Awesome Toy Collection – More Marvel Universe Secret Wars Figures

Hello world! Welcome to the year 2019! And this is my first blogpost for the year.

Actually, the topic for this post comes from a line I wrote in my previous post, which stated that more characters that had appeared in Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars (the 1984-1985 comics series) have since received figures of their own, apart from the original 24+1 figures that were released as part of Marvel Universe Secret Wars Two-Packs.

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Figures from the Marvel Universe Secret Wars Two-Packs.

That line made me wonder as to exactly how true was my statement, and I decided to find out.

But first, a summary of what happened in Secret Wars:

A cosmic entity called the Beyonder had been observing the Marvel universe. Fascinated by the superheroes on Earth, he chooses a group of both heroes and supervillains, teleports them against their will to a faraway planet and pitch them to do battle with the other, with the statement “Slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours!”

The Heroes:

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A comic panel of the heroes when they were first taken to Battleworld.

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Heroes figures from MU Secret Wars Two-Packs.

Comparison between the pics shows that the following heroes have their figures from the two-packs: Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Wasp (a mini-fig), Hawkeye, Captain America, Hulk, Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Human Torch, Wolverine, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Magneto (usually a villain but he’s considered a hero for now). Spider-Woman made her first appearance much later in the story so she wasn’t in the initial heroes ensemble shot, while Black Spider-Man is actually Spider-Man himself when he changed into an all black costume.

That leaves the following outstanding characters: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Professor X, Rogue, She-Hulk, Colossus, and Lockheed the Dragon. So, do we have these figures by now? Well, sort of…

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Except for Monica Rambeau, the others have gotten their figures! Here’s a breakdown:
1. Professor X comes from the Marvel Universe line (Series 4 #022).
2. This Rogue comes from the Marvel Legends Series Wave 3. There’s another Rogue that belongs to Marvel Universe The Uncanny X-Men Team Pack, but the pictured Rogue is closer to the Secret Wars time period.
3. This She-Hulk comes from this Marvel Universe Comic Pack. There’s another She-Hulk from Marvel Universe line (Series 4 #012), but the pictured She-Hulk is closer to the Secret Wars time period.
4. This Colossus comes from the Marvel Universe Giant Size X-Men Box Set. There’s another Colossus from Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #013), but the pictured Colossus has the same pointed shoulders and yellow knee pads as appeared in Secret Wars.
5. Lockheed the Dragon came with Kitty Pryde of the Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #017).
6. A 3.75″ figure of Wasp was also released, as part of the Marvel Infinite Series Wave 1. But she is in a more recent costume, not in the classic green costume with a purple “W” as seen in Secret Wars.

The Villains:

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The comic panel of the villains when they were first taken to Battleworld.

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Villains figures from MU Secret Wars Two-Packs.

Again, comparison between the pics shows that the following villains have their figures from the two-packs: Enchantress, Ultron, Absorbing Man, Thunderball, Piledriver, Bulldozer, and Doctor Doom. Klaw did not appear in the story until later so he’s not in the initial villains ensemble shot.

That leaves the following outstanding villains without their figures: Wrecker, Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Kang, Molecule Man, and Galactus. In addition, two other villains also later made their appearances in Secret Wars: Volcana, and Titania. So, do we also have figures for them as well?

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Apparently not all of them have gotten a figure. Here’s the breakdown:
1. Wrecker comes from the Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #020).
2. The Lizard comes from the Spider-Man 2010 Classics 3.75″ Wave 4.
3. Kang the Conqueror comes from the Marvel Universe line (Series 4 #015).
4. Doc Ock comes from the Marvel Infinite Series Wave 6.
5. Galactus is a Marvel Universe 2010 SDCC Exclusive, and he was later repackaged for retail sale. A darker colour variant of Galactus was also released for retail.

Here’s hoping that when Hasbro ends its current hiatus on 3.75″ Marvel Comics figures, the remaining Secret Wars characters will be produced.

The combined list is as follows:
1. Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)
2. Molecule Man
3. Volcana
4. Titania

A couple of scene re-creation from Secret Wars.

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The heroes lineup, with the addition of Deadpool, who claims to have also participated in Secret Wars, except that nobody remembered ever meeting him.

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The villains lineup. We are missing the Molecule Man here.

[Scans of Secret Wars comics courtesy from searching on the Internet.]

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Custom Marvel Universe Figure – Spiral

Here’s a custom Marvel Universe that I have recently created – Spiral !

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The six-armed, part-flesh part-cybernetic Spiral is a recurring adversary of the X-Men, she is also more commonly known as the agent of the slave owner Mojo, the ruler of “Mojoverse” – a dimension where all beings are addicted to Mojo’s television programs. As Mojo’s loyal subordinate, Spiral carries out her master’s commands, using her power of sorcery, endowed upon her through genetic modification and cybernetic implants.

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Recipe:
Head – Marvel Universe Psylocke
Arms, torso, legs, belt – Marvel Infinite Series Valkyrie
Helmet – Wolverine Silver Samurai
Belt pouches – Indiana Jones ROTLA German Soldier
Sword holder – Indiana Jones TOD Temple Guard

I was rather inspired to create a custom Spiral after seeing someone else’s custom Spiral posted on the ToyArk Forums from this post on this page. The most distinctive feature of Spiral are her three pairs of arms. Holes were dremeled on the torso’s back and sides such that the arms can be plugged in. This also involved quite some trial and error to ensure the arms do not look unevenly placed.

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Additional work involved adding pockets on her legs, sculpting the necklace beads, paintwork on the main body, arms, hair and eyes, and creating the belt using the ammo pouches from the German Soldier. The patterning on the cybernetic arms were created via painting with masking tape.

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In most online pictures of Spiral, there’s sometimes a scabbard hanging from her belt. For my custom, I have transplanted a sword holder from a Thuggee Guard onto the belt, which somewhat serves the same purpose. White felt was used to create Spiral’s fur boots.

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Spiral does a dance to cast her spells.

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Spiral faces off with Longshot, a former slave of Mojo who now leads a revolt against his former master. For some reasons Spiral holds a peculiar hatred for Longshot.

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Yeah, Spiral also fought with these guys.
Just where do all her weapons come from?

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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Marvel Universe Collecting – A.I.M. Soldiers and M.O.D.O.K.

We are back in the Marvel Universe, and the showcase for today is: A.I.M. Soldiers & M.O.D.O.K. !

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George Tarleton, an average technician working for the terrorist organisation A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), was chosen at random to undergo a mutagenic process which transformed him into a massive-headed being with superhuman intelligence and extraordinary psionic powers. Originally intended to function as a M.O.D.O.C. (Mobile Organism Designed Only for Computing), Tarleton was enraged by his hideous condition and he slayed his former masters, taking over control of A.I.M., and now assuming the acronym M.O.D.O.K. (Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing).

I have always been fascinated by A.I.M. ever since I read about them in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. According to the Handbook, A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) is an organisation of brilliant scientists and their hirelings dedicated to the acquisition of power and the overthrow of all governments by technological means.

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A.I.M. soldiers come with a pistol and an arm-mounted cannon each. The heads resemble the beekeeper’s helmet.

So it was rather cool when A.I.M. soldiers were finally given physical form and I had to collect a couple, especially so to accompany the M.O.D.O.K. which I had acquired long time back.

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M.O.D.O.K. in his chair.

M.O.D.O.K. is based on his appearance from the 1994 “Iron Man” animated series, separate accessories can be attached onto his head such as the “Hyperoptic Video Cam”, and the “Gamma Missile Launcher”.

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M.O.D.O.K. prepares to fire a brain blast.

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M.O.D.O.K.’s cardback

A.I.M.’s and M.O.D.O.K.’s frequent enemies in the comics include Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D.

In “Iron Man 3 : The Official Game”, M.O.D.O.K. is revealed to be Aldrich Killian whose consciousness was downloaded onto A.I.M.’s network before he was killed.

Just one more:

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Hasbro reused A.I.M. soldier’s uniform sculpt for several other figures such as Magneto, Star-Lord, Ghost Rider (including another variant Ghost Rider not pictured here), and maybe even more.

Star Wars Collecting – Luke’s Landspeeder

Hi world, I’m showcasing a truly awesome Star Wars item that I have recently acquired – Luke’s Landspeeder!

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Luke Skywalker owns a X-34 Landspeeder, which has three air-cooled thrust turbines. Luke’s landspeeder is missing its portside turbine cowling.

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Luke’s landspeeder may be old and battered, but Luke keeps his landspeeder in good working order with tinkering and careful maintenance. An external fixture allows Luke to store his rifle on the landspeeder’s starboard side.

After Luke learns of his father’s past as a Jedi knight from Obi-Wan Kenobi, and when the Empire murders Luke’s uncle and aunt, Luke decides to pursue the Jedi path. Luke and Obi-wan, together with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, travel Mos Eisley to procure transport to Alderaan, where upon their arrival a group of Sandtroopers inspects them.

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“These are not the droids you are looking for.”

Obi-Wan manages to procure passage aboard a Corellian freighter, but to pay for the upfront fee Luke will have to sell his landspeeder, which Luke readily agrees to do so, having decided that he’s never coming back to this planet again.

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Luke accepts an offer of 2,000 credits from Wioslea for the landspeeder. Wioslea remains blissfully unaware that Obi-Wan had performed a Jedi mind trick on her, leading her to pay much more than the landspeeder was worth. As far as Wioslea was concerned, she only wants to go for her joyride.

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“Yippee!”

Star Wars Collecting – Purchase of the Droids

Hello world! Today I’m showcasing a couple more Star Wars figures that have acquired, specifically from the “Purchase of the Droids” scene on Tatooine.

The Jawas have arrived at the Lars Homestead, and they have just lined up six of their droids to offer for sale to the moisture farmer Owen Lars.

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Owen Lars is thinking of getting a couple of droids to help out at his moisture farm for the current season, and his nephew Luke Skywalker tags along to view the droids.

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Uncle Owen selects the red R2 unit, while Luke is more eager to waste time with his friends over at Tosche Station.

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“Something seems oddly familiar about that protocol droid…” and Uncle Owen dismisses that thought.

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Uncle Owen chats with the gold-plated protocol droid, and finds out that the droid not only understands the binary language of moisture vaporators, and it also speaks Bocce. Uncle Owen decides that this is the droid that he’s looking for.

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“Come on Red! Let’s go!”

“Pop – bang!”

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“Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator. Look!”

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Following the protocol droid’s recommendation, Uncle Owen swaps the red R2 unit for the blue one, who also seems to look somewhat familiar…  naaah!

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“Now don’t you forget this! Why I should stick my neck out for you is quite beyond my capacity!”

Just one more:

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“Yes, the droid speaks Bocce. It told me so.”

Star Wars Collecting – All my Landos

Hi world, today I’m showcasing a couple of Lando Calrissian figures that I have acquired.

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Lando Calrissian was an old acquaintance of Han Solo who had also engaged in the shady business of smuggling and gambling. He once owned the Millennium Falcon before he lost it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc. Since then, Lando had a career switch and he became an entreprenuer, setting up a small mining operation and becoming the administrator of Cloud City on the planet Bespin.

During the Rebels’ evacuation of Hoth, the Millennium Falcon‘s hyperdrive was damaged, and Han Solo sought help from his old friend Lando to repair it.

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“You old smoothie”

Unfortunately the Empire had arrived at Cloud City first and forced Lando to betray the Rebels under the threat of taking over the city. But when Lord Vader kept changing his deal with Lando over the custody of Princess Leia and Chewbacca, Lando decided to help the Rebels escape. However, Han Solo had been encased in carbonite and was taken away by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Now aligned with the Rebel Alliance, Lando joined forces with Chewbacca to track down Boba Fett and rescue Han Solo.

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Many fans ask why does Lando wear Han’s clothes.

Lando then plays a part in Luke Skywalker’s plan to rescue Han Solo from the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Lando infiltrates Jabba’s palace by posing as a guard, and he later helps Luke, Han and Chewbacca escape during their execution.

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And this was part of the plan?

Lando serves the Rebel Alliance with the rank of General, and he volunteers to lead a fighter attack to blow up the second Death Star.

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Lando pilots the Millennium Falcon to lead the attack on the Death Star.

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Lando goes casual for the mission, taking off his cape and gun holster. Even his copilot Nien Nunb changes from his B-Wing uniform to something a little more comfortable.

A task force on the forest moon of Endor, led by General Han Solo, was able to deactivate the energy shield protecting the Death Star. This allowed the Millennium Falcon and other remaining fighters to fly into the Death Star and knock out the main reactor, causing a chain reaction that destroys the entire battle station.

The Rebels then hold a celebration with the Ewoks to celebrate the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the second Death Star.

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It’s hard to be sure, but Lando seems to have changed his shirt and jacket when he joined in the celebrations. The designs of the shirt and jacket are the same as the ones he wore on the Millennium Falcon, but their colours look somewhat different at the Ewok village. It could also be due to the lighting that they seemed (significantly) different though.

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From left:
OTC Lando Calrissian (Cloud City)
TAC Lando Calrissian in Smuggler Outfit
VC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)
TBS Lando Calrissian – which is a repack of VC General Lando Calrissian
The fifth Lando is a custom figure, recipe is as follow:
Head, neck, arms, belt, pelvis & legs – TBS Lando Calrissian
Torso – VC Colonel Cracken

Just one note: If you are thinking of buying a General Lando from the “Tunghori” on eBay, note that he does not come with the gun holster. I should have paid more attention to the display picture.

Bonus picture:
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Here we have a comparison of several Skiff Guard Lando.

From left:
POTF2 Lando Calrissian as Skiff Guard
OTC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) – A repack of SAGA Lando Calrissian (Jabba’s Sail Barge)
VC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) – This figure gets a bad rap for having too light a skin tone, and being much shorter than other Lando figures.

Star Wars Collecting – Anakin Skywalker(s)

SPOILER ALERT !

Okay, in case you still don’t know by now, Darth Vader, the villain from the original “Star Wars”, revealed himself to be Luke Skywalker’s father in “The Empire Strikes Back”. In “Return of the Jedi”, Obi-Wan Kenobi (in the form of a Force ghost) further explained that Vader once went by the name of Anakin Skywalker until he was seduced by the dark side of the Force. And the prequel trilogy dealt with this part of the story.

For my showcase today, I present a couple of Anakin Skywalkers that I have acquired as part of my awesome collection.

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Anakin Skywalker of Tatooine, podracing champion and former slave who has won his freedom and is about to leave for Coruscant to begin his Jedi training.

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Padawan Anakin wears the attires of the Jedi younglings, under the tutelage of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Ten years later, Anakin has grown up to become a handsome young man, a somewhat brash and arrogant Jedi strong in the ways of the Force. Also, Anakin massacres an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders after they had captured and tortured his mother leading to her death, challenged a Sith lord who cuts off Anakin’s right arm, and marry in secret Senator Padme Amidala of Naboo.

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As the Clone Wars rage across the galaxy, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker arrives at Nelvaan in pursuit of General Grevious. While there, Anakin is sent on a quest by a village shaman. In a cave decorated with primitive drawings, Anakin sees powerful visions of his future. To carry the memory of this experience with him, he has the drawings tattooed on his body. (Happened in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, we don’t actually see the tattoos in Episode III.)

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Anakin Skywalker has become battle-hardened after three years of war, becoming a Jedi Knight and having taken an apprentice during that time. He is a political ally of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who offers to teach Anakin ways to escape death and hopefully save the life of Padme, of whom Anakin has visions of her dying. When a Jedi plot to overthrow the Chancellor is uncovered, Anakin turns to the dark side of the force and become Palpatine’s apprentice. Now known as Darth Vader, a duel between him and Obi-Wan Kenobi leaves Anakin severely injured and disfigured…

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Darth Vader was saved by the Emperor, who provides Vader with his new black armour suit. More machine than man, Vader hunts down the remaining Jedi, serving as the Emperor’s right hand man and enforcing the rule of the Empire across the galaxy. That is until his son Luke made a connection to the good still in him, leading him to turn against the Emperor in a final fight to save his son at the cost of his own life.

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And the redeemed Anakin returns as a Force ghost, wait a second… NOOOOOoooooo!!!!!!!

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Now that’s much better.

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The evolution of Anakin Skywalker.

Custom DC Infinite Heroes Figure – The Riddler

Hi world! Here’s a Batman villain whom I’m quite sure has not made it into the 3.75″ realm yet – The Riddler !

P1130034Edward Nygma is a genius who is obsessed with riddles, puzzles and word games. For some reasons he has dedicated himself to a life of crime, calling himself “The Riddler”, employing his talents to wreck havoc on Gotham City, all the while taunting Batman and Gotham Police with bizarre riddles or complex clues which are usually a forewarning of his latest calculated caper.

Recipe:

Head – Weather Wizard
Rest of the body, and hat – The Question

The Riddler is a fairly straightfoward custom. Weather Wizard’s head was used as he wears a domino mask, just like the Riddler. The head was transplanted onto the Question’s body, and the top of the head was sliced off and attached with the Question’s hat. Epoxy was used to fill in the gap on the hat so what it will resemble Riddler’s signature bowler hat. The suit and hat were painted green, while the hands, shoes and mask were painted purple, and the tie black. A “?” sign was also painted onto the hat.

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There’s always a “?” somewhere on the Riddler’s outfit

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Batman vs Riddler

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Ensemble shot of DCIH Batman rogues: Catwoman, Killer Croc, Hush, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Two-Face, The Joker, and a special appearance by Harley Quinn from “Injustice: Gods Among Us” by DC Collectibles.

Just a couple more:

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The business suit buck is used by several DCIH figures – The Question, Two-Face, President Lex Luthor. Two other variants of the Question also use the same buck.

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The Question looks rather freaky doesn’t he? Don’t worry, he’s a good guy.

(Photos of Lex Luthor and The Question courtesy of www.cooltoyreview.com)