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Friday, January 29, 2016

Marvel Legends Hobgoblin wave

Marvel Legends Infinite: Hobgobln BAF wave

Today I’m gonna look into the Marvel Legends Hobgoblin wave. Some may call this the ‘Spidey Hobgoblin’ wave or the ‘Pizza Spidey’ wave. I personally prefer ‘Pizza Spidey’ because that’s how I remember things i.e. by slapping them some sort of an identifiable trait that’ll immediately spring my memory box open. Besides, it’s more fun to use such phrases in conversations with your fellow geeks. Imagine saying to each other....”I just got myself the Pizza Spidey wave!” then the next geek will say...”Really? Well, I just snagged the Open-Jawed Ghost Rider wave myself!”... See, it’s geekier that way. Haha. To each his own, eh?

Anyhoo. I’ve been holding off from getting this set because I was saving up my moolah to get that blasted Hulkbuster wave into my collection first. As my readers are probably aware by now, I already have the ‘Buster wave in my collection and I took my geek factor to a whole higher level by re-painting my Hulkbuster BAF with the appropriate metallic colours that it so deserved. With the ‘Buster wave safely displayed in my action-figure room, I immediately turned my attention into getting the Open-Jawed Ghost Rider wave (see what I just did there! Haha) although I wasn’t so inclined to get the Rhino BAF.

Let’s talk a bit about the price of these Marvel Legends. These MLs costs a bomb over here in Malaysia and I think the pricing is about the same in our neighbouring countries like Singapore or Thailand as well. It’s USD20 – 22 in the States but when these are converted into our local currency, it’s way more than that!
Which brings me to my next point.


I admit that my plans to save up for the Open-Jawed Ghost Rider/Rhino BAF wave got derailed the other day when Hasbro announced that they’d be holding their end-of-the-year warehouse clearance sale. Upon seeing the sale poster for the first time, I immediately went “Uh-oh. I smell impulse purchases looming in the air!”. Come sale day, I found myself battling it out with other Marvel Legends enthusiasts at one of the stalls where them Hasbro staff was literally throwing out figures from the Pizza Spidey/Hobgoblin wave to the zombie-like crowd. I was lucky enough to have used my physical attributes to snag myself all six figures that make up the wave! What astonished me more was the price point of these MLs. I won’t divulge much but suffice to say that if you squint hard enough you can see that Hasbro literally slapped a ridiculously low price onto these figures. I won’t even try to rub it in by converting it into US dollars. And to think that this wave was just two waves ago from the latest ‘Buster wave. Inconceivable, but I’m not complaining!


So here I am today with the Pizza Spidey wave in hand. I guess the Open-Jawed Ghost Rider/Rhino BAF wave would have to wait for now....*shucks* 


Let’s look into the six (6) figures:

MOC collectors will love the packaging style. You can take the figures out from the packaging without spoiling the box and put them back inside if you wish to. But why would you wanna do that when you know they’re gonna look awesome displayed out in the open? I like the new ML window packaging but I do miss the ‘blister backing card/bubble plastic style’ we last saw during the early stages of the Hasbro ML re-launch

1)        Classic Spider-Man

Spider Man
Spider Man
Spider Man
Spider Man
Spider Man
Spider Man

No doubt that this is the most sought after figure in the wave aside from Daredevil and Spider-Man 2099 for me. We’ve already gotten countless Spidey figures over the years and one must be asking thyself...”Do we actually need yet ANOTHER Spider-Man figure?”...well, at least this time around the answer is an astounding YES! The designers at Hasbro managed to give this Spidey figure helluva articulation points without compromising the aesthetics & looks of the figure itself. And who wouldn’t want that ‘half-open mask’ headsculpt with a grinning Peter Parker and the pizza accessory! To top it all off, this action figure comes with 3-pairs of hands. How does that sound for your money’s worth? This is gonna be the default Spider-Man figure for many ML collectors for many years to come.

2)        Ultimate Spider-Woman

Ultimate Spider Woman
Ultimate Spider Woman
Ultimate Spider Woman
Ultimate Spider Woman

While I’m rather familiar with the Ultimates (alternate version of The Avengers) and a couple of other teams from the same universe, I have to confess that I am not familiar at all with the Ultimate Spider-Woman character. I think this figure will go well with the Miles Morales Spider-Man figure on your display shelf.  This action figure is a nice addition nonetheless to my group of ‘Spider-Gals’ but Ms Jessica Drew here (that’s her real name by the way) is kinda hard to balance and to be left standing on her own mainly due to her sculpted flowing hair. Nothing that a figure stand can’t fix but it would have been nicer if she can stand on her own two feet.

3)        Spider-Man 2099

Spider Man 2099
Spider Man 2099
Spider Man 2099
Spider Man 2099
Spider Man 2099

I love Spider-Man 2099 since its inception in 1992. I still read that first issue whenever possible. At the time, it was pretty cool knowing that in some distant future, somebody would eventually pick up the Spider mantel and continue Peter Parker’s legacy. There is also a new series started in 2014 but I haven’t read any of those yet. My memory of this character hangs heavily on my reading of the original series which came out in the early 90s. I got to know that there were at least 3 action figures made for Spidey 2099 but this one takes the cake for being the best one thus far. I love this figure from the moment I laid my eyes on him and I can’t wait even then to put him on my display shelf. This figure looks great and is a fine addition to your diverse selection of Spider-Men.

4)        Spider-Girl

Spider Girl
Spider Girl
Spider Girl
Spider Girl
Spider Girl

This particular character is taken of the Spider-Verse storyline in 2014. I haven’t read the TPB yet but in a nutshell, that storyline featured every single Spider-Man that has ever graced the pages of Marvel comics being attacked by a vampiric being called Morlun and some group called the Inheritors. In this future timeline, Spider-Girl (May "Mayday" Parker) is the teenage daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. They named their daughter after Pete’s Aunt May (Awww!). It was said that May took Ben Reilly's (Pete’s clone) Spider-Man II costume and soon took to crime-fighting herself. Pretty interesting character. I love how this action figure is well made although I have limited knowledge on how she’s really supposed to look like. Although it makes me wonder how Ms Parker manages to slip into the late Ben Reilly’s uniform without the suit looking absolutely oversized with her in it....or does Ms Parker has some sewing skills that we don’t know of?  

5)        Anti-Venom

Anti Venom
Anti Venom
Anti Venom
Anti Venom
Anti Venom

This is purportedly one of the fan-favourite character from the endless symbiote-based Spidey’s list of allies/adversaries. Anti-Venom has made an appearance through Marvel Select although this ML version is way more articulated that the MS version. This is clearly a repaint of Toxin from the Ultimate Green Goblin wave with tweaks here and there to make it distinctively different than the red symbiote dude. The only accessory that Anti-Venom came with is its spike thingy that you can mount on his back but it can be rather loose at times and falls off quite easily. Nice addition to my display shelf. The black/white colour scheme gives a nice contrast to an otherwise monotonous red/blue/black we’ve seen on most of the Spideys & symbiotes.

6)        Daredevil

Daredevil
Daredevil
Daredevil
Daredevil
Daredevil

I initially wanted that yellow Walmart/Walgreen Daredevil as my new default horned-vigilante for my display shelf. In fact I was just mulling over the idea of getting one through a friend in the States when opportunity presented itself the other day for me to bring back the traditional red-costumed Matt Murdock back into my collection. Daredevil here has the one of if not THE best head sculpt of all 6 figures. I have 2 (or 3....can’t recall) other Daredevil figures from the Toybiz era but those are easily trounced by the awesomeness of this latest permutation of the character. My only grouse is that his billy club looks a wee bit oversized compared to his body but others than that I’m really happy I have him in my collection.

The BAF Hobgoblin

BAF Hobgoblin
BAF Hobgoblin

Once you’ve assembled all BAF pieces that came with each of the figures mentioned before, you’d be able to feast your eyes on one of the coolest BAF produced by Hasbro in recent times. This Hobgoblin is more or less based on the comic book drawn by artist Humberto Ramos. Too many baddies have donned the Hobgoblin mantel and some are saying that this is the Phil Urich version while some insisted that this is the Roderick Kingsley version. Whatever. I’m just stoked to have A Hobgoblin on my villain shelf next to my classic Green Goblin. After all, one inspired the other!

BAF Hobgoblin
BAF Hobgoblin

This BAF comes with his flaming sword and pumpkin bomb. You can also count his wings as an accessory if you wish to but to me it’s just an extension of his suit really. His wings might take up a considerable amount of space in your display shelf as it does not fold nor adjustable so you might want to allocate proper space so that his wings won’t topple any of your existing MLs while you put him to join the rest of his ML buddies in your display area.

BAF Hobgoblin
BAF Hobgoblin

He stands a bit taller than the rest of the standard ML figures that came in the wave and I think that’s a good thing as I almost always want my BAF to stand prominently bigger than your average sized ML figure. Hobgoblin is a much needed character in the ML universe (I don’t think he’s ever been produced before in the ML line but I might be wrong here) so you might wanna grab this wave if you see it. All the figures plus the BAF are well worth your money.

BAF Hobgoblin


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Deadpool peek-a-boo!

#deadpool #peekaboo #yeswecantwait for #deadpoolthemovie #marvel #lego #minifigure

Yes, we can't wait for the new Deadpool movie (in case you haven't heard me said that already!).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rolling Stone Star Wars - The Force Awakens Special

Rolling Stone Star Wars - The Force Awakens Special

Got the #rollingstonemagazine #theforceawakens special issue! Some sucka must've forgotten to pick up his/her reserved copy way back in Nov '15 so this was released at the shelf. Yours truly was at the right place & the right time đŸ˜† ...Why the big fuss you ask? Well, just to cut things short....remember how that #starwars Rolling Stone #may1977 issue is highly sought after now? Someday this is gonna worth a fortune too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Star Wars merchandise at a nearby grocery store...


Ain't no such thing as 'too many Star Wars merchandise'. It warms my heart to see a number of licensed Star Wars foodstuff at retail today. I can't really get tired of Uncle George's universe now, can I?

Monday, January 25, 2016

LEGO Green Goblin from Amazing Spiderman 2 custom minifigure....


It's been a while since I last dabble in the wonderful world of Lego minifigure custom work. When I say wonderful it simply means that it gets harder by the day to keep my eyes squinting all the time while I add the nitty gritty details on the Lego minifigs.


Yes, I should have listened to my better half and get a proper hobby magnifying glass. Maybe sometime soon. But for now here's what I've came up with....the Green Goblin from Amazing SpiderMan 2. I think the official version came out too but naturally I had no intention of tracking that obsolete set down just to get my son that Green Goblin. So next best thing is....to custom it myself.

I didn't really add the ears as I think it won't affect the overall look anyway.

I think it turned out pretty decent doncha' think?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Whole lotta BB-8s!!!


Doubt that I'll ever add the Sphero and Hot Toys version to this ensemble.


But no one can tell the future can't we?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tolkien's Unfinished Tales....


I love Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (the books I mean....I'm not talking about Pete Jackson's films here). To some extent I think even The Hobbit was equally good too albeit much simpler than LOTR. So far I've read the LOTR books twice and The Hobbit thrice. Naturally what comes next is the burning desire to explore Tolkien's other books.


I've heard from a colleague that the Silmarillion book is worth the read. It's somewhat similar to what we've come across in LOTR and The Hobbit but it's different enough.

Unfinished Tales of NĂºmeanor & Middle Earth however, promises to be an exciting collection of adventures of people (and orcses) preceding  both The Hobbit ans LOTR.

Like a true blue geek, I made some research on both books. This is because I do not think I can fathom 2 Tolkien books back-to-back. You see, JRR Tolkien wrote in a very high level of sophisticated English. You must have extremely good patience to finish off any one of his books. Anyone who's read Tolkien's work will know what I mean.

Eventually I went for Unfinished Tales since I wanted to know more about the backstory of the familiar faces in LOTR.

I can't really say that it was 'light' reading' when it certainly wasn't. But if you're patient enough, you'll find that 'Tales is worth the time you invested reading it. Loved the Gandalf backstory!

Now I doubt that Peter Jackson is gonna get the rights to do a film based on this book (or even Silmarillion) since he had a fallout with JRR's son Christopher. What a bummer.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Deadpool....


My son's really hyped up about the Deadpool movie that's coming out next month. Let's just hope the little man can enter the cinema to watch this R-rated movie. Rating R (as defined by the MFAA) simply means that an under aged kid must be accompanied by a parent but some cinema outlets can be total d**ks by barring children altogether.


Some parents may cringe at the thought of letting their young ones watch/ listen / be exposed to 'unruly/inappropriate' elements but my wife and I....we empower our boy to differentiate what's wrong and what's right. It makes things easier and the little man is now wise enough to NOT emulate nor copy any of the bad things he's seen on the big screen. Life's much easier that way.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LEGO Minifigures Series 15 in da house!!!


Again my wife, son and I chose to complete our Lego minifigures series 15 the hard way. Scalpers are getting worse these days. Instead of rummaging the boxes for those hard-to-find minifigs (this time it's the 'Shark Man/Boy'...followed closely by the ballerina), they now purchase entire boxes!


I'd say for you to complete your collection by way of purchasing at retail, you'd need the following odds to be in your favor:

1. Being at the right place at the right time....when fresh series 15 boxes are opened and displayed

2. Excellent finger senses...to immediately identify those prominent accessory for you to properly analyze the blind bags for the characters you need
3. Insider help....having a buddy who works at TRU or the toy department who are willing to help
4. Lastly....luck. LOTS of it!

LEGO Star Wars – Carbon Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber


There were 2 things from the 2016 LEGO catalogue that made my son jumped when he first viewed it sometime late last year. One was the imminent arrival of Series 15 minifigures and the other was the Star Wars – Empire Strikes Back’s Carbon Freezing Chamber playset. We hardly buy LEGO playsets these days because of its rising costs. My son gets his minifigure fix on a weekly basis but that’s hardly a fraction of what we’re expected to pay for full movie-related playsets these days.

Let’s sidetrack a bit....

I was really tempted to get the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 re-release but alas it was snapped up as quickly as the new LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse got cleared off the shelf of the official LEGO store I visited a couple of days ago. Mind you, there was already a line outside of the store way before the store itself opened at 10am. Reports everywhere mentioned the same i.e. long queues outside LEGO stores everywhere as most collectors/(damn dirty) scalpers wanted to get the new RM1800 (USD450) GB Firehouse. I even saw one (supposed scalper) buying three (3) of the darn Firehouse sets under the noses of people who sighed and moaned for not being able to snag ONE for their personal collection. But that’s collecting scene in Malaysia or most parts of the world for you. Economic downturn or not, people seem to still have the dough to splash on expensive LEGO playsets. But I digress; let’s get on with the subject of today’s posting.


Carbon Freezing Chamber....

So with most people going for the Ghostbusters very very limited edition sets, my mind was pretty focused on seeing the new Star Wars LEGO releases. There were many that day. There were a number of ‘buildable characters’ (those odd-looking oversized LEGO figures) and a number of playsets from the new TFA movie (man I do like that Leia transporter and Maz Kanata castle sets me self!). But my sights were locked onto the classic OT Star Wars themed playsets. There were two (God knows if I missed any other aside from the Microfighter sets); one was the Droid Escape set (you know, when Threepio and Artoo escape Tantive IV?) and the other was the Carbon Freezing Chamber set, which is what we’re looking into next.

The packaging/box


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

The packaging is pretty small thus it gives you a good idea of how ‘big’ the playset was going to be when fully assembled. I love the visual of the actual playset itself strewn against an orange-ish lighting in the background akin to the ESB movie.


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

Over at the back of the packaging you’d get a closer look at what you’re getting with the set and the various features that comes with it.


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

Pretty funny to see that once I (carefully slice) open the box, there are two (2) separate clear plastic holding the various LEGO bricks needed to build the set. I say this because the set itself isn’t THAT big to warrant two separate plastic bags to hold the bricks. Whatever right?


15 or 20 minutes later.....


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

There, it’s fully assembled! My son built this halfway and both my wife and I stepped in once it got a bit technical for an 8-year old to proceed. You see, there is a LEGO Technics-like mechanism that you have to build to enable the ‘carbon freezing’ gimmick. More on that later.


Overview


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

No doubt many will get this for the new Ugnaught minifigure. We’ve seen Boba Fetts and countless versions of Han Solo before but the little guy has never been made into LEGO form before. It would have been nice if there’s more than one of the little dude to go around on the playset. Having said that, I really wish that they could have at least included Princess Leia or Lando Calrissian in the playset. How the heck are we supposed to re-create that ‘I love you-I know’ scene now?


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

I love the alternate expression on Han Solo. He has that ‘cringe-worthy’ look as if he’s about to be carbon-freezed (duhhh).

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

The playset itself is only half of the octagonal shaped platform we’ve seen in the ESB movie. Half of the playset ain’t that bad. I’m sure many will buy of this set and attempt to combine the two to form a complete octagon! May take some modifications as I do not see how two sets can be attached so easily to one another.

I love how the clear orange bricks/studs are used to re-create the whole Bespin feel. It does really look like it’s taken off the set of ESB albeit LEGO-rized. Technically the stairs are in a wrong position as the one we’ve seen in ESB goes DOWN (the whole freezing chamber platform was actually at a lower area in the hall) and not upwards. Not a big issue to me as this stand alone set looks great when displayed. That is all that matters to me and my carbonite-Solo obsessed son. Again I foresee many creative builders will attempt to custom build a larger set by incorporating this core playset as the main focus of a much larger Bespin set.


The features


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

Let’s start with the main one first. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the carbon freezing gimmick is done by placing Han Solo at the back of the carbonite block (I’ve got mine facing the wrong way....hahah) and lowering him down via a lever and quickly turning the carbonite block the other way to give the impression that the freezing process is a success!


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber


There’s a lift/elevator for your Ugnaught to travel from the lower level of the playset to get to his control panel. In fact, you place almost anybody on the contraption but I don’t seem to recall anybody else taking the elevator except for the Ugnaughts. Talking about the control panel, I totally dig the design on it. I love the Star Wars-ey characters/runes as it reminds me greatly of the OT films.


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

There is also a ‘slide bed’ at the lower part of the playset. From the packaging we can see that we’re supposed to put Han Solo on it although I am unsure which scene is this referring to. It could be where Leia consoled him after the torture scene but again it defeats the purpose as Leia is not even included here. I am quite sure that this is NOT the torture rack device as it doesn’t even remotely look like it.


LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

“Put Captain Cargo in the Solo hold!

The carbonite block has handles at each end to allow your Stormtroopers to hold it. Thus this will enable you to re-create that iconic scene where Boba Fett oversaw those Stormies carrying the carbonite block into Slave 1 (okay it was rather ‘floating’ in the movie ain’t it? But you get the point!)

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber

Despite the small size of the playset, I was really looking forward to put my son’s other Star Wars minifigures on it. It just seemed incomplete without many. My regret is that there had been no Princess Leia or Lando to go with this otherwise excellent set. Call it what you will...’too small’....or ‘wrongly proportioned’....or ‘this and that’. This is an excellent display piece for any Star Wars fans and I do recommend this playset for its sheer aesthetic. For an OT nut like me, this set is a no-brainer!

LEGO 2016 Star Wars - Carbonite Freezing Chamber