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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. monron999

    Comic-Con Correspondence

    Man, good luck getting a straight answer from those cats. I love the reveals, I love that they interact with the fans, but I seriously hate the vagueness of anything that's not right there in front of us. I mean, last year they actually challenged you to guess the BAF of the DP wave and when you nailed it they didn't give you the courtesy of a straight answer. Not that they're obligated to tell you anything, but why play the game if they're not gonna let you win? The elbow thing is so played at this point. Yes, it would be nice. Yes, it's totally possible, but personally I think it makes the thinner female limbs look funny. Even the Proxima Midnight figure, which Shartimus touted as proof it could be done, was basically just a skinny dude with boobs. To me, as long as the figure looks good and accurate and has a fairly representative head sculpt (meaning few to no reuses), I could care less. Everyone knows exactly who will be rolling (probably leading) with that question so just leave it to him/them *yaaawn*. I swear, I cringe & roll my eyes every time. You can actually see the exhaustion in Dwight (or whoever's) face EVERY FREAKING TIME. Leave it. The one simple question I have, and have been frustrated that no one has directly addressed in the past few years is the status of characters that (currently) fall between the worlds of X-Men & Avengers. I'm not asking you to touch on specific characters, cuz we're all familiar with the illogical logic of Firestar, but you may have to use some examples (Quicksilver, modern Rogue & Cannonball) to give them a direction to avoid the vaguest answer possible. I know we've gotten a Rogue and Havok, both representative of a time specifically as X-Men and a Cannonball may well end up in the New Mutant (based) wave but the fact that an updated Quicksilver (meaning a redo on a modern buck or a new one in a modern costume) or a modern look Rogue has been avoided still baffles me. I'm more than certain it has everything to do with the state of the movie franchises, but if Marvel can allow it to happen in the comics, why not in plastic, y'know? Other than that, all I want from SDCC is a buncha great reveals & some love for my man, Guido. The Monster Venom buck can make it happen. Happy trails, my friend.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. monron999

    SDCC 2018 Predictions

    Rukk ole budy, I'm gonna correct you but only in a tongue in cheek, condescending, endearing way and let you be the judge. According to official Marvel cannon, Gambit first appearance was in the shadows as part of the Mauraders in Uncanny X-Men #210 then as a cameo in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 then full frontal in Uncanny X-Men #266, yes with an adolescent Ororo Munroe. In that sense I would not be remotely interested in an adolescent Storm figure.
  7. monron999

    SDCC 2018 Predictions

    As for my predictions: 1. There will be only one actual X-Wave next year. First reveals will be possibly Nightcrawler, Classic Mystique or an improved Emma Frost. Beast will be hinted on but he won't be shown yet, they'll reveal him at a later time to much elated surprise. 2. There will be a New Mutant Wave whether they choose to call it a NM wave or an auxiliary X-Wave remains to be seen. Magik will be rereleased, of course, Cannonball, Sunspot & probably Moonstar. They'll manage to get some form of Deadpool or Wolvie in this wave. If Strong Guy isn't the BAF then I don't foresee it happening otherwise anywhere in the near future. 3. Gambit will have to make an appearance in one of these two waves. There's no logic on waiting another year for a movie that no one even knows is ever gonna happen. Channing Tatum looks like he's aged 20 years (seriously) since talks about the movie began years ago. If they don't do it soon they're gonna have to change it to another actor who ages a bit more gracefully. 4. MCU Captain Marvel will be there but im afraid she will not be able to carry an all female wave, but Ms. America may make an appearance & possibly a Classic Ms. Marvel/Dark Ms. Marvel (head swaps?) & Mar-Vell. Blue Marvel would be smart, to make it an all Marvel wave. If not, maybe a Quasar could find its way into the wave. And I mean the real one, not the gender social experiment female one. Sorry, I wasn't built to fall into all that PC gender swap garbage that ultimately turned out to be a total flop. 5. I don't think either BAF from the two Infinity War 2 waves will be shown but I predict fans will get the shaft again as one of them will end up being the Armored Thanos. Second one will most likely be MCU Hulk in the weirdo new get up we've seen in the promo images or the Banner piloted version of the Hulkbuster. Once again dashing our hopes of getting an updated comic Hulk (freaking ankle pivot) on a modified version of the Ragnarok Hulk buck. 6. The SDCC exclusives will suck for everyone but MCU fans. We've already seen what we have to look forward to. It's time to put that damn old suit buck to bed & give us a well dressed update already. 7. ML Riders will be Captain America on Motorcycle & Deadpool on Vespa. Professor X is also on the way but, like Tarot said, I highly doubt he'll be put in a set called "Riders". He'll probably be an exclusive of some sort, or possibly be the BAF for the X-Wave. I'm cool with that. 8. I expect a few baddies to make it into the Infinity War 2 waves, but most movie based figs will not show up till the movie gets closer. We're gonna get mostly MCU figures, so I at least hope we get the Ebony Maw & Corvus Glaive this time around. 9. One Spider-Man wave will be awesome & the other one will be a movie wave. Say hurray for yet another MCU Iron Man figure. Maybe we'll at least get a comic based Kingpin outta of the deal. Also crossing my fingers for a Scorpion. Spider-Man India will not be denied one more year. Not my personal favorite, but anything beats the unarticulated bath toy that is Spider-Ham. 10. Last, but not least. Toys R Us will not get an exclusive next year. What, too soon?
  8. monron999

    SDCC 2018 Predictions

    Yes, yessss, freakin' yes I can. I was looking at it just the other day & though the exact same thing. I was just about to post this & you took the words right outta my mouth, bro. Now which version will it be. Classic X-Factor with all the zippers & belts or the later X-Factor Investigations casual wear or even the most modern orange uniform look. I don't care at this point, just get us one. I just hope they include 2 head sculpts, one with the white hair & goggles and one bald head with hipster glasses. That would make my ML collection complete. Aside with updated comic versions of the newly restored Avengers, of course.
  9. Yes they do. Their are quite a few review videos out there and pretty much all the Venom heads fit on all the different body molds. As to whether they look right or not is another question. The different neck lengths and neck pin lengths make it very clear which head sculpts belong to which body molds. I personally don't even think the Pork Grind head, which is made to be put on the Eddie Brock Venom body even looks correct.
  10. monron999

    Venom Wave

    Ya, I was pretty sure the BAF was gonna be some version of the feral Venom & yes it is better than the Toybiz version. Way to rally back after that undersized Sasquatch debacle. I love Typhoid Mary. Hit me from left field but I'm happy to have it. The biggest disappointment about this wave is that it's only 6 figs deep. I feel like, since they were including figures like Mary anyway, they coulda worked in another easy character using an existing buck. Y'know, someone like maybe Tarantula or Vermin or even the Spot or Cardiac. Second looming disappointment is what's up with the Spider-Ham. There better be more to it than that small unarticulated legged piece of plastic. I'm sure it will come with the largest part of the BAF, but it better come with some web effects or Howard the Duck or something. At the end of the day I guess we can all be happy the BAF wasn't Riot.
  11. They're usually pretty good about responding. They're also pretty much my go to for everything as well. In the case of Mysterio, and judging by the scarcity of the figure altogether, I'd bet they probably oversold the figure and they're waiting for a restock of their own. They're pretty good about keeping the customer in the know so it's odd they haven't contacted you back. Hope u get it soon.
  12. monron999

    Rumour! Vintage wave 2

    No, no, I do understand exactly what the vintage wave is about. I mean, aside from the obvious cheap money grab. What I think you might be misunderstanding is my use of the word update, which I did debate using for that very reason, but allow me to elaborate. When I use the word update I can mean newer or more modern versions of characters, though I'm usually careful to actually regard them as "modern" version, but in this particular case I only used the word in reference to the use of the newer molds or sculpts. Many of the characters I named were done (usually rather poorly) in the Toybiz or early Hasbro lines and could easily be "redone" in classic form using the superior current molds. Thor can be easily revisited using the Odinson buck, Tigra can be done using the Moonstone buck with some glued on auxiliary parts, similarly Hercules, Falcon & Yellow Jacket can all be done on existing bucks with little to no retooling
  13. monron999

    Rumour! Vintage wave 2

    Uuuuhhhmmm, just let me get the numbers straight for a second. That makes Black Panther number 4, Scarlet Spider number 5, Vision number 4, Hawkeye number 3, and Ant-Man number 5 (if you count MCU versions). I get that this will be the first Pym version of Ant-Man and probably an improvement on Wasp, who happens to have thousands of costume changes as part of her character bio, so I'm cool with those two, but just so we're really clear, we still haven't seen hide nor hair of an updated Quicksilver who is a long standing member of the Avengers (mutant or not), nor have we seen updated versions of Thor (meaning freaking ankle pivot), Tigra or Hercules or Falcon (with wings, for the love of god) or War Machine, Yellow Jacket (male or female, I don't give a damn), Hulk (again, ANKLE PIVOT) or Goliath. Better than the first wave? Perhaps, based on each person's character preferences, but still pretty freaking lame overall. Ant-Man is a definite purchase, but the set as a whole is a resounding "PASS".
  14. monron999

    Legends Riders - Your Best Guess

    Lol. So true. Sad? Yes, but so true. I think Hasbro kinda painted themselves in a corner with Prof X. They shoulda done him a long time ago when the waves were mixed franchises. At that time he coulda qualified as the "large" figure in any wave. Right now I think they're gonna have a really hard time figuring out where to fit him him. Obviously he will not be a Rider, as Tarot so eliquently put it, and I seriously don't think Hasbro would pull another "Finish-A-Figure" coup after that Vulture fiasco. I doubt the chair could be broken into more than 3 pieces even if they wanted to do it that way. At this point I think the safest bet would have to make him that 7th or 8th figure in a wave that has accessories (or one big accessory) rather than a BAF part. When that will actually happen, if ever, is anyone's guess. I mean, we still haven't gotten a Beast figure & judging by this year's X-Wave, which the creative team deemed the "Strongest Wave Yet" last year before the first character was even revealed, it may be some time before ole Xavier sees another plastic iteration. If that assortment is what passes for strongest I shudder to think what characters make it into a standard line up. Here's to a depowered Blob making it into the next, soon to be deemed "Greatest X-Wave Evaaah" wave.
  15. 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?

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