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 !”

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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.

Marvel Universe Collecting – The Inhumans

There’s a new TV show coming this September – Marvel’s Inhumans. It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’ve decided to hype myself up for the new show by showcasing my Inhumans figures.

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The Inhumans are a race of beings who had diverged from mainstream humanity thousands of years ago as a result of genetic experimentations on primitive man performed by the alien Kree. Although the Inhumans were originally created as weapons of mass destruction, the Kree abandoned their experiments when a prophecy foretold that the Inhumans will ultimately turn against them. Each Inhuman gain various powers when subjected to the Terrigen Mist, and this is sometimes accompanied by drastic changes to their outward appearances.

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Black Bolt is the King of the Inhumans. Black Bolt has the ability to trigger a destructive shockwave whenever he speaks. Due to the extreme danger posed by this power, Black Bolt usually remains completely silent and speaks through sign language or via spokesperson.

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Medusa is the Queen of the Inhumans, and the wife of Black Bolt. Medusa has a long, thick head of red hair, which has great tensile strength and elasticity. Medusa can control the movement of her hair, and she uses her hair as a weapon to attack her enemies.

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Karnak is a member of the Inhuman Royal Family, he is skilled in martial arts, and is a master strategist. Karnak has the ability to find the weak point in any person, plan, or object. Karnak was never exposed to the Terrigen Mist, and so never developed additional powers like other Inhumans.

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Triton is the brother of Karnak. When Triton underwent Terrigenesis, he gained the ability to breathe underwater and survive the deep ocean environment. His skin turned scaly and green, and a dorsal fin grew on his head. The transformation has also given him great superhuman strength which he uses to his advantage serving as a scout for the Inhumans.

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Lockjaw is an Inhuman who resembles a giant bulldog, he has the ability to teleport people and objects. Lockjaw serves in the capacity as the Inhumans’ teleporter and escort to the Inhuman Royal Family.

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An Inhuman’s best friend.

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Not in Attilan anymore.

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The Inhumans

Based on the released blurb, the new TV show will tell the story of members of the Inhuman Royal Family as they escape an uprising on their hidden city on the Moon, and seek refuge on Earth, interacting with humanity and hopefully find a way to return to their way of life.

 

 

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.”