Awesome Toy Collection – ToyBiz Brood

Hi all, here’s my showcase of another Marvel ToyBiz figure which I feel is somewhat compatible with my Marvel Universe figures – Marvel’s Brood.

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The Brood are a race of insectoid parasitic beings whose origins are unknown, and have spread across the galaxies infesting numerous worlds. The Brood are one of the most insidious aliens ever, they reproduce by implanting eggs into their host, which then grows and takes over their host’s body, changing it into another Brood and effectively killing the original host. If the host possesses any super powers, the resultant Brood will inherit them.

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The Brood share a hive mind, each Brood knows what other members of the Brood knows. The Brood is governed by a supreme matriarchy, with a Brood Empress at the top of the Brood caste system. Each Brood community is lead by a Queen who fulfill the mental commands of the Empress. The Broodlings make up the Brood community, doing all the labor and most of the fighting, and they never rebel against their Queen. Although the Queens have no allegiance to each other.

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The Brood have fanged jaws. Their skulls are triangular and flat, with a birthmark between their eyes. The two front legs are actually long tentacles they can use to manipulate objects. Due to their natural body armor and teeth, the Brood are very dangerous in combat. In addition, they have stingers that deliver paralyzing or killing poison.

The Brood are among one of the X-Men’s most formidable enemies.

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A couple of comparison shots:

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Awesome Toy Collection – ToyBiz Mojo

Hi world! It’s been a short but busy month of February, and for this month I showcase another Toybiz figure that I have collected as I think he is somewhat compatible with my other 4″ Marvel figures – Marvel’s Mojo.

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Mojo is an alien slave owner who rules the ‘Mojoverse’, a dimension where all beings are addicted to Mojo’s television programs. Mojo is a frequent enemy of the X-Men, and had on numerous occasions clashed with them. Mojo has often expressed a desire to enslave Earth and the X-Men, and his various encounters with them had often shot his ratings through the roof.

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Mojo’s likeness in the Marvel cartoons remains generally faithful to his comic book appearance, which is a sick yellow colour grotesque blob of mass supported on an exoskeleton, complete with wires that keep his eyes wide open. The character of Mojo is written as an absurdist parody of TV network executives.

Mojo’s exoskeleton has an artificial appendage which operates as an arm or slicer, and it shoots laser. For the figure, there is a button on the back which when pressed brings down the appendage in a slicing motion.

Oh, and you want to see the slicing motion.

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The “wild whiping tail action” brings the stinger down to just in front of Mojo’s face.

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Mojo in his ToyBiz packaging, he seems to have been released in two different styles.
Photos from a Google search.

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Mojo is confronted by Longshot, a former slave who has rebelled against him.

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Mojo ordered the creation of child clones of the X-Men called the X-Babies so that he can control them in an effort to improve his ratings. The X-Babies themselves eventually rebelled against him anyway. Here, Cykes is about to give Mojo a blast.

A couple of comparison shots:

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“That’s a wrap!”

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Awesome Toy Collection – ToyBiz Gorgon

Hello world! Welcome to my first post for 2018! For today’s awesome toy showcase I present : Marvel’s Gorgon, made by ToyBiz.

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Gorgon is a member of the Inhumans, a race of beings which possess incredible superhuman powers. After going through the process of terrigenesis, Gorgon was endowed with massively-muscled legs and hoof-like feet. By simply stomping his hoof on the ground, Gorgon could generate powerful shockwaves that will literally knock his enemies over.

During the 1990’s, the toy company ToyBiz produced 5″ scale figures of Marvel Comics characters in conjunction with the many Marvel animated series that were released during that time such as “Spider-man”, “X-Men”, “Fantastic Four”, and others. In most cases the onscreen appearances of the characters were generally faithful to their comic versions. With some imagination certain ToyBiz figures could fit well in with the 4″ scale Marvel figures produced by Hasbro in recent years. And that’s what I thought when I picked up a loose Gorgon figure at the local toy flea market.

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The Inhuman Royal Family. Gorgon’s just a big fella.

More information on the Inhumans figures can be found at this previous post of mine:
Marvel Universe Collecting – The Inhumans.

At the back of the Gorgon figure is a lever when pressed will activate Gorgon’s hoof stompin’ action!

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This is the second animated GIF that I have created. The first one is here.

Gorgon appeared on the “Fantastic Four” animated series. He originally came with two assault rifles that sadly have been misplaced by the previous owner.

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Photo from a Google search.

A couple more comparison shots:

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Gorgon was most recently seen onscreen in the TV series “Marvel’s Inhumans”, fighting alongside Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family.

Just one more:

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Third time’s the pooch!

Awesome Toy Collection – Year End Showhand 2017

Hi world! 2017 has drawn to a close, and I’m back with my Year End Showhand, showcasing items from my awesome toy collection that I had acquired over the course of the year or even earlier.

First I’m showcasing a couple of Funko 3.75″ figures. Funko is a toy company nowadays more famous for producing their Pop! Vinyl series of super-deformed figures. But Funko also produces 3.75″ figures of characters from movies and TV series. As these figures are of considerably lesser articulation and have a somewhat more retro design,  Funko is able to make these figures under a cheaper license. As a result these figures can get to be made, rather than get ignored by some of the more established toy companies who are less inclined to invest too much capital on characters that they consider less popular and will not sell well, especially for the 3.75″ scale.

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Funko “Suicide Squad” 3.75″ figures.
Bottom row: Joker, Harley Quinn, Joker (shirtless), Harley (inmate), Enchantress, Katana
Top row:  Deadshot, Killer Croc, Batman (Underwater), Batman (chase variant)
There’s no word on whether the rest of the Suicide Squad are going to be made, such as Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, or even Slipknot.

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Funko “Batman Classic TV Series” figures
From top: Batgirl, Catwoman, Bookworm, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, and Batmobile with Batman & Robin.
Comments from Funko suggests that future waves are in the works.

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“The Rocketeer”, and “The Mummy”
Funko was releasing these retro-design under the label “ReAction Figures”, but they seemed to have dropped the name recently.

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“Green Lantern Movie” 3.75″ figures
After acquiring the individual GL figures that I occasionally come across, I’ve decided to just simply complete whoever that I was still lacking by buying them online. Methinks that all the alien GL figs are here, including Salaak who was released only as part of the “Leaders of the Corps” 4-pack. Bet you didn’t know that they’ve also made a figure for Test Pilot Martin Jordan, Hal’s dad. Martin comes with a cool parachute which he didn’t really use in the movie (although Hal did use one). One thing that I did decide against doing was to get all the different costume variations of Hal Jordan (there are many, most of which are not screen accurate). That would have been pushing it.

More “Green Lantern” links on my blog:
Awesome Toy Collection – Guardians of the Universe
Green Lantern – The Photonovel

And now a couple of snaps of my McFarlane’s Monsters Playsets. Bought them a long time ago but haven’t actually showcased them yet.

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“The Mummy” playset

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“Dracula” playset

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“Werewolf” playset

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“The Sea Creature” playset

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“The Phantom of the Opera” playset

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“Dr. Frankenstein” playset from Series 2

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“Frankenstein” playset from Series 1

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And the two Frankenstein playsets can be combined into one!

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And “The Hunchback” playset, which remains unopened.

And there you have it. Here’s hoping for a better 2018, for all of us.

Awesome Toy Collection – Guardians of the Universe

Hmm… There seems to be a standing order for me to acquire the “Green Lantern” movie 3.75″ figures that I’m interested in but still lack. It took a while, but I’ve finally acquired all the Guardians – Guardians of the Universe, that is.

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Green Lantern Guardians. From left: Scar, Ranakar, Ganthet, Sayd, Herupa, Baris, and Krona

Apart from Krona who was released as a single-pack, the other six Guardians were released as Walmart Exclusive 2-packs, with each Guardian accompanied by a Green Lantern figure together with a power source accessory.

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The Walmart Exclusive Green Lantern Guardians of the Universe 2-packs are as follow:

1) Hal Jordan & Baris
2) Sinestro & Sayd
3) Kilowog & Ranakar
4) Abin Sur & Ganthet
5) Green Man & Scar
6) Tomar-Re & Herupa

Sets 4, 5, 6 seem to be rather obscure, I can’t find any images of them online, but there’s a good write-up about them over here.

Rather than double-dipping and getting yet another Green Lantern figure that I already had, I have acquired the Guardians as loose figures from a seller on ChinaBay, and also from a seller on the local Carousel marketplace mobile app, who probably got them from eBay in the first place.

As adapted from the DC Comics, in the “Green Lantern” movie, the Guardians are short, blue-skinned white-haired humanoids who reside on the planet Oa, said to be located at “the center of the Universe”. The Guardians are apparently immortal, and they have established the Green Lantern corp to combat evil and create an orderly universe.

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The Guardian Citadel

Nine Guardians appear in the movie, seated on their thrones at the Guardian Citadel on Oa. A tenth throne appears vacant and destroyed, implied to belong to the fallen Guardian Krona, who had been corrupted by the power of fear and had became the evil entity Parallax.

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The Guardians in “Green Lantern”, image scanned from the behind-the-scenes book “Constructing Green Lantern: From Page to Screen”. Compared with the list of Guardian figures, we don’t see Ranakar here. It seems Ranakar is based on the Guardian character from the comics. Raug Niad and Nguanzo are new to the film, the name Raug Niad an anagram of the word Guardian, and Nguanzo is named after Ozzy Inguanzo, the film’s researcher and asset manager, also the author of the above-mentioned book.

Interesting note: The original comic book Guardians were modeled after the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion.

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The Guardians confront Krona for his crimes.

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This is what I think of the stability of the Guardian figures when they stand on their robes.

Just one more:

A “Justice League” post-credit scene that you won’t be seeing –

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“The man dresses up like a rodent !”

Upcoming Marvel Film – Captain Marvel

Hello world! One of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film is “Captain Marvel”, which is slated for release in 2019. And I’d like to go into some of the details about the film that have been released so far.

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Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel

In the comics, Carol Danvers is a United States Air Force pilot who, after gaining cosmic powers, became the super-heroine Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers gains her powers after an encounter with the alien race Kree, who had earlier appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as in several episodes of “Agents of SHIELD”.

“Captain Marvel” will be set in the 1990s, and it will also feature Nick Fury before he got his eyepatch.

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In the first “Iron Man” film (which seems to be set in 2008, there are several theories about this), Nick Fury mentions to Tony Stark that Iron Man is not “the only superhero in the world”. Perhaps he could have been referring to Captain Marvel, or possibly Ant-Man or even the Wasp, all of whose exploits are regarded as rumours and kept classified and unknown to the general populace of the world.

Another released detail about “Captain Marvel” is that the Skrulls will be the main antagonists in the film. In the comics, the Skrulls are shape-changing aliens who have encountered Earth’s superheroes numerous times. They had at times clashed with other alien powers, and have also attempted to conquer Earth with a secret invasion.

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This is very interesting as the Skrulls are generally regarded as part of the Fantastic Four franchise, the license of which is currently owned by Fox Studios, who also owns the license for the X-Men. The fact that the Skrulls are going to appear in the MCU suggests that some sort of deal had been reached between Disney (owners of Marvel) and Fox, allowing for the use of the Skrulls as the antagonists in “Captain Marvel”.

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Comic Series Skrull (center), together with Super-Skrull (left) and Corsair Skrull (right).

On the other hand, in “The Avengers” Nick Fury appeared to suggest that the encounter with the Destroyer and the Asgardians (happened in “Thor”) was Earth’s first contact with extra-terrestrial lifeforms. This suggest that the events of “Captain Marvel” might have been kept secret and unknown to the general public.

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In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, Nick Fury mentioned that the last time he trusted someone he lost an eye. In the upcoming “Captain Marvel” we may see what actually transpired such that Fury gets injured and lose his eye. It is possible the shape-changing Skrulls could have impersonated someone close to Fury, leading up to the events whereby Fury gets injured.

In addition, given that there has been no mention of Captain Marvel in the MCU films thus far, there has been speculation that Captain Marvel will in some way become trapped in time only to re-emerge into the current timeframe of the MCU.

Of course, until the release of “Captain Marvel” sometime in 2019, many other details will be released and certain details may even change. But for now fans are having fun speculating away. Same here.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe – Boxset Figures

Hi world! My blog post for the month features several more 3.75″ Marvel Cinematic Universe figures released by Hasbro, specifically those that were released as a box set. I might have featured some of them previously, but I’ll just showcase them here again.

So let’s start from somewhere near the beginning –

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Iron Man 2 “Armored Assault” set – Iron Man Mark V, Ivan “Whiplash” Vanko, and the Sea Assault Drone. Iron Man Mark V and Whiplash are repacks from the single releases.

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Iron Man 2 “Fury of Combat” set – Iron Man Mark VI, two Ground Assault Drones, and Nick Fury. Iron Man Mark VI is a repack, while this Nick Fury comes with a soft goods jacket.

FYI – There’s also an Iron Man 2 “Undercover Assault” set that was canceled without explanation. It features an unmasked Tony Stark in his Iron Man Mark VI Armor, unmasked James Rhodes War Machine, and Black Widow. For some reasons the unmasked War Machine can be readily found on eBay, while Tony Stark’s head had to wait for a future product release, which was…

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Iron Man 3 “Hall of Armor” set – Tony Stark and his Iron Man armors Mark I, II, III, VI, and XLII. The Mark I, II, III and VI armors are slight repaints of earlier single releases from “Iron Man 2”, specifically with added blue highlights around the arc reactors.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – Captain America & Black Widow. Captain America is a repack of the same figure from the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” wave. He doesn’t really wear that uniform in “Age of Ultron”. Black Widow is a slight repaint of the same figure from “The Avengers” wave, this time with added blue details on her black catsuit.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – Iron Man Mark XLIII & Nick Fury. Nick Fury is a repack of the same figure from “The Avengers” wave, only this time with a slightly lighter skin tone.

There’s also another 2-pack for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” featuring Hawkeye and Falcon, but as they are both repacks with very slight repaints, I decided not to buy that set.

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Ant-Man – Ant-Man & Ant.

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Captain America: Civil War – Captain America with motorcycle. Captain America earlier wore this uniform in “Age of Ultron”.

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Captain America: Civil War – Falcon with flight tech & Redwing drone.

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Captain America: Civil War – Black Panther & “Agent 13” Sharon Carter.

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Doctor Strange – Doctor Strange & Astral Doctor Strange.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Yondu & Star-Lord. Yondu comes with a holster that’s meant to hold his arrow which is noticeably missing and does not even come as an accessory.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Vulture & Spider-Man. The Vulture’s wings are missing the rotor blades, they are just two big empty holes!

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Thor: Ragnarok – Thor & Hulk as gladiator. The upcoming movie has taken some elements from the “Planet Hulk” comics storyline, featuring the Hulk being forced to do battle in gladiatorial games. After watching the trailers, I’m real hyped up for the upcoming movie, coming to cinemas this November.

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Skurge the Executioner & The Enchantress. These two figures belong to the comics series and aren’t exactly part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I’ll showcase them here since Skurge is going to appear in “Thor: Ragnarok”. Skurge is actually a long postponed release, having been originally announced as part of a 3-pack including Thor and Valkyrie, that was later canceled.

It is sure fun to collect these comics superheroes (or supervillians) given physical form, and I hope that together with the release of future MCU movies, even more of these 3.75″ action figures will become available for collection. Oh yeah!

Of course, this isn’t helped much by the open knowledge that the higher-ups at Hasbro aren’t really interested in the 3.75″ series but are more invested in the 6″ series, as evidenced by their evasive and non-committal answers when asked about the future of the 3.75″ series during interviews. This had even led to speculation that Hasbro may have already decided not to renew the contract for the 3.75″ figures, which is set to expire in 2018. You can read more about this over at the Toyark forum appreciation thread for Marvel 3.75″ figures post 31316 and to the end of that page, and beyond.

Just one more:

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The Captain commends you and your patience for having slogged through this blog post, right to the very end.