Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Kree Sentry Build-A-Figure by Hasbro

After a steady diet of Marvel Legends for dinner all week, it’s finally time for dessert. And in this case, dessert means taking all those delicious BAF parts and putting together the Build-A-Figure Sundae. Of course, in this case the Sundae is a killer alien robot! So, let’s wrap up this long-ass week with a look at the Kree Sentry!

The Sentry is comprised of your standard six BAF parts: Four limbs, a torso, and a head. Obviously, there are seven figures in this wave, so you could opt out of buying the regular suited Captain Marvel and still build this guy, because Hasbro knows you’re probably going to buy that one anyway. Putting this guy together is as simple as simple gets and all the parts fit nice and easy.

And does it get any more Kirby than this? The design is a nice mix of chunky angular robot parts with organic curves in the upper arms and legs and I dig it a lot. He reminds me of a smaller, stockier Sentinel. There are a ton of cut lines running throughout the figure, as well as lots of segmented plates, and vents. There are hardly any paint apps on this guy, and the coloring is a simple one-two punch of snappy silver and deep metallic purple, plastic which looks fabulous. Some might argue it could have used a wash, but I kind of like the comic minty-fresh look.

In terms of size, the Sentry ranks up there for being pretty big and beefy as far as BAFs go, but depending on what kind of Sentry you’re looking for, he could be considered undersized. I know these guys ranged from massive to roughly man-sized in the comics, so technically this guy could work fine with the rest of the Legends collection, but I think I’m going to opt to display him with my 4-inch figures. I like big bots and I cannot lie.

The head sculpt is so wonderfully weird by modern sensibilities, but hearkens back to a time when these kinds of designs ruled the day. The blue energy waves that fills the eye are just missing some of that patented Kirby crackle speckling. Other high points include the jigsaw mouth, the dome ears, and the skull piece, which is basically the knitted cap of the robot world. There’s a bit of purple plastic bleeding through the silver paint on his face, but it’s not too bad.

Articulation is pretty standard stuff. The legs have rotating hinges in the hips, swivels in the upper thighs, double hinges in the knees, and both hinges and rockers in the ankles. The ankle rockers don’t have a whole lot of play because of the sculpt. The torso has no waist swivel, but there’s a ball joint under the chest, and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, there are swivels in the biceps, and hinges in the elbows. Again, the sculpt can be pretty restrictive when it comes to the elbows. The Sentry has his right hand sculpted into a fist and his left hand is opened ready to fire off a blast. I really dig the sculpted aperture in his palm.

 

I’ve got to be honest, the Kree Sentry wasn’t even on my radar, let alone my wish list, but now that I have him, I’m glad Hasbro made him. It’s surprises like this one that makes the Legends line so much fun to collect. And while on the subject, Blast you, Hasbro! Why you gotta be making potential army builders into BAF’s? It would be damn cool to have a couple more of these.

And that’s a wrap for this Marvel Legends week. I really enjoyed this wave overall. It’s a great mix of predictable movie-based characters with a couple of excellent comic-based figures pulled out of left field and tossed into the mix. Of course, the Legends love is going to continue for one more day, because tomorrow is Marvel Monday! I won’t rule out the possibility of another Legends themed week coming up, maybe to look at the new Black Panther wave, but for now, I’ll be digging back into my pile of outdated shame!

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Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Captain Marvel in Bomber Jacket by Hasbro

I started this week with Carol, so I might as well end it with her too! We got two versions of Captain Marvel in this wave, one in her official MCU suit and this variant, also in her official suit, but with her bomber jacket on over it. Some may have hoped for another character in the wave instead, but I was sold on this figure the moment I saw it.

After a week of this wave, I’ve got nothing new to say about the packaging. You will, however, note that that this is the version of Carol you have to buy if you want to build the Kree Sentry. Back in the day, Hasbro would have just included the same part with both figures, but they’ve gotten wise to that. I do appreciate that they actually cooked up different character art for the back of the package to reflect this look. And the way they posed her on the tray holding Goose gets my vote for best packaged Legends figure ever. Seriously, I may need a second to keep sealed.

Obviously, this figure features a lot of parts-sharing with the other Captain Marvel. The torso and legs are all the same, and the jacket is the usual illusion comprised of a soft plastic vest with the sleeves sculpted onto the arms. And so from the neck down, the arms and hands are the only new pieces of sculpting here. At first, I thought they just recycled the flat hands from the other figure, but these feature a little more curving to the fingers and the thumbs are out, making them perfect for holding her furry friend. And yup, you can use the two sets of hands that came with the other Carol if you want to. The jacket is pretty simple, but it looks great. There are sculpted elastic rings around the sleeves and waist, sculpted lapels, and there’s a printed image on the back

The biggest addition to the figure is the new head sculpt, which features Carol with slightly windblown hair and smiling. I’m really glad to see the expression on this one, since there’s been some criticism in the trailer of Carol not emoting much and just looking darkgrim or expressionless. Personally, I’m not worried about it. Marvel has never had a big problem with balancing their movies with levity and keeping them lighthearted. Of course, the heads are interchangeable between the figures, a great bonus for owning them both. The printing on the facial features doesn’t do it any favors in close ups, but it looks great in hand and with the naked eye.

Articulation here is identical to the other Captain Marvel, so let’s skip it and head straight to her accessory. It’s another version of Goose, and this time he’s not in creepy restraints, and instead just looking adorable. He’s a static sculpt, but the pose is versatile enough so that it not only works for being held by Carol, as he is in the package, but also standing on his own with one paw outstretched and the other drawn back as if he’s playing.

I’m a little surprised, but this figure quite possibly turned out to be my favorite in what was a pretty strong assortment of figures. I just really dig the costume with the jacket over it, and it’s definitely my favorite portrait of the three. It would have been just as easy for Hasbro to go with a repaint of Captain Marvel in the Kree Uniform colors, and while I’ll still happily pick that one up if they do it, it’s nice to see that they didn’t settle for the low-hanging fruit. And that wraps it up for the individual figures, come on back later tonight and we’ll check out the Kree Sentry!

Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Grey Gargoyle by Hasbro

It’s Friday, and that makes it Day Five of my push to get through the entire Captain Marvel-themed wave of Marvel Legends before the end of the weekend. It sure feels good to be talking about a brand new wave for a change, because next Monday it’s back to digging through that pile of old and unopened Legends in my Toy Closet. Yesterday, I looked at the first comic-based figure in the wave, Genis-Vell, and today I’ll check out the other one, Dr. Duval… aka The Grey Gargoyle!

In case you missed it, Hasbro has changed up the window boxes a bit by now making the window a cover over the tray, rather than integrated as part of the box. Does it matter? Not to me! These boxes go right in the trash, because I have no room to keep them.

Originating all the way back in the 60’s Grey Gargoyle is one of those rare characters to pick a look and pretty much stick with it. Hell, even when he’s shown up in animation, his appearance remains rock-steady. And from neck to ankles, this figure makes use of a grey generic buck with some speckling to achieve that stony look. His clawed feet are new sculpts and they use a glossy blue paint with black stripes to make up his boots, and the same deco is painted on his hands and forearms for his gauntlets. And what else can I say, other than it works really well. It may not be the most convincing stone effect on an action figure, but it certainly gets the job done. And when coupled with that bright blue, this figure looks surprisingly good!

Additionally, Grey Gargoyle features a sculpted cape, which has a high collar, under-the-arm rings and pegs into his back. It features the same grey and speckled finish as the rest of the figure. I think it looks great from the front, but not so hot from the back.

The head sculpt is excellent and features plenty of personality. Hasbro loves to go heavy on the cheese with the villains, and that’s pretty evident here. Gargoyle has a big toothy grin, a thin mustache and a domino-style mask. On the downside, the head has a glossy finish to it, which is at odds with the matte stone look of the rest of the figure. Not really a deal-breaker, but it does mess with the stone illusion a bit.

 

Once again, I’m going to defer the articulation talk, because there are no surprises and no issues here. Gargoyle has lots of poseability and he’s fun to mess around with. Furthermore, the cape is short enough so as not to really mess with his range of movement. Also, there are no accessories here, other than the BAF part. I guess that’s fair enough, because off-hand I can’t think of anything to include with him.

If I’m being honest, I think there are quite a few better choices for this slot in a Captain Marvel wave, but that doesn’t mean I’m not happy about getting this figure. One of the things that I love about Legends is Hasbro’s willingness to dig deep on villains, and I think Grey Gargoyle is another fine example of that, even if he’s more likely to wind up displayed on a Thor shelf, than with any of my Captain Marvel-themed figures.

Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Genis-Vell by Hasbro

Here we are at Day Four of this week-long Captain Marvel Legends marathon and I’ll admit, I’m starting to feel a little punch-drunk. It’s funny, because when I started this blog almost nine years ago, I could rattle off seven reviews a week and think nothing of it. Now it feels like an endurance contest. Anyway, after opening three figures from the upcoming film, I thought it was time to take a break and look at one of the comic-inspired figures in this wave, so let’s check out Genis-Vell!

While I wouldn’t have guessed it before hand, in hindsight giving us Genis in this Captain Marvel wave is kind of a no-brainer. Obviously, they could have gone with a number of versions of Legacy, Photon, Mar-Vell, etc, but oh boy am I glad they went the way they did and gave us Genis in his Kree uniform-styled costume. For the more casual Legends collectors, the blurb on the back doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of Genis-Vell as a character, but then again I can’t imagine getting handed the job to sum him up in a single sentence in an effort to get kids to want to buy him. I guess it’s fortunate there are enough middle-aged nerds like me who are happy enough to do so.

And this is such a cool design! I’ve always been a sucker for these cosmic speckled starfield characters, whether it be DC’s Thom Kallor or Marvel’s own Captain Universe, I just think they make for great action figure fodder, especially when they’re done with a combination of speckling and translucent plastic like Genis here. And yet, this is arguably one of the budget figures of the wave, as his costume gets by mostly with a generic buck. Indeed, from the neck down, the only newly sculpted bits are his shoulder armor, the hip holster, the cross-strap, and his Nega-Bands, but that doesn’t stop him from looking fabulous! In addition to the smoked-translucent parts fortified with glitter, Genis features a black and metallic emerald deco that would make any Kree (or even Green Lantern) proud! The paint applications are pretty sharp, and you also get a little bit of gold thrown into the mix for his Nega-Bands and gun.

The head consists of a medieval-style barbutte helmet design with a simple crest on the top giving it something of a Grecco-Roman flavor. And yes, it just so happens to be all the fashion in the Kree Navy. It’s painted green to match the shoulder pads, and within it is Genis’ smoked-translucent noggin with white, pupil-less eyes. His expression looks pretty serene, and no an alternate anguished, insane portrait isn’t included, although that would have been pretty damn cool.

Because I’m going through extra reviews this week, I’m going to abstain from running through the articulation on every figure. What’s here is pretty typical, but if you need to know the particulars, just have a look back at this buck when it was used for Wonder Man. Otherwise, the only things worth noting are the shoulder armor is fixed in place and limits the articulation there a little bit, and the neck joint on my figure is really loosey-goosey. And while the articulation is good, sadly he’s not really able to clang his Nega-Bands together.

Genis-Vell comes with one accessory, and that’s the Kree sidearm, which fits into his holster. It’s a cool sculpt and cast in the same gold plastic as his Bands.

 

Hot damn, I love this figure! Not only does he give us a link in the chain of Captain Mar-Vell’s history, but the design is so distinctive that adds some great flavor to my Cosmic Marvel shelf. And hey, maybe if Hasbro can squeeze another themed wave out of this flick, we can get some other versions. Digging out the previous Mar-vell figure has me realizing how badly it’s in need of an update. I’ll keep this train rolling tomorrow, when I will knock out the other comic-inspired figure in the wave, Gray Gargoyle!

Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Talos by Hasbro

It’s Day Three of this Captain Marvel Legends week! This nonsense will be going on until Sunday when I finish things off with the Kree Sentry Build-A-Figure and I’m still going to try to squeeze the regular Mythic Legions Wednesday later on tonight. I haven’t marathoned this many reviews into one week in a while. It’s a young man’s game, something I am not, so it’s going to be interesting to see if I can make it! Let’s dive right in with our first look at an MCU Skrull… Talos!

We’re getting into some unfamiliar territory today with Talos from the upcoming film. Obviously we knew who Captain Marvel and Nick Fury were, but for this one I’m relying solely on the back of the package. The blurb calls him “the most cunning spy in all the Skrull Empire,” and that sounds like quite a big boast. Is he going to be the lead baddie in the flick? Possibly, and to be honest, I don’t want to know until I see it. So, no spoilers!

I can’t really comment on how screen-accurate the costume on this figure is, but I will say that it’s not wowing me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’ll look fine on the big screen, but for an action figure, it’s pretty meh. For a while I couldn’t for the life of me place what this design reminded me of, but I ultimately sussed it out as resembling Nero’s outfit from the 2009 Trek film. I don’t know that it’s really that close, but that’s just the vibe I get off of it. The deco here is really muted, with mostly a lot of matte black with only some purple to add a little pop. Even the silver on the shoulder armor is more like a dull gray.

The bulk of Talos’ outfit consists of what looks like a form-fitting trench coat but without the opening down the front. It’s molded in soft plastic and does open up the right side under the arm, as it’s secured together with tabs. Still, opening it doesn’t allow it to come off, as it appears to be glued to the figure under the left arm. There are tons of lines cut throughout the costume surface, which is reminiscent of wood grain patterns. It does give it a rather distinctive alien look, and I do dig how the purple bits look like they’re layered under the rest of the garment.

While the costume isn’t all that flash, the head sculpt gets me a little more excited. This guy is pretty easily identifiable as a Skrull from the funnybooks, and I love that. He’s got the green skin and extended Vulcan-like ears with creases in his face radiating out from his mouth. He’s also sporting some purple spotting on his bald pate, which forms “sideburns” down the sides of his face. The same coloring can be found on his inner lips and around his chin. It’ll be interesting to see if all the Skrull have the same color and pattern of markings. Either way, I definitely approve of the look.

All the usual points of articulation can be found here, but the form-fitting coat renders the range of motion in the legs rather limited. Other issues include the fact that his arms can’t really go all the way down by his sides. Toss in the fact that both my figure’s bicep swivels are pulled, leaving noticeable gaps, and I’m not really impressed. And just to add another bummer to the pile, Talos comes with no accessories, unless you count the BAF part.

I don’t really hate this figure, that’s too strong a word, but I just don’t find him all that fun or exciting. I do really dig the MCU Skrull design and I think Hasbro did the best they could with it. Unfortunately, the outfit is kind of boring and with no weapons or accessories, and some limited articulation, there isn’t a hell of a lot for me to do with him. I’ll probably be more excited about this one once I’ve seen him in action in the flick, but for now, he’s just not doing a lot for me. I understand the desire to get a major character out in the wave, but I think I would have been happier with a Skrull Soldier, even if it was a comic-based version.

Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Nick Fury by Hasbro

It’s the second day of me powerhousing my way through the new Captain Marvel Legends wave. And as much as I had to lead in yesterday with Carol, there was no way I could go another day without opening up young Nick Fury. But don’t get too comfy, because today’s review is going to be easy-peasy, quick and breezy!

While the packaging looks the same as always, the windows are now just a clear cover on the tray. I’m not sure why they went this way, maybe it’s cheaper to make, but either way it doesn’t really effect me because I toss out these packages. Of course, this is Nick Fury circa 1995 and I’ll note here how curious I am about how much Fury will be in the film, since Disney is working their de-aging mojo on him. Although, they seem to be pretty comfortable with the technology, so hopefully it’ll be a lot.

And I’m getting off easy today, because there isn’t a whole lot to say about this figure as it features a standard guy-in-a-suit buck. I am, however, surprised to see that Hasbro didn’t just take the buck used for Agent Coulson and slap a Sam Jackson head on it. No doubt, there’s some re-use here, but this Agent Fury figure stands a good bit taller than the Coulson we got way back in that Agents of SHIELD 3-pack. Beyond that there are some notable differences, like the buttons on Fury’s coat being sculpted sharper, his collar is completely different, and his necktie is tied a bit looser. It’s not a lot to notice from a casual glance, but it’s still nice to know that Hasbro put some work into this figure. As usual, the jacket effect is achieved with a sleeveless vest cast in soft plastic and the jacket sleeves sculpted as part of the arms.

The head sculpt features a pretty good likeness to younger Sam Jackson, which depicts Nick Fury before he lost an eye. The painted details on the face seem to be actual paint and not the printed method they’ve been using lately. Either way it looks OK. My only real nitpick here is that the jointing of the neck to the head looks a bit odd when viewed from certain angles.

Fury comes with his trusty pistol and there’s not a lot for me to say about it. It’s cast in black plastic and his trigger finger doesn’t work so well with the trigger guard. Otherwise he holds it just fine in his right hand.

Articulation is standard stuff and actually identical to the suited-buck used for Coulson. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels at the thighs, double hinges in the knees, and both hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps. There’s a swivel in the waist, a ball joint under the chest, and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed.

Fury also comes with one of two versions of Carol Danvers’ “cat,” Goose that are included in this wave, and I’ll defer from clarifying those quotes around the word cat to avoid any specific spoilers. Although as you can probably guess by the accessory, this isn’t your ordinary domesticated feline, because the little guy is locked up in restraints. The scruff of his neck is sculpted specifically so that Fury can hold him by it with his left hand. It kind of makes out like Fury and Goose aren’t going to get along, but seeing him playing with Goose in the trailer sets my heart at ease.

And that’s all I got for today. Don’t mistake my brevity as a slight on the figure, because I was really looking forward to getting him and I’m still happy to be getting young Fury from the film for my MCU Legends shelf. I greatly appreciate the changes to the suited-body, especially for when I’m displaying him and Coulson together. Indeed, I dig this figure so much, it makes me realize how badly we need a new regular version of MCU Fury. He would have been an excellent candidate for a do-over in The First Ten Years releases. Anyway… come on back tomorrow and we’ll dig into another figure from this wave!

Marvel Legends (Kree Sentry Wave): Captain Marvel by Hasbro

Captain Marvel Week Begins!!! Yes, I’ve decided to unleash a couple of Marvel Weeks in the next couple of months to work through my backlog of Legends figures, the first of which is starting today. I’m also pushing the new Captain Marvel wave to the head of the line, because it’s fun to be current and timely with my reviews every now and again, instead of being sad and way behind. I’m also going to give it my best to throw in the usual Mythic Legions Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes. Let’s start with the soon-to-be newest star of the MCU… Carol Danvers!

I don’t usually have a lot to say about the packaging, but we actually have a few things worth mentioning here. First of all, the window is no longer part of the box, now it’s a top on the tray. Cool! Also, the back panel features some exceptionally beautiful and colorful character art from the upcoming film. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Brie Larson, but I’ve learned to stop questioning any MCU casting a long time ago, and I honestly think she’s going to be great in the role. If anything, the trailers have assuaged any of my apprehension about the future of the MCU after many characters from the old guard has been retired. Anyway… the figure comes packaged with her masked head, but I’ll start with the unmasked one.

Straight away, the first two things I love about this figure is the MCU suit design and the way Hasbro translated it to plastic 6-inches of plastic. The suit is colorful and features just enough sculpted line work to keep it from looking flat. While the MCU has been pretty good about drawing inspiration from comic looks, I’m still a little surprised that they played this one so close to the line. The snappy metallic red and blue deco makes the figure pop all on its own, but when you toss in the hints of gold trim, it elevates the the coloring even higher. Indeed, some of the gold work, like the edging on her lower legs, is extremely subtle, but it makes me appreciate it all the more on closer inspection. And the raised gold starburst on her chest looks fantastic!

The unmasked head utilizes all of Hasbro’s newly learned techniques to deliver a solid likeness of Larson. The skin tone is soft and matte to avoid a waxy look and the printing for the lips is sharp and subdued, but as always when you get in close, the printing starts to blur even though it looks fine in hand and with the naked eye. The expression is pretty flat and I’ve seen some criticisms of the trailer, saying that Larson doesn’t emote much, but here we get a hint of a smirk that I think works well for the character. Personally, I think people are getting a little too hung up on a few minutes of footage, but time will tell. Danvers’ hair is sculpted separately from the head, which adds some nice depth to the portrait overall and it’s given a dark sandy wash.

The masked head is also fantastic, and here’s where I really have to emphasize how surprised I am that the MCU version is playing it so close to the comic look. The mask covers everything but part of her lower face and includes pupil-less eyes and the mohawk of her hair jutting out the top. We get some more of that wonderful electric blue trim on the sides and while the paint could have been a tad sharper around the mask, it’s not really bad either. Finally, we get a little bit of a smirk on this portrait.

Articulation holds no surprises, but let’s break it down anyway. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, with no swivels in the biceps. The legs have ball jointed hips, swivels in the thighs, double hinges in the knees, and hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. The torso has a ball joint under the chest and the neck has both a hinge and ball joint. And yes, I’ll keep beating the dead horse of how I wish Hasbro would give the ladies double hinges in the elbows instead of rotating hinges. Captain Marvel also comes with two sets of hands: Fists and open hands, to alternate between fighting and flying. You may have also noticed from the packaged shot that she does not come with a BAF part. I’m guessing Hasbro figured everyone was going to want her anyway.

I’ve been waiting for this figure ever since we knew Carol was coming to the MCU and I have to say all that anticipation was paid off in spades. The outfit design is great and the colors are spectacular. And like any great movie-based action figure that’s released before the actual movie, this one is making me all the more excited to see the film. It’s also got me excited to open up some more of this wave, so I’ll be back tomorrow with another review!

Transformers Siege: Sideswipe by Hasbro

Slowly but surely I’m working my way through the first wave of Deluxe figures from the new Siege: War for Cybertron. So far this assortment has delivered on the best Hound figure we’ve had in ages, and a pretty sweet update to the Duocon, Flywheels so at this point, the wave can do no wrong. Can they work the same magic for the classic Class of 84 Autobot Sideswipe? Well if opinion on the social medias is any indication, I think they can!

Here’s another look at the packaging as Hasbro does away with the card and bubble in favor of a collector friendly window box. I love these boxes and the character art looks fantastic. It’s just too bad that I don’t have the space to keep them. Sideswipe comes packaged in his robot mode, but we’re going to jump in to his alt mode first!

Whereas Hound’s felt like a bulked up version of his G1 Jeep mode, Sideswipe’s is more of a futuristic version of his G1 Lamborghini mode, and I dig that a lot. It’s like Siege is taking the underlying characteristics of these alt modes and buffing them. So Hound gets more military and brutish and Sideswipe just gets sexier. Indeed, what we get here feels like a Lamborghini concept car, although I suppose it could still pass for a Cybertronian vehicle. I like the contouring on this car and the intakes behind each side of the driver compartment. The ribbing on the hood is nice, but the sides of the car are pretty f’ugly thanks to some seams and hinges. I also wish the black parts, just above and behind the front wheel wells, were painted red to match the rest of the car.

And speaking of paint, the deco is pretty simple and gets by with very little of it. The red plastic looks great with the tinted, smoked windows and you get some silver on the head lamps and the wheels. It’s all capped off with a crisp Autobot emblem stamped right in the middle of the hood.

If you like to weaponize your vehicles, there are three peg holes available, one on top and one on each side. Sideswipe’s weapon can also split so you have some additional options. If you’ve picked up some of the Battle Masters, you can also plug them on him.

Transformation here is super simple, and that makes the resulting robot mode all the more amazing. It’s clean, it’s fairly well proportioned, and it’s the spitting image of Sidesweipe’s old G1 robot mode. I particularly love the way his front wheels lock inside his shoulders and the way his legs fill out. But beyond how faithful his is to his roots, he’s also so tight and sturdy. Everything locks together so well that he feels more like a regular action figure than a Transformer.

Even from the back, Sideswipe’s design is super clean. Sure he has a big slab of car canopy for a back, but it’s rare that you get a Transformer that isn’t showing off some ugly bits from behind. As for the deco, it retains that nice red plastic, while adding a fair amount of off-white plastic in the arms, legs, and the frame around his neck. Some paint hits include the silver on his feet and waist, and some dry-brushing on his lower legs that look like wear and tear in the metal.

The head sculpt is terrific and also very evocative of the G1 character, complete with horns. If I were to nitpick anything about this figure, I’d say that I wished his head sat a little higher. If you look at him straight on, his chest plate covers a bit of his chin. But that’s only if I’m really looking for stuff to complain about.

Sideswipe’s weapon can be a rifle to hold in his hands, or it can be attached to his shoulder to simulate the G1 toy’s missile launcher. You can also pull it apart and mix things up a bit. I do kind of wish he had come with a proper rifle so he could have it and his shoulder launcher, but I think Hasbro’s really banking on people buying the smaller Battle Master packs for weapons.

And before wrapping up, here’s a quick comparison of Siege Sideswipe with the old Universe version. Honestly, I think I still prefer the Universe version’s auto mode over this one. It’s just cleaner and shows a lot less seams. As for the robot modes, I’m going to give the nod this new figure. I still love the Universe version, I think it’s a great looking figure with some neat engineering, but there’s something about how simple and elegant Siege Sideswipe that I just love. He’s also more fun to play with.

With three figures down in this Deluxe assortment, I have nothing but high praise for Siege. The figures look great, have some refreshingly simple transformations, and I’m digging the unabashed fanwanks back to the halcyon days of Generation One. Indeed, I would be thrilled if all of the Class of 84 Autobots got the Siege treatment! I’ve got one more Deluxe to look at, in a couple of weeks, and then I’ll start in on the big boys.

Marvel Legends (Thanos Wave): Thanos Build-A-Figure by Hasbro!

It’s the final leg of today’s Marvel Monday trifecta and I’m happy to be putting another wave of Marvel Legends to bed! But this review is a bit of a cheat, because I haven’t actually completed the Thanos BAF. In a strange twist of fate, the Captain America from this wave never presented itself to me at retail and for some reason he’s been going for stupid prices online. Even Amazon, my normal go-to for Legends, has been gouging him at about $40-50. There are probably Legends figures out there that I would pay that kind of a premium for if I had to, but this Cap ain’t one of them. For starters, I’m not a big fan of his costume in the flick, I don’t like his Wakandan shield, the likeness is unusually bad, and finally I don’t really need his BAF part, thanks to the First Ten Years three-pack that came with two Thanos heads. I should note, that I also didn’t pick up the Iron Man from this wave either, but I’ll probably double back and get him eventually. In the meantime, check out this shit!

Only a Marketplace listing now, but Amazon themselves have had him for close to $50! And since this is going to be a quickie review, I also thought I’d take a few moments to talk about how much undying love I have for the Marvel Legends line and the way it also frustrates me to no end. Legends has become one of those monkey paw-type wishes come true for me. Hasbro has kicked this line into overdrive, beyond even my wildest dreams. Even when I thought it was going full throttle and balls-to-the-wall someone at Hasbro stood up, said “Hold my beer,” and cranked it up a few more notches. The sheer number of releases we are getting in regular waves is enough to make me weep with joy, but then you toss in the exclusives and the multi-packs, and it becomes enough to make me weep at the near futility of it all. The figures are coming in unceasing waves and the depth and breath of the character selection continues to astound me. I long passed 250 Marvel Legends reviews here on FFZ and I’m still hopelessly behind. I have stacks of them in the closet waiting to be opened. I could literally review a figure every day of the week and still not be caught up for over a month! Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want it to stop! But I worry about the bubble breaking. I’d rather have the line pace itself than crumble under it’s own weight. And sometimes when I see figures like Infinity War Cap or Mysterio selling for so much online, I have to wonder if it’s because these waves are hitting so quickly that some of them are barely making it to the pegs. And if that’s the case, why are whole other waves easily available at or below half price? I have no answers. What I do know is that I couldn’t even imagine keeping up with this line if it weren’t for the Internet. If it was like the old days, just driving to stores to hunt them would be a full-time job! OK, enough with the editorializing. I’m not very good at it to begin with, and I’ve got it out of my system. Let’s take a look at a couple of Thanoseseses…

Here’s the Thanos Build-A-Figure (with a different head)! So, if you aren’t keeping up, Thanos was first released as this Build-A-Figure and then shortly after he was included in the Infinity War First Ten Years 3-pack along with Iron Man and Doctor Strange. It seemed like an odd thing for Hasbro to do, until I got both figures in hand and realized that the FTY version is almost like a premium Do-Over. Both figures use an almost identical sculpt, with only two differences, one being the head sculpt, which I won’t be talking about. The other is the Infinity Gauntlet, which is sculpted in a closed fist here, as opposed to the open hand of the FTY version.

The Infinity Gauntlet on my BAF version has some issues with the stones, which appears to be either a QC problem with this specific figure or a wider-reaching molding issue. It’s not hugely noticeable, but it’s still worth mentioning. Either way, the Mind Stone just looks messed up. As for my personal preference on the hand itself, I think I prefer the opened hand. It seems like Hasbro should have been a sport and included two gauntlet hands as BAF parts in the wave, especially since Iron Man didn’t come with any and Captain Rogers only came with the tiny head.

The other main difference between the two figures is the coloring. The BAF features a duller platinum finish on the armor pieces, whereas the FTY version has a gold finish. The gold armor also features some really nice etched patterns in the gorget, which are not at all present on the BAF version. In this case, I definitely prefer the gold. It simply looks more vibrant, and from what I can tell also more screen accurate. This may have been another case of the figure releasing before design plans were finalized, but seeing as Thanos’ armor was gold in his previous appearances, it seems odd to have changed it now. The skin color on the BAF version is also a wee bit darker and the pants on the BAF are so dark they’re almost black, whereas FTY Thanos dons a set of chocolate brown trousers.

In the end, I’m happy to have both, but if I’m only going to display one of these Mad Titans, it’s definitely going to be the one from the FTY set. It feels more like a premium figure in every way and I’m not going to shed any tears over not completing the BAF just because of stupid Captain America and his Thanos noggin.

And so, I leave this wave with a bitter-sweet feeling. It’s always a shame when bad distribution and online retailer scalping makes collecting this tough. And it wasn’t just Captain America that made this one so hard to complete. It took a long while before I was able to track down Iron Spider at a palatable price. I may eventually grab up a loose Captain Rogers just to get him in my collection and complete the team from the movie, but for now I’m just happy to put this wave behind me. It features some great figures, but it was one of the most frustrating waves for me to collect in a long, long while!

Next week I’m going full guns with an entire week of Legends as I cruise through the newly released Captain Marvel-inspired Kree Sentry Wave!

Marvel Legends (Thanos Wave): Serpent Society by Hasbro

As promised, I’m back on this fine Marvel Monday afternoon to kill off another wave of Marvel Legends this week, this time it’s the sort of Infinity War-themed wave that gave us four figures from the flick and three unrelated characters from the comics. Obviously, King Cobra fits into the later!

I’m sure it has something to do with copyright issues, but for whatever reason the box just says Serpent Society. I’m sure King Cobra was taken by some other company for some other product and, for whatever reason, Hasbro thought tossing Klaus Voorhees on an action figure box wasn’t going to cut it. Maybe Serpent Society Leader would have been better? Maybe it wouldn’t fit in the space on the package? It doesn’t matter either way, I’m throwing out the box.

And hey, some of this guy sure looks familiar! The bulk of this buck was seen here last week when I looked at Black Knight, and it was used for Green Goblin before that, and Hobgoblin before that! Nonetheless, the sculpted scale pattern on the arms and legs certainly works well for King Cobra and I’m a big fan of the way it looks in general. The boots and hands are changed out, the former are pretty non-descript and the later are pointy-fingered clutching hands. He also has a couple of flat gray belt, which likes to ride up and down his waist, and similarly painted wrist bracers, all of which look a little out of place when mixed with the purple and green deco of the rest of the figure. And on that subject I can’t say enough good things. The coloring on this figure is absolutely gorgeous, with deep purple and bright emerald-green metallic paints.

The cape is totally rad, as it’s meant to look like the hood of a Cobra from the front, widening at the shoulders and narrowing down toward the ground. I really dig it. It pegs into the hole on his back and hovers a bit over his shoulders. It’s just the kind of accessory that would have made Cobra Commander or Serpentor proud!

The head sculpt is decent, but not extraordinary. I like his toothy maniacal grimace, but it’s a little soft and lacks some of the flair that so many of Hasbro’s better villain portraits exude. The mask is painted to match the scale armor and while it looks good, the lines between the mask and his skin aren’t as sharp as they could have been. Thankfully, the black lines around his narrow yellow eyes are applied with more precision. The hood is a separate piece so as not to impede the neck articulation and it’s painted in a darker green. My figure has an unfortunate blemish on the right top side of the hood.

After seeing this body three times already, I’ll refer you to one of those reviews (linked above) to get the down-low on the articulation. The hinges in the elbows and knees are still rather gummy, and the ratchets in the shoulders are oddly strong for a figure with such a slight build. Nonetheless, he’s still fun to play around with.

I can’t say as I’ve ever been all that excited by The Serpent Society in the comics, but these colorful characters in their outlandish costumes really translate well to action figures, and so I’m always going to be glad when we get a new one. And while I’ll freely admit that the recycled buck works perfectly for Klaus, I think it might be a good idea to put this one away for a little while, Hasbro. Three times in one year is getting a little excessive and you wouldn’t want it to outstay its’ welcome. And I’m not done for the day, so don’t pass out on me yet… I’ll be back one more time tonight to do a quick review (sort of) of the Thanos Build-A-Figure!