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Those Two Geeks Episode 143: The One Where They Forget They’re Recording

The two geeks just start chatting and then forget what they’re talking about. It’s one of those episodes.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Eternals

Talk about a contentious group. Not only have audiences and critics been divided on Eternals (I personally really enjoyed it), there has been a strong current of bitching about the Marvel Legends figures since the first glimpses leaked. Granted, there is a solid component of ML fans that have no interest in MCU figures, but also take a profound interest in telling everyone that they have no interest in MCU figures. For my part, I generally get both comic-based and MCU figures, so that wasn’t a problem for me. However, figure buyers have been as sharply divided on the look of the figures as movie people have been divided on the film itself. Whatever your proclivity, the figures have dropped, and in generally available numbers. I’m going to start with the two exclusives and the deluxe, and then movie into the BAF wave.

Thena (Target Exclusive): Like many of you, I used to curse the sky in the name of Target exclusives. However, in the past year or so, Target has done a much better job of making stuff orderable online and in their app. Combine it with a Red Card for 5% off and free shipping, and it becomes easier and cheaper to grab one. I’ve successfully done it several times now, including last year’s Rogue and Gambit, Katy from Shang-Chi, Mobius from Loki, and now Thena.

Most movie figures live or die based on their likeness to the adapted actor, and in this case, the design team did a very good job adapting Angelina Jolie. Here’s a blanket statement for all of the Eternals to follow: Overall, the costume details and color apps on these figures are outstanding. If you’ve seen the film or studied the stills, you’ll see that each character has some very intricate design work in their costume. Hasbro has done an incredible job of transferring those notes into the figures, some of which only become really visible under stronger light. The effect is even stronger when the figures are grouped together, because the metallic finishes and design bits become more pronounced when you have say, Makkari’s red next to Druig’s black, and so on.

For Thena in particular, she comes with the most accessories, four weapons that reflect her ability to manifest same in the film. The figure is fairly poseable, though in Thena and some other figures, the flexible vinylish tunic gets in the way a bit. Still, the armed figure is pretty striking. I might have liked an extra head, given the way that slight spoiler her eyes occasionally change in the film. Overall, a strong figure and one of the best of the bunch.

Ajak (Walmart Exclusive): I preordered Ajak online during Walmart’s fan event, but happened to run across it in-store (I’m aware of the rarity of that), so I picked it up and cancelled the pre. I think that at this point we’re all aware that Salma Hayek made fun of the figure’s expression on Jimmy Kimmel. I have to say that the main head with the headdress has, let’s say, an unfortunate expression. The free-flowing hair look head that’s included looks more like Hayek, but it’s probably not the head most fans would use, given that she appears the other way more often.

Outside of the head/face sculpt, the rest of the figure is pretty great. Ajak’s robes are rendered well, the colors (as noted) are really nicely done, and the general look is good. I also feel that the figure scales nicely height-wise with the others. I do think that it’s unfortunate that Ajak was made a Walmart exclusive, giving the historical difficulty that retailer has with exclusives versus the fact that Hayek has an important role and an essential character for the group.

Kro (Deluxe Figure): Kro’s a little bit tougher for some people to reconcile. If you don’t like the look of the Deviants in the film, then you probably won’t like Kro. The early preview pics did it no favors. However, I do think that the figure looks better in person and out of the box. In terms of successfully representing the character as seen in the movie, the design team did a good job.

In terms of accessories, Kro comes with four sets of tentacle-like attachments. Two fit into the back, and two go on the figure’s arms. It’s important to note that even though the figure has removable hands, these tentacles DO NOT attach at the wrist. The figure has forearm breaks that allow the forearm and hand to be removed on each arm so that the tentacles can plug into those spots. The wider feet give the figure a better base to stand with tentacles attached, but there’s still a bit of tilting and leaning involved to get it to stand.

For my part, I think Kro looks decent enough for what it is, but it’s still of a bit of a let-down for me. I’m not wild about the Deviant design (they remind me a lot of Bay’s original Megatron), and the figure takes up A LOT of room on a shelf for someone that’s really a fairly minor character.

Gilgamesh BAF Wave overview (7 figures and 1 BAF)

I’ll restate the general sentiment: the design details and colors are great. Most of these figures come with, at least, extra hand accessories. I’ll note accessories outside of that in individual character write-ups. Individual notes really come down to likeness thoughts and other accessories.

Sersi: Great likeness of Gemma Chan. The figure really captures her character from the film, and the green sets off well against the other figures. It’s a strong entry.

Ikaris: Another really strong likeness. I like the idea of the extra head with the eye beam effect, but I’m honestly not sure where I land on it. Some days I like how it was depicted, and some days I’m less sure. In general it’s a good sculpt with and a solid representation.

Kingo: Kumail Nunjiani is a really expressive actor. The figure tries to capture that . . . and misses. From a couple of angles, I get what the sculptors were going for, but in execution, it’s not great. On the upside, the “finger guns” and energy effects work well, and the color of the costume is particularly great. It’s just unfortunate that the head takes ahead from everything else that works.

Sprite: The height is great, but this is another head sculpt that leaves a little to be desired. The likeness is okay, but the head feels a little big for the body. This is a figure that could have really used a power effect accessory or something extra. Essential for completing the set, but fairly bland.

Phastos: On the other hand, this is a really good likeness on a sculpt that captures the physical presence of the actor. Another stand-out in terms of costume color, Phastos pops. I also like that you can easily pose Phastos in his signature “creation power” move. One of the better figures in the line.

Makkari: I was great idea to assign one hand for sign language, given the character’s status as the first deaf character in the MCU. The head sculpt is good, but I would have preferred a second one with the braid that Makkari sports for the last third of the film, including the climax. The figure is generally poseable, but is hampered a bit by the tunic. Good effort on this one.

Druig: The red color details on this figure are just insane in the right light; they look great. The likeness is also terrific. However, the poseability is hampered by costume design and there aren’t any other accessories to counter that. I mean, it looks great, and I liked the character in the film more than I expected, but it is, color aside, kind of boring.

Gilgamesh: The Don Lee likeness here isn’t bad, but it’s not as spot-on as, say, Sersi. Still, the figure captures Lee’s physicality and the fists allow him to get in a good boxing pose. The only real let-down is that there’s no accessory for the sort of “energy boxing glove/gauntlet” that Gilgamesh manifests during the action scenes in the film. Overall, it’s pretty solid, but lacks a wow factor.

All Together Now: Interestingly, this is an assortment that I totally think looks better as a group that as stand-alone figures. Put together, the colors play off each other well and the line-up really captures that sort of cinematic moment of all the Eternals together that appears in both the trailer and the film. I get the disappointment from people that would have preferred some really Kirbyesque comic-based figures, but I also understand the notion of these falling in MCU style for their first figures. I would not be surprised at all to see a comic-based Sersi in the next year, given her status as an Avenger and significant presence in the ‘90s books that the design team seems to dig. A comic-based Ajak would be a good move, given how different that character is in the comics. Still, it was kind of a bold choice for Hasbro to go this way, and I don’t mind them doing things differently on occasion.

Those Two Geeks Episode 140: TALKING tOYS WITH aRTIST jASON mUHR

Alex and Joe are joined by artist Jason Muhr to talk about toys (and not about the fantastic comics he draws such as Voracious, By The Horns, Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets, and quite a few others).

You can find Jason online at http://www.jasonmuhr.com, and @jasonmuhr on Twitter.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Those Two Geeks Episode 139: Joe’s At Rhode Island Comic Con

Alex and Joe have a chinwag about Joe’s first day at Rhode Island Comic Con.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Be an Agent of Asgard with this Loki Marvel Legends Retro Figure

It’s a blast from the past with this 1990s style Toy Biz inspired packaging! Lady Loki is an Agent of Asgard and a new addition to Hasbro‘s Marvel Legends line. Featuring the look from the comics, the figure comes with the “retro” cardback as well as an additional pair of hands.

You can order it now from Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more!


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Those Two Geeks Episode 138: Hasbro PulseCon Day Two

Alex and Joe geek out about the second day of reveals from Hasbro’s PulseCon. Which, yes, means more toy talk.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Super-Articulate: Nova, Mobius, Aurra, and Tech

The stuff never stops rolling out of Hasbro these days, so here’s a bit of housekeeping before I drop a big Eternals piece in time for the movie. That one will include the entirety of the BAF assortment, the deluxe Kro, and the exclusives Thena and Ajak. For today, we have two Marvel exclusives and two Star Wars figures in general release. We’ll hit those first.

Star Wars Black Series: Aurra Sing

I’ve been waiting on this one for some time. The bounty hunter that popped up in Episode I and had a much bigger presence in The Clone Wars (and also apparently got knocked off before Solo) is a distinctive character with an interesting look. I’m a fan of the bounty hunters in general, so this was a natural for me.

I’ll start with weapons first, for once. Sing comes with two dual-trigger blasters and sniper rifle (is it a Fallan hyper-rifle?). These are the obvious, and a great, choices, though it might have been cool to get some trophy lightsaber handles.

As for the overall look, it’s just right, acknowledging the height, her unique hands, and costume details. Of particular note are the holsters (including that excellent chain) and the vest. It’s really strong work, set off by an excellent face sculpt. The head antenna also looks great; I was a bit concerned that it could be damaged during removal from the package, but it turned out just fine. I have to say that the color is really nicely done; outside of pilot outfits, we don’t get a lot of orange, so it’s nice to see this shade rendered with care. Well-done.

Star Wars Black Series: Tech from The Bad Batch

One more member of the Bad Batch down! Like the other figures, Tech comes with multiple accessories which include a backpack, a blaster, and his helmet. The helmet is my favorite part of the figure, due mainly to those large optics. The blast shield does drop over the eyes, which is a detail that I appreciate. The best detail is the tool pouch on the characters left thigh, with exposed and removable tools. That’s just a great touch.

Overall, the body is comparable to the other clones, but the paint apps do a great job of differentiating the look. Like Sing, the holster is well-rendered. The face sculpt, scene here in a couple of photos, is another fine execution based on the animation. I don’t have a ton to say about Tech overall, but it’s a good, solid figure and a fine addition to the line.

Marvel Legends: Target Exclusive Mobius

Getting exclusives from Target has gotten a lot easier, in my opinion. I use the Target app and I have a Red Card, so preorders get made quickly and come with 5% off. I also use the free pick-up option. It certainly worked great for both Thena (coming soon to this space) and Mobius.

Mobius was a totally logical figure to make. He has a big role in Loki, so of course it makes sense to add him. It’s not a hugely exciting figure, but I’m glad it exists. The suit body is the now-familiar buck. I know some people have made fun of the head sculpt online for looking a little like Alex Trebek, but I think they did a fairly decent likeness of Owen Wilson in the role.

The figure comes with two accessories. The first one is the TVA time baton that the group uses as both weapon and transport device. The other is a TVA TemPad. I kind of feel like Mobius got the accessories and not Loki so as to create a value-add for this figure. Loki is Loki; he’ll sell anyway. Whereas, some might be on the fence about Mobius and go over the edge of purchasing because of the extras. Like I said, not hugely exciting, but cool enough. (By the way, if you want to give him a jetski . . . here.)

Marvel Legends: Walgreens Exclusive Nova

No need to hold back. I loathe the Walgreens Exclusive process. They only sporadically make the ML exclusives available online and social media is alive with tales of how much people hate the distribution. And that was PRE-pandemic.

So while there have been lots of reports on people spotting Nova on the East or West Coasts, I live Indiana. We are about the last to get anything, and that’s certainly been true of Nova. When I saw a seller have one for an extremely reasonable price, I jumped on it. Thankfully, that hunt is over. Now I’m on the lookout for Quasar. Sigh.

At any rate . . . hey! This Nova is excellent! The figure comes with “fight” and “flight” hands, but the best extra is Nova Corps member Qubit with a flight stand. It’s a great touch that Hasbro gives us small characters like this from time to time.

This particular Nova is based on the characters classic look and is just a great sculpt overall. It’s really poseable and has some great paint apps. I also like the blue-glow eye effect; it sets this Nova off from other versions. I got this Nova particularly to display with my New Warriors, which I did. While I could have done without fruitless Walgreens searches, the actual figure was worth the wait.

Hasbro Pulse Con 2021: Marvel Legends Gets X-Men Animated Plus New Retro, and More!

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA 2-PACK Figures

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $41.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA 2-PACK Figures featuring STEVER ROGERS inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ AVENGERS ENDGAME and SAM WILSON inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER on Disney+. These quality 6-inch-scale figures feature premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes 2 figures and 7 accessories. Get it now through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WINTER SOLDIER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $22.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WINTER SOLDIER Figure featuring inspired by MARVEL STUDIOS’ FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER on Disney+. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Get it through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 1 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $31.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can celebrate the 20th Anniversary with this classic MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 1 6-INCH CAPTAIN AMERICA Figure inspired by the original 2002 MARVEL LEGENDS CAPTAIN AMERICA figure. This quality 6-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 14 accessories. Available exclusively at Fan Channel retailers like Entertainment Earth.

MARVEL LEGENDS 1 SERIES 6-INCH IRON MAN Figure

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Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH 1 IRON MAN Figure, inspired by the original 2002 MARVEL LEGENDS IRON MAN Figure and the character’s appearances throughout MARVEL Entertainment. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, updated articulation, deco, and accessories – great for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 9 accessories. Available exclusively at Fan Channel retailers like Entertainment Earth.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 3.75-INCH RETRO X-MEN MULTIPACK Figures

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 3.75-INCH RETRO X-MEN MULTIPACK Figuresincluding WOLVERINE and MARVEL’S PHOENIX inspired by the characters from the MARVEL Comics. These quality 3.75-inch-scale figures feature premium design, details, articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes 2 figures. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN WOLVERINE 90s ANIMATED SERIES Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN WOLVERINE 90s ANIMATED SERIES Figure inspired by X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. This quality 6-inch-scale 90s animation-inspired figure features unique sculpting and deco to recreate X-MAN’s classic yellow costume and premium collectible packaging inspired by the series’ VHS box covers. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN JUBILEE Figure

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Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN JUBILEE Figure inspired by X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. This quality 6-inch-scale 90s animation-inspired figure features unique sculpting and cel-shaded deco to recreate the character’s animated appearance including collectible packaging inspired by the series’ VHS box covers. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SCARLET WITCH Figure

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Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SCARLET WITCH Figure inspired by the character’s classic MARVEL Comics West Coast Avengers appearances. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in any MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Order it now through Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH VISION Figure

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MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 FALCON Figure

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MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 MR. FANTASTIC Figure

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MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO 3.75-INCH 375 VENOM Figure

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Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS 3.75-INCH RETRO 375 VENOM Figure inspired by the MARVEL Comics. This quality retro 3.75-inch-scale figure has premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure.

Unboxing: Marvel Legends: Infinity Saga – Iron Man vs. Thanos

Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 is taking place on October 22nd and 23rd. To get us ready, they’ve sent us a box of releases.

Marvel Legends have been getting releases filling out key characters and moments from the “Infinity Saga” including the confrontation between Iron Man and Thanos!

How does the set hold up? Tune in and find out!

You can get yours!

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Unboxing: Marvel Legends: Infinity Saga – Thor

Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 is taking place on October 22nd and 23rd. To get us ready, they’ve sent us a box of releases.

Marvel Legends have been getting releases filling out key characters and moments from the “Infinity Saga” including “Bro” Thor!

How does the figure hold up? Tune in and find out!

You can get yours!

Amazon
Entertainment Earth


Hasbro provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

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