Marvel Legends Agents of SHIELD 3-Pack available on ToysRUs.com

With the constant reduction in articulation on the 4″ figures, many fans have been looking to the 6″ scale to fill in their Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. Well, a big missing slot can now be filled, thanks to ToysRUs.com.

Agent Phil Coulson has been a long desired figure for the Legends scale to join his Avengers comrades, and with the three pack announced last year, fans have been eagerly anticipating adding not just Coulson, but also Fury and Maria Hill to their Legends displays. Granted, Fury was already available in an earlier assortment, but he’s not exactly easy to get.

Hit up ToysRUs.com to get yours now!

Now if only we could get some decent 4″ scale figures…

Deadpool enlists Morena Baccarin as Copycat

deadpool-copycatI’m not as in tune with the comics world as I used to be, so I don’t know the whole backstory for Copycat, but a quick look on Wikipedia tells me she has played a few key roles in Deadpool’s history. As a 90s comic afficianado, I would have expected perhaps Domino, but a shape shifter certainly makes for some more interesting cinema. ┬áSpeaking of interesting cinema, I’m a big fan of Firefly and Homeland, so I certainly approve of this casting move.

Morena Baccarin has arrived on set for the Deadpool production, and her an image of her seat (marked with Copycat’s real name “Vanessa”) signals her part in this film.

I don’t know a whole lot about Deadpool, but I know that sizzle reel that tore apart the Internet last year was pretty damn awesome, so I’ll be looking forward to this one as well, and it will be interesting to see how (or if) they somehow tie this character into the monstrosity that appeared in Wolverine: Origins.

Masters of the Universe Classics King Hiss

Like Snake Armor He-Man himself, this updated version of the Snake Men leader, King Hiss became a physical representation of the lurking evil in Eternia throughout the sinister second season of the 200x animated series.

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I’m uninitiated enough with Masters of the Universe that I was relatively unfamiliar with King Hiss as a character until I had seen him on the 200x animated series around ten years ago. Because of this, that was how I identified with the character, as the ancient king of snake people, almost Egyptian in nature, with broad shoulders, a long, angular face, and vicious clawed feet. I didn’t have any real attachment to the vintage version, so I skipped right over it, even as it was pretty readily accessible on the MattyCollector store.

But when I saw the two pack, I knew I wanted it. This was the King Hiss that I was familiar with, and even if this particular version of the figure couldn’t morph into a body of snakes, this was still the one I wanted.

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Once I got him in hand, I was not disappointed. Mattel uses a soft armor over his torso to bulk him up and give him the unique texture of his snakified skin, with a fantastic combination of greens for the uniform and pale, scaley flesh for his exposed skin. This looks like a horrid mutation of a man, a thin peel of skin just barely covering the slithering serpents underneath, which is an almost flawless representation of how he was portrayed in the MYP animated series. The uniform is spot on, right down to his sculpted bare feet with elongated claw toenails. The gold metallic headress and bracers are a very nice contrast to the green base color and red cloth around his waist, and I find myself really enjoying the way the colors all play off of each other.

The sculpting takes the animated look and transfers it to plastic exceptionally well, all the while maintaining that squat, familiar Masters of the Universe aesthetic. It’s pretty amazing.

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King Hiss comes with the shield and snake staff (but no alternate snake body) and looks just as threatening and imposing as he did in the animated series. A great foil for He-Man, and part of a great representation of the 200x series in a single two pack. As we stand on the precipice of the first full blown 200x mini subscription, it seems appropriate that this two-pack kicks off the spring buying season.