Friday, July 13, 2012

The Avengers Wave 4 Early Look - Nick Fury, Chitauri, Super Articulated Iron Man


Want to see what's in store for the next wave of Hasbro's The Avengers line?  Get an early look after the jump.



The fourth wave of Hasbro's Avengers movie line isn't due out at retail for about another month, but the figures became available through a Chinese ebay seller recently.  




Disclaimer:  These figures may be factory rejects, or may differ from the final versions we'll see at retail soon.      These figures did not include any packaging or accessories.  As such, I don't consider this initial review to be the final word on these figures.  I'll do a full review on each when I have retail product in hand.



The "Super Articulated" Iron Man Mark VII is far from actually being super articulated.  Yes, it is an improvement over the first Mark VII release, but only barely.  From the waist up, the figure is exactly the same mold as before.  It only has new legs.  The first release had ball hinged knees and no ankle articulation. This new version features double jointed knees and ball hinged ankles with rockers.  The added articulation is a step in the right direction, but this figure still lacks wrists, waist or torso articulation.  




The paint is basically the same as before, but the arc reactor is solid blue instead of solid white now, and the repulsors on the hands lack any paint detail.  So this is still a pretty lazy paint job.  Overall, the improvement in articulation is just enough to make you kick yourself for buying the first version.  This figure pisses me off.




The Chitauri is the most perplexing figure yet in this line, because of his unusual and pointless articulation scheme.  The figure has ball hinged hips and ankles (which is cool since most of this line lacks ankles), but doesn't have any sort of knee articulation... which renders the ankle articulation almost completely useless.  The figure also doesn't have any elbow articulation.  Or wrists.  So he's got straight arms and legs, and almost no poseability.  




Other than the fact that the Hasbro designers were obviously on drugs the day this figure was designed, the sculpting detail isn't bad.  There's some good detail in the armor.




We're getting a deluxe Chitauri with chariot around the same time as the single carded figure, so I'm hopeful that that one will have elbows and knees.  Or maybe this is the deluxe one, and that's why it lacks elbows and knees?  Guess I'll know for sure when they start hitting retail.





Nick Fury uses the body from last year's Captain America line Winter Soldier, with a new head, jacket and arms.  The head bears a decent likeness to Sam Jackson, but honestly, I think the Iron Man 2 version still looks better.  The new coat is kind of cool, but the new arms lack wrist articulation, and the paint on the head and hands seems sloppy.  





Also, I don't like this body for Nick.  The torso looks nothing like his costume from the movie.  It's kind of sad that both versions of Fury we've gotten in the 3 3/4" line have been cheap kit-bashes using other figures' bodies, but at least the first version looked like what he wore in the movies.  




When this line hits retail in the coming weeks, we'll see if the packaged samples with their accessories are any sort of improvement, but so far, this is shaping up to be a pretty weak wave.


18 comments:

  1. Ouch, that's a lot of disappointment right there.
    Really bummed about Iron Man, guess I'll just keep the regular version...
    The Chituari is craptacular. He's like a happy meal toy. But that doesn't bother me so much, as I wasn't intending on getting one anyway.
    I can say the same about Fury, a figure of him doesn't interest me.

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  2. You just had to sneak Black Widow into a pic didn't you? I don't mind because it makes me think of Scarlett and I like that. :) Have a good one.

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  3. I really hope the store versions are better. Like no elbow or knee joints on the Chitauri? Who does that?! Sure, in the 90's it was okay, but not now.
    Iron Man looks lame. The only super articulated Iron Man Mark VII is the one you get when you put Mark VI arms and legs on the first ones body. It's cool that way.
    Nick Fury from IM2 looks a ton better. They should have made a movie style suit by now, Nick Fury is good enough for that.
    I will just get the Chitauri if the figures stay like this. Sure its got bad articulation but it will look cool on a shelf with the rest of the Avengers figures.

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  4. I few weeks before we got the announcement for this wave, I modified my Mk. VII with Mk.VI forearms and Mk.V lower legs. While the Mk.V boots actually look better on Mk.VII than the original lower leg sculpts, I do have this new version of the VII on the way for the double knees (Plus I have no shortage of Mk.IV/VI forearms). So it's still good custom fodder, especially if you want to add articulation without having to bother cutting or painting.

    I am a bit disappointed in how little difference there is in the colours though. One thing I really liked about the mech suit Iron man was that it took the opportunity to give a version of the Mk.VI in molded red, rather than the painted versions released previously. After switching on some fully articulate legs, that's become my default Mk.VI. If you have to do 20 highly similar releases, then it's better to take the opportunity to tweak things so everyone can have their favourite.

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    1. The only problem I got was that the one leg peg on the Mark VII is much thicker than the other. So one leg from the Mark VI pops right one where the other doesn't. Its like Hasbro knew we would do this and made it harder to do. I sanded it down but now it feels a little weak (but okay for shelf display) and also that leg is a little longer due to the peg. Not much, but still. It could be sanded more to fix that but I don't want it to snap off.

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    2. I encountered this, and that's part of why I'm looking forwards to get this version of Iron Man. Transferring the Mk.V lower legs onto the original meant that I had to keep the single knees, but I didn't want to have to mess around with resizing any pegs.

      The Mk.IV/VI forearms work like a treat though. The II/III forearms are surprisingly loose, but the Iron Man 2 line wanted us to have many, many spare copies of the Mk.VI.

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  5. It has been confirmed that the Chitauri here is the "deluxe" one and the normal carded one will have knee and elbow joints. Some SDCC pictures I found showed the difference in the figures. So that's great! Now we can know for sure that the deluxe figures will be typical deluxe figures (or included with vehicle figures). We can all sleep better at night knowing Hasbro didn't change! ;)

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    1. Do you have a link to those photos? I'd like to check them out.

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    2. Okay, the figure you have is the deluxe one (brighter gold color and some minor differences) but I am not sure about articulation now. Some guy on eBay seems to have both kinds and neither have better articulation. Unless its his lighting or something or I saw an older picture where they had knee and elbow joints. I guess we sill have to wait and see if better pictures come out.

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    3. Well, in the photos from the TRU times square display (http://www.onepercase.net/2012/04/more-new-avengers-toy-reveals-lokis.html) some of these guys clearly have elbow and knee joints, so I am hopeful that what I got are just the deluxe version and the single carded ones will be better, but I guess we'll see. Photo's of Hasbro's display at SDCC aren't helpful either, as you can't make out articulation for either figure in any of the photos I've seen.

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    4. In the pictures of the carded figure the picture next to the title shows the Chitauri holding that dumb axe with the elbow bent. But they could have changed it since the picture.

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    5. Hey guys, I found the deluxe Chitauri in one of the local TRUs in my area. I posted a couple of pics on my page:

      http://chasevariant.blogspot.sg/2012/07/chase-sighting-new-stuff-hits-shelves.html

      So yeah, Zak, looks like you got the ones from the deluxe set with no knees and elbows...and no Cosmic Chariot! ;)

      I kid. But yeah, hopefully the single-packed versions turns out to have better articulation...

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    6. Thanks for the heads up, that's the first report I've seen of these hitting retail, though it appears you're in Singapore, so these are probably still a few weeks away from me in the US. Do you happen to know what the case ratio was on these?

      I hope you're right and the ones I got from China are just the deluxe versions, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the carded and deluxe figures are the same. Guess we'll know for sure soon enough.

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  6. Having my version of this Iron Man in hand, I noticed that his helmet is actually a new sculpt. I thought the helmet looked wider, and comparing the range of motion in the neck, it's definitely a new piece.

    My figure does seem to be missing several paint apps though, having none of the details on the knees, lower legs, and missing the gold on the side of the thighs and those little silver triangles on the chestplate. I guess that's the risk of buying early ebay samples of dubious origin.

    Switching on the Mk.VI/IV forearms as planned, I'm definitely happy with this as my Mk.VII if we don't get a version with full articulation. I can see why this figure might piss you off though.

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    1. Strange, mine is definitely not a new head sculpt, its identical to the first Mark VII.

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  7. Does the new Iron Man fit in any better with the Iron Man 2 figures?

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    1. Not really. Check out my review of the retail version for more info: http://www.onepercase.net/2012/08/the-avengers-shatter-blaster-iron-man.html

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