Sunday, January 1, 2012
Marvel Universe - Wave 17 (or, Attack of the Repaints)
So how does this wave stack up? Well, to be honest, knowing what's on tap for the next few waves, this one is kind of lackluster. Don't get me wrong, these figures are all fairly well done, but take a good look at that group shot up there. This wave is comprised of six figures, but only two are characters new to the line. Furthermore, there is not a SINGLE piece of new tooling anywhere in this wave. That's right folks, this is one of Hasbro's classic repaint/kitbash/cheap-o cop-out waves. But I will forgive them, seeing as how the next few waves (shown during the summer conventions) are almost entirely new tooling. Also, because Deadpool is on the cardbacks (Burrito!)
Here's the blow-by-blow:
The cardbacks have changed slightly for series 4. As is tradition. Gone are the round SHIELD/HAMMER emblems in the bubbles from past series, replaced with a character-specific "comic shot". This makes the packaging a little more unique to each character, which is a good thing, and the artwork on these comic shots is awesome, but really, they're just little cardboard prints. I don't know if Hasbro was trying to make this the next collectible pack-in, like the Fury Files from Series 1 & 2, but in my opinion, these don't hit the mark. I'd rather just have the Fury Files back. Also changed in Series 4, no more stands for the figures. This is disappointing. Very disappointing.
Psylocke looks great, but unfortunately, she uses the same female buck that's been in use since the line started, with inferior articulation and less detail in the sculpt than current bucks. This figure would have been exceptional on the new female buck (X-23), but as-is, she's merely tolerable.
The head is a repaint of the Dark Phoenix head that's been used a few times now, and only bears a passing resemblance to how Psylocke is normally drawn in the comics. The belt is re-used from Ms. Marvel. See? No new parts.
Is she worth picking up? If you're a Psylocke/X-Men fan, sure. The metallic blue and transparent purple colors look great, but Hasbro could've and should've done better on this one.
AND, since it's New Years and we here at OnePerCase have nothing better to do than take a million pictures of plastic men in the middle of the night while the rest of the world is getting drunk and lighting things on fire, here's a New Years bonus for ya. Thanks to Jason for picking this Electro variant up for me recently.
This time around, Electro features translucent arms, whited-out eyes, and a a slightly shinier, darker paint job. He looks more villainous that the original release. Some of the samples of this variant also feature a more translucent mask, but that appears to be dictated by how much paint gets applied to it. Overall, not a bad bonus figure to hunt for, especially since in true variant fashion, this guy isn't in all of the cases for the revision (some of them include a re-release of the original paint job instead). Happy hunting.
Tune in next time when we save a burning school bus full of puppies from a swarm of angry laser-wielding sharks.