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  1. From this list I'd most like to see the following: Wonder Man (in either his first costume or black turtleneck/red jacket combo) Nighthawk Dormammu Batroc Grim Reaper It does seem strange that characters like Storm, Beast, Psylocke, Cannonball and most of the X-Universe characters on this list older than 20 years were included at all. One would think they have a much better chance of being made than many of the characters already scheduled for release. Seriously... Does anyone really expect this line or the companion Wolverine line to go on for a long time without some version of Mystique regardless of how fans vote? If so, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to show you that I just know you'll be dying to buy from me. Firelord seems such a logical repaint for the lame "Kinda flamed off Johnny Storm" figures in this line and the ML FF wave that it's kind of crazy that it hasn't happened yet. Strange list.
  2. Series 1 Captain America is no "worse" than its Face-Off counterpart. Face-Off Cap is a very accurate rendition of the way the character has been rendered since about 2001 (thick chest and shoulder mail, a belt festooned with bulky pouches, visible stitching on his costume, etc.), whereas Toybiz Marvel Legends Series 1 Cap is a great rendition of the more "stripped-down" look Cap had sported from 1964-2000. Series 1 Cap is a considerably older sculpt, but it holds up quite well and looks much better in... say, a display of Silver or Bronze Age Avengers than its Face-Off cousin. Remember, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Toybiz had undeniably made great strides in areas like detail of sculpting and the integration of many points of articulation into their figures without ruining said sculpts. That said, many of their earlier releases hold up quite well against the more recent releases. I can think of very few Marvel Legends figures (or unique character figures from the various "Classics" lines) that could be considered "obsolete".
  3. Mindless ones would be sweet!! Would never have thought of them.... If they put one out as a single carded figure odds are I would pick up a couple & then maybe more on clearances. WOuld not go crazy with them though since we only see them during lil adventures with the defenders which are few and far between & ... I don't even know who half of those bugers are!! I'd have to see pics & then I'd most likely go "ohhhhhhh" Not a problem, synch. Many of these races are pretty obscure in the modern-day Marvel Universe. - The Dire Wraiths are a genetic offshoot of the Skrulls that hail from a planet called Wraithworld in "The Dark Nebula". The females of this race are powerful magic users. You can read more about the Wraiths at Wikipedia. - The Space Phantoms hail from the planet Phantus. Unlike most alien races, the Phantoms mastered the science of time travel rather than space travel. They are most often seen as servants of Immortus, who has granted the Phantoms in his employ the ability assume the form of living beings. The beings impersonated by the Phantoms are shunted off into one of Marvel's many "Limbos" for the duration of the time that the Phantom maintains their disguise. These beings are returned from Limbo when the Phantom changes disguise or reverts to its true form. You can read a short write-up about the Space Phantoms at Rapsheet. - The Badoon are a reptilian alien race far older than even the Kree or Skrulls (though they were later than those races in discovering interstellar travel). This race is unique in that its primary enemy is itself. The Badoon race is built on a gender schism so severe that males and females of this race do not even live on the same world. Badoon males are warlords and soliders while Badoon women are scholars and pacifists. The Marvel Database has a nice little write-up on The Badoon, complete with pictures. - The Lava Men are one of a few subterranean races living in the Marvel Universe. It is thought that they were on of the first products of genetic testing and engineering of cells from early humans by The Deviants. The Lava Men display a variety of heat-based powers. You can find out more about this race at The Marvel Directory. - The "Stone Men from Saturn", or Kronans, are a race of 8-foot tall, silicon-based creatures that hail from the planet Ria (their closest outpost to Earth was one of Saturn's moons). A small band of these aliens were the featured enemies in the very first Thor story published by Marvel (Journey Into Mystery #83, 1962). The Kronan named Korg is currently a member of King Hulk's "Warbound" in the stories "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk". The best write-up this race that I've seen is at The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. - The Toad Men are a race of spacefaring conquerors (geez, how many races like this does Marvel have?). They are a race of 4-foot tall reptilian beings with access to high-tech weaponry who, in a staggering display of good judgement, decided it would be a good idea to mess with The Hulk before taking over Earth. They made my list more for being a neat visual and because of their history with early Marvel than their status as a true threat. You can read a short write-up chronicling their first appearance at the always-awesome Monster Blog. - The Alpha Primitives are essentially a mindless worker race that were created to serve the Inhumans. They are most often seen acting as shock troops for Black Bolt's brother, Maximus the Mad. You can read more about them at The Marvel Directory. Hope this helps.
  4. The Invaders, Agents of Atlas, the Marvel Monsters and Marvel Westerns specials from a few years back all have played heavily with Marvel's "pre-"Marvel" past, as has any book featuring Namor or Captain America (Avengers, Defenders, etc.). Defenders also boasts the distinction of counting Hellcat among their members, a woman who headlined her own comic 16 years before FF #1 even hit newsstands. Any post-1961 comic featuring the Yellow Claw, Fin Fang Foom, Bucky, Citizen V, the android Human Torch, Toro, the original Black Knight and many others would also qualify as having their roots in Golden or early Silver Age "Marvel". Marvel was simply the last in a long list of names for the comics company owned by Martin Goodman and managed by Stan Lee. Their first comics were sold under the "Timely" banner in 1939 and they were known primarily as "Atlas" during the 1950s, but they're all the same company: Marvel.
  5. Of the ones listed, definitely A.I.M. agents. Of course, I'd rather have members of any one of the many alien, magical and/or mutated races that seem to litter the Marvel Universe. Folks like: - The Skrulls - The Kree - The Dire Wraiths - The Space Phantoms - The Badoon - The Lava Men - The "Stone Men from Saturn" - The Toad Men - The Mindless Ones - The Alpha Primitives - The Moloids (both kinds) - umm... Madrox? Well, you get the idea. The MU is a vast playground fueled by roughly 70 years of stories. Lets not limit ourselves to misguided humans in bad suits.
  6. FF Classics Dragon Man FF Classics Kang FF Classics Super Skrull If we were allowed more, I'd add the Spider-Man "Fearsome Foes" boxed set Rhino, Vulture and Lizard to that list, too. Granted, the FF Classics figures were a lot rarer than the "Fearsome Foes" set (especially here in Canada, where they weren't distributed at all), but all of these figures are great and really deserve to find places in the collections of more Marvel fans.
  7. Repacks: Fearsome Foes Vulture Fearsome Foes Lizard Fearsome Foes Rhino Re-dos: Hobgoblin (preferably one that doesn't tower over Spidey) Mysterio (1970s-era, "marble" head, no power action or buttons/switches) Shocker (with fully-articulated arms) Electro (see above) Kraven (slightly bigger and more dangerous-looking than the two we have) Man-Wolf (no gimmicks, with neck articulation) Morbius (classic 1970s outfit, no rubber-face) Spider-Man 2099 (full articulation, please) New figures: Villains: The Enforcers 1980s Beetle Will 'O' The Wisp The Rose Hammerhead The Answer Molten Man Frog-Man J. Jonah Jameson The Jackal (1970s) Vermin Rocket Racer Sin-Eater The Fly Speed Demon Black Fox Basilisk Spider-Man variants: Six-armed Spider-Man Spider-Lizard (from PPTSSM #40, March 1980) Spider-Man II (Ben Reilly) Geez. I'm not asking too much, am I?
  8. Avengers Forever (might be the only way I can get a damned Kang) Thor: Eternals Saga Agents of Atlas Kree/Skrull War and a big fat second for Starlin's original Warlock saga.
  9. Top five Marvel heroes: 1. Captain America 2. Thing 3. Hulk 4. Namor 5. Howard the Duck (only if written by Steve Gerber) Top five Marvel villains: 1. Doctor Octopus 2. Loki 3. Kang 4. MODOK 5. Baron Helmut Zemo (only if written by Fabian Nicieza) And, as a bonus - Top five Marvel teams: 1. Avengers circa 1965 (Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver) 2. Masters of Evil circa 1964 (Baron Heinrich Zemo, Enchantress, Executioner, sometimes Wonder Man) 3. X-Men circa 1963 (Professor Xavier, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, Iceman) 4. Avengers circa 1985 (Captain America, Captain Marvel II, Wasp, Hercules, Namor, Black Knight III) 5. Fantastic Four circa 1961
  10. I found the SM3 villians wave at a local Zellers department store in BC, Canada today. A few thoughts: - Yes, this line is in 5-inch scale, which isn't such a bad thing. Most of the villain designs are either movie-inspired, Ultimate universe-inspired or otherwise "non-canonical" to the way the characters look in the mainstream Marvel U, meaning that most collectors picking up this line wouldn't be shelving them with their SMC or ML collections in the first place. Also, all of the villain characters in this wave have had at least one "definitive" super-articulated figure to their name in either Toy Biz's ML or SMC lines, so I doubt many tears will be shed about the size difference between these guys and the previous lines of figures. Being a long-time Star Wars and Joe collector, I tend to prefer smaller-scale figures anyway. - No, they are not nearly as articulated as the 6-inch scale figures we've become accustomed to. Whether the articulation took a hit in favor of the inclusion of action features or not I leave to you guys and gals to debate. Using Lizard as an example, there are 20 useful points of articulation: - single-hinged knees - peg-and-swivel "ball joints" (think of the shoulder joints on a Star Wars Clone Trooper figure) at the shoulders, elbows and hips - hinged jaw - swivel waist and wrists - three single-hinged joints on the tail, only two of which can be used for posing. The hinge joint at the tail's base holds the spring for the "tail whipping action" Altogether this isn't a bad amount of moving parts for a 5-inch figure. However, the figure's leg joints render the figure very difficult to stand. The inclusion of either a lateral swivel joint at the top of the figure's thighs or even ball-jointed ankles would have done wonders for this figure's stability (though the latter would have pretty effectively ruined a really nice sculpt). - The tail-whip works really well and is actually suprisingly powerful. Yes, the action feature renders the figure's tail incapable of any real poseability, but it also isn't triggered by any huge and unsightly switch or button on the figure's back or side like we've seen on some past SM figures, so it's all good. - The sculpt on the Lizard is really quite fabulous. A prefect blend between Ditko/Romita's classic version of the character and the more "extreme" versions that different artists have played around with since McFarlane's "crocodile man" version. - Hasbro has gotten a lot of flak for the fact that they seem to use less paint applications on their Marvel figures than Toy biz did. That's definitely true as far as these figures go, as well. Of course, the paint used here is all applied neatly and crisply with no slop and no paint-frozen joints. Me, I prefer a figured that's painted well to a figure that's painted a lot, but you mileage may vary. Those who miss the days of the paint-washed Toy Biz Marvel figures will be happy to hear that SM3 Lizard sports a pretty nice-looking paint wash on his lab coat and undershirt. - If Lizard is any indication, Hasbro is using not only modern Star Wars-style articulation on these SM3 figures, they also seem to be making them using the same PVC they use for their modern Star Wars figure. The SW articulation on this figure is really great, as it gives the figure a good range of movement with only minimal breaks in the sculpt. The SW PVC is great for a 3.5-inch figure, but a tad too soft for a 5 or 6 inch figure, especially one as top-heavy as Lizard. - The only accessories that come with Lizard are two pieces of silver-grey webbing that are meant to act as a web-muzzle and a pair of web-cuffs. Nothing overly exciting, but they fit the figure really well and the kids will probably get a pretty big kick out of them. Geez. This turned into a complete review pretty quickly, didn't it? Okay. In short: SM3 Lizard? Cool figure, but not without it's flaws. Don't buy one expecting a smaller ML figure or you will be disappointed.
  11. Simple. I don't buy figures I don't want. There have been a couple of the BAFs I would love to own, but I can't justify the purchase of an entire wave of figures to get them when I might only want one or two. The whole thing is simply a (very successful) cash-grab for Toy Biz, and it's a pretty smart move from a business standpoint. I just refuse to play that game.
  12. Snapper1973


    ML3 had an Affleck Daredevil. Movie Bullseye was never made.
  13. Giant-Man had at least three other costumes that you could customize. They range from the simple (Avengers vol. 1 #2) to the more challenging (Avengers vol. 1 #15 or Avengers vol. 3 #1). You could also do either "classic" Goliath (which sounds like the one you're shooting for), the later versions of Goliath (Pym, blue with antennae or red and blue with antennae) or the villainous Goliath (originally Power Man, currently Atlas). Gotta love a character with so many costumes and identities. Keeps a customizer busy. Some non-Pym uses for Giant Man? With a bit of creative resculpting he could make a dandy Awesome Android, Kree Sentry or Living Tribunal. Maybe you make your own Growing Man to compliment the forthcoming FF Classics Kang?
  14. The only characters left that actually deserve the title of "Marvel Legends" that have yet to be made are: - Quicksilver. Original Brotherhood member, Avenger with Cap's all-reformed villain "replacement team, son of M. Why hasn't this guy been made yet? - Mole Man. Granted, he's not the most dynamic-looking Marvel villain, but he was the very first Marvel villain. That's gotta count for something. - Rick Jones. Sure, he's more of a supporting character, but I can't name another supporting character that has been such an omnipresent personality in this or any other fictional universe. He led the Teen Brigade, was an honorary Avenger, was the focal point of both the Kree-Skrull and Destiny Wars, was sidekick to Captain America and ROM, was bonded to two different Captain Marvels, to say nothing of the fact that he was the very reason we have a Hulk or an Avengers (at least as much as the Gamma bomb or Loki, at least). This guy is the Marvel Universe and I think that his Marvel Legends figure is long overdue. Though I can see why Toy Biz is reluctant to release what is, essentially, an action figure depicting a buff, mostly naked man, a green-Speedoed Namor is long overdue. Give him a bunch of removeable battle armor if you're really such a gaggle of nervous Nancies, Toy Biz. Just make him, already. Other characters begging for figures that are closer to their comic book analogues are Ultron and Magneto (why so buff?). Of course, if we just got a Mad Thinker/Awesome Android or Devil Dinosaur/Moon Boy set I'd be perfectly satisfied. That's probably just me, though.
  15. Now I know we won't exactly be hurting for Marvel product as ToyBiz crams enough toys at us to cover at least two years' worth of product before Hasbro begins their stewardship over these licenses but I found myself really looking forward to the upcoming FF Animated style figures shown at Toy Fair. I'm a big fan of the "animated look" sported by Bandai's Teen Titans Go! and Mattel's JLU figures. I loved the old "Avengers: United They Stand" figures and have long wanted to see more Marvel characters done in a similar fashion. Suffice to say (though I might just be the only one), I was really looking forward to picking up the whole animated FF series when it hit retail. From what I can tell, Wave one is still slated for release this summer. Sadly, it appears that Wave two is not. We get a cool cartoony-styled Skrull and Doom, but no cool, cartoony Hulk, Doom-Bot, Mole Man and BAF monster (to say nothing of the other half of the freakin' team). So sad I am.
  16. I'd much rather see DCD tackle a new/continued Super Powers line (5-inch tall figures with 7 points of articulation and built-in power action features), but a BTAS line sounds good, too. Damn... I really would love to see some new SP figures. Still the greatest superhero line ever made.
  17. Hank Pym (new mold, preferably as Yellowjacket with a 2-inch Yellowjacket and a build-a-figure "giant" Yellowjacket piece packed in). Wasp (new mold, in either the 1986-era John Buscema uniform or the recent black and yellow uniform with a 2-inch Wasp and a build-a-figure "giant" Yellowjacket piece packed in). Loki (with either the horned helmet or the square-winged Simonson-era headgear) Quicksilver (classic costume in blue rather than green) Tigra (though given her... um... "revealing" costume, I can see why she won't make the cut) Black Knight (Dane Whitman, 1986 Buscema look) Kang the Conqueror There are quite a few others, naturally. I'd just be happy if Toy Biz would institute a common system to select the characters for each wave. The build-a-figures and bases/vehicles should alternate waves. Each seven figure wave should feature: - Two X-Universe characters - Two female characters - At least two villains - One "First Appearance" figure - One "Fan's Choice" figure - Only one Iron Man, Hulk or Wolverine per wave if Toy Biz feels they absolutely has to keep making variants of these characters - No "movie-style" characters - No Spider-Man characters (Why waste villains on ML when SMC is traditionally so Spider-Man heavy?) No more waves with a Hulk and an Iron Man variant in the same wave (excluding the first wave, of course). No more overwhelmingly X-centric waves (ML 6, 10). No more "villainless" waves (ML 4). The "Fan's Choice" figures would ensure that some non-"franchise" characters like Howard the Duck, Man-Thing, Nick Fury and others continue to get made and get a moment to shine. The best part is that almost all of the above criteria can be mixed together when used to select characters. For example, Madam Hydra (Viper) would fill one "Two female characters" slot and one "At least two villains" slot. Blink would match the "Two female characters", "Two X-Universe characters" and One ""Fan's Choice" figure" criteria.
  18. The Ramones! Public Enemy. Beastie Boys. Willie Nelson. Weird Al Yankovic.
  19. The Beatles (Abbey Road-era). The Sex Pistols. Henry Rollins. Devo. GWAR. Frank Zappa. David Bowie (Ziggy makeup).
  20. Jeph Loeb. Then Jeph should hit Jim with a folding chair. Seriously, I'd like to see Jim Lee do a short stint on The Flash as long as he can meet the deadline and DC leaves Jeph Loeb at home.
  21. @loll@ @loll@ @loll@ @loll@ @loll@ @loll@ Kyle? DEEP? Wow. Thanks for the best laugh Ive had all day. Evidently you don't read your own posts. Way to keep that 'open mind' you keep telling me about, by the way. Look, if you want to spend your money in a endless cycle of empty retreads with the same familiar faces, be my guest. But why the hell should I have to pay for something I merely 'tolerate'? Whether I have an open mind regarding the return of a fictional character is irrelevant to the subject at hand, as I don't have the kind of editorial pull to stop it. I do, however, pay the same amount for each issue of GL that you do, and therefore have as much right to share my opinion about what goes on in the book as you do. I don't think my views mark me as closed-minded, but as long as you're not buying my weekly books for me, I'll stick with my own standards of what I'd like to see in them, thanks. By the way, this is not insulting (unless it hits you too close to home): That does it. You wanna be insulting? Fine. Ill play it your way. I tried to get along. What is insulting is conversing with someone who assumes that because you don't agree with his views, it must be because you don't understand him. I don't need you to repeat yourself more slowly. I don't need you to speak louder for my benefit. I just don't agreewith your opinions. Opinions. Not facts. Learn the difference, please.
  22. Right back at you. The same thing can be said about so called fans who don't know or understand the concept of history. Without history, you wouldn't have what you have now and you can thank Hal and other legends for that! Honoring history doesn't mean living in it. If it did, Showcase would have brought back Alan Scott as GL in 1959 rather than reimagining the concept with Hal.
  23. Wow. Nothing like a difference of opinion to push some folks' buttons, eh? Sorry to rain on your parade. I wouldn't want to rile you further by suggesting that your opinion isn't actually fact. Fact: Most people want Hal back. Fact: Most people believe that American Idol is a quality show with incredible music. Popularity doesn't equal quality, and if you're fed pap long enough, you'll begin to crave it. Okay... point blank: If the majority of you feel that Hal's return as GL is the best thing that could happen to the book, sell me on it. Tell me why, without resorting to excuses about how it's Hal and he "rules" Hal's return is necessary. Tell me what makes him a "better" character than any of the other four main GLs to wear the ring. I'll wait. Tough to put it into words other than "Hal rules!" or some line about him being the "best and brightest" ever to wear the ring parroted from the script of an old GL book. Where were Hal's fans when his book was cancelled? How about the second time? Why weren't you buying Hal's adventures before Emerald Twilight, especially since, as you've said, a book that's selling doesn't usually fall victim to an editorial shake-up? Did you love Parallax? The Spectre? Why not? I thought you guys loved Hal Jordan. You don't want Hal. You want a GLC uniform with a head of brown (and maybe gray) hair on top. I prefer my characters to be deeper than that. Your mileage may vary.
  24. Pretty close until one considers that you named maybe 90% of Art Asylum's licenses in your example, whereas I didn't even name 10% of Medicom's. Okay, I take it back. There is no good excuse. A Kubrick Galactus isn't the issue. AA's flimsy and restrictive licensing agreement is (unless you've heard of the release of a Marvel Legends Galactus in the near future that no one else has heard about, or know of a fan so dumb that they could confuse a ML Galactus for a giant block figure). Not in my experience. So... the exlposion of collectible block figures in the west owe it's popularity to a small ring of Lego customizers rather than unbelieveable popularity of their spiritual cousins from the east? Please. This is a new wrinkle I was unaware of. Great! I can't wait to get 'em.
  25. Kubricks. Why? 1. Diversity of content and licenses. Where else can you buy Professor Xavier, Ripley, Doc Brown, Tony the Tiger, Getta Robo, The Wolfman, Gumby and Oscar the Grouch in the same line? 2. 400% & 1000% sizes. It's criminal that we don't have a Minimate Galactus yet. There's no excuse. 3. They're perhaps the only line I've ever bought with perfect quality control. Never a seam line, never a paint bleed, and the only better plastic you'll find in this world is used in Lego sets. 4. They're the OG collector's block figures. There would be no Minimates, Mez-Itz or other block lines without Kubricks. Ya gotta recognize. 5. Medicom is just as prone to produce lines designed by actual artists as they are prone to released Kubricks of a licensed property. Art Asylum has done the same for the purposes of a show, but the resultant figures will never be released, so they might aswell have never been made. 6. Articulation can't compete with "funk". If you need more reasons, you'll probably never get it.
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