What a time to be a toy fan! This month, I got both the LEGO Voltron set and a proper Marvel Legends Multiple Man action figure! I’ve been crowing about wanting LEGO Voltron since at least this List of Six in 2015, and the Multiple Man action figure has been my hill to die on since at least the very first year of this blog! And now both are mine!
So how about I make some more toy predictions and hope to get lucky?
I love the Build-A-Figure concept. It’s pretty darn fun. Basically, when a new line of about half a dozen action figures come out, each box contains a part of a bigger action figure. Buy the entire line and collect each part and you can build the big one. I own a bunch from over the years. I’ve got the giant Sentinel from one of the earliest Build-A-Figure lines. I’ve got Onslaught. I’ve got the Blob. They are so much fun! And there’s one very specific big character that I want to see next…
So I’ve made a whole list of big characters who should get Build-A-Figures! Join me after the jump for the list! And please share your own wants and dreams in the comments!
Toy Fair is here and we’ve got a look at upcoming Marvel Legends action figures! There’s a bunch that look pretty great, including a cool Astonishing Ant-Man/Stinger two-pack that I’ll definitely get. But I’m here to talk about one figure specifically: Scream, the female symbiote.
Of all the wild and crazy symbiotes out there in comic book land, I think Scream is my favorite. First of all, she’s got a cool look. And she was only the third ever symbiote, so she was around before Marvel went too wild with symbiotes. Also, in the 90s, there was a slight attempt made to make Scream more of a good guy, which I always enjoy. So yeah, I’m excited for a quality Scream action figure!
This also explains why we were getting a Lasher figure, announced before.
Also, one more fun Scream story! I went to Universal Studios in Orlando this past December and they have a big Marvel superheroes adventure land. It was awesome. There was a Spider-Man 3D ride, which was essentially a short Spider-Man adventure video where he battles his bad guys, with the ride car jostling and shaking to fit the video. There’s a bunch of classic bad guys in the video, but out of all the symbiotes they could have put in, they used Scream. Not Venom or Carnage, Scream. For this theme park ride. Weird choice.
Anyway, I was hoping that at least some of the many souvenir shops at the park might have merchandise based on the ride — but nope! They had a bunch of Venom and Carnage stuff, but no memorabilia based on the actual ride they had. So nothing about Scream! I was disappointed.
The 2018 Action Figure Buy List: Scream, Lasher, Multiple Man, Prowler, Astonishing Ant-Man, Songbird and Spider-Woman.
Praise be to everything holy in the world! We’re finally getting a proper-sized Multiple Man action figure! We’re finally getting a Marvel Legends Multiple Man! I’m gonna buy 3! No! I’m gonna buy 10!
It’s obviously not his best costume, but I’ll take it! At least he’s got the trench coat, and it’s not that silly green original costume. Your guess is as good as mine why they didn’t go with any of his modern looks. This body was probably easier to sculpt than the T-shirt and jeans look.
The figure was revealed at New York Comic-Con today and I am over the moon! Longtime readers of this blog will recall my ongoing campaign for Multiple Man merchandise. It just makes sense. If his super-power is to create multiple copies of himself, people are going to buy multiple action figures! That’s more sales for a single character! Duh!
Anyway, this is thrilling news. If anybody needs a Christmas or birthday present idea for me for the next few years, I will gladly accept multiple copies of this action figure. That’s the whole point!
We’re also getting a pretty awesome Prowler action figure. He’s another favorite character of mine.
So this was a pretty great comic-con for action figures!
Comic Con is also a great place to show off new and upcoming action figures, which is another favorite bit of Comic Con news for me. I will always hold out hope that Multiple Man will finally get his due.
Well, as with every year, I’ve come away disappointed. No Multiple Man action figures, everybody. There’s a neat Songbird, though, so that should be fun.
Insanest of all, however, is an action figure for Lasher. What the hell is this nonsense?
How does Lasher get a random action figure? Out of all possible characters, why Lasher? Did they have a bunch of extra Spider-Man sculpts lying around and decided he would be the best use?
Who is Lasher? That’s a damn good question.
Lasher is one of five symbiotes broken off from Venom in the Separation Anxiety storyline, back when symbiotes were still new and cool in the 90s. There was Venom, then Carnage, and then five more all of a sudden. You had Lasher, Page, Riot, Agony and Scream.
Out of those five, the only one who really went on to anything of note is Scream, the first and most famous female symbiote. I’m a fan. The other four had their hosts killed almost immediately. The four of them then bonded to form Hybrid, another 90s symbiote. I’m also a fan of Hybrid.
But Hybrid’s host was also killed and the four symbiotes were separated and turned into military weapons, which was pretty cool. They were last seen helping Deadpool, with Lasher having possessed a cool military dog.
So I’m not saying symbiotes aren’t cool. I’m saying, out of all the possible symbiotes, out of all the possible Spider-Man characters, why does Lasher get an action figure?
Now, if they were making a whole symbiote line, I would totally be down for that! I would have to have a good Scream or Hybrid action figure in my collection. So hopefully this Lasher nonsense is just the start of something great!
I come to you today in sorrow and rage, dear readers. Once I was a man who believed in fairness and joy, who believed that the universe was here to help us all in our times of need. I had always treated the universe well. I respected its awesome power – but it has betrayed me. It has played a cruel trick on my heart, casting aside my love and respect, and replacing it with an icy blackness that tears at my very soul. The universe has hurt me. It has hurt me deep.
You may recall my overwhelming joy last Summer when I learned that one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, Phil Urich, was going to get an action figure. Phil Urich was my Peter Parker. He was the affable young superhero whose Green Goblin series brought me into comics in the 90s. And for the first and probably last time ever, Phil was going to get an action figure in his Hobgoblin persona. He’s such an obscure, minor character that never in my wildest dreams did I think he’d ever get any sort of action figure.
Do you remember, dear readers? Do you remember that moment when the universe shined its light upon me and gave me a gift as pure as the fallen snow?
That moment was lies and deceit, dear readers. That moment is gone now. Only sorrow remains.
For you see, I was perusing the Internet the other day when I stumbled upon this post at i09, which linked to this person’s photobucket account. It seems the Hobgoblin action figure is going to be up for sale soon, and some people have already gotten their copy.
But here’s the thing…Hobgoblin is a build-a-figure.
What’s that, you may ask? What could that possibly mean? It’s simple, really. Instead of simply buying a Hobgoblin action figure off the shelf, like a rational human being, the Hobgoblin figure has been dissected, and the pieces have been scattered into different packages. There are 6 figures in this line of toys, and a piece of Hobgoblin has been placed into each one. This means I have to buy all 6 figures in order to then assemble Hobgoblin.
Do you see the travesty in this, dear readers? Do you see it?! In order to get the one action figure I want, I now have to buy SIX action figures! That’s going to cost $60-$70 instead of the simple $10 of a single action figure! Sixty-freakin’-dollars! What do they think I’m made of, money? Because it sure ain’t money!
And on top of that, I’ve got to somehow find all six action figures! Do you realize how hard that might be? Action figures like this are a specialty item these days. You can’t find every figure in every store, sometimes there are store exclusives, or they’re sold out of all the cool ones!
What are we to do, my friends? What hope do we have in this life against such a cruel and twisted universe?
This is why we can’t have nice things.