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 Scoop…Journey Into Nyx Starter Deck Unboxing and Review

I got a freebie at the Tangled Web Journey Into Nyx Pre-release tournament…”The Wilds and the Deep” starter deck from the new Journey Into Nyx expansion of the Theros Block in Magic the Gathering.

Here is my unboxing and review!

I like this color scheme.  My color blinded self originally thought this was blue...then after studying it...I saw it as purple!  The box showcases a foil promo version of "Heroe's Bane," a Hydra card that I knew SpartanSmurf #2 would love!

I like this color scheme. My color blinded self originally thought this was blue…then after studying it…I saw it as purple! The box showcases a foil promo version of “Heroe’s Bane,” a Hydra card that I knew SpartanSmurf #2 would love!

 

The back of the box...

The back of the box…

Let’s dig in!

When you open the box and remove the contents, this is what you see.  Two pieces of paper, the main deck with cellophane wrap, and two booster packs.  I decided to save the booster packs for last...You all can share in my excitement about getting the new cards!

When you open the box and remove the contents, this is what you see. Two pieces of paper, the main deck with cellophane wrap, and two booster packs. I decided to save the booster packs for last…You all can share in my excitement about getting the new cards!

If you have been reading the SpartanNerd Blog regularly, then you know that I threw that blue paper in the trash right away.  But this paper is the important one.  I really dig the art from this set so far.  The art on the pre-release pack was cool, and the art in the whole set is generally good.  This poster thing shows off some of the best art from the set.

If you have been reading the SpartanNerd Blog regularly, then you know that I threw that blue paper in the trash right away. But this paper is the important one. I really dig the art from this set so far. The art on the pre-release pack was cool, and the art in the whole set is generally good. This poster thing shows off some of the best art from the set.

 

Flipping that poster over reveals the deck lists from all five starter decks.  Here is a closeup of "The Wilds and the Deep" deck list.  Basically a green and blue strategy that is neither aggro nor Simic.  These starter decks in general just show off the cards, but don't make a deck archetype well.  (I find this to be the case anyway.)

Flipping that poster over reveals the deck lists from all five starter decks. Here is a closeup of “The Wilds and the Deep” deck list. Basically a green and blue strategy that is neither aggro nor Simic. These starter decks in general just show off the cards, but don’t make a deck archetype well. (I find this to be the case anyway.)

Now for a look at the cards.

6 creatures

Here are the creatures and the lands.

7 notable creatures

Here are the notable creatures. Golden Hind is a mana chump, Bassara Tower Archer has hex proof, Ravenous Luerocota has Monstrosity, Swarmborn Giant is basically a green Desecration Demon, Fleetfeathered Cocatrice is the oddball of the group. And then Heroe’s Bane, with its exploding counters song and dance.

Here are the other spells in the deck.  (meh...)

Here are the other spells in the deck. (meh…)

This is a pretty good deck all around.  I mean, it certainly can be improved…but that is the point, isn’t it?  It is a deck archetype that the wizards suggest and serves as a starting point, especially for a beginner.  So I gave the deck to SpartanSmurf #2, knowing that he was going to LOVE casting that Hero’s Bane Hydra and making him huge!

Now for something I have never done before.  I am going to open my booster packs and slowly reveal the contents to you, Oh Hub City Geeks!

9 booster 1a 10 booster 1b 11 booster 1c

Of these, I would like to point out Satyr Gravedancer, one of my new favorites simply because once I wrote a song called “Gravedancer”!  My opponents played Sigiled Skink against me during the Pre-Release.  I personally don’t think the Font cards are that good, at least for the most part.  You are generally paying more in the long run for something other cards can do faster and better.  I guess since Constellation is a big deal, it is good to have access to those abilities as enchantments.

This pack had a Rare and a Foil…

12 notable cards from this booster

The Eidolon of Blossoms is touted as a new Enchantress type of card.  I’m glad to own her!  And I guess Triton Cavalry is alright too.  (I don’t generally play the Merfolk.)

Time for pack two….

13 booster 2a 14 booster 2b 15 booster 2c

The cards in this pack “speak to me” a little more.  The white cards really got a boost this time.  This pack has a few things with Strive, and also Heroic, two mechanics born for each other.  I like the Golden Hind, though it’s no Elvish Mystic, and also the Cloaked Siren, who can flash in.

The rare in this deck is “Bearer of the Heavens.”  A totally unplayable card in Standard.  This pack came with a Spider token.  What I need is a Snake token!

16 notable cards from this pack

All around I was happy to be one of the first to unbox one of these starter decks for the whole internet to see.  I grade this deck as a 2/5 as far as playable in standard right out of the box.  But as a product as a whole, it gets 5/5, because it does what it says it does well.  And I was glad to give the cards to my son.  (I gave the Booster Pack cards to my other son.)

 

What would you rate “The Wilds and the Deep?”  Let me know in the comments!

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Minecraft Steve with Diamond Armor

Someone’s been a hopping down the Easter Trail at the SpartanNerd household…and bringing brightly colored, low rez goodies!

Lets have a look at Steve..the hero from Minecraft.

I am going to have to admit something.  I don’t really get Minecraft.  And I remind the SpartanSmurfs constantly that there must not be a point to a game if you don’t score points or save a princess.  But they contend that it is the lack of a mission that makes the game fun.

Whatever.  I’ll say it again.  Kids these days don’t know how to game!

OOPS.  A little rant.  Back to the review.

This toy comes in this box.

boxfront

You can clearly see the contents.  Notably, there is only the word MINECRAFT on the bottom, with no character name or description.  Instead that information is at the top of the blister card.  The #2 at the top indicates that this toy is from series 2.

And the back?

boxback

Here you get a little more info, a battle pose for “Steve”, and a look at some other products in this series.

So, lets open this up and throw away the box!

statue steve

Here is Steve, fully assembled and standing on his block.

Here is a shot of all the pieces.

accessories

The SpartanSmurfs tell me that this block isn’t a block.  It is “Diamond Ore.”  OK.  Looks like a block to me.  Notice the helmet and sword.  They are blue…this is supposed to be the diamond color.  This Steve is in Diamond Armor, after all.

I assure you readers, that the parts of the a figure come apart easily for customization.  But SpartanSmurf #2 forbid me to take him apart and photograph him….

This helmet almost got lost on Easter, when SpartanSmurf #2 was running down a hill at my grandma’s house, while holding the figure, and fell down, dropping the helmet in some thick clover.  Good thing I have sharp eyes…(this time I was just lucky.)

Here are a few more poses by said SpartanSmurf #2.

sitting steve

They sit around and play Minecraft. Now Minecraft sits around and plays you!

limbo steve

It is apparently funny to make every action figure do the limbo…

 

fighting steve

Remember this, from the back of the box?

 

Because I am so clueless and unenthusiastic about this game, I asked them to give me 10 things to say about this figure.  Here is the information, verbatim.  Keep in mind, I don’t pretend to purport this information as accurate.  And because an 8 year old and a 12 year old told me what to write, it might have some opinion and bias, as well as inaccuracies.  That disclaimer delivered, her goes:

  • Steve has Diamond Armor
  • a diamond sword. It can hit for seven hearts of damage. against any enemy. a skeleton and villager take 3. You can fight against other players….Ender Dragon takes about 200 sword hits. The Wither takes about 300. However, the SpartanSmurfs are not truly certain. Herobrine takes 307
  • Removable helmet. Made of diamond. Provides protection from his head…adding 2 to his armor class. The rest of the armor is diamond. The chest plate is about 4. The leggings are about 3. the boots are about 2. All of this is the most protection you can have.
  • To get the armor you have to mine a lot of diamonds. Maybe about 20 diamonds to get the full armor. Diamond is very hard to find. It is the second rarest item on the game, after emerald.
  • I am told there is a command that lets you switch between game modes. This is how SpartanSmurf #2 has acquired such a rare armor.
  • When you are hurt, your armor loses durability. Your hands, you face, and back of your neck are unprotected.
  • SpartanSmurf #1 says that he saved a village from 1000 zombies that he spawned in creative and then switched to survival with the diamond getup.
  • You have to modify the diamond armor and sword with an enchantment table….You can make it have thorns for instance. Or the weapons can deal fire damage.
  • An Anvil lets you use a spell book, which you can use to specifically enchant something. And you can even give unlimited enchantments.
  • It looks very cool, and becomes sky-blue and shiny if enchanted. This is the best thing about the way it looks.

 

OK.  Now for my opinion.  About the figure.  I mean, that’s all I can really do.

Steve has less articulation than a Lego Mini-figure.  But he still gives you the vibe that he could be one if he were smaller.  His arms move on a circular joint, he has no wrist articulation.  His legs also only move back and forth.  He does have a torso/waist twist.  His head can turn all the way around.  He comes with a helmet, a shield, a sword, and a piece of “Diamond Ore.”

I personally wouldn’t buy or want to buy something like this for myself.  I prefer super articulated figures.  And let’s face it.  I have NO ATTACHMENT TO MINECRAFT!  Did I mention that this guy is valued at around $15?  Why?  Demand, I suppose.

I tried to play it a couple of times…I don’t get it.  And I wasn’t immersed in the world like a game should do.  However, the kids nowadays really are into it.  And It seems to be a clean game.  I know that there are some hoaxes about the game going around…the aforementioned “Herobrine” is one of them apparently.

So my rating for Steve with Diamond Armor from Minecraft is 1/5.  What’s yours?  (This is the lowest I have ever rated anything, I believe.)