Sunday, October 14, 2012

Action Figure Wish List Update

It’s been more than a year since I published my first wish list and some of the figures on it have actually come out. So it’s time to refresh the list originally published Sunday, August 7, 2011.

In this section, I got one figure on my list, Scarlet Witch. I also saw the Longshot figure I want at Comic Con which will be released with an Uncanny X-Men 3 pack which also includes Rogue who wasn't on my list but really should have been. Here is my revised list without Scarlet Witch and Longshot.


Here is a list of 10 heroes I want them to come out with in no particular order.

Scorpion (Carmilla Black): This ex-SHEILD agent isn’t just a cool character but may also be the biological daughter of Bruce Banner. And she has a cool costume.

American Dream: A female Captain America in the M2 universe. Would be cool to see the Spider-Girl from that universe too.

Rachel Grey: She’s descended from two of the most experienced and battle-hardened X-Men and possesses the Phoenix Force? Only thing better might be a Hope figure since it looks like she’s carrying it now.

Black Cat: What started out as a Spidey villain and supporting character has become a Marvel Universe staple and has appeared in many other titles.

Dazzler: I’ve always liked the character and her blue costume and New Excalibur costume are both cool.

Cloak and Dagger: They are popular Marvel staples that found a way to make a big contribution during Civil War. This would be great as a two pack.

Ares: I know he’s dead but he was a serious bad-ass and he’d make a really cool looking figure.

Deathlok: He’s never been popular enough for a regular series but if I know he’s in an issue, I usually pick it up. Deathlok is one of the most interesting looking characters in the Marvel Universe.

Professor X: Except for Black Bolt who I hear is rumored to be in an upcoming Inhumans team set, Professor X is the only member of the infamous Illuminati missing.

Dakota North: I know it’s obscure but as a private detective she’s appeared in her own mini-series and appeared in titles like Power Pack, Web of Spider-Man, Daredevil, and New Avengers. She’s been around since 1986 and deserves another shot at a mini-series or at least a bigger role in someone’s title. For now I’d settle for an action figure.

The Marvel Universe line hasn't been great about putting villains out so there is nothing on my list that is different. I think Mysterio has been announced for an upcoming wave so here is my revised list.


Here is a list of 10 villains I want them to come out with in no particular order.

Lady Bullseye: Kingpin’s main assassin these days.

Kingpin: He’s the reason Daredevil has a mental breakdown every few years.

Flag-Smasher: This Captain America villain once used his organization, ULTIMATUM, to take a group of Americans hostage. In order to save them, Cap has to do the unthinkable. Wondering what the ‘unthinkable’ is - check out the cover of Captain America #321. If you have no idea who Flag-Smasher is, check out Captain America #348.

The Hood: The Hood has a kick-ass origin story and has been a huge villain lately, especially during the Dark Reign.

Dr. Octopus: There is a 3 ¾ figure in the Spider-Man series but I want Doc Ock to look like the comic book version.

The Marauders: These villains kicked off the Mutant Massacre and Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Riptide, Scalphunter, and Vertigo would make a great six pack (like the Giant-Sized X-Men set).

Omega Red: Another great X-villain.

Jack O’Lantern: While there’s been a few to wear the pumpkin, the one in the new Venom mini-series isn’t just cool looking but deadly too.

Ghost: Before he was a Thunderbolt, Ghost was an Iron Man villain in the 80’s. I want the version in the white armor (not the weird Thunderbolts version).

Beyonder: He’s the omnipotent being who kidnapped Heroes as powerful as Thor and set them against villains as powerful as the Molecule Man just to see what would happen. Then he took human form and tormented the Marvel Universe in a horrible mini series with scores of tie-in titles. The worst was when Spider-Man had to explain to him how to use the bathroom (it was handled off panel but 20+ years later I’m still screaming WTF).

Of the 10 alternate versions of the figures that have already been released, the only one they've released is the Angel figure with real wings. He was in the TRU exclusive X-Factor set and I've heard he's going to be single packed in an upcoming wave (maybe in 2013). Here are the figures I still want with a new figure to replace Angel.


Of the figures that have already been released, here are 10 alternate versions of figures I’d like to see in no particular order.

Kitty Pryde (as Shadowcat): The blue outfit was Kitty’s main costume in the 80s and some of the 90s.

Cosmic Spider-Man: From Amazing Spider-Man #326-329, Spectacular Spider-Man #158-159, and Web of Spider-Man #59 (1989): Acts of Vengeance was an event in many Marvel titles where villains trade heroes and try to take them out. Spidey found himself imbued with Captain Universe’s powers in time to take on Gravitron, The Hulk, Magneto, and a Tri-Sentinel. Although he didn’t wear the Captain Universe costume much, Spidey in full cosmic garb is a playable character in “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” Oh, and the Cosmic Crusade Spider-Man from the Spider-Man series is a super cool looking figure but it's no substitute.

Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch): In 1990, Marvel introduced Danny Ketch, a new Ghost Rider who wore a leather jacket, spiked gloves and gauntlets.

Ultimate X-Men: There has already been a lot of X-Men characters released but none have been given the “Ultimate” treatment yet.

Joe Fixit (Grey Hulk in a suit): In the 90’s, Peter David gave the Hulk a few different personalities but, as Joe Fixit, Hulk wore a nice suit and worked as a casino enforcer.
 Joe Fixit and the Danny Ketch Ghost Rider would make my New Fantastic Four collection complete

Punisher (in Captain America costume): From Punisher: War Journal #6-11 (2007): When someone is disgracing the memory of the recently killed Captain America, Frank dons a version of Cap’s costume and goes after them.

Storm & Black Panther as Queen and King of Wakanda: They married in 2006, Black Panther #18 and while I don’t have a specific costume in mind, they have both made appearances in more ceremonial type outfits. This would make a great comic pack.

Nightcrawler (in Pirate outfit): From Nightcrawler #1 (1985): While the costume is in the Nightcrawler mini-series, it isn’t the first time he appears in a pirate outfit. Plus, Kurt Wagner is a HUGE fan of Errol Flynn and dreams of being a swashbuckling hero.

Daredevil (in armor): From Daredevil starting in 1993: Scott McDaniel was a hot artist who drew a lot of people to Daredevil with his stunning artwork and Daredevil’s new armored look.

Venom (Flash Thompson version): The government has possession of the symbiote so they recruit Flash Thompson, a decorated and loyal veteran to use it to go on missions. Not only is this one of the coolest things Marvel’s done with the symbiote, the Flash Thompson version looks awesome.

Okay, I did get a She-Hulk (2 if you count the single pack and the TRU exclusive 2 pack) and Nova has been announced for an upcoming wave, but I'm still going to leave this list the way it is because it's mostly unfulfilled.


The New Mutants (original and modern): Cannonball, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Magma, Cypher, and Warlock
One of my all-time favorites and not one character has been given a figure. Kitty Pryde did get a figure but she’s not a founding member or a long-standing member. I don’t know how you would pull of a Sunspot (maybe a variant where he’s all black?) or a Wolfsbane (would it be human and wolf in the package or the werewolf state she sometimes takes on).

Lady Liberators: She-Hulk, Valkyrie, Thundra, Hellcat, and Tigra
The Lady Liberators were a concept that isn’t new to the Marvel Universe, they first appeared in Avengers #83 in 1970. A few years ago, She-Hulk brought together her own team to fight the Red Hulk. I left characters off the roster above that have already gotten figures (Spider-Woman, Invisible Woman, Black Widow, and Storm). Plus, Hulk #9 had a great cover shot of them courtesy of the always amazing Arthur Adams.

I should mention that Mirage has a Pegasus named Brightwind and Valkyrie has a Pegasus named Aragorn. It would be awesome for Hasbro to release ‘Mirage with Brightwind’ and ‘Valkyrie with Aragorn’ packs – they could use the same mold for both mounts. They would even make great convention exclusives.

Exiles: Blink, Mimic, Morph, Nocturne, Sunfire, Sasquatch, and Magik
Exiles was one of the best books on the stands and introduced us to a lot of alternate worlds and versions of the characters we know and love. Other members of the team included Magnus, Thunderbird, Namora, Sabertooth, Longshot, Spider-Man 2099, Shadowcat, and more. There are a lot of possible characters from this series that can be created.

New Warriors: Night Thrasher, Nova (not Kid Nova), Justice (not Marvel Boy), and Namorita
Firestar has already been released as a Toys ‘R Us exclusive figure (the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends three pack). Except for Nova, the rest of the characters are a little obscure (but since Hasbro gave us a "Masters of Evil" 3 pack that no one was asking for, why not the New Warriors). Justice and Firestar dated for a long time and did a brief stint on The Avengers together. Namorita is the Sub-Mariner’s cousin.

Young Allies: Nomad, Gravity, Spider-Girl, and Toro
Again, Firestar has already been released. The Spider-Girl on this team is the former Arana and has a costume that hasn’t been released. Nomad is from the Heroes Reborn universe. Gravity is a newer character who has already helped the Fantastic Four save the universe and come back from the grave. 

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