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  1. I think the true potential of this line lies in revamping any figure from before 2017, basically, anything that predates the digital printing tech.

    My top pick would be the figures from Age of Ultron. They're not only old (therefore rarer and without digital printing), but half the roster was locked behind an exclusive even rarer 4-pack. I'd personally love to see Tony Stark and Don Cheadle open-faceplate headsculpts getting the digital printing treatment. I'm not sure how cost-effective the line is meant to be, but if Hasbro could also give the Iron Man MK 43 interchangeable hands, that'd be great.

    I know all evidece points to this line being only for reissues, but I'd also love it if they could take advantage of the cost-effectiveness of repaints to maybe sneak in a couple of new figures. For example, the Age of Ultron reissues could be accompanied by the Iron Man MK 45, coated Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch. I highly doubt this could happen, so this is just wishful thinking.


  2. The first thing that came to my mind when Hasbro revealed the Amazing Fantasy Spider-Man was "they need to repaint this into a Romita-style release." To be honest, the main reason I want this is so people stop touting the retro Spider-Man as the "perfect" capture of Romita's Spidey. It's not. 60s-80s Spider-Man needs a leaner body. Not skinny, just with less defined musculature. That being said, here's my digibash:


  3. The highlights of this stream for me are the Renew Your Vows Spider-Man and the Amazing Fantasy Spider-Man.

    I'm still not sold on the musculature that carried over from the retro Spider-Man, but at least RYV Spidey has pinless joints. I also prefer the darker blue and the bigger eyes. A bit of a shame that the next definitive Spider-Man figure is tied to a 2-pack, but it's not surprising. Also, I think it's a bit funny that this new baseline Spidey figure is technically not even 616 Spider-Man. So, all in all, while this is not my personal definitive Spider-Man figure, it's a step closer.

    AF Spidey looks fantastic, and I love that they made him leaner. I hope Hasbro repaints it for a JRSr Spidey some time down the line. That way people will shut up about the retro Spidey being "jUsT LiKe rOmITa's aRtwOrk."

    Oh, and also I guess Toad was a good reveal. Only so I can stop hearing people ask for it. Too bad people will now instead ask for the next lame X-villain and continue the circle.

  4. Uh, the engineering of the hips is certainly a choice. The whole abdomen also looks a bit funky. I get that they're trying to play into the armor being form-fitting and streamlined, but I think it's counterproductive.

    I think the choice of nano weapons is also questionable. The katars and the dual blade are too alike. I think they should have swapped the katar for a hand cannon, both to add more variety and because the hand cannon is without a doubt the most representative of the armor's weapons. I know that they're going to release an accessory pack, but I feel like the bare minimum should have provided more variety than "blade, blade and blade."

  5. On 4/11/2022 at 4:17 AM, leokearon said:

    I was hoping that the book would at least get a lot of the forgotten Avengers like Hawkeye, Wanda, Vision, Wonderman and co. a chance to be back in an Avenger bok, but it looks like it is a line-up similiar to Aaron's team

    I'd love to see Landy use other classic Avengers like those. Aaron's near-monopoly of the Avengers brand really hurt the non-A-listers of the team. All of the characters you mentioned have been benched and collecting dust, with sporadic appearances here and there (at least Clint is going to lead the Thunderbolts again).

  6. On 4/10/2022 at 1:30 PM, GarimusPrime said:

    I've heard about Land copying previously used art, but has he stolen other artist's images? Or has he just reused/traced his own work? It's too bad either way, because he's actually a great artist. His work is beautiful, it's just too bad that he's tainted his reputation with shady practices.

    In addition to the ComicTropes video posted above, here's a good primer on Land's "artistry" (except for the image in the middle of the guy having a heart attack, that's by Land's fellow tracer Salvador Larroca):


    Tracing aside, I personally don't find his artwork good. The facial expressions of his characters feel artificial and their poses stilted, it's like he's drawing wax dolls. Many times the expressions don't even fit what the dialogue is going for, which really takes me out of the reading experience.

  7. On 4/9/2022 at 3:06 PM, leokearon said:

    He must be cheap to hire

    Yeah, Land is a fast "artist." I guess it's easy to pump out pages when your work was already done by your past self, other artists, cosplayers, adult magazine models, and Google images. I think the clearest and most recent example of this is when Joe Bennett was booted from Timeless #1 at the 11th hour, so his replacement was Greg Land.

  8. Wouldn't be the first time I put up with Greg Land's "art" for the sake of an artist or character I like. Today it was revealed this book is going to be written by Derek Landy, so this will be one of those instances. I loved Landy's work in Captain America/Iron Man, so I can't wait to see what he does with more heroes. The line-up is shaping up to have Captain America, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther and Spider-Woman. That's a pretty standard roster, so I'm gonna be selfish and cross my fingers for Iron Man to appear as well.

  9. On 4/2/2022 at 3:36 AM, RoMe00150 said:

    While that is true the ongoing had so much tonal whiplash plus the rushed ending to get him ready for Spider-Geddon. Then after they completed his journey and we got the Ben people have been asking for...he just gets shoved into other ongoing as a gust star and when they make him a star again it's right back to villain. It's clear Marvel had no clue what they wanted to do after they brought him back. Which shows me it was just another shock tactic to try and get attention 

    Oh, yeah. That, definitely.

  10. On 4/1/2022 at 8:27 AM, RoMe00150 said:

    This is beyond stupid. Especially since they brought him back and did nothing with it. Even in the letter column they said they had no idea what to do with Ben.....then if nobody had any ideas why let Dan Slott even bring him back

    What do you mean they did nothing with him? Ben got his own ongoing series after Dead No More, which lasted for a decent amount of issues (in today's standards), then was in Spider-Geddon, in Iron Man for a bit for some reason, and then he starred in this last stretch of Amazing Spider-Man that led to him becoming Chasm.

  11. On 3/31/2022 at 5:52 PM, greenlucario said:

    Definitely think this idea is ridiculous, especially how it invalidates everything post-Clone Conspiracy, and we seem to always kill all the extra symbiotes only to make a dozen more.  But I'll be hitting that pre-order fast if this design ever gets a Marvel Legend.  

    It's not a symbiote. He was mutated by... uh, "a quantum-shifting polymer in a psycho-reactive medium." Kinda like the Joker but instead of chemical waste, he fell into technobabble.

  12. Even though I like the design and I'm curious to see where it will take Ben next, I'm a bit disappointed that he's become a villain once again, especially since the tease from Timeless #1 had promised us that Ben was going to just move to Los Angeles and remain as Spider-Man. Fingers crossed that's the actual endgame for Ben, and this is just a step toward it.

  13. On 3/29/2022 at 6:35 PM, monron999 said:

    Funny how all these so-called writers fancy themselves as such geniuses, yet all they can think to do is mimic everything as it happens in the movies. Now the 10 rings are even more powerful and ancient than the infinity stones. So creative. And now they look and operate just like they did in the movie. How unique. Give me a freaking break. If you're just gonna parrot everything someone else established I hoped you'd at least have the decency to credit Daniel Cretton with the writing cuz all you're basically doing is vomiting fan fiction based on his creation. Where do they get these people?

    Wrong tree. The main driving force behind synergy is editors. They're the ones that nudge writers to dress the X-Men in black leather uniforms, give Spider-Man organic web-shooters, introduce Harley Quinn to the comics, have Sam Wilson reclaim the mantle of Captain America, make Gotham look more neo-gothic, etc.

    Synergy has also been there for longer than anybody currently making comics. Both Jimmy Olsen and Kryptonite originated in the Superman radio show, and the first Batman film serial gave us the Batcave. All of this back in the 1940s.

    That being said, there are good and bad examples of synergy, but as for synergy itself... it's just a tool of the trade.

  14. I look at Jubilee and the first scenario that comes to mind is that a packet of mustard exploded behind her at the McDonalds of the local mall where she goes to the arcade.

    Two things I'm noticing that these figures are missing that would help sell the cel shaded look would be a matte finish and some panel lining, Just look at how Diamond Select does it and how much better they pull it off:


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