Marvel Legends (Ultron Wave): Bulldozer by Hasbro

In the past, Hasbro has had a rather annoying track record for showing off Marvel Legends figures only to have them never make it out to retail. I’m still waiting for that red-suited Deadpool. And what happened to Emma Frost? And what about the final team member of the Wrecking Crew? Well, at least they have us covered on that last one. Originally planned as a running change for Wrecker’s slot in the Rocket Raccoon BAF, he never did make it to the pegs. But now, back from oblivion, Bulldozer has finally shown up as part of the Ultron Wave.

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At this point there isn’t much notable about the packaging, except maybe to pointlessly speculate why Bulldozer is appearing in an Ant-Man package. I’ve got to tell ya, folks, I thought I’d have to throw a lot of extra money to some dirty scalper to get this guy in hand. He debuted on Amazon in the $35 range, but soon settled at a more reasonable $21 and I quickly grabbed him up. Like all the Legends Wrecking Crew, Bulldozer is a big boy and he fills out his package nicely, with only a little extra room for that BAF Ultron arm.

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Out of the package, Henry Camp is a formidable presence on the shelf. He’s built off the same large buck as his chums, Thunderball and Piledriver. I can remember a lot of fans having issues with these guys being so damn big, but I was fine with it, mainly because it allowed them to stand toe to toe with the massive Thor figures Hasbro has served up in the current Legends line. Besides, I like this buck a lot. It’s big and chunky and tons of fun to play with.

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Bulldozer’s costume is comprised of bulky pieces reinforcing his orange jumpsuit. The sculpting on these pieces is really nice, complete with huge rivets and a lot of pitting and scratches to make them look weathered and used. The same techniques are used on his helmet. The head sculpt is pretty good, but it’s rather obvious that it’s all one piece. I think it would have been cool if they had layered the helmet onto the head to give it a little depth.
Articulation is identical to the rest of the Wrecking Crew. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, hinges in the elbows and swivels in the biceps and wrists. The legs have rotating hinges in the hips, double hinged knees, and swivels in the thighs. The ankles are hinged and have lateral rockers. Bulldozer can swivel at the waist, he has a hinged ab crunch, and the neck is hinged and ball jointed.

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Bulldozer doesn’t come with any accessories, but he really doesn’t need any. Hey, we all have that extra ball and chain that came with Piledriver, so feel free to lend it to him. Or you can just have him beat on people with Ultron’s arm.

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Hasbro started this team waaaay back in 2012 with the second wave of the new Marvel Legends and I’m so glad they finally wrapped it up. I’m sure a lot of obsessive collectors out there can sympathise when I say completing a team helps me sleep better at night. And besides these guys look great together on the shelf! Thanks, Hasbro!

Marvel Legends: Wrecker by Hasbro

Last week I started the ball rolling on the Rocket Raccoon wave with Black Panther, today I’m going right for the jugular and looking at the figure I wanted most out of this wave… Oh yes, it’s Dirk Garthwaite himself, aka The Wrecker! Not only do I love this guy, but having his figure in hand brings me one step closer to completing my Legends Wrecking Crew. Seeing as how I never got them all in the Universe scale, this is pretty big doings for me! Hello, pleased to meet you, I’m a giant, pathetic nerd!

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There’s the Marvel Legends packaging. It’s magnificent and comicy and I love it. It’s also got some serious heft to it, as Wrecker really fills out the bubble rather nicely. And if the colorful package hanging on the peg doesn’t draw your eye, maybe the disembodied raccoon head mounted next to the figure will. You’ll note the character art features both Wrecker and Bulldozer, meaning that this figure is scheduled to be a running change at some point during the distribution. I’m not terribly happy about that, because it hasn’t always been easy for me to get the variants so far.  Getting both Madam Masque and Viper wasn’t too bad, but I had to pay a little extra for Piledriver and I fear the same will be true for Bulldozer, assuming he ever actually makes it out.

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Wrecker is a big beast of a figure, but he has to be in order to stand tall with his chums, Piledriver and Thunderball, let alone go toe to toe with Marvel Legends’ Heroic Age Thor. He represents a sensible reuse of parts with the same arms and legs as his cohorts in crime. The torso is a newly sculpted piece, featuring nice texturing and his tunic with the button down front flap and high collar. The belt is also new. His deco is comprised mostly of dark green plastic with purple gloves, boots, belt, and mask.

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Obviously the headsculpt is new as well and Hasbro did a great job with it. I’ve been pretty happy with all the Wrecking Crew portraits, but I think they outdid themselves with this guy. The eyes and teeth are all sorts of awesome. He looks angry and demented and not the type of guy that I would want coming at me with a crowbar, let alone a magically enchanted one.

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Speaking of which, yes Wrecker comes with his trusty crowbar. It’s satisfyingly large and sculpted with all sorts of little dings and dents. He can hold it well in either hand. This is trutly a Crowbar of the Gods!

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Because Wrecker shares the limbs with the rest of the Wrecking Crew, he also shares their articulation, which is a very good thing. The arms have ball joints in the shoulders, hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps and gloves. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels in the thighs. He has hinges in his ankles as well as his feet. Wrecker can swivel at the waist, he has an ab-crunch hinge, and his neck is both hinged and ball jointed. I’m not always a fan of the hinged feet, but on a figure of this heft, I find it to be most welcome. The combination of articulation and the solid, chunky feel of the figure make him loads of fun to play around with.

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Yup, I was very excited to get this guy in my collection and he certainly didn’t disappoint. He’s nice and big and he’s got loads of personality. He looks amazing when displayed with his Crew and I’ve already had him fight several battles with Thor!  I am, however, still a little miffed that Bulldozer is a running change. If he ever turns up, I have a feeling I’ll be paying a premium to complete the team. But I won’t hold that against Wrecker here. He’s a great addition to my shelf, and I love filling out teams!

Marvel Legends Wave 2: Piledriver by Hasbro

My last trip to Wally World to stock up on beers and frozen dinners netted me a nice surprise in the toy aisle. Not only did they finally restock Marvel Legends, but they restocked it with a case containing all the variants that I was missing from Wave 2. I only grabbed the ones that were new characters, namely Piledriver (variant of Thunderball) and Madam Viper (variant of Madam Masque). Today we’re going to check out Piledriver and we’ll take a look at Viper in the not too distant future.

Ah, the packaging… I still love this packaging. The local Walmart hasn’t had any Legends figures for a couple of months, but once they restocked, my eyes were immediately drawn to the pegs where these big bad babies were hanging. The top of the card features both Thunderball and Piledriver, allowing the card to work with either of the variant figures. The sticker on the bubble reads “Marvel’s Wrecking Crew” but oddly enough neither character’s name actually appears on the package anywhere. Did I notice that when I looked at Thunderball? Feel free to nip back and have a look. Anyway, I’ve gone on and on about the ML packages enough in the past, so I’ll save any further gushing for when Wave 3 finally comes out. For now, let’s just move on and look at the figure.

 

As mentioned, PIledriver is a variant of Thunderball, and that means he’s absolutely huge. He uses the exact same body as his fellow teammate, with nothing re-sculpted or changed aside from the paint. His pants are painted reddish brown, his shirt is white with a blue wash, and his gloves and boots and belt are blue. I wasn’t a big fan of the blue wash when it was used on Madam Masque, but here it doesn’t offend me quite as much. All in all, it works quite well, but I honestly do wish that Hasbro had retooled his hands, or at least one of them, into fists, but I’ll get back to that when we talk accessories.

Naturally, the head sculpt is entirely new and, while it seems like I’m saying throwing this compliment out there a lot where Marvel Legends are concerned, it’s absolutely fantastic. He wears the same style hood as Thunderball, exposing his tuft of blonde hair, but it’s his facial expression that really wins it over for me. Hasbro really has a knack for deranged looking faces in this line, and Piledriver just looks like he’s inviting you in for a beat down and that he’s going to thoroughly enjoy it. He’s just dripping with character.

As expected, articulation is identical to Thunderball. The head is ball jointed and features the additional hinge. The arms have ball joints in the shoulders, swivels in the biceps and gloves, and hinged elbows. The legs are ball jointed in the hips, swivels in the thighs, double hinges in the knees, hinged ankles, and hinges in his feet. He can swivel at the waist and he has the usual ab crunch hinge in the torso.

Ok, so accessories. You get two very small parts for the Arnim Zola Build-A-Figure: His remote control and his ESP box. If you’ve already picked up all the regular versions of these figures, you have little need of these items, although I think it’s nice to have a spare remote because my Zola likes to plunge off the shelf and sooner or later my cat is going to make off with the remote and hide in the network of tunnels that he has hollowed out under my apartment. You also get the exact same ball and chain that came with Thunderball. Granted, this doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I’m not going to quarrel with getting a second one of these, as it’s an awesome accessory and Thunderball can wield one in each hand. On the downside, including this accessory gave Hasbro an excuse not to give Piledriver fists.

As far as variants go, Piledriver isn’t a terribly ambitious figure. He’s just a repaint with a head swap. If you’ve followed any of Hasbro’s SDCC coverage, you may have seen that they have a lot more extreme makeovers for future releases to become two different characters. With all that being said, I do really dig this figure. Once I get past the lack of changes in the hands, it works fine the way it is and Hasbro certainly didn’t cheap out when sculpting the new head. If this is the only cost effective way to get these kinds of figures, I’m all for it. Now I just want me a ML Wrecker. Come on, Hasbro, don’t leave us hanging.

Marvel Legends Wave 2: Thunderball by Hasbro

Happy Easter, everyone and welcome to the end of this week-long slog through Marvel Legends, Wave 2. Today we’re looking at the last packaged figure in the assortment, Thunderball. Just like Madam Masque, Thunderball’s slot is shared by a variant that makes up a totally different character: Piledriver, and I do believe I’ll be trying to hunt that figure down as well. In the meantime, if you’re going to take one thing away from this look at Thunderball, know this: He’s freaking huge!

Just like with Madam Masque and Viper, Hasbro uses some clever packaging trickery to get away with releasing two figures in one package slot. The sticker on the bubble just reads “Marvel’s Wrecking Crew” and the character art up top shows both Thunderball and Piledriver. The package uses the huge-ass bubble we saw with last wave’s Thor. Why? Because this is one freaking huge figure with a freaking huge accessory. Because of his bulk, Thunderball comes with just the tiny ESP Box and remote control for the Zola BAF. I still think Thunderball’s BAF parts should have come with Spider-Man, though.
Thunderball continues the trend of solid head scupts in this line. There’s a decent amount of detail in his face, the mask looks great and the paintwork around the eyeholes and his eyes is well executed. I like the contrast between the texture of his hair and the mask and he just has an all around grim and determined expression that suits him. The rest of the figure’s sculpt is a pretty simple mix of muscles and wrinkling in his costume. The costume mostly gets by with paintwork contrasting the green of the suit with the yellow of the gloves, boots, and mask. He also has a yellow belt that hangs loose around his waist. He’s a big, bulky satisfying hunk of plastic.
Articulation is fairly standard for what we’ve been getting. The head is ball jointed and features the extra hinge to allow him to look up and down. The arms have ball joints in the shoulder, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels at the biceps and gloves. His legs feature ball jointed hips, double hinged knees, swivels in the thighs, hinged ankles, and the extra hinge in the middle of the foot. I think the foot hinge works well here because the figure is so big and there’s room to accomodate it more naturally. The torso swivels at the waist and features the ab crunch hinge.
Thunderball includes his giant ball and chain weapon. It looks great, with a nice worn-looking metal finish. I was hoping the chain would actually be an articulated plastic chain, but it is just sculpted in one piece. Still, he can wield it pretty well in either hand.
Thunderball is another one of my favorites in this wave. His design suits the character really well, he looks imposing on the shelf, and he’s a big enough figure to go head-to-head with last wave’s Thor figure, and that’s saying something. Plus his sheer bulk of the figure and the accessory really helps to justify the price tag. I’m anxious to hunt down the variant Piledriver and I’m hoping that Hasbro puts Wrecker into the line sooner rather then later.
And that’s it for the packaged figures. I’m going to go off and enjoy some Easter festivities, which means I’ll likely be getting hammered drinking shots out of plastic eggs. I will, however be back tonight to take a look at Wave 2’s Build-A-Figure, Arnim Zola, so we can wrap this baby up without bleeding it into next week.