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  1. It's quadruple the price, and--even after adjusting for inflation--still close to triple. They were $8 originally, which would be about $12.16 in today's dollars. That said, I think people aren't really appreciating just how out of control the cost of shipping has gotten over the last decade or so, and especially over the last two years. As an online retailer, it's literally impossible to turn a profit on Marvel Legends unless you do some combination of marking them up above MSRP or charging the customer for actual shipping costs. And shipping from retailer to customer isn't the only time a toy gets shipped. From China to Hasbro, from Hasbro to distributor, from distributor to retailer, the price of these toys has to reflect between two and four trips around the world. Obviously bulk shipping rates are a thing, but even they are insanely more expensive than they used to be. If shipping a figure goes up by $1, the final price of that figure would need to increase by $4 to $8 for Hasbro to continue making the same margin*. It literally costs more than $8 to ship a single figure between any two points in the US these days, so $8 figures with free shipping and three to five links in the supply chain would be far, far, far beyond impossible. * For simplicity's sake, let's say figures are $20 and Hasbro spends $10 for every $20 they bring in. That's a 50% margin. If shipping suddenly goes up by $1, a fee Hasbro will be paying at least twice (and which distributors and retailers will be paying at least once each, likely also to be necessary to build into the margin), people will be tempted to think "their costs are $2 higher, so their prices should only be $2 higher", but that isn't how it works. They can't just increase the price to $22 because then they'd be spending $12 to earn $22, only a 45% margin. They would need to earn $24 to retain their margin. This is why shipping cost increases lead to exponential price increases.
    5 points
  2. Which is to say it could have been written by any number of people on this forum.
    4 points
  3. Man, I’m not sure why you keep wanting to have this conversation, but this is a willfully ignorant, incredibly obtuse take that describes exactly zero people’s real opinions on the matter. I have never, ever, ever seen anyone on this board claim that all female figures need to be thin or flat-chested, or that depicting ladies accurately is over-sexualizing them. This is conservative talk-show host levels of paranoid victimization complex. Here are some of my real opinions that may be part of the foundation upon which this bizarre fiction is built. 1) There are widespread differences in the way that most characters’ bodies have been depicted in comics (rightly or wrongly), which have led to a variety of opinions—none of them inherently right or wrong—about whether a given action figure’s proportions are accurate. 2) Related to the above is the fact that the comics industry is recovering from a period (namely the 90s, and thereabouts) of intensely over-sexualized depictions of women. It may be tempting to read that statement as confirmation of some of your previous claims, so let me explain. If we were to pick ten ladies at random from any given property, you would expect a variety of body types. Some would be curvier, and others thinner, stockier, or more muscular. In the 90s, by contrast, virtually every female comic character was that idealized but unlikely blend of thin but muscular, while still being unimaginably curvy. There was no diversity, and they looked that way because a bunch of men chose to draw them that way. Now, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is theoretically up for some debate, but it’s the very definition of hyper-sexualization. These characters didn’t all always look like that, and—for a variety of reasons—many of them have subsequently ceased to look like that. There is now much more diversity in the way ladies are depicted in comics. Some of them (Rogue, Emma, etc.) are still quite curvy, others are thinner or more muscular. 3) There are a lot of people (read: not all) on here who lament virtually every female figure failing to be on the Moonstone body. These people are not interested in body diversity. They are interested in hyper-sexualized depictions of women. That doesn’t mean that you fall into this category, but some people on this board do. Maybe some of these people only read comics in the 90s, but that doesn’t really change anything. See above. 4) Hyperbole about “every” female figure being “rail thin” or having the “body of a teenager” serves nobody. I wholeheartedly agree that Hasbro should have more body diversity in the sculpts available to them (especially for women), and I agree that their depictions of ladies lean a little thinner on average than they probably should, but the vast majority of ladies they release are clearly adults (though I’d believe most of them haven’t had kids), and it demeans rather than serves your argument to maintain otherwise. It’s tempting to believe that a lot of people on here just have really unrealistic ideas about average female proportions. For instance, there are plenty of figures sporting what I would call big chests that I routinely hear decried as flat-chested. 5) Hasbro sometimes gets things wrong, whether by mistake or for budgeting purposes (see Cyber). I can’t speak to the example with Salma Hayek because I’ve never closely studied her proportions, and I don’t really care about the movie figures. I’ll take your word that it’s a bad representation of her body. On the other hand, I can say at a glance that the face-sculpt they gave her bears little resemblance. Do you think that was an intentional decision on Hasbro’s part? If not, why would you assume the body was somehow a calculated inaccuracy? It’s likely they just blundered it. 6) Loudly and publicly obsessing over the anatomy of female figures is a direct barrier to more interest and participation from women in this hobby, which I think is a huge bummer. This is another easy opinion to mischaracterize, so let me try to be clear. I’m not saying women don’t do this too, and I’m also not saying that all women will be put off by this. I’m merely saying that many women who stumble upon boards like these, in the budding days of their interest in a hobby like this, will read these types of posts and immediately pick up on the loud but unspoken message that this a dude’s club where they aren’t welcome. This isn’t extrapolation, conjecture, or speculation. This is the message I hear from women in my life every single time I talk with them about their clear but unrealized interest in geeky hobbies. I’ve owned a game shop for nearly thirteen years, so please believe me when I say that my sample size is immense. By all means, proceed with your crusade, but please stop mischaracterizing people’s complaints (or lack thereof). Nobody takes issue with curvy women or accurate depictions in action figures. “Curvy” and “accurate” are just extremely subjective concepts in this (general, not specific) context, and the idea that every woman needs to be depicted as ultra curvy but also perfectly thin-fit is a lot more prevalent than you seem willing to admit.
    3 points
  4. I wouldn't, I don't really care about Pinless, sure make new figures with it, but I'm not about to go buying figs I have that look good just for a Pinless tech. if it was a complete upgrade not just Pinless and was a new mold that better represented the character I'd probably bite.
    3 points
  5. I go back and forth about Mad Thinker. Could be a good base for The Collector though.
    3 points
  6. Green Quicksilver is a good choice ...I want a classic Wanda that looks like the custom I just finished.
    3 points
  7. You think if the figure was of a male they would have gotten the likeness right? 🙄 Give it a rest.
    2 points
  8. In this segment called Marvelous Photo Of The Day, we spotlight awesome Toy Photography from some of the hottest photographers on the Internet today. For today we are spotlighting Photographer Darcreign and their photo titled "Gambit." You can purchase Marvel figures from our sponsor Big Bad Toy Store. Check out more images below. Be sure to give Darcreign a follow on Instagram, and let them know what you think of his work in the comments below.
    2 points
  9. Made from Toybiz Ripclaw for the head. Everything else is Wenwu.
    2 points
  10. I don't like this casting, I really don't enjoy this actor very much, I kinda hate his face, I know it's kinda a stupid statement, but I'm worried about this casting, but I mean Marvel hasn't let me down yet with choosing actors/actresses, even with the weirdest choices, but this kid really doesn't scream Adam Warlock to me in the slightest.
    2 points
  11. Keeping my expectations low; I fully expect him to be turned into a walking punchline like the MCU has handled nearly every other Cosmic character.
    2 points
  12. Nope, pinless isn't that big of a deal breaker to me. I would prefer to see new characters rather than characters and looks getting pinless upgrades
    2 points
  13. Shown below via Unparalleled Universe is the Captain America figure which will be part of the Marvel Legends 20th Anniversary wave from Hasbro. This is a tribute wave to the original Toy Biz Marvel Legends wave. Other figures that should be in the wave will include Iron Man, Hulk an Toad though that has not yet been officially confirmed by Hasbro. Each figure comes with a diorama and comic. Like Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk will likely be re-issues with slight modification while Toad will be a new figure. The figure will retail for $31.99. These figures will be released as fan-channel exclusives which means available at online etailers like our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com.
    2 points
  14. A bit of tweaking and it might make a good Zemo. It's a great body with excellent articulation, I'm excited to see what they use it for next.
    2 points
  15. She's the captain of a ship. She's not in the military. Do you give Jack Sparrow this much grief?
    2 points
  16. Me neither except that "Knife-Fight Kitty" is the name of my new band.
    2 points
  17. I got two, one for me and one for a friend. I've placed a spell of protection, invoking the Crimson Bands or Cyttorak to repel any attempts by the Dread Walmart to cancel one or both figures. May the Vishanti watch over our orders!
    2 points
  18. With the MCU Clint Barton bound to retire this Christmas in the Disney+ HAWKEYE series, I wanted to give some love to one of my favorite Marvel characters by making an entire wave for him. Noticeably absent from this wave is Kate Bishop, or any more modern characters. I tried to focus on the Avenging Archer's first 20 years or so in the comics. I really tried to include Trick Shot in this wave, but I couldn't decide between the original with his more stocky, almost paunchy build, or Clint's brother Barney. Ultimately, I didn't pick either one, and decided to add more Death-Throws into the wave. Hawkeye (Clint Barton) - like the vintage wave one but repainted with brighter blues and non-metallic purple, redo his head to give his mask pointier angles. No BAF piece to accommodate more accessories: two bows, one neutral and one loaded/drawn, a quiver, two loose arrows, or if that's a problem an interchangeable hand holding the arrows between his fingers; two heads, one neutral/smirking and one with gritted teeth. Mockingbird - classic Bobbi Morse. As many have suggested, her loose shirt sleeves could be taken from Lady Deathstrike with he forearms/hands. Black Widow - as much as I love ladies in fishnets, this was a really poorly conceived costume for a Silver Age superhero. Would've worked fine if Nat was created in the 1940s, but as an Avenger, god no, this is horrible! Nevertheless, it would be cool to acknowledge this part of Black Widow's history and immortalize it in plastic. Swordsman - I still have trouble reconciling the idea that he's an Avenger. He's such a good villain--fun, flashy, faux-French. And that costume is great! He should be locked in combat with Hawkeye, Black Knight, or Captain America. For accessories, he could have two swords, one normal and one sort-of glowing with energy. Crossfire - pretty basic repaint of existing bodies with new head. Accessories: handgun fits in hip holster, sniper rifle Ringleader - Like with Crossfire, basic buck repainted. Hardest part will be capturing his ring accessories, which could be connected, or give him interchangeable hands that appear to be holding/tossing the rings. Oddball - love the crazy paint and colors on this guy. Because his balls--er, that is his particular thrown objects are so small, they would need to be an effect that captures their motion, like Bullseye's darts or Gambit's cards. Build-a-Figure: Goliath (Clint Barton) - I'm fine if he's anywhere in that 10.5 to 12 inches range. Thoughts? Would this wave appeal to anyone besides me? Who would you want to see if Hawkeye got his (or her) own wave?
    2 points
  19. Instead of a painted backboard & stand, Hasbro should have bypassed that & included a normal non hole shield. I guess that made too much sense to do.
    2 points
  20. Don't give me that. They charged $25 for the 80th figures when a regular release was $20. The price increase for inflation was $3 so shouldn't this be $28, not $31? This has a few more accessories, a piece of cardboard, a tiny base and no baf part. Inflation has jack to do with it. Hasbro's pricing has always been up in the air. It's the same for retro carded figures that come with barely anything yet still cost the same amount as a standard release. Hell, the con exclusive Venom was $31 and he comes with less than this. Was that inflation too? A little extra paint and exclusivity doesn't constitute that price. They want profit and to get the amount they need/want they're going to up that charge. I find it very interesting when a figure with this level of fan demand is this much more expensive.
    2 points
  21. Amazing figure. Love that between this Cap and the recently announced Dr. Strange we are getting 70’s / 80’s era love for their unmasked heads. Great stuff Hasbro I love the lighter blue uniform, this is my main display Cap for sure. Also echo the Matt Salinger likeness... first thing I thought when I saw him too. Crazy how many have seen that flick, bad as it was. I figure a horned helmet or nose helmet plus a artist specific homage unmasked head for IM too. For hulk, be awesome if he is in the purple underwear from Avengers #1 and again years later. regardless, if this Cap is any indication, this tribute wave will be amazing
    2 points
  22. Re-do the ones they have botched. The Vision- vintage got the outfit colors and the cape length (but not the collar and cord) right. Everything else needs a re-do! Silver Centurion- need I say more. Silver Surfer- almost perfect....but he's WAY too small!! Storm- the 2pack was the perfect opportunity; they made her pinless, great alt head, but the cuffs were wrong and the torso is WAY wrong! Quicksilver- Don't know who that head belongs to, but its NOT Quicksilver. The color on the costume is wrong too. Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)-sloppy, bland.... Guardian- sloppy, again, and that grumpy old man face isn't helping. Iron Man NOW- took the cheap way out. Do better. Nighthawk-sloppy Dr. Strange- this is a joke, right? Dormammu- how on earth did they blow this?? Everything right, bizarre Ditko costume, colors, etc. and then they basically blot out the eyes and mouth!! Black Widow- embarrassment (in fact they really need to re-do almost ALL the female figs) I could go on, but these are the topmost on my mind at the moment.
    2 points
  23. Hot water worked perfectly for me to loosen Tigra’s ankle. Apparently my tap water is straight from Satans butt because I nearly scalded myself. But loosened it great and now has great movement
    2 points
  24. I love the Venom and Carnage characters but it's kind of easy to take number one when there isn't much else in the theater, let alone much worth seeing.
    2 points
  25. I'm all for zany and fun, but I'm also all about What Makes Sense. It took them nearly 20 years to do a classic Dr. Strange for example, and they still effed it up. Quicksilver had so many flaws, if you just take off his head you'd have no idea who he is supposed to be. Just some examples where I say, before you do this kind of thing, fix those first. And yeah, maybe do some figures people have been asking for forever...LIKE Warriors Three, LIKE Firelord, etc.
    2 points
  26. This guy pisses me off to no extension. He appeared in one ONE issue and this the loser Hasbro decides to give a toy to before me and my friends? Come on!
    2 points
  27. Yep. Better, yes but i gotta echo all the same complaints. The super orange is unfortunate but not a deal killer, but the lack of curvature and muscle tone is irredeemable. If there was ever a place for a fuller figure model such as the Moonstone buck, this was the spot. Label me a Boob Lookah if you wish, cuz in all honesty I am, but I still understand not all women look the same, but the proper assets and attributes need to be applied where they're relevant. Though the previous effort suffered from a bad sculpt and bad scale, at least Hasbro understood the aesthetics of the character they were shooting for then. Another beautifully rendered face sculpt on a completely inaccurate body mold. This entire tone down, tone down, tone down and then town down one more time just to be safe is getting ridiculous. Where else is there a place to take a little bit more risk away from the gaze of the Big Box Store Karens than Fan Channel? Hell, Hercules is damn near nekkid and he has a fabulous pair of chesticles to boot. Ain't nothing wrong with it though cuz it's accurate and it looks to be awesome. Where the hell is the disconnect here? Beefcake good, cheesecake bad? Double standard much? I'd much rather live in a world full of Uber Women then a world where all the women are expected to look like pre-teen boys. Freakin' grow a pair already, Hasbro.
    2 points
  28. Speaking of other media, it's also notable that in the Disney Junior cartoon Spidey and His Amazing Friends, which features both Peter Parker and Miles Morales versions of Spider-Man together, Miles is known as Spin.
    2 points
  29. That's something i can't understand either. Even if they don't want to belittle Captain Marvel by turning her back into a Ms. they can still label her as Dark Ms. Marvel. Then again, even calling her Dark Ms. Marvel would indicate that there was an actual Ms. Marvel at one time and we just can't have that. That's just a thing that's supposed to disappear down the memory hole.
    2 points
  30. Ronin (with alt Clint, Echo and Blade unmasked heads) Trickshot (Barney Barton) Kate Bishop (Young Avengers look) Crossfire Egghead Swordsman BAF: Clint's Goliath
    2 points
  31. Excellent idea and Hawkeye is well deserving of a wave. I love the ideas for Hawkeye in classic colors. With unmasked head Mockingbird in that oitfit is her iconic one for me. Her long pants would be a close 2nd but this version is my #1 want. ive got enough Widows.. maybe I’d slip in Deathbird here Swordsman: another excellent choice, long overdue Crossfire: perfect choice for his early years ( maybe Graviton!) I’m not familiar with the Ringleader or Oddball, outside of their appearance in Hawkeyes first limited series. I may drop in Safari Jacket Wonderman and the Shroud here for their WCA limited series ties. BAF: Barton Goliath is perfect and maybe the only way this suit could get made.
    2 points
  32. Hawkeye, yes. Mockingbird, yes. Black Widow, ew! 😆 I’d rather see a classic Natasha redo or Yelena. Swordsman, yes. Crossfire, yes. Ringleader, no. Ringmaster, yes. Oddball, nah. Zemo, yah. And the baf I’d probably go with like Griffin or Adaptoid here.
    2 points
  33. I also think the Eric Masterson Thor is a pretty natural choice just because he's so easy. Simple repaint of the Alex Ross version with a new head and new boots. Plus they made him in the Marvel Universe line.
    2 points
  34. 2 points
  35. Promethium armor, Iron Man NOW, Ultimate Iron Man armor, Retro, Extremis needs an upgrade....he's got a few left there.
    2 points
  36. I'm a classic Avengers guy all the way - pre-Bendis. There's still a lot of classic team members and honorary members to go. Hopefully this wave and the remainder of the retro cards (Lady Loki and others) will help check off some of the following: Swordsman finishes off 1960's Avengers that have never-been-made-before in ML. And of course Rick Jones and Jarvis. Of course 1st appearance Wasp, Yellowjacket update, Clint Barton Goliath and 1st appearance Wonder Man are definite factors in the 1960's as well, but Swordsman is technically the last. Fishnet Black Widow was an ally and I'd gladly display her, but she technically wasn't an Avenger... yet. Mantis, Moondragon and Two-Gun Kid wrap up the 1970's for never-been-made members. Safari Jacket Wonder, Perez Beast, classic Falcon and classic Hercules are definite factors as well. The original GOTG and Whizzer are honorary members, so they technically fit. Carol in her 1st appearance costume was an ally, but not technically a member until she wore the black costume, but I need the first costume to add to my Korvac Saga cast. Starfox, Firebird, Dr. Druid, Demolition Man, Gilgamesh and Jim Hammond Human Torch are the never-been-made of the 1980's. A definitive She-Hulk, 1st appearance Monica Rambeau, classic Mockingbird and lab coat/red jumpsuit Hank Pym are factors as well. Marrina and Rita Demara Yellowjacket are honorary members, so they fit. Sersi, Stingray, Living Lightning and Crystal fill out the 1990's never-been-made-before Avengers. Vance Astro as Justice and all of the bomber jacket versions are factors. Magdeline, Javert Swordsman and Deathcry are honorary members. Masque is honorary as well, but she's really just an alternate head when they update Madame Masque. Jack of Hearts, Triathlon/3-D Man, Silverclaw and Lionheart wrap up the classic Avengers. Gypsy Scarlet Witch would be an amazing figure. Many, many Iron Man armors and Wasp costumes would complete several teams and eras as well.
    2 points
  37. I see the excitement building for this wave, but please, let's stick to Avengers here, its been a long time since we Avengers fans have gotten an all-comic Avengers wave! And I love all these hero suggestions and hoped-fors, but don't forget we seriously need some classic Avengers villains folks. How long have I been seeing people asking for Graviton, ionic Count Nefaria, Super Adaptoid, Dr. Spectrum (Squadron Sinister), Grandmaster, Collector, Nebula, Scarlet Centurion, Morgan Le Fay, Executioner and many more? Guys, we NEED Avengers villains to put on our shelves to face off out favorite Avengers lineups, we DESERVE Avengers villains! My hope is the wave has seven figures, two of which I hope are villains listed above, the rest heroes - the more 'never been made into plastic' the better - and a worthwhile BAF. I personally think the classic green Super Adaptoid at giant man size (12 inches would be enough to make me happy) and looking like parts of Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Captain America.
    2 points
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