Sunday, September 4, 2016

Marvel Universe Silver Surfer

I think the reason I've become so attached to the Marvel Universe line of figures Is because as a kid ,I didn't have the privilege of having so many different figures to choose from. I had  Marvel Secret Wars ,a great line that only yielded a handful of heroes.And by the time Toy Biz came along,I had already slipped into baseball card collecting,although the X-Men figures never strayed too far from my radar.What Hasbro has done Is remain consistent,releasing wave after wave of  3 3/4 Marvel Universe figures,appealing to the deprived kid In me that only had 10 or so Marvel related figures to choose from back In the early 80s.I think that's what has me,after almost 6 years of action figure re-collecting,still seeking out new Marvel characters to add to my personal universe.And I have Hasbro to thank for making that possible.

What Is my "personal universe " you ask?Well, you have to be careful with the rabbit hole that Is Hasbro's Marvel Universe.You can easily get caught up In the different versions and variations of the same character ,or   become entranced with the sheer number of obscure villains,heroes  and supporting cast members the line has to offer.I ,however, like to chase down figures of characters that I followed in the comics as a kid.Starting with the Avengers,X-Men,F4,The Punisher,Daredevil,Spider-Man,Ghost Rider,The Hulk, and The Silver Surfer. I never got into Alpha Flight,The Inhumans (I love Black Bolt,tho) ,Guardians Of the Galaxy,Excalibur,The New Mutants and pretty much any new teams or characters that have been included into the universe since my departure from comics back In the early 90's. So that's pretty much my measuring stick on what I'll go after, toy wise ,from the Marvel Universe.

This Silver Surfer photographs well,but struggles In the functionality department.He's a great looking figure ,but an earlier released one.Which means that he's kind of  limp ,and I'm afraid to move him around too much for fear of joint breakage. Alot of the earlier released MU figures suffer from this same problem,especially at the wrist joints.Those tend to be really flimsy.


It's kind of a pain In the ass getting him to stay on his board.The pegs are not very long so even If you force his feet all the way on,over time they will become dislodged again.


I find It's easier to have him hang out towards the front of his board.



Here's Surfer about to unleash Alien hell on Doom and his cohorts.


UPDATE- Stay tuned to the site  as I was able to pick up some key figures ,two retro and one Marvel Universe , that I'll be showing here on Toy Break once they get  here.So check back In a few days or so ;)



10 comments:

  1. That's my main concern with the super articulated figures. I just can't see them holding up in the long term. I've seen a couple right out of the package that had floppy joints. Still, he's a sharp looking figure. It's a shame they couldn't figure out a way to vac metalicize him and still retain the articulation.

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    1. I have to say,the newer Marvel Infinite Series and 3 3/4 MARVEL Legends ,are more durable than these earlier released figures.A vac metal Surfer would have been pretty damn dope.

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  2. they even released a personal favorite, Thunderstrike

    he had a 25 issue run in the Tom DeFalco era that was a damn good story

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    1. There's definitely something for everyone In this line,Mr. Smith.I hope they keep at It.One 3 3/4 figure I'd love for them to release Is Mephisto.He was so bad ass.

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  3. I love them mainly because it is the same company that made GI Joe AND same size as Gi Joe. WISH I had my Joe toys from my youth. Would have been great to play

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  4. I know what you mean.I'm a 3 3/4 freak myself.

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  5. I havent picked up this guy yet mainly because I wasnt a big fan of him as a kid.

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  6. His 90s issues were pretty laid back and played out more like a soap opera. Intergalactic battles were a nice change of pace from the inner city super hero squabbles.

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  7. I have been collecting in 3 3/4 since the 70's, with the star wars figures. before that, it was 8" mego worlds greatest superheroes

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  8. I was born in 77 so most of my toy collecting began in the mid 80s.I missed the Me go craze but remember finding a bunch of them in a house we had just moved to.Green Arrow,Spider Man and a couple others I can't remember right now.I never thought much of them back then.Hindsight is 20/20 I guess.

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