2001 McFarlane Big League challenge – Mark McGwire & Barry Bonds

At the time I picked these two figures up,MLB was in full swing(literally) and more popular then it had ever been.In retrospect the success MLB saw in the early 2,000’s  was mostly attributed to the use of steroids and the frequency in which players were hitting home-runs.No two players reaped the benefits more than McGwire and Bonds did.In baseball you are considered to be a great power hitter if you were able to hit 30-35 HR’s in a season. Bonds and McGwire were hitting 55-70 HR’s a season, so go figure.It  was ridiculous but fascinating at the same time.So naturally I just had to have McFarlane figures of  the two most popular players at the time because after all these would eventually soar in value after these guys got enshrined into the  Hall of Fame…right?Wrong!Jose Canseco (ex-team mate of  Mark McGwire) comes out to the press about the wide spread use of steroids in the game.Bonds,McGwire and a zillion other superstars of the game all get ousted for steroid use and accused of illegitimately  breaking as well as setting MLB records.The fact that neither of these guys  are ever getting into the Hall of Fame goes without saying and pretty much anything bearing their names has plummeted in value. So while the market for these players has shrunk,there is a market nonetheless and while these figures are of players who represent all that is unholy in the game of baseball,they are  McFarlane’s and anybody who’s ever collected these knows what a thing of beauty they are.

 

 

 

X-Men Movie Series-Professor X

I remember picking this figure up years ago out of a clearance bin at a Kay-Bee toy store.Buzz Chuck over at http://actionfigureadventures.blogspot.com/ just did a post about the same figure  only his version was used as custom fodder  and would ultimately don a snazzy hair-do 🙂 My version is still bald and like Buzz stated loose as heck!The figure itself is aesthetically pleasing but the leg joints are super loose.The Prof looks great sitting in his wheelchair and while I was still able to get him to stand,the loose joints are a minor turn off.I probably won’t go chasing down any other figures from this line but a Legends Wolverine and Storm might look pretty neat standing next to the Professor.If anyone has any of  the Legends X-Men and would like to work out a trade let me know 😉

Marvel Legends (Series 1) – Hulk 9/10 – 9/16

This is one of the figures that i got back from my old collection.Give it up for the least liked version of the Incredible Hulk LOL!Alot of people dragged this version of Hulk through the dirt complaining about everything from his Frankenstein  shaped head and expression to his extremely long arms.There’s no competition if you were to put this guy up against some of the newly released Hulks of today,but back in 2001-02 this wasn’t that bad of a figure.Another cool side note  is that it is from the first ever line of  Marvel Legends figures which also included Captain America,Iron Man and  Toad.I’ve been sooooo reluctant to collect Marvel Legends action figures,a line that many collectors refer to as “plastic gold”,because of the high  cost and the amount of room they can take up,and frankly this Hulk figure has not changed my stance on that (although the Professor X figure may have..more on that in a later post).I like but don’t love this version of  the Incredible Hulk.I will  get a kick out of taking some pics of him obliterating  random 3 3/4 figures and will hate the fact that now I have to find a better  version of him in this scale.Oh well..it is what it is.This figure does come with a  great comic book and an awesome base which will be horrendously overused in future action figure posts. If you are a completest then you obviously need this version of Hulk if you don’t already have it.If  you’re looking for a decent go-to  Hulk  figure to add to your collection,I would suggest picking up something a little more recent.Enjoy the pics!