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Action Figure Toy Hunt Episode #02

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I wasn’t planning on recording any of this trip to Toys R Us, but I managed to score a Marvel Legend I didn’t think I’d see in the wild. Check it out!

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Havok

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Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series X-Men Juggernaut wave Havok.

Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Total Points of Articulation = 30

  • Articulation – ★★★
  • Sculpt – ★★☆☆☆
  • Paint – ★★☆☆☆
  • Accessories – ★★☆☆

Overall Score –

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Wolverine

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Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series X-Men Juggernaut wave Wolverine. 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!

Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Total Points of Articulation = 34

  • Articulation – ★★★★★
  • Sculpt – ★★★
  • Paint – ★★★★☆
  • Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Overall Score – ★★

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Rogue

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Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series X-Men Juggernaut wave Rogue. Before we get too deep into the review, I just wanted to explain a little change I’m making to my toy reviews. From now on, my reviews will be video reviews. I’m no longer going to go into depth the way I used to on my blog in writing about each figure. I don’t know if there really were any folks out there reading my text reviews, so instead of doing double reviews (text, and video) I’m just going to do the video and post some basic details about the figure along with the video in my posts. I hope you enjoy, and hopefully this means I’ll be able to get these published a little faster.

Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Total Points of Articulation = 26

  • Articulation – ★★★☆☆
  • Sculpt – ★★★☆☆
  • Paint – ★★★☆☆
  • Accessories – ★★☆☆

Overall Score –

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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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Figure Details

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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 Select | Cable


It’s and EARLY Toy Review Tuesday because I just got this new Marvel Select Cable figure before the official release date of March 18th, 2015. I’ve never had a Pre-Release figure before and when my local comic book store owner e-mailed me to let me know he had just 1 that just came in, I jumped in my car right away and got it. So, this is the reason I could not wait for Tuesday to post my review of this new figure. I only wish there were more of you out there who were as obsessed as I am about these figures so I knew I wasn’t just talking to myself. But who am I kidding, I’m doing this for me anyway.

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  • Character: Cable
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 7
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs (w/packaging)
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: OCT142189

Articulation – ★★★★☆

Excitement aside, let’s take a good look at how well they did with the articulation on this Cable figure. Cable’s 22 POA’s goes a long way for the flexibility you get with this figure. He can be posed in a large array of stances, which I am so happy for. I was worried all my excitement would be met with a huge letdown. Luckily, my excitement was not let down one bit. There are some limitations, but nothing worth getting bent out of shape over.

Total POA’s = 22

  • Arms – There are 3 joints per arm. The arms are one of the areas I would have liked to either see a double jointed elbow, or an upper arm joint. Adding one more joint in Cable’s arms would have got him up to 5 stars in articulation. That said, his arms still provide a sufficient amount of flexibility, so no harm done.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint but because of the massive gear, Cable cannot rotate his shoulder 360 degrees. There is also a decent amount of outward motion capable.
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 75 degrees of motion. Joint grooves allows for the joints to remain in place.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. These 7 joints enables Cable to be posed in a huge number of ways beyond the normal standing pose.
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The combination of these two joints in each hip is huge. the allow for great lifelike poses, as well as balance that this figure needs to badly due to his large upper body. I did notice his right hip joint for the outward positioning is somewhat loose. They did make these joints grooved, but there seems to be a small number of grooves and due to the looseness, they don’t hold very tight.
    • Thighs: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge Joints with about 120 degree bend ability. Both joints have locking grooves. My figures knee joints are extremely tight which is great.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints as well as a ball joint that allow for about 65 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back.
  • Body: There is a single Peg Joint in the waist allowing for 360 degree rotation of the torso.
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for a very limited rotation due to the collar. He also does not have very much tilt capability in his head which was a little disappointing.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

The mold on this figure is awesome! There are definately some points in which the mold limits the articulation of the figure which is why I had to drop one of the stars. Overall, though, I love the mold work they did on Cable. The amount of detail in his clothing and extremities is amazing. My favorite part has to be the weapon vest detail work. There are just so many fun little nuggets to find.

As a side note, as I was working to figure out a pose for Cable for my display, I accidentally slipped and thought I had broken off the left knee plate. Turns out, it’s actually not really glued on, but has a small tab that inserts into the top of the boot belt. So this was a nice find because getting Cable to kneel was difficult because of this knee plate. I can now remove that plate and he can actually kneel on his knee which is great. Not sure if this was the intended purpose, but sometimes an accidental slip in which you think you just broke your brand new figure turns out to be a great discovery.

Paint – ★★★★★

The paint on Cable is superb in pretty much every way, except perhaps his accessories, but I’m not counting that against the paint work on the figure itself. The color pallet they used was exactly as I like Cable in the comics. The shading and work to create a dirty effect is so realistic, for an action figure that is. I especially appreciate the detail work on Cable’s face. Along with the impeccable sculpt work they did on his face, the paint was just as good with a great skin tone color. The best is probably his right eye which almost glistens in the light.

Accessories – ★★★★★

Cable comes with an assortment of accessories. I gave Cable 5 stars for his accessories even though I had noted the paint work on the guns was a little uninspiring because I didn’t feel it really brought this category down enough to warrant the loss of a star. I wouldn’t say the accessories are on par with Venom whom I reviewed a while ago, but pretty darn close. Here’s the list of accessories he’s got.

  • Giant silver rifle
  • Medium size gun
  • 2x Oversized handguns (holsters on each leg)
  • Small handgun w/holster insert allows gun to be holstered in either leg holster
  • Knife which is stored in sheath on back of weapons vest
  • Detailed Display Stand

As you can see, there are a lot of accessories. All of which provide a huge number of options for changing the look of Cable. You can give him a different look every day of the week and still have a few more options after that. I really like the display stand that came with Cable. There is a little bit of rubble and the helmet of some foe whose name is alluding me right now.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Cable comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

Overall, I gave Cable 5 stars. All my excitement was warranted in my opinion as this figure delivers on articulation, mold, paint, and accessories. You cannot go wrong with this figure, especially if you already have the Marvel Select Deadpool figure. They compliment each other very well and I cannot wait to figure out how I’m going to display these two together on my over crowded shelf at work. You definitely need to get this figure when they release it on March 18th, or talk to Craig at my local comic book shop and maybe he can hook you up early. I’m kidding, he wasn’t even sure how he managed to get this one early.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Deadpool


It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing my all time favorite Marvel Superhero/Anti-Hero, Deadpool, a.k.a. Wade Wilson, a.k.a. the Merc With a Mouth (sculpted by Gabriel Marquez). I love Deadpool so much, I may even love this character more than Batman, but don’t tell Batman this, he’d be devastated.

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  • Character: Deadpool
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 7
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs (in package)
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.99 | Paid: $20.99
  • Part Number/SKU: MAR101468

Articulation – ★★★★★

Of the figures I’ve reviewed thus far, Deadpool has the best articulations yet. The articulation points are awesome on this figure which is why he gets 5 stars. As noted, of all the figures I have, thus far the Deadpool figure gives me the most lifelike poses of all my figures. Let’s take a look at the points a little closer.

Total POA’s = 18

  • Arms – There are a total of 3 POA’s on Deadpools arms. A pretty standard number, but the difference here is the shoulder which I’ll provide more details on.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation as well as outward motion. The difference with this joint from most shoulder joints is that the joint has grooves to allow the outward motion of the arms to stick in position. This is nice as the figures arms won’t get loose anytime soon and now be capable of holding a pose with the arms out.
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 55-60 degrees of limited motion. There is a joint groove to allow the elbow to remain in position but this is a little loose. Perhaps just my figure is like this, but even with the grooves, the elbows could lose their ability to hold a position with a lot of heavy play. My figure will remain on display so I don’t have to worry about it.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the wrist. Again, it could just be my figure, but his wrists are very loose, which means holding his weapons means he often times doesn’t have the strength to hold the weapon in the position I put him. I’ll have to see if I can pop the hands off and firm up these joints. I don’t recommend trying this though as I have not determined if this is doable.
  • Legs – There are 5 joints in each leg/hip area. The legs on the Deadpool figure are amazing for poses. The best being the knee joints which are actually double jointed.
    • Hips: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation with the pistols removed from their holsters. Deadpool can also rotate his legs out and in somewhat.
    • Upper Leg: Peg joint allows for full 360 rotation of the upper leg just below the hip. This joint is great for creating some very realistic poses.
    • Knees: Two sets of Pin/Hinge Joints with about 120 degree bend. These joints have grooves in each which allows for an immense number of poses of the legs that a single jointed knee just cannot provide. This joint or set of joints was the biggest surprise when I opened the package.
    • Ankle: Peg Joints that allow for a full 360 rotation of the ankle as well as a small amount of capability to tilt the foot to provide a much more sure stance.
  • Body: Peg joint allows for a very limited upper torso rotation. This is hindered greatly by Deadpool’s utility belt, but still allows for very subtle torso rotations which work well.
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for full 360 degree motion if you force his head over the knife on his shoulder carefully. There is also a limited amount of tilt capability to Deadpool’s head as well.

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Mold – ★★★★★

I love the mold work of this figure. As far as accuracy of mold to the comics, this figure gets it spot on. Everything from the muscle definition to the mask tail piece that is trademark Deadpool. The details Deadpool’s accessories is phenomenal and even the joints are well hidden so in most positions, you don’t notice any unsightly joints. I cannot say enough great things about the Deadpool mold work.

Paint – ★★★★☆

Deadpool wears red and black, there’s not a lot you can do with that, but the painters did an excellent job with the colors they were given. There’s just the right amount of shading and shadowing done to give Deadpool a realistic look. The shading provides the much needed depth and texture that the mold was looking to create in the muscles. Also, the accessories that are attached to the figure are so well painted that they look almost real. If someone were so incline to attempt to use this figure for some stop motion filming, there would be little need to modify the paint for those purposes.

Accessories – ★★★★★

Deadpool comes with a plethora of accessories. All of which are awesome. Starting with the amazing action base. This base is sized just right for the figure and has just as much mold detail and paint detail as the rest of the figure. In some respects, there may even be more detail in the base than the figure. The spend bullet casings and bullet holes are just amazing.

Deadpool also comes with 2 Katana, 2 pistols that fit in holsters on his legs, 2 Sai’s, and a machine gun. Just like in the comics, Deadpool comes fully locked and loaded and ready to go. The knives and other molded accessories that are attached are so realistic looking you’ll swear you can remove those as well and play with them, don’t though, or you’ll break your figure.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Deadpool comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

Overall, I gave Deadpool 5 of 5 stars. There are so many great things about this figure that I couldn’t take any stars away. Even with the loose wrist and elbow joints, this figure is still top notch, especially in the price point. If you’re on the fence on this figure, you must buy it. If you even just kindof like Deadpool, you need to have this figure.

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