I had to go to our local Target last night for another purchase, but as is my habit I made my trek back to the toys section. Wham!! A fresh case of Marvel Legends Mojo series!! That blew me away, as our Target is always about two series behind Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. Anyway, they did not have Psylocke, and no variants either, but Power Man, Falcon, Zemo (don't get Phantom going on THAT pronunciation , Longshot, and Iron Man were all there. I decided, for budgetary reasons, to only pick up Falcon.
As I have read elsewhere on the 'net, quality control in this series is horrible!! He is cast in red plastic, and the joints generally show red even when his brown skin is part of the joint. His white gloves are pink in places due to bleeding. I really can't figure out how to afix Redwing (he has the peg-attachment similar to Yellowjacket with Wonder Man) to him.
But, from a distance, he is very cool looking! It's just that the warts show the closer you get to him. Luke Cage and Zemo are by far the coolest-looking in the set, but as I'd also read, Cage's left hand looks like it's been through a meat grinder!
Series 15, the last Toy Biz series, is allegedly much better.
Check out Hasbro's first offering of Marvel Legends. This link comes courtesy of marvellegends.net. If you scroll to the bottom, there are nice individual shots of each character. Hercules looks great! White Queen = tramp!!!
I purchased Hercules and Ultimate Iron Man (and my son picked up Banshee) tonight. While they look great, the reduction of articulation is a real drawback. That, along with a $2 increase in price, no accessory besides the build-a-figure piece and no comic make Hasbro's securing the license a real head-scratcher. One of the reasons I had read as to why ToyBiz sold out was that they felt distribution was an issue for them. While I understand Hasbro is a larger company, I think the consumer has taken a back seat to the bottom line. We are getting less product for more money -- to me, time is a severely less-important consideration!!
Word is coming out that Hasbro will have two exclusive Marvel Legends at San Diego in July: Stan the Man himself, and a variant She-Hulk (in FF costume???). The Stan Lee figure will have interchangeable heads so that he can also be Peter Parker.
I just wanted to say that my lone action figure is a grey Hulk figure from the Marvel Legends line, and last week I finally got it to stand up on its own after two years of having it awkwardly leaning against things.
I've always had very good luck with my figures standing. About the only Marvel Legends that give me trouble are Dr. Strange (because his cloak is too heavy) and the Human Torch from the FF series (not movie) that came out about two years ago. Surpisingly, the female characters all stand without trouble -- can't say the same for DC Direct's females, though!
Post by The Night Phantom on Jun 3, 2007 21:56:15 GMT -5
BTW, the first two covers you reference are two of my favorite issues from that era.
#s 275 & 285 are two of my favorites also. They are alike in they are done-in-one “breather” issues which each focus on a single character’s personal drama (though Shulkie’s issue has a lighter throughline) in an overall “realistic” plot. I like the fantastic in Fantastic Four, but these issues work toward the series’ overall versatility. And there’s plenty of fantastic in previous and subsequent issues.
#291 isn’t quite so compelling, but the cover does make a nice homage to Action #1!
This morning my son and I came across a complete set of Series 2 at our Wal-Mart. He picked up She-Hulk, Quicksilver, and Yellowjacket. All are nice looking figures, with some of the complaints I've read concerning articulation, paint, and poseability being for the most part true. On the three figures he picked up my biggest beef would be that Quicksilver can't be posed in a running position. Beyond that, the paint on his figures is for the most part good (not great). She-Hulk is a great-looking figure, aside from Phoenix the best female that's been done (by Toy Biz or Hasbro).
The Blob BAF is going to be HUGE!! With just the three pieces he got, we can already tell that the Blob will tower over even the largest Hulk they've made!
The Lord Thor figure is one of the best they've ever made -- very detailed, and very large. The scale of Mjolnir and the battle axe just add to the large dimension of this figure. I had heard that the helmet, however, was not removable; while this is true of the previous two Thor figures, it would have been a nice touch.
X3 Juggernaut is smaller than I would have thought he'd be. The X3 Jean Grey I will only buy for the Blob piece, then she'll go on Ebay along with Xorn and Ultimate Wolverine (and Juggy as well). I'll buy for myself and keep the four Avengers.
Quicksilver can certainly be POSED in a running position; he just can't stand that way. There is no hole in either foot with which to mount him on a base. DC Direct's Flashes all come with a base and can be displayed as running.
Don't know if any of you Marvel Legends collectors shell out the extra $10 to get the Icons, but here are a couple of upcoming releases that I think look pretty darn good! I am a big fan of the generally-upgraded sculpts in the Icons line, but not of the price nor of the space needed for display. Still, the Thor and Dr. Doom figures look fantastic!