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Legends Riders - Your Best Guess

06 May 2018 - 09:02 PM

So, in this slow period while we wait for SDCC to come around there's a lot of time for random speculation & I'm bored. Rather than the typical "what to expect" convo, let's focus on a specific area.

Since Logan has been shown as the first reveal for the second "wave" of Riders we're left wondering what the next character and maybe even what vehicle will round out the assortment. I saw Logan coming a mile away, I must say & I'm just as certain a Captain America on his motorcycle is on it's way as well (whether it's a modern version or WWII or a swap of the two), but it won't be in this set. It'll most likely be held as a headliner for the 3rd or later wave.

After much thought and information gathering and trend charting (ie. Random Hope) I've come to the staunch conclusion that a comic version of Winter Soldier on his motorcycle will indeed be the second character in this wave that will be revealed at SDCC. Where as Ghost Rider was the big draw on the first wave, Logan will be on the second wave. Similarly, the way Black Widow was the less coveted yet still very recognizable character badly in need of a comic based update, so will the version of the Winter Soldier be.

Just my best guess & strongest hunch. Anyone else?

What if prices go up?

19 February 2018 - 11:25 PM

So I saw JC raise this question on his Toyfair wrap up video and it so happens I had been speculating the same thing and I was wondering how many of us had this thought. Firstly, it struck me as odd when rumors of "premium" MCU figures started to hit the web. What exactly did premium mean? Would they come with extra accessories, dioramas or stands or maybe power effects or some kind of mechanical or light up effects? Turns out it's none of that. It turns out premium isn't much more, if anything, than what's typically standard for any single card ML figure, but without a BAF piece. I'll admit, even as anti-MCU as I am, the Ronan figure looks good but what exactly is premium about it? Finally, I figured it out and you know what it was? The price. Twenty five dollars, for what? A pretty box, facial scan head sculpts? No thanks, personally I thought the sculpts before the scan technology were better and I'm not being facetious. Just look at the latest MCU Black Panther and Captain America headsculpts. They look nothing like the actors who they're supposedly modeled from. But that's beyond the point.

The question posed by JC was this: Even though the price of the standard ML single card figure is said to remain at $20, do you think the elevated price of the MCU 10th Anniversary figures is a test market to see how the consumer would react to an all out price hike on all ML figures? This was actually my suspicion even before he said it. So the resulting question is to how this would affect your purchasing of ML if that were to happen. Would you still support the line or would you not?

Personally I would land right about in the middle of this issue. Of course I would still buy ML, but I can guarantee I would be a hell of a lot more discerning with my dollars. First off, at the risk of turning this to another MCU vs Comic figure debate, I would never purchase another single MCU figure again. I am a comic fan first, a character fan next, a movie fan after that, and a fan of the actor a distant last. Though for the most part I do feel the actors who play the roles are well suited to do so, I really don't care to have a Captain America with Chris Evan's face or an Iron Man with RDJ's face. Honestly, the could wipe the slate clean and install all new actors and I would still watch the movies. The actors likenesses are of very little concern. Secondly, good luck getting away with anemic figures like Rocket and Spider-Ham. Third, there''s no way in hell I would convince myself to buy any repeat figures. Most of them happen to be MCU, so there would be some overlap, but there are a few comic figures like Wolverine, Deadpool, Spider-Man and some others like Gladiator that would apply. Lastly, though I've been a huge proponent of the thinking that not all BAFs need to be of a larger scale, I would be more apt to change my opinion when paying an extra $30 to $40 per complete wave. I mean, with all that extra cash would we be outta line to expect a bit more plastic in trade. From my stand point it may be a good thing. It could save me some cash in the end. Anyone else have any thoughts?

WTF is up with ML's giant heads recently?

11 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

All of a sudden all the head sculpts on ML are enormous! Okay at first it was just a few figures so I felt I was just being nitpicky if I said anything, but suddenly this is a rampant issue that came to a head (pun intended) when I opened my new Walmart exclusive Black Panther and I think we need to nip this in the bud now. At first it was just a few figures here and there like Shocker & Spider UK, nothing I couldn't deal with. Truthfully, ole' Jamie's been in a storage bin since I opened him. I was hopine this was just a minor issue that, after all the customer reactions, was something that Hasbro would eventually just work out. Little did I know it would actually get worse. For the most part the new BP is a freaking awesome figure. Love the use of the Spider UK buck. Love the color scheme & paint apps. It's generally a good looking & well done figure, until you start to compare & pose him with other figures. Hooooly Hell does this guy have a huge melon. I mean how does this happen? In an age where everything is done through digital scanning & 3D modeling isn't there some kind of head to body consistency scale they use? I know people all have different head sizes but this is a case akin to putting the head of an 7'6" man on the body of a 6' man. Dont believe me? Just stand that figure next to the figure that's pretty much set the size standard for mid size muscular ML characters, Daredevil who is also generally the same size as BP according to the comics database. The disparity is drastic and displacing. If you wanna make the argument that he's wearing a mask/helmet it makes it even worse when compared to the first exclusive BP who is also wearing one. The Mary Jane figure is another one whose entire look was destroyed by the excessive size of her head. It was a beautiful sculpt but it just made her figure look like a sexy lollipop. I considered that she wouldn't actually be placed in my general hero display so I brushed it off as well....till they reused it on the vintage Black Widow figure. That head on a sleeker, more simplified body mold just makes it more obvious. Seriously, both my BP and BW figures are so outta scale with the other figures I really don't even wanna display them with the others, which sucks cuz otherwise they are such cool renditions of the characters. Now, in support of the line, I did purchase 2 of these figures being fully aware of the troublesome "Big Head Syndrome" from online reviews, but I just had to see it for myself. I'm so bummed. As I'm prone to say, maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm too much a stickler for scale and accuracy. It just bugs me terribly when a figure has soooo much potential only to fall short. Like I said it's a good figure but it shoulda been a great figure. This giant head trend is becoming unforgivable. Instead of a Grand Slam this one was more like an in-field single man home run. Trust me, if you haven't landed this figure yet, it's bad, probably the worse one to this point. As much as I complain, I honestly hate the fact that Hasbro keeps giving me reasons to do it cuz it means yet another figure, usually under much fanfare, anticipation and expectation, falls short yet again. And before anyone makes the assumption that I'm just a grumpy complainer who is never happy with anything, keep in mind that I have purchased every figure Hasbro has released under the ML brand, sometimes at 3 to 4 times mark up (damn you, X-Force Deadpool) on the aftermarket and I will continue to support the line as long as they keep it running, but in the mean time I'm not going to just blindly praise them for everything they do and I will always urge them to do better. This is something they need to reel in ASAP, cuz the heads just keep getting bigger & bigger and I'm afraid within a few more waves this line is gonna look like articulated Funko Pops. The customer's input is by far the best resource Hasbro has and they'd be foolish not to use it, just as we would be foolish not to exercise it.

Prediction: Alpha Flight is the next box set. Tell me I'm crazy

25 November 2017 - 07:36 PM

So, looking back over several of the box sets, I've noticed a basic formula that leads me to believe the next or one of the next exclusive box sets, be it SDCC or other, has a strong chance of being Alpha Flight. I invite anyone to dispute me or explain to me why I'm wrong.

The formula I'm following is as follows: 1 previously released BAF repaint or modified, 1 unique figure that requires a specific sculpt, 3 or 4 figures that use separate yet common reusable with slight modification or glued on parts or reusable accessories.

Here is the line up I'm predicting and it's presentation:
1.Sasquatch - Reused BAF possibly repainted white, but most likely repainted a more vivid orange in classic style.
2.Puck - Simple reissue of the Wolverine Legends mini-BAF with a possibly different paint app.
3.Snowbird - Simple repain't of an existing female buck. Preferably the newly retooled Medusa buck or the Dark Phoenix (yes it is different)
4.Guardian - Using a simple repaint of the Bucky Cap mold.
5.Shaman - Using a simple repaint of the Spider UK with a repurposed satchel from the Hobgoblin figure & glued on tassle pieces for the boots.
6.Marrina - Simple repaint of the Kate Bishop mold.
8.Possible Outliers - Vindicator, Northstar, Aurora; any of these could be done as simple repaints and take the spot of one of the other three standard figures, though I suspect Northstar & Aurora will be done seperately as a 2 pack sooner than later.

To some this might sound far fetched but let me point out that Marvel tied the apple cart to the Inhumans for some time now trying to push them as the next super team/family and the eminent failure of the comic & television show is about to put the final nail in that coffin. With the void being left by the Inhumans and talks for an Alpha Flight movie suddenly back in the works the Canadian Avengers are in prime position for a resurgence, especially with the Marvel Rebir.....err, Legacy looking like it's going well (so far, anyway). I'm liking this outlook.

Anyone?

RUMOR!!!! Warpath is BAF for Deadpool wave

10 August 2017 - 10:08 PM

So I saw a brief discussion on a Facebook collectors group, not exclusive to ML, that it had been floating around earlier today that a new Warpath using the Colossus buck is supposed to be the Deadpool wave BAF. Supposedly it even showed up on Wikipedia (for what thats worth) for a short period before being taken down. As far as I can tell this is totally unsubstantiated, but has anyone else heard about this?

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