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Funko Reveals New Rogue and Gambit X-Men Classic Pop!s

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed a massive wave of new Pop! figures. Rogue and Gambit get two new Pop!s depicting their classic X-Men look. Both are available for pre-order and will be released soon. Gambit even has a glow-in-the-dark Entertainment Earth exclusive.

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Gambit Comes to Mezco’s One:12 Collective

One:12 Collective Gambit

The One:12 Collective Gambit is outfitted in a black mission suit with an X-Men issued armored vest and removable leather-look overcoat. Complete with 2 head portraits, the master of kinetic energy comes complete with a bo staff and a variety of throwing cards and throwing card FX.

Remy LeBeau, the master thief better known as Gambit, possesses the mutant ability to charge inanimate objects with kinetic energy he can create and control. An agile and intelligent member of the X-Men, Gambit is also a master at card throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a bo staff.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE GAMBIT FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation
  • Two (2) head portraits
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Seven (7) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)
    • One (1) baton holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) card holding hand (L)

COSTUME:

  • X-Men issued armored vest
  • Black mission suit
  • Elbow armor
  • Wrist guards
  • Combat gloves
  • Belt with X-Men insignia
  • Knee armor
  • Leather-look overcoat
  • Boots

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) bo staff
  • One (1) single throwing card
  • One (1) charged single throwing card
  • One (1) stack of throwing cards
  • One (1) charged stack of throwing cards
  • Two (2) charged throwing card FX
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Gambit figure is packaged in a collector-friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. The figure is expected to ship between June and August 2020 and is currently available to pre-order from Mezco, Entertainment Earth, TFAW, and more.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends X-Men Caliban Wave

Every year for the past three, the X-Men wave has been one of the most hotly anticipated arrivals in the world of Marvel Legends. This year generated particular excitement, as a number of long-requested characters either got new versions or finally joined the ranks with their first interpretation. Let’s dive in for a look at what’s sure to be a strong seller. But first, we need to thank Hasbro for sending us these figures for free for the purposes of review. We certainly appreciate their assistance.

The wave comes with seven figures; of the group, Gambit contains no BAF piece. The remaining six are Weapon X Wolverine, Jubilee, Forge, Blink, Skullbuster, and Beast (Jim Lee-style). The BAF is Caliban in his X-Force iteration. This is a very, very ‘90s-inspired wave with a particular emphasis on the Silvestri/Lee runs on the book (indeed, this version of Forge, Skullbuster, Jubilee, Gambit, and Beast come right from that era). It hits a lot of sweet spots for obvious reasons. Let’s dig.

Jubilee: It sort of blows my mind that there has never been a classic Jubilee that captures her early appearance from the comic and the celebrated animated series. In the original Toy Biz line, there was a Generation X version and a sort of anime-inspired version (in the Robot Fighters assortment), and Marvel Legends had the scarce BAF the featured the black outfit prominently seen in stories like “Curse of the Mutants.” But the vaguely-Robineseque original look never got committed to Legends plastic. Until now.

This figure is an automatic winner. The body is appropriately teen-scaled. The second head that sports a bubble-gum-bubble is absolute genius. Removable glasses are a solid idea. And the trenchcoat sculpt is tight. In short, Hasbro killed it. I can’t believe that this figure FINALLY exists after literal decades. If the internal goal is to produce the entire line-up seen in the biggest selling single issue of all time, they’ve almost got on. Good on Hasbro, and great work.

Weapon X: I might be the least excited about this figure, because I was pretty happy with the one produced for the line several years ago. However, I love one thing in particular, and that’s the height. Wolverine is SUPPOSED to be short. He’s roughly 5’3” in the comics, but he’s gotten progressively taller in extra-media protrayals, particularly by Hugh Jackman. Still, this is a great sculpt, and I’m well aware that many collectors may have missed the original version. It’s well done, but it didn’t check any boxes for me.

Forge: Similarly, Forge is a redo of a figure made years ago in an exclusive two-pack. Of the two, THIS is the superior figure. It’s a really strong version of the character as he appeared in the issues transitioning from Silverstri to Lee; it’s also appropriate that he appears in the wave with Skullbuster, as Forge and Banshee kicked huge Reaver ass on Muir Island when they began to search for the then-missing X-Men. I love the look of the figure, down to the boots and the two weapons. The original Forge is decently rare, so this is actually a much-needed upgrade that a lot of X-fans are going to scoop up. Another really solid job.

Beast: Holy crap, man. It’s been YEARS since we got a Beast (what, like OG Legends wave 5?). This is a massive, massive improvement and absolutely captures the Jim Lee look. It’s frankly stunning. The figure has size and heft, too. It also comes with two spare hands to give closed fist and open hand options. My singular, minor regret is that there isn’t an extra bespectacled head. But, again, that’s minor. This is a really, really good, much-demanded figure, and it’s, not to be repetitive, another home run.

Gambit: In the wider span of Marvel Legends history, there have been a few Gambits. The “best Gambit” question has now been answered. This one. Part of that comes from the sculpt, which is rock-solid. Part of that comes from the hand attachments, which are perfect. One is a splay-fingered card throwing attachment. Another accessory is a “charged card” that slides between another hand’s index and middle fingers. The staff is well crafted, and it’s a good height. I also like the flair of the trenchcoat and the facial expression. This one’s pretty immaculate, kids.

Skullbuster: I was pretty happy to see Skullbuster. He never got made in the OG Toy Biz days, and he’s never been represented in Legends. In fact, the only extant Reaver in the line is a years-old Lady Deathstrike. As I said, the figure plays a role alongside Forge, so that’s really cool. I LOVE that there’s a second head for Reese, another Reaver; as I’ve said in the past, those little touches make for great value-adds. The ammo belt is well-done, and the pistol is comic-accurate. What a cool, surprising figure.

Blink: OH MY GOD. Blink is beautiful. This is exceptional. Blink has one of the best faces in the line, period. The teleportation portal is great, the “energy knives” look really cool, and the sweep of the tunic/skirt is nicely realized. The figure is also sculpted in such a way that you can pose her in a position that makes it look like she’s emerging from the portal. That’s just nuts. I didn’t know how much I wanted a Blink in the line until I saw it revealed, and now that I see it in person, I’m just crazy about it. My favorite figure from the wave, and one of my favorite Legends this year. A must-buy.

Caliban: I’ve heard a few people say that Caliban wouldn’t have been one of their choices for the BAF. That’s fine; I dig him. The powered-and-sized-up X-Force version is rather cool, and the sculptors obviously had a field day. The head/face is just great, and I like the general mass of the figure. I’d really like to see more X-Force/X-Factor figures realized in the line, and with Caliban, the updated Cannonball, and Boom-Boom, it seems like Hasbro is committing to it. We really need Sunspot, Feral, Siryn, and Rictor, but I get that it takes time. Nevertheless, I like this figure and it was probably the best opportunity for Hasbro to execute on it, so good for them.

It’s a tough call, but this might be my favorite Legends wave of the year so far. It’s a really strong set of sculpts that leverages in some much-requested characters along with a couple of surprises. A whole lot of collectors are going to be saying, “To me, my X-Men!”

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It’s a new week and there’s lots on tap! But before we get to that, who took part in Free Comic Book Day? What’d you enjoy? What’d you get? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Globalnews – Comic books are not just for entertainment, they can educate too – Yes, yes they can.

KRQE News – Local nonprofit helps improve literacy rates through comic books, pop culture – This is pretty cool to see.

Fairmont Sentinel – Man allegedly stole comic books – Sigh.

Newsarama – Gambit Script ‘Great,’ FOX Interviewing Replacement Directors – They’re going to say its not?

The Comichron – Action #1000, Infinity War tie-ins power comics shops to big win in $46 million April – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Review: Rogue and Gambit #1

Rogue and Gambit #1 is belligerent sexual tension distilled in a single issue of a comic book beginning with artist Pere Perez and colorist Frank D’Armata’s double page spread of Rogue and Gambit’s relationship over the ages. Writer Kelly Thompson, Perez, and D’Armata have oodles of fun with one of the Marvel Universe’s finest “will they, won’t they” pairings. In her plot, Thompson goes full almost fan fiction, loses the superheroics, and has this not so starcrossed pair posing as a couple on retreat while they’re secretly investigating some mutant power surge, then outage. Like Thompson’s other Marvel books, it’s pretty funny even though Perez’s art is a tad on the mid-1990s X-Book generic side.

It’s a shame that such sparkling dialogue and flirtation as well as a cool fight scene featuring X-Men heavy hitters Rogue, Psylocke, and Armor gets stuck with middle of the road art. When it comes to gestures, Pere Perez is fine. The proximity between Rogue and Gambit increases while they’re flirting, and Gambit gets really close to Rogue when she talks about her powers going on and off. But his faces are hit and miss ranging from some great Rogue scorn as she sees that their retreat lodging only has one bed to Kitty Pryde’s rictus as she sends Rogue and Gambit on their mission with some pretty smug dialogue from Thompson. Also, Perez makes some questionable storytelling choices like using weird perspective on a Danger Room battle than looks like he ran out of panel space and had to make Armor and Psylocke two inches tall. (I legitimately thought Armor had picked up size changing abilities.) And there’s also the fact that he frames a panel from the POV of Rogue’s crotch for no reason.

However, Kelly Thompson’s quirky plotting, fun and occasionally sexy dialogue, and Frank D’Armata’s 90s era X-Men color palette meet cool modern restraint make Rogue and Gambit #1 worth reading. From the first couple pages, it’s a book with an identity and purpose: working out the tension in the long suffering relationship between Remy LeBeau and Rogue. Even though there’s mind control and weird energy stuff, Rogue and Gambit #1 is a cross between two friends spending a lot of time together and examining their feelings about each other, or a separated couple taking a vacation to relax and find out where they’re at. And there’s plenty of jokes along the way about X-Men gossip and Deadpool’s kissing abilities, which totally made me want to check out Uncanny Avengers.

Even though this is technically a solo book, Kelly Thompson knows what makes the X-Men tick: splashy action, soapy, yet in-depth relationships, and outsider metaphors. Rogue and Gambit #1 hits on all three with one hell of a retro Sentinel Danger Room duel where Gambit tries to rescue Rogue, but hey, she has super strength. Then, there’s the Rogue and Gambit intense sexual tension that turns all the X-Men around them into either gossip columnists or fan fiction commenters as well as Kitty Pryde settling into the dry wit and slightly manipulative “Professor X” role as team leader. Finally, Kitty describes the place that Rogue and Gambit as kind of a re-education camp, which reminded me a lot of the toxic “pray away the gay” summer camps that are abusive and harmful to young people. And these are often out in the beautiful countryside so the idyllic surroundings don’t detract from the fact that people are being tortured and punished just for expressing their identity.

Its art is nothing to write home about, but Rogue and Gambit #1 is the hilarious, sexy X-Book to get the New Year started off right.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Pere Perez Colors: Frank D’Armata
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the work day to end, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Deadline – ‘Gambit’ Starring Channing Tatum Will Open Valentine’s Day 2019 – Well ok then.

The CW – The CW’s Riverdale Returns With Biggest Ratings Ever – Congrats to them!

Newsarama – Comic Book Sales Up 6% In Bookstore Market In Past 12 Months, And 37% Women – Interesting stats.

 

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Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #3

CBR – Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1

Knight Models Puts up Pre-Orders for The Flash, Zoom, Gambit, Groot and More!

Knight Models‘ may is going to be a busy one. After teasing for quite some time the month will see the release of their expansion for the Batman Miniature Game, “The Flash and Arrow.” Those who pre-order the expansion book will also get a limited edition Black Flash. There’s also two version of the book, one is a limited edition hardcover only available online.

But, it’s not just expansion books being released, there’s lots of models too. The Flash, Zoom, Hawkman, Batman the Animated Series Green Arrow, Batman the Animated Series Batgirl, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang will all be released for the Batman Miniature game.

Also being released are a Batman Dice Set, Joker Dice Set, and templates for spray and vehicle turns.

The Marvel Universe Miniature Game also gets two new releases in the form of Gambit and Groot!

Pre-orders will be up until April 29 with shipping estimated for May 5.

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Superman The Coming of the Supermen #1 CoverIt’s a new week! We’ve got lots going on here at the site, and of course a new week means lots of new comics too! On this leap day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comics Alliance – Fox Pulls ‘Gambit’ Release Date, Schedules Two Mystery Marvel Movies Deadpool sequel and?

CBR – ‘Deadpool’ imposter knocks off Ohio bank for $2 grand – The movie was doing so well!

Scroll.in – How a man who never went to school created (some of) India’s first comics – Some interesting history.

Gizmodo – Some Asshole Stole This Gorgeous Piece of Batman Art Before It Reached Its New Owner – There’s a reward if folks can help find it.

 

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Talking Comics – Aliens: Defiance #1

Talking Comics – Another Castle #1

Talking Comics – Haunted Love #1

Fine Book Magazines – The Imitation Game

Batman News – Justice League #48

Talking Comics – Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow, and we’ll have our picks as to what you should check out in a few hours.

Until then, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web.

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Newsarama – Report: Gambit To Begin Filming In March – Bets if this’ll be a disaster or not?

ComiChron – The 2015 Two Thousand: Sales estimates for 2015’s Top 1,000 comics and Top 1,000 graphic novels – Some great data on 2015.

ComiChron – December 2015 comics sales estimates online: Secret Wars #8 leads with 170k copies ordered – More good comic data!

Radio Times – Stan Lee on his failing eyesight: “I can’t read comic books anymore” – This is really sad news.

GamePolitics – Nintendo claims fanboy’s YouTube video, fanboy extends middle finger – DMCA = broken.

 

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CBR – Archie #5

CBR – Bitch Planet #6

Review: Star-Lord And Kitty Pryde #3

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The stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy have not always contained a comedic undertone, nor do they all presently, but the influence of the surprise hit movie from 2014 made it so that comedy is a necessary ingredient for readers, especially those that started reading only because of the movie.  Whether or not this comedic approach is necessary it has nonetheless been present in a few of the spin-offs from the main series, and as it been present in the Secret Wars tie-in to the Guardians stories, in this case the Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde series.  The series has also been one that is very different from what has come before, or at least that was established in the relatively short Star-Lord series, the romantic attraction of Kitty Pryde to Peter Quill.  As has been presented in the series, one of the alternate versions of Peter and Kitty have crossed paths, Peter being lovesick over her death long ago, and the alternate version of her being somewhat too serious to ever consider something like romance.

The fourth and final issue follows the two of them as they attempt to retrieve the object that Kitty is after, a specific artifact deemed important enough by those who follow Doom.  Peter is drawn into helping her because of his love for her, even if that love is not entirely genuine in this case.  They have to overcome the scenario in which they are depicted on the cover, as Gambit has them trapped and ready to kill after they have failed to retrieve the object from him.

The issue plays out as a not-so-serious take on the pre-Secret Wars world.  While there was some comedy in their stories before, it never came off quite as screwball as it does here.  Problems are solved not necessarily by the ingenuity, skills or powers of the two heroes, but rather by plot developments which are set-up to provide a humorous end result.  While it doesn’t hit as hard as it could, it is not really the point either, as the relationship between these two is what has been the special find in the past year.  Where the story is basic and the humor is somewhat lacking, this issue still puts the right focus on the two of these characters together, and the result is satisfactory if not noteworthy.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Alti Firmansyah 
Story: 8.1  Art: 8.1  Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

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