Back when I was heavy into reading comics, late 80’s early 90’s,I only knew of three Iron Man armors. The original red and gold, Silver Centurion and the oversized red and gold 90’s armor. Since getting back into toy collecting the amount of Iron Man armors has grown exponentially, and no one has benefitted more form this than Hasbro. With so many different action figure renditions of shell head, It’s hard to not get sucked into the variety vortex. Currently I own the Marvel Universe classic and 90’s style because of my childhood connection with the two. Buzzchuck also sent me a carded Mark 5 figure a while back, which up to now had been my most updated version of Iron Man. I knew that I would soon need to change with the times for the blogs sake and picture taking purposes. I would hate to display an original styled Iron Man next to a Heroic Age Captain America. I’m maniacal that way. It just wouldn’t look right. So while I am still trying to add some of the older styled figures, especially ones who appeared in the Secret Wars Saga, I will also be looking for updated versions of them. It’s a tall task but my birthday is less than a month away and hopefully someone from the fam will read this and provide me with some much needed action figure aid in my ventures 😀 But enough with the rambling rhetoric and on to the figure! I was curious as to what this figure would look like out of package and very pessimistic. I had seen it before in Heroic Age three packs, but with this new 3 3/4 Marvel Infinite Series release I was able to snag him up individually. The plastic used for this figure is very soft, almost rubbery but the detail is amazing! I’m not crazy about the thigh cuts/articulation but it works. In fact I had a great time posing this figure as the articulation allows for limitless pose-ability. The paint is spot on and the ports/repulsors, and there’s a lot of them, all have nice glowing effect to them.The card itself is pretty damn snazzy for those of you who like to display your figures carded.Enjoy the pics!
If no one’s gonna post about these figures then I will. HA HA!I know a lot of collectors consider these figures to be crap, but I’d like to think of them more as being crap-ilicious or crap-tastic. 5 points of articulation and an accessory(save for the Hulk figure) is all your going to get with this line of Avengers figures. But value wise they’re totally worth it! While the articulation isn’t all there, the aesthetics certainly are. These figures are simple and won’t strike any dynamic poses when photographing them, but are great to display at a work station or next to your CPU. You can mess around with them and not have to worry about any joints snapping off or breaking. This is one set I’ll be trying to complete. Still need Iron Man, Hulk and Hawkeye who I believe will be the hardest of the three to find.Keeping with tradition, every Captain America figure that makes its way into my collection gets to take the Strikefire Transport for an honorary spin.Enjoy the pics!
I like the fact that HASBRO is still focusing its attention on the youngsters by putting affordable, simple product out on the shelves of Family Dollar toy aisles everywhere. As a kid, I didn’t have Family Dollar. I had Fays, which coincidentally used to be where our local Family Dollar is now. Fays was a drug store with a toy section similar to a hot midget-tiny but sexy (did I just write that?). While not the biggest of toy aisles, heavyweights like G.I. Joe, Secret Wars and Transformers always populated the pegs. I bought my first Secret Wars figure from Fays, Dr.Doom. Mattel’s Secret Wars line of action figures were based on the famous “Secret Wars” comic mini series , and consisted of some of Marvel’s most prominent characters. While limited in articulation to just 5 points, each figure had a ton of personality! The brightly colored figures would almost certainly attract attention, much like this new line of Family Dollar Marvel Universe figures would catch mine!
Seeing this Spider-Man figure on the pegs conjured up old Secret Wars memories that the new, more articulated Marvel figures of today have so blatantly suppressed. And even though we all loved our Secret Wars Spider-Man figures back in the day, this was what we really wanted him to look like! I already knew the paint was perfect just by inspecting the easy-to-view figure inside the packaging. My only concern was that when I finally got my Spidey home and unboxed, would he have that same plasticky feeling that my childhood favorite Secret Wars figures had?
Yes!This was a childhood experience relived ,people! Hasbro managed to make an affordable, kick ass Spider-Man figure comparable, and arguably better than most of the lesser articulated movie figures being sold now for almost twice as much!
There are other figures in this line like Wolverine, Captain America and Hulk, but this is the gem. Even If you can’t bare to even look at a figure with less than 25 points of articulation, Spidey here is the exception. I’ve seen a lot of Spider-Man figures that have managed to capture his classic look,but few have come as close to it as this “Dollar” store Spidey 😉
I’ve been after this figure almost as long as I’ve been after the 80’s Secret Wars version. This IMO is the ultimate Wolverine action figure! It’s that good. A brown suited Wolverine figure with this much articulation would have blown our minds as kids. If ever (and “ever” could mean very soon) I choose to sell off some of my collection, this one will be a definite keeper. In fact I’m thinking about setting up a website to start getting rid of some stuff online and hopefully make a couple extra bucks in the process , and when I do, this guy is staying put 🙂 Everything from the facial expression down to the included sword, ala the 90’sToy Biz version. The scale is perfect, too. The Wolverine Origins line spawned some really cool versions of Wolverine, this being one of them. Enjoy the pics!
Finally! I’ve needed a Daredevil in the collection for quite some time and this one did not disappoint. Daredevil is to the Marvel Universe what Low Light is to the Joe Universe as far as popularity, IMO. Such a simple, yet powerful costume design, with the iconic double D’s on the chest area(was there a better place to put it?) and the trademark horns on the head sculpt. I loved these particular waves of MU figures, with the little TOP SECRET files and character ID cards. I love any kind of written description or BIO cards included with my action figures. It is a lost gimmick as far as I’m concerned. Even the new Joe figures roll file card-less these days. I can’t front, though, I would have preferred the lighter shade of red but this figure blends both colors nicely and has great shadowing. Who doesn’t love Daredevil? Unless your name is “who” then you love DD just as much as I do 😉
The other day my better half brought me some Styrofoam. She said that I might be able to use it to sound proof some of the walls in my soon-to -be music studio. They had given it to her at her job and she really didn’t get a good look at it until we got it home and out of the boxes they came in. Unfortunately they were too odd shaped to use as soundproof paneling,but just right to build a kick ass fort for some action figures! I was pretty excited about the various shapes and sizes they came in, seemingly made specifically for building playsets. This is not your average Styrofoam. It’s a lot more sturdy and less messy than the ordinary, more common white Styrofoam. The pieces come apart easily and can be mixed and matched to make some pretty cool designs.The fort looks like something out of Minecraft ,lol.
Here are some pics w/ action figures.
I added a couple of guns to the sides and top of the fort.
Here are some inside shots.
Sorry about the lack o posts. The holidays took a lot out my family and I, and it seems now that we’ll be braving the elements as well with this country wide arctic storm that’s been wreaking havoc across much of the U.S.-Did I just sound like a weatherman? Yes I did. And the five day future-cast looks something like this-A little bit of Red Skull on Monday and Tuesday with a light dusting of Star Wars for much of Wednesday and Thursday. Friday seems to be shaping up to be a dandy with a 99.9% chance of a passing meteor shower. Nothing too serious,though. Enjoy the pics!