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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Subscription Box Review- Marvel Collectors Corps Spider-Man Box

I got an surprise email from the fine folks at Smuggler’s Bounty a few week back.  It said that, due to my loyalty and sticking with the sub for over a year, they were going to send me a box from one of the other Funko subscriptions for free.  My first thought was, “Yeah, I like free.” but them it turned to “Oh I hope is isn’t one of the DC boxes I already have.!”  But I lucked out and got one from their other superhero subscription box, the Marvel Collector’s Corp.  I received the Spider-Man box from last August (didn’t think they send me the latest box, anyways), which came last week.  Let us take a look at the contents.

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The mailer box is a brown box with the Marvel Collector Corps logo and the month’s theme clearly labelled on it.  You get a picture of Spider-Man’s mask on top in full colour.  The box is nicer than the DC Legion of Collector’s box in that regard.

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Opening the box, we see the patch and pin for the month.  No surprise the patch has Spidey’s face and the pin is of his spider symbol.  They both look nice and is what we have come to expect from Funko.

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Underneath that flap we get to the rest of the goodies.  First is this comic, a reprint of The Amazing Spider-Man (the latest run, cover dated October 2016, so released in July 16) and is the prologue of the Dead No More story line which they bring back…dead characters.  That happens a lot in Spider-Man books, in particular.  I still think it was cheap for them to bring back Aunt May all those years ago (let her and her wheat cakes rest in peace!)  If you don’t follow Spider-Man or haven’t check in in a while, you may be lost (yes, May married J. Jonah Jameson’s father so he and Pete are step-brothers and Peter’s is like Tony Stark rich) so good luck to you.

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Next is another of Funko’s Pop! Tops.  This grey and blue baseball cap features a Funko-ized Spider-Man logo.  It is adjustable so it should fit up to the most massive of heads.  The underneath of the visor even has a pattern of Marvel and Pop! logos on a red background.

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Next we get a Funko Frabrikations.  These dolls are done in the Pop style with the large heads and small bodies.  The head can rotate and the bottom of the feet are flat so they can stand up unassisted.  They are made pretty sturdy, too.  They are a bit large, so they would tower over your pops.

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Finally we get to the Pop!, which is. surprise surprise, of Spider-Man.  Forgoing the typical Pop! pose, Spidey is posed as he is jumping, ready to spin a web.  He has a clear stand that attacks to his back to keep in up.  He is also a bobble head.

There you have it.  I like all of the Funko boxes that I have got and the Marvel one is just as great.  I am trying to spend less lately, though I probably won’t be getting another sub ( I have a hard enough time letting one of my other subs go!).  But I would wholeheartedly recommend this subscription to Marvel and pop vinyl fans.

The next Marvel Collector Corp box will ship in February 2017.  The new theme will be Super Hero Showdown.  You can subscribe by going to https://www.collectorcorps.com/ .  The deadline is 15 Feb 17.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.  I hope you enjoy this review.

Review: Deadpool

 

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They say Hollywood doesn’t listen to the fans. When the big studios decide to take a beloved franchise and turn it to a movie, they sometimes take secondary characters and mess them up. The fans might cry out because this character has a fairly large following and ask for a movie for that character to fix the issues. Most of the time they studios ignore it. But if there is enough support from an actor with a bit of star power and the studio, already making money off the franchise and character rights, says what the hell, you get a movie like Deadpool.

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds at the titular (anti)hero, a role he (sort of) played in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is considered part of the X-Men film franchise The movie is directed by Tim Miller, which is his first movie as director. The film had been in development since 2004, with Reynolds being attached to star since 2009. It is rated R in the United States and 18A in Ontario, Canada as there is strong language, excessive violence and nudity.

The movie follows Wade Wilson, a down-on-his-luck mercenary getting by on small time contracts. The film references that he was part of a special forces team but doesn’t directly reference Team X (or fit in the X-Men Origin: Wolverine timeline.) His life turns around when he meets Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) an escort who is a messed up as he is. They end up living together for a year before Wade becomes sick. They discover that he has terminal cancer and not long to live. Then it gets worse.

Wade is approached by a recruiter to join a special program that would not only cure his cancer, but give him super human abilities. He leaves Vanessa in the middle of the night, promising himself to return when cured. However, the organization he joined intended to turn him into a mindless super slave to be auctioned off. Wade was injected with a serum to activate dormant mutant genes than tortured by the head scientist, Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrien) and his assistant, Angel Dust (Gina Carino). After a week of torture, his powers manifested (super-healing) but at the expense of his looks and his sanity. He broke out and set fire to the lab but was beaten and left to die by Ajax. But he survived the fire and escaped back to the city.

Deformed and deranged Wade couldn’t bring himself to go back to Vanessa. Hoping that Francis would be able to undo the disfigurement, he embarked on a one man war against his organization. With the help of his friend Weasel and roommate, Blind Al, he starts taking apart Francis’ operation, but his methods have attracted the attention of the X-men, in the form of Colossus and Teenage Negasonic Warhead(?)

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Teenage Negasonic Warhead. No, I’ve never heard of her either.

Deadpool is a hyper-violent movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. Like in the comic books, where he sometimes talk directly to the readers, the Deadpool in the movies sometimes talks directly to the audience, often confusing the characters around him, While the events of the first solo Wolverine movies are not directly referenced (and are, in fact, ignored), there are a few references to it, such as an action figure of that Deadpool and a line about sewing his mouth shut. They also take a shot at Ryan Reynolds’ other superhero movie by having Wade ask that his costume, “not be green. Or animated.” The inclusion of two X-Men help to create the shared universe, with Colossus and Negasonic being used to add humor mostly. There is even a scene (filmed outside Hatley Castle in Victoria, BC) where Deadpool remarks that there are only two X-Men because “Fox cut our budget.”

Deadpool and X-Men fans with love this movie as it get the character right after previously messing him up. Fans who only know the x-Men from the movies might not like the less than serious approach, but in this day and age of overly serious superhero movies, it is nice there is one that can gladly take the piss out of itself and reveal in the absurdity.

Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Screen-Shot-2015-08-07-at-3_26_36-AM.pngI have always thought that the Fantastic Four comic would be the worst comic to adapt into a live action movie. The whole set up was hokey even in the 1960’s: A brilliant scientist, his best friend, the scientist’s love interest and her younger brother launch in to space to observe a rare cosmic phenomena only to be bombarded with cosmic rays and gain unique super powers. They would then form a team (because why not?) to defend the Earth from threats terrestrial, sub-terrestrial, extra-dimensional and from out of this world. And their names ranged from classic (The Human Torch was based on a older character) to simple (Invisible Girl/Woman and Thing are pretty spot on) to downright arrogant (Who calls themselves Mr. Fantastic? He must be a monster between the sheets or Sue would’ve took him down a peg.) Despite this, they are an important part of Marvel’s history so naturally they would try to make a movie . They have done so: One was never released and only exists in bootleg copies and another had faults, but did well enough to spawn a sequel, which did its best considering the main threat was a purple-helmeted planet eating giant, at least in the comics but a Galactus-shaped cloud in the movie. But, in order to withhold the movie right from Marvel’s parent company, Disney, 20th Century Fox release a new Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank. Would this finally get this storied comic book franchise right.

Short answer, no. Long answer, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

The movie follows Reed Richards and Ben Grim in, what I guess, was their senior year in high school (while the actors look way past their teens) So, the set up is similar to the Ultimate Universe version (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. Marvel crapped that away years ago.) Reed’s science project, a interdimensional gate (how is he still in a public school if he is building interdimensional rifts?) gets the notice of Dr Franklin Storm, a scientist who runs an organization that is trying to build a similar device. Reed meets Dr. Storm’s son, Johnny, his adopted daughter Susan and a certain Victor Von Doom, who was working on the institute’s version of the portal. . When the government threaten to take over the project, Reed calls Ben and, along with Victor and Johnny, travel to the place they call Planet Zero. While there, the planet erupts violently, seemingly killing Doom and bombing the other s with radiation. Susan, is in the control room when they teleport back, getting caught in the explosion that follows and getting doused in the same “cosmic rays.” Of course they each develop powers, Reed can stretch, Johnny can emit flames and fly, Sue can turn invisible and has telekinesis and Ben is a super strong rock guy with no genitals. Some are thrilled, some are not (you’d be too if you were rendered a eunuch) and the government wants to you them to rebuild the portal and go back. But someone is waiting for them.

I had a hard time watching this movie. The acting is bad. Not horrible, but you never start to like any of them.. Kate Mara is the worse, with her dead-eye performance making me yearn for Jessica Alba in the role ( and Jessica had more charisma). The rest, well I didn’t feel it. The making them teens make sense, not casting actors in their thirties to plan them was not. Well, most were late twenties but they did not look the part. And, what they did to poor Ben! Was giving him CGI shorts too much for their budget? Or go the Watchman route and have Ben hang out in all his rocky glory? With a name like the Thing, there has always been jokes and speculation about the Thing’s…thing, but to castrate him like this is horrible.

My biggest gripe, however is that they failed to get Doctor Doom right. No movie so far has given us an authentic Doom (Rise of the Silver Surfer came closest, but still fell short.) A little Fantastic Four 101: Doom was not around for the space mission that gave the team their powers. He had no power, save those for his technology (he a bit of a mad scientist) and magic (he’s a double threat!). He was as smart as Reed, but his ego usually gets the better of them (and this against a guy who calls himself “Mister Fantastic!”) His connection to the team was that he knew reed in College and he blames him for an accident that gave him a scar! Surely with that origin, some screen writer could give us a Doom that is a plausible threat, one that would rival Darth Vader in sheer bad assness (and the scene in Empire Strikes Back, where the heroes meet Darth in a banquet hall? Doctor Doom did it first.)

This movie fails as a super hero movie., It fails as a science fiction movie about four friends mutated by cosmic forces. I would not be surprised if Fox shoveled out this movie just to keep the rights to the franchise   While they’ve been doing good with the X-Men franchise as of late, this new version of the FF does not work. They are still threatening a part 2, though fans are hoping they will reach a agreement with Marvel/Disney similar to the one reached with Sony over Spider-Man. They won’t. Fox can be dicks sometimes. Look how long it took the ’60s Batman TV series to be released on DVD. With Marvel disbanding the Fantastic Four in the comics and the movie director disowning the film, 2015 has been a lousy year foe Marvel’s oldest superhero team.  If you want to see the Fantastic Four done right, watch the Incredibles. Or if you have to have Johhny, Ben, Sue and Reed, watch some of the cartoons, preferably the “90 version, not the one with H.E.R.B.I.E  (Not the Love Bug, though they are now owned by the same company…) Even the movies with Chris Evens and Jessica Alba are better (they do have a charm to them,). Don’t watch this one, you will just be sad.

 

1/5

PS Vita Review- Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes

(Note: This review is my opinion only and is not a paid review.  All pictures are taken with my PS Vita and/or my PlayStation TV)

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Black Widow from the Avengers

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes is an open world/sandbox action-adventure game developed with Avalanche Studios and published by Disney Interactive.  It is a sequel to the original Disney Infinity game. The game is available on multiple platforms  including PC and iOS devices.  Like the original, it required the purchase of figurines and “Play Sets” to gain more characters and levels.  This review is for the PlayStation Vita version that was released on 9 May 2015.  This game is PlayStation TV compatible.

The Disney Infinity series is similar to games such as Skylanders at it used collectible figurines to add characters to the game.  Using n Infinity base, you would put the character on it to bring them into the game.  The figurine also tracks the characters stats and level and lets you carry it over to newer versions of the game or into other people’s games.

Sorcerers Apprentice  Mickey (from the first game) can be used in the Toybox
Sorcerers Apprentice Mickey (from the first game) can be used in the Toybox

Unlike Skylanders, there is no core game.  Instead, there are Playsets, which are centered around certain groups of characters (Avengers, Spider-Man and characters from the Spider-Man Unlimited cartoon and Guardians of the Galaxy.)  Only certain figures will work with those levels, though some cam be added by collection cross-over tokens within the playset.   The Playsets from the first game do not work in this game There are also discs called Toybox Games available which have mini games you can play, though only Marvel characters can play in the Marvel levels.

Black Widow in the Avengers Playset
Black Widow in the Avengers Playset

Hulk can play in the Spiderman playset if you collect his cross-over coins.  Yes, he is driving a car.
Hulk can play in the Spiderman playset if you collect his cross-over coins. Yes, he is driving a car.

Gamora in the Asgard Toy Box
Gamora in the Asgard Toybox Game

The other mode is the Toybox, a sandbox game in which you can build and share your own levels..  Using set pieces unlocked in the game or imported through certain hexagonal power discs, you can create your own level and use any Disney Infinity figure from either game.  You can upload your own levels to the Disney Infinity server or download one of the millions available.  The best part is that if you created a level in the first game or on a different system and uploaded it, you can download it on the PS Vita  (or any) version.

The Toybox offers infinite replay value
The Toybox offers infinite replay value

The PS Vita starter set comes with the game, the Spider-Man Playset, an Infinity Base and a special black-suited Spider-Man  The figurine is the  same as the first – figure, except painted to look like he is sporting the black suit he got in the mid 1980’s.  In the game, he is also dressed in black with no differences to his abilities than the red and blue Spidey.  He even shows up in your Infinity Collection (which tracks what figures you’ve used) as the regular Spider-Man.

The PS Vita Starter Set (minus the game)
The PS Vita Starter Set (minus the game)

Now the Infinity Base for the PS Vita version is unique for two reasons.  First is that there is only room for one figure and play set piece.  This is no surprise as only one person can play it on the Vita at a time.  The second unique thing is that the base is wireless.  Since there is no USB plug on the Vita, the base uses Bluetooth to connect with the handheld.  The base is rechargeable and comes with a USB cable to connect to a computer.

Gameplay-wise, the Vita version is the same as the console ones.  It uses the same figures and playsets as the console version.  The graphics  are not as great as on the PS4, but are fine for the PS Vita (though it is more noticeable playing it on the PS TV.)  Some levels with a large amount of enemies may cause a bit of slow down but  game remains playable.

If I have one problem with this version (and I do) it is that for a game on a portable system, it isn’t very portable.  In order the play the game, you must have the base connected via Bluetooth.  This  can drain your Vita’s power very quickly. especially if you have Wi-Fi on as well.  If you were able to load a character and playset up on the base and them save it on the system, you could turn off the base and take the game like most for the system.  Even if you could only enter the pin from the character pack any play in the ToyBox (like on iOS) you could take the game without the base.  This is not a game that you can take with you easily.

Disney Characters are available too.  Too bad there is no Howard to go with Donald
Disney Characters are available too. Too bad there is no Howard to go with Donald

Overall, the PS Vita version of Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes is just as much fun as the home console version.  I always like to see the Vita get more game as there seems to be less and less at the stores.  Unfortunately I don’t think that the next Infinity game will make it to the Vita, which is sad because STAR WARS!  If you have any of the home console versions already, there is not real reason to buy this one, unless you must have a black-suited Spider-Man.  If the PS Vita is the only system you got, get it.  If you are going somewhere and plan to use your PlayStation TV and some figures and playsets, it would be great.  As a game for a handheld system, though, it is not very portable.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes can be bought online in Canada from EB Games for $59.99.  Some physical stores might have copies available.  See your nearest EB Games for details.

3.5/ 5

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