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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends M’Baku Wave

We’re living in Legendary times. That is, holy crap, the Marvel Legends just don’t stop. Even as I type, the Caliban wave is up for pre-order and the first Endgame assortment landed at Toys R US Canada. People that pre-ordered the Professor X and Deadpool Scooter Riders have been getting them, and they’re hitting outlets by the end of the month. And that doesn’t account for the Kingpin assortment or, the subject of today’s write-up, the M’Baku wave.

We’ll be looking at a complete M’Baku, but not a complete wave. I didn’t get the Klaue; I managed to get the BAF torso piece on eBay for $4.50 (plus shipping). I also saved on this wave by getting two of the figures from Walgreens via their $13.99 ML sale (that runs until the 30th, and the ML Mystique exclusive is available online for the sale price); I ordered another on Amazon for $4 less than the regular price, too. So I ended up with five of the six regular figures, plus M’Baku, and I saved at least $40 overall in the process.

A Tale of Two Panthers:

This wave boasts two takes on T’Challa, one leaning on his look from the beginning of the Black Panther film, and the other a charged-up Vibranium look that’s labelled for Infinity War. Alternate heads are included with the “vibranium” figure, and both figures come with the same unmasked T’Challa head. Both of these are solid work with a lot of detail worked into the sculpting, particularly in the lines you find on the torsos.

The downside is that a lot of fans might pass on these since they’re similar to other releases. In all honestly, I almost passed too. However, weighing the high costs of the BAF arms online versus the costs of the figure, I actually saved money by grabbing one at Walgreens, spending less that I would have to obtain one of the auctioned arms. Not to get all Bob Ross here, but how you complete your collection is up to you. I like to get lots of things, but I like to save when I can. That said, these are both fine representations of the character, and they would be particularly good for someone that doesn’t have a T’Challa yet.

Hail to the Previous King:

T’Chaka doesn’t have any accessories apart from the BAF piece, but damn, it’s a nice looking figure. The head sculpt and other pieces are definitely different than the other Panther figures. And the ceremonial garb is tremendously colored. It’s a striking figure and, despite the BP base, it doesn’t look quite like anything else in the line. I wish there would have been swappable heads (maybe the young and old T’Chakas), but it’s a damn nice looking character as it is.

Dora Milaje:

The Dora is the one I got on Amazon for just over $16. This is a terrific example of what Marvel Legends has been doing so well lately, and that’s creating extra pieces that allow you to transform figures or transition them into army-builders. The three heads here let you decide on the look of the Dora (the one that I used is clearly Ayo of “Move or you will be moved” fame). When you put this figure side by side with Okoye and Nakia, you can see that there are a lot of subtle differences (this article explains some of those notes, like the fact that Okoye’s gold elements are markings of rank). The included spear is different from Okoye’s; the rings, however, are the same. If you’re really into Black Panther and the Dora, this is a must have; I can actually see this one becoming rarer as people gobble up multiples for army-building. It looks great.

Erik Killmonger (Tactical):

No slight on the previous figures, but THIS is the Killmonger I wanted. The tribal mask is fantastic and the detail on Killmonger’s costume, belting, and holsters is incredible. The likeness to Michael B. Jordan is pretty top shelf, too. Amazingly, this was a $13.99 Walgreens grab, and I save two more bucks with a coupon. Ridiculous. It’s been remarked on that elements of the design were inspired by, or at least resemble, Vegeta from DBZ, so I tossed an old Bandai Vegeta in one shot to give you the look. This is easily one of my two favorites from the wave. I could see Hasbro taking parts of this (notably the legs) and repurposing them for other military-flavored figures down the road. Man, it’s solid.

M’Baku Build-A-Figure:

Damn, kids. Can we just take a minute to praise Winston Duke? The actors from Black Panther have been widely celebrated, and Duke has been frequently remarked upon as a fan-favorite, but it bears repeating. M’Baku (Man-Ape from the comics) could have been a seriously, seriously problematic character. But a combination of top-flight direction, script, and performance made him a memorable break-out. Duke radiated charisma and unexpected humor in the role; when he showed up in Avengers: Infinity War, the theatre where I was broke out into a small cheer. I have to say: in a short amount of screen time, Duke transformed M’Baku into a bigger and better character.

Which brings us to the BAF. I was disappointed in the first BP go-round that M’Baku wasn’t in the wave. I was not surprised at all to find that he was the BAF this time. And Hasbro did it up right. One of my other favorites in this group, the figure nails the likeness and some of the intricacies of the costume. I’ve written before that the designers are paying more attention to hair and fur elements in costumes, and that’s evident here. They also made the right call on the height; M’Baku’s at least a head taller than the “vibranium” Panther. The staff accessory was the most appropriate choice, too. This is really, really fine work.

A word on Klaue:

I like Andy Serkis. But the figure didn’t do a lot for me. I may yet pick up a loose one on eBay someday, but it wasn’t a thing that I felt like I HAD to have. And that’s okay. I lucked out with a cheap torso pick-up, and this gives me the opportunity to invoke Ross again: get what YOU want.

Overall, this probably won’t turn out to be my favorite assortment of the year. But it’s a really good effort and I feel like it expands the universe of figures and my collection environment. That’s obviously a big positive.

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.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Exclusives

So, I lied. Okay, not lied, but I did change the schedule. I have in-hand the Kingpin assortment, but didn’t have time to take on the whole thing. I’m pushing that to next week. What I also got, which is relevant to your interests, is the new Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends Mystique.  Let’s talk.

Mystique: First and best thing, the ML Mystiques are arriving at Walgreens locations across the country and in solid numbers. And the bonus? There’s a sale on (which appears to be chain-wide) with Marvel Legends for $13.99 until March 30th. That’s a solid deal! I picked up mine and got a bonus $2 off at the register which we’d apparently earned on our Walgreens card. So I had that going for me, which is nice.

As to the figure itself, this is top-flight work. This is a Great. Figure. I feel like the team really nailed the look of Mystique from the Claremont-Byrne days. It’s also a not-so-coincidentally great time for the figure to be released since a) she first appeared in the pages of the Carol Danvers Ms. Marvel book in the 1970s, and b) Mystique once again figures into the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film.

The figure comes with three heads: regular, shapeshifting-into-Rogue, and Shi’ar Empress Lilandra. The head sculpts are superb, Lilandra in particular. There’s a popular trend forming already of collectors getting an extra Silver Sable and replacing the head with the Lilanadra for a completely “new” figure. Some have gone so far as to do the boil-and-pop method to remove the Sable belts and enhancements for a cleaner look; I’ve also seen spare capes (like the Black Knight cape) added. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making Mystique Mystique; as Bob Ross said, it’s your painting.

If you have the original ML Mystique and you’re happy with it, that is totally fine. If you missed that one, this one is just about perfect. It’s a great pick-up no matter how you display it.

Target Captain Marvel (Starforce): The Target Exclusive ML Starforce Captain Marvel is available to order online right now. I am absolutely getting this one to turn it into Dr. Minn-Erva with the included head, hands, scarf, and other accessories. Doing the figure in this manner was a GREAT idea. I would have passed without the means to turn it into a secondary character. Mine isn’t due to arrive just yet, but I’ll have pictures when it does. For now, you can place your own order. If you have a Target Red Card, you can get 5% off if you use it when you place your order online.

Okay, kids, that’s all we’re doing this week. How do you feel about Exclusive figures? It’s been my experience that the Walgreens figures aren’t hard to find, but that the Walmart ones are a giant pain in the ass. Target lands somewhere in the middle. Thoughts? Do you buy second copies of a figure if you can turn them into a different character? Let’s talk.

Toy Fair 2019: Hasbro Reveals a Marvel Legends Captain America WWII Figure and Vehicle Plus Shuri and Rock Python

At Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed some new Marvel Legends figures. Shuri gets a figure based on Avengers: Infinity War as well as a six inch Rock Python figure (talk about obscure!).

Marvel Legends Shuri
Marvel Legends Rock Python

Captain America is getting a new figure based on his WWII uniform which also includes a motorcycle.

Marvel Legends Captain America WWII

The figures will be available Fall 2019.

Super-Articulate: My Marvel Legends Most Wanted

Toy Fair looms large next week, and with it will come a number of product revelations. The big mover already is McFarlane Toys, who has consolidated both the Harry Potter/Wizarding World and DC Comics figure licenses under its control in the past few days. With those and other developments happening quickly, and rumors piling up, we’re sure to see interesting things from all over next week. It that spirit, I wanted to devote some time to a few of the Marvel Legends that I HOPE Hasbro will be getting to in short order. And I invite you to join in, too. I’ll present MINE, and then you chime in with yours. (One rule: Nobody dumps on anybody else’s choice; everyone has favorites.)

One more note: these are my Top Ten TODAY. It could change tomorrow. Or after dinner.

Lockjaw: The big teleporting doggie of the Inhumans has been overlooked in the Legends scale for far too long. With the increased emphasis on larger boxes with the Riders waves and the exclusives like Archangel, there are fewer and fewer reasons for Hasbro not to drop this fan favorite. I haven’t forgotten that we almost got him back in the day with Toy Biz, and I’m aware that a One:12 Collective version is happening, but still. Let’s see him.


First Appearance Storm: There is no one good reason why we don’t have a ML Storm in her Dave Cockrum-designed Giant-Size X-Men #1 costume. This look was produced by Toy Biz in the regular line in the day, as well as in the 8” cloth-costume figure line; it was also done in the 3.75” Marvel Universe line. A few years ago, it was posited as part of a ToyFare poll, so we know a sculpt exists. With avenues like Walgreens exclusives and other outlets, it’s way past time.

First Appearance Storm

Thunderbird: Similarly, Thunderbird remains the only member of the “Giant-Sized” team to not receive a Marvel Legend figure AT ALL. That’s a big Marvel history gap, right there.

Swordsman: I know some people might be saying, “Who?” If you don’t know, the Swordsman is the only character to join the Avengers in the 1960s that has not been a 6” Marvel Legend. Granted, his membership was brief and he was a traitor; HOWEVER, he did return and figure in important storylines, dying heroically.


Quake: Daisy Johnson is getting the short end, here. Though Quake just got her first figure as part of the Marvel Rising expression, the lack of a Marvel Legends Quake is mildly shocking. Consider the key role that the character played in Secret War, Secret Invasion, and Secret Warriors, prior to joining the Avengers. There’s also the little matter of Quake being one of the leads on the MCU’s longest running live-action TV show, as well as all her continued comic and animation appearances. Frankly, the lack of a Quake ML totally baffles me.


Quasar Absent Avengers Assemble! Let’s do the list . . . Avenger? Check. Important to multiple crossovers? Check. One of the few Annihilators without a figure? Check. Already made in 3.75” form? Check. Again, let’s see him, Hasbro.


Stingray: Wait . . . ANOTHER Absent Avenger?! Yeah, Stingray not only returned in comics (okay, he got beaten up pretty badly, but he survived), but plays a part in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 video game. Plus, he’s got one of the great character designs in comics. Stingray would make an excellent figure. Sure, he’s a personal favorite of mine, but it would just look great on the shelf.


Karnak Another personal favorite, but my desire for his inclusion also illuminates the lack of Inhumans overall in the 6” range. Yeah, I know I was just stumping for Lockjaw, but check this out. Black Bolt has only been made twice as an individual figure in the Legends line, and the recent Medusa Walgreens exclusive was the FIRST Medusa outside the SDCC Exclusive boxed set. No other Inhuman (Triton, Gorgon, etc.) has been made in ML 6” scale. There have been 3.75” Triton and Karnak, but not in the main line. I would, of course, prefer the classic look for Karnak, which the 3.75” figure also used.


Spitfire: A great, underrated character in the Marvel pantheon, Spitfire would check multiple boxes for me. Number one, she’s an Invader; and number two, she was part of the MI13 team (incidentally, that was a great comic and I have my own mini-shelf section for them with Captain Britain, Black Knight, and Blade, so I’m enough of a team freak to buy Spitfire twice if they make her). Also, her background is just nuts: essentially a super-hero/vampire hybrid that’s been around since World War 2, Spitfire has an awesome and crazy long-term story. I’d love to see her get made.


Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau: Yeah, we got an excellent Monica in the A-Force boxed set, but my heart is set on seeing her in her original Captain Marvel outfit. Never forget that Monica Rambeau was the first female Captain Marvel. History is important, kids. All right, there’s mine. Let’s hear yours.

Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau
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