If you’ve followed a number of my posts here, you’d already know that I’m a huge Marvel fan. That’s Marvel COMICS and not so much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (thank you very much).
So I think it’s fitting (yet hypocritically) of me to also introduce my other beloved hobby which is collecting action figures!
Yes, I do waste my disposable income on something that is far from a return of investment but for the sake of most of you readers being Geeks, let me run you through some toys news which may or may not tickle your fancy enough to try wave your wallet at in the coming future.
There are many toy companies out there that deal with various scales, details and art forms for a number of characters but my poison settles with Hasbro, yes the same company that makes toys for Transformers and My Little Pony.
Personally, I stick to the Marvel Legends line, not only because I’m a Marvel fanboy like that but also because they are affordable for a very articulated figure.
Every year, Hasbro releases a number of themed waves of figures that are either tied to an upcoming movie or comic team/concept that rallies everyone’s favourite characters to form an awesome Build-A-Figure (BAF).
Recently, they announced and revealed the full line up for the upcoming Black Panther movie wave and what a exciting line-up we have!
It’s no surprise that when a new Marvel movie comes out, these figures are the front lines for early promotions and they sometimes lead into spoiler territory. That happen last year for the Captain America Civil War wave where the BAF was revealed to be Antman/Giantman!
Hasbro has learnt their lesson since then and chose to stick close to characters the marketing team gives the greenlight on.
The Black Panther wave consists of three comic based figures and four movie based figures, the fourth being a BAF, of course. We get Black Bolt of the Inhumans, classic Namor the Submariner and All-New All-Different Ironman for the former and Erik Killmonger, Nakia, Okoye and T’Challa himself for the latter.
These characters may seem a bit obscure to some of you casual readers so you may want to read up on them if you want to start collecting these in the future (It’s okay not to know, just don’t act like you do!).
Going back to the figures, Marvel Legends are at the peak of the action figure line market simply because they possess an amazing range of articulation that lets you pose them for some incredible toy photography, something that I’ve dabbled in for sometime, as well as their affordable price point of B$39.99.
They don’t ‘break the bank’ as some collectors would say and quite frankly, they deliver a satisfying amount of quality in detail and accessories – something you would expect from a high quality collectible pricing from B$100 above such as S.H Figuarts, Hot Toys, Mafex and the like.
With the Black Panther movie coming out in February 2018, it’s fitting that this line up brings the variety known by Hasbro to introduce well known characters and lesser known ones to pump up their encyclopedia of characters.
For a collector such as myself, I stick to the comic figures simply because I enjoy reenacting comic panel scenes in figure form. Truth be told, I’m a sucker for X-Men figures so once Hasbro announces their final line up, know that I’ll be there at the frontlines to bring it here.
Anyway, there’s much more to talk about when it comes to the Marvel Legends line but to save you from me droning on about them – feel free to drop a comment below so we can talk about it!
For now, enjoy the promotional pictures and be sure to stay tuned for more updates here in the future!