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  1. Given that Quasar just popped up on E-tailer sites, I'd keep an eye on them as it seems quite likely Zemo (and possibly Jigsaw) will pop up again there.
  2. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see a (standard) Masterson Thor pop up as an exclusive (using the 80th Classic Thor mold) somewhere this year. "Armored" version would seem like something that would pop up in a comic Avengers wave or maybe a comic-based Thor wave if they ever did one of those.
  3. I'm with the "Quantum Bands" theory. The powerset seems pretty similar. She's basically a more sparkly Green Lantern. Or maybe they've merged the Nega-Bands and Quantum Bands into the same thing. Who knows? Honestly not sure how I feel about the trailer. Production wise it looks good but it really didn't feel like Kamala to me. The full show may well end up changing my mind but so far this feels to me like the "least accurate" thing Marvel's done so far. Maybe not necessarily a bad thing in the long run but it was not the best first impression for me personally. It looks/feels the most "Disney" of anything Marvel's done so far. I don't mean that in an entirely derogatory way, but it definitely has Nickelodeon/Disney YA show vibes.
  4. Yeah, but I wouldn't be entirely upset if they either worked it into an X-Factor set or even a "Cassidy" set with classic Siryn, Banshee, and maybe a "Plantman" Black Tom (or just a 2-pack with Banshee would be fine).
  5. Well, feeling better about Zemo and Jigsaw and likely the one or two more that come after those.
  6. Basically what Tarot said: You'll be able to get them at online toy stores (BBTS, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth, among others), and Gamestop. They'll probably eventually show up on Amazon as well but it's usually "third party" and at a markup there. They're not usually sold directly through Amazon, and as noted, won't show up at Wal-Mart and Target.
  7. The bottom right shelf is also a bit coded: Siryn, Hood, and Cannonball, three figures they've been criticized for certain choices on, one of which they "fixed" later. I don't know if it's just a small dig at fans basically saying "We give Hood a non-neutral face and you hate it, we give Siryn a neutral face and you hate it, what do you want from us?" or a hint that "fixed" versions might be coming in the nearer future than we might think.
  8. I'm betting War Machine is just the deluxe minus a bunch of accessories and maybe with the silver bits painted white. Though I'd be down for a "modern" comic War Machine. Not so much a Marvel v. Capcom version unless it comes with a PROTON....CANNON!!!! A Jazzed up Blue Beast with multiple head and handsculpts, glasses, labcoat and maybe some science-y accessories could definitely be cool. I'd love a new Bucky Cap. Golden Age Steve would be acceptable though (the old one is pretty dang rough). But I wouldn't be entirely surprised if it was Ultimate Cap. Firelord is an awesome choice, though honestly I'm surprised to find him here rather than a fan-channel FF retro card exclusive. Not sure what a new Scorpion is going to offer, though I suppose it's been a few years since the last release so a repaint/re-offering isn't entirely out of line. Not super-interested in a "retro" Apocalypse but I guess I can wait and see what they come up with. Honestly wouldn't be ENTIRELY surprised if they threw a curve and did HoX Apocalypse. I'm kinda baffled on the Sentinel. Unless it's a properly-colored re-release of Omega Sentinel or a carded release of one of the figures packed in with the HasLab Sentinel.
  9. I mean, plenty of adults spend a ton of money going to see the PG-13 rated MCU films, so I don't think they're having any problems getting adults as customers. Even beyond that Disney "grew up" a long time ago...they own tons of media outlets, several of which have produced R-rated fare in the past. The primary Disney brand may still try to present a family-friendly front but as an overall corporation they're not squeamish. So far Disney+ has been pretty strictly PG-13 rated (at least in the United States). It's not all super-kiddified but the violence is generally bloodless superheroic or sci-fi action (which you can have a pretty much unlimited amount of and still be considered PG-13 as long as it isn't bloody/graphic). The Netflix shows pushed those boundaries quite a bit and definitely veered into at least "light R-Rated" territory for violence and were also "sexier" than the MCU films as well. So putting them on D+ might be jarring for some parents who have generally felt that D+ was a "safe-ish" outlet for their kids. Not saying it's impossible, but I'm still putting my money on Hulu (in the States). That seems to be where a lot of apocryphal and/or adult-oriented Marvel stuff is going.
  10. The Wolverine was a cheap repaint to pad out the line on a budget, no more and no less. I'm not sure why people are acting like it's some mystery as to why he got made, as the ML team have more or less explained these sorts of things before. Every wave has a budget. They don't get to go over the budget no matter how much they might want to. So yeah, almost every wave has at least one cheap repaint/repack character that at most gets a new head.
  11. I wouldn't be surprised if they end up on Hulu. They might be a little bit too "edgy" for D+ but I can't imagine Disney/Marvel will just let them disappear, especially with them working on re-integrating the actors/characters into current material.
  12. We'll see where McFarlane is next year. Nevermind that "build a figure" characters for his line were already $22.99 and generally have fewer accessories than Marvel Legends and few or no alternate parts (also a few of his recent figs have ended up looking a lot worse in-person than advertised...looking at you Demon Knights Etrigan (Glad I got him on clearance because McFarlane apparently suddenly decided paint apps and washes weren't a thing on that character. Also it'd be nice if it was actually a DC line and not just Batman and Friends with an occasional figure that probably is done in a style that may not mesh with the others. McFarlane toys are also far more fragile, less articulated, and not in the same scale. Same with NECA. Again, who is giving us more than Hasbro for 6" Superhero figures at the same or lower pricepoint? I'm not saying Hasbro can't be criticized, just before anyone starts in on that. It's fine to want things, but do it with an awareness that the folks doing the actual work at Hasbro (not the bean-counters) probably would love nothing more than to give us every single little thing we want...but the real world and the need for a profit margin don't allow for that. I'd note the HoX Wolverine didn't pegwarm around here at all. Don't know if I ever saw him on shelves (Moira and Professor X seemed to be the pegwarmers in this neck of the woods). But I'll grant most of the other ones since the classic tiger-stripe and brown costume versions have lingered, though the last one I saw go to clearance was Old Man Logan. So they sold...just more slowly than other characters. That said...I'm happily skipping the Wolvie for this wave. There's really only two more I'm interested in sans buying for BAF parts if necessary: Team X and Training Suit.
  13. "Bare minimum" is an interesting choice of words. What to you is the bare minimum, and which toy line do you feel is providing the level of accessories and alternate parts in 6" scale for a lower pricepoint than Marvel Legends (or comparable Hasbro lines, even including the recent price increase)? Because to me "bare minimum" would a single figure with no accessories, BAF bits or alt parts whatsoever. You can get figures that have tons of alt-parts, FX, and display options in 6" scale...but they run you $80-$100+ at minimum (and often confine themselves largely to movie-based characters). So that's not a comparable product to Marvel Legends, really. The cold, hard fact is that prices on the logistics side of things has absolutely skyrocketed in the past two years, and every business is going to be passing those costs on to their customers, not just Hasbro.
  14. Posted this in the other thread, but yeah. I dunno about "absolute dream" wave but I'd definitely buy all these figures (in these particular costumes). And the only reason the Warriors Three aren't in it is because I think it'd be a crime to not have them in a 3-pack together. And for some MCU Flavor....(Minor spoilers if you haven't seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings yet) I'd load Shang-Chi and Wenwu up with orange and blue Ring FX (respectively). And while Wong is probably coming next year regardless (and maybe Abomination in a D+ wave)...he's not official yet!
  15. To be fair, I could probably do a few waves of just Asgardians, and I know this one is relatively conservative, but heck if I don't want those Simonson versions. Also the only reason the Warriors Three aren't on here is because I feel it's a crime to not have them together in their own three pack.
  16. I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see say, a Raimi Doc Ock/Green Goblin 2 pack. I don't think we'll get a second NWH wave but I could definitely see them filling in the gaps with multipacks. Probably some info on where/when the Clint and Kate figures will be available (probably a two-pack). Wouldn't be ENTIRELY surprised to maybe see some Shang-Chi gap-fillers as well, though in truth they probably COULD put out another Shang-Chi Wave if they really wanted to. And yeah, hopefully some more 20th anniversary stuff and maybe some more of the X-Men wave. Or a glimpse at the rumored Avengers comic wave. Though as usually whatever they show will simultaneously feel like more than we expected and less than we wanted.
  17. Derp, yeah mixed those two up. I'd say in that case it's just to give him a more visual distinctiveness from the other Spiders. And maybe make him a bit more threatening as it looks like he'll be at least a temporary antagonist.
  18. It's probably been a year or two and teenagers tend to grow up and fill out. Gwen looks older too.
  19. Druig was actually one of the more interesting Eternals in the movie. And yeah, at least initially played up as a bit weird/creepy.
  20. It's kind of six of one, half-dozen of the other. I think the movie was better for the complicated web of relationships between all the Eternals, but at the same time I do kind of agree that maybe a few could have been introduced but not really utilized until the sequel (Maybe have had some of them leave Earth before the present-day portions of the movie).
  21. This movie had the best, most mature handling of relationships between characters of any Marvel movie so far. Not just romantic relationships, either. The Eternals really did feel like an estranged and scattered family coming back together again. There was humor, but it wasn't an attempt at non-stop laughs or a constant contest of "Who is the snarkiest?" All the Eternals were well portrayed and felt like fully-realized characters, though yes, I would agree that a couple of them were somewhat weaker performances than others, and one that I initially thought was kinda weak and wooden turned out to be one of the best in the movie after some things became clearer. It wasn't perfect though. The entire Kro subplot seemed like a waste, or a combination of Chloe Zhao being told by Marvel she HAD to have the Deviants in the movie and Thena needing a big hero moment in the third act (after, from my understanding, Thena's role expanded greatly as they developed the film, going from a glorified cameo to a major character). There was a little bit too much "tell, don't show" though I'm not entirely sure how it could have been done better given the subject matter. And bluntly there were so many characters that juggling them all did seem to make the movie a bit overstuffed (Makkari and Kingo both seem like they were slightly shortchanged for different reasons). Overall I liked it, and even more so I liked that it set up a lot of interesting questions regarding other aspects of the MCU (Like Thanos origins and motivations), as well as planting potential seeds for future stuff (Seems REALLY obvious that there could be some serious intertwining of/conflict between the Celestials and a certain Devourer of Worlds). Also, while I don't think it's a spoiler at this point that Dane Whitman doesn't suit up as the Black Knight in this, I think fans will be pretty satisfied with the trail of Easter eggs they drop around him. Also nice seeing Kit Hairington playing a character that's (at least initially) cheerful and good-humored.
  22. Uh...I'm pretty sure Dr. Strange is in the game. Cap, Spidey, Wolverine and Iron Man are Marvel's staples and probably the most common "guest stars" in that universe (particularly Spider-Man and Wolverine). Guardians can get away with not having them because it's not happening on Earth and the Guardians are now very well-known on their own thanks to the movies. I do agree that they could probably have limited it to like...Spidey and Wolverine, or maybe brought in Thor instead of Iron Man (though I bet he shows up in some capacity). Though I'd note this also isn't a sequel or "follow up" to the Square/Enix Avengers game (which sucked for reasons that had nothing to do with character selection), it's an entirely different kind of game from a different studio.
  23. Blade is in it too. And many of the rest of the characters do at least match the "Supernatural" side (Dr. Strange, Nico Minoru, Magik). But no, we're probably not getting a bunch of characters that the mainstream doesn't know about in the least (IE any of the OG Midnight Sons there weren't (a) Ghost Rider, Blade, and/or maybe Morbius...who I wouldn't be surprised to see show up in the game in one form or another as well). They don't just want to sell the game to fans of semi-obscure 90's comics...they want to sell to casual fans as well.
  24. That's not altogether uncommon, particularly in Q4/The Holidays. But at least in my neck of the woods if often seems like all the waves for any given quarter basically come out at the same time (at least as far as mass-retail is concerned). The only thing that sometimes ends up different are MCU-linked timed releases.
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