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  1. I dont know if any of you have been keeping tabs. I went to HTS to search for the new wave and they have all been removed. No "Coming Soon" any more. The Legends are still there as "Coming Soon" along with Spiderman new Wave. Maybe they are updating the site as "In Stock"...hopefully!!!

    Big Time Spidey is still there. I'll bet you they were removed to jack up the prices.

  2. I got some of the new figures from China. Bishop, both Sandmen, and both Beasts.


    Sandman is very fine. No complaints.


    The new figures are very lightweight. The sculpts do look really good. The painting is not terrible, but it's all flat colors, with no shading or definition. Doesn't look quite like Marvel Universe figures in that respect.


    Otherwise, all the things we've been grumbling about are true. I admit the sculpts are better, and more detailed than I'd given them credit for. But the articulation is taken waaaaaay down on these figures. No torso, no waist, very limited neck (these guys can only look side-to-side. There's less neck articulation than in Marvel Universe wave 1), no wrist. The bicep swivel is gone, replaced with the elbow swivel. For Beast especially, all this sucks. Bishop has his dinky arms that look really out of place, but Beast is the real mess; stiff, inarticulate.


    The blue Beast is meant to look like the Jim Lee Beast from X-men #1, I believe. That open-mouthed expression comes from the page in that issue where he's throwing Wolverine--their version of the fastball special. I tried to articulate Beast to be able to do that. Suffice to say, it didn't work at all. Beast can't twist even slightly. without the bicep swivel or the neck articulation, he can't look like he's throwing anything.


    To me, that's pretty disappointing. My Showdown Beast can certainly be posed for a fastball special. Also for a lot of other things.


    Bishop also has very stiff, limited hip articulation. He can rotate a little bit, but he can't get out of that splayed-leg position, at all. The hip doesn't allow for that movement.


    Thanks for the mini-review.

  3. Lucky day apparently...

    Walmart Canada has had a sale this past week to rid themselves of the overstocked shelves of 3.75 MI Iron Man, Captain America, etc from Wave 1 MI. On for $7.97 Canadian which is like 3 bucks US eh. Kidding its like $6.75 or so.


    Was doing some holiday shopping for the family and got lucky. A fresh Wave 2 case must have just been opened and was still on the sale price for $7.97. So I bought the entire Wave 2 in retail: Red She-hulk, Thor, Beta Ray Bill, Death's Head, Yellowjacket, Steve Rogers and my personal fav Whirlwind. The works, all sitting ready for the taking. Even Wasp was there (assuming it was in the Wave 2 case, but had stumbled upon one earlier so didn't need it).


    Anyways had to create a username and join the forum to share the good news of seeing Wave 2 in retail. Happy hunting, stay on the look out! Ya, never know but certainly a positive sign for retail availability.

    Congrats on the good hunting, and welcome!

  4. Good news, there are finished figures popping up on the chinese ebay. Bad news the pictures are on another site and I don't wanna link to them. If I find the original links i'll post them. Needless to say the blue best is looking better with close up on the hair markings, I thought he looked too smooth in the display pictures, and of course Spider-man is following the same as the legends of being a big time let down. So far pictures of both beasts, both sandman, and spider-man have been seen. No bishop or black cat to my knowledge.


    Here, I pulled these off Taobao myself.


  5. I found the mysterious Loki figure that popped up on eBay recently. Big Lots got in a set of 5 poa MU figures just like Dollar General did. They had Spider-Man (a repack of the Family Dollar one), Iron Man (a repack of the AA one) and a Thor that is a repaint of the 5 poa AA figure. He looks pretty cool. I'm not sure how many people will care, but there's not much out on the Marvel front right now and I get bored easily.


    Also had Popeye's for lunch. Not Marvel related, and not really significant for any of you who live near Popeye's, but there's not one within 100 miles of my house so I get excited when I find one while I'm out of town. I sure do love their biscuits.


    I also went to Big Lots today and found the 5 POA helmeted Loki ($5.00). But my Five and Beyond did not have Avengers Assemble figs. :(

  6. Crossbones and Sin (the Red Skull's daughter).


    Crossbones is simply the head and vest from the single-carded Captain America: The First Avenger line Crossbones and the body of Retaliation Roadblock. I added a fodder belt that has a knife and holster, a fodder pistol, and a fodder gun which I think is from the World Peacekeepers line. I painted some details on the gun and freshened the brass bullets on the vest.


    Sin is the Red Skull head from the Captain America movies with a dark wash, and the body from the ROC Scarlett with reactive armor. The machine pistol is from a Baroness.


    Here is a size comparison of the most logical bodies from which a Crossbones can be made. L - R, they are the stock Hasbro MU Crossbones, my Crossbones based on Roadblock, (Captain America for size comparison purposes), a WIP Crossbones using Ares and Wrecker parts (with a placeholder head just for this picture), and the DC Multiverse Bane.





    I just bought a Toy Biz 1995 Iron Man line Modok. Had a chance to see both this weekend and I love the size of the IM line Modok more than the BAF. Gonna repaint him though gold with metallic purple headband/arms and legs. Plus the 2 head mounted cannons put it over the edge. Plus my Mistress Death comes today.

    The figure is fine and cheaper than the BAF, but it looks like what it is - a 20 year old sculpt. The BAF looks like it could still be released today.



    I disagree. The sculpt is badass. With proper paint, its a very cool figure.




    *smokes cigarette*


    Thanks, that was awesome.

  8. Hey, fellas,

    I'm attempting to build a Conan on the Hercules buck, and can't seem to find a good head. The Doc Samson/Thor head just seems too small for that base. I suck at sculpting, so I need something that just needs paint. Any ideas? Does anyone have experience to know if the Thor head would look better on a complete custom, because I can't see it as it stands.


    Thanks for any help.


    A Colossus head would work, but you would have to repaint it and sculpt (or transplant) long hair.



  9. PsychoPirate, when are we going to see more of your work?


    Thanks for asking! This is the only other thing I've finished lately - an upgrade on Hasbro's Moon Knight. I used the cape, staff, and belt and replaced everything else. (Belt and staff are repainted). Body is Freedom Foundation Spidey. Leg bracers are Commander Rogers. Head is a modified Black Panther (ears removed), Hood is a GI Joe Ninja's, as are the claws. Wristbands are Namor's repainted.






    Comparison to Hasbro's:



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