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  1. Well...um....a mixture. Thanos - cool. Glad they've got around to supersizing the old 3.75" Marvel Universe version. Like the alt head, but is this like an 'Old Man Thanos' kinda deal? (Not complaining: I always like alt heads). Stiltman wave - loved 'Into the Spiderverse', but none of these animation based figures are for me. I know they'll be loved by many, and they are good figures. Stiltman is a wonderful BAF; I'm fine with the generic ninja & Frog-man (this makes me smile. Who'dathought it? This guy? Love it). HoX/Dox/PoX wave - okay, that Cyclops is nice. I can dig it. But (a). Is there some new rendering here in the x-images? Are these actual figures, or renders? I'm NOT saying they suck, but all of the X-Men figures look slightly unreal, maybe Cell-shaded, like BorderLands 3? And the red lady, is that Karima? And who the hell is the BAF here??
  2. Benn - I may disagree with you on some design/aesthetic choices and a tiny bit on the speed of the design & manufacturing process (which has seriously accelerated) but what I want to say most of all is that I absolutely loved reading this. All of it. You know (much) more about the current x-books than I do (and any situation where one assimilates new information is good), and the bullet list alone was great as food for thought (an M or a Tempus figure? Oh, my! Yes, please!!! Just to pose Eva between white Magneto and MN! Cyclops & Emma Frost (black togs/Walgreens) would make me very happy indeed - and it's an easy do). I have no counter-arguments and I just want to say 'Thank you' for a great message and an enjoyable, informed and elegantly articulated read. For me, that's a debate and a discussion worth having and worth listening to. Respect to you, sir. 👍👍👍
  3. I don't get this complaint. This isn't a run-of-the-mill can-add-any-character-from-any-era wave. Maybe if they pulled this kind of character selection in a nondescript wave I could understand. But this wave is specifically based on Dawn of X, and you're indignant at the character selection consisting of this status quo's main player? No, Mr or Mrs ADour, that is NOT my complaint. I take it that you've seen the completed figures boxed, and that these all have 'Marvel Legends X-Men : Dawn of X' emblazoned upon them - as the Age of Apocalypse wave & Apocalypse deluxe did upon their respective packaging? Nor did I get the memo or see the Pulse stream that explained how these were anything other than 'an assortment based on the recent House of X story'. Based on. I would be (honestly) happy to be corrected on both points. Whether these characters appeared (or not) in a story arc I haven't read doesn't mean anything to me. Moreover, I understand every time Marvel does a reboot (every second week, subject to global pandemic) if a wave of Legends has its aetiology in a rebooted title, it will indeed be tired and predictable versions of characters we've seen again and again and again. If the comic was, um, House of Pym, we would see HOP Antman, HOP Iron Man, HOP Thor, HOP Captain America. Maybe HOP Stature if they can be bothered. This is not a new trend, and I honestly can't even remember the last time I read a comic. And, it's shocking, but I know not every figure in every wave pleases every collector. Who knew? But Hasbro have absolutely excelled with wave after wave of both comic-based and MCU- (or FXU) 'based' assortments for a good two years now. So much so, I've broken my 'don't buy MCU or Venom-based characters', because Hasbro keep knocking out really good versions of characters I don't care about or actively dislike. This wave is the opposite of that. These are really bad versions of characters I DO care about. Did, rather. But oddly, I think life will still go on: some I'll buy, some I'll skip. I lack the narcissism and ego-centrism of poor ex-President Trump, and I do have to acknowledge that these are my opinions: just what I think. No-one may agree with me on this, or any, point (or care what I think). Of course, every wave should contain only the 'core' or 'popular' characters'. Several people above say so. But, the X-Men are not just Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Professor X. There are characters from any of the current X-books that look great & look different: Captain Britain is one of 10 I could name and would have loved to have seen. A balance would, imo, be possible and preferable. And continues what Hasbro, in their opinion have been doing with other waves (dork & casual appeal). So, yeah, given that this will be a one-and-done wave, my 'complaint' is that if this sorry assortment represents the evolution and genesis of characters I've been reading about since I was 6, it's disappointing, because there is nothing new. And I (me, my opinion) compare that with the wave derived from the Age of Apocalypse stories. This 25-year old story arc generated figures that had never been done before by Hasbro (and badly or, not at all, by Toy Biz) - Wild Child, Jean Grey, Morph, X-Man, Sugar Man, Dark Beast) or versions of core characters that looked significantly different to any previous (or succeeding) versions of characters (Apocalypse, Weapon X, Sunfire). For me, that's a win. 6 cool new or good as new characters. 1 weird but cool BAF and the best Deluxe figure that Hasbro have done within Legends. New characters. New sculpts. Interest. But, I guess some people are happier seeing & buying the characters they've already seen & bought, because one is a slightly different shade of blue. And one is wearing the costume that she wore in the 1960s. And they are in a comic published in 2020. And for some people that's a big 'yay!' And that's cool too.
  4. Y'know, I still haven't got around to reading HoX or PoX. Honestly though, if the stories are as 'inspired' as this wave is, I'm not going near it. I can forgive and excuse pretty much anything X-related in Legends but this? Holy crap, if this is even 55% correct.... appalling. The most uninspired and by-the-numbers x-wave ever. The design process? "Hey, guys! Gimme the names of five X-Men characters even non-dorks know, and that collectors will already own at least 5 times?" Heads scratched for two seconds, "Um, Wolverine? Cyclops? Jean Grey? Professor X? Magneto?" "Nailed it! And we'll throw in a cool BAF and a totally uninspired previously unmade character that no-one knows or cares about. But make it a redo! Something from that retro Spider-Man wave. They will lose their minds over this wave!" I feel like I'm kinda repeating what everyone else has already said now, but these are flat-damn unnecessary. And we already have them: these are barely even variants. Two 'new' figures dragged out of the not-even-very-good-the-first-time Retro Gwen Stacy mould. I'm an eighties kid, so I love brown & tan Wolvie. But the three versions I already own are just fine, thanks (I'm counting Dark Avengers Wolverine, here). Maybe Cyclops will look different/better than the image shown - does anyone know this? Because I'm seeing the most dull, generic costume ever. They could finally, actually do the Phoenix 5 Cyclops here, and we get a version designed by Blandly Dulland McUninteresting instead? This sucks. With a wave that potentially sucks more than anything, you try and look for silver linings. I've got (1). Magneto is cool as hell (possibly because he's wearing his Marvel Now! costume & colours. The white & black has been his default since post-AvsX.) (2). Chuckles' headpiece is okay. (3). There must surely - please, God - be a Rachel Summers swap head with Jean Grey. That would make up for that horrible green costume, which they keep bringing back then quickly retiring. Over and over again. It can't be Prestige Rachel, but it can be the same as either version of Rachel Grey (Marvel Girl II/Phoenix II) from the ancient Brood Queen BAF Wave. Guys... please cheer me up. There's got to be some greatness I'm not seeing here, right? It will be better in the flesh??? Sad face. No LOL.
  5. Definite & easy pass - and not sure if the usual justification(s) for these double-dip, slight-tweak-on-different-card figures - that they are "Great for people who couldn't get them first time round, " and/or that they are too expensive on the secondary market - works here as it does with the 'new' retro Rogue. It's a good figure, but I want to buy new figure because I don't already own them (or a 98% similar version). And, of course, there's at least 10 easy (& cheaper) X-based repaints that could have gone on the retro card (an X-Factor Jean Grey / UXM #200 Magneto / X-Force Night crawler / classic Banshee). Bit of a lost opportunity, but it is what it is.
  6. Literally two figures and a novelty BAF stop this from being the most underwhelming reveal ever: Jocasta and Firestar. And looking at 'retro' Rogue's face, I'm seriously beginning to agree with proponents of the 'Hasbro has issues with female body sculpts' argument.
  7. Wait, so even when all this Pulse 'activity' is virtual, and could (sorry, SHOULD) for once, actually throw a bone to collectors from the UK and Europe, it still doesn't and never will? Qu'elle surprise. Yeah, qu'elle surprise again, indeed. The biggest difficulty for US & Canadian collectors is the amount of days it takes to get store exclusives (e.g. if you can't order 87 GI Joe Classified Baroness & Cobra COILS / Dani Moonstar / Star Wars Black Series 332nd Clone Trooper to flog on ebay the very second that pre-orders become orders) or, that SDCC stuff is slightly more expensive. Meanwhile, over in the UK, the shelves of Smyths Toys (excluding our hard-working and generally excellent specialised online action figure & collectable retailers, this is the only thing even remotely comparable to the smallest, most general of North American supermarkets) are so full of up-to-the-second Marvel Legends, Star Wars, Transformers etc. etc. it's hard to know what to pick. With the Star Wars Black Series, do I go for 40th A/VC Lando Calrissian, TIE Fighter Pilot or Luke Skywalker (Hoth Pilot)? Oh, the agony of choice. Can't decide, so I'll check the Marvel Legends aisle. Oh em gee!!! They have the Gamerverse/Abomination wave! Have I travelled to the future? Oh, wait - there's a downside: they only carry four figures. Not 'There are four in stock, the good ones have sold out,' rather: there are just four, full-stop. Online, and in store - Gamerverse Iron Man (worst figure of 2020?) Gamerverse Captain America (second worst figure of 2020?), The Leader and Captain Marvel (both horrible, no question mark). That's why BAF waves work so well, because who needs two arms, two legs, head and torso??!! Never mind, I'll cheer myself up with some pity purchases: those new GI Joe Classified figures are actually kinda, really cool - I'll get one of them. Or not. They don't carry them at all. And so on. In case anyone thinks I'm having a pop at North American collectors (Latin: collectorian obsessivus amicus) I'm not. Well, a little bit, but only at the very, very whingy ones who don't know how lucky they are. And definitely at the buy-five-hold-and-flog-on-ebay brigade (collectorian subhumanas scum), but we all get screwed by them. This will never change. It has been this way since I was a little bitty baby Transformers collector who - at the age of seven - was just as irked and baffled by Hasbro's decision to never retail G1 (Dinobot) Swoop, The Constructicons and Predacons (oh and so many more) in the UK. Just the crumbs from the US Retail table, many months later. But, my collecting brothers across the pond, should you ever happen to engage in serious discourse and dialogue with Hasbro, every single collector (and retailer) in the UK would be forever grateful if you could ask them why collectors in the UK mean absolutely nothing to them, despite continued, unwavering loyalty across multiple brands and way, way, way too many decades. 😢
  8. So, this is 2x completely new sculpts: the only difference between girls is heads and capes (and Jean/Selene gets (1). a kinky whip - ultra-rubbery recast of Black Cat's whip from the ancient Ultimate Green Goblin wave and (2). A cute, spiky l'il collar) and the difference between the boys is head sculpts. The chaps do have the standard ab-crunch, and waistcoats are soft (plastic) enough to make this articulation worthwhile. Packaging is nice, but for me, it's nowhere near the beautiful, and cool Book of Vishanti box from a million SDCC's ago. It also comes with a weird, pretend letter thing that you can open, but I don't dare to (I'm hoping there's a few £20 notes in there to offset what I've spent on this). It's a big hit on some levels - head sculpts are just superb, it does look like an 'event' box set and not just a bunch of repaint thrown together in a crap box, and figure selection is good: three figures we possibly wouldn't have got, and a nice iteration of Emma. And, accessories... there are some! Yay. But no cape for Pearce (like the classic look, but Jim Lee's Reavers version is unbeatable). But... four figures?? Just a Dark Phoenix saga Wyngarde / Mastermind swap head would have been cool, and knowing a Leland figure is never going to happen makes me sad. Because now who is going to use Nimrod's mass against him and drop him to the earth's fiery core before having a heart attack?And where's Tessa? Maybe even a Hellfire Commando would have softened the blow. But the worst thing - the plastic (plasticine?) used on the girls' legs. Appalling at this price point.
  9. Oh, and one more thing. And this comes from the Extend-A-Figure idea I had for characters like Reed Richards and Kamala Khan a few years ago. What if Stilt Man was actually just a figure in the wave? He would come with the leg parts that have the feet (and hopefully the knees) and the rest of the figures would come with additional leg pieces. Would this just totally piss everyone off, or would that be something a lot of us would be open to? Well, it wouldn't cause me Venom levels of collecting distress (and, God forgive me, I actually really like Venomised Captain America, even though Hasbro cheaped out on the shield - symbiote effect clings poorly on a regular Cap shield - and VCA has no back peg hole), but I think Hasbro kinda tried this with the MCU Vulture wings BAF wave. I hated that, but it was a lousy MCU BAF, and having 'a pair of wings' as your BAF? Not such a draw. Was it better or worse than Hit Monkey BAF or Rocket Raccoon BAF though? Who knows. They were dark, dark days (shudder)..... I'm not mocking though: done well, and with the right character - so, for me, Mojo would be nice; a really good MVC3 or MVC3I Shuma-Gorath with a bunch of articulated tentacles and rolling eye; a more Toy Biz-ey Hulk Buster Iron Man or a full-on Ultron or X-Fembot Danger, could work in that way. Or maybe they'd just be better as deluxe? If I'm not mistaken, we're up to date with the deluxe stuff (which I'm loving), so doesn't Hasbro owe us a few deluxe reveals?
  10. Hmmmmm. 80th Anniversary Iron Man - fantastic. Iron Man 2020 - really liked that, especially the OTT flame/base accessories. Gamerverse (Starboost) Iron Man - cheaper grade of plastic, and a lot of haters, but I still really liked that too. Sue me. Deluxe War Machine - looks really good. So, how could yet another repaint with slight mods have ended up looking like it does? Venom wave - lot of people like it, and I'm not going to rain on their parade. I like the BAF a lot, and I like that Hasbro have made the effort here, but easy pass for me. Also, when people say (for instance) "War Machine uses the Iron Man buck" wtf does that even mean? I've been a toy collector for like, four decades. My brother and comrades customise as well as collect, and I've never heard them, or anyone from Toy Biz, Hasbro, Hot Toys, Bandai, Figma refer to a figure's 'buck'. I'm guessing this means sculpt or master mould (not the Sentinel), but if so, does it main the basic, pre-production full body and head sculpt? Or the finished production version, which is sculpt plus accessories plus paint, plus tweaks (e. g. Strong Guy wave Deadpool's neck, arm and leg bracelets, belt and wrap around parts).
  11. I'd be a happier dork if Hasbro did no more Venom Legends ever again and kept the endless, but sadly inevitable, slew of 'venomised' characters in their Titans line or those weird new Marvel squish, fiddle and throw type figures that appeal to children with ASD. A good symbiote figure is fine. The first Toy Biz Marvel Legends Venom was - and still is - 50 shades of awesome. Even with poor articulation, every thing is golden. The detail, the pose, the display stand: that's all the Venom I'll ever need. Hasbro thought otherwise. Without even mentioning Spider-Ham, the first Venom wave was a case of: "Am I really stupid enough to pay £22 (about $25/$26) to get an identical version of Venom, because it has the 1980's Eddie Brock head and a lame dollop of black plastic, back peg symbiote effect? You better believe it! And that Carnage I've bought before? Well, I'm just dying to buy it all over again, because it has a swap head and an axe hand. Totes worth it. Oh, and the Venom BAF? Can you release it in a way which makes my purchase of the entire wave - 6 x 22 = £132 -seem like a total slap in the face? Like a totally unchanged single release of same with a price point around £30? And, also, could you repaint the BAF single release, shove a bunch of tentacles everywhere and hit us again for the same cash?" Yeah, I know they do that everywhere, but there are degrees: Agent Venom, Agent Anti-Venom. Venom. Venom with Brock head. Monster Venom BAF. Venom with Punisher symbol on chest (Marvel Digital subscription version). Monster Venom BAF (again). Toxin. Anti-Venom. Space Venom. Carnage. Carnage with Cassidy head. Lasher. Toxin (Monster Venom rework). And now...Venomised Marvel Legends. What could go wrong? The three previous Venomised reveals were enough (actually, three was three too many, but I could tolerate their existence if this was a one-and-done deal. Lol.), but think of the endlessly imaginative possibilities: Venomised Wolverine! Venomised Hulk! Venomised Gvenompool (don't know what this thing is properly called, don't care)! Venomised Iron Man! Venomised Squirrel Girl! Venomised Carnage!!!! Venomised Spider-Man! Oh, my!!! I've always felt Venom was a pointless, soulless, uninteresting and irksome character. Just dumb, stupid and lazy work by Marvel from 1988 onwards. Cool in Marvel vs Capcom 2, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, but nowhere else. His backstory is that he was Spider-Man's rejected back-up costume. Swish!! No matter who wrote, drew, animated, digitised, voiced or made the toy(s) of Venom and the infinite symbiote variations (gender: Phage, Bride, Scream. Colour: Toxin. Lasher. Carnage. Riot. Anti-Venom. Hybrids: Scorpion Venom. Poison. Carnom. Venom: Space Knight. Gwenom. Spider-Man Venom. Ultimate Spider-Man Venom. Spider-verse Venom(s). Venom-Verse Venom. Venomised every Marvel character ever) it's the same stupid primary colours, crud-dripping, Cheshire Cat smiley funny toothy mouth. Endless, pointless fights and powers cancelling powers cancelling powers. And that's why I hated that Venom movie more than any superhero I have ever seen. Tom Hardy (a fine actor, but not in this movie) doing cannibalism jokes and two stupid CGI monsters (both black and white and totally indistinguishable) beating up a rocket. And why are Venom and Riot even fighting when their whole deal - clearly stated by both several thousand times - is invade earth, symbiosis, eat people? Venom is to comics and Marvel Legends what botulism is to high cuisine, and the best 'What if...?' story line Marvel could ever do would be: 'What If Spider-Man never tried to repair his costume on Battle-world?' No. More. Venom. (respect to House of M #1, 2005).
  12. Dude, you can never tell on this board. And if I did a LOL now, it would just come off as sarcastic. High five instead! 👍😉
  13. I'm not 'booing the MCU', Mr Viking! The MCU Black Widow Wave - which I hated on sight at reveal and preview - blew me away 'in the flesh'. Loved the comic iterations (wee-ell, except Crossbones) and thought Hasbro did an amazing job with ALL of the MCU figures, including the 812th version of Black Widow (but excluding Red Guardian. Ick). My personal preference is for comic based figs over movie-based and X-Men comic based Legends uber alles. But, I've never wanted X-men Legends only. I grew up with a Marvel Comics universe: teams/characters hadn't been siloed and separated as they are now and you could - even as a kid - buy Daredevil, Hulk Captain America, Avengers and X-Men/New Mutants every month. You can't do that now, and Marvel's own marketing & licensing.... issues have really been divisive. It shouldn't be: the Marvel Universe is huge and I would love to see some ML love going to all corners of it - Devil Dinosaur, Kazar, Hellstrom, Slingers, THUNDERBOLTS, F4 etc. as well as the X books. I'd also say that my favourite Legends wave of the year was/is the Fantastic Four wave (that battered the AOA wave on every point for me, and I LOVE AOA). And, honestly, as much as I love X-based Legends, I'll pop just as much for a good Thunderbolts, or Earth X or Secret Wars II wave. Variety kicks ass.
  14. Marvelous News forum comments on this, and every, new X-Men reveal (please select one or more from the list below). - The body is wrong. [Add humorous analogy or metaphor here to show level of wit & sophistication, e. g. 'Emma Frost looks like a crack whore, '] - Disney. Body shaming debate. Political correctness. Blah blah (female characters only). - Don't like this costume. - Hasbro should have put in [insert name of idiotic, esoteric accessory from a previous figure or ancient comic that no-one cares about]. Without [accessory] this is a waste of time. - Why the hell did they have to put in [insert name of small accessory]??? - Nobody buys X-based Marvel Legends - they just warm pegs. Why don't Hasbro do a Gamerverse/MCU wave for a change? This is the second (contemporary) Marvel Legends Rogue. She's a character that has a long tradition of being done very, very badly, so this is overdue. This isn't bad, it's great. It ticks one big box for me by virtue of being a 'lost' Legends (cf. Hood, Lady Bullseye, Mutant X Havok) and thus, as close as we'll ever get to ML Puck BAF Rogue. If you are a long term fan, that counts. Another tick: love the Chris Bachalo costume. Third tick: Pyro looks superb. Long overdue. Conclusion: very, very sweet little two-pack, pre-ordered already. Room for improvement? Very much. Distribution. Price. Diminishing accessories. I know some of you think it's cool that there are more MCU (oh, and comic) Rescues and Shuris than there are Rogues, and Lord knows we could do with a few more MCU & Gamerverse Iron Man and Captain America repaints, but looking at the way ML seem to be doing at UK sellers, X-Men (based) Marvel Legends are outperforming and outselling any MCU wave. And the secondary market? Well, pretty sure we all know where ebay is.
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