Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Giant Man BAF

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Red Guardian

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Iron Man Mark 46

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Nuke

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Total Points of Articulation = 32

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

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Spider-Woman

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Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Thanos wave Spider-Woman figure.

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Figure Details

  • Character: Spider-Woman
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Thanos
  • Dimensions: 6.25
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $10.83
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509284320
  • Buy it on Amazon

Total Points of Articulation = 28

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

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Batroc


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Thanos wave Batroc figure. I started collecting after this wave had already hit retailers so I’m playing catch-up a bit. I’ve also been quite underwhelmed by the Thanos Build-a-Figure so I’ve held off on buying this wave, and this figure in particular until I managed to stumble upon him in a Target when they were doing a 50% off on Cartwheel deal. Score!

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Figure Details

  • Character: Batroc
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Thanos
  • Dimensions: 6.25
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $10.83
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509284306
  • Buy it on Amazon

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Articulation – ★★★★☆

Since this figure is based mostly on the Bucky Cap mold, the articulation is going to be quite good. Let’s check to make sure they didn’t mess it up.

Total POA’s = 32

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows the arm to come out and up a little higher than the shoulder. Full 360 rotation.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint that is quite standard and works very well.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide good bend of the elbow, though the larger bicep does prevent it from bending entirely in half.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrists provide a very good amount of rotation as well as curl.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a really good forward kick motion. Backward motion is pretty decent. If you force it, you can get the figure to do a pretty good split of the legs, though it’s not a full split by any means.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint is a standard cut joint which loses some continuity of the sculpt of the thigh, though this isn’t super noticeable due to the uniform paint.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees provides a good bend of the knees.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has a Pin/Hinge Joint as well as an Ankle Rocker Joint. Backward motion is pretty good, but forward motion of the ankle is pretty limited. The ankle rocker is good, but it could be positioned a little better as it currently angles a little funny.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge Joint in the torso area provides a really good ab crunch and the back arch is just ok.
    • Waist: Peg Joint provides full 360 degree rotation of the waist.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint allows for good up and down motion though my hinge is a little loose. Side-to-side motion is fully functional but tilt is almost nothing.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

 

I like this mold, and it’s something we’ve seen a lot, so let’s not waste a lot of time on it. Let’s talk about what’s actually unique to this figure.

The head sculpt is pretty much the only thing unique to the figure and they did a really good job. The mustache and the mask are really well done as they molded those out of separate plastic rather than just painting them on. This does set this figure apart as a unique figure, even though the rest of the figure is just recycled.

Beyond that, there’s really nothing else to talk about. It’s a good body mold, just very basic.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

 

Paint on this figure is decent, but not superb by any definition. Most of the figure is cast in either purple or gold plastic which works pretty well. I know yellow and gold can be a little difficult to paint with. The areas that are painted are done nicely, though a lot of the black lines have a lot of bleeding which makes the lines not look very crisp. The paint on the face is very well done and I have zero complaints there.

Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆

 

There are zero accessories. With such a basic figure, that is almost entirely recycled, Hasbro could have given us an alternate head or alternate hands, but they didn’t for whatever reason and that’s why the rating is so low from me. I don’t feel the retail price of $20 is worth it when you get nothing else with the figure when so many other figures do come with more stuff and have more unique sculpt.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

This figure is decent. Nothing spectacular about it, though Batroc is high enough profile of a villain to warrant getting him for your collection, but do me a favor. Don’t pay full price for him. It’s not worth $20 in my opinion.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Hulkbuster


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Build-a-figure. This was the figure everyone has been raving about since it was released. It’s one of the bigger BAF’s that Hasbro has released so people have been pretty excited, thinking Hasbro may be going back to the old Toy Biz days of huge Build-a-figures. Let’s take a look and see if it meets all the hype.

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Articulation – ★★★★★

This is a really heavy and bulky figure, often proving detrimental to the articulation. The Hulkbuster figure, however, is very well articulated. I’ve had the most fun of most of my other figures posing this guy. He’s big, and yet he can get into a lot of really great action poses. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 31

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which provides great movement up. You can move the arm nearly even with the shoulders. They really got the should joints right.
    • Bicep: A Peg Joint is nicely hidden and very functional. Since this is a suit of armor, the cut joint doesn’t need a lot of continuity, but they still made it look really nice.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint. The elbow is limited to less than 90 degrees, but as already noted, the bulk of the figure doesn’t require a lot of bend in the elbows. The Peg joint at the base of the bicep and elbow is functional, though not really needed considering the upper bicep joint. No big deal though as it doesn’t cause issues.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Due to the armor plate covering the top of the forearm and fist, you can’t really move the fists more than a little. You can curl the wrist a bit, but not much. This isn’t a major flaw for me, though. If his hands were such that you could wield a weapon, that might change the story.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides an awesome amount of forward and backward motion. Side motion is also quite good, not as good as the forward and backward, but still quite good. This is honestly a huge surprise for such a bulky figure and is a large part of why this figure is so much fun to pose.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint which is quite functional and very well hidden.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a hair more than 90 degrees bend of the knee. Again, for a large figure, this is really quite amazing to see.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 3 joints.  A Peg Joint where the foot attaches to the leg can be used to rotate the foot. A Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for decent backward and forward motion. There is also an ankle rocker which is really well executed.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. This is a Double Ball Joint. My torso joint, unfortunately is a bit stuck so I can’t swivel mine for fear of snapping that joint off. The ab crunch and back arch are really good, as is the side crunch.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down, side to side, and tilt.

In lieu of a gallery, I did a quick stop motion video of me putting this BAF together. I hope you enjoy.

Mold – ★★★★★

The sculpt work on this figure is really well done. I have nearly no complaints about it. The one complaint I actually have, which is very minor, is that the neck joint is very thin, which would not make it reasonable to think Tony Stark could actually be sitting inside the suit.

The other issue is more of a Quality Control issue. The right foot on my figure is very loose, and falls off really easily.

The detail work on this figure is so incredible, I really don’t know where to begin. There are details all over this figure, they left nothing without some form of details. You’ll also feel the quality when you pick this thing up. It’s heavy, really heavy. It probably weighs about 2 lbs.

Paint – ★★★★

Hasbro did so good on this figure, but the paint wasn’t quite at the same level as everything else. The paint looks good, it just could have been so much better. That being said, however, I really can’t knock it too much, so here are the things I wish they would have done. I wish they had a slightly deeper red instead of the fire engine red they used. I wish they did a little black wash as well as some dry brushing to give the figure a little bit of weather look.

Accessories – N/A

The figure doesn’t come with any accessories, but I really didn’t expect any. There was no need for them, so I’m not providing a rating for accessories.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

The overall average of my ratings was 4.5, but I rounded up because this is a must have for any Marvel fans. Even if you’re not a big marvel fan, I still think you need to get this figure. It’s fun to play with, it looks great on the shelf, so what more could you want? Go get it now!

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Thundra


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Series Thundra. Of the figures in this series, this was the least anticipated figure for me, solely because of the outfit. Let’s take a look and see.

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  • Character: Thundra
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Hulkbuster
  • Dimensions: 7″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $12.23
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509310890
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★☆

Hasbro has really been letting me down when it comes to the articulation on their female figures. Thundra is of course, no exception. There are some positives, but overall, I just don’t care for the choices they’re making.

Total POA’s = 28

  • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which is pretty good. The figures arms can raise slightly higher than the shoulders which is not as common in all the male figures not using the Bucky Cap mold.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint with no major issues. It conforms to the arm and hides the joint very well.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint which barely provides any bend at all. You’ll get about 65 degrees of bend. I would expect at a minimum 90 degrees for a female figure as their arms aren’t nearly as bulky.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joint along with a Disc Joint provides good forward kick with some manipulation of the joint, but there is pretty much no backward motion. The outward motion is decent, but for a female figure I expect a little more here.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. There are some continuity issues with the mold of the leg and this joint regarding the shape of the leg. There is a definite loss of shape integrity when you use this joint which causes the leg to look wrong, though the paint isn’t horribly affected, though it is affected.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for near complete bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for excellent backward and forward motion. The ankle rocker is quite functional as well.
  • Body – Double Ball Joint in the torso provides good backward arch, but ab crunch is very limited. Side-to-side crunch is quite good and full 360 rotation is possible. With the lack of a waist swivel, this is a decent torso articulation point, but moving the joint too much will reveal some really strange sculpt.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint with no disc joint which would have allowed Thundra some ok articulation, but the hair sculpt limits articulation in nearly all manners. No up, down, or side-to-side motion. There is a tiny bit of tilt to the head, but not enough to be very useful.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

I like and hate the sculpt work on this figure. I was torn giving Thundra 3 stars as she probably only deserves 2. The biggest fail on this figure is the hair sculpt. Though it is visually appealing, it limits the head articulation entirely which is always an unforgivable offense to me.

Aside from that major fail, the rest of the figure looks really nice. Since it seems several of the parts of this figure are recycled from other figures, there isn’t a lot to complain about. She’s a fairly tall figure at 7 inches, which is on par with the Valkyrie figure from this wave.

I would have loved to see a little more texture and detail throughout the figure, namely the shoes. There’s zero detail on the shoes which is just a little boring to me. I get they would have had to throw some texture throughout the figure if they were going to do something with the shoes, but why not? Give us a little definition texture wise to the suit, instead of just a paint app to define it.

Finally, I’d say the belt is one of the better points of the sculpt. Though it’s quite simple, it really gives the figure that added pop that it desperately needed. The belt is a floating piece that can move with the figure. This is good an bad, should you choose to pose the figure in anything but an upright position.

Paint – ★★★★

Paint apps on Thundra are clean, though there is little to no shading anywhere on the figure. She gets a slightly higher rating from me simply because of the cleanliness of the lines and the color consistency. The apps, though simple, really do look nice. Her face apps are really well done, and I managed to get one with eyes that look normal instead of the derpy look a lot of the Hasbro figures have been coming with. Good job on this one Hasbro.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Thundra comes with one accessory, her ball and chain. I’m not familiar with the character or her weapons, but for all intensive purposes, this is a pretty cool accessory. The paint app on it is really well done. There’s a black wash and what seems to be a silver dry brush. It really looks nice. They would have made it five stars had they made it bendable to pose it in different ways.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

I like this figure, but I certainly don’t love it. I’m on the fence with the outfit they’ve put Thundra in. As I noted before, I don’t know much about the character so this may be the only outfit she’s worn. So be it, they had to put in the the tummy exposing outfit. It makes me a bit uncomfortable displaying it, but, if I throw her in the back then it’s not so bad I guess. As far as the figure goes, it’s average. If you’re like me, and never knew much about her, you’ll be fine passing on this one. If you need it to complete your Hulkbuster BAF, you won’t be disappointed, just not super excited either.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Marvel Now Iron Man


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Marvel Now Iron Man. Let’s take a closer look.

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  • Character: Marvel Now Iron Man
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Hulkbuster
  • Dimensions: 6.125″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $16.99
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509310944
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★

The articulation on this figure is not very good. This is a repaint of the Mark 43 Iron Man figure which I’ve not had the chance to review, but it makes me not want it at all. Let’s see why it’s just not very good.

Total POA’s = 29

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that provides good motion of the shoulder. You can actually move the arms above the shoulders which is quite nice for those flying poses.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint provides standard rotation.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints allow for somewhat limited bend, but since this is an Iron Man figure I wouldn’t expect that much flexibility.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Due to the sculpt of the blaster plate on the top of the hands, the wrists cannot move up that much which is disappointing.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Joint allows a decent amount of forward motion and backward motion, but it’s all quite awkward looking in my opinion.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint at the ball joint which allows for full 360 rotation.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees which have a good amount of bend. Mine are quite loose, however, and the knee cap armor is attached to the top of the shin which makes the figure look odd when bent.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has a single Ball Joint. The sculpt limits the motion considerably in this joint which is a huge disappointment.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. I believe this is a double ball joint in the torso just below the breast line of the figure. It’s very well hidden and quite effective. You get more backward motion than you do ab crunch. I would have preferred a little more ab crunch. The side to side is nice. I waist joint is sorely needed on this figure.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint allows for decent forward motion of the head up and down. There is also a disc Pin/Hinge joint that assists in this motion.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

The sculpt of this figure is nice, but there are some sculpt issues that cause major articulation issues which is why only 3 stars for this figure. I like the shoulder plates a lot, though they do fall off pretty easily so beware of that so you don’t lose them.

Paint – ★★★★

Overall the paint is solid. It’s a simple application of mostly gold with black plastic, but they did a clean job which is much appreciated. I’m not sure what more they could or should have done for paint on this figure, though his back is completely missing any paint which seems kindof cheap of Hasbro. Oh well.

Accessories – ★★☆☆

The Marvel Now Iron Man comes with zero accessories. None. I would have appreciated an alternate head or hands. Considering this is just a repaint of an existing figure, something extra would have been nice. Granted, the box is pretty darn full with the giant leg of the Hulkbuster, but an extra head wouldn’t take up much space. So, I’m pretty disappointed there.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

Overall I give this figure a 3 of 5 stars. It was a close call to going down to 2 stars, but some of the positives still outweighed the negatives. If you’re a huge Iron Man fan, then yes, you’ll need to pick this up. I am not a huge Iron Man fan, but I do really want the Hulkbuster BAF that is in this wave, so I’ll be picking up all the figures in this wave at some point. I managed to get this one with a few bucks shaved off (thank you Kmart).

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Groot


This month I’m reviewing the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Groot Build-a-Figure (BAF). I was really excited to finally complete this BAF. This is my first completed BAF so my expectations were really high. Did this figure live up to my own built up hype?

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  • Character: Groot
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Infinite Series Groot
  • Dimensions: 8.75″
  • Recommended: Ages 6+
  • MSRP: $?.?? Paid: $0.00 (Build-a-Figure)

Check out my BAF Assembly video of Groot below

Articulation – ★★★★

Bigger figures seem to have poor articulation, but overall, this Groot figure has really good articulation. He’s tall, but not real bulky which helps the articulation quite a bit. He’s really fun to pose, which is a good sign his articulation is quite good.

Total POA’s = 28

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows for a really good amount of movement. His arms can raise above his shoulders which is really nice to get those towering poses of Groot.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint allows for full 360 rotation. This joint is near the top of the bicep, just below the shoulder.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joint allows for a really good amount of bend in the elbow. You can almost fold his arm in half which is great.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrist. The hinge in the wrist is a little limited if you’re trying to move the hand up, down is quite good.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint allows you to get Groots legs to move forward and back, but you really need to do some creative movements to get him there. You’ll also need to use his knee rotation to get him into some action poses. This isn’t too bad considering the sculpt of his legs does allow you to rotate the legs without making him look too odd.
    • Knees: Single Pin/Hinge joints as well as a Peg Joint in the knees. Particularly the Peg joint is critical to getting those action poses. You can get about a 75-80 degree bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints can move the feet really far back but moving forward for action poses is quite limited. There is also an ankle rocker which is surprisingly really good.
  • Body – There is a double Ball Joint in the mid torso area. This joint provides a decent ab crunch and back arch. You also get torso swivel with this but you aren’t going to be able to get Groot to lean much from side to side. I’m ok with this since Groot is a stiff character anyway.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint in the neck area gives you side to side action. Groot can tilt his head really nicely and look up quite a bit. The biggest issue is he can’t really look down. Since he’s taller than all the figures in his series, it seems he should be able to look down to interact with them. This is the biggest fail on the articulation.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

Hasbro really did a great job with the sculpt work on this figure. The detail work of the figure all around is spectacular. The highlight for me is the head sculpt. They really nailed the look to the movie Groot.

I have two complaints. The first being in the torso articulation. When you bend Groot forward, they did not continue the nice sculpt work on the back articulation, so you see a nice smooth surface. You get the same when you bend him back, though it’s not as noticeable. My other complaint is the ankles could have moved forward more had they trimmed just a little bit of the plastic away from the bottom of the leg where the ankle joint is.

Oh, I remember a third gripe. That’s really with how they positioned the ball joint hole on the head. As others who have reviewed this figure have noted, had the ball joint hole been positioned back further, you’d then have gotten articulation down so Groot could actually look down on his team of Guardians.

Overall, however, I think those negatives really only warrant a single star lost as the rest of the sculpt was superb.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

There’s not a lot of paint. Mostly, the figure is just molded brown plastic, but there are some really nice paint apps throughout the figure, I just felt they really could have made this figure amazing had they just added a little more. The green highlights you find on the chest, face, and forearms are really nice. They just seemed to miss areas of the rest of the body which simply makes it look like they didn’t finish. There’s none on the lower torso in front, but there is some in the back. The legs have no green, which one would think being closer to the ground, there might be more moss/mold down there. Dirtying up his feet might have helped too.

Overall, the pain app is the weakest part of this figure, but that’s not to say I’m too disappointed at all. It just could have been a little better.

Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆

Groot doesn’t come with any accessories, though I don’t know what you’d give him. He doesn’t really need any, though it might have been cool to have gotten a baby Groot to go with him, but overall, I’m still quite happy with this figure, so yes, a single star, but I’m not going to count that against him at all.

Packaging – N/A

Since Groot is a Build-a-Figure (BAF) he comes in packaging with other figures so there’s really nothing to discuss here.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

I love this figure, even with the few gripes I had. I have certainly seem some better Groot figures, namely the new GOTG comic version that was just recently released. That one has an amazing head sculpt, though I think the rest is using the same mold as this movie Groot. If you’re a GOTG fan, you really should get this figure. I can’t say the series is worth buying, so perhaps just see if you can buy a completed Groot, or get the parts on Ebay. I wouldn’t pay more than $30 for the figure though so don’t get taken for a ride on this one. You can find pretty much all the figures pretty easily. The most expensive one will be Drax and he’s still not too bad.

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