Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Sam Alexander Nova
Today is Valentines day, and Valentines day is for lovers. So today, we are going to look at a pair of Marvel Legends figures! Let’s get started! Day three of Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1 coverage gives us a pretty polarizing character for me. Sam Alexander, Kid Nova. When this character debuted, I hated him. Full resentment. It wasn’t much his fault, it’s that Marvel was bringing back Nova, and it was this dipstick kid and not Rich Rider, who wasn’t long before killed, for no real good reason. Since that time though, I’ve followed the Nova books and Sam Alexander has grown on me. With the most recent re-launch, Sam is now officially teamed up with a returned from the grave Richard Rider, so we are mostly cool. That said, on announcement of this figure, I was pretty excited to get hands on, not only is he is a solid figure, but add him to Miles Morales and Kamala Khan and we are one Totally Awesome Hulk away from The Champions!
- One of the most important things to nail with a Sam Alexander Nova is the frame and Hasbro did it perfectly. The size / scale here is exactly how he should fit in with the rest of the Legends toy line.
- Deco / paint is perfect, no sloppy lines, this is yet another page perfect replication of the intended character, well done.
- Articulation here is really very good, you can work Kid Nova into quite a few appropriate positions with ease.
- Another incredibly important thing to hit on with a Nova figure is the helmet. The Black Nova’s are done justice, great justice here.
- Nova includes the Supernova Corps member Phlish. This poor little dude only made in 4 books in 2013, but hey, I’ll take any Nova Hasbro wants to give me! Phlish is a well done little, non-artiulated action figure.
- I’m very happy with how both the eyes and face came out on this figure.
- He’s not Richard Rider.
- At some point, I’d really like to get a set of Nova’s with removable helmets.
Hasbro did a fantastic job with this figure, they really did. Especially since the only downside I can really think of is that this isn’t Richard Rider! Speaking of, and I mentioned part of this before. Now that we’ve got an official in line Sam Alexander, Dear Hasbro, let’s finish the Champions! I’d love to see a Cho Hulk! I’d also love to see a new deco of Richard Rider to match his 2016/2017 comic appearance, beefed up chest / shoulders, maybe an alt deadish face…Christmas? Can I have that for Christmas?
The Guardians wave is available for pre-order at most of your favorite online toy and comic spots. Keep an eye on retail, where these figures are already starting to show up! For me, I’ll save on gas and just get an order in at Big Bad Toy Store!
Mezco One:12 Toy Fair Exclusive Punisher
“Come on god, answer me. for years I’m asking why, why are the innocent dead and the guilty alive? Where is justice? Where is punishment? Or have you already answered, have you already said to the world here is justice, here is punishment, here, in me.” – The Punisher 1989
MUReview was lucky enough to have been invited to the Mezco 2017 Pre-Toy Fair Event at their headquarters in Long Island City. We had a great time and brought you, what I hope you think, was awesome coverage of the event! When we left that event, our friends at Mezco handed us a bag with a Toy Fair Exclusive One:12 Collective figure in it. Now…I’m not going to lie to you, I wanted to open that bag, right in front of everyone and see what was in it. I really really wanted to, but that seemed immature. So, I went around the corner to the couch where my coat was, peeked into the bag, and saw The One:12 Collective Punisher figure. My heart leapt, I wanted to skweee with joy, but also, that felt immature, so I didn’t. I waited till I got outside, and did a silent tiny fist pump. A fist pump that I didn’t know at the time, probably should have been way bigger. Turns out, not only did Mezco hook me up with the One:12 Punisher, and I wouldn’t find out till later, this is actually a Toy Fair exclusive figure, that as far as I can tell, was / will only be handed out by Mezco at that event, and maybe at Toy Fair 2017 to some folks that missed the event. So…pretty cool, right? WRONG! Fudgin’ amazing is what it is, because not only is the Punisher an epic figure for the ages, this one is made even cooler by being just…none more black is the best way I can describe it. Let’s have a look at The Mezco One:12 Toy Fair 2017 Exclusive Punisher!
- Remember that scene in the Matrix where Neo is like “Guns, lots of guns”? Mezco applied that logic here. The Punisher comes with some of the most amazing weapon accessories I have ever seen included. Buckle up, I’m gonna talk about guns for a little before I get to the figure.
- Included sub-machine gun comes with two clips. They actually clip into the gun.
- Pistol comes with two clips, they also actually clip into the gun.
- Machine gun comes with two clips…they clip into the freaking gun (sense a theme?!)
- Grenade launcher comes with 6 bullets. The stock of the launcher rotates so that you can pop each bullet into the 6 round chamber. The grenade launcher stock also has a hinge that flips up for alternate methods of storage and in-hand carry.
- Bullet burst effect included and it fits into the barrel of each gun (except grenade launcher).
- Not applicable to this figure or the standard retail Punisher, but if you score the $130 deluxe version, he comes with…you guessed it…EVEN MORE GUNS!!!
- Also included, a knife, that if you tried hard enough, you could probably actually cut something with. It’s small, but for plastic, it’s got an edge.
- Ok, enough gushing about guns….ok one more. The pistol, check the gallery, the slide action actually works! (the top part of the gun is articulated to go back and forth as the gun would do in real life when fired, or click to when empty (does that really happen, or is that just what TV uses to tell me it’s empty? I’m not incredibly gun-knowledgeable).
- Included are three hyper detailed Frank Castle heads, one normal but pist-off looking one, one where he’s meant to look like he took a few punches, and another where he’s outright raging mad…let’s call that shooty face. Each head / face looks shockingly life-like, less like it was based on a comic book character, more like someone took a picture of a person, scanned it into a computer and made that the head.
- This being an exclusive variant of The Punisher, his chest armor is black instead of white. This leads the overall feeling of the figure to be darker, grittier, and I love it.
- Chest armor and belt are removable.
- Sometimes The Punisher has to roll his sleeves up and get dirty. Not a problem here, just push his sleeves up to increase bad-ass level to 11.
- Articulation on this figure has me drooling for when we get Spider-Man. There isn’t much in the way of posing he can’t achieve, you can basically move him any which way at every joint up through crunching him comfortably into a tiny ball.
- The Punisher includes good quality cloth clothing and very nicely detailed boots and gloves.
- Included, but not used in our photo shoot, the Punisher comes with a flight stand. This will facilitate all sorts of kick in the door, dive in the room sort of action shots.
- I’m in love with this figure, but it’s not without it’s flaw (no “s”). Anyone who comes round here knows that I’m a little greedy, and knows that I value something kinda ridiculous above a lot else. One of my favorite action figure features, is that if you give a figure accessories, that they have a place to stow, store or hold them. The One:12 Collective Punisher comes with “lots of guns” and bullet clips, and has naught but two hands and a blade holster for his knife. Who knows what it would have done to the cost, but The Punisher has a ton of pouches on his removable belt, if they were all hollowed out and open / closable, there’d be a place at least for all the additional clips, throw in a pistol holder, maybe a strap on the rifle or grenade launcher, and you’ve got storage for each weapon. For me that would take this figure, that is already astonishing, and make it literally freaking perfect.
I think I’ve said this every time I’ve taken a look at a One:12 figure. This is some next level stuff. What One:12 is doing with action figures is Legendary. I don’t know that there is anything else out there in this scale offering this level of detail, this articulation, quite Frank-ly (haaa), this passion towards the characters that they are bringing to bare. Mezco leaves very little to be desired with any figure I’ve seen in this line so far (if anything at all). The Punisher will join my Shadowlands Daredevil and Classic Cap on my filing cabinet next to my desk at work, where co-workers will frequently stop and say “Damn, that’s cool”. 2017 and 2018 gives us an incredible amount to look forward to from Mezco in the One:12 line, tons of great Marvel characters including Deadpool, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Wolverine, and fantastic DC heroes, Superman, Darkseid, The Flash, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Shazam, Batman too! I’m really excited to be able to share reviews with you for at least a few of the above mentioned, but seriously, wallets gon’ be hurtin’ this year!
This particular version of the Punisher is highly exclusive, distributed only to attendees of their 2017 Pre-Toy Fair event in New York. You’ll have to find someone who scandalously wants to sell theirs on the secondary market to get hands on this all black Punisher. You have other options though. The standard issue Punisher from Mezco (white chest skull armor) is on sale now where you buy figures, places like, Big Bad Toy Store for $80! You can also pre-order the Deluxe Punisher PX Previews Exclusive (included red chest armor, harness, and lots more guns and alternate accessories) from Big Bad Toy Store for $130.
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Star-Lord
After launching out of the gate with my favorite Guardians of the Galaxy 2017 Wave 1 figure, Vance Astro, I’m pretty hopped up on this wave. Let’s keep this momentum up with our next figure in the wave, Star-Lord! Star-Lord comes to us for the second time in movie deco. This time is definitely different enough from the first to warrant the appearance, and certainly, to support the 2017 coming movie, he’s a must-include in this Guardians wave.
- Star-Lord comes with two heads, one masked, the other, very scruffy looking nerf-herdery. Both, from trailer comparison at least, are very good likenesses to Chris Pratt in real life.
- Star-Lord V2 comes with a short waisted coat as opposed to the trench in his first figure release. This gives us a much more lean looking figure with a better range of motion overall (without the trench coat to restrict leg movement).
- Under the jacket is the quickly becoming legendary grey shirt, which fans believe to have recently decoded as saying “Gears Shift”.
- Star-Lord comes with 2 elemental guns, which are my favorite part of the figure. The guns look realistic, but more, they “holster” on his hips by hanging / sticking to little pegs. I freakin’ love holsters. LOVE EM’!
- Elemental guns fit very nicely in hand.
- Star-Lords jacket is removable,it’s on tight so I didn’t go through the process, but it’d look like red jacket arms, grey shirt. Not really what’s intended, but if you wanted to go for an all grey shirt custom, you can make it happen.
- Star-Lord features generally, very good articulation, double hinged knees and elbows, ab-crunch, very very tight joints!
- I mentioned I absolutely love being able to holster Star-Lord’s guns. They pop on, and as long as you don’t move him, they stay on, but be prepared to have them pop off frequently if you plan on holstering and moving, they brush up against the jacket at any motion and pop right off.
This second run at Star-Lord improves on the first, it’s a solid figure all around and an excellent representation of Chris Pratt. I have to think, when Pratt got his figure, he was pretty happy with it. I don’t think you can ask for a better honor for a figure than the appreciation of the person it’s of, right?
You can pre-order Star-Lord at Big Bad Toy Store, expected to ship March 1, but I’m thinking sooner. As stated in the first review of the wave, these figures are popping up at general retail, and not just in California. Granted I haven’t seen them in my home town of NY, anywhere other than California should give a spark of hope!
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Vance Astro / Major Vance Astro / Major Victory
Sorry folks, can’t help it. I’m gonna do it again. I’m going to start off a series of reviews with my absolute favorite figure of the wave, I can’t help myself. Maybe I should rewind a little though. We are gathered here today to serve a glorious purpose. To show the world the arrival of the latest wave of Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy figures from our awesome friends at Hasbro. The wave, first announced, at SDCC 2016 (some of it at least), really kinda snuck up on me. While folks are still starting to see Wave 1 of 2017 (Spider-Man) trickle into retail, this past week or two has been an explosion of reports of these Guardians of the Galaxy figures hitting shelves. Then, today, ding dong, package on my doorstep full of Guardians from Hasbro to share with you. I can’t thank Hasbro enough for the opportunity, so maybe I should stop babbling and start talking about this beautiful wave of figures. Before I dive into this first figure, Vance Astro, know that over the next few days you will be treated to the whole wave, one figure at a time. Vance Astro, Darkhawk, Kid Nova, Angela, Yondu, Star-Lord, Drax, and the Build-A-Figure, the Nova hunting Titus, not necessarily in that order. Let’s check out Vance Astro!!
- Vance Astro has long been one of my favorite members of the Guardians of the Galaxy of any iteration. I was pretty happy when Marvel brought him forward to play with the current Guardians, if anything to remind everyone that it’d be really cool to have a 6 inch Legends scale figure of him.
- Vance Astro is captured perfectly in plastic here, hold up a comic page, you’ll see a pretty exact match.
- Vance includes his Captain America shield. The colors have a more modern tint, the wrist clip fits perfectly, and the back peg allows for easy mounting.
- Vance Astro comes on a solid frame that feels great for the character with lots of articulation, good head movement, double jointed knees and elbows, thigh cuts, calf cuts, rocking ankles, spinning waist, for a character like this, you should want for nothing in this area.
- Customizers ears and eyes should perk up at this figure. He’s an exceptional, clean base body with potential to become a massive amount of characters.
- Hasbro could have gone quite a few different ways with paint and deco for Vance Astro, I’m glad they chose this one, not only the paint scheme, but the original Guardians chest logo, to me, feels like kind of a promise…to make more original Guardians?
- Some weird speckled areas of paint on the ab crunch area and a slightly shaky white / blue area line on the back are the only knocks against an otherwise fantastic paint job.
- He didn’t come in a team 8-pack with original Yondu, Starhawk , Aleta, Charlie-27, Martinex, Nikki, Firelord (there are more…but I’d settle for 8)
I apologize for being long winded, that’s how the first in any series of reviews for me tend to go, and well, that’s what this is. The first figure of Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1 (overall wave 2 of 2017), and my favorite of the wave. I have to apologize again, Vance Astro is a beautiful figure, nearly flawless, at least for what I want out of a figure, but there are a bunch of other exceptional, top tier figures in this wave. The apology comes in in that, Vance gets the nod from me because he’s an all time favorite character. I’m really partial here. Know that competition in this wave is fierce though, Darkhawk is another character very near and dear to my heart, and spoiler alert, Hasbro absolutely killed it with that figure too. Angela is a shockingly good figure, Kid Nova is spot on, and the movie Guardians all look exceptional. Stay tuned everyone, it’s going to be a great week here at MUReview!
I first saw reports of the Guardians of the Galaxy wave popping up at Walgreens this past week or so. That married with reports of the Toys R Us Exclusive Groot package showing up on shelves…it’s a great time to be a hunter of Marvel Legends! For me though, I like my wins better when they come easy, I’m not lazy… I ‘d just rather spend time with my kids, …and reviewing toys than driving around. So I love knowing I can hit up our good friends at Big Bad Toy Store and pre-order a set of these. Folks are already getting shipping soon emails!
MUReview had an awesome time reviewing the Marvel Legends Wave 1 Spider-Man wave for everyone. This last post is just some fun group shots and some zaney poses to cap it all off. We hope you enjoy the wave and the photos and the reviews as much as we did!
Marvel Legends 2017 Wave 1: BAF Sandman
We are winding down our tour through Marvel Legends 2017 Wave One. We’ve hit on seven amazing single carded figures, and today we get a look at the big bad Build-A-Figure. Sandman gets his first official Marvel Legends figure (the former being 2007 releases from a Spider-Man branded Legends line, a BAF and regular Sandman)** I 100% spaced here. This is not Sandmans first official Legends release. That came as part of the Raft SDCC Exclusive in 2016. The set was amazing, the Sandman was amazing. You can read the full review here. We loved him, but as far as general release, this SM still counts as numero 1. As with all previous figures in this wave, the current really buries the former in the dust. Fans of Spider-Man, fans of Sandman, and fans of fine figure making will find a ton to love here. Let’s check out how Hasbro did with Sandman.
- Sandman is in perfect scale with this wave.
- Massive accessories feel solid, sturdy, and I was able to balance Sandman reasonably well with them attached.
- Sandman comes with two heads. One is human, the other is outright disturbing, showing sand-battle damage. Check out the gallery, that Hasbro was able to capture such a haunting visage for a character that I don’t really find all that creepy is exceptional.
- The person to sand transformation that is captured in this figure is very well done.
- A lot of attention to detail here with regards to veins in the sculpt.
- Solid paint application, not dazzling art on Sandman, he’s a simple character, but he’s well taken care of from paint and design perspectives.
- If you have been waiting for a de-facto Sandman for your Legends collection, this is it, undisputed without question.
- I know I know…always greedy I am. We got a ton for this figure, but a pair of human / non-sand arms, I feel like would have made sense here as well.
Sandman is a fantastic build a figure that adds value to an already very solid wave of figures. Figures, all of which, any Marvel Legends fan should be happy to own and want to go buy. .The options that come with this BAF set it apart from many that came before, normally a BAF is a BAF and what you see is what you get, but that you can change up Sandman in a few ways enhances the value further. Happy hunting, this brilliant wave should be hitting big box retail soon!
If you want Sandman, you have to go buy 7 figures. The whole wave. You can do that at Big Bad Toy Store conveniently enough!