1/10/19

Marvel Legends Fantastic Four Thing Walgreens Exclusive


Walgreens has been releasing exclusive Fantastic Four Marvel Legends figures for a couple years now. Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and even Silver Surfer have all been released at Walgreens while Marvel comics themselves have ignored the first family of superheroes.

I'm only a casual Marvel Legends and Fantastic Four fan, so I didn't bother picking any of them up. I honestly figured they'd never complete the team anyways, so what's the point?

Well, they did complete the team, and they saved the best for last! Had they lead with Thing, I'd probably have bought them all!

I've always had a fondness for The Thing, even without his FF teammates. I loved his solo cartoon back when I was a wee lad, as ridiculous as it is now. I loved reading comics with him in them, I was always of the camp that Thing could beat Hulk. And I used to have the first Marvel Legends Thing from Toybiz, (I remember being so excited finding that one!) as well as a couple Michael Chiklis  Thing figures after the movie came out. But I gave them up years ago. They were ok action figures, but they're nothing compared to this new release. I do still have the smaller scale Hasbro Thing from a few years back, who is cute but also pales in comparison.

This newest version of Thing comes with an alternate head and open/closed hands.

Thing has been thus far a bit difficult to find as there are a lot of collectors wanting him to complete their FF team, as well as casual collectors who just love a big massive orange rock of a lug. Ben Grimm is a massive solid figure and a gem in any superhero action figure collection.

If you see him grab him! This guy is so great, such a gorgeous and detailed sculpt! In all my toy travels, I've only seen him once and of course here he is. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to backtrack and try to collect his fellow Four. But even if I don't, no regrets!

1/2/19

Transformers BotBots Series 1 :: NOW WITH CODES!

I found the new Transformers BotBots blind boxed individual figures at Target the other day and decided to take a chance on a few to see what they are like.

My favorite of the four I found, and probably the most Transformerish, is S.A. Cheez. He transforms from camera to robot and is part of the Techie Team. (BotBots are apparently divided into teams depending on what level or store in the mall they reside. Seriously.)

Their names are all pretty corny too, but S.A. Cheez looks great in both modes.

I also got Fun Gus. Yeah. So he's a fungus apparently.

Fun Gus's robot mode is kinda cute though.  He's part of the Shed Heads faction, which includes plants and power tools. And useless fungi.

Fomo is a GoPro and also part of the Techie Team. But he's pretty boring looking in both modes.

They do all have pretty sturdy builds and don't feel terribly cheap, so that's a plus.

Last of my first four is Sergeant Scrubadub. He's a bar of soap. With an Autobot symbol! He's actually the only one I have with any symbol, and it's interesting they didn't put the Toilet Troop faction symbol on him. Yeah, Toilet Troop. Welcome to 2019.

As much as I want to hate on a bar of soap that transforms into a robot, I actually kind of love this guy. He has a great robot mode which makes up for his alt mode being a sudsy bar of soap. Also he's a Sgt. He's a soldier. And a bar of soap. HE'S SEEN THINGS!

These single packs are $2.99 each at Target, and there are 61 to collect in Series 1. They're fun and ridiculous, if you have three bucks to throw away you could do far worse.

UPDATE: Codes have been identified and were posted over at Seibertron.com (pic below) and I can confirm they work as I picked up a couple more using the code list and they were all the figure I expected to get! Codes are either printed or hand written (?!) on the lower right corner on the back of each pack as seen (17, which indeed contained Frostferatu) below.





12/31/18

Leatherhead New Year!

I found the 200X Leatherhead at the flea market this past weekend, and am glad to finally add him in with my original and Nicktoons Leatherheads! Mutant gators IN THE HOUSE!

I remember when this Leatherhead hit toy shelves back around 2004. At the time I was only familiar with the OG Cajun version, and thought this guy was a plain boring design. I thought they were going for some sort of sumo look for him and felt he could really have used a fur coat and hat like his predecessor. It wasn't until later that I learned that this version was far more comic book accurate than the cartoon gator, which made me suddenly want him, but by then he wasn't anywhere to be found.

When the Nicktoons Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leatherhead came out, they also chose to stay truer to the simplified original comic book look of Leatherhead and not a goofy Cajun stereotype. A great sculpt (with cheap paint applications), I snapped him up as soon as I could find him and still think he's a great figure.

I have had this original Leatherhead for a few years now, having picked him up in my second hand hunts. I wasn't collecting TMNT when he was originally released, but I watched the cartoon on occasion and was fond of the Archie TMNT comics, so he'll always be how I envision Leatherhead. Cajun stereotype aside, he's a gorgeous sculpt and I especially love his animal like stance. He's just barely standing upright, like an alligator trying to be human, instead of a human who mutated into a gator. 

I'm glad I finally have the 200X Leatherhead. I've wanted him for a long time.  Second only to the original, he's definitely an all time great. He has a tail lashing action feature activated by a button on his side. He originally came with a mace that attached to the end of his tail, but I don't have that piece, nor am I yerriblt dissapointed as it doesn't take away at all from the figure to not have his accessory.

12/27/18

Super7 WWF M.U.S.C.L.E.

While out of town for Christmas last week I went into a Five Below store and found these WWF M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, and had to grab a couple packs; most especially the pack with this cute tiny Giant (Andre the Giant to be specific!) Lucky for me the Andre set also included Rowdy Roddy Piper!

I also had to have the pack with Sgt. Slaughter. Sarge is packed in with Hacksaw Dugan and the Million Dollar Man.

Andre and Roddy came with Macho Man Randy Savage. Ooooh YEEEEAH!

I was a huge M.U.S.C.L.E. fan in the eighties, but didn't really follow WWF. But so many iconic wrestling characters are a part of that nostalgic fabric that I can't help but love them today. I really like these guys in the M.U.S.C.L.E. aesthetic. Especially the oversized Andre.

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that I don't live nearer to a Five Below. I mean, I'd find more cool stuff I didn't know I couldn't live without, but then again, I'd find more stuff I didn't know I couldn't live without!