Hasbro is introducing more movie accuracy to the Bringer of Chaos. The legendary Unicron will come with interchangeable chins, allowing fans to switch back and forth between a smooth chin and a goatee-style chin, just like in the 1986 Transformers The Movie. Now, the infamous Planet Eater is ready for any scene!
The colossal Unicron will also come with a Galvatron slug figure so fans can pose out epic movie scenes with the two villains. The Galvatron figure is a slug that stands 3.75 cm (1.5 inches) tall, ready for battle with his iconic blaster and just the right size to fit in Unicron’s hand as seen in the 1986 film.
Every once in a while, there’s a consistent, ongoing call for a figure to get made. Since the beginning of Marvel Legends, one of the most relentlessly demanded figures has been Professor X in his hover chair. A Professor X in his conventional wheelchair was produced in 2005 as part of the Galactus wave, back when the line was made by Toy Biz. A movie version in the film chair was also produced early in the decade. In the 1990s toyline based largely on the animated series, we saw the only American mass market version of the Professor in the hover chair. But no longer! The brand-new Ultimate Riders Professor X in his hover chair is here. I could do this review in one word, and that is: DAMN.
Hasbro knocked this out of the park. I know I’ve been high on their work lately, but that’s because they’ve been delivering consistently. This particular item is a step above that. The accessories are clever (one is outright brilliant), the chair design is detailed and extremely well-made, and the figure is solid. It’s high-caliber work.
First off, check out the box. The hover chair is in two
pieces; it easily and cleanly fits together. Yes, there’s a seam on the back,
but if that’s your biggest gripe, it’s really minimal. The “hover stand” (of,
what? Compressed air? Energy? Doesn’t matter) gives the chair an elevated feel.
The chair pads fit in easily and sport some crazy detail for pieces that you
don’t see much of with the figure in place. The “blanket” helps keep the figure
in place. There’s the Cerebro helmet with a power effect, and finally, there’s
the Shadow King head.
I’ve praised these before, but I’ll do it again: creating
extra accessories and swappable body parts for value-adds that create “new”
characters is a brilliant idea. The Shadow King head goes perfectly with the
BAF Kingpin, and I’m keeping it there. (I have an early Kingpin. It’s fine.
Head stays. In fact, a major driver of my interest in the Kingpin BAF was the
fact that I’d be able to make him into the Shadow King; if you’re not familiar
with the character, look him up and watch Legion).
The hover chair itself is well-made, with a pair of sliding
panels revealing instruments underneath. It’s super-easy to slide the figure
in; you more or less “lock” him in place (though its not a true locking
mechanism) with the blanket. The chair is big, but not disruptively big on the
The figure itself has a standard ML suit body, but they
killed it on the head and hands. Those crazy eyebrows look like the early Kirby
take on the character, and hand gesture positions are perfect. I photographed
the figure with the helmet and without. I’m going to display without, but I
think it looks decent; the effect isn’t as good as Psylocke’s psionic
butterfly, but it’s decent.
Professor X looks great on his own, but he really comes to
life when you put some of his X-Men around him. Here he is with the recent
Cyclops, Jean Grey, my favorite of the Wolverines (because he’s short) and that
dick Hank McCoy (what? I’m a big Cyclops fan, and he owes Scott a big apology).
Since I have a new Charlie to put with my modern X-Men, I moved the old Chuck
up to what I call my “First Appearance” shelf.
Overall, this is terrific work. The figure is available now. It reads “sold out” on Hasbro Pulse, but it’s popping in and out on Amazon (I got mine there for regular price; just be patient) and also showing up at Target and Wal-Mart, along with the Deadpool/Scooter box. GameStop lists them as arriving by the weekend, but your location’s stock may vary.
I know the title puts the Kingpin right up front, but we’re going to take a detour first. If you recall, last week we did a bit of a preview of the ML Target exclusive Captain Marvel (Starforce) figure. Today, we’ll start with a look at the actual figure.
Captain Marvel (Starforce): As I said before, the notion of exclusive figures that bring a value-add past a simple outfit swap is great. Granted, completists might want the green outfit, given its prominence in the film. But the inclusion of all the separate pieces (head, hands, scarf, bandolier, rifle) that allow you to convert the figure into Doctor Minn-Erva just really stands out. It enables Hasbro to essentially offer an extra character in the same package as a headliner character that the stores will want. Moves like this, along with things like the Shadow King and Lilandra heads, just elevate the line.
Now Comes the Days of the Kingpin . . .
When this assortment was announced, I was genuinely excited.
There are some characters here that I’ve wanted for years in ML form that
FINALLY made it in. There’s a fairly new villain that I was surprised to see
included. And of course, Mr. Fisk. Let’s go.
Silver Sable: FINALLY, indeed. This is a drop-dead excellent figure that should have been made years ago, but I’m glad that it happened on the back of the constantly improving sculpting that Hasbro brings to the line. This is top-notch.
Black Cat: I wasn’t quite as into this one because honestly, I was satisfied with the previous versions. However, I think this turned out great, and I’m glad to have it. A lot of attention was paid here to the hair and to the “fur” portions of the outfit. The whip is also nicely done, as is the wrapped segment arranged as a belt.
Night Thrasher: Back to the FINALLY portion of the program. It’s kind of mind-boggling that we never got the founder of the New Warriors before now. The accessories are great; while the staff portions pre-existing, the backpack and skateboard are new. The board even has working wheels. I took a shot with the original Nova and Vance Astro from the GOTG2 assortment because that’s as close to the original New Warriors as we have right now. I certainly hope that Speedball, Firestar, and Namorita are in the cards down the road.
Puma: I’ve always dug Puma. The ML line can only benefit from diverse characters like Thrasher and Thomas Fireheart here, and I genuinely like that hybrid human look. The figure nails it and gets the flourishes like the feather fetish and necklace right. The increased articulation present in most Legends works a great benefit in the figure, as it affords some very character-appropriate posing. Big winner, kids.
Red Goblin: I didn’t expect Red Goblin this soon; in fact, that might be some kind of page-to-Legend record. But man, they did another great job. And that tail! Honestly, it’s a little crazy that this exists already, but damn if they didn’t prove that it should exist just by making it exist. Well done.
be honest; I’m pretty take it or leave it with this one. It’s kinda neat of its
own accord, and it looks good, but I doubt I would have gotten it were it not
for the BAF piece. Still, if you don’t have a black costume Spidey, this is a
(Six-Armed): I know that there were some early complaints about the torso
from some fans online, but I have to say that this looks quite good in person.
The arms are surprisingly poseable, given the torso size, and I’m glad that the
new torso sculpt also gives us the ability to have Doppelganger Spider-Man
later in the year. This version of Spidey wasn’t super-high on my list, but
it’s cool to see and it’s a worthy entry, given its place in the comic’s
Before we get to the big guy, here’s a quick rundown of
which piece comes with whom:
Heads: Symbiote Spider-Man
Right Arm and cane: Black Cat
Left Arm: Silver Sable
Right Leg: Red Goblin
Left Leg: Night Thrasher
The Six-Armed Spidey does not include a BAF piece.
The Kingpin (BAF): I mean . . . just look. This thing is outstanding. The alternate heads were a fine idea (one smug, one angry), and it’s just . . . massive. I took a picture of the recent Defenders boxed set Daredevil for scale. It’s just awesome. And I’m looking forward to turning him into the Shadow King in the near future. Yeah, I’m a giant X-Men fan from way back, so that’s happening.
Overall, this is a pretty great assortment with strong character choices, pleasant surprises, and a whale of a BAF. These are available on Hasbro Pulse right now and should be hitting retail around you at any time.
How about you? Thoughts, questions, discussions? Let us