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  1. Hank Pym is one of my favorite Marvel characters, so I was pretty confident I would back this HasLab as long as the Marvel brand guys didn't go too far, like make him Galactus-size, or charge $300 for him. I still would've been perfectly fine if he was in the 18-20 inch range, but 24 inches is fine. The promo art is definitely evoking the Alex Ross MARVELS iconic image of Giant Man, so that works.

    About the price... They released a 12-inch Super-Adaptoid this summer for $69.99, so you'd think doubling the size would double the cost and this should only be $140, but in practice we know that's not true. There is a lot more complicated texturing and articulation and face sculpting for Giant Man. Plus, it's Marvel; Hasbro HAS TO charge more for their Marvel and Star Wars product because they pay licensing fees. They can charge less for G.I.Joe and Transformers projects because Hasbro keeps 100% of the profit. So... I'm fine with the price.

    It's crazy that I backed two HasLabs this year (the Dragonfly and Giant-Man, assuming he funds), and still spent LESS money than the Star Wars GHOST cost!

    But looking at the numbers, this guy is moving sloooooooowly. Only 33% funded on the first day, and there is always a huge drop-off after that. It's going to be a long, slow crawl for the next month as the numbers tick up little bit by little bit, just like Galactus. I think the lack of extra six-inch figures is really stalling the momentum for this project. And I completely understand Hasbro not wanting to trap highly-desirable figures behind the HasLab paywall. But the G.I.Joe brand team figured out you can still release figures--just not ESSENTIAL figures. 

    A six-inch version of Giant-Man, perhaps with an unmasked head, maybe a lab coat, would be a simple extra incentive. 

    Giant-Man and the Wasp is a no-brainer. And luckily, Wasp has a hundred variants to choose from! It makes sense to release the first-appearance Janet on her own, either as part of a wave or solo, like the Target exclusive Astonishing Ant-Man earlier this year. But the HasLab could include another version of Jan, like the yellow and red costume she wore when she married Hank Pym. Or the white, one-legged costume that George Perez designed for her. Or the black and yellow costume she had when she was chairwoman of the Avengers during the "Under Siege" story arc. Any of these would work as added incentives for the Giant-Man HasLab, and they wouldn't leave too many collectors feeling locked out of an essential character.

    Whether they add any other tiers, though, I do think Giant-Man himself is worth the money and I'm happy I backed it. I hope it funds so I can add him to my collection, but at this point I don't care if they move one unit beyond 10,000 because the Zombie and Skrull face/heads are meaningless to me. 

  2. On 5/19/2022 at 3:24 AM, leokearon said:

    Surprised we actually got some pretty good reveals. 

    • interested to see what other figures get into the line

    I think a repainted Modular Iron Man with more vibrant red and yellow colors is a lock. I would also expect a classic Whiplash/Blacklash figure, and some form of The Mandarin.

    I would also hope for Madame Masque and a First Appearance or Golden Avenger Iron Man, the classic comic Mark 1 either in gray or gold (and once they do one, I'm sure they'll repaint it in the other color later on). 

  3. Good reveals. Definitely getting the retro Sentinel... maybe a couple of them. Also definitely getting Bag-Man and Firelord.

    It was cool to announce a retro card Iron Man line, but now that line has to come out this year, right? Because Hasbro is going plastic free packaging by the start of 2023. So whatever retro card Iron Man (and possibly Ghost Rider) figures they have planned must come out in the next seven months.

  4. On 3/22/2022 at 1:38 PM, tarot said:

    that's a mistake. Looking at other sites and the UK Pulse, they are supposed to be 11 at most. Someone f-ed up on the US side.

    I wonder if they'll bother to change it. The collection was Sold Out briefly this afternoon and now it's not. I wonder if that's because they upped the stock or because a whole lot of people like me cancelled our pre-orders with Pulse and got them off other sites.

  5. Okay, the bracelet thing--assuming that's where her power comes from in the series-- looks like a mystical artifact, but the fact that Kamala described it as feeling "cosmic" makes me hopeful that it's something like the Quantum or Nega-Bands that other posters have said. Actually, I would be happy if they kept it all in the family and revealed that the bands were something Mar-Vell was tinkering with before the Tesseract. That would connect Kamala to Mar-Vell, which adds more substance to when Ms. Marvel meets Carol Danvers in THE MARVELS. 

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