SDCC 2016: SDCC Exclusive Hasbro Marvel Legends Collector’s Vault Review

SDCC 2016: SDCC Exclusive Hasbro Marvel Legends Collector’s Vault Review

SDCC 2016 Exclusive Marvel Legends The Collector’s Vault featuring: The Collector, Cosmo, Lockjaw, Moon Boy, Howard the Duck 
One of the most storied SDCC Exclusive items of all time…on MUReview.net at least, The Collector Vault.  Before SDCC…way before SDCC, this set popped up on eBay.  No one knew what it was, or where it was going, but thanks to some friends that had to have it, MUReview had some up close pictures to share.  Now, finally, this gorgeous set is in our own hands for us to bring you pictures of and give you our own thoughts for.  The set features The Collector, Tanleer Tivan in all of his collecty glory.  It shows his collection in an amazing and clever (as usual) package.  In his collection we have Cosmo, Lockjaw, Moon Boy, Howard the Duck, and a few very special artifacts from the Marvel Comics Universe.  Let’s take a look!

The Packaging

The Collector’s Vault packaging is another amazing Hasbro creation for it’s Comic-Con fans.  This fits the context so well.  It’s a vault showing all of The Collector’s trophies.  It’s right up there with how neat the Deadpool Taco Truck was.  This and the Raft from SDCC this year gave me a really hard time of getting over the hurdle to open.  I’m going to see what I can do about getting these back in the package for display, because it’s that freaking cool.

 

The Collector

The Good

  • The Boss Hog of this set is one of the nicest figures I’ve seen in the Marvel Legends 3.75″ line.  I’m saying that because I’m biased, and I love him, but also because it’s true.  He looks fantastic.
  • Eye black, white hair, mutton chops.  This is the Tanleer Tivan we have grown to love.  So happy we didn’t trip fall and accidentally get a Benicio Del Toro version.  I enjoyed his portrayal, but let’s be honest, there can be only one!
  • The cape, the sash, exceptional in design look and feel.  The texture is eerie feeling.
  • Highly articulated, all, literally all of the available bells and whistles.

The Bad

  • He doesn’t come with the Solar Sword.

 

Moon Boy

The Good

  • Moon Boy is flocked (his furry bits are furry textured).
  • He has an impressive amount of articulation for a figure this tiny.  Head movement, ankle movement, ball joint hips and arms spin / raise.
  • Good facial detail, this character is well captured in this smaller than 3.75 inch figure.

The Bad

  • When you get Moon Boy, you don’t complain, you just be happy you got Moon Boy.

 

 

Howard The Duck

The Good

  • Howard looks like a duck…that is in the comic books. He really does look great, very detailed.

The Bad

  • Howard is not an articulated figure.  It would have been nice to see him with the limited articulation that Moon Boy has as they are similar in size.

 

Lockjaw

The Good

  • When I first started collecting Marvel Universe figures so long ago, Lockjaw was one of the first characters on my want list, along with the rest of the Inhumans.  Now, thanks to this, we are one step closer to completing the royal family!
  • Lockjaw comes with one point of articulation, and it’s awesome.  His doggy jaw opens and closes!
  • Perfectly captured tuning fork on his head.

The Bad

  • I say this understanding the nature of the release, the limitation of it, and know, how much is really going to be invested in making these figures fully articulated.  I get it, but it would be cool to have moving parts for legs for pose-ability.  Maybe a sit pose?

 

Cosmo

The Good

  • If Lockjaw was one of the first characters on my want list, Cosmo was the first, right after Nova Prime.  To have him is a glorious moment in the sun for me.
  • He looks dead on with his comic counterpart.
  • Cosmo is well detailed and his uniform is textured.

The Bad

  • Cosmo is missing his glass “hood”.
  • This is another “statue” figure, no articulation here.  Having a pose-able Cosmo would have been neat, but I’m counting my lucky stars to have him in the first place.  Thank you Hasbro!

 

Casket of Ancient Winters

  • Awesome sturdy little box that doesn’t open.
  • Highly detailed!

 

Wand of Watoomb

  • This is an outstanding comic re-creation, faithful to the original, with faces on either end of the wand.

 

Zodiac Key

  • At first glance this looks like one of those flimsy felt letters that kids play with.   At closer look, it’s made of more durable material than felt. It is also finely and intricately detailed with tons of minuscule lines and ridges.

 

The rest

 

In all my years of collecting, and SDCC / Comic Convention exclusives, this one takes the cake.  It gives me Marvel Cosmic characters that I never dreamed I’d own that weren’t custom jobs.  Each figure is highly detailed and looks great.  A set like this is the reason I collect.

 

Availability

First sold on the show floor at SDCC 2016.  This set will be available for a limited time in limited quantities at hasbrotoyshop.com.  The set should go on sale, per the HTS site, 8/9 and will sell for $69.99.  After that, Hasbro will take remaining stock to Fan Expo Canada in September of 2016.

 

Group Photos

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

Big Bad Toy Store has these Marvelous little pieces of plastic up for pre-order!

Family Photos!

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 5

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 5

It has been a fun ride and today we have reached the end of our course.  What you’ve all been waiting for!! Figures 10-1 of the top 50 All Time Marvel Universe Figures.  This video series was  composed by Ashrok1982 (on youtube).  Ashrok did an amazing job and you need to go subscribe to his youtube channel. I hope to share more of his work here as Marvel in plastic form continues!

Let’s see what Ashrok thinks for figures 10-1

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Marvel Infinite Wave 4 Wonder Man Review

Marvel Infinite Wave 4 Wonder Man Review

Marvel Infinite Wave 4 Wonder Man
Earlier this week, up popped an Ionic Wonder Man variant from Marvel Infinite Wave 4.  The full wave contains solo re-packs of the Guardians of the Galaxy team pack (for a well time movie release coincidence).  This wave is facing some criticism for the lack of changes to the original 3-pack release (the figures are exactly the same).  It is for this reason that I have opted to skip plucking the full wave in favor of spending a little more on getting the one figure I did really want.  Let’s check him out!…ooh but first.  Very very very VERY special thanks to Nel Mercad for hooking a brutha up with this fantastic early plastic!

Wonder  Man

The Good

  • Sometimes variants are a little bit annoying, delineated by little more than a different finger configuration on a left hand.  Thankfully, that’s not the case here. Wonder Man is showing off his ‘ionic’ form (of pure energy).  The clear purple plastic captures this in outstanding fashion here.
  • The original Wonder Man mold was nice and did a good job of capturing the likeness, this based on that succeeds as well.
  • Excellent paint application, which is good because the paint is sparse here, limited to eyes and chest art.

The Bad

  • I don’t know how they’d pull it off but it would be really really cool to see some veiny energy bits under the skin.  Not really a knock but an opportunity to make this even better.

Availability

Wonder Man is 2 per case in a case of very much re-issued figures in the Guardians from the three pack…best of luck!

Photos!

 

 

 

 

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 4

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 4

It is with great honor that I share with you all, a 5-part video piece composed by Ashrok1982 (on youtube).  This piece counts down the top 50 Marvel Universe Figures of All time.  By my assessment, this is an excellent way to formally move on from the line that has carried us to happiness for so long.

Each video is well made and well articulated.  I am thrilled to have permission to rebroadcast these videos here on MUReview.net and I encourage you all to head over to youtube directly and subscribe subscribe subscribe!

Let’s see what Ashrok thinks for figures 20-11

Please note – language may not be work safe – This video is rated M for mature.  The views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of MUReview.net or any of it’s partners.

Tune in next week for part 5.  Or…just go to Ashrok’s youtube channel if you must binge watch!

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 3

Top 50 Marvel Universe Figures Of All Time Part 3

It is with great honor that I share with you all, a 5-part video piece composed by Ashrok1982 (on youtube).  This piece counts down the top 50 Marvel Universe Figures of All time.  By my assessment, this is an excellent way to formally move on from the line that has carried us to happiness for so long.

Each video is well made and well articulated.  I am thrilled to have permission to rebroadcast these videos here on MUReview.net and I encourage you all to head over to youtube directly and subscribe subscribe subscribe!

Let’s see what Ashrok thinks for figures 30-21

Please note – language may not be work safe – This video is rated M for mature.  The views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of MUReview.net or any of it’s partners.

Tune in next week for part 4.  Or…just go to Ashrok’s youtube channel if you must binge watch!