Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Toys R Us Exclusive Dark Phoenix and Cyclops 2-Pack

Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Toys R Us Exclusive Dark Phoenix and Cyclops 2-Pack

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Toys R Us Exclusive Marvel Legends Dark Phoenix and Cyclops 2-Pack

Well that escalated quickly.  Maybe a solid week or two ago, pictures popped up online, and auctions started going up for the Toys R Us exclusive Marvel Legends Dark Phoenix / Cyclops 2-pack.  I’ll spoil my own review by telling you, it’s a beautiful set.  You don’t have to read anything else.  You’ll want both figures, look at the pictures, go get it…if you can (see Availability).  I’ll write this up for you regardless, it’s what I like doing.  I was full stoked out of my mind when Legends decided to put out Jim Lee Cyclops, and I loved the first modern take on Jean Grey / Phoenix.  Now we get my second favorite Cyclops costume with his 70s – 80s deco, and Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix!  To get this two pack with minor changes that make the characters look worlds different within less than a year of the previous figures (Cyclops 2017, Phoenix 2016), is a huge win for collectors and X-Men enthusiasts!

Cyclops | Dark Phoenix | The Rest | Availability Family Photos

Cyclops

The Good

  • Let’s start with paint.  The shading on the costume here is beautiful, it adds incredible depth and character to the figure.
  • The simple change on the head from hair top to cowl top gives us one of the most popular and iconic looks for Cyclops and it looks perfect.
  • X-Belt is an accessory, not molded on, perfect red.
  • Bringin’ back the boot cuffs!  I feel like every time Hasbro does a figure with boot cuffs, it’s better than the last, same is true here.
  • Cyclops features pretty much all of the bells and whistles of modern Hasbro figures, inclusive of all but butterfly chest joints.
  • While I love the Jim Lee Cyclops, not having the arm and thigh accessories on this one is almost freeing.  Nothing to keep pushing up!
  • As this is the same body as JL Cyclops, he features the same left hand optic blast hand pose!  This allows for the must have position of…optic blasting.

The Bad

  • I think this issue was present on the JL Cyclops, but a little less noticeable due to the lighter color.  Here though, with the darker color, and you can see in the images, at the ab-crunch, there is a solid gap between chest and ab area.  By no means a deal breaker, or even annoying, but it is easily observed.

Dark Phoenix

The Good

  • Broken record that I am.  Every time we get a new female character, Hasbro shatters the mold with respect to expectations for head / face sculpt.  This Jean Grey does so, not once, not twice, but 3 freaking times.  
    • Jean Grey head, let’s call her, the “least angry” head is beautiful.  Stunning.  She looks like a real person you might actually see walking around.  
    • Head 2, “a little mad” begins to show the transformation to Dark Phoenix while maintaining a very human look.  The hair sculpt here is just awesome.  Coloring and shading here are perfectly executed.
    • Head 3 “fully put off”, the slightly translucent flame colored hair is astonishing.  Sculpt and face design here, breathtaking.  
  • Jean includes the Phoenix bird that wraps on her wrist well enough for some cool posing.  Looks great, and this is likely to be an accessory that gets a good bit of mileage for collectors and customizers.
  • Dark Phoenix is otherwise generally the same body of the previous single card release from 2016 of Phoenix with enhancements to hands, upper thigh, upper torso, different paint, and a phoenix stamped on her sash.
  • Speaking of paint, the red is rich, deep, dark, and bright at the same time.  Against the yellow it’s explosive.  Some very neat paint tricks Hasbro has pulled off in this two-pack.

The Bad

  • I believe as a result of packaging, I had some work to do to massage her fingers back into a more human shape.  In some pictures they are a little jacked.  

 

The Rest

The set is fantastic.  It’s a set that collectors have wanted for a long time, and they have been extremely well served by Hasbro here.  There is just about nothing to complain about here.  If you are a Legends collector and pass on this, you are doing yourself an injustice.  

Availability

This is another Toys R Us exclusive, so get it there, or suffer the aftermarket.  Unfortunately, unlike the Spidey / MJ 2-pack of a month or so ago, this beautiful pack hasn’t found it’s way to ToysRUs.com.   Keep eyes out, hopefully it shows up, but also be patient.  Hit your Toys R Us stores, I had to ask, they took it out of “the back” for me.  Word on the street is that they maybe shouldn’t sell it till August 1.  If you get there on August 1, I have a feeling you should have a shot.  Otherwise, check back and call to see if they have it now and again in advance of that.  Can’t hurt, right?  Special thanks to our friends over at Kastor’s Korner for product info, it is because of their awesomeness, we were able to score this.

 

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Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Walmart Exclusive Black Panther

Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Walmart Exclusive Black Panther

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Marvel Legends Walmart Black Panther
The Internet has been buzzing about this fantastic Black Panther figure for the better part of half a year now.  From shady dealers at auction sites, to leaked images, up through to official announcements…wait, was there an official announcement?  At any rate, the Walmart exclusive Black Panther Marvel Legends figure is now upon us.  Go figure, I went on the Internet, clicked two things, and now two days later, he’s in my house and on your screen.  The future is a Marvelous place.  So, how is the figure?  Short story version, really quite nice.  If that’s all you need scroll to the gallery, but keep reading if you want the long story version.

The Good

  • This is a repaint / enhancement to the Rocket Raccoon Return of Marvel Legends figure from 2013.  This is in the good, because that figure was pretty awesome.
  • The figure features Hasbro’s full suite of articulation, double jointed knees, elbows, hinged and spinny wrists, bicep movement, ab crunch, calf cut, thigh cut, ankle rockers.  The only thing not present is the butterfly chest joint.
  • This version of Black Panther is black as night, highlighted by striped grey boots and gloves.  The paint is so deep, rich black here, it looks fantastic.  Really great application! 
  • This version of Black Panther, as mentioned is enhanced from the previous 2013 with accessories!
    • BP comes with a kingly cape that is removable if you pop off the head.
    • Belt is not sculpted on, looks great.
    • Spare hands for holding stuff.
    • Kitty claw hands come attached.
    • Spear (from Kraven)
    • Wakandan necklace.  
  • Because this is an exclusive and single figure release, there is no build a figure piece included here.  Fine by me, I only have to get one figure!

The Bad

  • The figure is really pretty awesome, no negatives per se.  How about a wish list, because you know this bad boy is coming back around again when Black Panther hits theaters, right? Hasta be!
    • Clasp on his cape should be a different color than solid black.  
    • Would love a loop or holster for the spear. 
  • …that’s really all I got. Sorry, I was more excited about a wish list when I started but there isn’t a lot to want for here.

The rest

I mentioned above, Black Panther hits theaters in the not too far future.  For me this makes it a bit of a head scratcher of a release date for this figure, or that this figure was released without a surrounding wave.  I’m sure Hasbro will be supporting Black Panther with a full Legends wave when it hits theaters regardless.  I’m also happy to have this hole in my collection filled.  Just, the timing does strike me as weird.  Either way, this is now the second comic version of Black Panther in the Marvel Legends line, joining a ToyBiz release as well.  Many regard the ToyBiz BP as gospel, but I think this figure does a fantastic job of presenting this comic book icon in plastic.  I’m glad to have him in my collection, and I’m happy about how easy it was to pick him up.  That’s how it should be with all of these figures! For now though, I’ll enjoy BP and wait and salivate as I see folks on Facebook and Twitter post pictures of the next exclusive on my hit list, the Toys R Us Cyclops and Dark Phoenix 2-pack!  Stay tuned for coverage…as soon as I get it…eventually…hopefully…without forgoing a kidney on eBay.

Availability

The King of Wakanda does not just make himself available anywhere.  He’s only at Walmart.  Good news though, site to store is an option, lord knows finding it on a shelf will drive a man insane!

The Pictures

 

 

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Legends Come Home – Toys R Us Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Guardians of the Galaxy Box Set

Legends Come Home – Toys R Us Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Guardians of the Galaxy Box Set

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Toys R Us Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Box Set
Toy Fair 2017 was awesome.  We saw a ton of great stuff there.  Normally after Toy Fair though, it’s what feels like an eternity before we see our favorite stuff from the floor and presentations on store shelves.  Well, for some reason, this year, I blinked and a ton of what I saw and loved is already in my house, let alone on store shelves.  As always, a massive chunk of that stuff comes from Hasbro, and as usual, it’s why we are gathered here today.  

“6 inch, yer a fine girl, what a good wife you would be, but my life, my love and my lady, is the 3.75 inch sea”.  

My heart swells with joy whenever I get to talk about new Marvel 3.75 inch plastic.  We wouldn’t be here (MUReview.net) without it!  None of this, heck, we probably never would have launched litlgeeks either.  So, today, I gleefully present to you, the Toys R Us Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Guardians of the Galaxy Box Set!  The set features your favorite space faring miscreants, in my favorite comic decos (for the most part).  We get updates on Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, to a lesser extent Gamora, and we get Rocket Raccoon pretty much the same as he ever was for kicks.  Is this a set you have to have though?  Read on brothers and sisters!

Star-Lord | Gamora | Drax | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Availability | The Rest| Family Photos

Star-Lord

The Good

  • Star-Lord resides on one of the best bodies that 3.75 has had, solid articulation here, knees, elbows, wrists, ab, thigh-cut, ankle rockers.  Quill makes good again. 
  • Cool molding for his collar.
  • This Star-Lord’s main difference from the 3 previous iterations of him  is the head swap.  Here, Star-Lord is featured maskless, and looks like he may even be sporting a bit of a 5-o’clock shadow.  Headsculpt is definitely solid.  This is the first of three and ranked third in reasons you should definitely pick up this set.
  • Star-Lords other difference is a back to regular.  We got him decked out in white stripes on navy blue in his last release, and this one has him back to the red stripes of his team pack / single card release deco.
  • I almost hate to do this, but it’s good to show how we’ve grown around here.  This is Star-Lord number 4, he was a team pack figure, a single card, a 2-pack figure, and now this box set figure.  I reviewed the team pack and 2-pack figure, we skipped the single card because he was the same verbatim as the team pack.  But …here, check it out.  Team Pack, 2-Pack.  
  • After you read either of those you can see, that interestingly, this figure addresses one of my wishes, a head swap, so we can get Star-Lord without his mask!

The Bad

  • We are four Star-Lord figures deep, and just like way back in 2011, this one still doesn’t have holsters!

 

Gamora

The Good

  • At one point, barely a year ago, the 3.75 inch scale didn’t have one single Gamora to it’s name…now we have three!  
  • Gamora is another figure I’ll embaress myself with an older review link of.  She was in the same wave of 2-packs as Star-Lord…in fact, in the same box  2-Pack.  She was also all lonesome on a card before that here.
  • Now, all that said and linked, I’ll talk a little more about her here. Her hair is still one of the best ever on a 3.75 inch figure. 
  • Facial details are expressive and solid.  
  • Differences, it literally boils down to a few strips, on her hip.  The previous at least had white stripes, this one, none.  There is also some minor difference areas on her back shoulder blades, more black on this version than the previous.

The Bad

  • While we have 3, this Gamora is nearly the same as the first two.  While a fantastic figure in her own right, this Gamora still isn’t my Gamora.  Fans of the 6 inch Legends got the one I wanted for 3.75 inch.  At some point I’m hopeful that that one will get shrunken down and I can get on with my DnA run Guardians team.  Till then, I have to pick which Gamora of 3 I want to display most.  
  • The other thing, and it’s the same as it ever was, tiny tiny feet.

 

Drax

The Good

  • Drax goes from almost bell-bottmy pants to hardcore boss fight boots in this box set, and it’s your second reason, and second ranked, that even if you already have the characters in this box set, you should pull the trigger.  The boots look fantastic, they take an already excellent figure and make him even better.
  • Now then, already excellent?   Yes, already, this is the third time we get hands on Drax.  The first being the same team pack as our first Star-Lord.  The second saw him as a single-card re-release when the Universe line turned Infinite.  This, our third, is definitely our best.
  • Apart from the knee down differences, the tattoo design on Drax’s body is a little bit different and the paint on his head is changed up for the better.
  • Drax also goes from a molded on belt with knife holster to a free floating belt.  It works jus tas well, and if you didn’t want it there you could yank it off.  

The Bad

  • While the knives definitely fit better in the holsters than in previous Drax’s, there is still the problem that the handles stick out too far and look a little silly for it.

 

Rocket Raccoon

The Good

  • For a little guy, Rocket sure gets around!  This team pack is now the fourth time we’ve gotten Rocket Raccoon!  First in the Team Pack, second on his own card with the Infinite line, third with a change in his stripes as part of the Guardians 2-pack wave packaged with Groot.  
  • To my feeble eyes, this Rocket is the same Rocket we got way back in 2011, the same as the follow up single card, but back to red from the white of the 2-pack release.  He’s here four times, he’s solid four times.  
  • Rocket looks comic accurate, lots of solid design packed into a very tiny figure.
  • Though articulation is limited, his head swivels and so does his tail, and when you are dealing with a raccoon, isn’t that what matters?  I think it is.

The Bad

  • Last time I talked about Rocket I had wishes for full articulation and a little bit of flocking action. I still have those wishes…I probably always will, though, 6 inch did bring out a Rocket with full motion, so there is hope, right?!

 

Groot

The Good

  • Welcome to the reason, even if he was the only one, that you should pick this set up.  Groot (now with red stripes!).  
  • This is round two for Groot, his first go, he had the blue uniform with white stripes, and he did look sharp.  We talked a lot about him in the Guardians 2-pack wave review.  We loved him then…we came to a realization this go round.
  • After having the white striped Groot, and getting a second look at this one, outside of Nova (always the qualifier), this is our favorite Marvel 3.75 inch figure ever, and in spite of our undying love for Nova, this is the best 3.75″ Marvel figure in the line.  
  • He’s tall!
  • There is just a massive amount of sculpt detail in his long limbs.
  • His face and head are packed with detail and cool sculpting.  
  • Groot’s uniform is textured, unlike the other Guardians.  I like to think this is to help adjust to his specific body type.  It’s a comic thing, I’m a nerd, I live with me and so does my wife, it’s hard for everyone.  Still, this figure is epic.  

 

The Bad

  • This, the best figure in the scale is not without it’s flaw.  Though it seems addressed better this go round, there is still a noticable line between Groot’s face and “hair line”.

 

The rest

This box set is interesting, and it comes at an interesting time.  Obviously, the Guardians of the Galaxy are on fire so Hasbro / Disney / Marvel want as much product on the shelves as they can get.  Who is this set for though?  More than a few people at least.  Folks that collect 3.75 have already been heard grumbling that they have these figures already, some a few times over, why is Hasbro putting them out again?  Most of those grumbling folks aren’t going to pick this up anyway.  However, if you didn’t appreciate from the review of each figure above, there are reasons for sure that this set is worth the price of asking for many.  Chiefly, a new collector is born every year.  They weren’t around for some of these previous releases, and the business of action figure collecting is competitive work!  There are “yeah but” responses here of course, but the secondary reasons work them out at the end of the day.  We get a full set at a reasonable price with some different enough figures to warrant a pick up for hardcore collectors.  All that said, this is a win for collectors of Marvel Legends 3.75 collectors, Drax is a heck of an upgrade, Star-Lord unmasked looks great, and this Groot figure in my humble, ultimately meaningless opinion, is the best to come out of Hasbro Marvel 3.75″ plastic, period.  After living with the white stripe version of him for a few months, I’m more in love with the figure now than when I first got him.  You really should check this set out!

Availability

The Guardians of the Galaxy 5 figure box set is a Toys R Us Exclusive.  As of this writing, unfortunately, the set isn’t available online, and at $49.99 it would qualify for free shipping if it was.  Oh well, get off your butt, go to the store, and pick up this set at your local Toys R Us.  I went to 3 this weekend and it was on shelves at all 3. …I’m a dad, I go to Toys R Us a lot…judge me if you want, I don’t even care.  

Family Photos!

 

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Legends Come Home – Legends Spider-Man Wave 2 2017 – Group Shots

Legends Come Home – Legends Spider-Man Wave 2 2017 – Group Shots

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Marvel Lgends Spider-Man Homecoming Wave: Group Shots

We are still a few weeks away from the opening of Spider-Man Homecoming, but this wave of Marvel Legends figures has me really excited to see the movie.  It’s a solid wave, good variety in characters, a really unique BAF too!

We know that Wonder Woman isn’t part of the wave, she’s a Walgreens exclusive, but timing lined up, so she gets to hang with Spidey and friends. Enjoy the group shots!

The Pictures

 

 

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Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman

Legends Come Home – Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman

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Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
We here at MUReview have been made big fans of the annual Walgreens Marvel Legends Exclusive.  Hasbro and Walgreens have consistently partnered on desirable characters, great decos and fun all around figures.  This year is no different with the Invisible Woman.  She’s a great figure, but more, she’s the start of a possibility.  The possiblity of getting a modernized set of figures to represent the much Marvel-Maligned Fantastic Four team.  Well I’ll tell ya my friends, she’s a great start to the effort, and word on the street is, Human Torch is coming next and I can’t wait!  For now, let’s sizzle down and check out Sue Storm and her little buddie H.E.R.B.I.E.

The Good

  • She comes with H.E.R.B.I.E.
  • Another amazing female face from the Legends team at Hasbro.  Every one is better than the last, the sculpts are worthy of applause at this point. Well done!
  • Sue Storm comes in one of my favorite, more classic Fantastic Four costume and it’s smooth, well designed, cleanly painted, sharp lines and all.
  • Invisible woman features some great leg articulation, ankle rockers, double hinged knees, thigh cut, and ball joint hips, 
  • In addition to H.E.R.B.I.E., Sue has an alternate left hand that is in a partial phasing state to complement the more phasing right arm.  
  • H.E.R.B.I.E. looks fantastic in scale with six inch figures. Getting him in package really is an added value, just so so sharp looking.

The Bad

  • Much like the Marvel Universe team-pack released H.E.R.B.I.E., this one has a little trouble standing and frequently falls over on his face.  If only they’d adjusted back, or made adjustable, his back foot!
  • The spare hand has a really jankie pinky finger.  QC issue, hopefully it’s not prevelant through the run of figures.
  • Not so much a negative, just an interesting point.  On the back of the box, IW’s left hand is a closed fist, in the package it’s actually an opened fist looking as if she’d have something to hold as an accessory.

The rest

The Invisible Woman is an awesome figure, and the Fantastic Four is a big gap in modern Marvel Legends lines.  It’s great to see that they are addressing the gap, and they are starting off with a bang.  Downside of this figure release though is that I guess we won’t see a Fantastic Four wave with a Thing BAF.  Oh well.  Either way, i’m really stoked to have Sue Storm to adorn my shelves with, and I really can’t wait for this team to be fleshed out fully.  With all the modern tooling and design tricks Hasbro has learned, what Thing will look like, I can only imagine!!  Not trying to start rumors here, but I have seen images of a Johnny Storm Flame on floating around, so I’m very hopeful that Hasbro will walk this road to it’s end.  Maybe update my Annihilus while we are at it? (winky face). 

Availability

It does my heart heaps of good to be able to talk to you about a figure, and tell you that you can go get that figure, right now, today, no hesitation, no waiting.  Invisible Woman is available from Walgreens only.  But that does  include Walgreens.com, where for a nominal shipping fee, you can get her without even leaving the house.

The Pictures

 

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Legends Come Home – Legends Spider-Man Wave 2 2017 – Vulture Wings

Legends Come Home – Legends Spider-Man Wave 2 2017 – Vulture Wings

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Legends Spider-Man Wave 2 2017 – Vulture Wings BAF
In a first in Marvel Legends history (I think), we get a build a figure that isn’t a figure at all.  It’s not a small figure, or a large figures, it’s what amounts to an “accessory” for a figure.  Enter the Vulture’s wings from Spider-Man Homecoming, in theaters July 7 2017, they are massive, so you’ll need to make room.  Now, this is a very different kind of build a figure, it comes together in 8 pieces (including the required stand).  Some folks may be reluctant based on this difference to really dive in and go for it.  I however, applaud Hasbro for changing things up here and taking a chance.  Did it pay off?  

The Good

  • Let’s start with the size, the wings are absolutely massive, and with the stand, Vulture won’t fall over.
  • These wings are pretty heavily articulated.  You can fold em, you can flap em, you can angle the fans, extend the wings fully.  
  • The wings look great mounted on Vulture’s back.  
  • Components fit together easily, they feel sturdily together, not like they would come apart with light play.
  • The paint job by the jet, the blue to purple “flame effect” looks just beautiful.
  • Wings connect very well to Vultures back with no wobble or threat of falling out.

The Bad

  • The fans on my wing set don’t really spin quite as well as I’d like, a little stiff and sluggish to spin.  
  • I was hoping that with the over-sized talon feet on Vulture you’d be able to get away with not using the stand, but the wings are just too heavy and you really do need it for display.  

The rest

Do you want these wings?  Are they worth the investment of a full wave of figures?  Well, let’s ask some questions.  Did you get Vulture?  Yes, you want the wings.  Do you like awesome stuff?  Yes you want the wings.  Were you getting the hole wave anyway?  Yes, you want the wings.  Did you pass on Vulture?  Probably shouldn’t get the wings….that’d be weird.

Availability

If you want these glorious wings, you are going to need to buy the whole set of 7 figures.  Hunting a full wave in the wild is tough, even with good distribution, a sure fire way to grab the case though.  Go and visit our friends at BigBadToyStore! 

The Pictures

 
 

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