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Super-Articulate: Marvel Riders and Finally . . . Dani Moonstar

We’ve got some big entries to tackle this time, readers. The latest Marvel Legends Riders, Squirrel Girl, and Cosmic Ghost Rider, have hit, and I finally got the third Dani Moonstar I needed to complete that trio of New Mutants. We’ll lead off with that . . .

Marvel Legends Dani Moonstar (Walgreens Exclusive): This figure was both a glorious offering and a pain in the ass. I love the idea of offering extra accessories to convert a figure into another character. However, between six Walgreens in my area (in and around Indianapolis), I saw exactly zero over several months. Over time, I did manage to get three on eBay for not-terrible prices. I tried to order on Walgreens.com more than once, only to have the orders fail for various reasons. However, a few days back, I managed to get ahold of the third so that I could put together Dani, Karma, and Wolfsbane.

Dani Moonstar: As the base figure, Dani Moonstar has been a long time coming. One was originally supposed to appear in a wave as far back as 2013. On the upside, it’s finally here, and it looks good. The basic costume and look of the characters comes from New Mutants vol. 2 #1 from 2009. In the case of Dani, the bow and double-ponytail is directly from the wraparound cover. I’m satisfied with the sculpting overall and the team did a nice job on the bow and arrow, distinguishing them from other, similar accessories in the line.

Karma: Similarly, Karma’s look is taken right from the same cover. I like the head-sculpt and the eye effect; the hands are similar to other sculpts that have been emblematic of psychic or magic powers (see Emma Frost, for example). I’m wouldn’t be surprised to see a variant Karma with the cybernetic leg turn up sometime in the future, but I think I prefer this version.

Wolfsbane: Not bad overall, but it lacks a certain flair. The head and clawed hand sculpts are good, but I wish that we had a “human” Rahne head. I would definitely like there to be a Stroman-esque X-Factor Woflsbane in the future to go with Havok, Polaris, Madrox, and the forthcoming Strong Guy BAF. But as far as representing the character for the New Mutants, it’s adequate.

Really, the best part of the Dani Moonstar figure is seeing all three versions together. We have literally never had all three characters in figure form, and it’s great to see. It makes me want to see a similar figure for the boys with heads/hands for Cypher, Sunspot, and Cannonball. Just maybe make them easier to get.

Moving on . . .

Squirrel Girl: This is pretty delightful. A great sculpt (that tale is hilariously huge) and a sense of fun are all over this set. Sure, the scooter is basically the same as the Deadpool version, but it does have the basket. The three squirrels are appropriately cute. Do I wish that they would have done the character as a regularly priced figure with the 3 squirrels still packed in? Sure. But I understand that occasionally certain things are done due to the realities of getting things on the market.

Now, I realize that there are some people out there that don’t like, even hate, Squirrel Girl. Frankly, don’t care. If you don’t like it, don’t buy. This is a great rendition of a character co-created by the immortal Steve Ditko that appeals to a lot fans. They like it, and so do I.

Cosmic Ghost Rider: I’m not going to beat around the bush here. This is AWESOME. I love everything about this set. The cycle is an incredible design. The figure looks great independent of the bike, and the faux metallic finish is nice. There’s an insane of amount of new tooling on this thing; I can’t peg anything from the bike that’s been used before. The giant energy ball “front tire” is great. This is one of those rare occasions that I’m going to write less and let the pictures speak for me.

Personal Note: We all know what’s up out there. Figure reviews might be few and far between for a bit. Everyone stay in and stay safe. The column is no fun without you.

Super-Articulate: A Few Post-Game Thoughts on Toy Fair 2020

As anyone paying much attention knows, Toy Fair International stormed through New York last week. It also doesn’t take much effort to declare Hasbro the big winner. But I did want to take a look at a few fan relevant properties, offer some thoughts, and solicit opinions.

Star Wars: Preview day clearly belonged to The Child, aka Baby Yoda. The toys were all over the media, including Good Morning America. With The Mandalorian a hit and the littlest Jedi its break-out star, this was probably the easiest sell of the show. It makes sense that Hasbro would put effort into the differing scales targeted at kids at this particular moment; the advent of The Child and the return of Clone Wars makes that an easy position to take.

I also think that we expected some kind of Empire Strikes Back anniversary initiative. The rumored Black Series Snowspeeder showed up and looks awesome; I’m glad that Hasbro isn’t afraid to get into the big vehicles. In terms of Star Wars, I only had two let-downs, but they’ll probably be addressed at SDCC and other venues. And those are . . . 1) I wanted to see a new Black Series Ahsoka and 2) I wanted to see more Black Series Mandalorian characters, like The Armorer, Greef Karga, and Kuiil. I have spoken.

G.I. Joe Classified: Again, another rumor comes true as the Joes finally get a highly-detailed 6-inch line. The initial Snake-Eyes offering looks simply incredible. I know that reaction has been mixed on Roadblock, Duke, and Scarlett in terms of costume choices, but I think they look great. Now give me Storm Shadow, please.

Ghostbusters: I love everything they’re doing here. They’re committed to fans of both the films and the cartoons while offering choices for kids and adult collectors. The 6-inch Plasma Series looks outstanding, and the inclusion of a BAF Terror Dog makes complete sense. Well-done all the way around.

Marvel Legends: Again, I’m not surprised that Hasbro didn’t show us the entire year of product. However, they did show A LOT of product. Anyone that’s ever read me for any period of time knows that I’m elated that the First Appearance Storm is happening. That was my big winner, along with Nimrod. Things that the ML line is doing right: the stand-alone deluxe figures, embracing the Fox movie figures, the slow but certain inclusion of characters needed to complete teams (Rage, Mach-1, etc.), the Hasbro Pulse “army builders,” and a commitment to figures from specific eras or stories (Old Man Hawkeye, X-Men Legacy Rogue, etc.). And incidentally, that pinless tech on the sculpts sounds like a great thing. My only real complaints here amount to “What about Figure X?” or “When do see Assortment Y?” Which, really, aren’t complaints.

McFarlane Toys: I feel like McFarlane is back in a big way, even if they never left. The bulk of this, of course, is their substantial roll-out of DC product. From the looks of it, they’re going to continue to lean in with films, comics, and video games for DC, which is wise. I would have liked to have seen some more characters at the show than Batman/Wonder Woman, but there’s obviously a lot of time left in the year. The Mortal Kombat figures looked good, and the upgrade to the original six Spawn figures is a great idea. Not so sure about the Kickstarter component of that, but it WILL get the characters back in the public eye on the back of last year’s massive comic sales spike for the anniversary.

All right, gang. Let’s hear what you thought.

Marvel Legends Celebrates 20 Years of the X-Men

At Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed new Marvel Legends celebrating 20 years of X-Men films. Check out these new figures with more of a movie design to them.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WOLVERINE Figure (jacket)

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2020)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WOLVERINE Figure (jacket)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH MYSTIQUE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2020)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH MYSTIQUE Figure

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CABLE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2020, Exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH CABLE Figure

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DOMINO Figure

 (HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2020)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DOMINO Figure

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DEADPOOL & NEGASONIC TEENAGE WARHEAD 2-PACK

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2020)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH PROFESSOR X & MAGNETO 2-PACK

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2020)

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH WOLVERINE Figure (tanktop)

(HASBRO/Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2020, Exclusively at Amazon)

Hasbro Reveals New Black Widow Marvel Legends Figures and Role-Playing Toys

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH BLACK WIDOW Figure

 (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2020)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH BLACK WIDOW figure, inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This figure features premium design, detail, and articulation for high poseability and display in any action figure collection. The figure also includes a clear, flexible action stand which can hold it in a perfect action pose and features peg holes to attach accessories. Includes figure, stand, and 12 accessories. Available for pre-order at Walmart.com, Best Buy, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store, and Hasbro Pulse.

NERF POWER MOVES MARVEL BLACK WIDOW STINGER STRIKE NERF DART-LAUNCHER

(HASBRO/Ages 5 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)

Inspired by the BLACK WIDOW movie, this NERF POWER MOVES MARVEL BLACK WIDOW STINGER STRIKE NERF DART-LAUNCHER offers exciting MARVEL action and adventure. With this role-play toy, kids can imagine taking a swipe at TASKMASTER and other evildoers! Boys and girls will love pretending to be BLACK WIDOW, holding down the button on the launcher and performing the STINGER STRIKE move to launch a NERF dart! Includes blaster, 3 NERF darts, and instructions. Available at most major retailers.

MARVEL BLACK WIDOW TASKMASTER STEALTH SLASH SWORD AND SHIELD

(HASBRO/Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020) TASKMASTER is armed with the ability to mimic an enemy’s every move. Imagine the masked assassin TASKMASTER  suiting up and carrying out deadly missions with this MARVEL BLACK WIDOW TASKMASTER STEALTH SLASH SWORD AND SHIELD, inspired by MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW movie. The calculating and formidable TASKMASTER always has a surprise for enemies. Pull the sword from the shield and imagine surprising other combatants in battle! Slide the switch on the shield and it retracts into a gauntlet or opens up. The shield also includes an elastic strap that fits easily on most fans’ wrists. Includes sword, shield, and instructions. Available at most major retailers.

Super-Articulate: The Marvel Legends Alpha Flight Boxed Set

They first appeared as antagonists. They came back as tentative allies. And they were the SECOND team spun off from X-Men into an ongoing series (New Mutants was first). They are Alpha Flight, and they finally came together in Marvel Legends form with the release of the Amazon exclusive boxed set.

Alphans got some figural representation in the ‘90s in the old Toy Biz line. In a series of two-packs, you got Vindicator, Snowbird, Northstar, Aurora, Sasquatch, and Puck. Guardian was a ToyFair exclusive. But no Shaman or Marinna. Flash-forward to Marvel Legends. We’ve gotten two versions of Guardian and Sasquatch; the most recent depictions were the Sasquatch BAF in the Deadpool assortment and the Guardian from this year’s Wendigo assortment. There was also a Puck BAF in an incredibly hard-to-find Wolverine assortment from several years back. But finally, five unmade-as-Legends Alphans and Puck get their new due in this set.

Let’s start with this. I love Alpha Flight. This boxed set was my favorite figure thing of 2019. The fact that all of these characters can congregate on a shelf in Legends form is a big deal to me. (Note to Hasbro: Marinna, Talisman, and a Box BAF soon, please.) I think that they did a great job overall, and I’m glad this exists.

Individual figures, then:

Vindicator: I’m going to start with a minor knock, first. I wish that the red used on Vindicator and the red used on Guardian matched up. Apart from that, this is a really solid job. Great work on the head, goggles, and ponytail.  Color quibble aside, the paint op is good and the figure stands easily despite what could be a weight imbalance from the head. It’s pretty striking and looks cool next to Guardian.

Snowbird: Speaking of overcoming a weight imbalance from the head . . . Snowbird has a mass of well-defined blonde hair and that headpiece to contend with, but the figure still stands well. Nice work on the cape and the somewhat shiny finish. The only bummer is that there weren’t any included “transformation animals.”

Puck: I think this is an improvement over the original BAF. The face is great; it looks just like John Byrne’s original art. I discovered that I could pose him in a handstand, too, which is great. If you’re not aware, the character was frequently depicted like that or in mid-roll. I dig it.

Shaman: Welcome to figurehood, Michael Twoyoungmen. Again, this is pretty great. A completely accurate version of the original look of the character. I realize it’s the job of the sculpting team to capture a character’s likenesses, but I’m particularly impressed overall with this set. They really nailed the look in each individual case.

Aurora: I saw one Aurora online that had an off-center eye paint application. Mine is fine, although this is a small plastic flaw on the figure’s right cheek. That aside, it’s another strong entry. The black and white pops on both Jeanne-Marie and her twin. And yes, the hair is excellent.

Northstar: The OG Alphan and later X-Man looks quite here. I think that the face is about as good as Puck’s in terms of catching that Byrne flair. Like Aurora, solid coloration on the black and white.

The best feature of the group, for me, is when they’re assembled together. For purposes of the team photo, I used the original ML Sasquatch as opposed to the BAF (mainly because I like that this Walter looks a lot like the cover of #10 from the original series. I did, however, use the new Guardian.

What do you think, readers? I thought this box was a great addition to the line and I wouldn’t object to seeing more boxed sets used to fill out teams (the New Warriors would be a great candidate; also 80s/90s Avengers like Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel, Quasar, Sersi, etc.) Thanks for reading!

Marvel Legends Black Widow are Up for Pre-Order Now

Black Widow is coming to theaters in 2020 and the Marvel Legends tie-in figures from Hasbro are available for pre-order.

Figures include Black Widow, Yelena Bolova, Winter Soldier, Taskmaster, Red Guardian, Crossbones, and Spy Master. The figures come with parts for a build-a-figure Crimson Dynamo.

You can get the figures as a case or individually now.

Marvel Legends Black Widow

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Hasbro Reveals Storm and Stepford Cuckoos Marvel Legends

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH STEPFORD CUCKOOS Figure

(HASBRO/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)
Available exclusively at Walgreens

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH STEPFORD CUCKOOS Figure

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure

(HASBRO/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2020)
Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse on 12/9 at 12pmEST

MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure
MARVEL X-MEN LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH RETRO COLLECTION STORM Figure

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Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Havok & Polaris 2-Pack

Hey, we’re back! After a bit of an overlong holiday break, I return! Before we get to the main event, I’m going to drop one picture of . . .

Marvel Legends Dani Moonstar: Okay, campers. I’ve found ONE so far. I think the base figure looks great, but I resolve to not do a full review until I find TWO MORE and can build Karma and Wolfsbane. This is my quest! (And if you’re in area that’s abundant, let me know.)

That said . . .

Marvel Legends Havok and Polaris 2-pack: First shown at cons over the summer and announced as a fan-channel exclusive, this two-pack captures Havok and Polaris in their 1991 X-Factor (originally written by Peter David with art by Larry Stroman) looks from the “Mutant Genesis” relaunch. I ordered mine as soon as they went up on Entertainment Earth in July; I got mine a couple of days ago. It’s worth the wait. Interestingly, the package is stylized after the much loved Jim Lee X-Men trading card set, with the cards replicated on the back.

As for the figures?

Hey, these are great. I’ve always liked Havok’s various black costumes, but I also thought that this was a cool take. The jacket is nicely sculpted, almost like it could be a separate removeable piece. The head sculpt is terrific, honestly. There’s also something about the general stance of the figure that’s pretty cool. I had no problem with posing or limb-movement, and it’s well-balanced for standing. The figure comes with a fair of the familiar energy blast accessories; these happen to be yellow.

When it comes to Polaris, the hair really stands out. I know it’s probably almost a running joke at this point, but I’ve been really paying attention to the fine detail in the hair sculpting that Hasbro has gotten into with the Legends. Lorna’s hair was definitely a huge part of her character and depiction in Stroman’s art (and later, when the book was drawn by some guy named Joe Quesada). What’s kind of impressive is that the well-rendered mass of curls doesn’t imbalance the figure in any way. That’s kind of a feat of structural engineering. In fact, the overall look of the figure is really strong. Unlike Havok, Polaris comes with two sets of hands: fists and gesturing. I prefer the gesturing look, and they work with the green energy blasts that also accompany the figure.

I found the costume paint and details to be strong on both. These are good looks. They also arrive at an opportune time; with recent releases of Multiple Man and an updated Quicksilver, and a Strong Guy BAF on the way, we only need a Wolfsbane in the X-Factor costume to complete that particular iteration of the group.

Bottom line: This is a really good two-pack that gives us two solid versions of characters sporting their looks from a time when literally millions of people were reading the X-titles. This release was an easy call for Hasbro to make and they did a really nice job with it. The great thing about X-figures is that you can continue to go up and down the time continuum and make figures from various eras, and you’ll always find a group of fans that vocally supports their release. Now if we could just get Storm in her Giant-Size X-Men #1 outfit . . .

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