“The Next Baron Strucker” (from the NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. set for 2015)

Latest preview today over on heroclix.com —

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Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Preview: Plan Chu, a.k.a “The Golden Claw”! (v1.2)

YES! Big want over the years, a “Fu Manchu”-style badass is finally coming to clix, as previewed today over on heroclix.com: The Golden Claw!

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I hope that this won’t be the only time we get him, but, man, finally, he’s in The Game!

EDIT: Although I like the depiction here — one popular late 1960’s through the mid 1980’s — I do wish they could have done a “robe and hat” version. It was a style from the 1950’s, and seen again in Jeff Parker/Leonard Kirk’s “Agents of Atlas” 2006 mini-series.

Then again, they could always do a version in the future with a sculpt like that, and make him more of a “behind the scenes” character-as-Resource-dial kinda thing.

EDIT II: You know, as far as the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” goes…. Marvel Studios is doing a “Dr. Strange” movie. Presumably it mixes Ditko/1960’s psychedlia, 1970’s “The Exorcist”/”The Omen” occult/horror, and more modern sensibilities.

Could Marvel do a movie or TV “MAOS” episodes with the “Agents of Atlas”? Maybe make AoA sort of its analog of “Hellboy & the B.P.R.D. [Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense]”? Mike Mignola/Dark Horse Comics/Guillermo del Toro had a cool way of mixing European folklore, Victorian Era occultism, WWII-era grit and grime. AOAtlas could be very cool. [Heh, the “Hellboy” movie theme music is running through my Mind’s Ear right now.]

Whoa, completely missed this yesterday over on heroclix.com:

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Excellent! The “NFAOS” set is looking good (what little we’ve seen of it).

Makes me want to see that “Nick Fury: Rogue Nation” movie that’s coming out soon. Oh, wait, sorry, I’m thinking of the latest “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” movie that — like the previous two in the series — just *seems* like it could’ve been some sort of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie….

JURASSIC WORLD. Just took my two nephews to an 11:05am matinée. [Finally. Thought I might be able unable to see it in theaters. Missing opening weekend usually means I miss it, scheduling and cash conflicts and such.]

Twas Awe-Some. Period.

Edit (2015-07-28): editing again to clarify. Hazards of posting via phone.

AoU SLOP-y “Heroes for Hire” preview: “Power Man” & Iron Fist (plus a Jewel) (from heroclix.com)

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SWEET! New versions of these are always welcome.
(And now maybe some older versions might need some “homemade Ret-Con Trait” treatment….)

Aside: Playing the “match 3 RPG” app on my smartphone called Marvel PuzzleQuest, I get a lot of use out of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Am hoping that they eventually make a Misty Knight & Colleen Wing “duo character” for MPQ, but a Jessica Jones/Jewel character could be cool, too.

EDIT: Blast from the Past!
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A new Union Jack!

Alright, WizKids has posted a new preview up at heroclix.com for the Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. set, which is now due out mid in August.

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Surprised it’s a “b” numbered Prime-level character. Whos’ the “a” in that number slot, then?

For comparison, here’s the HCR UNITS section stats of the first Union Jack clix piece, from the Marvel HeroClix AVENGERS (2007) set. —

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Ant-Man

Latest “Marvel Cinematic Universe”: Ant-Man. 10:30am EDT matinée.
Verdict: I loved it.
Caveat: I’m biased. Love sci-fi/fantasy/spy/action/superhero stuff. I love Marvel.

I loved it despite some “rough” dialog and some “rocky unevenness” I was picking up on. It was fun, quirky and wonky and nerdy.

Compare: Avengers : Age of Ultron to Ant-Man.  Loved them both. AAOU, saw it 3 times, and although jam-packed, it held up to subsequent viewings.

Ant-Man: I hope to see it again. I think it will hold up to subsequent viewing, too,  although some of the dialogue was annoying or flat this time and might be moreso later. Humor: hit or miss. The misses were of the “forced humor” variety. It had a good villain, but luckily he wasn’t a scene-stealer. Plenty of characters, plent of good supporting characters, but the focus stayed on Scott Lang, and Hank and Hope Pym, and I’m glad for it.

Once again, I am going to bitch about the TV show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” With superb competition ranging from Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead to Humans (and more), I really hope Marvel can plumb the vastness of its character and story library and up that ante a bit. And I hope Ant-Man (& Wasp) don’t slip though the cracks. TV appearances may be more helpful towards a future movie than shoe-horning them into an Avengers movie. What’s Joss Whedon say? “Moments, movements”? As a nerdy fan, I can think of all sorts of individual “movements” or “beats” that I hope to see. But, I’m hoping they can be turned into “moments” that can be “transportive”, you know?

Sidenote: Previews.  Good to see so many “based of a true story” movies coming out. Last good one I saw was American Sniper, back in January.

Sidenote II: I avoided previews and reviews for Ant-Man. After AAOU, definitely picking up on a lot of “anti-**” vibes. Some hate superhero genre movies. Others hate Marvel/Disney. I sometimes get the sense that some of the hate is coming from those feeling Marvel has been “too successful” or something.

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Loving Evangeline Lilly as “Hope Van Dyne”, and looking forward to seeing her as the winsome Wasp.

One thing I like about the MCU: the twists and emphasis of certain established concepts. Like tying Dr. Hank Pym in with SHIELD, and that he was Ant-Man for a stretch as a kind of “super-spy/soldier”.

Edit (2015-07-26): Saw the 1:10pm matinée yesterday. Still loving it. Dialog that annoyed me the first time through was okay this time. Like the “Ocean’s Eleven” caper humor.

I hope when Falcon tells Cap about Ant-Man that the writers don’t play it that Cap thinks it’s ridiculous or unbelievable. I’d like to think that Cap would see the advantages immediately. Tease Falcon later, if at all.

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Ooo, another preview! Over on Heroclix.com. I like White Tiger, even if this not a version I’m familiar with. (I still remember the male version, on a cover of “Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man”, kicking Spidey off a ledge.) This one looks good. Straight forward ass-kicker.

AoU SLOP: Blue Marvel!

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Man, I was hoping this guy would be in the “more generally available to non-Storyline Organized Play HeroClix aficionados” set coming in July, the Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. release. Looks like I’m s.o.l., probably never get a hold of this guy.

Ah, well. WizKids’ AGE OF ULTRON Stroyline Organized Play release has brought a lot of cool clix into the game. That’s a good thing.

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“The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution” is getting updated! By Linda Monk. I just preordered mine for my kindle.

I have a hardbound version of the first version, and I bought and gave as gifts both hard and southbound versions of it.

United States, Constitution,  14th Amendment, Section 1:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/14thamendment.html

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Marvel HeroClix Wish-List: Snapdragon! (v1.1)

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Snapdragon! Obscure Marvel Comics villainess. “Normal human of exceptional skill”: exceptional martial artist, who’s taken on Black Widow and Captain America in one-on-one melee. More info: http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/snapdrag.htm

First story I ever read with her was in Captain America, where she’d become one of Superia’s ‘Femizons’. Now that we have Superia in the game, would be nice to see more Femizons. (I really don’t understand why the recent M.O.D.A.M. didn’t have a Femizons keyword. Missed opportunity.)

Suggestions for Snapdragon:
(1) Traited Toughness. (Body armor.
(2) Improved Targetting: Ignore Hindering, with an oddball printed Range value of 2 (sculpt has her using a bo-staff). Sort of a nod toward the CLOBBERIN’ TIME “experiment” of R/E/V Elektra.
(3) Otherwise, standard powers only. Oscillate from click to click between close combat and short-range combat techniques.
(4) 6-click dial.

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2015-07-01: At mom & dad’s, with a lot of family and friends-of-family. Our fair city is having it’s 4th of July fireworks display tonight, and we have a great view out over the parks and recreation area.

It’s 6:42pm. Fireworks begin after dark. I am enjoying my first beer in a long while, a nice and cold Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy. Gonna have a hot dog with some salsa on it. Nom, nom, nom.

It may be only Wednesday, but the 4th of July weekend is starting early.

EDIT (7:02PM): I’ve moved on to a bottle of “Not Your Father’s ROOT BEER” (“Ale with the Taste of Spices”). Excellent.