Review: Marvel Legends Series Alpha Flight box set

Review of Amazon Exclusive Hasbro Marvel Legends Series Alpha Flight box set. @amazonca @Hasbro @Marvel

For the second largest country in the world, Canada doesn’t seem to get any love from the superhro genre.  Sure, during the Second World War, Canadian publishers came up with their own heroes, such as Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Commander Steel (no, not that one) and Ironman (not that one either).  After the war, however, when the ban on importing magazines was lifted, the American publishers put the smaller Canadian ones out of business.  It wasn’t until the 1970’s with the rise of independent, smaller publishers, did we see any Canadain comics, but with the exception of Captain Canuck and a few others like him, we did not see many superheros defending the True North.

Even the big two publishers, Marvel and DC rarely set any stories in Canada, let alone create a character from there.  When Canada was featured, it was as a snowy wilderness, devoid of civilization.  But when Marvel had the Hulk rampage his way through the forests of Northern Quebec, it introduced its first Canadian hero, Wolverine.  Little was known about the character, only that he was a mutant and worked for the Canadian government.  It wasn’t until he joined the X-Men the following year that his back story began to be filled in.  Under writer John Byrne, Wolvie’s past with the Canadian government was explained and it introduced Marvel’s Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight.

Box Front

Lead by James Macdonald Hudson, who goes by Guardian, Alpha Flight is a government sponsored superhero team. Originally one of three team, Alpha Flight was the top tier team, with Beta and Gamma Flight serving below them. Guardian’s costume, a battle suit with a red and white design with a maple leaf on it, leave no doubt that he is a Canadian superhero.. The rest of the team’s code names, costumes or power sets also heavily reference the Canadian origins.

Open the front flap to see the figures. The inside cover has each characters” name, secret identity and place of birth.

The Marvel Legends Series Alpha Flight box set draws its characters from the classic mid 80’s/early 90’s line up.  With Guardian being released in stores earlier this year and Sasquatch being a recent Build a Figure, Hasbro chose other iconic members that haven’t had a figure released in the Legends format and one that needed a bit of an adjustment.

Vindicator, co-leader of Alpha Flight

First, we have Heather Hudson, a.k.a. Vindicator, Guardian’s wife and sometimes leader of Alpha Flight whenever Guardian is busy being dead (it happens.) The figure is in her classic red and white outfit with the stylized maple leaf (she has a green, yellow and white one as well) The figure is well proportioned, using the standard adult female buck. The paintwork on my figure is good and overall, the red is better on her than on the Guardian figure. Just as a side note; at different points in their publication history, Vindicator has been called Guardian and Guardian called Vindicator. I believe the figures follow the current naming convention.

Pictured: Snowbird. Not pictured: tickets to Jacksonville.

Next is Narya, code named Snowbird, and not because she likes to vacation in Florida during the winter. The daughter of a Northern god, Snowbird is a shapeshifter and can change into most animals found in the North as well as fly. Her figure is done well, with the shiny blue of her costume really popping ou. Her face is also well done, with the character’s signature black eyes captured well. The cape is soft plastic and does not hinder articulation.

Shaman. Effect piece is from the Infamous Iron Man figure.

Next is Shaman, born Michael Twoyoungmen. A mystic, he can call upon the magic of his First Nation ancestors and draws items from his medicine bag to aid those in need. The figure is in the classic green and yellow costume with his medicine bag molded onto his belt. His hands are open, posed as if he was casting a spell. The sculpt is done well, with good articulation for possibility. He is a plainest character of the set, but still well done.

Aurora and NorthStar. Yes, they are wearing matching onesies. No, the are not a couple. They are brother and sister.

Now we get to Aurora and NorthStar. Born Jeanne-Marie and Jean-Paul Beaubier, respectively, these twins are mutants, born with the ability to flight as high speed and generate burst of light, which are more powerful if they are holding hands. Their figures are in their matching black and white outfit with the star motif, which hare on opposite sides for each figure. They both use the standard buck for the sex of the character and have no hinderance to their articulation, which the exception of Aurora hair getting in the way of the neck. It is a shame they did not do something which the hands to allow them to hold each other’s.

Bring out the…Puck.

Lastly we have Puck, one of the few characters that Wolverine can call “shorty.” Eugene Judd was cursed by a sorcerer in an ill conceived heist over 100 years ago, The curse shrink him form 6’6″ to about 3’9″ but increased his strength, durability and extended his life. His skills as a fighter are what got him into Alpha Flight. The figure is the only reissue in this pack, and barely qualifies as a figure. Puck was originally a Build a Figure a few years back. The one in the Alpha Flight set is the same figure but with a less shiny paint job and a newer head sculpt. For a smaller figure, his articulation is still good, only missing the wrist articulation of the larger figures.

Alpha Flight together with Hasbro’s Guardian and the Toy Biz Marvel Legends Sasquatch from 2005

Overall, I really liked this set and all the figures. I was a Fan Expo Canada at the Hasbro Marvel Legends panel when they announced this set (they have been pretty good announcing Canada-themed releases at Fan Expo, with Guardian and Weapon X Wolverine being the reveal in 2018). I preorder it the day it went up for sale at Amazon. $179.99CDN is a bit steep for about 5 and a half figures (and half is generous for Puck). but since it is an exclusive, the figures are great and the box art was well done, it was worth it. It is nice when companies like Hasbro give us characters that might not jump off of shelves in a normal wave a chance in these sets. It makes be wonder what Hasbro will announce at next year’s Fan Expo as this would be tough to beat.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Hasbro, Marvel, Amazon or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Marvel Legends -Infamous Iron Man

Review of Marvel Legends Infamous Iron Man @Hasbro

With over 80 years of stories, there has been a lot of interesting turns for characters in the Marvel Universe. In recent stories, Doctor Doom, after gaining the power of a god and nearly destroying the Marvel Multiverse, sought to atone for his actions. When Tony Stark was put in a coma after the events of Civil War 2, Doom took on the mantle of Iron Man, which was covered in the series Infamous Iron Man. This figure is based on that iteration of the character.

The figures is a Walgreens exclusive in the US and EB Games exclusive in Canada.. The base figures is gun metal gray with green accents and three whitish green circles on his chest. His head has some silver paint on the face plate. The over all look screams “Iron Man” but the colour scheme is all Doom. He has a green hood on his head and he has a green plastic cape that goes over his shoulders. The hood is not removable from the helmeted head and the cape does not attach in any way.

Figure out of package.
Blast effects

For accessories, the figures comes with a unmasked Victor Von Doom head. Doom’s face was healed by Reed Richards at the end of Secret Wars (the extend of his injuries have varied over the years.) He also comes with left and right open hand, in which you can plug in the included blast effects. Lastly, he comes with two energy effects. which you couls place over his arms or legs.

Unmasked head

Overall, it is a decent figure. The loose cape and attached hood distracts a bit and it is mostly repainted parts, but that can be said about a lot of figures. It is an exclusive so at least there is no BAF (Build a Figure) parts for a figure you’ll never build. Hasbro has hit is stride with Marvel Legends as of late and this is a good figure of a character from a specific storyline.

Marvel Legends: Infamous Iron Man is a Walgreens (US) and EB Games (Canada) exclusive and retails for about $29.99 CAD. Figures may be available in other regions and online.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Hasbro, Marvel, EB Games or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Mini Reviews: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2 Cerisier, King Lance Steelblade, and Lacuna

A quick review of three figures from Vitvian H.A.C.K.S. from @BossFightStudio

I got three more figures from Bossfight Studio’s web store (had a buy 2 get a 3rd for half off deal) and I want to just do some quick reviews since they are similar to one I’ve reviewed before, with one having a unique feature. SO, here we go with some Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. mini reviews!

Cerisier, Sakura Elven Assasin

Cerisier is a Bossfight Studio web store exclusive. Sakura Elves are trained assassins for the Elf Queen who dye their skin in ink and have their voices magically removed. Cerisier has a unique head sculpt but the rest of her are reissued parts from the other elves. Her outfit, in pink, white and brownish red, is the same as Aspen and Aiyana as is the two daggers she comes with. Her crossbow, quarrels and quiver are from Narissa of the Withered Branch. The only new piece (though it came it the Elven accessory pack) is a piece to attach to the quiver so it can hook into the loop on her skirt.

Cerisier is armed with a crossbow and daggers.

Still the whole figure works well and looks great. The quarrels get lost way too easily, but are a nice touch. She is a good addition to my collection of elves

Her quiver hooks onto the back of her skirt.

King Lance Steelblade, King of Accord

The leader of the Knights of Accord, Lance was a orphan inducted into their ranks. He proved his skill as a knight and a commander and ended up becoming King when most of the high-borne knights and the King were killed. The figure is the same as the regular Knight of Accord, but with white armour and gold trim. His pants and undershirt are black and his loin cloth is purple. he has a purple caplet that you can swap out with another pauldron. Like the knight, he comes with an axe, sword with scabbard and a shield. with a purple design, instead of blue. He also comes with a Royal standard for the Knight of Accord.

Lance is sporting a royal white and gold ensemble with at purple cape so you know he’s king. THe crown helps, too.

The main head has removable hair so you can put on a helmet on the figure. The hair stays on better than Q’Al Varis’ and the helmet fits well. He has two helmets, one open and one with a visor. Rounding out, he has two spare heads so you can army build more knights. Once again, the figure is great and the accessories add so much to the figure.

With helmet on.
The Royal standard.

Lacuna – Cavern Faerie

Launa matata!

Deviating from the tiny, dragon fly-winged creatures we know from fables, Cavern faeries are human-sized magical creatures with bat wings who live in caverns. According to the Bio, Lacuna was driven out of her home by invading monsters, probably the Knights of Asperity. Distrustful of humans, Lacuna still seeks their help to aid them against the undead horde that invaded her land.

Here, Lacuna is armed with a…stick.

Lacuna features a different body type for the line: winged bodies. She has removable wings that you can swap for more open ones. He skin is light purple and she has white hair. Her two piece outfit is purple, silver and black and she has molded on goggles on her head. Her weapons are a wand with a crystal on it and a club/larger wand again sporting crystals.

Wings are on ball joints and attach to the back.

This figure shows the innovation of this line. The body type is used again with a gargoyle figure and there is a male winged demon in the newest wave. Lacuna is a excellent figure and I can’t wait for winged blanks to come out.

She has a pair of open wings, too. She is holding the wand.

So there are my three latest Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S figures. I pays to follow Bossfight studio on their Twitter as they occasionally have flash sales on their figures. I really like this line and I am looking forward to see what they do next. These figures can be found at the Bossfight Studio webstore and various resellers online and on eBay.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2 – Q’Al Varis, Elven Ranger

Meet Q’Al Varis, the Elven Ranger from @BossFightStudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.

Series 2 of Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line has been pretty balanced with both male and female figures. We got several male humans, four female elves of various colours, and two sets of Orc males and females. A lot of the collectors, however, have been asking the same thing: Where are the female human knights and male elves? Well, the former should be answered later this year, the latter has request has been fulfilled with the newest wave that came out this past March. So I present to you: Q’Al Varis, the Elven Ranger.

Frot of package

According to the included bio, Q’Al Varis is the son of the Elven Queen. He, like so many Elven Rangers, travels the word to hone his skills ans learn new ones. He has joined forces with Lance Steelblade, King of Accord and is fast becoming the best swordsman (elf?) of the land. Or he can be anyone you want him to be.

Back.

The packaging is collector friendly, like most in this line, an allow you to remove the figure without damaging the card back. Why would you not want to damage the card? The art, that’s why. Again, the card is made specifically for this character and looks great. The bio is a nice touch, building the lore for this line. Of course, being resealable, you can alternate from having him displayed in package or out of it.

Q’Al Varis

Out of the package, the figure is well done. The armour is molded on , and is a combination of a leather tunic with blue arms. He has brown armguards that are removable. The bottom of his tunic is a separate piece and covers grey pants with brown boots. The whole thing is tied off with a green cape with gold accents on the collar. It is definitely a nice figure and reminds me of another figure I have in my collection (more on that later.)

Hood’s up!

The figure’s hair is removable, so you can use an optional hood piece. It is green like the cape and is put on the head before you reattach it to the figure. The is a second masked head as well. It looks like it was carved from wood and gives a nice option for army building.. The masked head can work both with or without the hood.

Masked head with the sword, Andkaba.

For weapons, he has a neat sword, called Andkaba in the bio. The blade is green and the hilt is gold. It fits nicely in his hands. He also comes with a bow, because what is a ranger without a ranged weapon? It is the standard bow we’ve seen before and comes with arrows with a gold arrow tip and green fletching. That’s the feathers at the other end. See, this blog can be educational!

The back pack with the quiver attached.

Additional accessories include a back pack and a quiver. The backpack consists of a molded bedroll and a rope and hook. The quiver has a spot to store the bow or sword as well as room for the arrows. It can attack eiter to the side of the bed roll or to the side of the figures belt. Apparently, because I have not been able to do it.

Bow at the ready.

So, there are several… issues with the figure that I find annoying. First, the hair does not stay on that well. Maybe they made the peg hole small to allow for posing without the hair and not have a big hole. It goes on fine, but pops off too easily. Second is the gummy plastic they made the backpack peg out of. I have a hell of a time trying to get it through the hole of the cape and into the back. I find it better to take off the cape, put the peg through the hole in the came, into the one in the back, but the cape around the neck and try not to knock it out while putting the head and hair back on. The ironic thing is that, if it had been hard plastic, I’d probably would have broke it by now.

Q’Al Varis next to LJN’s Advanced Dungeons and Dragons’ Peralay the Elf. Damn he was short!

Despite these nitpicks, I love this figure. It is nice to have another elf figure in my collection that is not Legolas. He has a look that, to me and many others online, seems to homage the Peralay figure from LJN’s Advanced Dungeon and Dragons line. Whether intentional or not, he is definitely his own character and fits right in with the HACKS world or any fantasy world..

“I’m sorry, Peralay, but I think we are going to go with him…”

Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2: Q’Al Varis is available now from the Bossfight web store and from various sellers online on on eBay. Prices and availability may vary by site.

Ladies love a bald-headed elf!

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist

The Orcs are Coming. @BossfightStudio Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist.

Orcs have always been a mainstay in modern fantasy settings. From Sauron’s army in Lord of the Rings to the ones in World of Warcraft, orcs have always been a force to be reckoned with. Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. is no exception. Series 2 brings us their take on Orcs with figures such as the Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist.

Packaging

In the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. lore, female orcs are less numerous than their male counterparts, but a revered for their increased intelligence. Often acting as strategists, the females often direct the battle through influencing the male leadership.

back
Figure with default head, club, and shield

The figure uses a green female buck with molded on brown pants. The armour is gold and uses parts from the Amazon Archer V-H.A.C.K.S. basics figure, The lower belt piece/faulds are similar to the one that same with the Elven accessory pack, with the side parts being removable. Weapon-wise, she has a gnarly club, a battered shield and a crude dagger. Rounding out the accessoires is the usual second set of hands and the Bossfight stand.

Alternat, unmasked head and knife
Armour is removable.

The figure is well made, with th accessories fitting well. As I get used to this line, I find that the female are pretty sturdy overall, with no breakage with my figures so far. The orc figures in this line are great with male and female versions available in green and blasted land red. There is some part reused but it is done well and keeps the cost down. I just with the female figure can with more accessories or more alternate heads for army building.

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Alliance versus Horde?

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Series 2 Orc Conqueror- Female Strategist is available through the Bossfight Studios web store or various online retailers and eBay sellers. Prices and availability may vary.

L to R Aspen, Orc Conqueror, Amazon Archer.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Accord – Soldier or Order

FIght against the Forces of Darkness with the Knights of Accord, from @BossfightStudio and VItruvian H.A.C.K.S.

What can I say about Bossfight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures that I haven’t already? Series 2 is definitely my favourite with the fantasy theme and unique characters. The bios on the back of the packages help to set up their world. This time I am looking at the Knights of Accord, humanity’s last line of defence against the forces of chaos.

Figure in Package
Back of package

The bio tells us that the Knights of Accord are in a weakened state, with most of the high-born leadership falling in an ill advised crusade into the Blasted Lands. Still, the are the largest force in the land and try to keep order and protect the lands, despite not having enough people.

First Tray

The figure is of a human male knight, decked out in silver armour with gold accents. He has a dark grey shirt and pants under his armour. He has a belt with a blue loin cloths draped down for colour. He has two silver and gold pauldron which attach to his shoulders . He also comes with two helmets, one open face with wings on the side and on that can use two different visors. To increase customization, he comes with three heads, one on the body and two extra in the package.

Second tray

Weapon-wise, he comes with a fair bit. He comes with a sword and scabbard, which attaches to his belt. He has a shield, done in a blue, black, grey and gold design. Lastly, he has a hand axe, which is not as intimidating as the one the Knight of Asperity has, but it still looks nice. Rounding out the package is the usual Bossfight Studio stand and an extra set of hands for the figure.

The base figure with the default head
Armoured up with round helmet and visor.

This is a very nice figure. He is made well, the parts stay on well and there is a lot of room for customization. The extra heads make it easy to army build. The amount of accessories does add value to the figure. All the “knight” figures seem to share the same mold, so it is nice that there is so much details on each offering.

Alternate head with winged helmet
Third head, with Knight of Asperity and Fantasy Blank Knight with alternate Asperity head and weapons from Knight and Kings Character Creator Kit (sold separately)

The Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S Series 2: Knight of Accord is available at the Bossfight Studio web store and various online stores and eBay sellers. Check their website for availability and price.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studio, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by myself with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.

Review Bandai Tamashii Nations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

I review @TamashiiNations Marvel Manga Realization Samurai Captain America

Marvel has a history of importing its characters over to Japan. In the 1970’s, Spider-Man saw the most success, with a Japanese version of the character in both the comics and in live action shows (he even had a giant robot!) The 90’s saw the X-Men gaining popularity there, with the Japanese dub of the X-Men cartoon getting an all new opening sequence. The 2000s saw anime adaptations for several characters, including Blade, Wolverine and Ironman. Of course, there are the toys. Many Japanese companies have made action figures, statues and such for the Japanese market, with some of it being imported to the West.

Bandai, through its Tamashii Nations brand has been putting out Marvel products for a while. Similar to what it did with its Star Wars Movies Realization figures, Tamashii Nations have released figures of Marvel characters reimagined as samurai. Despite less of a connection with Japanese culture than Star Wars, these figures perfectly capture the essence of the characters while presenting them in a uniquely Japanese way. These Review is on Samurai Captain America.

The box features a picture of the figures included, with effects painted behind him. The box has mostly Japanese text, with the only English being the characters name on the box. The back has pictures of the character in various poses and showing off some accessories.

Standing at around 7 inches, the figure itself is very nice. The armour’s colour reflects the look of the original character. The helmet is mostly blue with some gold accents, with the wings and the “A” being in silver. He has a mouthpiece that covers where the face would be visible, to make it look like a samurai helmet.. The armour itself is mostly in metallic blue, it being sculpted similar to Captain America’s chainmail costume in the regular version. There is a silver star in the middle of his chest, which is removable and doubles as a throwing star. There is a waist piece that is used to mimic the stripes on his original costume, though on this one they are red and gold. He does have white on his arms around the elbow before being covered by red gloves and arm guards.. The armour extends below the waist, with some dull, dark purplish-blue pieces being underneath. Below that, he has dark blue pats on, matching the blue on the sleeves underneath his shoulder guards. The outfit is rounded off with red armoured boots.

The star on his chest is removeable
Sword and shield fit in his gripping hands. The shield can also plug into the forearm.
extra hands.

He does come with several accessories. Besides the closed fists that are attached, he has two more sets of hands, with one set being gripping hands for his weapons and one set being open hands. Being a Samurai, he comes with a katana, that has a star design in the handle, and a sheathe that attaches to the side. Being a Samurai Captain America, he also comes with a shield. The shield has a Japanese design to it, but reflects the source material with a silver ring near the edge and a blue circle with a star in the center. The figure can either hold the shield by the handle or it can plug into a hole in either arm. It can even be stored on his back.

Shield can plug into the back.

The articulation is good, and is much like the Onmitsu Shadowtrooper I reviewed in January. joints are easy to move but tight enough to stay in you desired position. The figure can stand well on his own and in more action oriented positions. The sword and shield fix in his hands well and the overall figure feels sturdy, which is often the case with import figures.

With Marvel Select Spider-Gwen and Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow.

Overall, this figure is really well done. He is a more visually appealing character than the Shadowtrooper, but that is due to the nature of the characters. He is one of several figures released over the past few years (including Iron Man, War Machine, Spider-Man and Deadpool), all or which look good. Having a patriotic American character such as Captain America done up to look like a samurai may seem a weird fit, but this figure works.

Bandai Tamashii Nations Samurai Captain America is available now from various online retailers and at some EB Games stores in Canada, Figure retails for $109.99 CAD. See stores/online for availability.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bandai, Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, EB Games, or any person or group for this review This item was purchased by me with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me for review purposes.