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Toy Fair 2017: Marvel Legends Reactions

Hasbro’s Toy Fair reveals verified a lot of rumors and had a few surprises as well. Before we go any further, I need to know who it was that got my hopes up about Squirrel Girl, because they need a wedgie. There was no Squirrel Girl appearance.


However, there’s always SDCC for her.

Marvel Legends made a strong showing, giving each faction of collector what they wanted. Obviously, this means there was some heartbreak and hurt feelings, but you can’t crack and egg without making a hen cry. I think? In any event, it was an event.

Movie figures are not going away any time soon, so we all need to get used to the multimedia synergy brought about by having movie figures in our comic line. Or, if you’re weird, comic figures in your movie line. Weirdos. Luckily, these are not the craptastic movie figures of yesterdayyearweek, so even if you still think their appearance in the line is cacapoopy, at least it’s pretty cacapoopy, like after eating a bowl of Lucky Charms. Or so I’d imagine.

The Guardians of the Galaxy lines have balanced their movie-centric nature by delivering a handful of much-needed comic characters. We’ve known about Death’s Head 2 for quite a while now, but I feel that he needs to be mentioned again, and appreciated, and we all need to stare in awe of him for a while. Moment of silence time, people, for the appreciation of Death’s Head 2, may he be the first of many Death’s Heads to grace our homes. Or at least mine and the other cool people who are into it.

It looks like Rocket will no longer be a little micro-statue with moveable arms. I have no idea why it took so long to get mobile legs on him, but both Diamond Select and now Hasbro are doing it. Now if we could somehow get a Rocket that looks like his original mini-series out of all this, I’d be ecstatic.

Ex Nihilo is … well, he exists. He’s definitely … well, I guess at some point someone will make him into an interesting character.

The rest of the movie figures are okay. I kind of wish I was more excited for this movie, but still. Regardless, Death’s Head 2. Zombie Roger Ebert’s thumbs way up on that one.

The Spider-Man wave ratchets up my eagerness level quite a bit — almost near Death’s Head 2 levels. Finally, after Buzzing Beetle, Ultimate Beetle, Lady Beetle, Blue Beetle, Beetle Bailey, John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Beetlejuice, they have finally made a classic Beetle. They even went the extra mile and didn’t just spray-paint a body with metallic green — he’s got a newly sculpted torso and everything. This is technically the Vulture wave, but it’s officially the Beetle wave now, because the Beetle is in it.

Oh, wait, there’s more figures in the wave that are awesome. And one that’s … well, okay, I guess. We’ll start with Moon Knight. I think we all kind of knew the “modern” Moon Knight was coming (put into quotation marks because the suited Mr. Knight was modern like five seconds ago) instead of an all-white Moon Knight that was never made. I still think he’s wearing Crocs to fight crime, which is either weird or ballsy. I’m going with weird. I am glad the Mr. Knight version wasn’t made because that was stupid and everything Warren Ellis has done sucks, including Nextwave. So, because it’s not Mr. Knight, I embrace this Moon Knight while side-eyeing the fact that he’s not the all-white, didn’t-need-updating look.

Tombstone is someone I’ve wanted for a while. I had no concrete idea how I wanted him presented. I like the spiffy suited Tombstone, but I also liked the more casual badass type of Tombstone. I was literally fine either way. This is definitely Tombstone, so this sates my Tombstone needs.

And then there’s Captain Universe.

There are three things I like: Captain Universe, Spider-Man’s Captain Universe story-arc, and Spider-verse. This takes all three of those things and smushes them into a single package of awesomeness that will force me to buy several. And then I might buy more to put some extra random heads on “the hero who could be YOU.” So essentially this one figure is a money pit, and I need an entire Captain Universe display with nothing but Captain Universes.

The Netflix wave is definitely a nice-looking wave. It’s not my thing, but if it is your thing, then it should really be fluffing your porkchop right about now.

Oh hey, box sets!

Box sets can kick ass if done well, and there are a couple of upcoming box sets that kick an adequate amount of twin-cheeked terror. First up is a Cyclops/Dark Phoenix set. We knew we were getting Dark Phoenix, and I was hoping a classic Cyclops would be coming to take the place of that jaded backwards abortion of an ML series 10 figure. And it is here. It is here, and it is glorious. So simple, so lovely, so much buttockian thrashing. Now, Santa, I need some other things to go with him, first of which is a FIRST APPEARANCE STORM and then I need a new Colossus and a Banshee and a Thunderbird and a horse and a pony and a Coke.

Speaking of things you snort, there’s also a Spider-Man/Mary Jane two-pack. The Spidey is from the All New All Different Spider-Man comics where he’s getting all corporate. Meaning, it’s the glowy Spider costume. I like the glowy spider. I don’t know why. I just do. It won’t last, but for now … glowing Spider. Sue me, it’s neat.

Mary Jane could use a few tweaks. She’s pretty, but she needs bangs. And ditch the freckles. Really, if you revamped the hair on her to give her a bit more redheaded bangs (giggedy) then she’d be pretty much exactly what she needs to be, instead of “vague redhead Spider-Man might have saved once.” There should be no mistaking this for anyone but Mary Jane, but unfortunately it’s not quite hitting “iconic” enough. It’s more “random pretty chick I would definitely like to disappoint for a few awkward seconds.” Which I would. I totally would.

There was also an Ultimate Vulture/Spider-Man pack. Spider-Man gets around. Reaction: I do not care about it.

And then there’s A-Force. Yeah, who saw this coming? The most random of reveals, the chicks in a box is unprecedented. There’s no precedent. None, Jerry! I am not totally jazzed about all of them — Lady Loki’s allure is lost on me, at least for the moment, and Captain Marvel is the wrong version, wearing a trench coat for reasons or something — but I can’t deny the precedent. Can you say precedent? Unprecedented! An all female box-set would have been something to make the toy gods laugh until they pee at one point, but now absolutely nobody is peeing.

Nobody’s peeing at all!

It’s been a long time since we had a She-Hulk, This one is on that body with the bad bad bad bad bad bad hips that plug upwards, but … BUT … she has fists, so I can’t get mad. Well, not too mad, at least.

A She-Hulk with fists. Hallelooloo. All I ever want is for all gamma-irradiated characters to have fists.

I don’t know what a Singularity is (from a character sense), but I’m sure I’ll find out before this comes out. Sif and Elsa Bloodstone are making their Marvel Legends debut.

Speaking of women, Lady Thor, Jane Foster Thor, or just, you know, “Thor,” is due for an upcoming wave. She looks great, We are absolutely going to get every Thor before a classic Thor. I’m cool with this one, because the comic has been nice and it’s not like the hammer hasn’t been passed around like a debutante at an Olive Garden anyway. What? I don’t know. But yeah, cool figure.

And finally … I think finally at least, if I forgot anything, then pretend I reacted to it — we’ve got the Human Torch. He’s semi-translucent, which … slight ugh, but he looks like he might not be too translucent, so there’s that. And he’s also apparently got a “4” on his chest, because otherwise nobody would be able to identify the man that’s on fire and what team he belonged to. I don’t know, I like him, but there’s things about him that make me worried about the direction they might go for a Thing. Repeat after me once again, Hasbro: no teeth, and not too tall.

Also, I am all for a Deadpool Legends wave if that pans out. So many characters would fit in there. Slapstick! Foolkiller! Deadpool! And so forth. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they made a Deadpool wave without a Deadpool? That’s so like him, not showing up for his own wave. Cheeky monkey.

37 thoughts on “Toy Fair 2017: Marvel Legends Reactions

  1. I was really hoping for silver afro Magus but beggars can’t be choosers (although as we all know they can be complainers).

    I’m sooo relieved Captain Universe Spidey has a regular CU head.

    That Nebula figure looks like a fucking Micronaut in that pose. Aren’t these pics supposed to convince us to buy them?!?

    Tombstone & Beetle look solid.

    Will probably go to secondary market on the lady set & cherry pick….all I want is Sif & maybe Monica? I haven’t (and will never) read Nextwave but that is probably all we’re ever going to get for her.

    It’ll be a cheap year but not a bad one…

  2. This MJ is looking a lot like they kinda sorta wanted to use Emma Stone’s face for the ML version of the character to make up for her being cast as Gwen Stacy instead. But it’s not a perfect likeness. Just close enough to remind you of the actor.

  3. They also did Ultimate Iron Man in 2006 or 2007 in the Annihilus wave, Ultimate War Machine in 2008 (a repaint of Ultimate Iron Man) in the Ares wave, Ultimate Wolverine (once in 2007 in the Blob wave, and then a repaint as a Diamond exclusive in 2008), Ultimate Nick Fury and Ultimate WWII Captain America in a two-pack in 2008 (Ult WWII Cap got rereleased in 2011 for Captain America: The First Avenger), and Ultimate Captain America in the Hit Monkey wave in 2013 (this one also got rereleased, in the Target-exclusive 3-pack of 2014, with Radioactive Man and Ms. Marvel).

  4. Ah! Neat! So he’ll go in my display with Ultimate Norman, Ultimate Beetle, Ultimate Spider-Woman, Miles and 1610 Peter. Is that all the Ultimate characters Hasbro’s done? I can’t think of anymore off the top of my head…

  5. I would do anything for an MCU Agent Carter figure. Any size, any form. It would be an instant pre-order for me.

  6. Must haves for me are Classic Beetle and Tombstone!! YEESS finally!! I also like the looks of the Cyclops / Dark Phoenix set, and I guess I want Mary Jane (but they can keep the stupid glowing corporate Spider-Man because he sucks monkey testis). Also, why does MJ have a fist? They didn’t give classic Captain America a fist (but they gave him a pointy finger hand), and they didn’t give Daredevil a fist, and they actually punch bad guys. But super model Mary Jane– she gets a fist. Ooookay whatever. And I might want Captain Universe (but only because he was created by Steve Ditko). And maybe the Human Torch (but I’m holding off until I see what they are going to do with The Thing and Mr. Fantastic).

    Everything else they showed is an easy pass for me. I mean, there was nothing wrong with Moon Knight’s original white costume. In fact he was one of Marvel’s coolest looking heroes. That new costume just looks stupid as hell to me. It looks like a black leotard with a few random pieces of armor glued to it (and he’s wearing freaking Crocs for cripes sake!!) Just another example of “change for the sake change” BS.

  7. The Vulture 2-pack is based on the Ultimate universe, and thus that Vulture figure is how Vulture appeared in Earth-1610.

  8. I’m happy to be getting Death’s Head 2 but I hope Death’s Head 1 won’t be far behind (making him nice and BIG like a BAF with some big honkin’ weapons too would be great!)

    It’s great that Mantis is finally getting her first ever fig but I still want a comic-accurate first appearances Mantis (maybe put her in a 2-pack with The Swordsman?)

    Oh, and classic Beetle is about time!

  9. The Guardians team itself all look like improvements over the first series (plus Yondu and Nebula). I’ve long ago grown to liking the MCU figs enough that they get their own display so I’m looking forward to them all (it doesn’t hurt that we’re now up to over two dozen characters). I don’t have an emotional attachment to the others (Warlock, Nihilo or Deathshead but they look pretty and I have a “Cosmic” shelf sooo…

    Netflix wave, see above. Weren’t we supposed to be getting an Agent Carter at some point? Also, apparently the guy who always leaks stuff accurately says the Netflix wave is rounded out by a 616 Blade and Bullseye (which make sense thematically). They’re talk of who the BAF will me seems to indicate 616 Kingpin (large and comic based) pretty strongly.

    Delighted for that Beetle. He was in my first Spidey comic. Everything else in the wave is either great (Tombstone, Captain Universe, Moon Knight, MCU Vulture) or at least not “I’m begrudgingly buying this” levels, Also, how weird is it that Vulture is only like the 5th MCU villain we’ve gotten?)

    I…am torn on the Vulture two-pack. I guess I didn’t know hiw wings look like that now (I’m assuming they do?). Still it looks neat enough and I will buy it. It’s supposed to have an alternate head, right?

    Not familiar with Singularity yet but the rest of the A-Force set is SO MUCH YES. Ditto JF Thor.

    Torch looks fine. I feel like he’s the hardest of the four to screw up for me. Sue still looks great.

    MJ looks very Emma Stone-like. Still totally buying her.

    Will get Cyclops and Dark Phoenix too but both make me wish for things we don’t appear to be getting. Cyclops REALLY needs an optic blast effect by now. And Jean just makes me want a Phoenix effect flight stand like the Toybhz one had but up to today’s standards.

    But yes. I’m buying everything.

  10. The Vulture 2 pack is far superior to Beetle. At least Vulture isn’t a lame villain we have already gotten several times.

  11. You lost me with Mr. Knight was stupid and everything Warren Ellis has done sucks, but brought me back with that debutante line.

    I’m excited for all of these figures, Death’s Head II is near the top of the list, but really hope that Death’s Head I makes an appearance soon. He and the version of Deathlok from Wolverine Weapon X and Uncanny X-Force are two of my biggest wants, and ever since they came out in the Marvel Legends 3.75 line I’ve wanted them in the 6 inch legends line.

  12. Me too. 🙂 I’m behind with my comics and haven’t started on that storyline yet, hope it’s good. 🙂 I’m glad she’s in it though
    Yep lol.

  13. Yep I love her, I’m not sure sheis my favourite Captain Marvel (I do love Carol Danvers in that role) but I certainly don’t prefer her less lol, and she’s a fantastic character. I’ve been wanting a LEgends of her for so long now.

  14. I love Singularity’s look. And Elsa has good synergy with the whole Monster’s Unleashed storyline going on right now.

    I’m just shocked that this isn’t a con exclusive.

  15. AGREED. She’s still my favourite Captain Marvel. Why? I literally have no idea, but I still love her.

  16. Maybe I’m just a sucker for translucent plastic (blame the RGB pack in ghosts and the little plastic jets that came with Jet Fighters fruit snacks in the early 90s) but semi-translucent Human Torch is just how I want him. I’m beyond pleased with the FF figs so far and am DYING for Ben Grimm to make an appearance.

  17. Extra hilarious then lol. I like Jay C I’m not trying to bash him or anything, but it is funny.

  18. yea but they didnt even mention it at all at toyfair which is a little unusual if its starting to hit stores

  19. She wasn’t in the Sliver Age. Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel was from the Bronze Age. The trenchcoat is…sigh…lame. Does she zap out of it and then zap back in? Superheroes wearing trenchcoats over their spandex gives the impression the character is ashamed to be a superhero and is hiding their costume.

  20. I think the Homecoming wave is the worst ML wave in a long time. A lot of boring, bland looking figures and a stupid BAF.
    GotG2 wave looks amazing though, I hate small BAFs but I’m not going to complain when it means we get all the female characters from GotG2 in one wave. I also think Ex Nihlo looks pretty.
    I like the Dark Phoenix two pack, pity about her neck though, I hope it’s just a prototype with the head not on properly or something.
    Mary Jane good, another Spider-man meh. Also not sure why guys are freaking out over some freckles so much lol.
    The A-Force set is hands down the best thing to come out of Toy Fair for me and the best exclusive Marvel Legends set ever. It’s like Hasbro looked into my brain and pulled out one of my more adventurous slash fics and put it in action figure form, only with clothes on. New She-Hulk with fists alone would have guaranteed I buy it, but Singularity?! I was all set to pay a customizer to make me a Singularity I NEVER imagined Hasbro would make one. Sif at last. Monica Rambeau we knew was coming but so very welcome. Elsa Bloodstone was someone I always thought might be made eventually and I’m so glad she is. Lady Loki is another figure I thought might apear in a Thor wave sometime but with no guarantee. I’d like to think this means a Leah figure isn’t an impossibility.

    Singularity appears in the recent A-Force series, by the way.

    Thor looks AMAZING, though I hope both arms have bicep swivels. I’m glad they didn’t chicken out on making her appropriately muscled, even some of the Marvel artists have been inconsistent with that.
    Flameo Hotman looks great as well.

    If there is a Deadpool wave it better have a goddamn Negasonic Teenage Warhead in it, she was th best thing in the movie after Deadpool.

  21. That’s hilarious, like the only thing SG and Elsa have in common is the colour palette to some extent.

  22. Things I love: Moon Knight, Tombstone, Torch, Elsa Bloodstone, Monica Rambeau, Sif, Singularity, Mantis, Rocket, Nebula, Adam Warlock, Ex-Nihilo, Both Vulture figures, All 4 Netflix figures.

    Really wish She-Hulk had come in the later A-Force costume with pants.

    Not into Jane Thor but I’m given to understand many others are.

    One of the 3 Starlords should have been the jet pack version.

    Gamora is fine but I wanted her White Armor Bendis run costume.

    Luke warm on: Captain Universe, Mary Jane, Lady Loki,

    Things I hate: boot cuff Cyclops, Deaths Head II, Beetle, Sweatpants Spider-Man.

  23. Bad news for you on the Moon Knight front. That’s one of the four
    costumes he had in the Ellis run- the one he had when he was in the
    Steven Grant perosnality.

  24. You can thank the ever-attentive Jay C and his impeccable journalism for mistaking Elsa Bloodstone for Squirrel Girl. He’s since fixed his article.
    Also, what’s wrong with a little bit of “4” deco on Torch’s chest?

  25. moon knight looks cool getting an upgrade. all his creepiness captured perfectly even if he is not pure white plus tombstone also is giving that scary vibe. and can’t believe hasbro finaly decided oh lets do what really has never been done ever in a toy line a whole boxset of some female characters. plus figured when phoenix showed up in a xmen wave it was only a matter of time before a dark phoenix version would pop up too.

  26. “Captain Marvel is the wrong version, wearing a trench coat for reasons or something”

    Dude. Go read Nextwave: Agents of HATE. Please.

    Monica’s got a trenchcoat so that you can put her with Elsa, Machine Man, and the Dirk Anger head on the most recent Nick Fury. Machine Man isn’t a perfect fit, but we’re light years closer to a Nextwave team than I ever thought we’d be.

  27. You know your Deaths head (although 1st version, green or blue, is far better) but not your Warren Ellis. Who is, mostly, excellent, as was Mr Knight.

  28. First things first: Mr. Knight is cool as hell.
    Nothing to say about the awesome Magus head for Mr. Warlock?
    Sue comes with H.E.R.B.I.E., Johnny HAS to come with something cool (or hot, in his case). May I suggest alternate, non-flaming head?
    My collection is really testing the bounds of my bookshelf. Foolkiller would be a must, Solo a temptation.

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