08.29.2004 - Medicom Kubrick - Marvel Series Three
Heyo! I am what they call one of those guys that dissapears and then appears ten days later for now explicable reason. Why you ask? I dunno, just busy I suppose. But anyways I got here the latest import, because thats apparently all I seem to get here anymore.
Marvel Series Three
Love them or hate them Kubricks seem to be the perpetrator that started this block style figure craze. Who wouldn't love the fact that you can get hundreds of different licenses all in the same style, same scale, and then you add the mystery that comes with opening blind assortments. I don't think us Americans over here are too thrilled with the whole blind assortment thing ... after all, remember baseball cards? But none the less, when you get little characters as cool as these, how can you complain?
Anyways, this is the third series of Marvel Kubricks by Medicom. Each series has been an improvement over the last, and this wave is no exception. The characters included in this set are Carnage, Magneto, Black Spider-Man, Daredevil, Jean Grey, Juggernaut, and Human Torch. There is also a chase that is one per forty-eight figures which is Man-Spider with six arms. As with past waves and most Marvel lines the Spider-Man themed figures are a large part. This one has three, in the past we have gotten Venom, Spider-Man, and Spider-Ham. They have done some interesting characters in these series that you may normally not see anywhere else in past waves, however they kept the characters pretty mainstream this time around. They have also done a lot more sculpting to the figures, moving past the original block shape and building out from it. Jean Grey and Juggernaut are prime examples of better sculpting. So lets see how individual characters add up.
First off we have Daredevil. There was an exclusive movie themed Daredevil Kubrick released in Japan with the movie on DVD. It goes for about thirty dollars so most sane people don't have that figure. This one is pretty true to its comic adaptation. Sure he doesn't have the accessories and the posability of the MiniMate version, but he fits in nice with the Kubrick theme. In a battle between the MiniMate and the Kubrick, I would say the MiniMate wins this round. Though the sculpted horns on his head are a nice touch.
Next up is Magneto. Magneto is up there with Gambit of series two. Its a fantastic figure made a whole hell of a lot better by how they painted and accessorized him. He has nice shiny purple paint around his neck, feet, and arms. As you know I like shiny things, so this is right up my alley. He comes with a very nice looking cape and a removable helmet. Even the detail on the face with the bags under his eyes really captures the character perfectly in block form. Sorry Art Asylum but Kubrick gets the victory with this one. It is seriously one of the must have block figures, its that good a likeness.
Next up is the Juggernaut. Now take a look at the comparison picture of the MiniMate and the Kubrick. What the hell was Art Asylum thinking making a Juggernaut the same size as all the other characters? The Kubrick version is actually a perfect size to go with the MiniMates. He's a wonderful Kubrick as well because they actually used a larger sculpt for him to let you know that the character is going to be bigger than everyone else. He comes with a removable helmet as well. The only problem with his is his large sculpt does not allow for much arm movement, but I suppose if I wanted super articulation I would go buy the Marvel Legends Juggernaut. Again Kubrick wins this round.
Human Torch is up next, our first Fantastic Four character in the Kubrick line. He comes with a flaming head and flaming hands. Unfortunately the hands don't work too well and fall off a lot. Kind of sucks because the figure is really cool looking with his reddish-clear plastic body. Besides the hand problem I like him a lot, just hope we will eventually get Sue, Richard, and Thing.
Next up is Carnage. A lame duck character, but a damn cool looking one. He comes with an optional axe hand that can be exchanged with his creepy hands he currently has. The human looking hands he have are some of the coolest looking sculpted hand I have seen on a block figure ever. Another plus is that the tips of the fingers are actually sharp, so I can hurt little children with it. Paint on him is really nice, I don't know how I feel about the round head, but hey, its not bad. Its a bit different.
Ok then there is black Spider-Man, I suppose every line needs a lot of Spider-Man variations. Not much else to say about that.
Finally we have Jean Grey. Another sculpting fix in this line that I think worked out well. You know what sculpting I am talking about, yeah she has boobs. I can never say no to a figure with boobs, in fact when I got my Sideshow Scully, the first thing I did was take off her shirt. Why? You may ask. Because I was very lonely that night. Anyways enough about me and back to Jean. She's a well done figure and an obviously good choice because she has so much history with the X-Men. The only problem I see in her is her headpiece is a bit large and makes her head look larger than it should. Other than that the hair is sculpted beautifully and the paint job is dead on. I approve of more boobs being put on Kubricks.
Ok now lets get past each character and look at the means of getting these figures. Expect to pay around forty or more for the set of seven and about the same price for the single chase figure. These aren't cheap figures, so you better understand that right off the bat. So then what is the draw of these figures? Well hold one and you will see the craftsmanship that goes into them. These are niche toys you can not get in the US so importing is going to cost you. If you are looking for a chase figure then I would suggest buying a case which can run over a hundred dollars for twenty four figures. The price isn't great by any means, but If you already collect these you are well aware of such issues.
All in all this is a strong series and I hope to see more. As far as our comparison to the MiniMates, I say it comes out about even. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses. I also believe that both companies learn off of each others mistakes, which can be seen when new stuff comes out.
Marvel Series Three
Articulation - 75%
Sculpt - 92%
Accessories - 85%
Paint - 98%
Price - 70%
Fun Factor - 84%
Final Score - 84%