Throwback Thursday: 1997 Toy Biz Spiderman Web Force Tank Attack Daredevil

The Man Without Fear!

During the 1990’s I spent most of my time in college classes, at the movies, or hanging out with friends. While I did rediscover comic books, I pretty much stopped buying and collecting toys save for the random action figure, die cast car, or sports cards. Toy Biz was one of the few companies that managed to catch my eye during this time. One of the figures that I purchased and still have to this day is Toy Biz’ Spiderman Web Force Tank Attack Daredevil.

I don’t know what happened to the tank accessory over the years. I’m assuming that it was left behind in a dorm room, one of the many apartments that I lived in, or possibly in an old trailer that I lived in until I could afford a home of my own. In any case it is long gone. Apparently it could be broken up into multiple pieces that snapped onto the body of Daredevil. It also had a firing missile

The figure itself was and still is amazing. Daredevil is super articulated (especially for the 1990’s) and can be posed in all sorts of positions. He has no trouble doing the splits or hanging from a cabinet door (like he did in one of my apartments). The only thing that Daredevil can’t do (apart from using his eyes), is hold anything. His hands are molded in to perpetual fists, so he can only shake them in anger at a car that blows its horn at him.

My 1997 Daredevil action figure posing with my 2003 Opening Weekend ticket for the Ben Affleck Daredevil film.

I love this figure. He’s been with me through thick and thin and spent the last two years in storage thanks to Hurricane Laura. I now prominently display him in my office at work. Despite edging close to thirty years of age this figure’s joints are still great. Boy, Toy Biz knew how to build’em.

Do you have this figure or any other figures from this line? Let me know in the comments.

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Marvel Legends Retro Kenner 3.75: 2021 Daredevil and 2021 Electro (Reissue)

The Man Without Fear And A Really Shocking Villain!

Since 2020 Marvel and Hasbro (releasing as Kenner) have produced a collection of vintage carded Marvel superhero and villain action figures with beautiful cardbacks and figures that look like the classic five point of articulation figures of the 1970’s and 80’s but actually feature seven points of articulation. As more of a DC fan, I’ve never really gotten into collecting a lot of Marvel figures except for characters like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Nightcrawler, and good ol’ Doctor Doom. I saw plenty of the vintage figures on pegs at stores, but never pulled the trigger on buying any of them until I recently stumbled upon a couple of them on clearance.

Being a huge fan of Daredevil and also a pretty big fan of the classic looking Electro, I decided to pick up both of these figures at a price that was just a tad bit above half of the original Walmart retail price. Both were released in 2021. The Electro figure is a reissue of the 2020 figure with a different cardback. Both figures come with the previously mentioned seven points of articulation. They have swivel heads, shoulders, hips, and forearms (the two extra POA). The boots look like they are articulated but they are actually glued in place. The paint apps are reminiscent of classic figures from the 70’s and 80’s as well. Both figures have peg holes in their feet and Daredevil, for whatever reason, has a peg hole in his back.

As someone who prefers to open figures, I’ll most likely only buy more of these figures if I find them on clearance. At around twelve bucks apiece retail, they are definitely better suited to collectors who have no intentions of ever freeing these figures from their cardbacks. Younger children will definitely enjoy playing with these figures but would a parent really want to drop twenty five bucks for two figures with limited articulation and only one (or no) accessories? With that in mind, I can only recommend collectors to pick these figures up for their collection.

Thanks for reading my review of these two cool figures. While they might be priced a bit too high for the little ones to enjoy, older fans will definitely love having these figures in their collection. I have one other Marvel figure review coming up later this week, so keep an eye out for that one!

Diamond Select Firestar Gallery Diorama (2021)

Angelica Jones Is On Fire!

1981 was a big year for yours truly. I was five years old, a kindergarten student, and hungry to watch Saturday morning cartoons! Smurfs, Kid’s Super Power Hour With Shazam, Godzilla, Hong Kong Phooey, Tarzan, Superfriends, and more awaited me each and every sleepy Saturday morning. I would sit in front of the television with a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and watch cartoons for hours, completely enamored with them. One cartoon in particular opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Marvel Comics. That show was Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. I was a DC kid through and through at the time, but I was also big into Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and a few other Marvel heroes as well. Seeing Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends introduced me to a number of new characters that I wasn’t aware of at the time. One of those characters was Firestar.

Angelica Jones, better known as Firestar (Fire-Star in the series) was created specifically for the Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends series after attempts to acquire rights for the Human Torch fell through and couldn’t be resolved by production time for the show. She and Iceman teamed up with Spider-Man to fight crimes while attending college together. The series ran for three seasons and produced a one-off comic issue of the same name which was also Firestar’s first comic appearance. She wouldn’t return to the page until May of 1985 when Chris Claremont would write her into Uncanny X-Men #193. John Romita, Jr. did the artwork for the book and Firestar’s costume didn’t stray at all from her television look. Sadly the character failed to, um, catch fire with a lot of comic fans so she spent a lot of time on the backburner until 1989 when she appeared in December 1989’s The Mighty Thor #411 as a founding member of the New Warriors team. Firestar has also been a member of the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hellions over the years.

While she has never had a massive following, her supporters are loyal. I am one of those supporters. I’ve sought out figures of Firestar over the years but never really found one that I wanted to purchase. I finally stumbled across this Diamond Select Firestar Gallery Diorama statuette and I didn’t hesitate to purchase it. The figure is beautiful. She stands about ten inches tall and is captured in flight with a tail of fire coming off of her feet and a pair of fireballs emitting from her hands. The coloring is perfect, with every red, yellow, and orange detail painted to perfection. The statuette is made of PVC. Of special note is the fact that Firestar’s flames are somewhat translucent. This makes for great photographs when using a ring light.

Voiced by Kathy Garver, Firestar/Angelica Jones was one of my earliest kiddie crushes on a female character. Having this Diamond Select Gallery Diorama Statuette of the character brings back a ton of great memories. Although I’m not a huge fan of statuettes and stationary figures, I love this Firestar statuette.

Thanks for checking out my post. I told y’all that I had a special surprise this week and this was it! See you again real soon!

In Defense Of Morbius (2022)

Honestly, Morbius Doesn’t Suck

When Sony/Columbia/Marvel released Morbius earlier this year, there were a ton of poor reviews about the film. Critics and fans alike bashed the origin story saying that it was just another generic superhero movie. They accused it of everything from having a paper-thin plot and dull characters to bad CGI and direction. Then there were folks like this guy who pulled out every ten dollar word that they could come up with to drive home the point of just how much this film sucked. Memes making fun of the film apparently drove Sony to erroneously re-release the movie because they thought that people enjoyed the movie. Yep, the cool kids pulled a fast one on Sony and the critics proved that they had a superior vocabulary.

Me? I don’t get any of the hate…..none of it.

Was the film really that bad? No, it wasn’t. I’m not saying that it was perfect or worthy of an award, but it wasn’t “lifeless,” “toothless,” “soulless,” “Frankensteined,” or “input generic horror/vampire/Universal Monsters reference here.” It was just okay. It was a standard comic book origin story where we get a little bit of background on the hero and the villain, witness the moment that both are “created,” and then see them square off in a CGI-laden battle to finish the film.

Despite the generic plot, director Daniel Espinosa manages to move it all along at a nice clip that doesn’t get boring. He breezes through Dr. Morbius’ youth, establishes our soon-to-be-bloodsucker as a sympathetic character, and then tosses the villain in at just the right moment to keep the pace on the high end. Jared Leto (Morbius), Adria Arjona (Dr. Bancroft), Jared Harris (Dr. Nicholas), and Tyrese Gibson (Stroud) all give solid performances. Al Madrigal (Rodriguez) injects just a hint of humor into the film. Matt Smith hams it up big time as Milo/Lucien, also injecting a little humor into an otherwise serious film.

The CGI was obvious at many points in the film, but thanks to the primarily dark scenes, it doesn’t stick out as poorly as it does in films like Avengers: Endgame or any recent Marvel offerings. It didn’t bother me when the CGI was noticeable. I especially enjoyed how the CGI was used with Morbius’ movements (streamer-styled trails behind him while he was in motion) and his echolocation power. I also really, really loved the music for the film composed by Jon Ekstrand. It’s some of the best music for a Marvel property that I’ve heard in a long time.

As I already mentioned, the film is pretty generic for a superhero movie and this definitely hurts it overall. Milo is something of a thin villain and his final battle with Morbius ends on a soft note, but he provides our hero with the catalyst he needs to become the “good guy” despite being a bloodthirsty monster. There are a few misfires plotwise such as the fact that Dr. Morbius has lunch in public and freely walks around the city despite having his face plastered all over the news as being wanted for murder. There are also plenty of throw away characters in the film who are used for nothing more than to build a body count. I also wish that the film went for an “R” rating instead of “PG-13,” as there was almost no blood or gore in the film.

Morbius isn’t perfect. It isn’t terrible, either. If that means I’m not one of the cool kids because I won’t bash the film then I guess I’m not one of the cool kids. That’s okay, I’ve never been one of the cool kids to begin with, so I’m pretty sure that I’ll survive just fine. Heck, I’ll even go so far as to say that I enjoyed this film more than Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. It had more genuine horror elements in it that weren’t forced and a more believable villain. It also had a much needed serious tone, which is something that has been missing from the MCU for far too long. Also, the supposedly confusing mid-credits scenes weren’t that bad. All they do is establish the fact that the multiverse exists in Morbius’ world and he may or may not get to team up with one of the MCU’s best villains in Vulture. If you’re confused by that, you’ve got a long and difficult journey in front of you with the MCU.

To drive home the point that Morbius isn’t as bad as the naysayers want you to believe, it’s currently the number one film on Netflix. Why? Perhaps morbid curiosity is driving streamers to watch the film? Maybe they wanted to see the film in theaters but decided against it due to the poor reviews? COVID-19 might have kept many would-be filmgoers from checking it out at the cinema because they deemed the film unworthy of potential exposure to the virus? No matter the reason, Morbius is finally finding an audience, and I hope to see him back on the big screen in another film either as a villain or a hero.

Thanks for reading my post. I’m sure that there are plenty of you that disagree with me on this film, so let me have it in the comments section. See you again real soon!

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Three’s A Crowd?????

No, absolutely not. Three isn’t a crowd in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film brings three versions of the beloved Wallcrawler to the big screen in one big film and does a fine job for the most part. There are also five villains to contend with who, surprisingly, work quite well as a whole although a couple of them get shoved to the wayside in my opinion. If you’re looking for my spoiler free review, here it is: If you enjoyed the any of the Spider-Man films that starred any of the three Spideys in this flick, you’re going to enjoy this film. It does a fine job of blending the three heroes and their villains together without getting too confusing. It’s the most solid entry in the MCU since Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well. It’s not the best MCU flick out there, but it is the best one in a long time. Go see it. You won’t regret it.

So there you have it, my spoiler free review. Below this photo of Spidey and MJ, there be spoilers!!!

Spider-Man: No Way Home gives webslinging fans the closure that they deserve with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s respective Spider-verses. The Tom Holland story in this film basically sets up what will most likely be the basis of the plot in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. In the film, Mysterio has revealed to the world that Peter Parker is Spider-Man and, as a result, has pretty much ruined the lives of MJ (Zendaya), Ned (Jacob Batalon), Happy (Jon Favreau), and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), as well as poor Peter. In an attempt to fix things, Peter seeks out the help of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Strange reluctantly agrees to help Peter but while he’s casting a spell to fix things, Peter alters the spell five times. This results in five villains from other universes entering Peter’s world. It also brings along Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man and Tobey Maguire’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Then things get a little bit screwy. Holland’s Spider-Man decides that he’s going to help “cure” the villains from the other universes and send them home where they will apparently arrive alive and well. By doing this, however, he causes even more trouble for his friends and family. He then teams up with Maguire and Garfield in order to cure the villains and then tries to have everything fixed yet again by Doctor Strange. It’s a pretty good plot but it’s also highly predictable.

Predictable, you say? Yes, it’s absolutely predictable. Of the five villains that come through to Peter’s world, I knew right away that Doctor Octopus and Sandman would want to be cured. Why? Because they really weren’t bad guys in their previous films. They were just good people placed into very bad situations. Electro? Oh, he started out as a decent enough guy, but once he tasted the electricity he wanted more of it. I figured that he would go either way in the movie and he did, literally, go from good to bad to good to bad and then good again. Lizard? Poor Lizard was an afterthought in this film. The one guy that I had complete confidence in going rogue was Green Goblin and he didn’t disappoint. Heck, he even went for the killshot on Aunt May (triggering some Maguire-like vengeance in Holland) and tried unsuccessfully to finish off Maguire’s Spider-Man. Does that mean that I disliked the film? Nope. I really enjoyed it. It was fun to see all three Spideys back on the screen and I loved seeing all of the villains return. But there were a few problems with the film.

Before I get into those problems I want to address some of the good things in this film. I’ve already mentioned how much I enjoyed seeing all of the Spider-Men and the villains back on the screen, but there were a lot of other good things about this film. First and foremost, the cast was strong. Zendaya has grown into her version of MJ. I didn’t care for her performance in Homecoming but she has impressed me in both of the sequels. She delivered one of the best performances in the bunch. Garfield comes in a close second and Maguire isn’t too far behind him. Of the villains, Willem Dafoe had the meatiest part as Green Goblin and he was given a lot more to do in this film than in his Maguire flick, but I can’t deny that Alfred Molina (Doc Ock) and Thomas Haden Church (Sandman) both did brilliant jobs as their respective villains. Electro was much better this time around but Jamie Foxx still seemed a bit off as the character. Rhys Ifans didn’t have much of anything to do in this film except to growl a bit and be the butt of a few dinosaur jokes.

I also enjoyed the action in this film. The CGI was obvious for pretty much the entire film, but the story held up enough that I looked beyond the film’s computer-generated shortcomings. I also liked many of the Easter eggs that popped up in the film. My favorite was the “Ditko” graffiti. I’m not going to tell you were it was because I want you to find it for yourself. I also enjoyed seeing Charlie Cox reprise his role as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Many of the film’s scenes also hearkened back to the films of Maguire and Garfield. I enjoyed many of them but a few of them were pretty heavy handed. I also have to admit that with all of those Spideys and all of those villains running around, the film managed to stay fairly straightforward with ample time given to almost all of the characters. Perhaps the thing that I enjoyed the most is that with Peter no longer known by anybody as Spider-Man, the whole “Stark Industries supplies Spider-Man with all of his suits” business is done! That’s one of the biggest hang-ups that I have had with Holland’s Spider-Man. Overall it was a very good flick but some of the misfires bugged me.

Number One: Who in the heck was in charge of Benedict Cumberbatch’s hair and goatee???? They looked terribly fake on the screen.

Number Two: Why was there so much talking and “witty” banter between everyone all of the time? It’s funny when the Spideys all interact but it gets a bit long in the tooth as it continues throughout the film.

Number Three: We got five villains from the other Spider-verses but we had zero new baddies in Holland’s world unless you count Tom Hardy’s Venom in the mid-credits scene or MIT’s admissions department in the beginning of the film.

Number Four: Speaking of Venom, where was Topher Grace’s version???? I completely hated that character in Spider-Man 3 but it would have been wonderful to see him vindicated in this film. Plus, we could have had a decent Sinister Six outing in the movie.

Ultimately the good outweighs the bad in this film. On the surface it is your typical MCU film, generalized enough for mass audiences and film-only fans of Marvel who will wax (fairly recent) nostalgic about the heroes and villains of past versions of the character. It also contains just enough Easter eggs to appease fans of the actual comic books but also plenty that will make film-only fans feel “in the know” like comic readers. It gives the aforementioned closure to most of the villains introduced in the previous films of Garfield and Maguire as well. It’s a good film that deserves most of the accolades that it will most surely receive. It’s far from perfect but it’s the best Marvel film to come along in a long time in my opinion.

Thanks for reading my review. Please leave a comment whether you agree or disagree with me. I know that there are a ton of people out there that love this film wholeheartedly. That’s absolutely fine with me. I’m glad that they love it that much. I just hope that folks can look at this film beyond all of the hype and the rose-colored reviews that I’ve read so far. It’s good but it definitely isn’t perfect.

Marvel Legends Series: Marvel’s Katy

Hopefully this review isn’t too “Awk” ward, cough, cough……

I happened to be strolling the aisles of my local Target the other day when I noticed that the Marvel Legends Series Shang-Chi figures were on clearance. Having collected all of the figures in the Build-A-Figure line from the film (all of which I reviewed in my blog), I thought it pointless to even look at what Target had to offer. I was wrong. The Target exclusive Katy figure was never really on my radar. I just wanted to grab the heroes for the Mr. Hyde build and go on about my day. However, with a clearance price of just $6.89 (just over one dollar per inch of the figure) and the fact that Morris was featured as an accessory, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge on the figure.

Not much is known about Katy. She’s a new character in the film and based on the brief moments that I’ve seen her in the trailer, she’ll probably be comic relief. The fact that she comes with a bow, arrows, and a quiver as accessories makes me think that she might actually be a protector in disguise. I guess I’ll find out soon enough in September!

The first thing I noticed about this figure was it’s amazing likeness to Awkwafina. The gang at Hasbro nailed her look. Her robe and belt is nicely done as well. I’m especially fond of the belt. As with many of the other figures in this line, the robe greatly hinders Katy’s poseability. Her left leg can barely move due to the robe and her right leg has a little more freedom thanks to a slit down the side. Her arms move well enough, but her right elbow popped right out of the socket while I was posing her for photos.

Due to the restricted legs on the figure, posing Katy is very limited. I had to tilt her back at the waists to balance her for many of the photos, making the figure look a bit awkward. Her pegs in her heels are also very short, which means the NECA stands that I had on hand didn’t fit her well enough to allow her to stand in any other fashion than straight with a tilted back. This makes me glad that I was able to get the figure at a discounted price.

The primary reason that I broke down and purchased the figure was for one accessory. Katy comes with an extra set of hands, a quiver, a single arrow, and a bundle of arrows. She also comes with Morris. I don’t know how Morris will factor into the film, but rumor sites and hard thinking fans believe that he might be a DiJiang. According to cryptidz.fandom.com, a DiJiang is “a mountain patron god in Chinese mythology” who “lives in a perpetual state of confusion and causes chaos wherever it goes.” In the MCU, I’m betting that Morris will most likely cause a ton of comical chaos as that is basically Marvel’s MO in films.

Morris has no articulation. He’s basically a hunk of plastic not unlike the old Snarf figure that came with Lion-O way back in the day. Morris has six legs, is chubby, and has four wings where his head should be. He’s definitely a bizarre little creature but I really like his look. The rest of the accessories are okay. The quiver sits awkwardly across Katy’s body and never really settles into place. It does hold the bundle of arrows securely. The included hands are closed fists.

While Katy will never be a favorite figure of mine, I do like her overall look, especially her likeness to Awkwafina. I just can’t see paying full price for a figure that has such hindered mobility and poseability. Maybe Hasbro will release new molds of some of the figures, Katy included, after the release of the film that won’t have limited movement.

This is the first MCU flick that I’ve been excited about in a long time. Hopefully the characters are as good in the film as they look in figure form. Keep an eye out for my review of the film soon after its release. Thanks for checking out my review of the Katy figure from the Marvel Legends line. I have a really special figure review coming very, very soon!

Those Basic Figures….

When you need to be rescued in the checkout lane….

Hasbro, Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney know just how to market toys to children and their parents. Some parents plunk down ten to twenty bucks for a hunk of plastic that won’t receive more than ten minutes of attention from a kid. More frugal parents will hold out on their kid until they get to the checkout lane at the store where Hasbro has some cheaper figures with bright colors and limited articulation. You know what figures I am talking about. You’ve probably picked up a few of them over the years for yourself or for your children. Most of them have three points of articulation: a swivel neck and two swivel shoulders. A couple of them swivel at the waist. A few of them come with an accessory. For the most part, these figures are just for decoration but they do have their merits.

One of the best things about these figures is their price point. For about five dollars you can own Captain America, Thor, Din Djarin, Luke Skywalker, or even Thanos or Darth Vader. Almost all of the figures are the same height. With the exception of Grogu (Baby Yoda), all of the figures that I’ve seen are six inches tall. Grogu is scaled to match Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) but the Hulk, Thanos, and the Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man are all the same scale as figures like Spider-Man and Black Panther.

Another excellent thing about these figures is that despite their limited articulation, younger kids can get quite a bit of playtime out of them, especially on a road trip. With almost no accessories to worry about losing, parents can toss a few of these figures into the back seat with the kids and let them go on a mini adventure. If one of them happens to get broken, it’s not a big deal since you’re only out five bucks.

My personal favorite thing about these figures is how amazing many of them look. Din Djarin and Thanos are two of my favorite figures. They look great. The paint apps are wonderful and the overall design of the figure is extremely appealing. Sure, there are a few paint apps on some of these figures that are atrocious (I’m looking at you, Luke Skywalker and Iron Man), but for the most part they are wonderful to put on display.

These figures probably won’t be worth much as the years go by due to the fact that you can find them in almost every major department store. Plus, they use the same molds over and over and only change the design on the boxes. They just recently released an entire line of Star Wars figures and almost all of them are the same molds and paint apps on the same old figures that have been released multiple times over the years. The newest figures in the line appear to be Grogu and Din Djarin, which makes sense due to the fact that they are two of the newest Star Wars characters.

I enjoy collecting these figures. I know exactly what I’m getting and haven’t been disappointed yet. If I’m ever down in the dumps, getting one of these figures lifts my spirits. I don’t know what it is about them that I love so much. They are just fun to have around and display. I know a lot of “collectors” scoff at these cheap figures, but they have an appeal that cannot be denied. Plus, they are an excellent option for families on a budget or for stressed out parents in the checkout lane.

Thanks for reading my post. See you again real soon!

Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure: Mr. Hyde!

“Now it’s time for Mister Hyde!”

The Marvel Legends Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings Build-A-Figure line features six pretty good figures. The line includes four figures from the upcoming Shang-Chi film (Shang-Chi, Wenwu, Xialing, Death Dealer), an A.I. Tony Stark, and Civil Warrior from Contest of Champions. Collect all six figures and you get the necessary parts to assemble Mister Hyde.

Since this is the first Build-A-Figure that I’ve ever completed, I don’t have any other figures to compare it to except for the standard Marvel Legends line. In that case, this figure is roughly 1.5″ to 2″ taller than all of the figures in the line needed to assemble it. The parts snapped together with a fair amount of ease although I did have a little trouble getting the right leg to lock into place.

When fully assembled, the figure has articulation similar to other figures in the line. The only gripes that I have about the figure is the wonky right leg and some stiff elbow and knee joints.

The figure itself looks awesome. I love the green suit and red bow tie. I also love Mister Hyde’s cane, which features dents and scratches that make it look like it is battle worn and ready to pound any would-be heroes into a pulp.

I really like this figure. It has some weight to it and it looks great on my shelf at work. I might have to invest in another Build-A-Figure soon if one pops up that catches my interest.

Thanks for reading my post. More fun, including a super special figure review, is coming soon!

Marvel Legends Series: Death Dealer

Who is the mysterious Death Dealer?

Marvel has definitely stirred up quite a bit of interest in its upcoming film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, by injecting the mysterious Death Dealer into the film’s first full-length trailer. Not only does the character look awesome, we also get to see how the Death Dealer has apparently been a part of Shang-Chi’s life for a long time. In the comics, the character only had a short run in Master of Kung Fu (1982). Known as Li Ching-Lin, the character was an MI6 agent and worked for Fu Manchu, the father of Shang-Chi. If you’ve seen the trailer, you already know that Wenwu is Shang-Chi’s father in the film and he’s also the Mandarin, so that makes the Death Dealer even more mysterious. With his predominantly deep blue costume, Kabuki-styled mask (yes, I know Kabuki is Japanese), ponytail, and throwing knives in tow, I have a feeling that Death Dealer might just become the Boba Fett of the MCU.

Ultimately the Death Dealer’s role doesn’t matter even if he turns out to be a chump in the film, because he’s definitely the coolest figure in the Mr. Hyde Build-A-Figure line. The detail on this figure is awesome. The amazing mask has eyes that are piercing. The detail work on the arm guards is on point, especially the tassels at the elbow. There are also great details on the boots, belt, and robe. This figure just looks great.

As amazing as this figure looks, there is one slight problem with it. While the robe doesn’t hinder the poseability of the Death Dealer as much as the Wenwu figure in this line, it does limit posing somewhat. That doesn’t bother me very much but I felt the need to mention this one slight issue with the figure.

The accessories for the Death Dealer include the left arm of Mr. Hyde and a pair of “action” hands. One hand is featured throwing two knives and the other hand features a knife about to be thrown. While these don’t seem like very many accessories, they are definitely the best looking ones in this line. Plus, I’ve come to expect a lack of accessories in the Marvel Legends series as a whole. It’s probably my biggest gripe with the entire line of figures from Hasbro.

If I was only going to buy one figure in the Mr. Hyde/Shang-Chi line, Death Dealer would be the figure that I would purchase. Wonderful coloring, excellent accessories, and an overall awesome look sets this figure apart from the rest of the line. I can look beyond the posing issues with this figure because it just looks great. I highly recommend this figure.

With the acquisition of Death Dealer, I have all of the necessary components to build Mr. Hyde. Be on the lookout for a review of that figure very soon. Thank you for checking out my post. Let me know in the comments if you are collecting any figures from any line by Hasbro. I’d love to hear your opinion on them. I’d also appreciate any ideas for future posts. Don’t forget to share any of my posts that you like and let your friends know about my blog!

Marvel Legends Series: Wenwu

Will the real Mandarin please stand up?

Apparently Wenwu will be revealed as the real Mandarin in the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings film. Marvel has teased us with Mandarin hints, winks, and nods across all of the MCU so far, so it will be interesting to see if we finally get the real deal in the new film. In any case, I’m excited to see this film. It’s the first Marvel movie that I’m actually eager to see in a long time. Tony Leung will portray Wenwu/Mandarin in the movie.

Of all of the figures in Marvel’s Mr. Hyde Build-A-Figure set, Wenwu is the most disappointing. I’m not complaining about the look of the figure. He actually looks pretty awesome. I’m disappointed with the figure’s articulation. He features all of the same articulation as the other figures in this line, but due to his robe, armor, skirt, or whatever the proper name is for it, he lacks major mobility.

The figure is severely limited as far as posing his legs is concerned and it’s really sad because the figure looks great otherwise. The attention to detail is very nice. I’m especially fond of the buckle on his belt and the design of his armor. The paint apps look great for the most part, although the ten rings that are on Wenwu’s arms didn’t seem to receive as much attention as the rest of the figure.

As far as accessories are concerned, Wenwu comes with two extra pairs of hands, a handheld weapon, and Mr. Hyde’s right arm and walking cane. The handheld weapon is difficult to get into Wenwu’s hands, so I prefer to display the figure without it. Hyde’s cane and arm look awesome and I can’t wait to take a closer look at that figure once I’ve collected all of the pieces.

Reviewing this figure hurts, as I really like his look overall but hate the fact that the articulation is hindered so much that Wenwu is limited to standing poses with his arms in a defensive position. I really wish that soft goods had been used as part of the robe to allow more poseability.

I have one more figure to review in this line before I get to the big baddie, Mr. Hyde. Keep an eye out for an upcoming Death Dealer review as he’s the last figure that I have to get my hands on in order to complete my first Build-A-Figure! I do recommend grabbing Wenwu as he is a pretty awesome looking figure. Don’t plan on posing him very much, however.

Thanks for checking out my review. I plan on reviewing some classic horror very soon, so keep an ear to the rail for that one! See you all very soon!