May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Gamora

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Gamora

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: Gamora
Today we have a look at Gamora from the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy 2017 Wave 2 lineup.  A reminded thank you to Hasbro for sending us this whole wave for free to review for everyone out there in Internet land!  Gamora saw her role well expanded in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.  Her relationship with her sister Gamora gets so much more depth and she is brought more to life as a character.  Hasbro picked up that ball and ran with it for the figure.  Our first look at Gamora in 6 inch plastic was the 2014 movie figure release, our second, the Guardians box set release (comic version), and this is now our third go round for Gamora.  While the comic version will never be supplanted as my favorite, this Gamora improves dramatically on all points over the 2014 release.  I’m a little bummed I don’t still have the previous figure to compare (kids), but it is funny to read how much I thought the 2014 figure looked like Zoe Saldana, without comparison, I see it, but now…compared to this absolute beauty of a figure it definitely doesn’t hold up!  Before we take a swim in the pool of Gamora, let me thank Hasbro for sending to us for free!

The Good

  • Hasbro is making real people faces and they look amazing in 2017.  Likeness to Zoe is brilliant, dead on.  
  • All of the etching and sculpting detail in Gamora’s face looks movie perfect.
  • Another great female character is brought to us, thankfully without heels on her shoes!  No issues standing with good balance here.
  • Inclusion of both the short and extended swords here is really cool.  Especially since the short sword can be holstered.  
  • Gamora also gets a nice gun to reminisce back to the start of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
  • Gamora features solid articulation across the board.
  • Gamora’s heair looks amazing in both sculpt detail and color.  
  • The coat this figure wears is movie perfect, looks great, and allows for full movement of all limbs.  I love the flare out effect!

The Bad

  • Gamora’s hair limits head movement.
  • Keeping the collapsed sword holstered is a little tricky, it tends to pop out.  

The rest

Gamora is a beautiful figure.  Another achievement in Hasbro’s ability to capture the look and essence of a real life person on a movie screen and bring them down to the plastic level.  Hasbro’s treatment of Gamora is incredibly faithful and it’s tough to ask for more when you get something this good.

Availability

By early accounts it looks like Gamora could be one of the trickier figures to find in this wave.  She’s sold out at BigBadToyStore, and even with aftermarket pricing she’s back ordered till August 31 on Amazon from “other sellers”.  Let that date sink in a bit before you go crazy though.  Hunt by all means, but it’s possible that full stock refresh across the board is coming later this summer, hopefully sooner.  Don’t pay more than retail!  Keep your eyes on Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and talk to the fine folks at your favorite local comic shop!  Gamora will be yours!

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MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Rocket and Groot

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Rocket and Groot

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 : Rocket and Groot
Welcome to the Frickin Marvel Legends toy line, first ever fully articulated Rocket! (only he didn’t say ‘frickin’).  Rocket comes to us in this second Guardians of the Galaxy wave of 2017 with his little buddy Groot all dolled up in Ravager gear.  MUReview wants to thank Hasbro once again for sending us the second wave of Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends as we dive into this Rocket Raccoon figure.  He’s awesome, he’s furry (plastic furry), he’s got the Galaxy’s favorite little Groot, and he’s ready to steal some batteries!  Note – not stolen, this Rocket figure.  Hasbro sent him to us for free to review for you!

The Good

  • Rocket is fully articulated!  Elbows, knees, ankles, thigh cuts, shoulders, torso, hips, tail. Hasbro really stepped to the challenge of making a fully articulated Rocket and knocked it out of the park (with one exception – see “The Bad”).
  • Rocket comes with a second head.  Each head has a unique Rocket-like expression. 
  • Rocket has 2 guns that fit perfectly in his hands.
  • Hasbro has done an excellent job of capturing movie Rocket in all of his detailed glory.  
  • Rocket’s fur is well sculpted and rich in detail.
  • Groot is along for the ride in his oh-too-adorable Ravager outfit.  He looks great! Hasbro was able to pack in a ton of detail and paint work on a very tiny piece. 
  • BAF piece included here is Mantis’s torso.  

The Bad

  • No articulated jaw.  A whole second head instead of an articulated jaw.  I see why they did it, but the jaw, it looks, almost like it is articulated…but it’s not. 

The rest

Yer gonna need to buy this.  It’s Rocket at his finest, and Groot at his cutest.  With two heads, you have solid display value for Rocket.  Overall value is here too, Hasbro did an excellent job of packing in a bunch of pieces for this package that will delight collectors and kids alike!  They had to! This is a sure-to-be-asked-for young child purchase, as well as a collector purchase.  It features the films most lovable characters, both really well executed by Hasbro, so, get to hunting!

Availability

I can’t find this little guy on Amazon anywhere.  BigBadToyStore has him available for pre-order though!  Keep your eye on local store shelves over the next month or two as well, and don’t pay more than MSRP ($19.99), because I’m sure you will get your shot at this if you are patient!

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MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Death’s Head II

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Death’s Head II

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 : Death’s Head II
When I first saw Death’s Head II at the Hasbro Night before NYCC 2016 event, my jaw hit the floor.  He screamed out as being just about the coolest build a figure ever!  How wrong was I!  Fast forward to nowish, 2017, Deaths Head II is out, he’s not a build a figure but a regular single card release, and he’s just astonishing.  One of three comic-based figures included in the Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 of 2017, he’s the only figure in wave without a BAF piece (the build a figure is Mantis, we will talk about her in another post).  Thank you to Hasbro for sending us GotG 2017 Wave 2 for free to review for everyone!  Death’s Head II is face-meltingly awesome…and here’s why….

The Good

  • The design of the pieces of his ripped open face is one of the coolest effects I’ve ever seen on an action figure in any scale.  
  • He’s huge and carries the exact right bulk and scale fort he character.
  • The level of sculpt detail on his metamorphic arm is a site to behold.  
  • Paint application is clean and features / adds a ton of depth to the character.
  • Look at the layering in his hair!
  • Hasbro has done another brilliant job at capturing the character source material.
  • Extra “come hither” hand included.
  • There is so much fantastic sculpting and molding to this figure, horns, calf spikes, that cod-piece, belt!  I got to say “cod-piece”!

The Bad

  • Death’s Head II is really an exceptional figure.  The only knock i have is that he isn’t Death’s Head (1).  I love them both, like DH1 a little better.  Death’s Head isn’t a character you expect to see in plastic, so when he comes out you hope it’s your favorite version.  

The rest

Death’s Head II is another marvel in figure making from our friends at Hasbro.  Well put together, amazing depth and detail, captured dead to rights, page perfect.  He is a fairly obscure character, so I’m eager to see where he falls in line with demand.  Folks should want him just because he’s an amazing figure, but those that don’t even know the name Death’s Head may foolishly pass.  I hope not, I want to encourage releases like this forever!  Thanks for nailing another one Hasbro!  Final note…I still can’t believe he wasn’t the Build A Figure of this wave, he’s no less popular than Titus, and about the same size + way more awesome as a character!

Availability

Death’s Head II is sold out at our friends at BigBadToyStore.com.  He’s available for a little over MSRP at Amazon.  I’m gonna keep stressing it.  Be patient.  The figures in this wave have so far seen only a limited release.  Expect things to hit more wide spread over the next month or two and keep hunting!

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MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Star-Lord

May is for Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Star-Lord

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 : Star-Lord (Long Coat)
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is a run away hit.  The unquestionable leading role of the film is Star-Lord.  So, Star-Lord gets two figures.  The first one came out earlier in the year, and we have an in-depth review of him for you right here!  This second go round changes up his outfit and accessories a little bit, but does it measure up to the V1?  Before we jump in, a very special Thank you to Hasbro for sending us Star-Lord for free to review for you!

The Good

  • The long coat is nailed, it’s perfect.  Amazing color, deep detail.
  • The scarf…does a scarf even work in space?  For Star-Lord it does!
  • Is that a Zune?  
  • Star-Lords blasters fit perfectly on his hip and are further well held in place by the long coat.  
  • Solid articulation here, not as limited as you’d expect by the long coat.

The Bad

  • Star-Lord 2017 V2 is a great all around figure, but you’ll notice in side-by-side comparisons with Star-Lord 2017 V1, the face on V1 is just better sculpted and detailed.  
  • Probably doesn’t fit the scene for the outfit, but it is always appreciated when Star-Lord’s masked alt head is included, it is not included here.  (I know I show it in pictures, that’s the head from the V1).  

The rest

This is a really nice Star-Lord figure. The long coat outfit looks great, the accessories are fun.  Ultimately though, when compared to the earlier Star-Lord release from this year, the face just isn’t on par.  It’s more a fault of the other figure for being really, just perfect, maybe one of the best figure face replications in the Marvel Legends line.  This Star-Lord is by no means a bad figure, a bad buy, or a bad face sculpt.  It’s just not on the same level as Star-Lord 2017 V1.  

Availability

Star-Lord is available for “retail” pricing at Amazon.  He’s also available from our friends at BigBadToyStore!  The retail hunt hasn’t really started on this figure wave yet though, so keep your eyes out at your favorite local comic shop or big box store.  Be patient, don’t pay more than retail for a figure that is only just coming out!

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MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.

May Is For Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Adam Warlock

May Is For Marvel – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 2017 – Adam Warlock

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!

The Good

  • 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).  

The Bad

  • 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!

 

The rest

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!  

Availability

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!

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MUReview received these products for free for review purposes.

Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Sinister Six – Spider-Man Box Set

Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Sinister Six – Spider-Man Box Set

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

The Good

  • 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!

The Bad

  • 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.  

 

 

Electro

The Good

  • 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!

The Bad

  • Electro would have been perfect with the inclusion of electric burst wrist cuffs.

 

Kraven

The Good

  • 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!

The Bad

  • Man oh man does he cry out for a spear!

 

Mysterio

The Good

  • 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 Bad

  • The picture on the box shows Mysterio’s cape clips as gold, but on the figure they are pink / purple.  

 

Sandman

The Good

  • 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!

The Bad

  • 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**

 

Spider-Man

The Good

  • 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!

The Bad

  • 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.

 

Vulture

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad

  • Nothing to say here.  

 

The rest

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.

 

Availability

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!

 

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