World Championships Update! [With Previews!]| HeroClix

World Championships Update! | HeroClixhttps://wizkids.com/heroclix/2018/05/14/world-championships-update/

A new STARRO! And more “Starrophyte Minions”! Never thought I’d see WizKids produce another, very cool.

Love that “Bat-Bot” as well, not familiar with the storyline, very cool.

*sigh* more to “chase” after….

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Devil Dinosaur Champion Figure – HeroClix by Wizkids Games

http://heroclix.com/marvel-heroclix/marvel-heroclix-superior-foes-of-spider-man/marvel-heroclix-superior-foes-spider-man-devil-dinosaur-champion-figure/

Bwa-hahahahahahahahaha! I loved that Nextwave run. Although that’s not the “*real*” Devil Dinosaur, it was a fun version of the character, and is now on my “Must Have” list. Hope I pull him from one of the two cases I reserved of the Marvel HeroClix SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN set.

EDIT (2016-07-30): For comparison, the “older model”…

MV_HC_Devil-Dinosaur_Moon-Boy

For ‘future reference’ —

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Was rereading some articles on “HYDRA-Captain America”. Saw a link regarding Hayley Atwell commenting on “Captain America: Civil War” and how Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter’s niece, Sharon Carter, maybe starting a relationship. http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/04/hayley-atwell-on-what-peggy-would-think-of-steve-and-sharon

Sidenote: I do hope Disney/Marvel continues with “Agent Carter”. I know Disney feels like they got the ‘girl-consumers’ cornered with all of its “Princesses”, but I have to say: Even as a boy, loved that the male superheroes interacted in the comics so much with the female superheroines. And, heck, part of the whole ‘adolescent power fantasy’ angle to superheroes is the ‘impress that girl you like’ trope. Plus, you know, boys continue to grow, becoming bigger fanboys. Exposure to strong, morally-grounded male and female superhero concepts is a good think. Makes you think, hopefully avoiding bad habits and prejudicial thoughts.

Anyway, I’m trying to dissect Atwell’s comments, about Sharon and Steve.

CA:CW, Peggy dies off-camera. Last time we saw her in the ‘modern setting’ appeared to be suffering from dementia-related memory loss, maybe even an Alzheimer’s patient. Alzheimer’s. “The  Long Good-Bye.”

If we assume the MCU movies’ stories are taking place in the Marvel universe in the year they hit the theaters, Steve popped into the modern era in 2011 (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Began doing a few things here and there for SHIELD, apparently, possibly even before the Avengers (2012). In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), we see he’s found Peggy. (Safe to assume he was reunited with her in some way in 2011?). She’s well into her 90’s, suffering from dementia; Midway through her conversation with Steve, she appears to forget he was there, and reacts to seeing him as if it was the first time since he ditched the HYDRA “deathwing” into the Atlantic. And she’d had a full life, apparently. Husband, kids, successful career.

Meanwhile, Sharon Carter appears to have been covertly ‘monitoring’ Steve for SHIELD for quite some time. Since Steve got set up in his apartment? Maybe? When would that have been? 2011?

Peggy died (off-screen) in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”. So. How long was that good-bye to Peggy?

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I don’t think Steve and Sharon’s lip-lock was ‘too soon’. They were both faithful to and respectful of Peggy, right up until she passed on. Can’t believe Peggy, if she were cognizant enough, would be selfish in any way that would she would not want either Steve or her niece (grand-niece?) Sharon to live life, and find happiness.

Anyway, found out today that D3 Go!’s mobile game — Marvel Puzzle Quest — will be introducing a “What If…?” version of Peggy Carter that I’d never heard of: Peggy as Captain America! After Steve gets assassinated, Peggy steps up to take the super soldier serum. (Little fuzzy on the details.) Looks fun! “American Dream”! Hope to add her to my collection, soon.

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Captain Peggy America artist unknown


Sidebar: I was not upset when Steve Rogers ‘died” in the comics after the “Superhero Civil War”, seemingly shot dead on the courthouse steps, ‘inhibiter-cuffed’, on the way to his first hearing. Thought it was a bumb ‘stunt’, since he’d ‘be back’. And he returned. I did, at the time, think that it might be a good idea for them to leave Steve dead, really dead. “What did he die for?” would have remained the question. Some kind of ‘permanent fallout’ from the ‘war’.

But, they brought him back from the dead, with a ‘time-bullet’ gimmick, having been shot with a special weapon, bouncing in various ways through time. Another spin on the “Man Out of Time” motif they like to use for him from time to time.

Then, a few years ago, Marvel creative/editorial took the tack that Steve’s body was starting to fail him, the Super-Soldier Serum process finally wearing off. Sam Wilson assumed the mantle of Captain America. I whole-heartedly approved. I like Sam, thought it might be a ggod way for Marvel to ‘change generations’ somehow. Steve would still be that Good Guy who ended up being the Right Guy for the Moment, in a One-in-a-Million, “we got really lucky” kinda way. And he’d passed the mantle to another Good Guy in Sam Wilson. Pass the Torch.

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HYDRA-Cap. I don’t care if they [Marvel] gets itself out of the corner it painted itself into with some sort of time-bending Cosmic Cube-related shenanigans to explain it away. Or some sort of ‘deep cover’ triple-agent twist. I’ll ride it out.

Glad I can’t really afford to buy both comics and HeroClix. And, yeah, I’ll collect the HeroClix version of “HYDRA-Cap”. Still. “Shitty marketing stunt.”

 

Marvel HeroClix Wish-List: American Eagle and Commander A (plus a “Ret-Con”) (v1.2)

For reference: Marvel Comics’ Jason “American Eagle” Strongbow (Wikipedia) and Kiyoshi “Commander A” Morales.

Also helpful in telling you where I’m going with all of this:
america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/2/25/elegy-for-a-website-where-native-voices-mattered
america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2016/2/native-lives-matter-goes-beyond-police-brutality
thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/491/tribes
wqed.org/tv/specials/the-war-that-made-america
pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/slideshow/manifest-destiny-and-the-indian-wars

And relevant Marvel Comics characters:
comicvine.gamespot.com/warpath
http://comicvine.gamespot.com/thunderbird
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_Handbook_of_the_Marvel_Universe

And finally:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celestial_(comics)

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MV_HC_Wish-List_Commander_A

So, in the fictional narrative construct called the “Marvel Universe”: Time travel, parallel worlds, alternate realities all exist. Science & Magick co-exist. God, “gods”, and all manner of Alien life exists. The Native American/American Indian characters of Thunderbird and Warpath are an interesting fictional twist on “evolution within a world that has ‘superhumans'”.

Let me back up a bit. This is my current understanding of the ‘slippery-greased-up-weasel” that is the “official history” of said fictional narrative construct called “The Marvel Universe”: At some point after humanoid life first emerged on the mud ball that would become “Marvel Earth”, aliens known as “The Celestials” paid a visit, began tinkering with human genetics. The result was to create three species: regular Humans (who also had an ‘x-factor’ in their code that would/could result in development of superhuman abilities as the species evolved), Eternals (a more evolutionarily ‘static’ humanoid species, relatively small in number, that would later serve as the basis for the ‘gods’ of myth), and Deviants (a species so genetically in flux, no two were similar, and were often not humanoid at all, reproduced at least as fast as humans, and served as a basis for human legends and myths of ‘monsters’).

The ‘normal humans’ of the marvel universe — that had the x-gene — would occasionally pop-out a genuine ‘superhuman’, which might serve as a basis for a ‘legendary hero’ of ancient times. And, of course, you have the alien Kree making a visit eons after the Celestials, tinkering with human DNA, and creating the Inhuman offshoot.

Given all of that, it’s not unreasonable in this narrative universe to assume that the scattered and various “nations” and “tribes” that inhabited the continents that would be “the Americas” after colonization by Europe had their own “mythic heroes” that might’ve been the result of that ‘x-gene’ activating from time to time.

The characters of Jason “American Eagle” Strongbow, John “Thunderbird” Proudstar, and James “Warpath” Proudstar may represent this. If the ‘average Native American’ — a ‘normal human’ — are sort in the vein of ‘worker ant’ like the rest of us, the three characters above are like a ‘soldier ant’, working alongside other ‘workers’, but also being larger, faster, stronger as protectors. May have even come as a result of tribal elders engaging in ‘selective breeding’ via arranging marriages, within and between tribes. Larger, faster, stronger, resilient, agile, more acute senses, greater stamina (fully superhuman, in the range just below Spider-Man, but well pased Captain America’s “peak human”).

Wasn’t until the 1st and 2nd modern “Industrial Revolutions” and the rapid advent of various scientific disciplines, that humans decide to try experiment in creating “super-soldiers”.

I mean, if Steve “Captain America” Rogers is the result of taking someone “below normal” to “peak human”, what happens if they use the same process on someone that may already be just over the line into “superhuman”, like Strongbow or the Proudstar boys? [Not even including things like cybernetic/bionic enhancements.] You’d get Commander-A of the 25th century United Americas, from the Captain America Corps storyline.

Anyhoo.

Would love to see American Eagle and Commander-A become part of HeroClix.

Other reference:

Thunderbird I & Thunderbird II-Warpath

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Did a homemade “HeroClix Ret-Con Trait” for the old ARMOR WARS (2005), but decided to re-do it for this post. WizKids’ Game Design has been updating the language and effects for standard powers over recent years, and I decided this Ret-Con Trait could use an overhaul (imbedded into a stripped-down ‘character collage’):

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For comparison:

WoSM-028 Warpath

 

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Heh. Cool idea. Will never happen. Obviously.
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Have said before, wish Marvel/Disney had an all-Marvel cable TV channel. Not just for reruns of the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” TV series, or endless reruns of the various Marvel movies or animated series. A place to develop new shows as well.

Kinda wish DC Comics/Time-Warner/Fox would do the same.

Considering the quality of some of the best of cable channel-developed TV — Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, BSG [still bearing my torch for it, and Caprica], Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, and a few others — just wondering what they could do with more “room” than “traditional broadcast TV networks” can allow.

Like, for Marvel TV, a sci-fi/space opera series for the Nova Corps?  Could be cool. “Bridge” between Guardians of the Galaxy movies and other MCU movies. A Hulk mini-series would be better than any too-constraining two-hour-plus movie (I say that as a fan of both Hulk movies).