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Subj: Brief Thoughts On Marvel Toys' 'Legendary Heroes' Series 2 - Monkey Man
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 11:39:47 am EDT
Reply Subj: Any Day - & The New Fantastic Four & Spider Man Lines As Well
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 03:52:12 pm EDT
Unfortunately, my Pitt series seems to have been lost in the midwest floods in August...for real. They were shipped on 8/14 and seem to have disappeared into Limbo.
However, my Monkey Man series has arrived and the good news is that the Monkey Man BAF is JUST incredible! He's 10 inches tall, light, hollow, extremely flexible, and has almost a 20-inch armspan. He stands well, is beautifully detailed and painted, and just a delight. He's as good as Galactus or the Sentinel.
I knew that hollow BAFs were the way to go, after we started hearing all the complaints about oil prices and the heaviness of the large BAFS.
Marvel Toys has really, really stepped up its game. It's a shame they had to lose the contract to Hasbro to Wake Up.
Why they served up lousy, tiny MOJOs when they could have been doing this, I don't know.
Clearly, they learned their lesson. I understand the Pitt figure is even bigger and better, and awesome in every way--a real collector's item.
And for what it's worth, IMO, Monkey Man is much more interesting in every way than the dull Marvel Icon figures.
Now, the actual figures, which are, overall, just okay. The heroes selected are fairly lackluster.
The two 'prizes' of the set are Anne O'Brien and Sin City's Marv.
Anne is a good, brightly painted, and dynamic female figure. She's muscular and very detailed. Why this company can't produce such female figures routinely, or hasn't in the past, is beyond me. Her articulation is just okey.
Marv is wonderful---the clear winner of the bunch, though his huge coat isn't removable and his articulation is fairly limited. The paint job, however, is excellent...I keep seeing a really cool Grey Gargoyle when I look at Marv. Ah, the potential--the potential!
The Darkness figure is amazingly detailed for a figure with a weak design. The paint job is excellent. Why the company didn't turn out this kind of work a year ago, well...live and learn. He comes with two little monsters.
With his three metal arms on one side and one flesh arm on the other, Stryker is fairly cool, and will remind fans of a cross between Sabertooth and Spiral (perhaps).
The 3-arm thing works very, very well--it's easy to see how it could have gone very wrong, and it's superior to anything Hasbro has done so far in terms of execution. He stands beautifully despite the apparent weight disparity.
All three arms are very articulated, and two hold guns; the fingers of those two hands have been constructed so that the hand really holds the gun well, with one finger 'locking' in the gun itself.
Star and Judge Death are 'just kind of there'. They're routine, esepcailly Star. Judge Death has a lot of detail, but I don't appreciate either of these figures too much.
Monkey Man, who comes with a pair of glasses that lock around the back of his head, is simply superb.
It MT keeps of this kind of quality in its BAF, we have a lot to look forward to.
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