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  1. On 2/3/2023 at 4:30 PM, super-chillin said:

    and then classic Iron Man
    with 100% accurate paint deco this time. pinless would be nice.
    sorry i didn’t want A.I. Tony Stark.





    This made me realize that I should have included this guy in my comment.

    I'd love for Hasbro to pull a Renew Your Vows and give us the next definitive pinless Classic Iron Man already. I'd love it if they went full fanservice and included an alternate faceplate with the nose, and soles with rollerskates that could be plugged into the feet pegholes.

    And while I know it wouldn't be entirely accurate, I'd love it if the figure used the same colors as Hasbro's first shot at Classic Iron Man:

    e7ebbdf865df17e5f5d3c41feee56dfa.jpg The candy apple red and the flat lemon yellow provide such a nice visual contrast. Nowadays, Hasbro rarely differs the value of the colors they use, which is what makes their figures look so flat. They need to bring back using contrast.

  2. In addition to the improved headsculpts, a good change has been the use of digital printing on comic figures. It's good that Hasbro realized the potential of the technique besides helping capture a live-action likenesses. Pinless tech is also up there too. Also kind of an overlooked change has been Hasbro's use of overlays. They're like a middle-point between brand-new sculpts and the buck system. Don't get me wrong, I would always prefer a new torso with new sculpt, but a new overlay over an old sculpt helps bring variety within the constrains we know that the design team has to work with.

    A change I don't like is the use of different types of plastic, or at least the way they're not properly color-matched. And the following change that I don't like is more about a practise than a technique, but I dislike Hasbro's budgeting for BAF waves. BAF waves no longer feel like every figure costs about the same to make, nowadays it's too noticeable which figures got the short end of the budget stick, and it doesn't help that the BAF pieces sometimes take protagonism over the figure they come with.

    What I mean is that BAF pieces were never freebies, I know, but you could lie to yourself and kinda buy into the illusion that they were, and that you would get a brand-new figure for free as a bonus for buying an entire wave. But nowadays it's very noticeable how much of the budget a BAF got in a given wave, and it's gotten to a point with figures like AoA Jean Grey, MCU Ms. Marvel or Speedball, where it feels like the figure itself is an accessory to the BAF piece. And this happens at the cost of the figure's playability, since Kamala came with not even an energy construct fist, and Speedball came with not even a streak of bubbles.

  3. Between MacKay taking Avengers from Aaron and Duggan taking Iron Man from Cantwell, I'm happy to see that nature is healing.

    MacKay in particular has been a beast, and all of his Marvel work has been steller, particularly his current Moon Knight run. I've also loved the way he's written Iron Man in Black Cat, Iron Man Annual and Iron Cat. He was at the top of my wishlist for Cantwell's successor, but him writing Avengers is the next best thing, especially since Tony is going to remain in the roster.

    Also happy to see Vizh back in the fold. It was about time the Avengers had more classic members back. I could use the Wasp and Hawkeye being added, but I'm satisfied as it is now. Who knows, maybe the roster can shake up a bit down the line and add people like Jan and Clint.

  4. On 12/23/2022 at 11:03 PM, Benn said:

    That’s not really how it went down in AXIS, though. It was more like Tony had, almost subconsciously, thought a lot about how he would defeat the world’s heroes if they were to start playing for the other team—just the idle contingency planning of a somewhat paranoid genius. And Red Skull used Xavier’s telepathy to pull those plans from his brain and (somehow) make them reality. I forget how exactly he made them real. Mind-controlling Wanda, maybe? Either way, I thought that was a pretty realistic plot-beat in a crossover that otherwise largely felt pretty meaningless.

    It was Tony who built them, under the Skull's influence, and then he made Tony forget about them. What's more stupid is that the Red Skull used Tony's lingering knowledge from housing the SHRA's database on his brain... but Tony still possessing any of that knowledge completely undermines his sacrifice of him deleting his own brain during Dark Reign to erase the database. Thanks, Remender.

  5. On 12/19/2022 at 11:04 AM, monron999 said:

    Right off the jump, I get it. I do understand the appeal of Zombie figures. Marvel Zombies was a good arc and it was pretty entertaining every time they introduced a new zombified character, but this kinda sucks. After the phenomenal job they did with the Captain America Zombie, which I actually bought, they role out this lazy POS. If I recall correctly the What If? zombie IM had some damage to the suit and maybe even some pieces missing. This is just a lazy repaint (re-use) of the existing MCU version with some painted mud on it.

    I don't disagree with the overall sentiment for this figure, but to give Hasbro (some) credit, the entire torso and the left forearm are new sculpts.

  6. What a nice variety in this X-Men Lege-- I mean, Marvel Legends stream. Glad to see all corners of the Marvel Universe being touched on, and not just one. Oh, well. I don't think I can give the Hasbro team too much flak since they've also revealed a whole two (2!!) Spider-Man figures... Hmphf...

    Okay, I shouldn't be that acerbic. I'm just bummed since I was hoping for at least some more reveals instead of a 90% X-Men stream. Next year is also the Avengers' 60th anniversary, and so far they've only stretched the reveal of the next wave over like three months.

    But speaking of the Spider-Man reveals, I can't believe they've gone ahead and once again made an Insomniac Spider-Man figure on a buck instead of giving it a unique sculpt. Well, at least it looks more accurate than the first one did. But that's the only thing it has going for it.

  7. On 11/12/2022 at 2:47 AM, Jeddostotle7 said:

    Man, it is both a blessing and a curse that these ThreeZero Iron Men are too large for even Marvel Legends' "on the tall side of" 1/12 scale.  A curse because it would be really cool to have these awesome figures seamlessly blend into my other collections, but that itself is also a blessing because it allows me to far more easily not buy these and spare my wallet from hundreds of dollars of these things.

    I feel the exact same way. And similarly with Figuarts, except those are too small for Legends.

    However, if Mafex decided to start doing figures like these... Now that'd spell trouble for my wallet.

  8. On 10/29/2022 at 1:48 PM, Atlantis said:

    It looks like this go-round, they've realized there's actually supposed to be a healthy six foot adult male in that armor and not some emaciated kid. Looking good so far. 

    Be great if they took another whack at the Silver Centurion armor....but this is a step in the right direction. 

    Love to see the Iron Man NOW (black/gold) suit....and about the only thing I liked from the Heroes Reborn farce, the Promethium Armor.

    Marvel NOW! Iron Man is one of the redos I want the most. Unlike the previous Extremis Iron Man, I have outright refused to buy Hasbro's initial attempt at the armor. The figure has the potential to look beyond fantastic if they do it properly. It would be the biggest Marvel Legends redemption in my eyes.

  9. On 10/22/2022 at 4:35 AM, leokearon said:

    You would need a second Prodigy for that to work, since the one in this set isn't Peter. So it would then be a Slingers six pack

    You're right, but this 5-pack is meant to represent the different forms of Spider-Man throughout the years, so Funko is already making this mistake. I think it would also be easier to fudge a cape-wearing Prodigy as Peter as opposed to a female-presenting Dusk as Peter.

  10. On 10/17/2022 at 1:44 PM, Lord_Scareglow said:

    When I saw this earlier on social media I wasn't even sure what I was seeing, I just presumed this was already released, I thought it was an old figure I forgot about, that's how boring this re-paint is to me, 2 Rhodey Re-paints in 6 months.

    I don't like the paint apps on this, that silver looks almost blue. Easy pass, pretty sure this isn't armor he wore in comics, and just a strange homage to toybiz toys and MvC, which were both just being lazy and not wanting to design a new WM so they just painted a Iron Man Gray Tones, this was originally created as a product of uninspired apathy.

    In defense of this figure, the silver is supposed to be have a tint like that.

    In defense of Capcom, War Machine being an Iron Man repaint wasn't a lazy way to get War Machine into MvC, but rather a clever way to get Iron Man into MvC. Iron Man had previously appeared in Marvel Super Heroes, but his video game rights became tied up when Acclaim Entertainment started developing the Iron Man/X-O Manowar crossover game. Capcom repainting Iron Man and calling him War Machine was more than anything a loophole to ensure the character appeared in MvC in some shape.

    And in ToyBiz's defense, their repainted-Modular-Iron-Man War Machine was in turn a homage to MvC. The figure also came out in 2006, and ToyBiz had already made a proper Marvel Legends War Machine the year prior. It's also worth mentioning that their MvC War Machine wasn't meant to be a figure on its own right, but a variant of the Face-Off Iron Man, so it makes sense that it would be only a repaint.

  11. On 10/17/2022 at 11:38 AM, tarot said:

    I don't think he wore it in the comics. he was wearing the classic version during the Modular Iron Man period. @ADour Can you confirm this as our resident Iron Man expert?

    But yes TB did this version as well so it was obvious we would get this.

    You're correct (and I appreciate the ping, btw). War Machine being a palette swap of Modular Iron Man is exclusive to MvC (and there's a fun story involving legal loopholes and video game licensing tied to that).

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