Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Avenging Allies - MACHINE MAN REVIEW !!!

I purchased this Machine Man figure at a local Walmart for around $ 19.99 . As we get closer to the debut of the upcoming Avengers - Age of Ultron film there are a lot of Avenger related characters hitting stores this year and this guy is one of them . Not to mention that Machine man is the only figure of this series to never had a Marvel Legend before . This is his first time in the Marvel Legends line . Even though Ms. Marvel has a new look , it is still the same character ,as so are the others . When you purchase Machine Man , he comes with build a figure parts of Odin , Thor and Loki's father , along with his extendable detachable limbs .

As you can see pics of different characters are featured on the sides of the packaging . The Sentry is on one end and Machine Man on the other . Also note that Odin's name is not even mentioned , instead he is referred to as " The Allfather " , which he is also referred to as in the comics . Now for a look at Machine Man out of the packaging , with side by side comparisons of him with and without the extendable limbs .

As you can see Machine Man is around six inches tall . When you remove him from the packaging, be careful when removing him . The reason I say this is because my copy of Machine Man his waist was kind of loose and bendy, although now he no longer has that problem . His torso is still somewhat loose, however this is only noticeable when displaying him with his regular hands. When displaying him with his arm extensions , you can pose the arms downward to balance his stance . Also I made the comparison pic so that you can decide which look on him is the best , regular hands or extended limbs .
Now let's have a look at the accessories this figure comes with .
As you can see he comes with both of Odin's arms, his extendable limbs , and regular hands. I assume the regular hands can be considered accessories also , even though they are attached to the figure when you purchase it .
Now let's look at Machine Man as a character for just a small moment instead of an action figure . When I first saw this guy the first thing I thought about him was that maybe he was a villain. The reason I thought this is because the figure appears to be frowning, since it is normal for villain action figures to display a frown . However , according to most Wikipedia writings, he started his career off as a hero , even joining the Avengers . This explains why the term " Avenging Allies " is displayed on the figure packaging . I've seen Machine Man before, but never knew much about the character until recently . Also for those of you who wish to learn more about the character , the following pic below is of his first comic book debut issue .
Now back to Machine Man as an action figure . I am pleased with how he turned out , with the exception of the loose joints, other than that he is perfect . He kind of reminds me of a Sentinel , with the purple and greyish/ silverish color scheme . Another good thing to point out is that the fists attached to his extendable limbs can rotate, plus they also have wrist pivots so that you can bend his fists. This feature is great because it allows multiple posing options .
Speaking of poses , it's up to you on how you want to display him . With both regular hands, both extendable limbs, one extendable and one regular, etc . , the options are definitely available . In the pics below , I measured his wingspan and a vertical measurement of his extended arm .

As you can see Machine man's wingspan is around ten inches . I had trouble getting his right arm to stay in a straight line , so it kept bending downward . Also as you can see his arm extended vertically is almost at ten inches . The extendable arms are great for display purposes, but they also help balance the figure when standing him , as the pic below indicates .
                                                        FINAL   THOUGHTS  
( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Excellent all around articulation . Perfect all around head movement and even on the extensions the fists can bend and rotate .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - Despite having a few loose joints, the figure stands nicely . With or without the arm extensions .

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The arm extensions , and the shiny siverish grey and purple colors . His belt is cool too plus it's adjustable . You can move it up and down his waist .

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The loose joints. They need tightening .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THIS  FIGURE ? - Strengthen the loose joints .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE  - There are two ways to grade this figure, with and without the arm attachments . With regular hands - a 9.5 . With the attachments - a PERFECT 10 . I think he is so much cooler with the attachments, plus the attachments erases the problems with the loose joints somewhat when posing him properly . The minus is for the loose joints .

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS  - Overall this is a great action figure now matter how you display him . Now it's up to you on how you want to display him , with or without the limbs, by himself or with some of the Avengers . I would have given Machine man a perfect ten with regular hands in the Grading Scale category if it was not for the loose joints. I think Hasbro needs to get back to the drawing board on tightening up the joints on these figures, other than that excellent job Hasbro . These Hasbro Marvel Legends seem to be getting better with quality as time moves on , Hasbro has finally caught up with Toybiz on the quality of these figures in my opinion . Also having this guy around made me think about characters and toys from other franchises that have extendable limbs , such as Inspector Gadget , Mekaneck and Extendar from Masters of the Universe .

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