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  1. Poor. Hard pass here - thankfully: my wallet really can't take another store exclusive (though like everyone else here, I'd probably find a way if there was something worthwhile or Stepford Cuckoos'ey). Hasbro have really worked the Legends schedule awesomely well, or awfully exploitatively in 2019, depending on your perspective, and there are no 'rest' months anymore or a period where new product isn't shown, revealed or imminent. So, the 'big' waves come out at fairly reliable points (new Spider-Man wave around December/January, Avengers related early spring, X-Men & related late Spring/Summer) and to tide us over, autumn/Fall gets a whole bunch of exclusives (this year: Cowboy Logan, Moonstar, Big Time Spider-Man, Stealth Iron Man, Agent Anti-Venom, Variant Punisher, Alpha Flight, Hulk(s)). Oh, did I forget multiple 80th Anniversary, MCU, Retro and Riders sets? Sure did. Oh, and XM Love Triangle, X-Factor 2-pack....you get the point. The constant churn is great, sure, but I'm spending money I haven't got on these. But what else can you do?
  2. Great work, man - great. Haven't seen a custom I liked this much in a long while, and the 'recipe' is one even I could follow... would not produce results this good though. Sigh. Nothing but praise for you, Frankenstein, and thank you for showing her off.👏👏👏 P.S. Hasbro - please do another Emma Frost, exactly as she is here.
  3. Yep, it sucks this bad living in the UK and trying to collect Legends. Dan Who is enthusiastic, and it's great to see someone making the effort, but he should do a bit more on the fact-check & verification elements, and maybe carve out an individual niche (quoting from Rektangular is not enough). Interestingly (or not...) Tesco have carried Marvel Legends (both at 3.75" & 6" scale). They even got a retailer exclusive on the first wave of Hasbro's Marvel Legends 'Reborn' (Annihilus BAF) and carried Spider-Man Legends long after everyone else had dropped them. It's fair to say that Marvel Legends have been invisible for at least 5 years at Tesco, but then that's true everywhere: with a dead TRU, no pick-up from Smyth's or The Entertainer and a few pegwarmers at HUGE Disney Stores only, mainstream distribution of Marvel Legends is a bad joke in the UK. Ultimately, you can go eBay or on-line/speciality dealers: Kapow Toys, In Demand & Star Action Figures are all great. American collectors - note this when complaining about retailer exclusives! So, in one way, it's good to see these, because it's...something. On the other hand, these are going to stagger - not fly - off the shelves. There just isn't the market for action figures at £15+ especially as these are (a). Nothing new and (b). MCU-based. Slight repaints of comic-based figures though, or figures split from multi-packs without BAF parts at £15? I'm in.
  4. Hey, who needs money anyway? All I need to say is: hope it's true, and yeee haw! Oh, and: Gulp. Just a few more items to get in the last quarter of 2019 and first of 2020 then... (1). Cyclops, Jean Grey & Wolverine 3-pack. (2). Havok & Polaris 2-pack. (3). 3x New Mutants Dani Moonstar. (4). Alpha Flight box-set (Amazon) (5). Variant Punisher (6). Spider-Man wave 1 [2020] - _ - _ - _ - (poss) X-Men Wave 1 [2020] (Strong Guy BAF???) (poss) 3x Stepford Cuckoos [2020??] - _ - _ - _ - I don't even want to think how much this'll be. Man, it's neverending, but I probably wouldn't have it any other way... #pleasemakeBox
  5. The 1980's Serpent Society were really kinda cool. For a bit. I guess their heyday ran from 1984 to 1989 or so (problem with comic collecting in the UK was that the dates on the comics bore no relation to actual dates - so, if my dates are wonky, bear that as mitigation!). Mainly they were built up in Captain America, but were often used wherever an easily beatable set of foes was needed. Conspiracy theorists may also note the prime era of the Serpent Society coincided with the introduction of Serpentor in GI Joe.... After this, they just faded a bit, and more useful, individual characters (Diamondback, Constrictor) were pushed instead. I have no idea if they are dead or alive in current continuity (or this week's version thereof). The gimmick died for me when they turned up in Uncanny X-Men annual (1988/1989) as part of the 'Atlantis Attacks' arc. The only part that I remember is the following exchange between Boomslang and Wolverine: Logan: Another one. What's yer name, bub? Boomslang: Uhhhn......Boomslang. Logan: Uh-huh. And what do you do? Boomslang: I throw metal balls, and little snakes come out of them. That may not be verbatim, but give me a break: this (meaningless) exchange is being paraphrased from a comic I haven't even looked at for 30 years. #pleasemakeBox
  6. Man, I hope so. I've got to believe that sometimes - just sometimes - Hasbro does some ad hoc research to get an understanding of how their core market is responding to new product by trawling social media & fan sites. If they have (or do in the future) they'll know this set went down really well (pre-ordered mine the day it was available). As you say, there's logic there, and the Alpha Flight set itself proves demand. He's a bit obscure, but I do think collectors would take Box over GotG Titus (euuuu), MCU Smart Hulk, MCU Molten Man or even the Lizard. I think if a BAF looks cool, even if you don't know the character, you buy the whole wave. And if it looks cool and is an essential figure for completists, it's a no-brainer. Box nails it on both fronts: either the classic. big, chunky badass robot in a leotard, or Jim Lee's elegant, compact and dynamic version. If you did #pleasemakeBox, would that work/help, for instance?
  7. You must know I know that, right, Tarot? You're normally quick as a fox & your Marvel knowledge is exemplary. That's why I typed 'Wanda Langkowski' not Wanda Langkowski. Now, that's how to do a story about gender and identity, without turning it into a moralistic after-school special, cheap giggles or contemporary 'representation' and PC story... There was a comment too, earlier, about the genius of John Byrne - as writer & penciller. Couldn't agree more: that these figures are being issued 34 years after #1 and are totally based on Byrne's iteration of the team (except Vindicator, of course) says it all. Have to say: every time I look at a picture of Box I or Box II, I am praying harder and harder that they BAF either of these two....needed.
  8. FINALLY. Just....delighted. Could it be a little better in places? Yes, but it's Alpha Flight. It's the full team (or close enough). Is this the best Marvel Legends box-set since Thunderbolts? Yes. Does this hammer literally everything at SDCC? Yes. This has been teased and teased for literally a decade. Probably, you'll remember when the Deadpool/Sasquatch BAF wave was previewed, it was spoken of/rumoured to be 'The Alpha Flight wave'. Then, they showed the Wendigo BAF from the X-Force wave at one of the 'cons, and then that became 'the Alpha Flight wave'. Before this reveal, best you could hope for was maybe the twins in a two-pack or in an X-wave. This though...just beautiful. McHogan - re who's missing? from the first 12 issues, it's missing just Marina, but from the classic era of Flight (up to issue #50 or so) It's also missing: Box (I) (Roger Bochs, who I would just loved to have seen), Box (II) (Madison Jeffries), Talisman (sad about that, too). Nemesis, Laura Dean, Goblin, Persuasion/Purple Girl, Wild Child, Windshear, Diamond Lil, Sasquatch (II) ('Wanda Langkowski'), 'big' Puck & Windshear.
  9. I'm trying to think of a Hasbro Marvel Legends SDCC reveal/preview that was better than 2019 and honestly can't. Anyone else have a "best SDCC ever", and why? Big thanks for the great coverage too guys - this is the reason that Marvelous news has always been my 'go to' site for HMLegends. Not much else to say other than that the remaining New Mutants can be done with the Dark Phoenix Cyclops body: swap heads and hands for Cannonball, Cypher and Sunspot and you're there (obviously, Warlock & Magik are done, and Magma was kinda peripheral anyway) Biggest no-brainer ever. I'd like to see a 'solar' Sunspot, but after legless Cannonball, I just want a decent figure. Just two quick equations: Marvel Legends Squirrel Girl + Tippy-toe = toy nirvana. Forthcoming Marvel Legends + my finances = bankruptcy in eight months.
  10. ((((Head exploding with delight))))) Serendipitously, I post a message about AOA figures, we get 'em. What's the odds? Ditto, Squirrel Girl. X-Man! Shang-chi! Dr Doom....oh, baby that's good. Cyclops, Jean, Wolverine....all great, exactly what I hoped it would be (what was it I said about swap heads? Does it for me every time - especially Cyclops). And New Mutants!!!! After that horrible, horrible 3rd wave of MCU Avengers THIS is what I want to see.... about 20- 30 more figures I've needed/craved for maybe 2+ decades and some EXCELLENT contemporary stuff & I'm ticking #$## off the list that I never, never thought I'd see. I'm gonna be bankrupt in 14 months... it'll be worth it, though.
  11. Hello, Jean Grey! There. These cover realisations are cool and X-Men #1 is the real standout. But: 1. Jean Grey needs more than new wrist bands and a lightly tweaked head. If this really is the 100% official/approved new Marvel Legends Jean Grey...I'll be very disappointed. But, this may be a WIP, a custom for display or whatever, so it could get better. 2. I'm hoping for more than the three X-based Marvel Legends (Wolverine, Colossus, Juggernaut) in the 80th Anniversary line. Won't list who I think they should do, but the line is way too heavily-stacked towards Avengers - both comic & MCU iterations). Time & time again, MCU double or triple packs (Winter Soldier/Falcon, Vision/Scarlet Witch, Civil War CA, IM & Spider-Man for instance, Iron Man & War Machine) have tanked, and 'special' MCU lines (10th Anniversary) were pretty bad. I've never seen the likes of Ultron, Red Skull, Thor & Sif, Stark & Iron Man not on heavy discount. Generally, they just don't sell as well as comics-based singles & multi-packs. Which may be a problem: as of now, we have an MCU Captain America & Peggy Carter; a wartime MCU Cap with bike & a Classic comic-based Cap. MCU is also represented by Korg/Grandmaster (Thor: Ragnarok), Hela & Skurge (Thor: Ragnarok) and Luis & Ghost (Antman & the Wasp). Yeah...little but overweighted. Can't help but think demand for most of the above will be limited. If Hasbro is celebrating 80 years of Marvel, how is it that 90% of what's been revealed takes us back just 11 years and covers only MCU? Marvel's rich and unmatched tapestry of COMIC characters and teams is barely grazed. Could Hasbro not explore: Punisher #1; Alpha Flight #1, Inhumans (Marvel Knights, #1), Earth X #1, Fantastic Four #1, Secret Wars & Secret Wars (2015, both #1), Thunderbolts #1, Dark Avengers #1? I'm sure there's more from Hasbro though: more reveals & teasers & jolly good stuff.
  12. Initial squeal of delight replaced by slightly resigned sigh. Yes, we need a new (Uncanny) X-Men Jean Grey, but the emphasis should be on NEW. Hasbro's ancient XM 1992 ML Jean - like Juggernaut BAF Phoenix - was dull, flat and bad, suffering from lazy sculpting and bad cases of both oversized head & bendy leg syndrome. Trust me: it's a flat-out bad figure and you don't want it (see below). Unless, of course, I sell mine on eBay... For me, the first and only decent Marvel Legends Jean Grey ever has been the Cyclops/Dark Phoenix 2-pack sculpt: perfect in every way, and with three great swap heads. Considering the characters importance, she's welI overdue and hopefully she'll get the Emma Frost treatment: swap heads, effects and a (new) sculpt, fit for 2019. As part of a three-pack with Wolverine & Cyclops too? Meh. In an alternate reality somewhere though, Hasbro is doing these three in their Age of Apocalypse togs....now, who the hell wouldn't pop for that? Not hard - new head sculpts for all & some 'hand' work for AOA Weapon X (Wolverine) Especially as Jean got as far as an AOA prototype as a swap for the Hasbro Jim Lee JGrey. Actually, put me down for ANYTHING AOA...my poor old Toyfare Exclusive AOA Sunfire (still a great fig, btw) has been on his own waaaay too long.
  13. Sigh. One of the biggest misconceptions with Hasbro Marvel Legends rears its head again, informed by second or third-hand recitations of pseudo-facts on message boards. There's no embargo on Firestar, no problems with mutants and never has been. Famous misconceptions [#1] - Hasbro have never mixed X-Men/Mutants with Avengers in their action figure assortments, because of licensing issues and Marvel politics or personnel. Marvel Legends must thus focus on one property only. Wrong. Look at every Marvel Universe wave ever (you know, the 3.75" scale line that they actually called Marvel Legends). There was NEVER a time that this line didn't straddle all corners of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight, Inhumans, Avengers, Defenders, X-Men etc. How could this happen with the alleged rights issue? Also, look at Black Panther Wave 1 - which mixed up Inhumans, Mutants, MCU & Fantastic Four. Or Red Onslaught/Onslaught. And there are many, many more examples: Cloak & Dagger & Elektra & Daredevil in a Spider-Man assortment. Runaways Nico in a Dr Strange Assortment Captain Britain in an MCU Captain America wave. [#2] With Marvel Legends, Hasbro have always had character/property exclusive focussed waves - MCU or comic-based Avengers waves would never have other MU properties/characters, likewise Spider-Man & X-Men. Kind of a variant on #1, but also wrong. As above, you can take Scarlet Witch from the old Odin/Aged Thor wave (a mutant, sometime X-Man etc) and go from there (or go back further to Hasbro's weirdly mixed first waves). One of the best examples: SDCC Book of Vishanti includes key characters from Thor, Dr Strange, Avengers & X-Men, but it's way harder to find a 100% 'pure' Avengers/Spider-Man/X-Men/GotG/Deadpool line than a multi-book/property/license assortment. Black Panther wv 2 & Captain Marvel wv. 1 are possibly the only ones there are (and the latter of those fails on Genis & Grey Gargoyle). Basically, if a character is popular/viable and fits the price point, they're in. [#3.1] Hasbro don't have the rights for X-Men/Mutants & F4 (film or comic), but [#3.2] now that Disney owns Fox, they can make X/F4 movie-based, or figures from TV shows like Runaways, Gifted, Legion etc. 3.1 is one you hear a lot less nowadays (it would be tough to argue with multiple Deadpool/X-Men/X-Force waves), but Disney's acquisition of Fox has caused some head scratching. To simplify: what is likely to change in the Hasbro Marvel Legends Universe? What will Hasbro start doing that they didn't before? Answer: very little & nothing. They're never going to do a wave of Logan or First Class figures, or FF movie figures. People here may remember the stink of X3 figures like Beast, Juggernaut & Colossus. They tried 'em, learnt lessons and moved on. So, unless you have full details of the Hasbro/Marvel (Disney) licensing agreement, why go there? Personally, I'd say Hasbro are covering every niche, nook & cranny of the MU & MCU really, really well. Everyone - myself included - has a wish-list of characters not yet immortalised in plastic (Squirrel Girl is all I'll say here) or teams not yet focussed on (Alpha Flight, Thunderbolts, Defenders) but I'm just going to cross my fingers & wait patiently to see what goodies they throw at me. And, if it's not immediately forthcoming, licensing is usually the last issue that would stop it.
  14. Solid review, thank you: the whole wave of these are great & I pre-ordered the wave on day one, and rubbing hands in anticipation. He's not perfect, but there's no huge or glaring issues/problems here, so Hasbro's batting average on X-Men based Marvel Legends is still superb. I think it's a shame that the BAF-less retro wave is so much better than the X-Force [Wendigo BAF] wave, and can't help thinking that the retro wave should have been 8 figs: Silver Samurai, Storm, Iceman, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, X-Factor Cyclops, Mr Sinister & John Buscemi Logan. The thing is that ALL of the figures above - with the exception of Logan - were actually released by Toy Biz (well, Storm was in her early 1990's black costume, but close enough). An amended - and more consistent - 6 figure X-Force wave could then run with: X-Force Wolverine, Boom Boom, Cannonball (with legs, goddamnit), Thunderbird II (James Proudstar) and either Sunspot or Rictor and Feral or Syrin. Guardian could then be pulled for a bespoke Alpha Flight wave, or an AF-themed three-pack. Basically, pick your figures there...one can dream. Love the idea of an Amazing Friends 3-pack too (that's surely a no brainer, what with Hasbro's love for repacking at least 4 Spider-Man figures per year), This MUST have a 'block of ice' accessory for Bobby, though. You know, that thing Iceman seals himself into for no apparent reason before using his powers. Alternatively, I wouldn't sniff at a New Defenders (1980's version) 3-pack either: two easy partial repaints of Iceman & Angel (red & white costume, w/halo) and an easy redeco: Beast (new head, hands) or Valkyrie (I) (new head, torso).
  15. Darn...reviewed (excellently as always) before I could shove my review & pics up, so I'll limit myself: Absolutely brilliant. I'm getting another one. And please look at this pic (with perfectly sculpted swap head), then try to tell me she's not only the best iteration of Emma Frost (and to be fair Hasbro were on the money with a great 3.75" MU version) but one of the best Marvel Legends, period.
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