Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marvel Legends Black Widow (a.k.a. Scarlett Johansson!)

I have been on the lookout for this toy for MONTHS and had totally given up. I was on the verge of paying too much for it on Amazon or Ebay when I just happened to look through the Caps & Winter Soldiers gathering dust on the shelves at Target when...I SPOTTED HER!  Awesome surprise!

This figure looks spot on with Scarlett Johansson's likeness.  You get the option of using her shorter "Avengers" hair or her longer "Winter Soldier" hair.  Both head options look pretty great.  Unfortunately for you, I accidentally stored her extra accessories in my extras tub and it's not easy to get to.  Sorry, my bad.  To make it up to you, here are some closeups of ScarJo's awesome figure!

Hasbro did release a pretty good Black Widow figure a few years back that came in a 2-pack with a really well done Winter Soldier figure.  These were pretty hard to find and she came in a black and gray suit options.  I looked hard for the black suit, but had to settle for the gray.  I was really happy with that figure, but it's nowhere near as slick as this new one.  Just look at the body sculpt.  The older one just looks weird, with long, skinny legs and a short torso.  Scarlett's version has a very realistic body sculpt for an action figure and the details and paint apps on her suit look great.

With the addition of this figure, by Avengers shelf is looking more like the movies and less like the comics, not that that's a bad thing.  Here's Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

And here they are with my other comic-based SHIELD figures.  There's someone missing here...Hasbro!  How about a Marvel Legends Coulson figure already?!?

And last, but not least, your moment of zen...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Marvel Legends Red Skull

I've wanted a Red Skull on my Villains shelf for a while, but the previous Marvel Legends figures have just been awful.  I snatched this one off the shelf as soon as I saw him.

Red Skull uses a body sculpt previously used for Ultimate Nick Fury, though with the repaint, I think he looks fine.  He comes with 2 unique pistols and the Cosmic Cube.  The cube is really that color, I did not enhance it in Photoshop.  Pretty dang cool to own a tiny Cosmic Cube!

The head sculpt on this figure is really good.  Great attention to detail and very precise paint apps.  Nicely done, Hasbro!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Groot & the Guardians!

It's been a while since I bought all the figures in a Marvel Legends series for a Build-a-Figure, but I thought this one was worth it.  How do you buy ANY Guardian figures without building Groot?!?

Groot measures in at 9" tall, which puts him 50% taller than the other Marvel Legends.  He's skinny, but VERY tall...kind of like my cousin, Bret.

Groot is an excellent figure.  He could have used a bit more detail on his paint apps, but for Hasbro, this is going all out.  Great sculpt, good posability (for a tree), and great size.

And, of course, wherever you find Groot, you'll find his little buddy, Rocket Racoon.

Here's a bonus shot I had to take.  Remember in Lord of the Rings when Treebeard is sad about losing the Entwives and the little Entings?  I think he just found one!

Last but not least, I give you the Guardians of the Galaxy (and friends)!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Iron Man

One of the last figures I'm in the market for is another Iron Man and if there wasn't a BAF involved that I really wanted, I would have probably passed on this one.  That being said, this Iron Man shares a scuplt with the previously released "Bleeding Edge Armor" figure and I kind of wanted that one.  After I opened the package, I was happy to have him.

As the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy series started, Tony Stark had wanted a break from the Avengers, and the Earth, and had joined up with the Guardians for some interstellar adventuring.  This figure shows off Tony's latest deep space-ready armor.

Unlike the other Marvel Legends Iron Man figures since about the middle of the Toybiz run, this Iron Man is a good size.  They have seemed undersized for a while now, which is not what you want from a figure that is supposed to be a regular sized guy inside a larger suit. Below you can see how this new figure matches up to the original Marvel Legends Series 1 suit and with the Hulkbuster armor from a later Toybiz series.  He's just a tad smaller, but I would expect Tony's armor to have become more sleek since his earlier designs.  I think the new suit fits in great with my Stark armory.

Check back soon for a post featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy series Build-a-Figure: Groot!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora

I saw this figure a few times on the shelves before finally buying it.  I wanted her Groot BAF piece and I like this character, but she's just not very pleasant to look at.  That being said, once I got her out of the package, I immediately liked her better.  She's well-sculpted and can pull off some cool poses. 

This is a pretty cool figure. I'm glad I went ahead and bought her instead of buying her BAF piece on ebay, like I did with Drax (I like his previous ML figure better).

Check out my other GotG Marvel Legends posts, leading up to the BAF post for Groot!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Nova

This is one of the figures I was most looking forward to in the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy series.  He's got a cool uniform, a great sculpt, and a super-shiny paint job!

As cool as he is, there's not much to this figure, so I didn't take too many pics.  Check him out!

This Nova figure blows away the previous ML Nova produced by Hasbro.  I passed on that one even when it was on the clearance aisle!  The only downside to this figure is that mine has very loose joints. I was able to make him stand up, but I'm not going to push it with any crazy poses.

Check my other posts for other GotG figure pix leading up to the BAF Groot!