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Everything posted by Benn

  1. I’m really surprised by the reactions to these heads. I don’t ever remember seeing Hulk look like this, with the sideburns, etc. (other than, perhaps, as portrayed by Lou Ferrigno), but I still think these heads look great. Maybe I’m misinterpreting people’s complaints.
  2. I definitely wouldn’t get too up in arms about no screaming head for Siryn yet. We haven’t seen alternate heads or hands for anybody in this wave yet, but they likely exist for some of the characters. There’s still a chance. Hopefully there’s an alternate head for Sabretooth. 🙂
  3. Is that definitely Sunfire? I had assumed it was Vulcan, since they mentioned when they spoiled Vulcan last month that another figure in the same wave would also use the body. Siren, Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Maggott definitely aren’t on the new body, as they said Sabretooth was on Grim Reaper and Maggott was on Hercules. That only leaves Darwin, but that can’t be right, right?
  4. It's not Astonishing Wolverine! It's the weird classic tiger-stripe and Astonishing mish-mash that he wore in Return of Wolverine, when he returned from the dead with claws that he could somehow super-heat.
  5. That X-Men wave looks incredible. Preliminarily, confused why Maggott has no goggles, almost certainly didn't need this Wolverine, and the Sabretooth face is a bit much, but mostly everything looks really good.
  6. Destiny Chamber Dust Senyaka Exodus Amelia Voght Tempo Avalanche Sage Deathbird
  7. I got word today from Hasbro that my X-Force box set is shipping from Pulse next week, as opposed to April or whenever it was originally scheduled. I just got in wave 2 of Age of Apocalypse yesterday, Excalibur should be showing up any day now, and now X-Force is coming very soon too. It’s shaping up to be a good month.
  8. More lady villains! They’ve done better about this recently (at least for X-Men), but it’s crazy how few there have been historically. There was Dark Phoenix, then Mystique a few years later, then the Hellfire Club literally doubled the output last year, and then we doubled it again this year with Omega Sentinel, Lady Deathstrike, the prime sentinel, and Callisto. Omega Sentinel has the distinction of being the first X-villainess to actually appear in a standard wave. I want to see the total doubled again next year with Amazon, Amelia Voght, Destiny, Frenzy, Phantazia, Selene (not just Jean with a black-haired head), Spiral, and Tempo.
  9. Two new, and one redo, with potentially two other redos in the pipeline for next year.
  10. It was a rough year for X-Men. Lady Deathstrike, Callisto, and Mastermind were far and away my favourite figures this year, although I really like the Colossus BAF and the HoX Cyclops too.
  11. I think they did a decent job tying up most of the aspects of the Age of Apocalypse that they started, though. They put out the entire Astonishing X-Men team, the Weapon X duo, the relatively stand-alone X-Man, the instructors (and main antagonist) from Generation Next, two of the three main characters from Factor X, and the big A himself. If they had just done Havok instead of Iceman it would have stood on its own just fine. X-Calibre and the X-Ternals got ignored, as did the Amazing X-Men, the students from Generation Next, and Forge’s entourage, but—again—pretty cleanly ignored. And everyone else was basically just a supporting character.
  12. Bump to let people know this is still being kept updated. I just recently decided to dip my toes into Mythic Legions, so if you're for some reason dying to trade Mythic Legions stuff for any of my Legends extras, let me know!
  13. It turns out I actually do want this all of a sudden. What are you looking for these days?
  14. My brother is visiting from London next month, so I just had a Binary ship to him in the UK, so he can bring it along for me. Can't wait!
  15. I have his torso for trade. We’ve had the wave in stock for a few weeks at my shop.
  16. My shop got in our F4 retro stock today, and I have to say—I have no horse in this race—but Sue’s face looks fine. I feel for F4 fans who disagree, but she looks totally fine to me in person. One of the four we got in had the eyes painted a little high, which definitely looked weird, but the other three were okay. She looks radically different from other Sues, obviously, which I realize isn’t desirable—and I’m not saying she looks great—but I would have no problems with having that figure in my collection if I cared at all about her character.
  17. I’d love to see some X-villainesses, who seem really, really under-represented so far. If they’re doing a year of super villains, I’d love to see Spiral or Destiny, especially.
  18. Oh, damn, turns out what I read wasn’t technically part of the Voices series, but seems to be the same basic format, which is what got me confused. I read Women of Marvel #1, but the cover artwork featured Storm, Elektra, Gamorra, Valkyrie (Jane Foster), and Shuri… of which only Gamorra had a story inside (along with Mystique, She Hulk, Marrow, Peggy Carter, Emma Frost, Medusa, Marvel Girl, Misty Knight, Lady Deathstrike, and Hela).
  19. Fair. That doesn’t mean he won’t appear in this, though.
  20. Well, they have my attention. I haven’t exactly loved Percy’s current runs on X-Force or Wolverine, but they’ve had their moments.
  21. Is he left out? Have they given a full list of characters? If previous volumes are any indication, the characters on the cover aren’t necessarily the characters who get stories.
  22. Yeah, it isn’t explicitly that, but it’s also not not that, if that makes sense. Like they didn’t just recount a bunch of events from prior continuity and say “Look! See!” The issue is a story about when he was a kid in the orphanage and it’s consistent with existing continuity, but not directly related. Obviously, though, it exists as a means of explaining sixty years of characterization, just not through direct examples. Just a compelling theory, which you can read about here: https://fanfix.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/who-claremont-originally-intended-eric-the-red-to-be-a-disguise-of-part-1-in-a-series-of-3/ I couldn’t say! I barely recognize anything prior to Giant-Size X-Men #1 as canon, since it’s all so inconsistent and poorly written. Something about rescuing Polaris from Magneto without him recognizing Cyclops? I think your other questions are more or less what led to the formulation of the theory above! It didn’t make a lot of sense without answers that never got provided.
  23. Anyway, back on topic, the Legacy issue of Voices was fun, and I look forward to this one too! My daughter still asks me all the time to read her the Lady Deathstrike and Emma Frost shorts, and—less often—the Jean Grey one. Jean’s her favourite character, but I think she can relate better to fancy nails and not wanting to do laundry than she can to failed attempts at botany. I actually didn’t realize there were other Voices issues, so now I’m gonna have to go back and read those!
  24. I mean, confirmation bias is real, so who knows? I doubt every writer who ever wrote Cyclops had autism in mind for the character, but his characterization has usually been consistent with it. When I met Chris Claremont, I asked him about the theory that Eric the Red was always intended to be Mystique (which he denied), but I didn’t think to ask him about Cyclops.
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