Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Cable


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series X-Men Juggernaut wave Cable. I love the Cable character, but was not super excited about this figure when it was first released and I saw the pictures. Now that I have this figure in hand, I’ve completely changed my opinion on this figure and it is amazing! Let’s take a closer look.

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Articulation – ★★★★

This figure is somewhat bulky, yet Cable has some really good articulation. I would have given him 5 stars but there are certainly figures out there that are way better so I couldn’t rationalize doing it.

Total POA’s = 30

    • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
      • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows the shoulder to raise above his shoulder. Full rotation of the arm.
      • Bicep: Peg Joint in the bicep allows for a good rotation of the upper arm.
      • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge Joint which provides more than a 90 degree bend of the elbow. The bulk of his biceps reduces the bend of the elbows, but not more than I would expect from a larger person anyway.
      • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The wrist curl down is good, but to curl his wrists up there is a sculpted armor plate on the top of his hand that prevents the articulation. I really like the look of these armor plates so I have zero problem with it.
    • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
      • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides an amazing forward kick, not only for a larger figure, but for many Marvel Legends, Cable kicks forward more. He doesn’t have a great backward kick, but it’s good enough.
      • Thigh: Peg Joint provides a good range of motion, and is masked really well by the sculpt of the legs.
      • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for just over a 90 degree bend which is pretty good.
      • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that provides very little forward motion, but backward is really good. The ankle rocker is a little limited but it does work.
    • Body – There are 2 joints in the torso/waist area
      • Torso: A Double Ball Peg in the upper torso provides good ab crunch especially for the bulk of the armor. Back arch is really good which is cool. There is a little bit of a side crunch, but not much.
      • Waist: Peg Joint in the waist provides fully functioning waist swivel.
    • Head: A Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. He can look down really well and look up really good. Side-to-Side is fully functional. As you look the figure up the tilt increases.

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Mold – ★★★★★

I love the sculpt of this figure. I wasn’t sure I was going to initially, but now that I have this figure, I love it. The first thing I noticed is just how heavy he is. This figure is considerably heavier than your standard Marvel Legend figure. The next thing you’ll notice is the immense amount of detail work in the sculpt. They did such a great job to add details to this figure. There are tons of really cool pouches, belts, and other detail sculpts.

Hasbro’s primary win on this figure is the head sculpt. I’m not sure if this sculpt is reused from any other characters but the additions they did really made this head look like Cable. From the scars on his right eye to the left side of the face that is being taken over by the Techno Organic Virus. I just love this head sculpt so much. I’m also drooling over the hands. What!! Yeah, they did an amazing job with Cables hands. They look really good with the armor plates on the top and the way the knuckles are sculpted. These are just really well done.

Now, there are some issues with this sculpt too. But they are very minor. My primary issue is the placement of the arms into the shoulders. I really feel like the shoulders are too low compared to just how high the chest piece is. Again, not an issue too much. The other issue that I’m not sure is an issue is just how tall Cable is. He’s 7 inches tall which is huge for the Legends series figures. The Marvel Wiki has Cable at about 6′ 8″ tall. That’s about 4 inches shorter. Anyway, not a huge issue.

The last issue with this figure is the way the knees look when you bend them. They look ugly, but again, not a huge issue.

In the end, I love the sculpt of this figure and the negatives are not a big deal.

Paint – ★★★★

 

The paint can be a bit hit-or-miss on this figure in some areas, but for the most part, I think the paint apps are really well done. Now, the colors chosen weren’t my cup of tea for his outfit with the tan armor, but it was done well, so I can’t knock it too much.

First and foremost, the paint apps on Cables head are nearly perfect in my opinion. The only place they could have done better is if they added a little shading to his hair. There’s nothing there which makes the head look a little cheaper. The rest of the face was painted really well, especially the scars and virus sections.

Moving down, there are some really nice details painted throughout the rest of the figure which really give this figure a lot of character. The Techno Virus arm looks great and we’ve seen most of that arm before on the Odin BAF. The color of blue they used for the pants and hand is really good and I think there may be a little shading on the hands which is cool.

Hasbro even painted some of the buckles which is often a missed opportunity. They didn’t get all the buckles and snaps, however, which is not a surprise. There are a lot of areas where there should have been some paint but wasn’t. Many people have already pointed out the bullet holes throughout the armor on Cable are not painted, so you don’t even notice those details. In some respects, those should have been painted over the two belt buckles as those details could have been really cool, but instead, you almost don’t notice them.

In the end, the paint apps are done well on the figure. Yes, there should have been a lot more paint, but I’m actually pretty happy and am giving Hasbro a pass on the missed opportunities.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Cable comes with 2 guns which are pretty weird looking. From what I’ve heard, these guns have been used before so they are not unique to Cable. Knowing that Cable is from the future, these guns aren’t that surprising to be odd looking, however, one of them comes with a string of bullets that can be inserted into the bottom which is really cool, but I cannot imagine a future gun would likely still be using the standard bullet technology we have today, so in that respect, the sculpt design of the gun is a little off putting.

Both of my guns are warped and the plastic is quite flexible, so yes, I can heat them up and straighten them, but I’m anticipating they won’t hold. I’m also not a huge fan of the green plastic they were cast in. My preference would have been grey or black with a little paint detail. Instead, there’s no paint detail and we get green. The string of bullets do have the copper tips painted on which does look really cool.

I’m really happy to have these accessories, though an alternate head of Cable writing while the Techno Virus is taking hold would have really been cool. That’s probably way too much to ask for though.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

This new X-Men wave Cable figure is a strong 4 star figure and a great addition to your collection. My favorite Cable figure is still the Marvel Select Cable we got about a year ago, but the articulation on this one is many times better. Definitely go pick this figure up. He should be relatively easy to get as he is not the most desire figure in the wave, so try to get him at a discount if you can.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Scarlet Witch


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The All Father Odin Series Scarlet Witch. I’ve been holding off on buying this figure for several reasons. I had already completed the BAF as King Thor and I’ve not been a big fan of this figure or character, but I scored a pretty great deal at Target so I had to get this figure. The best part about the figure was really getting the Odin BAF head.

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Articulation – ★★☆☆

There are some really bad aspects to the articulation on this figure. It’s not all bad, but some of it just is garbage. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 26

    • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
      • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which all function really well. If you remove the cape, her arms can actually raise up above the shoulders which is pretty awesome. You also get full rotation of the arms. Add the cape back on and the shoulder motion is really bad.
      • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge Joint as well as a Peg Joint right at the bottom of the Bicep. You get just a little more than a 90 degree bend in the elbow which is really good and the rotation of the arm is functional.
      • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
    • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
      • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a good forward kick motion, though the farther forward you go, the more the legs start to force their way outward because of the sculpt. Backwards kick is very minimal. She has an ok amount of splits ability, but for a female figure I actually have much higher expectations here.
      • Thigh: Peg Joint provides a good range of motion.
      • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for just over a 90 degree bend which is much less than I would expect, so I feel this is a big negative here.
      • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that provides pretty much no forward motion. Backward motion is ok, but should have been much better. Even the ankle rocker is pretty bad. They’ve got the peg that creates this joint going in at too much of an angle which causes the foot to rock at a weird angle. It’s like they didn’t consider the high heels in this choice.
    • Body – A Double Ball Peg in the upper torso provides a pretty decent ab crunch. Back arch is just ok. Side-to-side crunch is also really good. Since there is no waist swivel, this joint also has to provide that rotation which it does well.
    • Head: A Ball Joint that could have been pretty good, but because of the very stiff hair and the cape, the range of motion is limited to a tiny bit of side-to-side motion. No up or down and tilt is minuscule at best. Take the cape off and you get a little better range, but not that much.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

There are some strong points on this figure that I really like. Namely the hair sculpt looks really good. I don’t know if the hair is entirely unique, but it looks very good never-the-less. Most of the head sculpt is really well done. The detail work is superb and the choice for the head piece she wears is really good with that softer plastic. I just wish they used a softer plastic for the hair so she could move her head a little bit.

The cape is also a catch 22 piece. While it is sculpted really nicely and the all the detailed folds and whatnot are really appreciated, it causes the arms to lose out on a huge amount of articulation. The positive is that you can take the cape off at least, and it stays on really well, as opposed to other removable capes that don’t always look so good.

The biggest fail on this figure is the feet. They do look nice, but they cause the figure to be nearly impossible to stand on her own. Luckily, you can use the cape to prop the figure up, because you’re almost certainly going to have no luck standing her on her own.

Paint – ★★★☆

 

This figure feels like it’s about half done. The head has great shading throughout (except the head piece). I really like the black washed hair and the nice brownish red used for the hair. There is only one color used in the hair, but that’s ok. They even got some nice shading on the cape which makes the figure really look good. The problem is that’s where the paint apps end. There’s pretty much no shading anywhere else on the figure and she desperately needs it. There is sculpt work that would have really stood out with a simple black wash and that was not done.

Lastly, I had noted in my video review that they did a good job with the eyes, and I have to correct that statement. I took a much closer look and they got her right pupil way off. It just doesn’t look right. Otherwise, the eyes do look pretty good. At a distance, you’re probably not going to notice the missed pupil.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

The Scarlet Witch comes with a set of 2 energy rings that fit onto her wrists. These pink rings are sculpted really nicely and fit nice and tight on the wrists of my figure so they stay in place which is great. The one complaint I have is that they could have done well to have a little bit of shading just to make the sculpt work visible.

Lastly, I really wish we had an alternate head. Perhaps something with the hair blowing in the wind while she uses the energy blasts, which would then lift that hair away from her back and shoulders and give us the articulation back.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

I’m happy I bought this figure, but even more happy I paid about half price for it. I’ve not bought very many of the female figures in the Marvel Legends line from Hasbro that have really made me happy about the purchase and this one hasn’t done it yet for me either. From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s considerably better than the old Toy Biz one, and yeah, this thing looks nice, it’s just not that great.

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Toy Review: Funko Five Nights at Freddy’s | Freddy


Today’s review is the Funko Five Nights at Freddy’s Freddy Action Figure. This series of 5 action figures is based on the apparently popular video game series of the same name. I have not played the games, nor have I read the novel that also was released, though I’m considering buying the game and book just because I’m really intrigued. This figure, however, is terrible. Before you get too far into this review, I want you to know my recommendation on this figure. DO NOT BUY these figures!!!

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Freddy
  • Manufacturer: Funko
  • Series: Five Nights at Freddy’s
  • Dimensions: 5.5″
  • Recommended:
  • MSRP: $17.99 Paid: $11.99
  • Part Number/SKU:849803088460
  • Buy it on Amazon

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Articulation – 

This figure, as you can see, is not impressive to me by any measure. I’m going to do my best to explain why it’s horrible, but I think you can understand just how bad this figure is simply by understanding that the articulation on this figure essentially doesn’t provide any range of motion and then they fall apart.

Total POA’s = 11

  • Arms – There are 3 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint that barely allows for any outward motion, try too hard and the arm will fall off. Almost full rotation of the shoulder, but again, the arm will fall off.
    • Elbow: Ball Joint that provides almost 90 degree bend and some forearm rotation, but again, be careful, this joint will pop off very easily.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint that is actually nice. It rotates well and is relatively tight.
  • Legs – There are 2 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint that pops off extremely easily. There is pretty much no forward kick. Backward kick is a tiny bit better, but still useless. Freddy can do about a 1/2 split, but good luck balancing him because his ankles don’t move and the legs will probably fall off.
    • Knees: Ball Joint that allows for about 30 degrees of bend and you can rotate the shin, but not sure why you would since the rest of the articulation is garbage and there is no ankle articulation.
  • Head: There is a Double Ball Joint that allows for full rotation of the head which is the only good part of the articulation and it is very loose. There’s just a tiny amount of up and down motion. The tilt is ok. Just ok, not enough to really warrant this figure getting even one star.

The articulation on this figure is just utter garbage. They would have been better off making this figure a statue.

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Mold – ★★

The sculpt work is actually what attracted me to this figure, and I still like it. After pulling the figure out of the packaging, however, I’ve discovered that the sculpt of this figure plays so many parts in the atrocious articulation that I couldn’t give the figure the 4 stars I wanted to originally. This figure probably should have only gotten 2 stars but after much deliberation, I’ve decided to keep the figure as he’ll look nice on the shelf, I just can’t pose him doing anything… at all… ever.

There are some positives to the figure. I really love the look. he seems to capture that look of an animatronic bear really well. He’s really creepy looking and I appreciate the attention to detail on the face/head sculpt. The face is sculpted really well, as are all the arms and torso. I like the look, but I include the joint style choice as a sculpt choice because they could have gotten the same look with the same joints Figma uses which are a Ball Hinge with peg joints on either end. Instead they used these crappy ball joints with sockets that are simply not deep enough to hold the joint in place.

I do have to admit, the ability for the figure to fall completely apart after barely trying to move a leg is very comical and does actually lend itself to an interest photo op, of a bear that has been completely obliterated.

Paint – ★★★

The paint apps are complicated, but they didn’t need to be, and I didn’t strip the 2 stars away for the paint scheme. I really liked it, namely the face. They eyes are very well painted and the sculpted eyebrows are actually painted clean. The issue I have is with the quality control. There are weird paint spots on the figure that make it look like it’s just been sitting in a toy bin for 10 years. There are also paint scratches or something and missing paint that just tell me the paint job wasn’t that good and I better be careful with this figure.

Accessories – ★★★

We get a microphone with Freddy that is nice enough. The sculpt is good, it looks like a microphone and the paint is relatively clean, though there’s no shading or anything. It’s just a so-so accessory.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

The packaging is a fairly compact blister style carded package that looks pretty nice. You have a mostly full view of the figure and it’s pretty well protected. I especially like the pictures of all 5 characters plus the complete BAF figure on the back card. Normally I don’t give this type of packaging high ratings because I hate having to destroy the packaging just to get in, but, I’m ok with it this time.

Overall Rating – ★★

I’m taking some liberties in my overall rating and the rounding. Technically, Freddy scored a 2.6 average. I cannot round this up. I love articulation, which is why I collect action figures and not statues. The articulation is terrible on this figure and I can only imagine it’s this bad on the entire series of figures. Funko really did a bad job on this figure. I was originally going to try collecting all 5 plus the BAF, now, if I don’t return this figure, I’m still not going to get any more of them and I’m seriously considering whether Funko will ever get my money for anything else. Do yourself a favor and pass on this figure.

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