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  1. monron999

    Comic-con Correspondence

    Ya, that's what I mean. Give us some indication, any indication of what's in store for those franchises, cuz if they leave them as is there's so much wasted potential left on the table. Even just 2 Avengers waves a year could get a lot accomplished.
  2. I agree and disagree at the same time. I honestly don't see dressing a black man as a white ape any more (or less) offensive than a black man dressing in white furs & whooping and "barking" like apes and worshipping a White Ape as their deity. For that matter, couldn't dressing a black man in a black suit and calling him Black Panther instead of just Panther (cuz ALL panthers are black, fact) be construed as offensive to just the right person(s)? Anyone can twist anything to be offensive. For example, I'm surprised no one has had issue with a white man named Dane Whitman, which literally means White Man in old english, has taken the moniker of Black Knight. On the flip side, were he to have been a black man or be changed to a black man, I guarantee there would be an argument that THAT name is derogatory or that it insinuates that ALL black men are villains. Truth is anything can be corrupted to seem racist or offensive, but if you can make it look cool or funny to the clueless masses they will love it, but one simple misstep in the way something is portrayed or interpreted, you can be sure to bring the wrath of the Social Justice Rangers. Personally, I can see how the way the Jabari tribe was portrayed in the movie could be called racist, but Disney brilliantly made them look like the good hearted rebel anti-establishment bad ayasses who save the day in the end. Yaaaay, and the crowd goes crazy!
  3. Just had another thought. Cameron Hodge?
  4. Judging by the size it could be one of the bundle of components hanging from Mojo's body. Some drawings have tubes and hoses running from behind his back to over his shoulders. They seem to small to even be Whiplash, tho he could be the previously mentioned villain that they've never done before.
  5. monron999

    Comic-con Correspondence

    Dayam! We expected a certain amount of vagueness (new buzzword), actually a lot of vagueness, but this "We follow Disney's lead" BS is wearing me out. How many times have Dwight or Tony been called out in the past about why Disney/Marvel does not allow certain figures or franchises to be produced only for them to snap back "We have rights to ALL Marvel's properties & do what we see fit." So what is it? Did Hasbro pay damn good money for the rights to produce toys from ALL and ANY Marvel properties they choose or are they Disney's #$## and only allowed to do as they're told? You can't have it both ways guys. Vagueness, we all understand & expect. All that freaking double speak, tho. How bout someone at Hasbro grow a pair & pick a freaking side already. Someone with free reign woulda already done a Firestar and Quicksilver and a hundred other figures, cuz they would be sure fire moneymakers. What a buncha Owned Chumps.
  6. Nimrod? Maybe I'll score with the big guess this year, Rukk.
  7. My worst fears have manifest. A complete MCU wave? There's only a select few I'm even remotely interested & the M'Baku BAF interests me in none the least. Chalk up the 4th wave I will never complete. Actually, now that I think about it, I hope this is the way they start doing all movie waves, complete with a movie BAF. That way us non-MCU fans (me included, if you haven't guessed) can only pick & choose, or ignore the wave altogether without needing to complete the BAF. Done & done. My wallet thanks you for this one, Hasbro. Also, I'm having trouble understanding exactly why making a black female army builder is so bold. Everything, and I mean EVER-E-THING is about race and gender politics these days and Disney is right out front exacerbating it at all times. Being a man if mixed ethnicities my self, the fact that they did this neither surprises me nor excites me in any way. Personallt, I just don't like the majority of the figures. I just don't understand the forced effort to make race, gender, religion & sexual orientation sucheck an issue theses days. How bout people just like what they like & do whatever makes them happy?
  8. monron999

    ML Riders Deadpool

    7 Lol, damn bro. You have a very rare condition amount collectors. A definite addiction coupled with endless patients. It was around my second child that I actually had to cut back on my products. I have had to build two sheds for storage and a quasi man cave for display. These days my total orders are just a fraction of that and a new delivery lasts exactly 2 seconds in a box before I'm ripping it open. Hope your actually an opener & not one of those MIB guys. Toys gotta breath. It's science.
  9. monron999

    Most Wanted Comic Figures?

    Okay, I'm gonna approach this from an angle of another post where I basically theorized that the Avengers will eventually become the comic based waves once this phase of the MCU ends and the X-Men & F4 franchises take center stage. I'm probably breaking protocol, but I'm listing them as entire waves as I've been thinking about these for a long time and arranged them in a way where they wouldn't require more than 2 new sculpts per wave, plus the BAF, which is almost always the formula for every wave that isn't a movie wave, which almost always requires all new sculpts. They are very simplistic waves that could be done very easily at minimal cost. I've often wondered why they haven't tried to do at least one wave like this during non-movie years. Seems like such a waste cuz it works pretty damn well with the Spider-Man waves. This way can fill a lot of holes by making at least 1 Avengers, 1 Captain America & 1 Iron Man wave per year. Here's my suggestions for the first waves. Avengers Comic Wave: 1. Captain America (current, restored) - Need a new one, the last modern Cap just doesn't hold up to the new crop of figs. 2. Iron Man - Jus cuz they expect to see him. Maybe a new Extremis, cuz as you know, the old one is now a chick. 3. Thor - We need a modern restored version with ANKLE PIVOT at a reasonable size like the Odinson buck. 4. Falcon - This has been one of the most overlooked figures in modern ML. Ya, we got the Captain version but he's back to himself & for God sake, give him wings. 5. Hercules - Similar to Falcon, long overdue. I know Hasbro can knock this one outta the park. The 4" figure was one of the best in the line. 6. Tigra - This is one of the most anticipated figures badly in need of a redo since that last terrible attempt. Don't tone it down too much either. Angela was pretty well received in that sense. 7. Quicksilver - Redo of the old one or a modern look. It's just so ridiculous, this mutant vs Avenger thing. He's an Avenger. They can't keep bringing up the talk about doing an Avengers Beast & then say "No we can't do Firestart or Quicksilver cuz they're mutants." BAF - Hulk, just freakin' Hulk. Not the McGuiness version, no Doc Green on a BS MCU buck. Just a be all/end all, perfect, all arguments off, definitive Hulk on the Ragnarok Hulk buck. Even include an Amadaeus Cho head swap if you wanna round out that Champions roster, tho technically I think they're 2 different shades of green, but who cares. Iron Man Comic Wave: 1. Iron Man - Any Iron Man, just cuz he has to be there. Silver Centurion or Superior armors haven't been done by Hasbro yet. Let's start there. 2. Crimson Dynamo - Yes, I know they already did one & made a pretty good effort but that figure was quite flimsy or rubbery (weird) & it just doesn't scale with the current figures. 3. Maria Hill - Give her the Nick Fury treatment & include a Slingshot head swap with some attachable forearm cybernetics & a standard issue SHIELD helmeted female head and we get triple value & multiple sales. It's almost a no-brainer. 4. Living Laser - This is such an easy figure to make out of existing bucks. The 4" line showed us how good you can make reused molds look. 5. Mandarin - Just do this already. Every one done to this point has been a massive deuce. There's not much to compare to. 6. War Freakin' Machine - Again, I can't believe this is an issue. Just get it done. (PS, I lied. I guess this one will require a 3rd new sculpt) 7. Whiplash - Two Vankos in a wave? Who cares. They're both cool characters in need of the plastic treatment BAF: Titanium Man - Again, I know he's been done and similar to Dynamo, he was done well for the time, but it's a better time for ML now and we need a new one and an awesome version of the big menacing one would be great. Maybe even do a Gremlin mini figure behind the chest plate. Captain America Comic Wave: 1. Hydra Cap - I know it was short lived but it beats the hell outta that lame concept art Secret Mission Cap they did before. 2. USAgent - Yes, another that's been done before but it was on the wrong buck & we all know it. Update it on the Reaper buck or even the Hyperion or Odinson buck. 3. Sharon Carter (white uniform) - Just as with Maria Hill, include a Quake head swap with arm bracers & a SHIELD helmeted head. This is pure gold guys. 4. Diamondback - This is another one that would be so easy using any number of the existing molds. 5. Winter Soldier - Some people think the MCU version looks enough like the comic version to suffice, but I'm not one of them. It's like saying the MCU Iron Man is good enough to serve as the comic IM. They're just two different looks. 6. Crossbones - The last one was way too big and on a horribly dated mold. He's big, but he shouldn't be much bigger than the Odinson buck. 7. Nomad - Another easy repaint using any number of existing molds. Maybe the ANAD Spidey 2099 buck. BAF: Bushmaster - Another one for the Serpent Society. My first instinct was for MODOK, but in all actuality the TB one still holds up very well. Can Hasbro out do it? Probably, but let's concentrate on the ones that haven't been made yet.
  10. Wow, I heard from some of the online etailers that the purple haired psylocke would be the standard here in the States and the black haired one would be in the early pre orders and will actually be the more HTF as the lines starts to saturate the US market. I'm keeping faith that this is true cuz I've already pre ordered & assume that will be the black hair one, but hopefully the purple hair won't be to hard to find. Honestly I had no trouble locating the two versions of Mysterio. From what I could see it was about a 50/50 ratio. At least in my area. Ya, I never understood the whole "gotta have it now" mentality. Just be a little patient. No extra points for being first to get it. Unless, of course, you're one of the reviewers.
  11. monron999

    Comic-con Correspondence

    Good to see you back in the game Cobra. Nothin' like a good ole SDCC to bring the gang back together, right. Ya, me and Rukk put our differences aside & realized we have a greater cause to fight: The prevention of the TAKOVER of one of the best American toy lines in history by changing everone's favorite comic action figures to ACTOR FIGURES. Again, I like figures based on movies as much as any comic fan, buuuuut we are a long way from one Tom Jane Punisher or Ben Affeck DD mixed in every once in a while to the unrivaled HORRAAAH that was the Black Panther wave(s) and Infinity War waves. What's happening to our ML? All levity aside (sorry Tarot), I personally think it's a mixture the whole 10 year anniversary thing and the end of the modern Avengers movie arch as we know it. As we all know, the actors are starting to get up there in age & tho it seems RDJ is okay to be Tony Stark in every damn movie for the rest of his life, most of the other actors (specifically the Chris's) are ready to throw in the towel. So with the future uncertain at this point, I think this is Hasbro & Marvel's last hooorah to milk as much Hollywood based merch out of the line as possible. Now, much like the BP movie, the Cap Marvel movie is starting to look a lot more appealing than it previously had, but the sad truth is this Cap simply does not have the chops to carry the next phase, no matter how much Marvel wants her to. Marvel Stdios does get it wrong every once in a while (Inhumans anyone?) And this will be one of those times. This is where the reacquisition of the Fox properties come in to play. Thank you God, for X-Men & F4, returning home. Captain Marvel & Spider-Man will bridge the gap just long enough for those "Unnamed Projects" to be turned to new reboots of both franchises. And baby I'm sooooo excited to see what Marvel Studios does with these guys. I expect their versions of Apocalypse and Doctor Doom to wipe the terrible taste of the last one out of our moth completely. As for what this will mean for the toy lines, we'll I expect that the be one part awesome and two part nefarious. First off I think this will free the Avengers based waves from movie figure hell. Meaning since Cap, IM & the Avengers still remain a major part of the Marvel brand, ML should still have waves based on them without the need for further actor figures & we start to get a lot of those comic figures we've so desperately been pining for, and maybe we will get all the comic versions of the newly restored Avengers that we most definitely need. How many of these waves a year they could squeeze in per year remains to be seen, though one comic Avengers wave & one each IM & Cap wave per year does not seem outta the question, similar to the one X-Men & 2 Deadpool we recieved this year. The Avengers & Captain America waves of the future could be what the X-Men & Deadpool waves are currently: pure comic figure nirvana. Basically, I see the Avengers & X-Men changing roles, tho it does give one pause that the Iron Man movie arch has been over for 5 years & we still haven't had a comic based wave yet, but maybe that has something to do with the actors movie contracts. Yes, that means the X-Men & F4 waves will all eventually be over run with MCU figures one day & though it will be bliss for MCU collectors who would love nothing more than to have all the repetetive actor figures their little hearts desire, us Comic figure fans will suffer for any crumbs they will throw at us. The bright side of that is it looks like the creative team is doing everything in its limited power to try & get us as many Comic based X-figures as possible before that happens. We've already gotten damn near perfect versions of the F4 and I'm almost certain a new Doctor Doom & Kang will follow the Super Skull sometime in the near future. So I'm keeping a positive outlook. This would be a subject I would like to touch apon at this year's SDCC, but alas, I fear this is something that's a few years off and though it would make perfect sense (in a sensible world) the suits at both Hasbro & Disney are as unpredictable as a Walking Dead season premiere. On other fronts, I think the 4 & 12 inch lines are toast. Initially I did not like the 4" line but as they got better I grew to like them & even tracked down all the older figs I missed. Best part about them: NO FREAKIN' MOVIE FIGURES! Ultmately, with the resources and focus on the reignition of the ML line the distribution & quality & articulation of the 4" line suffered & I don't foresee a full return to glory other than exclusives or special products similar to the Gamestop Rainbowpool set. Sad story. I really liked the assortments and the fact that they dared to let the worlds of the Avengers & X-Men intermingle. As far as the 12" I just think it never caught on. I think it was too much too fast. As much care as they put into detail, they ignored as much in scale. Deadpool was the same size as Spidey as Daredevil and some of the head sculpts were way too big. The only ones I ever bought were on clearance and from what I saw they all eventually ended up in clearance. Honestly, to be rid of them would take some burden off my wallet. As good and as large some of them were, that price point was a hell of a stretch for me.
  12. Okay, so I just had a thought. Happens sometimes, can't help it, especially when I'm already off work, done my chores and am bored as hell. So the Madcap head sculpt that comes with X-Men Uniform Deadpool is pretty cool and an awesome, unexpected bonus, but even the most appreciative of us have to admit it's quite outta place. Yes, it looks pretty decent on the classic Deadpool or even the Tony Moore Deadpool (representing Maddy's time impersonating DP), but still it doesn't seem that it's quite right. Follow me here, cuz tho we (meaning "I") complain a lot about some of the things Hasbro does, the creative team has a way of sneaking little things past the powers that be every once and a while and if they pull this one off like I think they might, it will be one of their most awesome productions to date. I think most of us, if not all of us, expect one of the next Riders reveals to be DP on a Vespa. Almost a "no brainer", right? Say this is true. What version of DP will they use? The modern (Moore) DP has been done, the classic has been done, X-Force, X-Men & Boxers DP are also in the books. Where to now? I suppose a "serious" X-Menpool is an option but I don't think he ever appeared in that uniform on said Vespa so it just wouldn't work out just right, so let me run this past ya. How about they do a Mercs for Hire type DP, like Skottie Young or Iban Coello style, meaning a thinner type body style with a less form fitting suit. This would serve two-fold as not only would it give us another one of DP's unique looks but it could also be used as a swappable body for not only Madcap, but a few of the other "thinner" guys who've stood in as him like Slapstick or Terror whose head sculpts can be uncluded as pack-ins in future waves. Hell, to be honest, I think even a Pizza Spidey buck would be okay for these purposes. Of course, the more muscular members of the team like Solo and Stingray would look fine on the modern or classic sculpts so there could be quite an opening for Hasbro to include multiple extra head sculpts in the future waves. Just a thought. Maybe I'm over thinking it. Maybe the Madcap head was intended for the classic DP. Maybe Hasbro's not as anal about those small details (Sasquatch, anyone?) As I am. But wouldn't it be cool? And wouldn't that be an amazing reveal. I tell ya, they needa hire me for their design team Post Haste! Anyways, I suppose I should go break something so I can try & fix it and end up breaking it worse just to keep myself busy and off rambling in this forum.
  13. Easiest pass of the year for me. It's actually a good break for me on the second half of the year with all the 4 awesome waves that seem to be hitting all at the same time. It's been a weird year for me up to this point. I think I bought 7 figures total outta the last two Avengers waves. Making them literally two of only three ML waves I never completed. The other being the weeeeak Black Panther wave. So the first half of the year was fairly easy on my wallet, but now I gotta fork up loads of cash for the next 4 waves and it's gonna hurt a little bit. This SDCC set, I predict, will be one of the weakest sellers in years. Maybe I might pick it up on clearance, but it's more likely I'll pick up the 2 packs as they are released. Avoiding the entire MCU vs Comic argument this set is just unbearably weak. A Claire head on a reused Mary Jane body, a Danny head and yellow fist on the terrible, terrible, horrible, painfully anorexic, sickly looking suited body that needs to be put to bed & a Colleen that actually has a great new body sculpt but from everything I've seen looks nothing like the actress that plays her. Bargain bin material here, guys. And no cardboard subway car is gonna change my mind on this one. I might try to locate a Murdock headsculpt replica off ebay, tho.
  14. monron999

    SDCC 2018 Predictions

    Ya, and that will be followed by the obligatory "We'd love to do all the things the fans want (then just do it) but we have to look at the market and trends & blah, blah, blah, big ticket, blah, blah, blah, out front, blah, blah, blah, current direction, blah, blah." Basically using a thousand syllables of BS to say absolutely nothing at all. It's so sad that we're all so familiar with the same old song & dance. Give em hell tho, pal. Or at least avoid the ole Shartimus bobblehead bounce & way too pensive and understanding goofy look.
  15. Not necessarily wrong, just misguideded. Lol, JK. I suppose this could be done as a Wendigo BAF with a head swap with an attached chest piece. Y'know, mix a little serious with the obscure, a la the Dirk Anger head swap. A little nod to the cartoon wouldn't be too bad as long as we also got a real character out of it. As far as where he belongs, I'm not sure an X-Wave would be the right place for him. You know how Marvel forbids the intermingling of the Avengers & X franchises. No dice. Strong Guy is still on the top of my list, followed immediately by a JR,JR era Nimrod. With the new Monster Venom buck it seems like Strong Guy is a foregone conclusion, but then again, how many of us were convinced an updated comic Hulk was on it''s way when the Ragnarok buck came out kickin' ass & blowing our minds?

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