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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends X-Force (Wendigo) Assortment

We’re back with another crazy assortment of Marvel Legends! This week, it’s the currently-in-stores X-Force assortment featuring the Wendigo BAF. These figures were provided to us by Hasbro for free for the purposes of review. Let’s get to it . . .

Mister Sinister: Presently being fabulous and, well, sinister in the pages of House of X and Powers of X, Mister Sinister falls squarely into the category of “re-dos that I didn’t know I needed until I saw them.” I always thought that the first one was great, but it did come out (checks notes . . . HOLY CRAP) 14 years ago. This figure is a top-to-bottom upgrade. Let’s start with the face. That grin is positively demonic.  And the cape! The cap is excellent. It’s separated, but feels heavy and sturdy. The fine details of Marc Silvestri’s costume design are present here. Based on this, I’d really like to see more Marauders appear in the various X-lines. Overall, this is a pretty great figure.

Boom-Boom: Though Tabitha Smith first appeared in (of all places) Secret Wars II, she quickly became a regular character in the X-franchise, notably as a member of the New Mutants. When the New Mutants title segued into X-Force in 1991, Boom-Boom was on the team, sporting this Rob Liefeld-designed look. Rob, if you’re reading, they did you proud. This is a terrific figure, and the sculptors really captured the look of Liefeld’s art, particularly in, of all things, the hair. Take a close look at the figure, and then look closely at the covers to #1 and #7; that is total Rob, kids. As with Jubilee, I love the alternate regular head/bubble-gum head dynamic. Also, the team went a step further on the extra accessories. Instead of just regular hand/other hand, we get a clearly individually sculpted “blasting hand” that has the energy bomb coming off of the hand. There’s also another explosive effect included. The separate belt and vest also indicate attention to detail and a dedication to getting the look right. Given her long history, Boom-Boom has been criminally underrepresented in figure form. This is an outstanding correction right here.

Cannonball: Some people like the blasting effect, and some don’t. I do. Do I wish there had been legs? Well, of course. But I also understand that idea behind the concept, and I support the desire for the Hasbro team to just do different stuff. Frankly, I’d like to see some kind of power-effects accessory kit, because the effects that they’ve been making and including (Boom-Boom’s aforementioned bomb-hand, the optic blast for Retro Cyclops, etc.) have been great. That said, this is a genuinely cool-looking piece, and the top half captures the flavor of that Liefeld Cannonball costume quite well.

Wolverine: Hat trick of shortness! Lately, I’ve been praising Hasbro’s inclination to keep Wolverine short again. In both the Wolverine/Hulk two-pack and the Retro Wolvie of late, they’ve kept the figure appropriately undertall. They’ve done it again, and it’s great. This particular iteration of Wolverine (with the black and gray X-Force gear) wasn’t a must-have for me, but I’m glad that it exists. The team did a great job on the claws (which I feel are receiving much more attention in the sculpting process these days). It’s a very good era-specific figure, and it’s a good make-up figure for people that weren’t able to get the early boxed set exclusive version. Definitely looks good.

Nightcrawler: The original Marvel Legends Nightcrawler was released when my oldest son was less than one month old. He’s in high school now. So yeah, this guy’s due. One of the most requested figures for a revamp, the new Nightcrawler more than does the job. With an extra hand, two extra heads for different expressions, a poseable tail, and a big sword, this Nightcrawler covers a lot of ground and covers it well. This is one of those characters where the overall poseability of the Marvel Legends style really pays off. Kurt is frequently depicted as slightly hunched or perching or being acrobatic; this figure allows you to accomplish ALL of those. If you want a swashbuckling Nightcrawler, throw on the happy face and the sword. If you want an angry Nightcrawler, swap heads for that too. It’s a generally well-considered figure that tries hard (and succeeds) to hit all of the points you’d want in a strong version of this character. A hearty well-done to the team.

Guardian: Just in time for the forthcoming Alpha Flight boxed set, Weapon Alpha here is a sold figure. He’s well-sculpted and has a great grumpy look. I regret the lack of energy attachments, but it makes sense due to the fact that he comes packed with two Wendigo parts, including the body. This is a very clean, very nice-looking super-hero figure, and it should make fans of Marvels most famous Canadian team pretty happy.

Wendigo: This thing is awesomely HUGE. I mean HUGE. Remember when I went on about how big the Wolverine/Hulk Hulk was and how cool that made it? This, but Wendigo. He’s freaking BIG. Which is great. Wendigo should be big. The overall body and design are great. I would have personally liked the head to be a little more like the Byrne version instead of the more modern take, but that’s a minor, minor quibble. This BAF is a monster. I took pictures for you with the very appropriate Wolverine and Hulk from the two-pack so you could revel in its hugeness and see it alongside First Appearance Wolvie, too. This is well-worth getting; I like it quite a bit.

Okay, readers. That’s it for today. Let’s talk about it. What do you think? Which one is your favorite? Mine, I’m happy to say, is Boom-Boom, probably followed by the Wendigo. There’s damn good stuff here. Talk to us, and come back next time. Thanks for reading!

Star Wars’ Dreamer Rey Gets Premier Guild Exclusive Edition

Earlier this year, Gentle Giant Ltd. showed off their first entry in the Star Wars Premier Collection line of statues, Dreamer Rey. Depicting Rey sitting on the sands of Jakku, gazing up at the stars, pondering her origins and dreaming of escape, the statue was shown with both helmeted and unhelmeted heads. Now, GG Ltd. is excited to announce that the helmeted head will be the next Premier Guild exclusive!

While the unhelmeted head version will be available to all customers, only Gentle Giant Ltd. Premier Guild members will be able to order the helmeted version. Additionally, the head on Premier Guild version will be interchangeable, and the unhelmeted head will be included so it can be displayed in either configuration.

Pre-orders are now open on GentleGiantLtd.com for both versions, although only signed-in Premier Guild members will be able to view and order the exclusive version. If you are not a Premier Guild member, it’s not too late to sign up, order Dreamer Rey and, if you’re a Gold or Platinum member, choose your free gift!

Diamond Select Toys In Stores This Week: Sandman, Harley Quinn and Westworld!

Diamond Select Toys is shipping to comic shops a bevy of toys and collectibles that are just demanding to join your collection! New action figures from Marvel Comics and Westworld and a new Gallery Diorama of Harley Quinn will have you headed to your nearest comic shop faster than you can say “puddin’”!

DC Movie Gallery Suicide Squad Harley Quinn PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! With a bat in one hand and a purse in the other, Harley Quinn is ready for a night on the town in the newest DC Movie Gallery PVC Diorama! Based on her appearance in the Suicide Squad movie, this plastic sculpture features the likeness of actress Margot Robbie, as well as detailed sculpting and paint applications. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #APR192527, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Select Sandman Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for lights-out! The Sandman is coming, and he’s got the sand to take on Spider-Man — and all of the heroes in your Marvel Select collection! Wearing his classic striped shirt, Flint Marko features legs that can change to a tower of sand, and interchangeable sand fist, claw, and spiked mace pieces! Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, he comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, and hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAR192448, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel Select Unleashed Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Hulk is unleashed in this towering Marvel Select action figure! Inspired by the art of superstar Marc Silvestri, the Hulk has popping veins and muscles and features his classic ripped-pants look. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean, it comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel art for shelf reference. Previously a Disney Store exclusive. (Item #AUG118205, SRP: $29.99)

Westworld Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re the Best in the West! Riding out from the hit TV series, this assortment of action figures captures three of the main characters from Westworld in 7-inch scale. Detailed sculpts of Dolores, the Man in Black and Dr. Robert Ford each feature character-appropriate articulation and accessories – Dolores with her groceries, the Man in Black with his maze scalp, and Ford with his dog! Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #APR192523, SRP: $19.99/ea.)

The Battle Between Hulk and Hulkbuster Comes Alive with New PREVIEW Exclusive Statues

Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom Toys have once again partnered, this time to bring to life the most unforgettable scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron with a set of two PREVIEWS Exclusive figures featuring Hulk and Hulkbuster!

The PREVIEWS Exclusive EA-021 Avengers: Age of Ultron – Hulkbuster vs. Hulk features expertly colored matte paint that recreates the Hulk’s classic green skin and shows off his facial and muscle details, and perfectly captures Hulk’s angry expression. Each PREVIEWS Exclusive EA-021 Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster vs. Hulk statue is paired with a realistic movie scenery base and accessories! Figure comes with a bonus Hulkbuster armor module accessory: Veronica. Please note that Hulk is only available in this set and is not sold separately.

Every intricate part seen in the movie has been captured in the PREVIEWS Exclusive EA-017 Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster Statue with expert sculpting and detailed hand-painting to replicate the mechanical construction and battle damage of the armor. The LED lights in Hulkbuster’s eyes, arc reactor, vernier thruster, and knees give this figure extra dramatic flair. The 10.6″ tall statue comes with a realistic scenery base and accessories.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive EA-021 Avengers: Age of Ultron – Hulkbuster vs. Hulk (AUG198199; SRP $399.99) and EA-017 Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster (AUG198198; SRP $234.99) statues are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of May 27, 2020.

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are Coming Soon to Pop! UFC

UFC champions Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will bring excitement and energy to your Pop! Collection. UFC Pop! Daniel Cormier is a former UFC two-division world champion titleholder and comes with two UFC Classic Championship Belts. UFC Pop! Jon Jones is a two-time UFC light heavyweight champion and comes with the new UFC Legacy Championship Belt.

UFC Pop! Daniel Cormier
UFC Pop! Jon Jones

It’s Sovereign Knight Batman vs. Black Mask in this One:12 Collective Box Set

In a surprise, Mezco Toyz has released a video showing off a new One:12 Collective box set featuring Sovereign Knight Batman and… Black Mask! Black Mask is a surprise figure that hasn’t been revealed before. The figure looks to be a reworked Gomez figure.

The set goes up for pre-order on September 21st. It’s unknown when it’ll be released.

Previews Gets an Exclusive One:12 Collective Magneto

Diamond Comic Distributors and Mezco Toys have once again partnered to introduce the master of magnetism into Mezco’s One:12 Collective line as a PREVIEWS Exclusive: Marvel NOW! Magneto.

Presented in his white fitted cloth costume with long cape, Magneto comes complete with magnetic force effects capable of holding small metal objects with imbedded magnets. Featuring thirty points of articulation and painted authentic detailing, Magneto also includes two head portraits and six interchangeable hands. Each One:12 Collective figure is packaged in a collector friendly box with an included One:12 Collective display base with logo, designed with collectors in mind.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive One:12 Collective Magneto Marvel Now! Edition (AUG198176, SRP: $80.00) is now available for pre-order at comic shops, TFAW, Entertainment Earth, and more with an expected release date of March 25, 2020.

PREVIEWS Exclusive: Marvel NOW! Magneto
PREVIEWS Exclusive: Marvel NOW! Magneto

Die-Cast Club Announces the “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds

Die-Cast Club has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement with Denice Shakarian Halicki, owner of Gone in 60 Seconds, Halicki Films and “Eleanor” franchise, to produce, and promote a high-quality die-cast metal 1:8 scale build-up model of one of the most popular cinematic cars in the world – the “Eleanor” star car from the 2000 block-buster movie, Gone in 60 Seconds.

“Eleanor” joins an impressive lineup of 1:8 scale build-up models in the Die-Cast Club Garage, recreating the best and famous automotive and motorsport vehicles in history, many from film and television.

“Eleanor” is fitted with Ford’s small block racing engine, featuring aluminum heads up front, an aluminum cross-flowing radiator, a pair of 12-inch cooling fans, ceramic coated headers, a “Mass Flo” fuel injector system and a Concept 1 serpentine belt-drive system. Inside, this baby pumps out 535hp and the power is channeled to the rear wheels via a 4-speed with Go-Baby-Go Gear shift and nitro button.

“Eleanor and I are excited to join the DIE-CAST Club Garage Family… Love their attention to detail…. says Denice Halicki.

“Eleanor” 1:8 scale build-up is available for preorder in the U.S. starting early 2020.

PREVIEWS Gets Exclusive Justice League Busts

Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom have partnered to offer fans a new line of high quality, collectible Action Busts. The first installment focuses on the Justice League, giving collectors three new PREVIEWS Exclusive heroes to collect: Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

Each 6-inch PVC character bust comes with a dedicated logo base, and a great attention to fine details, from the face sculpting to the details on the costumes.  The inaugural installment focuses on Batman as he takes aim with his Batarang, Wonder Woman defending herself from bullets, and Superman winding up for a super-punch!

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Justice League Bust Ser Batman PVC Bust (AUG198069; SRP $59.90), Wonder Woman PVC Bust (AUG198071; SRP $59.90), and Superman PVC Bust (AUG198070; SRP $59.90) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of August 26, 2020.

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