Awesome Toy Collection – Marvel Universe Spider-Verse

Hi world! For this month I thought I’d showcase a couple of my 3.75″ Spider-Man figures that were released under the Marvel Universe, Marvel Infinite Series, and Marvel Legends Series (3.75″) banners.

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We have a gathering here of the Spider-Verse – different versions of Spider-Man who are either Spider-Man in the various costumes he has worn in the comics or video games, or having originated from an alternate reality, clone duplicates, or even other individuals who had for one reason or another taken up a Spider-inspired costume. See if you can identify them all!

And yes there are probably a couple more MU 3.75″ Spidey figures that are not in the picture, but I thought that they are of such slight variations (in terms of differences in colour or articulation) that they need not be shown.

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The figures for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, an older Spider-Man from an alternate reality, and Spider-Ham. I’ve dressed up Spider-Man Noir with a trench coat and hat since he appeared that way in the film. We don’t really have the corresponding figures for Spider-Gwen, and the film’s version of SP//dr, in the 3.75″ scale.

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Movie Spider-Man figures: Sam Raimi’s Trilogy Spider-Man, the Amazing Spider-Man, and MCU Spider-Man.

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Who’s pointing first?

Just one more:

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Yeah that kinda happened, sort of.

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Custom Marvel Universe Figure – Throg, Frog of Thunder

Hello world! Here’s a custom Marvel Universe figure that I have been inspired to create: Throg, Frog of Thunder !

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Thor, the God of Thunder, was once turned into a frog by his brother Loki, and he found himself embroiled in a war between the frogs and rats in New York City’s Central Park. Eventually, Frog Thor managed to regain his powers, return to Asgard, confront Loki and was restored to his former self. Meanwhile, Puddlegup, a frog Thor had befriended, came under attack by the rats. In defense, Puddlegup (who was actually a man named Simon Walterson who came under a curse and became a frog) held onto a metal silver chipped from Thor’s hammer, and he similarly gained the power of Thor, complete with costume and hammer. Calling himself Throg, he now uses his powers to protect his frog clan that had welcomed him as one of their own.

Recipe:
Head – Came from this Sitting Frog Figure
Torso, legs – Marvel Super Heroes Squad Thor
Arms – Indiana Jones Ugha Warrior
Feet – Cast from Wolverine and the X-Men Toad
Helmet wings – Came from another Marvel Universe Thor

I was inspired to create this custom after seeing several other people’s custom Frog Thor that were posted either on the ToyArk Forum (for example here & here) or on FigureRealm (well there’s one here). Also, I was thinking of assembling the Pet Avengers. Several of the pets have already been released, with just a couple more that needs to be acquired/customized.

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The head and arms of the Thor figure were removed by first softening the figure by boiling it in hot water and then pulling the parts out. The frog head was cut out and transplanted over to the torso, with the neck created using epoxy putty. The Ugha Warrior’s arms were heavily sanded down and they plug somewhat snugly into the arm sockets. I made a rather crude cast of Toad’s web feet that were then used to replace the front part of Thor’s shoes. The helmet was sculpted using epoxy putty, with the wings pasted on. A pair of “U”-shaped kneepads was cut from paper and pasted on the knees.

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Pet Avengers Assemble! When Mister Fantastic went to the Moon and visited the Inhuman city of Attilan to begin a search for the Infinity Gems, Lockjaw finds one of the gem, and he proceeds to recruit a team to find the remaining gems across space and time.
Front row: Hairball, Ms. Lion, Lockheed, Redwing
Back row: Throg, Lockjaw, Zabu

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After the Pet Avengers had found five of the Infinity Gems, Thanos turns up during the search for the sixth and final gem and he challenged the Pet Avengers for the gems. After a titanic confrontation, Lockjaw used the combined powers of their five gems to defeat Thanos by stranding him in an alternate dimension, in the process snatching back the gem Thanos had taken. 

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The Pet Avengers now share a psychic link and will reunite when they are needed. US President Obama’s dog, Bo, also becomes an honorary member of the Pet Avengers.

Bits acknowledgement:
. Lockjaw is a part of Marvel Legends Series 2016 SDCC Collector’s Vault.
. Lockheed came with Marvel Universe Kitty Pryde.
. Redwing came with Marvel Universe Falcon.
. Ms. Lion came with Marvel Universe Mary Jane Watson. Ms. Lion is based on his brown fur appearance in the “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” cartoon, whereas he has white fur in the Pet Avengers comics.
. Hairball (previously known as Niels, Speedball’s pet cat) is actually Gargamel’s cat Azrael.
. Zabu is a Papo Smilodon.
. Bo was customised from a Papo Black Poodle.

Speaking of Thor Frog…

ToyBiz once planned to release Thor Frog as a Marvel Legends accessory. A prototype sculpt was displayed at SDCC 2006. More information can be found at this Action Figure Insider page.

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Thor Frog with Forbush Man, on display at SDCC 2006. Picture from Action Figure Insider.

And fast forward to NYCC 2011, the picture of a digital sculpt for Thor Frog was shown at Hasbro’s Marvel Actions Figures Panel, supposedly a sneak peek for a 2012 Marvel Universe release. More information can be found over here at Marvelousnews.com.

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Thor Frog!!! Picture from Marvelousnews.com.

Guess that didn’t happen either.

Custom MCU Figure – One-Eyed Thor (“Thor: Ragnarok” & “Avengers: Infinity War”)

Hi world! Here’s another custom of MCU Thor, this time based on his one-eyed appearance in the first half of “Avengers: Infinity War” (and also the mid-credit scene of “Thor: Ragnarok”). [Spoiler alert!]

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In the final duel between Thor and his evil half-sister Hela, Hela inflicted such grievious injury that Thor lost his right eye. Thor was finally able to vanquish Hela by invoking Ragnarok – the destruction of Asgard. Now wearing an eyepatch, Thor assumes the throne and becomes King, and he decides to bring the remaining Asgard refugees to Earth.

Recipe:
Torso, legs – Shock Strike Thor from “The Avengers”
Arms – Hawkeye from “The Avengers”
Right hand – Came from a spare Star Wars custom fodder
Head – I transplanted Thor’s face to the head of Mutt Williams from “Indiana Jones KOTCS”
[Update – 14 June 2019: I’ve added a short tutorial on how to do the face transplant in the Comments section.]

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The steps to create “One-Eyed Thor” are similar to that used for my custom A:IW Thor, except that I removed Thor’s cape, transplanted Hawkeye’s arms over to Thor’s torso, and added an eyepatch. Hawkeye’s right hand was replaced with a spare hand from my Star Wars custom fodder as the original hand had a strap around it.  Epoxy putty was used to sculpt the eyepatch, collar, straps on the lower arms, and additional armor over the shoulders.

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After being stranded on the planet Sakaar and forced to fight in gladiatorial games, Thor gathers his forces as he plots to return to Asgard and stop Hela.  To do this, Thor forms “The Revengers” which consist of himself, Bruce Banner, Valkyrie, and his brother Loki. The team was aided in the fight by fellow former gladiators Korg and Miek.

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After Hela was defeated and Asgard was destroyed, King Thor Odinson leads the remaining Asgardians as they search for a new home.

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Thor tells Loki that he thinks it’s a good idea to go to Earth. Then an ominous shadow looms over them…

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Loki tries to call Thanos’ bluff of threatening to kill Thor, but upon seeing that Thanos was really going through with it, Loki yields and surrenders the Tesseract.

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… and after that the Hulk goes into hiding for the rest of the movie.

Thanos kills Loki, Heimdall, and half of the remaining Asgardians, while Thor was left for dead, adrift in space, until he was rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Drax thinks that Thor was the love-child of a pirate and an angel.

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Thor accuses Star-Lord of mocking him.

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Thor decides to go to Nidavellir to obtain a weapon to aid in his quest to kill Thanos, while Rocket and Groot tag along.

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Rocket gives Thor an artificial eye.

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Thor obtains the Stormbreaker, and he summons the Bifrost to bring him, Rocket and Groot to Wakanda on Earth, where the battle for the remaining Infinity Stone was taking place between the Avengers and Thanos’ minions.

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Shortly after Thanos kills Vision and obtained all the six Infinity Stones, Thor strikes at Thanos with the Stormbreaker, hitting him squarely in the chest. But this still allowed Thanos to snap his fingers… half of all life in the universe vanish in an instant.

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They lost… Now go catch the exciting conclusion in “Avengers: Endgame” !

Just one more:

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Awesome Toy Showcase – Avengers: Endgame

Hi world! “Avengers: Endgame” has finally arrived! It is the conclusion to last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War”, in which the Avengers fought against Mad Titan Thanos for the Infinity Stones, and they lost! In “Avengers: Endgame”, the Avengers will deal with the ramification of their defeat, and seize at a chance to reverse their failure.

To coincide with the movie’s release, here’s a showcase of the MCU figures from A:IW and A:E, a mix of both Hasbro releases and my customs.

[Compared to my previous showcase for last year’s A:IW, the pictures here now reflect a somewhat more accurate representation of the actual combatants. I do this for fun.]

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The Avengers, together with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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… and after that the Hulk goes into hiding for the rest of the movie.

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Battle of Titan.

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Later on at the Battle of Wakanda. Hmm… where’s Rocket?

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Thor confronts Thanos.

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Thanos obtains the Mind Stone from Vision.

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“Where’s Fury?”

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“Hi guys! This is Ant-Man. Can you buzz me in?”

Just one more:

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Gee, I wonder whatever happened to them.

Custom MCU Figure – Thor (“Avengers: Infinity War”)

Hello world! Here’s a custom MCU Thor as based on his appearance at the Battle of Wakanda in “Avengers: Infinity War”.

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After witnessing his brother, his best friend, and half his people, all get killed by the Mad Titan Thanos, Thor was left for dead, adrift in space until he was rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Seeking a new weapon in his pursuit for revenge, Thor, together with new friends Rocket and Groot, travel to Nidavellir where Thor obtains the Stormbreaker. Thor then arrives at Wakanda on Earth, where the decisive battle for the remaining Infinity Stone was taking place between the Avengers and Thanos’ minions. With Thor’s awesome powers the tide of the battle has seemingly turned in the Avengers’ favor.

Recipe:
Whole body – Shock Strike Thor from “The Avengers”
Head – I transplanted Thor’s face to the head of Mutt Williams from “Indiana Jones KOTCS”
Stormbreaker – Came with Thor from this Disney Store Avengers: Infinity War Deluxe Figurine Set

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Yeah, I thought Mutt Williams’ head kinda matched Thor’s new hairdo.

Thor’s costume in “Avengers: Infinity War” was basically an almost all black costume, with the discs having a somewhat glossy sheen. (Actually Thor already wears that right at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”.) Epoxy putty was used to sculpt a raised collar as well as connect the cape to the top discs. A piece of paper was cut to resemble the armor plate on the back of the cape and pasted on. Epoxy was used to cover over the armor plate, collar, and over the cape at shoulders to create a continuous piece. The torso, legs, lower arms armor, and insides of the cape were painted with flat black, while the discs themselves were painted with gloss black. The upper arms chain armor were painted with gun metal to give them a shinier look.

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Close-ups front and back

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The onscreen appearances of MCU Thor.
From left: “Thor”, “The Avengers”, “Thor: The Dark World” (and I think it’s almost the same costume in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Avengers: Infinity War”.

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Thor, Rocket Raccoon and Groot arrive at Wakanda.

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“Bring me Thanos!”

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The Chitauri are about to get hammered.

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Steve Rogers and Thor do some quick catching up during the fight.

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My customs for the Battle of Wakanda. Oh yeah, I’m good.

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Thor confronts Thanos. You should have gone for the head!

Bits acknowledgements:
. Rocket Raccoon is made by Takara Tomy.
. Groot comes from the same Disney Store Avengers: Infinity War Deluxe Figurine Set
. Stormbreaker lightning effects belong to Star Wars Mace Windu.
. Rocket’s big freaking gun came with Marvel Minimates A:IW Groot and Rocket 2-pack.
. Captain America’s Wakandan shield came with the Captain America of Hasbro’s A:IW basic 6″ figures that each came with a stone accessory.
. Black Widow’s belt belong to Star Trek (2009) Scotty. (In fact, each Starfleet figure had the same utility belt)
. And Thanos is a bootleg which seemed to be more in scale with the 4″ figures. Try eBay.

[Update – 1 May 2019: Did some minor text editing, and replaced the picture of Thor, Rocket and Groot to one which shows Rocket’s big freaking gun, which has finally arrived in the mail. And it actually still isn’t the one Rocket carried into battle. The previous picture is below, with Rocket holding up the original two guns that came with this Takara Tomy figure.]

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Custom MCU Figure – Captain America (“Avengers: Infinity War”)

Hi world! Here’s another custom figure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Captain America, as based on his appearance in “Avengers: Infinity War”.

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Unwilling to subject himself to the Sokovia Accords, Steve Rogers goes on the run. After sending his friend Bucky to Wakanda for medical treatment, Steve Rogers joins up with fellow fugitives Falcon, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch, together they work off the grid as Team “Secret Avengers” and continue the fight against formidable global threats, in one instance thwarting a terrorist cell from obtaining deadly Chitauri weaponry.

Receipe:
Head – A cast of Steve Rogers’ head, originally made from this Captain America variant.
Torso, upper arms, legs – Captain America with bike from “Captain America: Civil War”
Lower arms – True Heroes Barracuda
Elbows – Indiana Jones

In “Avengers: Infinity War”, Captain America wears a slightly modified version of his suit from “Captain America: Civil War”. I decided I could customize a A:IW Captain America by using the “Civil War” Captain America as a base. The star on the chest was sliced off, with the empty space painted black. True Heroes Barracuda had rolled up sleeves and gloved hands that somewhat resembled A:IW Capt’s. Indiana Jones elbows were used as the pegs fit nicely with the upper arms. A combination of superglue and epoxy putty was used to replace the elbows, with epoxy putty sculpted to match with the rolled up sleeves. The Steve Rogers cast head was bought on eBay and slightly modified to match the A:IW Capt’s hairstyle, while the beard was sculpted on using epoxy.

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Or if you really feel rich enough, you can track down the extremely rare Captain America variant and use the head for the custom.

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Team “Secret Avengers” – Black Widow, Captain America, Falcon. Scarlet Witch was having a time out.

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Capt fighting terrorists.
Yeah that sorta happened in “Avengers: Infinity War” Prelude #1 and “Captain Marvel” Prelude #1. [Warning: The ads over at Read Comics Online aren’t exactly family friendly.]

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Later on at the Battle of Wakanda. Since there aren’t any Outrider figures available, the Chitauri are standing in for them.

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The onscreen appearances of MCU Captain America.
From left: “Captain America: The First Avenger”, “The Avengers”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War”.

Just one more:

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Sorry S.T.R.I.K.E. Team Captain America, but your supposed likeness to Chris Evans is of serious suspect. You may just work for a Johnny Storm though.

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.]

Awesome Toy Collection – Year End Showhand 2018

Hi world! We have come to the end of another year, and I thought I’d showcase a couple of items from my awesome toy collection that I had acquired over the course of the year or even earlier.

And I’ve decided on doing this showcase with the theme of Marvel Universe Teams and Groups.

[Actually, this kinda gives me the opportunity to open up some of my past purchases which will probably go towards clearing up some space in my room. Heh.]

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The Illuminati: Namor, Reed Richard (aka Mr. Fantastic), Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Dr. Stephen Strange, Black Bolt, and Professor Charles Xavier (aka Professor X). They were brought together by Tony Stark to exchange information and deal with potential crises, each providing their own unique viewpoints and perspectives.

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Alpha Flight is a team of Canadian superheroes set up by Department H of Canada’s Department of National Defence. Here are a couple of Alpha Flight members:
From front left: Puck with Snowbird, Guardian, Aurora, and Northstar
Back: Sasquatch (I bought this Marvel Legends figure as I thought it scales well with the 3.75″ Marvel Universe figures)

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The Defenders: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist
Netflix had a couple of TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on some of the superheroes not yet used in the MCU movies. And in “The Defenders”, the four superheroes team up to combat an ancient evil when it threatens New York City.

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The Wrecking Crew: Thunderball, Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver
The Wrecker is a criminal who was bestowed with superhuman strength and stamina, and he shared his power with three other persons. Together the four supervillians engage in criminal activities, usually as hired thugs, and quite often laying waste to entire city blocks.

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And I’d thought I open up my remaining Marvel Universe Secret Wars Two-Packs that were still unopened, and take this awesome ensemble. There were twelve two-packs, giving a total 24 figures. And including the Wasp, that gives 25 figures.

Interesting trivia: That’s not Tony Stark in the Iron Man suit. Tony was having issues with alcoholism at that time, and asked his buddy James Rhodes to cover for him.

There are actually more characters that appeared in “Secret Wars” by the way, with some of them released as figures of their own later on.

And with that I’m signing off! Goodbye 2018! And Hello 2019!

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?

Marvel Universe Collecting – Black Widow

Hi world! It had been a very busy month, but I’ve managed to think of a topic to blog about, and here I present to you the latest showcase from my awesome toy collection: The 4″ releases thus far of Marvel Universe’s Black Widow.

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Black Widows assemble! We have six Black Widows here.
(From left)
(1) Black Widow from the Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #011)
(2) Black Widow from the Marvel Universe Avengers with stand line
(3) Black Widow from The Avengers line #14
(4) Black Widow from Avengers Assemble
(5) Black Widow from Avengers: Age of Ultron
(6) Black Widow from Marvel Gamerverse line

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In the Marvel comics, Natalia Romanova was a Soviet spy who was trained from young in the skills of espionage, assassination, marksmanship and the martial arts, brainwashed and indoctrinated in the Communist system, going by the codename “Black Widow”. However, after a couple of missions in the United States she decides to defect and work for S.H.I.E.L.D. Black Widow also goes by the name “Natasha” which is an informal version of “Natalia”.

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Another Black Widow with a different appearance was released as part of the “MU Avengers with stand” line. She shares the same head (and the same buck) as Psylocke, and a couple of Jean Grey variants.

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Yep, it’s the same head and buck.
From left: Black Widow, Psylocke, Dark Phoenix, Jean Grey (X-Factor), Marvel Girl (X-Men First Class)

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MCU’s Black Widow was released as part of “The Avengers” line. For “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the same figure was re-released, this time she’s given blue highlights as per her appearance in the movie. In the movies the Black Widow’s real name is Natalia Alianovna “Natasha” Romanoff, which is somewhat inconsistent with the Russian family name system of using the feminine form “Romanova” for girls.

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This is Black Widow’s appearance in the animated series “Avengers Assemble”. It is a reuse of MCU Black Widow catsuit buck, with a new head and belt.

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And this Black Widow was released as part of the recent Marvel Gamerverse line, she is an almost complete reuse of MCU Black Widow buck, except for her head, which is a repaint of Gamora’s head. Amazingly, Black Widow’s hairstyle looks just like that in the “Marvel Vs. Capcom” game.

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Comparison between Marvel Gamerverse Black Widow and Gamora. It’s such a clever re-use that it makes you think whether Gamora’s head sculpt was designed with Black Widow in mind.

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We have a special appearance by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Maria Hill and Sharon Carter (aka Agent 13). I am showcasing them here as they somewhat share the MCU Black Widow catsuit buck. Maria Hill is a repaint of the Black Widow buck with a new head, while Sharon Carter uses Black Widow’s legs and belt together with a new torso and head.

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Black Widows in action.

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Heck, let’s just add Maria Hill and Sharon Carter to the mix. Femmes Fatale in action.

A couple more worthy mentions:

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This is the cancelled Iron Man 2 three-pack box set of Iron Man, War Machine, and Black Widow. Had this been released it would have been the first MCU Black Widow figure. The reason for the box set’s cancellation was never announced, but somehow it managed to went on sale in the UK.

IM2widow2Close-up comparison between “Iron Man 2” Black Widow and “The Avengers” Black Widow. Picture from someone’s collection as posted on ToyArk forum here.

Two other Marvel Universe Black Widow variants also exist:

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On the right is the “Short red hair variant” Black Widow, compared with the regular release on the left.

BlackWidowVariantMOCThis is the “Blonde variant” Black Widow, and is thought to be Yelena Belova, a more recent character who also used the “Black Widow” name.

Based on the posts in ToyArk Forums, both of the above Black Widow variants were prototypes created when Hasbro considered releasing variant figures, but any such plans were cancelled. Instead, these prototypes were given to Hasbro employees, and subsequently some were sold to collectors. They are among the rarest MU figures, fetching exorbitant prices online if they were ever on sale.

Picture of Iron Man 2 Undercover Assault Box Set from www.onepercase.net
Pictures of Marvel Universe Black Widow variants from posts on ToyArk Forum.