Currently another near impossible figure to find in Manila, I was quite fortunate to score the remaining Ant-Man (Scott Lang | Ant-Man movie version) from the local secondary market a couple of weeks ago.
The figure is one of six figures (seven if you include the Walgreens “Black Ant” Eric O’Grady Ant-Man figure) from the Ant-Man Ultron Marvel Legends’ Infinity Series. The set is comprised of the aforementioned movie version Ant-Man, Bulldozer, Giant Man, Grim Reaper, Tiger Shark, and Wasp.
Each figure–with the exception of O’Grady–comes with a part that when put together will form Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron movie version)
This Scott Lang Ant-Man figure comes with a miniture version of himself, ANT-hony his faithful flying ant, a miniture Yellowjacket, and an Ultron Build-A-Figure head.
Last May 2, 2015, I dropped by Artists Row in Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City for Free Comic Book Day 2015 and to support our local Filipino artists. They were all immensely talented.
I also decided to buy my first blank cover variants (Two Avengers titles, I believe). For those of you who are unfamiar with them, these are comic books that artists can sketch on.
I approached the talented Mr. Norby Ela who was nice enough to indulge my requests for an Ant-Man and Netflix’ Daredevil covers. I also mentioned that these would be my first blank cover variants ever and with that revelation, he said he would make them extra special–and indeed they were.
You can follow Mr. Ela on Instagram at @norbyela
“Black Ant” Ant-Man (Eric O’Grady) is a Walgreens exclusive figure from the Ant-Man Marvel Legends line that reportedly made it’s way onto their shelves the same week that Ant-Man hit theaters in the U.S.
Now for an Ant-Man collector residing half-way around the world, this was sure to be one of those “you’re probably never going to see it so forget about it” action figures. But as luck would have it, I spotted the Secret Avenger from afar and in all places a store that I hardly frequent.
Later on, I was told that this was the only piece to come in. Dare I say: Meant to be?
Released in the Summer of 2015 as part of Marvel HeroClix all-new multi month (June to September) Age of Ultron tournament. The Avengers Round Table resource and Iron Man Avengers ID Card were among the items in the Age of Ultron Month 1 participation prize kit.
I’ve been hunting for one of these since I purchased the Marvel HeroClix: Original Avengers Fast Forces Pack (which came with the Hank Pym Avengers ID Card) awhile back.
“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
Been wanting a copy of this soundtrack for the longest time! Now that the day has finally arrived, I’m going to see if it was worth the wait.
What a ride! Picked up Judd Winick’s Batman: Red Hood – The Lost Days over at Fullybooked PowerPlant Mall today and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Winick’s take on Jason Todd’s rebirth only piqued my interest in the character even more. I highly recommend it! (July 25, 2015)
Those who respond to the battle cry, “Avengers Assemble!” are united in the fight against the forces of evil. They face foes too powerful for one single Super Hero to withstand! Many acting as one, they are Earth’s mightiest heroes — they are The Avengers!
– The Avengers: United They Stand introduction
Considering that “The Avengers: United They Stand.” toy line–featuring Ant-Man, Captain America, Vision, Ultron, Hawkeye, Falcon, Tigra, Wonder Man, Wasp, and Kang the Conqueror–is about 15 years old, I seem to manage to find at least one sealed figure annually.
That said, this year’s acquisition is one of the chief antagonists (I presume) of the show in Kang the Conqueror (1999 | Toy Biz). The sealed figure had been kept in less-than-ideal conditions (I cleaned it up before taking this photo) with the box showing signs of wear-and-tear, brittle elastic bands, rusted button cell batteries (upon inspection), and what seemed to be the remains of a small spider that probably fell into the bubble packaging back in the day.
Needless to say, I was not immediately drawn to the figure. But upon further inspection, I discovered that its main accessory was a sphere that contained a translucent Wasp. My guess–having never had the opportunity to watch the show during its airing–was that it was a major plot point during one of the episodes.
Looking at the back of Kang the Conqueror‘s packaging, Toy Biz gives pretty simplistic description of the villain:
A villain with a twisted mind. Kang believes that by time traveling he will eventually conquer the world and change history in his name. As one of the Avengers’ most dangerous villains. Kang has often used his vast knowledge of time and dimensional trave to escape their heroic grasp.
Not bad at all!
Given the state of the figure sealed, I couldn’t wait to crack this one open and overall–I was quite impressed. As a display piece, a Kang holding an open sphere containing a trapped Wasp tells a story by itself. One can’t go without the other. In addition, Kang’s articulation is limited (9 points by my count) and wouldn’t look right if it were divested of the sphere prison.
The aforementioned instructions:
Place the Wasp sphere securely in Kang’s left hand, as shown. Press the Y symbol on Kang’s chest for light-up sphere action.
Seems straightforward enough.
- Sphere Prison (With minature Wasp) – Sweet!
- Two swords – Kang comes with two swords (top photo) but, ironically, he can only wield one at any given time. Both swords can also be affixed onto the back of the figure though this may cause the plastic swords to bend slightly over a period of time.
Date Purchased: July17, 2014 (Shoppesville Plus, Greenhills)
Price: $8.04 | P350