Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everybody!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everybody!!!!!!



Wishing you all nothing but the very best today and for the rest of the holiday season.
May you all get what you wanted this year, and if not, well, thank Harambe for store returns ammirite?

This is my final post for this year.

I'll be back, but with a slight name change and a new attitude (?)
You'll see and you'll love it.





Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Top 10 Marvel Legends Figures of 2017


Well here it is, here's my Top 10 favorite action figures of 2017, and seeing as how it's the 20th of December, I feel comfortable enough with making this list at this point.
It really should come to no one's surprise that's it all strictly Marvel Legends figures, since that's really the only line I'm currently collecting, since DC's Multiverse line just isn't doing it for me at all these days.

Also, this list is only going include action figures I currently own, rather than also the ones I wish I had that came out this year.

Let's get to it, shall we?

In no particular order except the for the number one spot....


10). Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk BAF Wave Ares


I've been wanting this figure for awhile now, but he's just so damn expensive on the secondary market these days. So imagine my pleasant surprise at finding out Hasbro was finally re-issuing him in this year's Thor: Ragnarok movie wave. He's gotten a slight paint update versus the original, but overall is still a damn solid figure. They really nailed it on the repaint this go around.

9). Guardians Of The Galaxy Titus BAF Wave Darkhawk

Even though the BAF in this wave sucked, this figure sure as shit doesn't. Darkhawk was one of those constant must have's for me in this line, as I'm sure he was to a lot of other collectors as well. So I'm glad we FINALLY got this classic 90's Marvel hero in the line. I could nitpick and say this wasn't so much his classic look as it was how he appears now, and there was no detachable grappling hook or amulet, but that really is nit-picking when we should all just be glad he's around period.

8). Guardians Of The Galaxy Titus BAF Wave Vance Astro
While Vance Astro is not usually on my want list or someone whose appearance I often look forward to, I must say that I absolutely love how this figure turned out. The colors, the body sculpt, everything just works for me. And he has Cap's shield too, so there's that.

7).  Daredevil Netflix Man-Thing BAF Wave Man-Thing



6). Spider-Man Homecoming Wave Cosmic Spider-Man



Here's another figure I didn't think I'd like as much as I would when I got him. Sure he looked and sounded good from the previews, but when he arrived in person, I instantly loved him. And what's not to love when you have three different alternate heads included? You can definitely got a lot of mileage out of them, especially the bearded Parker one, which Hasbro is already re-using for their latest Namor figure set to arrive in next year/next month's Black Panther movie wave.

5). Daredevil Netflix Man-Thing BAF Wave Bullseye


This was just an automatic buy for me, and how could you not with that alternate head (which you can use on that Odin Wave Hawkeye to transform him into the Dark Reign era Hawkeye)
He's drowning in all that charisma and smugness, and is really just an exceptional update to the still near-perfect, older Toy Biz one.

4). Gamestop Exclusive Back in Black Deadpool


While I didn't necessarily need to get this Deadpool figure, I did anyways, and I did not regret it either. Sure the concept is based of a relatively new ret-con idea, but it still works for me, as does the execution in making this figure. He's solid repaint and re-use of other various ML parts.

3).  X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Old Man Logan


Here's another really solid figure I didn't HAVE TO get, but am still glad I bought regardless. The paint apps, detail and sculpt are all really on point, and overall came out nicely. Like with other figures, he'll be even more fun when you consider all the head-swapping possibilities.

2). X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Jim Lee-era Cyclops

This one's a welcome update of the older Toy Biz version, even though I'm not a big fan of the glove, thigh and boot bands constantly slipping up and down, but other than that, I'm ultimately pleased with how he turned out.

1). Retro Marvel Legends Wolverine
While he's technically not in my hands and on my shelf at the moment, he is officially last figure I've bought this year. I love the whole retro backboard thing Hasbro did this year, as it's an instant callback to the days when I collected those 90's figures, so I'm in heaven. Hasbro put out a whole wave of these, including  the recent classic Captain America figure, but now with painted his classic scales, a repainted and re-issued 80's-era Iron Man, Classic Jim Lee-era Punisher, but with the red banana-wearing alternate head rather than white, a re-issued Pizza Spider-Man, and the Black Widow, which was never created for the 90's Marvel Super Heroes line back then, but is no less a welcome addition.

I'll be honest, I mostly wanted this figure because of the unmasked head and folded up cowl included.
Otherwise I could've just as easily skipped this one since I already own one from last year's X-Men wave.

Honorable Mentions:

10). X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Polaris/ X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Shatterstar (Tie)


Not sure why they went with this incarnation of Polaris, but I like it, even if they did totally re-use her "sister" Wanda's head to make her. Hopefully one day we'll get more Polaris figures reflecting past looks like her famous 90's Peter David-era X-Factor outfit. This works enough for since it's basically a bit of a modern take on her 1st appearance costume.



Well we're that much closer to completing the classic 90's-era X-Force team with the addition of this guy. Sure his looks' dated AF, but nostalgia rules, and so does this well-made figure. Hopefully and eventually, we'll get his updated X-Factor look as well.

9). Guardians Of The Galaxy Mantis BAF Wave Adam Warlock


While I'm glad we got a new Adam Warlock figure, I'd have preferred a re-done version of his classic look with the thunderbolt in the middle. Oh well. At least he came with the Magus head, so that helps boost the figure's overall stock for me. I've definitely taken advantage of that and put that head on the spare Marvel Now Dr. Strange body, and it actually works.


8). Daredevil Netflix Man-Thing BAF Wave Daredevil


For me this only other Daredevil outfit worth getting a figure of. It's that damn good.

7). Spider-Man Homecoming Wave Moon Knight

Hey I'm all for another Moon Knight figure, especially a much-needed update from the last one during the Toy Biz days. They really nailed his modern look here, with all the paint and details, and even gave us some sweet accessories in his moon 'rangs.
I just would've also liked, and HARMABE I hope they get to him next year, is to see a figure of his Mr. Knight alter ego. Now that, that would be pure awesome sauce.

6). X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Sunfire


Hey, a classic Sunfire! They really nailed this one good, and you can always use the flame ball accessories for other figures as well, especially the Human Torch.

5). Daredevil Netflix Man-Thing BAF Wave Jessica Jones 

Look at figure. That attitude and general toughness just seem to radiate from this figure. They really nailed her likeness from the show as well, so that helps. The boot cuffs actually work here, the fingerless gloves are a nice touch, but it would've been nice if they had included her scarf though, either molded on there or removable, and a bottle of whiskey. 

4). X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock BAF Wave Dazzler


Well, we FINALLY got an official Marvel Legends Dazzler figure, and it is the classic version of her, so I can't complain too much. I'd have preferred her blue Outback-era look myself, but nonetheless we have a Dazzler figure anyways. They probably should've re-thought the disco skate wheels as they can be a bit problematic when trying to stand her up.

3). Guardians Of The Galaxy Mantis BAF Wave Ex Nihilo


I really didn't to expect to like this figure as much as I did, but I do. The shit-eating look on his face helps, as does the overall look and design of the figure. He's definitely an unexpected addition to the line, but I think he hold his on regardless.

2). Daredevil Netflix Man-Thing BAF Wave Punisher

This is another I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Sure they really nailed his likeness from the show as well as they did on the Jessica Jones figure, but at first I was like "But do I really need another Punisher figure?" No, but this one's as solid of an addition to my collection as the others. Plus the head-swapping possibilities are endless.

1). Guardians Of The Galaxy Mantis BAF Wave Death's Head 2

I was really surprised that Hasbro made this guy when they haven't made the first Death's Head in the 6-inch scale yet. I'm really, really hoping, just like my buddy Googum, that sooner than later, they finally do, because it will be GLORIOUS.....No? 
That being said, they really knocked it the fuck out of the park with the sculpt and detail on this. I just wish he'd have come with an alternate normal right hand to go with the confusing alternate left hand they gave us. Oh well.

I did forget to give a shout out to the Tombstone and classic Beetle figures we finally got this year in that Spider-Man Homecoming wave. Damn were they very welcome addition to my shelf.

And that's my list for year. If you bought any action figures yourselves this year, what were favorites and why?























Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Revelations. Ain't they grand?


So recently I've come to the very startling revelation, that I'm just about done with comics for awhile.
No, nothing to do with my current issues with Facebook, no. It's just that I've grown tired and bored with them.

Well, with the lone exceptions of Gerald Way's Doom Patrol and Brian K. Vaughn's Saga. You guys really should check them out if you haven't already.



No, I've grown tired of the mainstream comic scene. Which is ironic (is it?) considering the fact that comic book characters are the hottest they've arguably ever been in a long time. especially at the box office.

Now of course I did still go to see Thor: Ragnarok, and I damn well plan on seeing both parts of the Infinity War. No, it's the comics' side of things that have fell out of favor for me.

They just don't do it for me anymore, and trust me, as a lifelong fan and collector since the age of 6, that's a hard thing to admit to.

Still truth though.

Sure I still plan on buying action figures, because sweet baby Jesus in a smoking birch, is 2018 going to be a hell of a year for the Marvel Legends line and the people that collect them. But comics? Yeah, not so much.

It's cool. These things happen. Hell I remember as a kid when I grew out of comics for awhile to full embrace and devote all my time and energy into following Pro-Wrestling for a bit, before deciding...


Anyhoo, all that to say new year, new blog, new way of doing things around here.

I do still plan on at least presenting my top 10 best figures of 2017 though.



Monday, December 18, 2017

"Take Me Home"














The End

I gotta' say I can't really blame Cap at all for feeling that way. I mean shit, I sometimes get overwhelmed by everything going on too, so I can only imagine just how confusing and a pure mind-fuck it must be for someone who grew up during the Great Depression to have to live in the world we currently live in.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

FUCK FUCKERBERG!

Fuck Zuckerberg, or as I call him Fuckerberg and his army of fuck boi bots! I goddamn hate him with a passion!


I have quickly grown to hate Facebook.
You see I belong to a private and closed group on there both as a member and as an administrator, and after earning a couple bans, it felt like the FB administrators were specially monitoring and targeting me for any little infraction they deemed violated their rules. Well yesterday I received a 30-day ban for posting a meme that supposedly contained nudity, despite the fact there was no actual nudity involved. A ban that I've actively attempted to get out of using a various alias, but to no avail.
I'm thinking because despite using different email addresses, names and profile pics, my ip is still the same, and since it's already in the system, they used that to figure out it was really me.

It's bullshit really. It's a private and closed group. Meaning what's shared amongst the group is not shown to the mainstream public. Yet we're still harassed on a regular basis.

I'm guessing once you get banned once, you're pretty much on their short-list/watchdog-list from then on.



Now I've tried and tried to convince the creator of the group and my other fellow administrators that due to the group being an easy target, that we should move it elsewhere, like say Google Plus for example.



But that idea was shot down, in part because honestly Google Plus. despite it's efforts and hopes from Google, is nowhere near as popular as Facebook is.
MySpace is out of the question, and there really isn't a true alternative to Facebook out there yet.
And now with the whole end to Net Neutrality thing becoming a reality, more than likely you'd have to pay big time to find one or even to create one, if that's even possible.

I know one thing, someone's got to create a true alternative because this Orwellian nonsense is pure and utter bullshit.



Thursday, December 14, 2017

So, Who Would Win?: The Brotherhood of Dada (original) VS. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Original)

TGIT!!!!!!!


What's up people, miss me?

I figured I'd take Shlomo's advice and only post when I feel like that rather than feeling obligated to post 4 days a week. What can I say, I'm a slave to routine for the most part.

So from now on, that's how it'll be.

That and I've been slowly (maybe not that slowly) losing interest in the comic world for awhile now, something that hasn't happened since I was really young and naively thought I had to pick which entertainment medium got my main attention and focus, comics or pro-wrestling.
Yeah I know, silly AF, but then back then I also thought I had to either buy Marvel comics or DC comics, couldn't buy both, oh and dark-haired people had to stick to drinking dark soda like Coke or Pepsi, and if you were blonde or fair-haired, you had to only Sprite or 7UP because somehow I had the weird-ass notion that drinking different colored sodas affected your hair color.

Yeah I know. You can laugh. I sure would. And no, nobody told me this, this was all me.

Anyhoo the only comic I still maintain some interest in, is my beloved Doom Patrol, which I highly, HIGHLY recommend you start reading if you're not already.
Even if you're not a big fan of his music, writer Gerald Way sure knows how to write the Doom Patrol, and yes the Grant Morrison influences come free with the price of admission.

Speaking of the Doom Patrol, let's get right down to why I'm even writing today's post at all:
This week's edition of So, Who Would Win?, where I pit the Doom Patrol's main analogue team rivals, the Brotherhood of Dada against the original incarnation of Marvel's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
                                                
C'mon, you can't tell me the just the thought of Mr. Nobody flustering someone as pompous and self-righteous like Magneto wouldn't be funny AF to see go down.

Let's get right to the stats and compare the two teams shall we?

-The Brotherhood of Dada:

1). Mr. Nobody - Has the ability to sap the sanity of other beings

2). The Quiz - Has every superpower you never thought of
 The powers she exhibited were: flight, mimicking appearances, turning people to glass, turning back time, dematerialization, making things large, turning people into toilets filled with flowers, and the power to make escape-proof spirit jars.

3). The Fog - the ability to turn into a psychedelic death cloud capable of absorbing people

4). Sleepwalk -  had tremendous power, but only when she was asleep. To avoid waking, she took sleeping pills and wore headphones that played Barry Manilow

5). Frenzy - the ability to turn into a living cyclone.


-The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants:

1). Magneto - 
Abilities
  • Magnetism manipulation and generation of magnetic force fields
  • Flight through magnetic fields
  • Helmet shields against telepathic attacks

2). Toad - 
AbilitiesExpert kickboxer, mechanic, and machinist
Superhuman leg and tongue strength and endurance, agility, reflexes, coordination, balance and leaping
Regenerative healing factor
Elongated prehensile tongue
Psychoactive venom secretion
Paralyzing mucus secretion
Adhesive spit
Ability to stick to walls, expel gusts of air from his lungs and communicate with amphibious life

3). Mastermind - 
AbilitiesIllusion creation
Memory alteration and erasure

4). Quicksilver - 
AbilitiesAbility to move, speak and think at supersonic speeds, with enhanced stamina and durability, also can vibrate his body to phase through objects and has superhumanly fast reflexes.

5). Scarlet Witch - 
Abilities

Okay, so obviously right off the bat you notice just how ridiculously out-matched in terms of power the Brotherhood of Dada are.
But that doesn't necessarily mean it's a slam dunk. After all, you never should underestimate the crafty-ness and overall weirdness of the Brotherhood of Dada, particularly Mr. Nobody's, who's sanity-sapping abilities I feel would play a HUGE deciding factor in this battle's outcome, especially when it comes to mental status of someone like a Magneto , Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who have shown in the past to be easily susceptible to bouts of madness/insanity.
If Mr. Nobody can get inside their heads and masterfully manipulate them,  his team's got a real shot at pulling off an upset of monumental proportions.

So,

The Brotherhood of Dada









VS.

The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants












Who wins and why?

Thought I'd include this funny picture in here.

Goddamn, no wonder Toad turned into an asshole later on. He got no fucking respect!

Finally, I got to see Thor: Ragnarok last week and I absolutely loved it.

Damn it was so much better than the other two Thor movies by far. Highly recommend you guys check it out if you haven't already. I thought it was a damn good mix of humor and action, then the brief quiet moments with Odin had me tear up. Don't know why, but it just goes to further showcase the sheer awesomeness of Sir Anthony Hopkins' acting ability to enthrall you in his scenes, despite how few they were. All the actors knocked it the hell out of the park I thought, plus it was nice to see them reference Skurge the Executioner's going down in a blaze of glory just like he did during Walt Simonson's run.

Hope you guys have a good weekend.....

"Get Snakey"

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