a 3-pack with an Astonishing Cyclops and Unstoppable Colossus.  Fans should be thrilled to finally have that complete set with this wave!
  • Another figure from a more articulated era, Emma Frost shares a buck with Scarlet Witch and moves the same, which is very well.  Torso, hips, knees, ankles, it’s all there.
  • Excellent mold / paint on a full view face.
  • Emma’s cape sits well on her shoulders.
  • The paint application on the figure is solid, and the color / sparkly-ness is fantastic.
  • This Emma is an excellent representation of the character and fits in well with the good guys and the bad guys of the Marvel X-Universe.

The Bad

  • I tried to put her on a stand using a 3.75 scale stand that works with every other 3.75 Marvel figure (with limited exception) (including Scarlet Witch..who shares feet with Emma), and her mother!@#$%^& foot broke off!!   In all of my years of collecting, never had that happen.  I didn’t even push hard and it just popped right the hell off!  Heartbroken over this.  I may have big for no reason, shaky hands, but they have always been adept enough to handle action figures delicately.  I used a little bit of high octane glue and now it’s back on, but that lovely articulated ankle will never move the same again.
  • Seriously…I broke her foot off with basically a nudge!! I’m really broken up over this!

 

The Unstoppable Colossus

The Good

  • The final figure from the once flirted with Astonishing X-Men 3-pack from the Marvel Universe line, The Unstoppable Colossus brings together two mutant favorites.  Colossus’s strength and compassion in the body of The Juggernaut.  What could go wrong?
  • With the figure, mostly nothing really, this is a repaint of the now mutili-time released Juggernaut body, but now he has a belt and even more different paint.  I loved Juggernaut with helmet, without a helmet, and this figure is no different!
  • Excellent articulation, again specifically for a figure this bulky, everything but the ankles moves as you’d it to.

The Bad

  • Paint here, more than with any other figure in the wave is a little inconsistent.  Gauntlets and helmet seem to have more of a sheen than the body paint, and there are a few sloppy spots on the application.
  • One of the most iconic appearances of the character shows off amazing, angry, glowing eyes.  I would have liked to have seen something done with paint to try to mimic that.

 

Chameleon

The Good

  • When everyone got hands on Mysterio and took off his helmet, everyone thought the same thing.  CHAMELEON CUSTOM!  Well…Hasbro did that for us and gave us some extras to boot!
  • From the cover of Amazing Spider-Man 307, we get Chameleon’s Spider-Man head.  We also get a nice looking Norman Osborne head with his hair. Ribbed…for her ple…nothing.
  • I feel like Chameleon is going to end up flying off of shelves.  True display nut collectors (cough like me cough cough) may buy at least 3 to start, so you can display one with each head.  Add to that, the suited body…I can think of quite a few Marvel Universe characters that could make use of an easily accessible suited body.  Custom fodder here we come!
  • This is Chameleon, dead on.  Bravo Hasbro.
  • Unlike the Deadpool counterpart in this wave, Chameleons neck joint / head ball feels more sturdy and capable of frequent head swaps.  Good thing!

The Bad

  • This is only a complaint because it WAS included in the 6 inch version…a gun.  Dude coulda used a gun in this scale for sure.
  • Chameleon is the only figure in this wave to make use of the new limited articulation body type.  I list it because, while it’s not a complaint for me it’s a complaint for some.  I would suggest as a bright spot though, a swiveling torso with a blazer on would look pretty freaking ridiculous, especially in this scale.  Limited leg articulation does limit some pose-ability as well, but for me, standing straight up works just fine.
  • Can I suggest the first ever figure expansion pack?  Put 6 different heads in a box and sell it to me for 9 bucks!

 

Northstar

The Good

  • I have a question about Northstar…would everyone have wanted him so bad if they knew they maybe weren’t ever going to get him?  Thankfully, the question doesn’t need an answer, we got him. I’m happy, it fills the gap in Alpha Flight, though more holes remain.
  • Northstar is built on the ‘articulation for days’ frame – all joints move all sorts of ways.
  • The pointed ears! Perfect!
  • Nice, clean, accurate paint application.
  • After waiting for as long as I have for this figure, I am absolutely not disappointed in any way.  He’s lithe but sturdy, highly pose-able and incredibly accurate.

The Bad

  • How long we had to wait to get the figure.
  • The risk that the figure wasn’t ever going to come out.
  • The fact that the figure doesn’t come with Sasquatch.  (cuz’ I want Sasquatch too…I’m a collector, I’m greedy).

 

The rest

 

Marvel Infinite closes 2015 with wave 3, and it closes with a bang.  6 awesome figures, 1 broken foot and a bunch of holes in the collection filled!  Leading into 2015 fans of Marvel 3.75 from Hasbro were nervous about the fate of the line.  Rumors were growing louder that Hasbro was going to do away with the line to focus on 6 inch Legends.  Looking back since that point, and all the exceptional figures delivered by Bobby and the team at Hasbro, I’m happy to report, that my gut, while it never thought this line was going away for any reason, is firmly certain that we’ve got a ways to go and lots more money to spend on Marvel Infinite series figures….or do we.  2016 will see the birth of a new Marvel 3.75 inch brand at Hasbro, Marvel Legends! See you in 2016 Marvel Legends 3.75 inch!  We cannot wait for Wave 1, Yondu, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Noir Spider-Man, Ulik and Triton!

Availability

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Family Photos!

 

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 2 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 2 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 2
We are about 1/4 through 2015, and as far as I know 2/3 of the way through Marvel Infinite releases for the year!  Tonight, it gives me incredible joy and honor, to bring you a full review of Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 2, in hand, pretty much before anyone else except eBay!

I couldn’t have done this alone of course.  I have a great friend who takes exceptional care of me.  He’s mine, you can’t have him, but you can find him on eBay if you look quick enough, and he’s got a hook up in one of the shadiest parts of the country, New York!  I am honored and humbled that he continues to share this hook up with me.

Thunderstrike

The Good

  • Thunderstrike looks great, gorgeous and flashy paint detail to the 9s.
  • Thunderstrike’s Mace (Thunderstrike), has a nice fine point of detail on the top “T”
  • Excellent facial detail, the beard tastes like beard berries…no…wait.  That’s not a thing.
  • Jacket is removable!

The Bad

  • The “T” on top of Thunderstrike is brown.  I couldn’t find a picture online where it was brown in the comics, it’s the same color as the mace itself…which is not brown.
  • No torso articulation.
  • No wrist articulation.
  • At the end of the wrists are kind of feminine hands.  This is Thunderstrike…he should have big…strong…hands.

 

Vulture

The Good

  • Vulture’s face looks great, very old man scowly.
  • I think no torso articulation actually helps out Vulture.  The less he moves the better for keeping his challenging wings in.  However it also makes the figure look very clean and super comic accurate!
  • The paint application is nice and clean.
  • The wings, while overall, very frustrating as noted in “the bad”, look incredible.  The lines are deep and rich giving them a very 3d feel.

The Bad

  • Oh my god screw these freakin wings!! What a pain to get to stay in!
  • Limited articulation, as with all of the other figures in this wave is a knock here.  Especially with Vulture’s hands.  Because you have to work to find a solid arm position to wing position zone, limiting Vulture with no wrist articulation is a big downfall.  Trying to get him into a believable position is kind of rough.

 

Doc Ock

The Good

  • 2015 is clearly the year for Spider-Man villains in the Marvel Infinite line, Sand Man (2 of em!) Vulture and now Doc Ock!
  • Once you figure out which tentacle goes in which hole, things fit together pretty smoothly.
  • The body type, for my money is absolutely perfect.  Though again, limited articulation, this frumpy dumpy buck is how I’ve always remembered Doctor Octopus.
  • While the tentacles are not bendable like the Spider-Man line release Doc Ock exhibited, they look much better.  That other one had bendy tentacles right?

The Bad

  • Figuring out which tentacle went to which hole wasn’t obvious, but there did seem to be a right one for right hole…so Hasbro, mark that stuff clearly!
  • The only one in this wave, and I tend to reserve bad stuff for the really bad.  The face…this looks like a rough hack job.  The glasses are ok, but the mouth looks like someone slathered toothpaste in a streak, and there is otherwise very little detail.  This would have been a pretty awesome Doc Ock otherwise.
  • And again…articulation, just not a lot here.  Certainly not torso, but I guess they needed to limit it based on how the arms attach.

 

Shanna

The Good

  • The facial detail here is really very nice, one of the better female characters I’ve seen in a little bit.  Well…most of it.
  • Unlike many recent female releases, the mold is solid, no wonky knees!
  • Shanna has a knife.  Her knife has a holster.  That’s one of my favorite things.

The Bad

  • Something I agreed to with myself, was that to continue collecting this line, I was fine if articulation sucked.  Because for me, it’s about how the figure looks, and how well the character is captured in plastic.  Ball.  Dropped. Here.  Only half of Shanna’s face is painted.  There is even a part of her left eye exposed where her hair doesn’t reach and it’s just not painted.  I’m really upset about this.  We are talking a little bit of black, white and blue paint the size of a pin head….and it’s just not there. Bad form…

 

Armored Daredevil

The Good

  • Daredevil is my favorite character in this wave.  The paint is so sharp here, so clean, so glossy.
  • For good and bad reasons, this figure reminds me of the old school Secret Wars Daredevil.  Remember how sharp the red was?
  • Good facial detail, very clean lines.
  • I like the molded on billy club on one hand and the loose one for the other, though it’d be nice if both were loose and clippable to the wrist.
  • Molded armor all looks great.

The Bad

  • The bad part of the Secret Wars Daredevil was that he had a whopping 4 points of articulation.  Armored Daredevil does a little bit better, but not by much.

 

The rest

I have waved the flag of 3.75 inch Marvel action figures almost since the beginning of the Marvel Universe Toy Line.  While MUReview hasn’t been around for quite that long, my wallet has drained for almost exactly that long.  I was so impassioned by the line, I enjoyed every figure, every wave.  I feel like there was always so much good in the line, even amongst the negative things there were points that shined through and always something to love…but man, I’m really pissed off at the phone in job on Shanna’s face.  I don’t even really like Shanna!  One freaking eyeball.  Many will decry it as a sign and a drop off in quality and I don’t want to fall into that.  This wave does have a lot of bright spots. Daredevil, Thunderstrike, and Vulture all look very good and complaints there are very minimal.  But come on man..one eye??

Wave 2 has one figure not discussed here, the Miles Morales Spider-Man, which is a re-pack of the Wave 18 Marvel Universe figure, bag and all.

Man, I am really bummed about that one freakin’ eye.  Vulture’s wings are incredibly frustrating, but Thunderstrike, and Daredevil look fantastic.  Vulture does too.   Should you get this wave?  Yeah, I mean, 3 brand new characters, even with their downsides, and 2 different versions of existing that are both very well executed visually.  Plus, you are that much closer to the Sinister Six….let’s go Chameleon!

Availability

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Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 1 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 1 Review

Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 1
The first wave of Marvel Infinite for 2015 is nothing if not polarizing.  There has been so much talk, speculation, anticipation of this wave and for so many different reasons.  For some folks the wave, and the go forward of the line are doing just fine, delivering very nice character likeness, for others, articulation lost means the death of a toy line.  For me, well, I’m just really happy to be able to add more characters to my ever expanding Marvel Universe (see what I did there?).  Thankfully, MI 2015 wave 1 does not disappoint in what I’m looking for!  3 characters, brand spankin’ new to the line (Bishop, Black Cat, Sand,an), 2 characters delivered like never before (Big Time Spidey, Beast…and Classic Beast).  There is a lot of good on this plastic, a little bit bad, and some oddball design inconsistencies in the face of the lines new direction, so let’s take a look! But! Before we do I would like to extend a very special thank you to long time friend to MUReview, Nel! Without you, this review would have been impossible!

Sandman

The Good

  • Articulation!  Sandman hits on a lot of the points that folks were concerned about.  Double hinged knee, torso!
  • Fantastic detail on both sand hands.
  • The figure has an excellent weight to him, it feels as though if he were to hit another …plastic figure, it’d really hurt!
  • Highly appropriate re-use of the Norman Osborne head sculpt.
  • Spot on, comic accurate coloring.

The Bad

  • Wrists are not articulated.
  • Ankle articulation is limited by character design.
  • Head articulation is limited.

 

Sandman (Variant)

The Good

  • The variant Sandman hits on most of all of the same positives as the standard version, with the obvious difference being paint.
  • Speaking of the repaint, very cool, nice creepy white eyes, a good monochrome sand palate definitely works to convey that…he’s made of sand!

The Bad

  • Same bad as the standard Sandman, articulation is limited at points, though the Sandman figure is easily the most articulated of this wave.

 

Beast

The Good

  • This is the 90s era Blue Beast that I’ve waited so long for.  Helping to appropriately complete the X-Men from that age!
  • Head sculpt is fun with a great looking gaping and furious mouth.
  • Beast feels bulky enough to be believable.
  • Good leg and ankle articulation that should lend itself to some good poses.  Double jointed knee, ankle rockers, solid hips.
  • Paint and coloring is well executed.
  • Added fur patches!

The Bad

  • No wrist movement.
  • No torso movement.

 

Beast (Variant)

The Good

  • Go back to the comic page, forgo your memory, and just look, or use the Googles.  Classic Beast’s face is pretty much dead on here!
  • Coloring is once again spot on.
  • Classic Beast benefits from all the same good points as the standard version of Beast in this line.

The Bad

  • With this figure more than the others (well, this and standard Beast), the missing articulation is felt the most, as Beast is prone to some of the more interesting poses in the Marvel Universe.

 

Black Cat

The Good

  • Soft featured face is a good fit for Felicia Hardy.
  • Added tufts of white fur on ankles, legs, and around her collar all serve to enhance overall detail.
  • Very solid black paint job!
  • Excellent zipper ring detail on the chest!
  • Nice ankle articulation!

The Bad

  • Mine is fine, but I can see that Black Cat is certainly going to be affected in some part by the wonky female knee!
  • Black Cat’s hips don’t lie…they don’t even move!
  • No torso articulation or wrist articulation either.
  • I feel like the mask around the eyes should be thicker.

 

Big Time Spider-Man

  • The Good
    • Amazing paint job here.  Very clean lines, very bold green color!!
    • Good spider style hand poses.
    • This suit can be none more black!
      • Nice ankle articulation!

    The Bad

    • I’m sure if you’ve been paying attention, the most bad I have to say is really just about the articulation.  this Spidey is no different.  No wrist movement, no torso movement, limited head articulation.  I’d much rather not have anything negative to say, but this dude just can’t move the way a spider probably needs to.

 

Bishop

  • The Good
    • Bishop is a big, bad man, and art wise, he’s perfectly captured down to the M on the eye.
    • Bishop’s bandana / neckerchief is really well executed and is even looped around the back under the mullet!
    • Very clean lines here and incredibly sharp blue paint.
    • Bishop, though limited in articulation, has some very bad ass poses available to him.
    • Bishop is provided a holster for his hand gun, and that’s a very good thing, because he’s only got one open hand for gun toting.

    The Bad

    • As pictured, my Bishop appears to have a paint nick on his shoulder showing the under-color of the figure.
    • Again, we have limited articulation, it is felt less here because at least personally I don’t feel that Bishop is one to strike acrobatic poses, but the children…it’s for the children!
    • Bishop has only one hand available for holding 2 weapons.

 

The rest

This wave also includes 2 re-packs.  Having not seen them with my own eyes, I’ll apologize if I’m incorrect.  You will see a 2-pack (form DD / Bullseye) repack of Daredevil, which is a good thing. That is an awesome figure!  You will also see a Dark Hawkeye re-pack.    Many feel a lot more could have been done here, even in the re-pack realm.  I’m in agreement, but Hasbro’s decision is Hasbro’s decision.  Is it really that hard to put out a green and yellow Vision?

The running theme of this review, and what I have tried to convey is this.  This whole wave looks exceptional.  I very much appreciate solid paint apps, good design and just really nice clean figures.  The downside is as bold as the up, and near as persistent.  Articulation has been intentionally pulled from this line, though, the decision to leave Sandman more articulated than most is a little odd to me.

The good, the bad and the ugly stated, I’m happy with this wave and i can’t wait to get my hands on the next with Armored Daredevil, Vulture, Doc Ock and the rest!  I know I stated that some folks are saying that this is a line that is on it’s way out, but I sincerely hope not.  This is an awesome scale for super heroes, and an awesome scale for my tiny house, where I really can’t even consider getting more involved than I have in the 6 inch lines.

Availability

For now, eBay is your only hope.  We hope to announce Big Bad Toy Store Pre-Orders soon!

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