SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider-man 2”

We have a new Marvel Select figure at the SpartanNerd house…Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider Man 2” Spider-man!

1 package front

Spider-Man came in this box…It isn’t that remarkable.  Just a large window and you can see the components inside.  This was one of two choices in Marvel Select Spider-Man figures available at our local comic book store, “The Tangled Web.”  The other is basically the same figure, but with a crushed car as the stand, and lacking a swappable hand.

Here’s the back…

2 package back

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” references that movie that never should have been made…

(Tobey MacGuire IS Spider-Man…When they announce the premature reboot I was highly disillusioned and haven’t seen either one..)

Regardless of my feelings about what this figure represents, is it a good Spider-Man figure…Read on, oh Hub City Geeks!

Spider-man comes with all the things pictured here, as well as a promotional poster which I threw away instead of photographing.

3 whats in the box minus propaganda

So you get a stand, an extra right hand with a closed fist, two webs, and a stand that is actually the awning under Spidey’s apartment window.

8 stand backside

The stand can hang on your wall like a picture if you want.

I like this stand, and I think the grubby looking apartment with the wall-unit hanging out over a ratty green awning is quite comic book accurate.

(I wonder what several of these stands strategically placed would be like…the whole side of an apartment building!)

5 portal pose

There are pegs on the wall of the stand…Spider-Man’s power is that he can stick to walls, right?  Here is an attempt to make that work.  This was one of many poses I tried…Spidey does have holes in his feet, but why would you stand him up straight on this stand?  That seems to be the intention, however.

4 spider butt

Here you go…you know you wanted to see the backside of Spider-Man anyways.

Spider-Man’s webs are pretty neat!  They both have a little hook that you may use to connect the ends together to make one super long web, or you can connect them to one of Spider-Man’s fingers and make it seem that he just shot the web.  The webs are not straight, they are bent and curved in a tasteful way.

11 favorite spidey photo

This may be my favorite Spider-Man photo ever!  You can see how the webs work in this picture. (above)

12 hanging

I tried to flex Spider-Man into classic comic poses.  This toy isn’t quite articulated enough for some of Spidey’s most iconic looks, for instance, the Todd McFarlane look.  (My favorite, of course.)  Above is my attempt at one of his most famous poses, “the kiss” pose from Spider-Man 3.  His legs just don’t bend that way.  I wish he had upper thigh cut articulation.  Instead, Spidey can’t really move his knees above his waist.

9 a menace

This figure looks good with other Marvel Select pieces.  Here he is on Deadpool’s stand.  Those webs add great flavor…as if he just landed and they are in motion behind him!

13 spider-man and deadpool

Hey, that’s my stand!

You can see that he is a little shorter than Deadpool.  I don’t know if you can tell from the pic or not, but his fist hand has a little hole where you can make it hold one of the webs too!

14 Spiderman and thanos

Thanos towers over Spider-Man.

15 Spiderman and Thor

Thor is much more muscular…however comparing these two isn’t fair.  Thor is not good as an action figure.  (I wrote a previous review of the Marvel Select Thor.)

16 Spiderman backside webbing Thanos

17 Thanos web detail

But compared to these action figures, Marvel Select Spider-Man is clearly superior.

18 Spiderman and the little guys

So what do I rate Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Spider-Man?

I give the figure a 4/5.  Spidey’s sculpt is just what you would expect.  I don’t care for the newest movie’s design for the spider emblem on his chest, but this figure minimizes that.  The paint is just as good as you should expect for a $25 figure.  He comes with two great webs, and a pretty decent stand.  I subtracted a point, however because he isn’t as flexible as a Spider-Man figure should be.  He IS as articulated as the other Marvel select figures.  But he should have more joints or something.

so, what would you rate Marvel Select Spider-Man?  Do you agree with my rating of 4/5?  Let me know!

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Marvel Select Thanos

About three months ago, Thanos came to my attention at The Tangled Web.  I was unable to purchase him at the time, and hadn’t seen him since he was evidently snatched up on that fateful day.

I saw him a few more times in other stores.  But usually the price was jacked up.  He was at one store for $40.  This was wrong to me because I knew I could order him off of the internet for cheaper…

But no need.  He returned to the Tangled Web back in Spartanburg!  And at the correct price, $24.99.

1 box

In my mind Thanos is one of the Big Bads.  He’s up there with Darth Vader and Skeletor and Darkseid.  I have limited experience with Thanos in comics, but what I have made a deep impression on me.  He appeared in a Spider-Man comic that I had in the 1990’s where Spidey had a near death experience and got to see Thanos in his death.  Not God.  Or Satan.  Thanos.  The outcome was always confusing to me…Lady Death was there.  Thanos was in love with her.  She said let Peter Parker go.  And basically Spider-Man woke up shaken, but not dead.  I hope to find that comic one day to do a vintage review.

Oh yeah.  This is a toy review.  Sorry!  See my pics and captions.

 

2 box back

 

The back of the box is nice.  It gives you lots of information.

3 bio

 

You get this summary of Thanos’ fictitious life.

4 comic

 

Thanos is most famous for having the Infinity Gauntlet.  I know mostly of this from a Video Game for the PS1, way back in the day.  You had to tray and capture the Infinty Gems before Thanos.  In the end, he usually got them, and then beat the snot out of you.  A quick search on Wikipedia gave much more information.  Apparently he used the gauntlet to wipe out most all life.

5 side face

As in the Marvel Select Deadpool and Thor, you get an awesome grimace on the side of the box.

6 what you see when you open

When you open the box you see this.  The little booklet is propaganda.  Not instructions.

7 accessories

Here are the contents freed from the packaging.

8 standing 9 biceps 10 wearing gauntlet

Thanos is easily the most muscular figure I own!  Look at those biceps!  The pic on the right has Thanos wearing the Infinity Gauntlet.  This accessory is actually an alternate hand.  I was afraid to remove the closed fist hand.  It didn’t come off easily, and there were no instructions.  I just braved it, and popped the hand off.  It is held on by a substantial peg and plug.

11 hand raised

The gauntlet has the gems embedded in it!

12 death 13 death with normal face 14 normal profileIMG_0265 15 IMG_0266

Now for Lady Death.  In the comic I had, she was there with Thanos.  And he expressed his love for her a few times.  She was usually the human woman, but sometimes appeared as a skeleton.  (Kind of the Grim Reaper.)  Lady Death was included as an accessory with Thanos.  And she has a removable face, so you can get both looks from the character.  Notice the silhouette shots I included here.  This is kind of how I remember her being depicted.  Sometimes an attractive profile, and sometimes the skeleton.

 

16 thanos and death

 

 

17 thanos and thor 18 the lady is with me!

For risk of sounding like Pixel Dan, I’m going to say it anyway.  Its comparison time!  There really is no competition from Thor.  Thor is easily one of the worst action figures I have.  He has articulation joints, but he is very rigid in the ways that you can pose him.  But Thanos is free!  The only thing missing from Thanos is the ability to hold a weapon.  His fists are closed, and the infinity gauntlet hand is open.  Which is how it should be.  This is the only area articulation wise that Thanos is inferior to Deadpool.  Deadpool is just about the gold standard of all action figures.  (Another gold standard would be Vikor from MOTUC.)  Thanos isn’t quite gold standard.  There is a little bit of paint slop on his foot joint.   And he comes with no accessories, I mean like weapons.  Death and the Gauntlet are nice.  But why not give him something to hold?  (or the power to hold something, for that matter.)

I give Thanos a 5/5.  Maybe not gold standard, but too awesome to deduct any points.  What do you think, oh Hub City Geeks? Leave a comment!  I’ll leave you with some humorous pics!

19 what if? 20 flexing

 

 

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Marvel Select Thor

I have reviewed an excellent Marvel Select figure before, Deadpool, which you can read here…(And probably should)

I say that because, unfortunately, Thor doesn’t stack up to Deadpool as a figure.  Let’s see why!

Here Thor sits on the shelf at the Tangled Web in Spartanburg, yelling “Purchase me, mortal.  Thou hast the power!”

First of all, the packaging.  Thor comes in a beautiful Marvel box that displays what you are getting very clearly.  Also, there is nice comic book artwork on the left. side.

$24.99.  Not bad.  The Christmas fund will cover it.

The back of the package gives you a nice little backstory for Thor as he is in Marvel Comics.

Apparently, Thor is the son of Odin’s mistress….

Time to tear into it!

Here is what you see when you open the box.  In case you are wondering, the little pamphlet shows off other Marvel Select figures as well as Marvel Mini-Mates.

Thor was strapped in with those stupid bread tie things.  I had to resort to cutting the left foot’s wire-in with nail clippers, because I was afraid I would damage the figure.

What vile power can bind the God of Thunder?
Here he is, freed from his prison.

Let’s discuss his articulation.  Compared to the previous Deadpool figure, he theoretically has mostly the same articulation points.  But I used the word Theoretically for a reason.  Actually, only the bottom joint of his double jointed knee moves.  Furthermore, his left leg is tighter than the right leg.  He has rocker ankles, that are quite stiff.  What about his arms?  Well they are pretty tight.  But his hands are sculpted into permanent positions.  No finger articulation.  Just Hammer Holder and Bruce Dickenson “Metal to the Masses” pose  (Thanks Puller, for that bit of poetry!).  His head is hampered by his hair and cape.  The hair and cape are not movable…They are stiff poses.  So really, he isn’t all that much articulated.  In fact, his coolness as a toy is lessoned quite a bit.  He seems more like a statue with posable arms.

Here is what his back looks like.

Now for the really important stuff.  Thor uses a “real man’s hammer!”  (The SpartanNerd’s friends will recognize this saying….)

nicely sculpted detail, it even has a loop.  This is what Thor uses to swing the hammer like a bola, I gather.
Pay attention to the bottom of the handle.  That little bulb of lacquer is going to be a problem.
I wanted to remove Mjolnier from the hand of Thor.  But, that little
blob of stuff made the hammer too fat to get it out of his hand.

I hope you’re reading my captions.  That’s right.  I couldn’t get it out without force.  Force is the enemy of handles made of soft plastic.  I was so afraid I would bend it, I seriously considered leaving it in his hand forever.  But it is the job of an internet reviewer to come forth with all of the truth.  So I pulled it out as straight as I could.

You can see, I didn’t bend it much.
Thor also comes with this stand…er…rock…err…meteor thing.

OK.  He has peg holes in his feet.  But it isn’t any easier to make Thor stand.  Why?  That cape is quite heavy.  Also, his right leg is looser than his left leg.

I believe he stands better without the rock!

Not going to give you a picture, but my MOTUC figures stand quite nicely on that rock!

Here he is holding Vikor’s sword.  He is a tad taller than MOTUC figures.
The scale seems larger.
It makes this awesome sword seem less awesome.
Two vikings.  This is the kind of Thor story I like.
Teela makes a fine barbarian bride for Thor!
Someone’s a little jealous….Vikor, you’re going to mess around and bend your axe!  (Too late!)
Deadpool…”What’s your excuse for being less articulated?”
Thor…”I don’t have to be.  I am immortal.”
Deadpool…”Well, I am unkillable!”

How do I rate this Thor figure?  I am quite a fan of Thor, and I like the Thor movies.  In general I like the comics also, recently having read the whole Ghor the Godbutcher series in the Marvel NOW events.  (I will have to review that story sometime.)  I bought this figure for those reasons.  Plus I already knew the Deadpool was really very nice.  But I was disappointed in the quality of this figure, it feeling more like a statue and less like an action figure.  It only came with one accessory, and it can’t stand on its stand so good.  His articulation is hampered.  And you can’t do anything about it really because the cape is glued on and the hair is stiff.

So I am going to give it a grade of 2/5.  It gets the two points really only because he looks so awesome.  And looks awesome with Vikor and Teela.  But he could just as well continued to look as good on the store shelf.  On the other hand, he wasn’t expensive.  And comparable comic book statues cost over $100.  So looking at it that way he would be a 4/5 as a statue.  (Not having as precise a sculpt as a statue because he was meant to be an action figure…if that makes sense?)

Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know, oh Hub City Geeks!  And be on the lookout for more awesome reviews by the SpartanNerd!

Figure Review…Marvel Select Deadpool

This is a figure that SpartanSmurf #1 picked up at the MonsterCon.

I wish I got a picture of the unboxing, but sorry!

Let me just say…WOW!  The MOTUC figures have met their match in almost every way!

I mean, Deadpool was only $25!  He is massive!  Has tons of articulation!  And lots of accessories!

Here are some pics and my review!

This is the basic figure.

Here is his diorama and stand

Here are his accessories, minus one sai.  Trust me.  He came with another one.

Here he is with pistol, about to draw the other.

Here he is with machine gun and sai!

I used the extra large pics here to show the detail!  

First thing I noticed was the heft of the figure.  He probably weighs two pounds altogether.  That stand is a chunk!
Deadpool has very nice articulation, with double jointed knees and ball joints in lots of places.  His arms have swivel joints, but his shoulders and hips have ball joints.  His wrists swivel.  His ankles seem to have a rocker, but they are sort of weak.
Lots of detail on Deadpool.  He has extra knives, ammo pouches, a teargas grenade, holsters, etc.
I don’t know much about Deadpool.  I read a couple of the comics since my son has become interested.  They really are not for children.  Maybe I shouldn’t let him read that garbage.  But one thing is certain, this is an awesome figure!
Compared to the OTHER great figure line of today, MOTUC, he has them beat.  Shame on Mattel!  They could sell MOTUC figures in comics stores for a comparable price.  I mean Diamond is not even mainly a toy company!  
Deadpool has triple the accessories of most MOTUC figures, he is taller and even more hefty, he came with a diorama stand.  Mattel says they cannot sell their figures for less than the $28 plus shipping.  This just proves them wrong.  I do not know there deal on the amount they produce, but it could definitely sell better at comic stores.  They are holding out on us collectors!
I saw a Juggernaut Marvel Select figure at the Tangled Web last night.  Same price.  $25!  That figure was three times the size of a MOTUC figure.  In fact, Three times the size of Deadpool!  Granted, it didn’t come with as much other swag, but still.
I think I found my next toy, if they make a Thor.  Or Wolverine.  (The Spider-Man looked kind of small…and came with a big ruined car.  I just don’t think that is as great.  Maybe a Spider-Man and Hobgoblin!)

LOOOONG HIATUS!

Sorry to keep you all waiting.

Lots has happened since May 16, (My last post.)  And I am rethinking a few things.  One of them is the whole “secret identity” thing……

Should I kill Batman, or Bruce Wayne?  Should I become “Joe Clark, Fireman?”  Should I walk away, SpartanNerd’s back facing the sun?  (All three famous references.  Did you get them?)

Maybe we should co-exist, sort of like Iron Man/ Tony Stark.  This is what I am thinking.

First of all, why the long break from the blog.

I tried a giveaway.  No One Wanted What I Got.  So it seemed.  Serious discouragement.  Were all of the hits that Google showed me really non-traffic?  Next problem?  Handicapped MacBook Pro.  This one is reworking itself, however.  I type this entry on the eight year old iMac that my mother got me eight years ago.  This Beast Machine is pretty slow, but we are old friends.  And it is not handicapped in the way that the MacBook Pro is after the Great Fall.  Still, the iMac is not my favorite way to write. I have an iPhone and an iPad mini, but those are more for play than work.

So this brings me to the question.  Should I publicize this blog to my family and friends?  Pester the folks I know of FaceBook?  Promote myself on places like Pop Culture Network and He-Man.org?

Soul Searching….It’s what I have to do.

In the meantime, here’s what I’ll be writing about soon, all things which have happened.

Man of Steel
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe ongoing series
Magic Core Set 2014
Mega Man NT trading card game
Batman: Year Zero
Trinity War
Deadpool
Thoughts on “Batman and …….”
“Aquaman” Snore zzzzzzzz
MonsterCon
Spikor
Thoughts on the failure of Spider-Man
The Wolverine
Excitement for September reveals!
Superman?????

AND MUCH MUCH MORE!