Last night I remembered that I run a toy review website. Between a business trip to Kansas City and a quick jaunt to Texas for the eclipse (and a bunch of work in-between), IAT’s been light on my updates the last two weeks. Let’s fix that with a Marvel Universe review.
Since I just pointed out that it’d been a few days since my last review, I probably shouldn’t bring up that the Marvel Universe checklist is sorely in need of an update too. But I’ve been reading the comments and getting your e-mails and I know we’re getting pretty far into 2012 without the page getting some much needed love. If you’ve been waiting for an update to the MU Checklist, never fear! I should have it up and ready to go with some new card art, images, and info here soon – surely in time to be completely out-of-date by SDCC. On that same note, I’ve also been getting a few e-mails about an Avengers movie checklist to go with my previous Marvel movie figures checklists – I’m not ruling it out, but it’s not the most likely thing to happen at this point. Sorry!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure I haven’t featured a Marvel Universe review here at IAT this year. That’s partially due to the gap in product that Hasbro recently went through, but the truth is that I haven’t been buying very many either. My MU collecting has basically dwindled to favorite characters (I bought the Wave 16 Absorbing Men & the Scarlet Spider) and areas where Marvel Legends never really quenched my thirst like Jim Lee X-Men (Cyclops, Psylocke) and Marvel’s space characters. I bring up those last two groups specifically because that’s how Hasbro nailed me with these most recent 2pks – Gambit & Sinister? Sold. A new Thanos & Adam Warlock? Well, I wasn’t planning to spend $30 on toys at this Wal-Mart…
Gambit & Sinister will have to wait until next week, because I found myself a lot more excited about the Adam Warlock and Thanos two-pack. The funny thing is that I can’t really tell you why. While I have a special spot in my heart for many corners of the Marvel U, there’s a lot of Marvel that I haven’t explored and the Infinity Saga is one of them. I’ve never read it and while I have this compulsion to own an Adam Warlock figure, I’ve never read much of anything starring him and I can’t really tell you much about him (as I normally would in one of these toy reviews). What I can tell you is that he’s got a great pedigree. He’s a classic Lee & Kirby creation, received a makeover from Roy Thomas & Gil Kane, and another revamp by Jim Starlin. I enjoy these creators so it’s a little weird that I’ve never made the time to read more Warlock stories.
The other weird thing is that I always want an Adam Warlock figure. I wanted the Marvel Legends version, but my Target never gave me a chance at the exclusive Red Hulk wave, so I went without. When I finally found the new MU two-packs hanging out at Wal-Mart early last week, I was surprised to say the least as I thought I’d missed Adam Warlock yet again. I wasn’t sure if I should toss $30 more into MU like that, but the surprise of running across them put me over the top and I picked up this set.
It also helped that both the figures in the pack are very well done.
Warlock is done on the most updated male buck for the MU line which means there’s great articulation, particularly in the legs. The new, swanky ball-jointed ankles, the thigh and boot swivels, the two-part ball-jointed neck, and the waist joint (in addition to the standard articulation) all really open up the figure and make him a blast to play with. I still wish Hasbro would do something more with the swivel wrists (including some new hands), but the upgraded articulation is great. I wish more of my MUs were on this buck. Continue to Page 2…