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Monday, June 22, 2009

Marvel Universe – Enter the Ladies!

Picture 025Well…… lady, but in two forms. I’ve finally added the two Ms Marvels to my Marvel Universe collection. These are much anticipated for me for two reasons, firstly because I love the character and secondly because it’s the first female character in the line and obviously important to see in terms of how the female buck for this line is going to turn out.

Overall, the result is outstanding. The detail on these figures really do leave DC Infinite Heroes for dead, and these two figures are a perfect example. The articulation is amazing for this scale, and the level of detail in terms of hair, uniform pieces, is amazing.

Picture 001Classic Ms Marvel shines in her headsculpt and torso which really captures Carol in her classic mode. Unfortunately, mine has a bent right leg, in fact wonky legs in general – not sure if this is a packaging issue or not, however it doesn’t effect her stand-up-ability, just her look. I haven’t had a really good fiddle with them as I’ve just taken them out of the pack, so I may be able to make her look a bit better than she does at the moment.

Modern Age Ms Marvel is a real standout. For starters, her legs are non-wonky, which is a plus. The sculpt of her hair and sash is great for this Picture 006scale. The paint apps on this figure are a little fuzzy at the edge of the boots and the yellow insignia on her chest, but she cuts a fine figure and looks excellent (and in scale) next to her male compatriots.

One plus for these figures is the “blast thing” accessories, which fit on her hands very easily compared to the wobbly power blast versions that came with Human Torch and Iron Fist in the first wave. These are fitted to the sculpt and stick on quite tightly. Good to see some improvements in design and quality from wave to wave, and as always with this line, good to

Picture 011My main concern with this line is the number of repeat characters that seem to be coming out already – several versions of Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolvie, etc. Thankfully I seem to be able to pick and choose, but if these start coming out in too many two or three packs where you already own one or two of the figures, then it’s not value for money. Also a concern is some dreaded retailer exclusives coming up and of course the ridiculous Nick Fury scam (don’t get me started on that one!). If the character selection that’s coming out of DCIH could be combined with the articulation and quality of this line, it would be killer!

I remain drawn in to the line by the fun. the quality, the collectability and the great picture they make together as a group, plus the prospect of the wide character selection that could emerge here. Hasbro certainly seems more committed to this line than the 6”, so I do look forward to what the future holds. but with caution…..

But in the meantime, I’ve got my Ms Marvels!!!!

You can see more Marvel Universe pics at Facebook, discuss this in the Marvel Universe thread at the AFB Forum, and don’t forget and you can have a chance to win the June AFB Comment of the Month Contest by commenting on this post!

Until next time!

12 comments:

TOY GUY said...

Classic Ms MArvel has bad legs - and cankles! Shame cause thos legs ruin what should be a fanststic character... I can't believe you wrote you fiddled with her legs ....

Current Ms M looks great!

Scott said...

I said I was GOING to fiddle... get it straight! ;0)

fishmilkshake said...

She's got wonky legs? Well Superheroing doesn't pay the bills. Anyhoo, I for one am thrilled for the repeat characters, the idea of 6 different Spidey's or Iron Man figs that are essentially a repaint of an existing sculpt once again shows the love Hasbro has for the people who keep them employed. End soapbox rant.

Toy Guy said...

At least with the two Ms Marvels they are different sculpts!!!!!

thats fairly interesting for Hasbro.

Anonymous said...

at least the bum leg on the orginal ms. marvel makes it so she and ms two can still do their cheerleader thing with their blasts

Freak Studios said...

@FMS In my case (and the other people that doesn't repeat figures) Hasbro would be actually taking care of me: "In every wave we'll put some basic repaints of the same figures so people like FS can afford to eat that month"

Thank you Hasbro! The bad thing is that I don't collect this series...

End of pointless argument with my inner voices.

Toy Guy said...

Another point with the repaints is that you can always pick up one version of Spidey or Iron Man that you actually like and ignore the rest!

fishmilkshake said...

Yeah, but it means less original figures per wave and I'll never get that "Shang Chi - Master of Kung-Fu" figure.

Freak Studios said...

I know, and believe me I share your pain. I really really want a Rocket Red 6' figure... But so far, no luck.

Syd said...

Hi Scott, I didn't know how to contact you, so that is why I am posting this in the comments area. I am from India and frankly, except for Transformers & Terminator Salvation, absolutely nothing is available here. I usually collect DC, Marvel and GI Joe action figures from Ebay US, but the shipping price with insurance is tremendously expensive. But luckily, a relative of mine is visiting Australia next week, to Goldcoast to be exact. So I can add a whole lot of action figures to my collection. But unfortunately, I read in your blog that DC Universe Classics is not available in Australia.

But still, I would like to know what series are available over there. Here are the ones that I am interested in:

DC Universe Classics; DC Infinite Heroes; DC Direct; Marvel Legends; Marvel Icons; Marvel Universe; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; 25th Anniversary GI Joe; and McFarlane Movie Maniacs.

So are any of these available in Australia? If so, which toys shops would you recommend to purchase these in, especially in Goldcoast? Hope you could help me out because I really couldn't find anything else on the internet. Thanks.

Alberto Martos López said...

Try to heat those legs with a hairdryer. They will get soft enough to allow you straight them before they cool down.

Iok said...

You may be interested to know they're just released a 3rd Ms Marvel, the Dark Avengers variant.

It initially looks like a simple head-swap from the modern to the classic but it's actually a new sculpt (they just use the same hair.)

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