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Super-Articulate: Dawn of the Dark Elf (Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons Drizzt & Guenhwyvar)

Dungeons & Dragons

Welcome back to Super-Articulate! We’re taking a momentary pause in my running catch-up with a few lines to take a look at the brand new Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms Drizzt & Guenhwyvar two-pack. The Exclusive set is still up for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse (specifically, here) for $39.99, and has a projected shipping date of December 18. We would like to thank Hasbro, as this set was provided free from them for the purposes of review. And since we have it in hand, let’s get to it.

Historical Note: The first thing that I want to say about this is: it’s about time. I’ve been looking forward to the notion of some of D&D’s big characters making it to figure form for years. Yes, I do indeed remember the LJN line fondly and have a number of them in a tub in the basement (that’s right; even with the pictures you’ve seen, I still have stuff that isn’t displayed. Fear me.).But as for the characters based on the novels, this is uncharted territory. I think it’s fair to say that the Drizzt and the Dragonlance crew are the most popular of all of these characters, but Drizzt certainly enjoys the single greatest cult of personality. If Hasbro is exploring D&D in the upscale 6” figure style, he’s absolutely the logical first choice.

It also makes a lot of sense for Hasbro to tap into this audience. They own the property, they know that there are a lot of crossover fans of this material and figure lines they already have, and they have the craftspersons to make it worth while.  While I was never the most intense or devoted gamer, I got into it a long time ago (photographic evidence presented), and I’m quite excited to see what else they might come up with in this way.

Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms Drizzt & Guenhwyvar two-pack

Literary Note: If you aren’t familiar with Drizzt Do’Urden, here’s a bit of background. D&D originators TSR successfully launched Dragonlance in 1984 as both a new campaign setting AND a series of novels. Ed Greenwood had created his Realms setting in the ‘60s, and it was introduced into D&D as the Forgotten Realms in 1987. That same year, the Realms hit novels with Darkwalker on Moonshae. The publisher decided to dig into another area of the Realms for a new series, and writer R.A. Salvatore elected to set a trilogy in Icewind Dale. In the first book, The Crystal Shard, readers met Drizzt as a supporting character. The ranger soon became wildly popular, playing against the typical presentation of Drow (Dark Elves) as bad guys, instead of becoming an honorable badass with internal conflicts. Drizzt has appeared in 36 books as of this writing.

The Figures: Hasbro rolled a nat 20, kids. First off, the packaging is terrific. It’s got great art including a town backdrop that you could remove and use. There are also cards included depicting familiar D&D monsters, like a Beholder. And Hasbro saw fit to include an oversized 20-sided die. (Assuming that Hasbro makes more D&D figures, and I hope they do, they should include different types of die with each figure offering).

Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms Drizzt & Guenhwyvar two-pack

As for the figures themselves, this is some terrific work. Let’s look at Guenhwyvar first. Guenhwyvar is the magic panther that first appears in Homeland from 1990, the first book of The Dark Elf Trilogy. The panther was originally summoned a statuette, which is included as an accessory. The creative team did a nice job of sculpting Guenhwyvar; there are multiple points of articulation on the body, allowing for different poses of the legs and feet, and the tail moves as well. There’s some mobility in the head, and a hinged jaw for open-mouth poses. You see in the photos that there are hairlines sculpted in, showing  as a solid attention to detail. This is a great companion for the Drizzt figure.

As for the Drizzt sculpt itself, it’s extremely well done. The figure comes with additional hands and one additional head (the attached head is more of an angry or battle expression; the second is more relaxed, even sardonic). Drizzt’s outfit and armor have a great detail of detail and subtle color.  The cape is solid but not so rigid that you can’t pose the figure within it. The figure also comes with his necklace that depicts Mielikki, the goddess of rangers.

Two major accessories are Twinkle and Icingdeath, Drizzt’s scimitars. They look great and were clearly sculpted so that fans could tell them apart, given the different hilts. The swords were also made to work with two other accessories, which are sculpted enchantments that slide down over the two blades. That makes them look, well, awesome.

Altogether, this is a tremendous effort on the part of Hasbro. Everything about the set, from the box art to the accessories to the figures themselves, looks top-notch. If this turns out to be a one-shot deal, I understand. But I hope that this set opens the way for many more D&D characters to make their way to collector shelves. Anything else would be, frankly, cold.

We feel the need, the need to Transform with Transformers/Top Gun Maverick!

Transformers Top Gun

Feel the need… the need for speed! Hasbro and Paramount Pictures today revealed the first-ever TransformersTop Gun collaboration, starring the all-new character Maverick. Not to be confused with Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, this new Transformers robot makes an ideal wingman, taking form as the iconic Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat jet from the original Top Gun film. This nostalgic Top Gun mash-up Maverick robot marks a celebratory moment ahead of the highly anticipated sequel to the iconic original film, Top Gun: Maverick, releasing December 23, 2020.

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Transformers Autobot Maverick stands at 7 inches in robot mode and can convert from robot to classic Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat jet mode in 25 steps (The F-14 Tomcat is a registered trademark of Northrop Grumman, and is used under license). He includes a screen-inspired miniature motorcycle accessory and 2 alternate hands that can hold the included volleyball accessory. This bot is always ready to go vertical in jet mode or dominate a slow-mo volleyball montage in robot mode. This Maverick robot figure also features folding jet wings, movie-inspired details, including a helmet design inspired by the 2020 Top Gun: Maverick film, and includes 4 missile accessories that can be mounted on figure’s arms in robot mode and under wings in jet mode. Even the packaging is inspired by the aircraft carrier!

The figure is available now for pre-order.

Top Gun Transformers poster

Hasbro Reveals New Accessories for Unicron!

Hasbro has revealed accessories for the new Transformers War for Cybertron Unicron! There are just a few more days to reach the 8,000 campaign goal.

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.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Professor X

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 shelf.

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.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Spider-Man Kingpin BAF assortment

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.

Symbiote Spider-Man:I’ll 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 solid get.

Spider-Man (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 history.

Before we get to the big guy, here’s a quick rundown of which piece comes with whom:

Heads: Symbiote Spider-Man
Torso: Puma
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 know.