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Everything posted by ADour

  1. I just bought this Hulkbuster off eBay a few days ago, and I'd be bummed if it wasn't because I got it for below MSRP while still being new. It's a great-looking figure, so it's neat that it's no longer a Disney Store exclusive.
  2. Al Ewing is in the driving force behind Empyre. In interviews, Slott hasn't been shy to admit that he's been more of a co-pilot while Ewing has the reins.
  3. Some modern costumes I'd love to see Hasbro tackle are: Loki: Agent of Asgard: Loki is a fairly popular character, who has a big role in many recent stories and events, and he's been wearing this outfit (or variations of it) since 2013. I feel the biggest obstacle in Hasbro's part is the amount of new tooling it would require. Would be neat if the figure came with a removable coat and interchangeable arms for the coat-less look. Hawkeye: Hasbro already did this costume, but the figure was pretty mediocre and it represented the tactical interpretation of this outift rather than the better-known David Aja-penned casual version. Think of the Marvel Select Modern Hawkeye, but scaled down. Extremis Iron Man: Is this cheating? I mean, the Extremis Armor was made over 15 years ago, but Tony has gone back to it. Ultron Pym: I love this version of the character, and I think it would be amazing if Hasbro tackled it. It could come with three alternate heads: Hank Pym, Ultron and half-and-half. Captain Marvel: Ever since Hasbro did a Carol Captain Marvel figure, her costume has taken a subtly more tactical approach. I think Hasbro could also put more budget into the tooling and have the seams and panel-lining textured instead of just pained on. For accessories, it could come with long hair, short hair and helmeted heads. Doctor Strange: A new figure of Strange's classic costume would probably take precedence, but his current look is pretty similar, with the biggest difference that it trades the yoga pants for jeans and shoes. Ironheart: A new character technically also entails a new costume, right? Thor: Herald of Thunder: To be honest, I'm not a Thor fan, but I believe the most prominent characters should always have their most recent wardrobe represented in plastic form as soon as possible. Iron Man 2020: It was neat of Hasbro to make a figure of classic Iron Man 2020 in 2020, but I'd rather get a figure for the Arno Stark that is currently prominent in the comics. And I'm not even an X-Men fan, but I feel like it's due time Hasbro makes some figures for Dawn of X, namely Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, Cyclops and Jean Grey at the very least.
  4. I personally prefer Marvel Legends to have a universal kind of approach. For instance, I thought it was nice that the Tony Stark headsculpt that came with the Invincible Iron Man was very clearly inspired by David Marquez's Tony Stark, but I would have preferred something that didn't depict such specific version of the character. However, I think making some kind of sub-line for artist-inspired figures would be neat. I stress that they should be in a sub-line of their own and not pass off as regular Marvel Legends. Another problem I see is that these hypothetical artist-inspired figures would require brand new molds. To properly capture an artist style's, Hasbro can't just rely on reusing the same molds that go for normal figures, with maybe a different headsculpt; they would need to be designed almost from the ground up. The problem here is that Hasbro aren't really the ones to design figures from the ground up, since they reuse parts as much as they can.
  5. Oh, man. I'm dying for a properly accurate Model 42 Armor. Hasbro already has the 3D render, they just need to adapt it to Marvel Legends scale and articulation. And while I don't like the perpetuation of this armor using an MCU-styled helmet, I can't deny it's become an acceptable interpretation of this armor, so it'd be fun, it'd be fun if they released it with interchangeable headsculpts. One of the proper design and another of the MCU-stlyed helmet.
  6. Silver Centurion and Neo-Classic Iron Man are the two figures I want the most that would reuse the 80 Years mold. Both are in need of an update, but Silver Centurion needs it the most, since Neo-Classic at least got its two figures during the Hasbro days, even if the scale and articulation was already outdated by the time they came out. With Iron Man 2020 and War Machine already coming out, I wouldn't hold my breath for Silver Centurion coming out this year. However, I'm hopeful for next year, since any Iron Man figure that would reuse the 80 Years mold is a low-hanging fruit.
  7. The Avengers had their first line-up shake-up barely 16 issues into their existence, and their first new recruits included three ex-villains, with Hawkeye's entry exam being "look how well I can tie up your butler and untie him from a distance with my arrows." There was also that time Henry Gyrich made the team restructure because they were too many Avengers. The Avengers have never been a closed-knitted elite. If there's anything I can take away from the Avengers and their membership, is the fact that you can pick any issue of their series since their inception, skip ahead 20 issues, and you will most assuredly find a new roster.
  8. The title of this thread is misleading. They're going to move to digital-only mostly just a handful of bottom-tier mini-series, not all current titles. And they will be digital-only temporarily. More information about these comics will be released at a later date. (x)
  9. The vintage waves feature repaints and retools of previous figures (with the X-Men wave being a bit of an exception, but still reusing a lot of parts), so they're not the same as if Hasbro did regular waves without BAFs. And in my case, when I hope for BAF-less regular waves, it's not that I'd just want to get the same figures I'd get if they came with BAF pieces, but rather that I'd expcet Hasbro to use the resources that'd go into the BAF into new tooling, more paint apps, and more accessories,
  10. From a realist standpoint, I don't see this happening in any conceivable way. BAFs are a good incentive to get people to buy more an entire wave (which also allows Hasbro to make figures for more obscure characters), and reissues give Hasbro an extra buck. Additionally, a handful of BAFs use characters that aren't popular enough to be released on their own. However, I'm personally tired of the concept of BAFs. As years go by, it feels less like getting an extra "free" figure and more about making concessions. Nowadays, waves are either about getting big BAFs with plain single-carded figures (like the Gamerverse Abomination or Sugar Man waves) or getting a regular-to-medium-sized BAFs with decently-tooled single-carded figures (like the Super Skrull or Demogoblin waves). It's too evident how the budget is divided. While I feel that regular-to-medium sized BAFs defeat the purpose of the entire concept of BAFs, I loathe when the value of wave is defined by the BAF. Getting a figure that is bare-bones and thinking "well, at least this figure comes with an arm double its height" is not a mindset I agree with. I think single carded figures should be worth the purchase on their own. This being said, I hope Hasbro tries their hand at doing BAF-less waves intermittently, maybe with less figures than usual, pouring their budget on accessories or maybe even bases. Their latest survey indicated they have contemplating dioramas. I recently bought the ToyBiz Series 8 Modern Iron Man loose, and I kinda feel like I didn't "treat it right" by not buying it in-package because it blew me away. A good base really elevates a figure from a piece of plastic to a display piece.
  11. This is quite the necrothread, but is it possible that these figures are actually 5.75 inch? In an interview with Toy Ark (here), the Hasbro team mentions there being a 6-inch kid-targeted line of which the Hulk and Abomination 2-pack is part of. And a showroom coverage from Toy Fair (here) shows these figures standing next to the Hulk and Abomination at their scale.
  12. I think I've mentioned this a few times, but I think it's worth reiterating. Reusing the head, scarf and arms should have been enough for Hasbro. They overlooked so many details that could have made this figure not only accurate but also interesting, like the embroidery patterns on the sides of her skirt, the extra seams, and the bagginess of her pants. It's funny that Ms. Marvel's basic figure will be roughly the same size as this one, but it'll look much better and accurate.
  13. I wouldn't mind. However, I wouldn't want to see simple repaints or retools of existing figures. If Hasbro were to make toys based on the series, they'd have to use new sculpts that properly translate the look of the show. That being said, while I said I wouldn't mind to see figures based on this show... I'd rather see Hasbro pour their resources on comic and MCU figures.
  14. A slightly different classic Iron Man is just how classic Iron Man 2020 is supposed to look like, and the eyes showing behind the eyeslits too. There really would have been no point for Hasbro to make a new mold or add any new parts that aren't what they did add.
  15. I hadn't noticed that the feet repulsor effects can be removed from the the take-off effects (in retrospect I feel like I should have). That's really nifty on Hasbro's part. The figure itself looks pretty good. A good first reuse of the 80 Years Iron Man mold, and I'm digging the color palette. Makes me want to see a straight-up reissue of the 80 Years Iron Man with the only change being those colors.
  16. I always felt they could have made her the key behind powering up the time machine. That way, she could have been involved in the time heist without actually taking part on it. As a plus, powering the time machine could prove straining to her, putting the heroes on a time clock to finish their respective missions before Carol would be forced to pull out. This could also have left Carol weakened for the final battle, and she could either have fought at half her power or could have been benched until she recovered, I feel like doing something like this could have made Carol have an actual relevant presence in the movie, be a key factor in undoing The Snap, and have her interact with the Avengers more instead of the Russos just deciding to write her out as being conveniently busy off-screen.
  17. Reusing the head, scarf and arms should have been enough for Hasbro. The skirt should have all kinds of tapestry textures on the sides, and a lot more seams. They could at least have been pained on. The pants should have been more cargo-like, with pockets on the sides. This figure really showed a lazy effort on Hasbro's part. I get that a lot of the budget went to the BAF, but I personally don't see the point of getting a giant-sized BAF if that means sacrifcing the quality of each individual figure.
  18. I've taken a look at some of these carbonized figures and I'd love Iron Man to get this treatment. At the very least as a one-off for a special edition or something. At the very least.
  19. Extremis Iron Man is my most wanted comic Iron Man figure. With MCU Iron Man dead I can only hope Hasbro opens the floodgates on the comic Iron Man figures, since movie figures constituted like 90% of Hasbro's Iron Man fodder any given year.
  20. This armor's design has grown on me. It's generic-looking but there's some weird appeal in its bland evergreenness.
  21. In the movie, Iron Man generates three different shields. The 2-pack Iron Man comes with the first shield Tony makes. This is the third one.
  22. That's right, but I just don't see as many indicatives that it might come this year as there are for the opposite. I think it's better to stay defeatist like this. It'll be a welcome and sweet surprise if Hasbro proves me wrong, ngl.
  23. I hope it's not true, but I believe that if Hasbro wanted to release another Iron Man 2020 for 2020, it would be like this version, and they wouldn't release it too late into the year. You could argue that two versions of the same character would be spaced out, but there's just something about releasing an Iron Man 2020 figure when there's only three or two months left in the year. Plus, there's just something about having two different versions of Iron Man 2020 in the same year I just can't see happening. There's also Hasbro's track record for comic figures which is that they just don't make figures for characters when they're topical.
  24. I think that if Hasbro had an intention to make the figure, they would have announced it already. However, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that since he will still have been an important part of the Iron Man mythos even when this event is over, we might still get a 616 Arno figure... even if getting Iron Man 2020 in 2021 or 2022 doesn't sound as appealling as getting it in 2020.
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