Agents of SHIELD “Love in the time of Hydra” features some humerus Banner banter

Yeah, I know a lot of the Marvel Cinematic tie ins during Agents of SHIELD are a bit contrived, but I always geek out a little bit with the connective tissue that ties the TV show and film world. Heck, the fact that Steven Rogers’ blood was such a crucial piece of the Agent Carter TV series was pretty awesome.

They’ve posted a clip for the upcoming episode “Love in the time of Hydra” and there’s a little Bruce Banner in joke that just makes me smile a bit.

Also, this episode features the introduction of Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, and judging by the slightly different SHIELD logo behind him (matching the one seen at the end of the previous episode) he is most likely involved with this mysterious “Real SHIELD” faction.  It will be interesting to see this dynamic unfold.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars Motormaster

I go through phases when it comes to my love affair with Transformers, and typically those phases follow along the track of a particular animated series. This started in the 90s with Beast Wars, then resumed with Transformers: Animated, then Transformers: Prime.

Interestingly, however, is that while I am once again aggressively buying retail Transformers, it’s not because of Robots in Disguise now, it’s because of Combiner Wars. No, there’s no cartoon to draw me into that universe, but I’ve always loved Combiners, and yes, I know Hasbro has done plenty of them in the past, but they’ve always seemed somewhat hacked together and an afterthought. I thought that maybe, just maybe, an entire line devoted to the combiner concept might get some of the ideas right.

Oh yeah. They did.

I hesitated to pick up Skydive a couple of weeks ago, using a gift card left over from Christmas, and I was immediately hooked. It was a great figure with a pretty basic transformation that functioned really well in both modes. Considering Superion was one of the only combiners I actually owned every piece of in my childhood, this was a no-brainer.

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But I just couldn’t leave Drag Strip on the pegs, and so once I got Drag Strip, I knew I’d get all the Stunticons, too, which was okay, because everyone knows that a Superion needs a Menasor. It’s just how it’s done.

I haven’t gotten my hands on any limbs beyond Drag Strip yet, but I picked up a Motormaster from Amazon and I have to say, he’s pretty awesome. I still use Classics Optimus Prime as my default Prime, so I felt no need to pick up the new Combiner Wars version. As such, Motormaster is a brand new experience for me, and even though he doesn’t very strongly resemble the full semi truck of the old days, he’s a great, fun toy nonetheless. He has his familiar new head, and just the right amount of scattered tooling changes to make him feel new, even if you have Optimus. Like the other Combiner Wars figures, his transformation isn’t overly complex, a fact that I love. I don’t want to have to have an engineering degree just to play with my toys.

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I love this figure in truck form and in robot form, and even though I only have one of his limbs, he looks good so far in Menasor torso mode, too.

Now, one thing I didn’t realize is that Menasor would look horrifically incomplete without Blackjack, leaving a large cavity in his chest, which didn’t look entirely right to me. But that will be the subject of a different review.

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I don’t always buy Transformers, so when I do, it’s because Hasbro is doing something right…normally it’s the aesthetics of the animation models that hook me, but this time it’s straight up awesome looking toys that did it, and I’m glad for it.

Menasor looks woefully incomplete and Motormaster stands somewhat alone at the moment, so I’ll be eagerly anticipating the other Stunticons to arrive.

Hot Toys Captain America: Winter Soldier Captain America and Falcon now available!

While it’s a bit later than originally expected, both “Stealth Suit” Captain America and Falcon from the incredible Captain America: Winter Soldier Hot Toys line are available at Sideshow Collectibles now.

I received my Falcon a little over a week ago, and it’s quite simply one of the finest action figures I’ve ever held in my hands.  I’ll have a review posted this week, but trust me, it’s astounding.

Check the links below to grab these excellent figures!

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Eagle Force Returns promises reveals at JoeCon

As we near summer, I get more and more excited about the upcoming Eagle Force and Captain Action Kickstarter, and each review from the Eagle Force Returns folks gets me even more amped up.

Over on their Facebook page, they’ve posted a really nice mock up of a postcard in the theme of the vintage cardback, and have also promised a pair of reveals at JoeCon 2015!

Two characters on the back of this cardback postcard are blurred out, Stryker, Jr and Fireball.

Back in the day, Fireball was a member of RIOT (though I believe in the midst of production his name was changed to Beta Man), and Stryker was a sharpshooter.  Going by the name “Stryker, Jr” it sounds like he may have an heir who is following in his footsteps.  Here are some original concepts for those two characters, from the always resourceful MegoMuseum.  The large card art for Stryker courtesy of Amazon.com.

 

Definitely some interesting source material there.  Check out the card backs below to see some great new concept artwork for Captain Eagle as well as the blurred out cardback for the reveals at JoeCon (once again, courtesy of the Eagle Force Returns Facebook Page):

Now, it would seem to me that they’re definitely using the second Fireball concept above as their source for whatever new designs they’re doing.  A short while ago they posted the following image on their  Facebook page as well, which you may recognize as the mask that is flipped up on top of Fireball’s head above:

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So some fun stuff to see for sure. Not only do we know Hasbro will be in attendance to reveal new product, but we should be hearing some Eagle Force news as well. Make sure you stay tuned here, too, as we’re going to post the What’s on Joe Mind interview with Bill and Craig from Fresh Monkey Fiction and Zica Toys, who will be revealing some terrific information about this upcoming Kickstarter!

Also keep watching EagleForceReturns.com and Eagle Force Returns on Facebook for more news and information.

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.  Speaking 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.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Art Book – Pre-Order it now!

I was vaguely interested in this book even before I was re-captivated by Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line.  But now, that I’m even more into the great history of MOTU, yeah, this is a no brainer.

Check out the trailer for the art book below, and pre-order your copy on Amazon for a late April release.  This looks fantastic.

The Flash “Out of Time” – Game Changer or Deal Breaker?

The Flash had me hooked about ten minutes into the pilot, and honestly, it hasn’t let up much all season long.  It’s been a thrill, and unlike many TV series out there who seem to almost be embarrassed to be based on comic books, The Flash embraces it and runs with it (lol).  It is unabashadly a comic book television show and I’m happy to see it.

Between Firestorm, Gorilla Grodd and the Reverse Flash, the supporting cast has made this a success almost above all else, but I feel like the latest episode “Out of Time” could make the series amazing…  or it could be a huge step in the wrong direction.

Beware, spoilers abound for anyone who is not caught up with the latest episode!

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Sideshow Collectibles Sixth Scale Green Lantern up for Pre-Order

It was first previewed yesterday, and today the pre-order has gone live. Sideshow Collectibles’ roster of sixth scale comic book heroes is steadily growing, and the Emerald Knight is now part of the team!

Check out the links below with some images to drool over as well.

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