Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Odin the Allfather & King Thor (Marvel Legends)

This Marvel Legends Odin and King Thor is the perfect representation of a "like father like son" look. Having almost indistinguishable features, both of them got the same torso, legs and height... and probably age (as you could see in their face sculpts), which gives me that bit of confirmation that sons may look exactly like their fathers when they get old. With Odin and King Thor being the Build-A-Figures in this Wave and with the Allfather not having met Thor in his grandpa version in the comics, it only feels right to review these two gods as we look at their similarities and differences.

Marvel Legends Odin the Allfather and King Thor (BAF)

If you're a "completionist" and have already gotten all the action figures that came with the BAF pieces, then you should be able to assemble either Odin or King Thor. The one thing that bugs me with this Series is that I actually have to purchase two Hawkeyes, two Iron Fists, and two Marvel Now Thors to bring the two Asgardians standing next to each other for these photos. I believe it's just ludicrous that Hasbro had forced collectors to spend another 60 or 70 dollars just to complete the other Build-A-Figure, which is in my case- King Thor.

It is important to know that Odin's and King Thor's heads as well as their capes and weapons are swappable since they are easy to remove and in the same scale. They roughly stand between 7.4 to 7.6 inches. The Allfather (of course), with his helm giving him the height, stands a little taller than the king. Surprisingly, these two stand almost of the same height as the Marvel Now Thor! -which really made me wish Hasbro could have downscaled this Thor figure to make him look a lot ideal.

Both their articulations are very much the same and got the same amount of hinges and joints as with the Marvel Now Thor, which I reviewed a week ago. Their heads can only move at a limited range because of their shoulder-length hairs and beards... and that ram horn on Odin's. Over their shoulders, there are pairs of shoulder guards that can pivot and are removable. They have rotations at the elbows which I'm not a huge fan of. No waist rotation however, they got swivel at the diaphragm. Their hips are on T-joints in which the movements are hindered by its skirts. Double-jointed knees, hinged ankles with the ankle pivot are also fused to their legs.

One thing that also bothers me with their shoulder guards is they didn't entirely cover the shoulders, which made it odd to look at. Each have their own accessories. For the Allfather of course, he got his scepter which I wish has some details on it than just a plain bronze-coloured plastic. The king got a battle axe made with a soft pliable plastic, which is kind of interesting why they go with such material. While holding their weapons, you can pair them with a broadsword or Thor's hammer since their hands are both on gripping poses. King Thor has the metal arm while Odin does not.

As for the sculpt and paint jobs of these figures, both are equally and fairly done. I think the area where Hasbro needs to work on are the details over their heads. Odin's helm show not a lot of shadings. Thor, on the other hand doesn't have much details on his hair. To me, the colours look flat on their faces but the armour on their chests, shoulders and feet are quite the opposite. They are paint-washed with gray to make them look like they're worn. I think these are the main highlights of these figures.

You can also see that their capes are very much the same with the Marvel Now Thor, which is... okay I guess? These wavy capes have a windswept effect that are nicely sculpted. Even though we see these being reused, it still fits and doesn't make the figure look bad.

Overall, the Marvel Legends Odin and King Thor aren't bad figures once you get them on display but I really hoped Hasbro could have at least made a few extra effort on the details. Moreover, the articulation could have been better if they didn't use the Marvel Now Thor framework. Despite all the matter, it's a must-get figure since this is the first 6-inch scale Odin and King Thor action figure we got from Marvel Legends.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Thor - Marvel Now (Marvel Legends)

With the upcoming Avengers movie and the demands by fans for collectibles and other products from this exciting and big superhero mash-up, I think it is nice to get an action figure that we can relate to, ...like Thor. But will this Marvel Legends Thor show us some great improvement just as these great muscles around his arm? That we need to see! We need to see if this action figure of the Marvel Now version of Thor is living in the "now".

Marvel Legends Marvel NOW Thor

Being part of the Infinite Series Odin/King Thor Series, the Marvel Now Thor comes with a leg BAF piece and King Thor's sword inside this windowed box. Right then and there (without opening the box), you can see that this Thor looks almost identical to the Modern Thor from the Terrax BAF Series and I thought this isn't a good sign because he might have the same articulation as the first one we got three years ago.

And my assumptions were right- this is another ML Thor figure that doesn't have ankle pivots and double-jointed elbows. With the dawn of the Hasbro's ankle pivots/rockers that really helped get us some dynamic poses with our figures, we still see some of these old ways. They didn't update anything with this Thor but paint job and the sculpt of his head and arms. He still got that double-jointed knees that leaves an ugly gap every time you bend them.

To do a quick "comparison review", the skin colour on the ML Marvel Now Thor is lighter than the ML Modern Thor. Their Mjolnirs are interchangeable since they very much look alike but their arms to which these hammers can go are very different. Now Thor's arms are a lot bigger than that of Modern Thor's. Obviously, their head and face sculpts are different with the Modern Thor looking like he's younger.

I wish they have the same skin colour that way it doesn't look odd when I interchange their heads. Now Thor's helm features these iron wings at the sides and an extra cloth at the back which looked a lot cooler. His helm and his hammer has that dry brushing to make them look worn and battle-torn. However, I didn't like the fact they didn't do it around his chainmail pants. No shading or whatsoever around his belt, arms and chest.

Now Thor has this big red cape much like with our Modern Thor and still has that little gimmick around his belt where you can sling up his hammer for storage but I think I'll be fine with just him holding it.

I wouldn't say I recommend the Marvel Legends Marvel Now Thor nor I would say not to pick him. This is the closest rendition we got of this version and he would probably look appealing to a Marvel Now fan. The height is still unacceptable in my opinion. Standing at about 7.8 inches tall (almost 8 inches), he is too big for a Thor- almost the same height with the Marvel Legends Hulk. Hasbro needs to downscale him a bit! I'll probably give him a 7.5 out of 10 if I have to rate this figure.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Machine Man (Marvel Legends)

Machine Man is probably the only superhero (...yes, he's a good guy) I know with a villainy look. He got this bulging red eyes and this snake-like extendable arms that may give everyone around him the creeps. But whether a superhero or not, he seems... cool and honestly, this is the first time I've heard about this man... or I mean, android. I've never heard of a Marvel character with abilities that can probably be in direct competition with Inspector Gadget not 'til I got this action figure. With his bendable arms, the Machine Man figure can probably give us a few clues on how we would want a Doc Ock to have if Hasbro could give us a new one.

Machine Man comes with a decent amount of accessories plus a Build-A-Figure piece in the form of King Thor's big arms. This figure has two pairs of hands- one that has the clenched fists and another with the opened grips. All hands can be connected to these two bendable cable-like tubes. The tubes as well can be attached together. Attach a fist at the very end and you got a Machine Man doing a more distant punch!

The only complain I have about these bendable tubes are its paint details. The action figure is painted with solid colours with a touch of gloss for that reflective look. There are a few silver strips around his legs, arms and shoulders that gives Machine Man a bit of style.

The eyes are protruding and I don't know if that's comic book-accurate, but I think (I hope I'm wrong) his eyes are just red (kinda like Cyclops') and big but not like that of a bug. Machine Man is using the ML Modern Hawkeye body mold, and it's the right fit with its medium structure that houses a good amount of articulation.

With this standard Marvel Legends articulation, this guy can hit almost any kind of pose. It allows plenty of natural poses which is important for this character since he is believed to be an agile android. I got no complains but praise for its poseability.

The Marvel Legends Machine Man is one of the few surprises that entered this Wave or, if I rephrase it- he is the least expected character of all those Marvel characters we were hoping for to become action figures. Although, I had fun with this Machine Man figure because of his unique playability. And if you're a "completionist", then you'll probably want him as part of your collection. Overall, this action figure is gratifying and I would recommend it.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sentry (Marvel Legends)

Marvel Legends Sentry
Here's another Legends action figure which was presumed "lost" after Hasbro didn't decide to release him as a running change for Hyperion couple of years ago. Almost equally as bad as with our Classic Hawkeye, Sentry's situation was mind-boggling; featured at two consecutive SDCC events but never showed up in our shelves. But hey hey hey, now he's here and he looked exactly like the Sentry I've seen in all those photos. Taller than your average ML figure, Sentry is muscular with this Hyperion body structure, and I kind of liked it even though I got a feeling that his muscles were never been this bulky in the comics. Perhaps when you're the "Superman of Marvel", you gotta have these kinds of muscles!

Sentry comes with Odin's arms as you can see inside this windowed package. The package still has the same Infinite Series-style to it having an artwork at each side and a bio of Sentry at the back as well as photos of the figures you get from this Wave. Along with Machine Man, a guy to which Sentry wasn't originally partnered with, they are the "Avenging Allies"!

I remember it was called "Conquering Heroes" when Sentry was suppose to be with Hyperion but all that has changed. One thing that didn't change and as I've mentioned earlier is that he's using the Hyperion body mold as well as one part of his cape. Unlike that of Hyperion's, Sentry doesn't have the part that cover his shoulders and I don't mind that as long as it is done intelligently. However, this lame design by just having the cape pegged below the back of his shoulders looked awful and it felt like playing that game called "Pin The Tail On The Cow".

But as long as Sentry is facing forward, he should look good on display. The head and face sculpt on the figure is decent. I like that they gave him that windswept look to his hair along with that stern look over his face. What's interesting though is that his right hand is partially opened, which is weird because I've never seen him holding unto anything. So what I did was, I stole Hyperion's right hand and replace Sentry's to make it look right with two of his hands already clenched.

I can't say anything bad about the paint job. He got a little bit of shading going on around his torso with the lighter orange blending well on the yellow paint, and a solid blue paint to his boots. This time Hasbro made less paint application issues unlike some their figures I've seen.

The belt is removable and I don't know why it needs to, but it's fun to goof around with it by putting it around his shoulder like a wrestler's title belt or give it to another figure and have him/her wear it.

The articulation is something you're probably familiar with right now. Unfortunately even with the ball-peg on his neck, Sentry cannot execute a much pronounce flying pose because of that solid stiff hair but the rest of the hinges and joints are fully functional without the limitations.

Simply better than the ML Toy Biz Sentry (from the Giant Man BAF Wave), this new Sentry created by Hasbro is something I would rather want to be in my collection. Even with that big issue with his cape, it's still forgivable because overall, he looked nice at front. I would totally recommend this figure if you're thinking of completing your New Avengers or Dark Avengers team.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Captain Marvel (Marvel Legends)

Captain Marvel is another Marvel comic book character who will have her own standalone film, and in addition, will be part of MCU's "Phase 3" together with the Doctor Strange and Black Panther movies. Around November of 2018 will be the release of her film. As to why we have a Marvel Legends Captain Marvel this early, that I got no clue. And as to why we got another Carol Danvers figure (as Captain Marvel), the fact that we already had the Ms. Marvel (a.k.a. Warbird) version of her 3 months back remains a mystery! Perhaps I'm just not used to of getting another version of a character too soon. Moreover and though not as surprising as the Machine Man figure, I was a little surprised she is introduced into this Series.

Marvel Legends Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

Nevertheless, she's a good action figure but though I wouldn't say- perfect! The figure has a few flaws. Not surprisingly, Hasbro used the Ms. Marvel body mold which is by the way, the only body mold that perfectly fits with Captain Marvel or any of Carol's alter ego.

Speaking of "alternating egos", Captain Marvel has two swappable alternate heads- masked and unmasked. She also has this accessory which we've seen from the Build-A-Figure Jubilee, which is, I think a bit lame on Hasbro's part to reuse a completely identical energy effect from a character to another character. This translucent soft plastic fits nice and tight around either one of her fists but it could have been a lot better and accurate if it is yellow instead of pink like this one.

The head and face sculpt on both heads are done well. Between the two heads, I like the "masked version" better because she looked badass! One of the many things Captain Marvel is renowned for. While the masked head got that mohawk exposed from underneath her helm, the unmasked version got this sort of Son Goku-type anime look to it (as it turns out). That's probably the reason why I prefer the masked one especially when I put her on display.

Her belt-sash is made of hard plastic which seem to be a nuisance when you get her to do a flying pose; moving along her slim waist and torso like an abacus. I find this to be not well executed because they could have used a soft plastic to keep it from not moving.

Paint application is the major weakness in this figure and she suffered the same fate as with our ML Ms. Marvel. There are paint smudges all over her shoulders and the way they painted the eyes (on the unmasked version) are not consistent. She has a bit of a lazy eye if you stare at her face closely.

You got the standard issue Marvel Legends Moonstone or Black Cat-type of articulation. When you peg in the unmasked head, she can't look up to more than 90 degrees to do a well executed dynamic pose, but with the masked head- that's not a problem. Nothing is added or changed to this Captain Marvel body structure articulation-wise.

Replacing Ms. Marvel head with a Captain Marvel head to her body is possible and it's not actually quite bad looking! But I assume, it's kind of not of the ordinary to see her look like this. She stands at 6.5 inches tall to the tip of her hair. She is not too short nor too tall (like the Scarlet Witch dwarfing the men) and I believe this body type should be the standard scale for all ML "maidens". Getting a Captain Marvel figure from Hasbro is something of a surprise and personally, not the figure that I would like to enter into our collection since we already had a Ms. Marvel.