Monthly Archives: April 2014

Super Hero Mashers Marvel’s Falcon

I love the Falcon. Not only is he a classic Marvel character, but Sam Wilson also has a great look for toys. His striking red and white looks like it belongs on a blister card right next to Cap, Hulk, and the rest of the super hero universe. So when Hasbro revealed they were making a figure for the Falcon in their new Super Hero Mashers line, well, I was soaring.

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Like all the Mashers, Falcon features a very stylized appearance with abnormal proportions and angled shapes. Personally I love this look, I liked it back when Hasbro tried it with the ill-fated GI Joe Sigma Six line, and I like it even more on characters I actually give a hoot about (sorry to all the Joe fans out there, they just aren’t my cup o’ coffee). When I got Cap a few months back I thought (and blogged about) “Man, Falcon would look amazing in this style!” Luckily Hasbro heard me and released a great version of the character in a very iconic look. I’m going to note that while I picked up the “best of the bunch” ,so to speak, the paint apps on my Falcon are far from perfect. I had the same issue with Cap so no real surprises there, but you may want to be wary about ordering these sight unseen from an online retailer.

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Falcon pops apart just like any other Masher in the line since that is the gimmick of the latest entry into the Marvel Figureverse. Once you pop all the limbs off  and throw the head off to the side you’re left with a torso to play “mix-n-match” with. I don’t know how often I’ll be using this feature (besides, I only have one other toy) but it seems like a popular enough gimmick to grab the attention of kids- a feat that is proving harder and harder in this technological society. Yes I’m old. Deal with it.

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The articulation is decent on these guys. Head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles all have a wide range of motion and click securely into place. Of the 2 figures I own neither has loose joints, though I suppose if you were to keep popping the arms or legs in and out they may loosen over time, but that’s not something I’m concerned with. Right now I just have them standing in vanilla poses on a shelf and that’s really all I need. That having been said, the collector in me has been spoiled from years of “super articulated” figures so I can’t help but whine about no bicep swivels. I’m greedy, I know.

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Falcon comes as part of the Deluxe wave of figures, I assume mostly due to his wings which are permanently attached to his forearms. He does, however, include two smaller wings that for the life of me I can’t figure out where in the hell they are supposed to attach. The package shows them sticking off his back, straight up  off his shoulders, but to me this looks sort of strange. They also don’t really sit on the biceps the way you would think they should. Right now I have them sitting upside down on his back to give him more of a classic comic feel, but they only look good like that when the arms are sitting flush at his sides.

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Falcon also includes his trusty red-winged Rocket Launcher/crossbow that he’s rarely seen without. It’s worth pointing out that in most media, however, his rocket launcher is portrayed as a hawk NAMED Redwing. Which is not a crossbow. Or a rocket launcher. Are birds boring? Is that why Redwing was replaced with a spring-loaded missile blaster? It’s a shame because it would have been cool to get a Redwing toy that could clip on Falcon’s shoulder. Oh well, the launcher does have red wings sculpted on, so I’m just going to pretend Tony Stark hooked him up with battle armor. This may have made a cool arm-cannon (a la Megatron) but since Falcon has those large wings, there’s nowhere on the forearms to clip this in, so Sam is forced to hold it in his fists. Problem there is that the peg on the launcher is pretty stubby, likely made to plug into an armor hole, so he just can’t hold onto it too firmly.

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Lastly Falcon comes with an additional arm to emphasize the customization concept these toys are founded on. It’s a cool metallic blue color with a long red blade coming off the front and silver feathers on the side. The package says that it’s part of Iron Patriot, but since his hands are red and I don’t remember him with arm blades I really have no clue where this is coming from. It’s still cool though, and seeing Falcon with the one metallic glove makes me hope that somewhere down the road we’ll be blessed enough to get a Baron Strucker and a Satan Claw.

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I like what I’ve seen so far from this line-up and I’m glad to finally add another figure to join Cap on the shelf, and even more so that it’s  one of my all-time favorite characters. With the ever-rising price attached to the Marvel Legends figures these guys may just become my only avenue to get more Cap characters. This line has a lot of potential and could continue on for a long time. Let’s just hope Hasbro feels the same way.

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Is There No Ceiling?

I wandered into my local Toys R Us today and nearly squeaked with joy when I saw that they had gotten in another case of the Marvel Legends Captain America movie wave. Sure, they didn’t have Widow, but since I still needed the Winter Soldier I quickly grabbed him off the peg. Unfortunately I then looked up and saw the price.

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$26.99???? This is getting absurd. I almost walked away last year when they went up to $22.99, but this is just too far. Sorry Hasbro, but you just got way too to rich for my blood.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier breaks April Box Office record!

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Marvel Studio’s newest installment to the Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has taken the number 1 spot at the box office this past weekend with $96.2 million, setting a new record for an April Opening Weekend. The record was set in 2011 by Fast Five which opened with $86.2 million.

For comparison, The Winter Soldier beat Marvel’s previous entry, Thor: The Dark World, which made $85.7  million it’s first weekend, but failed to surpass the $98.6 million the first Iron Man movie made back in 2008.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Minimates artwork from Diamond

Diamond Select has updated their Facebook page with some control art for the Marvel Minimates Wave 55 due to be released in just a few weeks. Check out the pictures!

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They also put up a quick shot of these guys in tray!

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Be on the lookout for wave 55 near the end of April!

 

 

 

 

 

More Images of Captain America from Age of Ultron

Courtesy of CBM we now get more clear images of Cap’s uniform from the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie! Check them out!

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Looks good to me! Seems like a cross between Steve’s S.T.R.I.K.E. uniform from The Winter Soldier and his current “Marvel NOW!” uniform in the comics.  There’s definitely a lot more red this time out, so that’s good, and is that an Avengers logo I see on Cap’s shoulders? Amazing!

Look for Avengers: Age of Ultron to open on May 1st, 2015.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier First Thoughts

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I just got out of The Winter Soldier, and I have to say that every review you’ve seen for this movie, all of the ones that talk about how this is “the greatest Marvel movie to date”, they are all 100% accurate! This movie was ASTOUNDING! From the very first scene to the very last scene (including both after credits scenes) this movie was exactly what I was expecting it to be. I’m not going to go into too much detail, I don’t want to fill this post with spoilers, but I there are some things I wanted to point out.

Chris Evans really shines in this movie. I know a lot of people don’t think Steve Rogers stands up to the charisma or entertainment value of Chris Hemsworth or Robert Downy Jr.’s characters in the Marvel movies, but I think this outing really gave some more dimension to Steve and Chris Evans did a fantastic job playing the honest and moral guy in a world of lies and traitors. He really carried this movie well.

And speaking of being used well, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow really came out as a serious player in this movie. The writers did a great job expanding her character and giving her more to do, more to say, and a more interesting part in he overall story. She felt like someone that I would like to see more of, which I can honestly say is not an idea I was too keen on in the previous films.

To round the group out, Anthony Mackie was amazing as Sam “The Falcon” Wilson. Falcon has always been one of my favorite super heroes, so maybe I’m not as objective in this matter as I could be, but I feel like this movie did the character justice.

For fans of Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier story from the comics, be prepared for a lot of changes. The movie reads more like a brand new story rather than an adaptation, with the only real similarity being the titular character. But that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. The pacing is great and the story has plenty of twists, turns, and easter eggs to keep everyone engaged. And the action…wow! Aside from a few “shaky camera” issues in the beginning, the action scenes are beautiful. Everything Cap does with that shield makes me want to go out into my yard and throw a Frisbee at things.

If I had one major gripe about the movie its that the soundtrack was just sorta “meh”. It isn’t terrible, mind you, but compared to the outstanding soundtrack from The First Avenger I just felt this one left something to be desired.

Overall I loved this movie. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Marvel movies, Captain America, action movies, or really just having a damn good time. I only saw it in 2-D, but I plan on seeing it again tomorrow (my wife has already told me we’re going back first thing in the morning!) and again later in the week with a friend, so I’m sure one of those times will be in 3-D, so I’ll let you guys know how that is.

Tonight is the big night!

Sorry for the absence over the past few days, folks. I’ve been having some weird connection issues with the internet and haven’t been able to get on much. In any case today is the big day for me, and I am now only 9 hours away from seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier! It goes without saying that I am extremely excited about it, and I can’t wait until tonight.

Stay tuned for my first thoughts on the movie, and a round-up of Hot Toys Cap reveals and some other cool stuff coming tomorrow (interwebs permitting, of course). In the meantime, check out this AMAZING Captain America poster made for the newest cinematic installment!

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