So, I’m a little bummed I can’t use my Punisher quote from 1989 again…it would just be redundant, but I’m really excited that I got a look at the standard release Punisher from Mezco One:12! Months and months back, just after Toy Fair 2017, we gave you an up close look at the Mezco One:12 Toy Fair Exclusive Punisher. Word on the street is, they only made 60. I spent a good amount of time on that write up and photo shoot. I encourage you to check it out, it’s a full in depth review of The TF Exclusive Punisher, but it’s also an in depth review of this Punisher, as there are only three differences that my barely trained eye is able to detect.
Instead of a full write up of this Punisher, which I adore as much as the first, if not more honestly (I’m a sucker for the comic colors) I’m going to call out the three major differences, then I’m going to show you a bunch of nice pictures that I took of this Punisher, which I received courtesy of and in trade with a new friend named Daniel. Daniel, I thank you for this Punisher, and the upcoming Green Arrow review that I’m excited to share with everyone!
Difference 1 – the color of the front Skull is white vs. black.
Difference 2 – the color of the Punisher’s belt / ammo pouches, here, on the standard release they are leathered and weathered looking almost black brown, on the exclusive, it’s all black.
Difference 3 – That Mezco Exclusive sticker on the box!
In 2017, Mezco is four Punishers deep. This one, the Toy Fair Exclusive, the PX Previews, and the ultra limited run of classic costumed Punisher (rumored less than 400). This will give collectors both joy and fits. Getting them all will be no small feat, but those that have the Classic and Toy Fair exclusive have a hell of a head start.
This particular version of the Punisher is the standard release, but it’s been a while since he came out and getting him now will be a challenge. Less of a challenge than the Classic, PX Previews, or ultimately rare Toy Fair never sold exclusive, but a challenge none-the-less.
Amazon Exclusive Sinister Six – Spider-Man Box Set
It was at some point before Toy Fair 2017 that my good friend, an “insider” at Hasbro tipped me off to keep my eyes on Amazon. At that point, I did just that. The series of events from that point is fuzzy, but I think I saw and shared the announcement at the Hasbro Toy Fair event. An Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends 3.75″ Sinister Six Box Set was coming! I pre-ordered from Amazon at about the same time. As luck and brainless living would have it. While I was asleep at the wheel, Amazon charged, packed, and shipped this gem to me over Mother’s Day weekend, and now…well now it’s here for you in all of it’s glory.
But what is it’s glory? A little background on the set. Remember ToyBiz? Most people that make their way here should. Before Hasbro made Marvel Legends, ToyBiz made Marvel Legends. Before ToyBiz made Marvel Legends, they made Marvel Superheroes, a five or so inch scale toy line that featured, you guessed it, Marvel Superheroes. Each figure had it’s own gimmick or accessory and was for better or for worse, the basis for my post GI Joe collecting life into my young pre-teen years. This set pays tribute in grand fashion to that Marvel Superheroes toy line and packaging. Placing Spidey and his staunchest adversaries inside throwback card backs all strung and folded together and placed in a lovely informative sleeve. Showcased is the cover for Spider-Man annual #6 from 1963, the cover features the Sinister Six in original, classic costumes. So does the box set.
Before we dive in, it should be stated that each of these figures has been released before in the Marvel 3.75 inch line. Each figure is a repaint to represent the time period / costume of the character relative to the set theme. Let’s check them out!
Doctor Octopus is a classic color repaint of the Marvel Legends 2015 single card release.
As opposed to the previous release, and it’s probably just mine, I find that the tentacles fit in a little better here.
Doc Ock has a more full head of hair this go round, the bowl cut is still definitely visible and I adore it’s “mom did it” charm.
Ock’s tentacle recolor in black looks great!
As with the previous release, making sure the tentacles went into the right back hole was a little bit of a challenge. It may be that any can go in any, but in some spots it didn’t feel right.
I’ve got a bunch of Electro figures. They all look a lot like this one, yet this one stands out as the best by far because the coloring is what I want it to be in my head.
This Electro features the character in his most classic and memorable costume with the colors just dead on.
Face sculpt perfectly captures his mask.
Clean lines and paint application.
He’s just so bright and comic-booky!
Electro would have been perfect with the inclusion of electric burst wrist cuffs.
Kraven saw his first and only release in his modern form as a Marvel Universe figure as part of wave 18 in 2012. Wow…wave 18 was 5 years ago! In that release he was featured in his modern costume. This release sees him in his classic / vintage costume. Fans will be delighted.
From head to toe, Kraven looks every bit a character from the 60’s. Bright orange coloring, Zebra print.
The only difference apart from paint and accessories for any figure in this set is Kraven’s legs / feet. Check out those ballet slippers! Perfectly captured…and if I may, completely ridiculous, why would he be dancing around the jungle in those?!
Really clean paint app here!
Man oh man does he cry out for a spear!
Mysterio gets his second run, and it’s a good thing because folks were very excited about his first run.
This second iteration features Myserio in his 60’s costume. As opposed to his first release, with the addition of the costume lines, he feels significantly more complete. The line work is great, fine detail, well applied and clean.
The overall color scheme for me works better for the figure than in his previous release.
The picture on the box shows Mysterio’s cape clips as gold, but on the figure they are pink / purple.
I thought when we got the single card Sandman we got him in his classic colors. Hasbro has proven me wrong. I would suggest there is none more a classic Sandman than this one.
The pale green is perfect.
The shirt stripes are dead on.
The brighter sand color makes his sand limbs stand out so much better!
I got one question for ya….do you smell what the Sandman is cookin?!! I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about that whacky eyebrow. It’s pretty noticeable and a rough knock on an otherwise awesome figure. I’m pretty sure it’s a quality control issue and fairly certain Hasbro wasn’t going for a sideways painted eyebrow on one side and almost none on the other. Still, if you get one like this and it bugs you, a headswap to the single card Sandman which you can now find for a very reasonable price will do the trick. **UPDATE Confirmed, Sand Man eyebrow issue appears to be this one one, I’ve seen images of several others who have ordered and they all look normal**
We got this single card Spider-Man in 2016. While folks weren’t thrilled with the articulation, the design and paint were truly top notch. This figure carries that forward and gives us the classic pale blue and red Spidey colors, for which I am grateful.
Still though, for shelf show, this will likely take the place as favored Spidey till the more articulated mold is updated with these old school colors.
That back spider is perfect!
When you stand him next to the latest Spider-Man release from the two-pack, you just want this scheme on that mold… horse is dead now, moving on.
Really nice color adaptation for Vulture here, the brighter wings and brighter costume look great.
Added art detail on the costume with feather like lines.
Hasbro did a great job of making Vulture look much younger with the same headsculpt as the previous release featuring a much older look.
The wings on this release of Vulture are staying in more solidly than those of the previous release. Probably just that it’s newer, but still, I appreciate when wings stay on.
Nothing to say here.
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.
The litlgeeks are some seriously lucky litlkids! This weekend they got to see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which they LOVED! And when they got home, sitting on their table, a brand new Magic Box, sent to us for free from their great friends at Hasbro! What was in the box?….
Dancing Groot is so much fun! He will say I am Groot, he will dance to music he plays from the movie soundtrack, and for the most fun, if you leave him on and don’t touch his button for 15 seconds, he goes into listen mode. In this mode, if he hears any music / sound, he’ll light up and dance!
Dancing Groot includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.
Music Mix Star-Lord
Music Mix Star-Lord is a great way to take more of the songs out of the movie and into your living room! By pressing Star-Lords button without the cassette inserted, he will say up to 25 phrases. With the cassette, pressing the button will play tunes from the sound track! Pair him up with Dancing Groot for a disco dancing good time!
Music Mix Star-Lord includes demo batteries and is intended for ages 4 and up.
Groot bop it
The classic and awesome fun of bop it with a twist! A Groot twist! Twist Groots head, bop his head, pull his legs, play alone or pass it to a friend! Groot is voiced by Rocket Raccoon, so he says more than just “I Am Groot” to instruct you.
bop it Groot is for ages 8 and up and includes demo batteries.
The whole gang!
The toys in this post / video were given to us for free for review.
Recommended ages for the toys in the video / post are listed in this post.
This post / video is for entertainment purposes only.
It’s 2017 and we are still getting amazing Marvel 3.75 inch figures. In fact, some of the most amazing to grace the line. Not only that, but they are actually on retail shelves! I went to a Target this weekend, and found what I am about to share with you. New comers to this and many lines of plastic may not realize, but …to find something like this at Target, especially without going to 15 Targets first, it’s special. As part of Hasbro’s 2017 Marvel Legends 3.75″ line, they are releasing several 2-packs, four in fact, 3 movie based, one comic based. As you will see below, the Spider-Man / Shocker combo is comic based. The others on shelves, movie versions of Doctor Strange and Astral Doctor Strange, Spider-man and Vulture, and Star-Lord and Yondu. I’ve yet to encounter the others in real life outside of conventions, but my radar is up and I’m looking so I can bring them to you! For now, let’s check out what is likely to be the go to, de-facto Spider-Man in your collection for years to come, and a massive upgrade to the only other 3.75″ Shocker.
Articulation warriors, you will want for pretty much nothing! This Spider-Man is super pose-able, endlessly flexible and features pretty much every point of articulation imagined on a 3.75 Hasbro action figure.
Double jointed knees and elbows
Hinge jointed shoulders.
Ball / socket hip
This Spider-Man features very sharp and solid line work. I think there is even more web detail here than the beautiful, but less articulated single card 2016 Spider-Man.
Deep rich blue, bright popping red, the coloring is gorgeous.
Good, solid body for this Spider-Man, you can see the contrast in both body and color against the very early Marvel Universe Spidey release. This body holds the character far better and is in line with the current maturity of Peter Parker. It is confirmed that the body used her is the same as Negative Zone Spidey, Daredevil, Cyclops. This is a great thing, it’s the best ever!
While the web sling pose hand is iconic and appreciated, inclusion of an alternate closed fist or open standard hand would have put this further over the top for me.
Make no mistake, this is the best 3.75″ Spidey that you will own to this point in history. It’s a little bit of a bitter pill to swallow that you have to buy him with another figure. Most will want Shocker, but for those that don’t… This definitely deserves a single card release.
My particular Spider-Man has a slightly bowed right leg, this is likely a QC issue and hopefully not prevalent against all releases. Where I found my Spidey, he was the only one.
The mesh lines on Shocker’s costume are solid, clean, well painted, and standing next to Spider-Man he looks consistent in art detail.
Shocker has his bolt belt logo that all the Legends scale kids are going crazy over!
Shocker’s gauntlets look fantastic.
Standing next to the previous 3.75 inch Shocker (previously available as part of a Spider-Man line of years past), this one just buries that figure. Looks amazing in his more modern costume, features so much more detail.
You can easily get Shocker into most of his iconic poses with the articulation featured.
The delination between Shocker’s uniform mesh and his eyes on his face is really well executed. Great attention to detail here!
Even though I prefer the vested boot cuffed Shocker costume, this figure is so fantastic looking I really don’t care that it isn’t my favorite costume for the character.
Shocker is on a more recent ‘buck’ which features less articulation than figures in years passed, specifically on the torso. Shocker does a good job of getting into any position you are likely to need, this only falls under “the bad” because standing next to the hyper-articulated Spidey in this set, the differences are glaring.
The greedy in me wants an electrical effect piece.
Fans of 3.75 should be very happy with this set. It gives us the best classic Spidey we have ever gotten and addresses a gaping hole in Spider-Man villains in the 3.75 inch line. The price clocks in at about 10 bucks a figure and that is a solid value! The only real ding is that if you don’t want Shocker (maybe you just don’t like Shocker) , or another Spider-Man (this is the best, but anyone collecting in this scale probably has a few), you have to buy the two and both of these figures could have easily supported a single card demand on their own.
Mario Kart has been around way longer than MUReview has been a site, and way way longer than the litlgeeks have even been alive. It’s something many of us grew up with, and many of us have had the benefit of being able to watch the Mario Kart platform grow and mature. I for one thought it couldn’t get any better than Mario Kart Double Dash, and it’s really cool that I’ve been proven wrong many times since then. The most recent release of Mario Kart though, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch, it is without question the pinnacle of the Mario Kart experience. While it’s amazing for all ages, you can watch the video to see what the kids think. You can keep scrolling to see some neat new features and a little bit of what the big kids think! Thank you so very much Nintendo for sending us a download code for the review copy!
The Good and the New
The graphics in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are run away the best the series has ever seen. It’s stunning in 1080P when playing it docked on in the Switch base.
Controls are intuitive, and while you might think big hands might not be super comfortable on single side Joy-Con, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to hold the controller and have great fine control over your kart.
There is so much more to love here. 48 tracks, 41 racers, brand new Splatoon racers. Amiibo can play too! There is just no shortage of racer, track, or kart customization opportunity.
“But I played Mario Kart 8 on Wii U already”.
You are just being silly.
If you bought a Switch this is a must own game.
If you didn’t buy a Switch, this game is so good, that even if you don’t own a Switch, AND you played the ever loving bananas out of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, both Switch and 8 deluxe purchase is wholly justified.
Not demonstrated in the video because we really wanted to give you the pretty screen experience, and trying to properly light a room during the day with a hand held console is actually really really hard… but playing Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch in kick stand or hand held mode is fun, intuitive and brings play to a more personal level. It feels incredible, plays incredible.
MK8D adds some wonderful gameplay elements too! Double Item boxes? Yes Please! (and yes, you can carry two items at once!)
Battlemode has some changes, players start with 5 balloons instead of 8, and the leader wears a crown! The point system is a little different, more fun now, and players can respawn and keep the party going!
Battlemode has one new race mode, Renedage Roundup, think Karts and Robbers.
MK8D adds 6 new characters, 2 brand new to the series, and the best part, all the DLC from Wii U 8 (with limited exception) is available the second you turn on the game!
But if everything is unlocked, what do you unlock? Well, Gold Mario for one thing, is an unlock. Vehicle parts too!
For little racers, Mario Kart adds auto acceleration and smart steering, both are off by default. I kind of wish this was in 7 and 8 when the litlgeeks were younger and spent hours wall riding!
Seriously? Are you kidding? If you are reading this it’s because you don’t have Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch yet. That is the only bad thing, and it’s a problem you can solve now! (See Availability).
Come to think of it, there is one thing…one knock against this game that I’m really having a hard time dealing with. I’m still not finished with Zelda Breath of the Wild yet, MK8D is going to make finishing Zelda a little bit tricky because at some point I’ll have to stop playing it!
The litlgeeks are in love with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I am in love with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It’s a wonderful single player experience, a fun 2 player experience, and a magical 4 player experience. It’s a must own for someone who has a Switch and a definitive system seller for anyone who doesn’t. If I may be so bold, it’s also worthwhile to add some racing wheels to seat your Joy-Cons in for even more immersive fun!