Marvel Infinite 2015 Wave 3
The final wave of Marvel Infinite 3.75 inch figures is upon us, and what a glorious wave it is.   The curator of the line at Hasbro has dug deep into the catalog of Marvel characters and come out with a handful of winners to send us into the holiday season.  Long line collectors will covet the ‘elusive for years’ Northstar, as well as the awaited entries of The Unstoppable Colossus and Emma Frost.  Fans and collectors of earlier waves will recognize Chameleon’s default head as the same under the helmet from Mysterio (we got what we thought we would!).  The line also features Korg, a character that, while beloved is also from the deeper annals of Hulk lore (Planet Hulk).  Rounding out the line is a beloved version of Deadpool in his ‘X-Men’ costume.  Let’s take a look at each figure in a little more detail.  There are a lot of wins and one terrible and unfortunate loss…

Deadpool

The Good

  • Deadpool features an extra ‘mask-partially-lifted’ head, same as was included in the Deadpool Corps SDCC Taco Truck…which we hearted.
  • Speaking of SDCC…this particular Wade Wilson, apart from paint color and water wings is the same Deadpool offered in the Taco Truck set…no complaints, awesome Deadpool!
  • Also included with Deadpool, also from the SDCC set, re-colored guns that were packed in with Lady Deadpool, a bazooka-ish weapon and a hand laser blaster weapon.  This in addition to a knife and two on-back katanas…because it just wouldn’t be deadpool without katanas.
  • Nice, clean paint application.
  • Deadpool’s finery, belt, chest strap, make WW feel larger than he is.
  • All weapons fit in the figures hands easily with no struggle.
  • Folks will be happy that Deadpool, because he’s a re-use of the SDCC figure, has all of the finest points of articulation from the prime era Marvel Universe, torso, hips, double jointed knees.  I think the only thing missing here is ankle rockers.

The Bad

  • Deadpool has a holster.  I couldn’t get anything that came with him to fit in said holster.  The laser blaster is too fat and the knife is too long.
  • I’m afraid to swap the head frequently here, the neck ball is already showing stress signs from swapping default to half mask once.  Be careful!

 

Korg

The Good

  • Korg looks like a newly birthed Thing…or if Thing had a baby with a conehead…but that’s how he looks in the comics, so great job Hasbro!
  • No brainer recycling of Thing’s body.  Great articulation for a figure of that girth was already available, glad to have it back!
  • Shoulder pads fit perfectly with little to no wiggle.
  • I was always a fan of the Planet Hulk / King Hulk shield and I’m glad to see it return in good use.
  • Korg is a cult favorite character, as such, he’s got lots of customs in all scales in the world to represent him.  A good measure of this figure, is that Hasbro is definitely on par with the better customs out there noting only the exceptions in the bad.

The Bad

  • One day I’d really like to see some black in the cracks of a figure like this.  I don’t know what kind of work that is on an assembly line, probably a ton, but if it wasn’t, the amount of depth it would add to the character would be astonishing.
  • The above applies double to Korg’s face.

 

Emma Frost

The Good

  • Fans of Marvel 3.75″ were teased with Emma Frost in 2013 when she was supposed to come in a 3-pack with an Astonishing Cyclops and Unstoppable Colossus.  Fans should be thrilled to finally have that complete set with this wave!
  • Another figure from a more articulated era, Emma Frost shares a buck with Scarlet Witch and moves the same, which is very well.  Torso, hips, knees, ankles, it’s all there.
  • Excellent mold / paint on a full view face.
  • Emma’s cape sits well on her shoulders.
  • The paint application on the figure is solid, and the color / sparkly-ness is fantastic.
  • This Emma is an excellent representation of the character and fits in well with the good guys and the bad guys of the Marvel X-Universe.

The Bad

  • I tried to put her on a stand using a 3.75 scale stand that works with every other 3.75 Marvel figure (with limited exception) (including Scarlet Witch..who shares feet with Emma), and her mother!@#$%^& foot broke off!!   In all of my years of collecting, never had that happen.  I didn’t even push hard and it just popped right the hell off!  Heartbroken over this.  I may have big for no reason, shaky hands, but they have always been adept enough to handle action figures delicately.  I used a little bit of high octane glue and now it’s back on, but that lovely articulated ankle will never move the same again.
  • Seriously…I broke her foot off with basically a nudge!! I’m really broken up over this!

 

The Unstoppable Colossus

The Good

  • The final figure from the once flirted with Astonishing X-Men 3-pack from the Marvel Universe line, The Unstoppable Colossus brings together two mutant favorites.  Colossus’s strength and compassion in the body of The Juggernaut.  What could go wrong?
  • With the figure, mostly nothing really, this is a repaint of the now mutili-time released Juggernaut body, but now he has a belt and even more different paint.  I loved Juggernaut with helmet, without a helmet, and this figure is no different!
  • Excellent articulation, again specifically for a figure this bulky, everything but the ankles moves as you’d it to.

The Bad

  • Paint here, more than with any other figure in the wave is a little inconsistent.  Gauntlets and helmet seem to have more of a sheen than the body paint, and there are a few sloppy spots on the application.
  • One of the most iconic appearances of the character shows off amazing, angry, glowing eyes.  I would have liked to have seen something done with paint to try to mimic that.

 

Chameleon

The Good

  • When everyone got hands on Mysterio and took off his helmet, everyone thought the same thing.  CHAMELEON CUSTOM!  Well…Hasbro did that for us and gave us some extras to boot!
  • From the cover of Amazing Spider-Man 307, we get Chameleon’s Spider-Man head.  We also get a nice looking Norman Osborne head with his hair. Ribbed…for her ple…nothing.
  • I feel like Chameleon is going to end up flying off of shelves.  True display nut collectors (cough like me cough cough) may buy at least 3 to start, so you can display one with each head.  Add to that, the suited body…I can think of quite a few Marvel Universe characters that could make use of an easily accessible suited body.  Custom fodder here we come!
  • This is Chameleon, dead on.  Bravo Hasbro.
  • Unlike the Deadpool counterpart in this wave, Chameleons neck joint / head ball feels more sturdy and capable of frequent head swaps.  Good thing!

The Bad

  • This is only a complaint because it WAS included in the 6 inch version…a gun.  Dude coulda used a gun in this scale for sure.
  • Chameleon is the only figure in this wave to make use of the new limited articulation body type.  I list it because, while it’s not a complaint for me it’s a complaint for some.  I would suggest as a bright spot though, a swiveling torso with a blazer on would look pretty freaking ridiculous, especially in this scale.  Limited leg articulation does limit some pose-ability as well, but for me, standing straight up works just fine.
  • Can I suggest the first ever figure expansion pack?  Put 6 different heads in a box and sell it to me for 9 bucks!

 

Northstar

The Good

  • I have a question about Northstar…would everyone have wanted him so bad if they knew they maybe weren’t ever going to get him?  Thankfully, the question doesn’t need an answer, we got him. I’m happy, it fills the gap in Alpha Flight, though more holes remain.
  • Northstar is built on the ‘articulation for days’ frame – all joints move all sorts of ways.
  • The pointed ears! Perfect!
  • Nice, clean, accurate paint application.
  • After waiting for as long as I have for this figure, I am absolutely not disappointed in any way.  He’s lithe but sturdy, highly pose-able and incredibly accurate.

The Bad

  • How long we had to wait to get the figure.
  • The risk that the figure wasn’t ever going to come out.
  • The fact that the figure doesn’t come with Sasquatch.  (cuz’ I want Sasquatch too…I’m a collector, I’m greedy).

 

The rest

 

Marvel Infinite closes 2015 with wave 3, and it closes with a bang.  6 awesome figures, 1 broken foot and a bunch of holes in the collection filled!  Leading into 2015 fans of Marvel 3.75 from Hasbro were nervous about the fate of the line.  Rumors were growing louder that Hasbro was going to do away with the line to focus on 6 inch Legends.  Looking back since that point, and all the exceptional figures delivered by Bobby and the team at Hasbro, I’m happy to report, that my gut, while it never thought this line was going away for any reason, is firmly certain that we’ve got a ways to go and lots more money to spend on Marvel Infinite series figures….or do we.  2016 will see the birth of a new Marvel 3.75 inch brand at Hasbro, Marvel Legends! See you in 2016 Marvel Legends 3.75 inch!  We cannot wait for Wave 1, Yondu, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Noir Spider-Man, Ulik and Triton!

Availability

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