Monday, July 17, 2017

Marvel Legends Rocket Raccoon (GotG Vol. 2)

Here he is, the new and improved Rocket Raccoon action figure from Hasbro's Marvel Legends line. This Rocket is based on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and is a VAST improvement over the first movie's figure.

Rocket comes with 2 guns, 2 alternate heads, baby Groot, and the build-a-figure torso of Mantis (not shown).

 When the 2nd movie came out, I wasn't planning on buying new figures, but the new versions were just SO much better! I also upgraded my StarLord and Gamora. I hope to add pics of them soon.

Rocket is small (about 2.5") but somes with lots of articulation, details, and attitude.

Rocket comes with a tiny 1" Baby Groot in his Ravager suit. He doesn't have any articulation, but who cares? He's so darn cute!

Here's a comparison between the new and old figures. The older figure stands a bit taller and features his orange suit from the first movie, which I kind of prefer, along with a large gun, which I also prefer. However, everything else is better on the new figure. More details, better likeness, more attitude, more articulation! 

The orange Rocket just looks, bored and unintelligent. It looks like someone dressed up a sedated raccoon and made him stand up somehow. The blue Rocket looks mean and smart and ready to hurt someone. This is the Rocket I know and love!

Check back soon for pics of the whole Guardians team assembled featuring the newer version of Star Lord, Rocket, and Gamora!

Marvel Legends Invisible Woman

Just a quick post here to show off my new Walgreens-Exclusive Marvel Legends Invisible Woman. Hasbro's Legends figures continue to improve and while the cost is 3x as much as the original series from Toybiz, the quality is worth it.

This figure features Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, aka Mrs. Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. I didn't used to be a big fan of the F4, but an excellent Marvel Knights 4 comic series changed all that. For that series, and for the high quality of this figure, I had to add her to my shelf.

Female action figures used to be hideous, and not that long ago. Their faces were manish, their arms & legs were twigs, their waists were creepy thin, and their pelvis looked like they were wearing depends under their spandex. Hasbro has fixed all of those problems. This figure is beautifully sculpted. Yes, she is on the thin side to be realistic, but keep in mind she's a superhero. Most dudes I know don't look much like Thor either.

Enough words, check out the pics!

Sue comes with a H.E.R.B.I.E. robot and stand. The clear stand in the photo below came with Legends figures I've bought in the past. I don't remember who.

This picture is a little dark, but you can see how nicely she is sculpted.

If I remember the story right, during the 80's Marvel didn't have the rights to use the Human Torch in their F4 cartoon, for some reason. As a solution, they came up with H.E.R.B.I.E. I don't have much affection for the robot, but he looks cool and will be a nice addition to the collection, assuming Walgreens continues to offer the team.

Here is my new Sue next to my old Sue. The Sue on the right is from the Fantastic Four movie figure line and is based on the likeness of Jessica Alba. When she came out, this was one of the best female superhero figures to date, but compared to the latest version, she looks skinny, small, and awkward.

I'm very pleased with my new Invisible Woman. I was trying to talk myself out of getting her when I saw the preview photos online, but after seeing her in stores, it was a done deal. I'm in the process of selling my old F4 figures and will be buying the new ones as they come out. So far Hasbro/Walgreens have offered Namor and Sue, and Johnny (Human Torch) will be coming out later this summer. I'm hoping the Thing and Mr. Fantastic will follow.