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  1. I'll say it again (because it clearly bears repeating): RACHEL SUMMERS. Rachel Grey Summers. Prestige. Phoenix II. Hound and Mother. I don't hate this: what's here is really good. Captain Britain is (genuinely) a quality upgrade, which looks a lot better than his ML predecessor, and has more comic-verisimilitude in a line-up of X-Men. Shadowcat (which sold this box to me in a 'BUY ME! BUY ME! BUY ME!!' kinda way) is a nostalgia overdose - I have been literally dying to have this character in ANY decent plastic form since 1984. But, I have been saddened by the fact that AOA Shadowcat is a better, cooler figure in every way (if you don't ponder the odd facial expression too much) and a more definitive Kitty. And speaking of odd facial expressions...Meggan. But, actually, it's okay: it's comic accurate (well, Alan Davis comic accurate) and if it's a choice of this or no Meggan figure, then this is fine. This boxset is like a bikini: what you see is great, but what's hidden - or not offered - is infinitely better. Beat that for an analogy. The bar was high because Hasbro's X-Men related 3-packs have been amazingly good. The Cyclops / Wolverine/ Jean Grey set is still an excellent example of fan-pleasing, quality multipacks using done-to-death characters in interesting new ways whilst this year's X-Force 3-way corrects a truly horrible and unforgivable single figure release (Cannonball) and adds two nice new dork-pleasing figures. I've got nothing but good things to say about those. Conversely, the Amazon Exclusive Wolverine boxset really was a 2-pack shoved into a 5-pack (did anyone buy that for figures other than Cyber or Callisto? Maybe Wyngarde for Hellfire fetishists out there?) and, correspondingly, got the love it deserved. The Excalibur set is not like that, but I can't help thinking that a REAL Excalibur boxset would have, like, all team members in it (or at least, those not currently immortalised as Marvel Legends) and been loved MORE because it did. Nightcrawler could be included with zero changes and I'm pretty sure people could live with a spike-free Phoenix II (on the Firestar body, fr'instance) and if it was a case of getting a swap head for Brian (which is a questionable deal breaker) or a fiery, Phoenix-effect alt head for Rachel, wouldn't we go for that? Seriously, that's not rhetorical. And, at a time when comic z-listers like Darwin or Frog-man or Spymaster are all viable options for standard assortments, I'm somewhat baffled that Phoenix II has never been part of any X-Men related assortment other than the creaky old Brood Queen BAF wave Marvel Girl version(s). The last time I remarked upon this, someone quoted something vague that the Hasbro team said in a reveal session, and said, "Of course they'll do Rachel Summers! Of course! Hasbro said so." Yeah, when? Now, we've got ML X-Men figures so obscure I have to wiki half of every new assortment, and yeah, I know that some degree of personal preference is involved, but the fact that Maggott, Thunderbird, Moira McTaggert, in-patient Legion and hot claws Wolverine have all pipped Phoenix II to the post - seems a bit 'wack'.
  2. Agree, but you missed some! Hasbro did 'Evil' Ms Marvel in all but name as part of the Radioactive Man - Captain America - early 1980's Captain Marvel three-pack. As it's the same head & body as SDCC Thunderbolts Moonstone, not a stretch to 'custom': Just shove a red scarf round her neck and she's comic accurate to the bank. I'd be up for a new Iron Patriot with a decent Norman Osborne swap head (though the old IML Iron Monger wave version ain't bad), definitely a Marvel Boy (was that his codename in Dark Avengers?? Not sure, but this would be before he was Protector) and while we're there, maybe a Daken/Dark Wolverine and a more buff and plastic effect covered Sentry (Hasbro can price as Deluxe if he has some lame plastic base). I wouldn't mind a more bespoke Ares either - the Thor Ragnarok version is really showing it's age. A 'Dark' Aurora figure would also be manna from Heaven, but that's going to be a stretch. Somewhat surprised that Hasbro never got round to a Bullseye/Hawkeye or Gargan Spider-Man. Still, I don't know if Dark (or Young, for that matter) Avengers have the love they used to - that's a shame, because there's a deep well of pretty cool figures to tap still.
  3. You know what was even worse than the horrible reveals of Adequate Captain America, Ron Jeremy Iron Man and wtf!!!?!???Hulk? Looking at the prices of the 20th Anniversary figures. Holy toast!!! I know Hasbro just loves the 'retro' suck-up collectors ('You idiots bought these figures when Toy Biz did 'em, so it's just gotta be worth £12 / $14 for a non-BAF, non-deluxe figure with extra cardboard, right? Course it is! Listen to your cheerleaders on YouTube!') but after the extremely satisfactory, fairly priced 50th Anniversary Cap, Thor and Iron Man (and the 20 slightly different Hulks released in 2020 and 2021), I don't feel I need any of these figures. The one vaguely interesting proposition - Ragnarok - is priced at the super-deluxe level: Modok or Hydra Stomper price. NOT WORTH IT. Looking forward to the X-Men wave of course, but the rest seems like exploitative, over-priced twaddle - Dr Strange with a ring of fire accessory is really a Deluxe figure? Seriously? Collectors aren't all that dumb are they? - so very definite, disgusted hard pass. It's been a hellaciously bad year for Marvel studios, and probably the one picture that would have sparked interest in the dead-on-its-feet MCU - Spider-Man: No Way Home - is going to hit at the same time as a new national lockdown (in the UK, at any rate). The Eternals was grisly death (and not because of 'diversity') and Shang-Chi (which I actually really liked) just fell flat at the box office. They can't give most of these figures away, so the new play is: more comic-based items we've done to death already, but at double the price. Good luck with that, boys.
  4. And, just behind Retro Fantastic Four Invisible Woman, the runner-up in the 2021 Hasbro Marvel Legends award for the most awful, wtf-were-they-thinking? totally unrecognisable, hideously ugly and appallingly bad face sculpt...it's the Winter Soldier! Yes, it's another entirely unnecessary repack of an ancient, not-even-good-the-first-time-around figure they've done to death. Plus HORRIFICALLY bad new heads. Hurrah!! That's waaaaaaay too many non-comic-based Winter Soldiers. Do you know why? Because they all suck. And this John Merrick Winter Soldier is really flagging that up. Holy toast, it's brutal. I think it's widely known that Sebastian Stan is a pretty good-looking fella. This head does not look like Sebastian Stan (even the geeky-looking headache he played in 'We Have Always Lived In the Castle') - it looks like a prototype for the Mr Hyde BAF. You know what doesn't suck? Hasbro's comic based Winter Soldier figures. The oldest of which included short and long-haired head sculpts. Both great. Figure still looks great. How hard would it have been to just change the hair, or- gasp! - pack in an alt head and slap a mask onto the Crimson Dynamo BAF Wave Comic-Based Winter Soldier? The Winter Soldier figure people like. Oh, wait, someone's saying a comic-based Winter Soldier single will hit on a retro-carded single in Spring 2022. Double hurrah. Go Hasbro.
  5. Exactly!! If anything, it makes the retro packaging - which you can't see 'til you open the 'collector's' outer box - obsolete. So...wtf?!?? Maybe it's useful for the folks who keep the figures on cards. I guess I don't care much either way if it doesn't add to the cost (which it hasn't with both invisible Invisible Woman and human Johnny Storm), but it seems totally pointless. Maybe if they actually put some info about the character, or a kind of tech specs gimmick it would feel less like an entirely pointless waste of space. Look for that first quarter of 2078....
  6. Hey, who needs decent accessories with an 'exclusive' non-BAF figure when it already comes packaged with the thing all collectors covet above everything: a low quality, entirely pointless outer cardboard mailing box? (See pic). I guess at least we should be thankful that this super-desirable, 'limited edition' packaging didn't bump the cost of the figure up by another £13 (about $10) as it did with the 'SDCC' animated Venom. 2021 Venom's an okay figure, but I'm still baffled and irritated with it, because it is just a bog-standard figure, with one swap head, two swap hands and no Eddie Brock head or 'symbiote effects'. Despite, this Hasbro upped the price by more than 50%, and somehow I ended up being £35.00 for it from Hasbropulse. That's Deluxe figure pricing, and there ain't nothing Deluxe about this Venom. Conversely, released on the same day, the 'SDCC' Gi Joe Classified MoD Zartan (which was just £2.00 more) gets genuinely cool special packaging, an absolute tonne of accessories (all relevant, useful & useable) and has the colour changing gimmick (which, again IMO, is one of THE BEST and most unique action features/gimmicks in all of toy history, I'd say). Wasn't worth what I paid, but I don't feel robbed.
  7. Definitely an improvement (and 10 trillion times better than anything I could muster), but it's still a bit lop-sided (that's not your fault: it's the hair sculpt). I thought the original Walgreens Exclusive headsculpt was fine (hair and head and body). The Super-Skrull BAF version was okay too, but this (the third and fourth versions) has serious HML Silver Centurion Iron Man syndrome. By this, I mean a basic and established character redo, which should - at least on paper - be hard to screw up, gets another repaint and new head, and it's a big - and confusing - step backwards. And is universally hated. Contrariwise, Psycho-Man is flat-out perfect. 'Tis jarring, I say. Disappointed, as the quality of the Sue Storm figure in a Fantastic 4 wave usually symbolises the vibe and coolness (or otherwise) of the remaining three characters. Thinking back, there's still only one Sue Storm I think they nailed perfectly - the ancient Ronan the Accuser BAF (comic) wave version and boy howdy, that does not sit well with 2021 figures. And what the hell with elbows??? Who cares? The She-Hulk type elbow sculpt works perfectly: keeps smooth contours and maximum poseability and is durable. You start putting teeny weenie double elbow joints (as Hasbro did with the GI Joe Classified Lady Jaye) you get broken figures. And no swivel. How the hell is that better? It isn't. I don't remember anyone screaming with disappointment either at Moonstone or Rogue (Juggernaut BAF) bodies.
  8. That, leokearon, would be phenomenal. Gimme!! And we're at a point where the line-up (that we know) is pretty much confirmed here? It works because of its randomness. And that's 100% groovy for me. Very, very happy. Sabretooth (apologies if this has been covered) will probably be as per Ultimate X-Men or Supernovas (kinda psycho-hippy, trenchcoat and add-on claws like the still fairly good-looking Toy Biz X-Men Legends version); First Appearance (Power-Man & Iron Fist) or the more familiar Marauders/Classic Sabretooth (as per the Toy Biz Face Off: First Appearance Wolverine vs Sabretooth two-pack: another beautiful sculpt that looks great even now). If I was putting money on it, though, I'd go for 'Rehab' / 'tame' Creed - John Romita Jr's/Joe Mad or Roger Cruz's version with the black vest, blue jeans, Lecter-mask, chains and wraparound adamantium mittens. That could look pretty sweet and it has history: Toy Biz did a version with 'break apart chains!!' back on the old orange card. With Maggott...it's curveball choices like this that stop me (repeatedly) from saying "No more collecting." All the frustrations & difficulties & expenses of collecting suddenly seem totally worth it. This is a figure I've waited for for nearly three decades. Never, ever, ever thought I'd see this boykie and Eenie & Meenie. For as much as I complain about specific waves, distribution, characters etc. from Hasbro, as soon as they pull something like this out of the hat, everything is totally forgiven. Love ya, Hasbro!
  9. I don't speak for anybody but myself. Never have. Never will. And I'm most definitely NOT part of a collecting community. I learnt respect at a very, very young age, in very painful ways. I didn't say "What everyone wants is this..." (though I did say "...that no-one asked for..." - and I'm sticking with that for THE MAJORITY OF FIGURES revealed) I didn't say "I know better than everyone else, and if you disagree with what I said you're an a-hole." Here's the actual words: This isn't a whinge about Hasbro's choice of figure(s) and I wish no disrespect at all to people who DID like, or love, these latest batches, and the frequency of the reveals in 2021. I guess the text is kind of offensive, isn't it? The whole 'What do posters think about FREQUENCY and CHOICE in respect of Marvel Legends in 2021?" was so off-colour, wasn't it? Boy, are my cheeks red. I'm a terrible person. What can I say? And then after that - knocking it up another notch - BAM! I gave MY view. Not the paid-for YouTube view. Not the Hasbro view. Not the Marvellous News view. Just mine. If you make the mistake of thinking everything you say is a fact and universally agreed upon, a priori, you are probably either (a). Donald Trump or (b). In need of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I mean, Tarot - are YOU the collecting community? Cartesian-dualism wise? Y'know, Cogito ergo sum and all that? Of course you are! Why, you 'know plenty of people who love all these choice' (grammer/syntax) so you must be. Don't patronise. It comes back with interest.
  10. They're doing Maggott??? 🤯Rilly?????Please don't play with my emotions....that's just too good to be true. Still, that set me thinking: if Maggott and Marrow are possible, they could be three-packed with a repaint Bastion (just a repaint. Would hate HasLab Sentinel buyers to feel their purchase was being devalued.... 😝 ) as an Operation Zero Tolerance three pack. Every time I say it will never, never happen with pre-2000's Legends (please note previous AOA predictions) it does, so...ahhh, it'll never happen. But if it did, boy howdy, that's a three-pack for the ages right there. Can I crowdfund it?
  11. So, I used to like posting the Fry meme ("Shut up and take my money!") or a witty gag about missing mortgage payments/going bankrupt. But, that was in the good old days before pandemic & brexit, when the main bulk of Legends would be unleashed at SDCC, and a FEW retailer exclusives and/or repaint/wtf? waves or 2-packs would trickle out throughout the year. I've got to be literally the only person on this board that is getting sick of the endless 'reveals' - which are now taking place weekly. Don't fancy the awful Eternals wave (7 figs + store exclusive Deluxe?) Well, that's cool, because this week is comic-based figures week!! Yay!! You can get 'stoked' about buying inferior versions of figures you already own, but at around +$5 to $15 (or +$30 - $50) if you're dumb enough to get an 'early release' from an ebay scalper) per figure more, and harder than ever to get hold off. Hammerhead! Shocker! Ben Reilly Spidey! Symbiote Spidey! Awesome!! Yep, figures that literally no-one has asked for, are now up for pre-order (so, go hammer that pre-order button at Hasbro Pulse, right now Pavlovian dogs - you heard the YouTube guy!!!) again on the good-cos-its-retro-cards, enhanced with pathetic paintwork and less articulation. And the sweetest sucker punch of all - no baf part. If these figures are good enough to stand as a standard Marvel Legends BAF wave, why don't they? Oh, yeah.... Now, this isn't a whinge about Hasbro's choice of figure(s) and I wish no disrespect at all to people who DID like, or love, these latest batches, and the frequency of the reveals in 2021. There are a few Retro-carded figures here I really like and will be picking up (Binary, Tigra, Hercules, Spider Armour Spider-Man). And I don’t need anyone to say: "If you don't like the frequency with which Hasbro does this, or the figures they're pumping out, don't buy 'em, ya big ijiit!" Well, duh: I've done that already. No more Star Wars Black Series or GI Joe for me. I already had a no-MCU rule, and I'm probably going to stretch that to Retro (2021 will be the first year I don't aim for 100% of comic-based Legends). Last week, I went into my local Smyths (Toys) store. They have four full waves of Legends in abundance (Tri-Sentinel, Disney +, Xenmu and half of Ursa Major) many heavily discounted and going nowhere. This is market saturation and it is NOT good. It's horrible distribution and logistics. And, whilst the increasingly red-faced Brexit-voting morons of the UK own about 70% of the blame here (and with really serious retail issues like food and medicines) but Hasbro Pulse is not working and supply chains are broken. I don't know how much better things are in the US or Canada (I'd love to know, though). I don't know if it would even be possible to over-saturate US retail markets, but I'm fairly sure the majority of US/Canadian collectors are completely & utterly sick of retailer/Pulse exclusives. Moan over.
  12. I missed Random as the BAF, and though the character is pure 1990's cliche (two parts Judge Dredd or Punisher, one part mutant angst, one rather stupid power) I'm okay with it (although the more classic AF Box pics are posted, the more I need this. And it would be an easy fix and re-part). I always hated Peter David's 1990's X-Factor run. People kept telling me I'd love it, but the book felt so z-list and I really didn't like what he was doing with characters that could have been much more interesting. And too much with gimmicks. But gimmicks make good toys. Darwin, though?? Still, can't knock that: just interested to see what they'll do.
  13. Sorry, I'm just going to wishlist this one, as I haven't done that in about a decade. This is tabula rasa at the moment, but it's an X-Men wave, not themed to an arc/movie/era, so I'm looking forward to this. Siryn is a good start, and with six slots left and a baf...here we go: 1. Rachel Summers (Phoenix II/Excalibur #1 cover) Hasbro PROMISED this, right? This had better be here. 2. Phoenix 5 Cyclops (I know there's no chance of this, but this is a wishlist, and this guy would make my decade. Plus, cheap & easy redo). 2. Classic or Mutant X Havok - there are no good Havok figures. Either of these (both have made it to prototype stage too) would be great. 3. Exodus - 'Nuff said. 4. Avalanche (v1, squared helmet) - this one is surely a no-brainer? Although I'd be even happier with an Avalanche / Classic Banshee 2-pack, like last year's Storm/T.Bird or Rogue/Pyro two-packs. 5. Spiral (X-Force or Classic Art Adams version) - the ancient Hasbro version holds up surprisingly well, but I'd kill to see a 2021/22 update. 6. Bishop (c. UXM #350, Deathbird consort) - take Cloak's head, remove cowl, add to Bishop body, repaint and add shoulder pads. Always loved the ol' Toy Biz version of this....but what a longshot. BAF - Box, Armor, Blob, Box, Cytorrak Colossus, Box, Mondo, Box, Nimrod-slayer Rogue, Box, S'ym. Oops, missed one: Box. I haven't hated anyone's lists - I'd take 'em all - but basically I always, always prefer to see new guys/gals - characters never previously done. And, even if they have to do another Wolverine, that's okay: I'd really like to see Joe Mad's adamantium-free, bone claws, blue bandana, ripped tunic, 'savage' Wolverine. Pleasantly optimistic & hoping this wave doesn't crush me like the HoX wave did. Least favourite X-wave ever, by a long way, but the Ursa Major wave has really cheered me up and AOA2 is coming. I can’t complain all the time....
  14. Until I see a digital render, or Rektangular YouTubes it, there is no Excalibur Phoenix, and Hasbro's 'soon' is not my soon. Maybe they'll do one in the future, sure. Or maybe they'll do a Marvel Now! Or HoX version. And then in what, Autumn (Fall) 2022 maybe I'll be happy. I thought that 'Excalibur box-set' would mean five characters. Why didn't they pop Phoenix II out on a Retro card when they did the What-If wave & Tigra reveals? Why after? This just isn't Excalibur, and the other two characters are so obvious, and so intrinsic. But not to everyone. I know. I don't want to dump on the product, but I'm getting less and less pleasure from the endless reveals and pre-orders and no product. And this is X-Men. It should be a perfect 10. I'm also finding myself liking less and less of what they're putting out. F4 Retro, MCU bottom-carders and pegwarmers. If you love it, that's cool, and I'm neither knocking nor mocking you, or anyone else who doesn't feel the way I do. But, this sucks on a 'huge personal level' for me.
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