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  1. For me, it's more of a call back to the 3.75" scale Iron Man (not Marvel Legends) figures that Hasbro knocked out endlessly with Iron Man 2. I'm thinking that this thing may not even be in the game. Some of the 3.75" IM figs were crimes against nature but every tenth, or fifteenth figure, they'd hit on a nice shape, colour and idea for a suit, and because they were using decent materials back then (and FIGURE STANDS! And little cards that you mounted beside the figure. And blast accessories etc. Imagine that in a £6.99/$10.00 figure) some of these were, and still are, kinda cool looking. Quality/durability isn't bad here. It's nowhere near as bad as the ML MCU Iron Man or Iron Spider (Thanos BAF wave), but it's not up to, say, War Machine (Smart Hulk BAF wave) standards. And I kinda like it: it's 86,000,000 times better than the last Gamerverse Iron Man, and it's way better than it needs to be: Hasbro could have just slapped a coat of white & gun metal gray and a funky backpack on the last Gamerverse Iron Man and called it good and it still would have sold.
  2. Well, for people wanting a four-legged land shark accessory and a Deadpool-cosplaying-as-a-pirate figure, I guess this wave nails it. Other than that, kinda disappointing and the most random wave ever. Please no more comedy Deadpool figures, Hasbro.
  3. Great stuff from end to end, and pretty sure that the absence of movie waves isn't hurting anyone. There's nothing here that I don't like or won't be buying. The announcements were a bit vague, but If I had to bet on the next closed-box army builder, I'd bet the house on a Hellfire Commando. I was a bit surprised about the lack of an AOA discussion, and not even a teaser that there would be further figures past that beautiful AOA Apocalypse, so I'd be very surprised if we got a second AOA wave. Probably they'll opt for a box set, with Sabertooth for sure (AOA Cyclops, Magneto and Bishop would all be extremely easy new heads & redecoes of Jim Lee Cyclops, any version of Magneto and Cloak respectively). The other X-box set would almost certainly be classic New Mutants (released in line with the delayed movie, probably an Amazon exclusive) and with Cannonball (with legs this time), Sunspot, Magma, Cypher/Douglock, Wolfsbane and Karma or Mirage. Again, it's a golden opportunity to knock out repaints/redecos and supplement with existing figures (Warlock, Dani Moonstar, Magik, Karma) who could be cheaply and easily added to make up numbers/limit cost. Whether it's real or contrived, I love the enthusiasm (and flat out geekiness) of all three guys, their knowledge of the Marvel Universe and eagerness to explore some of the most esoteric and arcane characters (Rock Python, Spy master, Iron Man 2020 etc) way more than Toy Biz ever did. It's cool, because ever since the AOA wave was first revealed, I stopped 'wishlisting', because sooner or later, I think these guys will get round to knocking out versions of even the most obscure characters I've been wanting to see for years, if not decades. Still not sure they will ever get round to a Landslide, Crux & Grey King three-pack, but a guy can dream... No toy line is perfect (especially one that has been this prolific over such a long time) but Hasbro are getting a lot more right than they are wrong, and it does seem that they listen to dorks with cash. So, thank you Hasbro - good work.
  4. This really can't be a surprise to anyone. I would really like to say that if anyone from these boards (and site owners/affiliates too) was going but isn't now, that sucks. I know exactly how I'd feel in your situation, so I'm just really, really sorry, and I feel your pain. You dig out the silver linings in these situations, I guess. Hasbro aren't going to stop, or slow, making Marvel Legends any time soon (as I write this 2x brand new waves of 7 figures and 2x store exclusives have either shipped or are shipping imminently) and without conventional conventions in 2020, I think Marvelous.news - still the world's best Marvel Legends resource - will just get bigger and better. More scoops, more news, maybe even exclusives. I'm still totally enamoured with my outlined 'virtual SDCC' scheme, but whatever actually happens in lieu of a 'Con, I'm very grateful to you guys for doing what you do.
  5. Am I the only one seeing a more realistically shaded Batman foe Killer Croc here? I agree that larger scale BAFs like this are a good thing, and I don't hate this per se - quite the reverse: detail, articulation and execution are all exemplary - but.... Abomination again? And a very generic iteration, too. The previous comic based Abomination (and the lightly retouched Raft boxset version) have way more character. I guess there's always a gap between seeing new figures at a Con or online, and having it in the flesh. The Black Widow Wave, for instance, looked horrible. Then you buy it, and you see that up close, the MCU figures are excellent. Well, Red Guardian isn't: he stinks. But the all-new sculpts, attention to detail and paintwork on Black Widow, Taskmaster and White Widow are superb. These must be an absolute gift for MCU fans. Movie figures aren't my thing, but it would just be churlish to say anything other than, "Great work, Hasbro!" They put the effort in here, and the outcome is good. Turns out that even the (comic) Winter Soldier and odd VERSION of BAF Dynamo are both really rather good too.... So, I may change my opinion on the BAF, but the rest of the line-up is pretty rotten. Cap & Iron Man really are a waste of space. Ms Marvel is a missed/wasted opportunity and all four of the new comic characters - Rage, Mach 1, Leader and Captain Marvel (I) - just look bad, and whilst I can't fault Hasbro's decision to do these z-list guys (I've been praying for more Thunderbolts for years) I can fault the dullness and poor execution of each.
  6. I bloody love that idea!! When the Olympics is cancelled, the chances of SDCC going ahead as is is currently between absolutely not and no chance in hell. But yeah: why shouldn't people have an event to look forward to? Something which shows the kindly, responsive face of capitalism? So, why not use this opportunity to do something different? A mega-pay-per-view or pay-per-access VCC (Virtual Comic Con! It's a terrible name, but I'm trademarking it just the same) with the companies that would normally attend offering tiered access to their brands/offerrings. Each company would offer levels of access (some kind of 'Brand pass' offering) so Hasbro would have a Star Wars/ Transformers/ Marvel/ GI Joe etc. offering, and Lego maybe a generic & licensed ', which would probably cost more than say, Sideshow Collectibles or MacFarlane. Virtual attendees to each brand show/exhibit would/could also get limited access to the cc exclusive items that are usually hoarded by scumbags and flogged on ebay for between 10-100 times what they are worth. Don't even get me started on Lego. With some decent management, cooperation and organisation this could not only work very well, but actually save each company a huge amount of money. Not least because they (a). wouldn't all need to decamp to one area for three days and (b). Wouldn't have to just put all the displays & items & other paraphernalia of comic con in storage. And instead of, just one example, the Marvel Legends comic con q&a trickling out on fan sites, the whole world could, in theory, attend this live. Maybe even ask questions at certain points. First time ever. And all the exhibitors would still get paid for doing what they normally do, but in a different way. The technology is there. On our phones. Because really, what are the alternatives? As far as I can see, (1). a very limited, very austere 'Social Distancing Comic Con' which would just be terrible and grotesquely magnify all the existing problems with SDCC, but with none of the advantages, or (2). Cancellation. And a whole lot of toys, displays, hospitality staff etc. sitting in warehouses. I've had to get used to the idea that I'm never, ever going to have the privilege of being able to attend the US event. Like a lot of other fans who don't live in the US. That's okay: I still look forward to the coverage and (if I can afford it) some of the Exclusives cropping up on ebay. All of these companies just love telling the dorks and geeks how much they listen to us, they wouldn't be here if it wasn't for us etc. etc. Well, here's your chance to show it: think differently, do it differently, make just as much money. And maybe set a precedent. Or not. The toys will come out just the same, and none of us collectors will be out of pocket. Some will actually save money. As for the HasLab Sentinel. Cancel, cancel, cancel. We've got the AOA and Avengers Gamerverse waves imminent; store exclusive Grey Beast & Starboost Iron Man and Iron Man 2020. Then, deluxe Apocalypse and Nimrod. Then, the Deadpool/Strong Guy Wave, then the Venom wave & the Venomised Store Exclusives & 1980's War Machine. Then the Classic X-Men 2 packs. Then the Retro Spider-Man wave. Then the Fox X-Men 2 packs & singles. Then Old Man Hawkeye & Logan. So, we've kinda got enough for a while, I'd say (and I've maybe missed 5 single figures and 1 wave from that list...oh, and the Amazon Fall-2020 exclusive and whatever was planned for sdcc).
  7. I have neither the skill nor the patience, to custom, but I really love to see other people's work. This could work as an AOA Colossus but it would need a lot of work: new wrists (fists are fine with some paintwork on the palms) new lower legs (current shape is way 'too robot') and a head you'd have to pretty much do from scratch. That would be tough: just making the bandana AOA Colossus wears over his face would be a hell of a challenge, let alone rendering the ultra-expressive face, that both Chris Bachalo or Roger Cruz drew beautifully. An AOA Shadowcat (White Queen body + Hulkbuster BAF wave Captain Marvel head + paint and you're there) would be simple, so I'd love to see someone do a decent, faithful custom of both. The very first thing I thought when I clipped this together was: that would make one hell of an Alpha Flight Box custom (and even better, it could serve as 90% of either Box I or II). Even the colour scheme is there. I'll look forward to seeing what people make from this: it's okay as a BAF, but a treasure trove for skilled customisers.
  8. It's not all bad! What about...the... um.... ah... and... no, I got absolutely nothing good to say about this. This really is bad. And packaging grievances mentioned: definitely agree. If Hasbro can't be bothered (or can't afford or that movie logistics made it impossible) to provide a swap head which actually makes the figure resemble the box art, you change the box art. Or nix the figure. This is definitely why I've gone Marvel Legends comic-based waves/figures only. Movies not only have a super-short shelf life (or possibly none at all with the Black Widow movie: my understanding is that Sky and/or Disney+ are going to screen it TV only in the UK & US) but the movie figures require infinitely more bespoke parts, have multiple manufacturing issues, get crummy redecos and often very cool, established comic figures become just plot macguffins or dull non-entities (e. g. every Kree & Skrull and every other character except the CGI cat in Captain Marvel). I'm not saying all comic-based Legends = good & all movie-based figures = bad, but I would say that the ultra, ultra simple comic-based Red Guardian figure (cheap, quick Cap repaint with new head) from the Red Onslaught wave kills this in every way. And that's just one example.
  9. It's not all bad! What about...the... um.... ah... and... no, I got absolutely nothing good to say about this. This really is bad. And packaging grievances mentioned: definitely agree. If Hasbro can't be bothered (or can't afford or that movie logistics made it impossible) to provide a swap head which actually makes the figure resemble the box art, you change the box art. Or nix the figure. This is definitely why I've gone Marvel Legends comic-based waves/figures only. Movies not only have a super-short shelf life (or possibly none at all with the Black Widow movie: my understanding is that Sky and/or Disney+ are going to screen it TV only in the UK & US) but the movie figures require infinitely more bespoke parts, have multiple manufacturing issues, get crummy redecos and often very cool, established comic figures become just plot macguffins or dull non-entities (e. g. every Kree & Skrull and every other character except the CGI cat in Captain Marvel). I'm not saying all comic-based Legends = good & all movie-based figures = bad, but I would say that the ultra, ultra simple comic-based Red Guardian figure (cheap, quick Cap repaint with new head) from the Red Onslaught wave kills this in every way. And that's just one example.
  10. Fair point, and I completely agree about that heinous Captain Marvel wave (why did I buy that? Why? Actually, it was for a bad BAF & a semi-decent Genis). Compared to that, the CD wave is a 5* effort. And I'm hoping here too, that this new iteration of Dynamo will grow on me. And: Titanium Man. Yes! I'd love to see him again: a colour clashing, cool looking, big ol' 1980's armoured dude - what's not to love? They [Hasbro] released him as part of the Iron Man Marvel Legends wave, and the figure still looks great. Bit of a paint refresh & the 'new' upper leg articulation added and you're good to go.
  11. Hate to break from my normal gushing enthusiasm for all things Marvel Legends, but the Widow/Crimson Dynamo BAF wave is (for me) the weakest so far released in 2020, and this new version of the Winter Soldier is perhaps the biggest disappointment. I can't help comparing against Hasbro's last comic-based WS (from the 2010 2 pack w/grey Black Widow...eesh, a decade ago! Man, I'm getting old. Sniffle) and it still beats this hands down (the short-haired swap head is aces too). Maybe waiting a decade for a redo of a top-tier character (comic, movie and TV) just raises expectations too high. Hoping I'll change my mind when I've got it in the flesh, though. The (multiple) Black Widow figures are also meh (except the store exclusive grey suit version. That one is superb) and the BAF just looks...odd. I guess it's a movie wave, so it is what it is, and clearly people are digging this, but for me, an Ursa Minor BAF wave, with the three movie figures kept, and Darkstar, Vanguard,1980's shoulder-cog Crimson Dynamo, Winter Soldier and Sharon Rogers (future) Captain America would have ticked all the relevant boxes (the movie, comic characters past and present and at least three very easy, cheap repaints) and have a way cooler offering. I mean, Spy-master....?
  12. LOL. Certainly wouldn't be for me, or anyone else I'd think. Giraffe neck hasn't just hit poor old Ant-Man (twice) but also Hyperion, Gladiator, and there's others too I'm forgetting, but if you want a superb example, shove Hope Summers' head on All New X-Men boxset Jean Grey torso. Beat that giraffe neck if ya can! With a GSXM box set, I'm torn. We've got nearly all the characters close to, or actually, perfect now - Colossus [80th Vs Juggernaut] Cyclops [vs Dark Phoenix 2-pack], Wolverine [Apocalypse BAF wave] Sunfire [Warlock BAF wave], Nightcrawler [X-Force/Wendigo BAF wave - swap head 2 is his GSXM appearance]) and Thunderbird & GSXM Storm are on their way. That leaves just Banshee, and, at a push, Marvel Girl (done terribly as two pack with Cable, but done just the same). Probably just another nice 2-pack - Banshee/Marvel Girl would circle that square nicely (and more cheaply!) BTW, if no-one's mentioned it, John Proud star is Thunderbird I. Warpath (James Proud star) was codenamed Thunderbird in both Uncanny X-Men & New Mutants (and in his Classic X-Men origin story) during his Hellions tenure and the 1980's Official Guidebook to the Marvel Universe refers to him as Thunderbird (II). He becomes Warpath many (actual, not comic) years later, and has worn T-Bird I's red & blue colours/uniform many times. Thunderbird III... well, best not mentioned (Neal Sharra, horrible costume, goatee, projects fire, fancied Psylocke....literally all you need to know about this one).
  13. Looks fine to me. Perfect, actually & 100% comic accurate. Maybe you're not a student of X-Men comics before 1991, but look at the cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975). Or Art Adams' magnificent (and still definitive) covers, annual & guest artist work for Classic X-Men & UXM (1985 onwards). Or Paul Smith's work on UXM in the early 1980's. Or John Romita Jr's work on UXM (first run). So, I'm seeing Jay C's reveals, and I'm thinking 'Holy sh!t! This is just amazing. Another 30 figures I need! ' It's great! But, Reading the comments...not for all: the big takeaway from at least three regular posters is: inadequate curves on female figures. Ohhh, boy. Here we go again. Blathering about 'Disney PC', and 'body shaming' and 'hurting feelings' and clearly feeling they are being discriminated against if they don't get female action figures with 38DDD upper torso sculpts and 16" waists. And, here was me thinking we didn't do politics + toys anymore here, because it's toxic. And causes people to post insults in response. And rinse and repeat. Here's the thing. I remember the Marvel Swimsuit Specials too (1992 & 1995. Even as a kid I thought these were dumb). But these weren't anomalies - in the early 1990's, Jim Lee and Joe Madureira and Rob Liefield and J. Scott Campbell and Todd MacFarlane and Whilce Portacio and 83 million other pencillers - Marvel, DC & Image - really went all out nuts doing ludicrously exaggerated and anatomically impossible versions of women's bodies (oh, yeah, and men's too. Cyclops was never a weight-lifting body guy, he's a skinny, gawky kid with tone and definition. Like how Chris Bachalo does him now). Every one giggles about Liefield lines and superfluous pockets. There was other stuff too which tends towards bad cliche. Like Scott Campbell's infamous rendition of Medusa. Like, ouch, Scoob. Still, that way of depicting our favourite heroes didn't offend me then, and doesn't now. I'd expect a 1990's Jean Grey action figure to look like 1990's comic (or, to a lesser extent, cartoon) Jean Grey. And sure enough, she does. [Boy, I still love that UXM 'Love Triangle' 3-pack. Just exceptional. Best Legends 3-pack ever. Ever]. Anyway, by 1999, that way of pencilling pretty much stopped. And it's not coming back. It's ONE VERSION of these characters. What came before, and what came after - about 60 years of comics - is far more valid and representative and will - SHOULD - be used as the basis of a sculpt. Storm looks great. And this is still an advanced protype. Please, please, please stop doing that knee-jerk reactionary stuff: personally, I don't want to insult you because of your politics (and Politics - there is a difference, but neither sits comfortably on a collecting website). I'd actually much rather listen to you, as you all have very good/interesting things to say and share without reaching for the 'I hate modern toys. I hate Disney. I hate PC. I hate....I hate...' or 'Hasbro is making me buy toys I don't want to, ' BS. (I'll admit though, that latter sentiment did make me laugh though - I started visualising Hasbro stormtroopers frog-marching fan boys down to Walgreens, and threatening to shoot them if they don't buy Squirrel Girl). You just don't need to push that button. Doesn't matter how right you are, or how right you think you are, it's better to be nice than to be right. Or, alternatively, just stop collecting/posting if it offends too much. And, I hope you'll allow me a digression too after a long ol' post. It's serious. I am 100% psyched for what's coming Legends wise, but as I live in the UK, I'm concerned about whether or not I'll be able to get it in light of the (soon to be declared) SoE here. I've already tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in self-isolation (this is day 6 for me, maybe only 2 more days, maybe 8). I'm more or less fine (ish: I have chronic asthma), but miserable & anxious. I'm worried about my parents (78 and 76, one with COPD) and my partner is even more terrified for hers (both 74, diabetic, one seriously immuno-compromised following stomach surgery last autumn). A lot of stuff is going to be shutting down here (football, sports, public events, festivals, cinemas etc. etc. already have, but schools are still open at this point). Infrastructure will be hit soon. And this situation MIGHT add cost, delay and availability issues to every thing, not least these new waves and figures (and my pre-orders! Black Widow wave & Grey Black Widow; Iron Man 2020; AOA wave and a bunch more). No-one knows. But this is real, this is serious and people you know may well die over the next 12 months. If you're lucky enough NOT to be affected by this yet, good: I hope you can all avoid it. Be sensible, take care and every possible precaution you can and stay healthy and aware of people who desperately need help. And if you hear anyone saying, yeah, they've got a cough, a fever/higher temperature and/or feel a little bit fluey, but, it ain't too bad, so they're going to keep right on working as normal, please hit them hard and forcibly frogmarch them home, making sure they follow whatever guidance has been issued by public health officials. Because this is why people are dying, and why this virus is escalating at an unprecedented and unparalleled way and with a statistically improbable mortality rate. It's kill rate is making bubonic plague or SARS seem like a walk in the park. And we have - leaked by Public Health England this morning - a year of this to go. ONE YEAR. 80% of the UK's population impacted. 7.9million hospitalised (source: the guardian.com/world/2020). Heavy, eh? So, for me, these reveals are a little bit of positivity and goodness in a very bleak time (and believe me, compared to some people, I'm not suffering at all).
  14. Has HoX/Pox been successful, though, Tarot? By the metric of selling mucho books, that is. I'm not saying you're wrong, because I genuinely do not know, and I haven't read them myself yet. So far, I've only seen geek-love & critical plaudits for the books, but that doesn't always translate to numbers (e.g. Grant Morrison's run). Either way, I'm not opposed to HoX/PoX figures. Cyclops' new Tron colours would be a super-easy repaint; Scalphunter and Psylocke's new outfits are both snappy and Professor X (in his 'I've got the biggest helmet in the world' suit) - would all be cool Legends, but I can't think of many other X-Men from 2019/2020 that would.
  15. Just bee-you-tee-full. If there's improvements to be made, or any weaknesses with assortment, sculpt or paintwork...meh. Because if five years ago, or ten years ago, or fifteen years ago, someone had said "There will be a full AOA X-Men wave, maybe two if it does well." I would have laughed and sadly remembered the AOA Weapon X & Sabertooth that came with TB ML Giant Man series. I've needed these figures for 35 years, and they will not disappoint. It is curious though, that after being hyped through the roof, and being (so I'm told) the "best X-Men story ever" Jonathan Hickman's 2019 (but still ongoing) Power of X/House of X arc and subsequent X-Men universe reboot gets zero figures, whilst a 35 year old alt-reality story gets two waves. Makes you think, doesn't it? BTW: Wave 2 - Colossus, Shadowcat, Cyclops, Sabertooth, Magneto, Husk, Exodus & Abyss as BAF. A Rogue/Gambit two-pack would be sweet too,
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