Marvel HeroClix “Wish-List”: Coachwhip! (v1.1)

Coachwhip! Have mentioned her before, as a member of the Serpent Society/Serpent Solutions. Her modus operandi is very much like The Constrictor. But, she lacks the body armor, and doesn’t seem as great in combat as Constrictor. I mean, she was agile, quick, and deadly accurate and precise with her weapons of choice. But, she relied on surprise, entangling opponents in her coils, and shocking them into unconsciousness. She could be aggressive and tenacious, but seemed to have a ‘glass jaw’.

Wish I could see more for her to do, but the recent Serpent Society pieces in Marvel HeroClix SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN provide for the “SSSNEAK ATTACK” Trait, and she’d be an Incapacitate-user designed for short-range, maybe two targets. IF they want to show her ‘surprise tactics’ another way, there’s Stealth, Shape Change, Energy Shield/Deflection. She’s still dangerous, just ‘fragile’. Could use a special power to ‘pull’ characters of a lower point value, but I don’t see her topping 60 points. Maybe focus on that Incapacitate, take inspiration from SFSM’s Cloak & Dagger, give her a printed damage value of zero while upping her attack value.

Wish I had better ideas for her.

Considering how many Serpent Society characters just showed up in SFSM, she’s probably already designed and on her way next year. I mean, why not?

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

BOOMSLANG! A member of the Marvel Universe’s “supervillain trade union”/paramilitary contractor, the Serpent Society! Official Marvel.Com entry: Boomslang & Unoffical Marvel Universe Appendix: Boomslang

Basically, an Australian criminal hired by The Viper (nee Madame Hydra) when she attempted to infiltrate Sidewinder’s newly-formed Serpent Society for a rather ‘hostile takeover’. No superpowers, but very athletic, well-trained melee combatant, and throws ‘Serpent-Rangs’ (“s”-shaped boomerangs). They sometimes are described or depicted as sharpened ‘sickles’, but sometimes act like blunt weapons; I assume he has a selection of different types. I’ve only read his Mark Gruenwald Era appearances, but I don’t remember them being gimmicked-out with explosives or TASERs or anything; just flying bludgeons which, as common in comic books, came back to him, ignoring physics (such as loss of energy or deflection upon impact).

He’s named after a species of snake mostly found on the African continent: reptilesmagazine.com: Boomslang-Snake-Of-Africa

Personally, I didn’t think much of him at the time. I don’t even remember him getting shot-up, then ‘retiring’ from the supervillain life. Like others Viper/Madame Hydra recruited, he had a couple of skills she needed, and seemed to have the ‘serpent theme’ shoehorned onto him for the infiltration of the SerpSoc.

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“Dear Marvel”: I heard he’s appeared with the re-branded “Serpent Solutions”, fighting Sam Wilson (as Captain America) and a new Falcon (whom I also want to see clixed). My opinion: For Marvel the ‘identity’ of Boomslang could be one of those things that’s ‘passed around’ getting adopted by a series of wannabe-supervillains. The ‘original’, a guy named Marc Reimer, had his chance, and should either be retired or dead; should be someone new under the cowl, slinging Serpent-rangs. It would open up possibilities that occasionally someone with maybe low-ish level superpowers might be in that costume. the gimmick should always be the serpent-rangs, though, regardless of any superpowers a user of the identity might have. (I’ve tossed this idea out before: ‘legacy’ supervillain identities. Doc Ock will always be Otto Octavious, even if someone tries to use his name for awhile. Same with Green Goblin; Norman Osborn is GG, though and through, even without the mask. But ‘minor’ supervillains like The Silencer or Boomslang? The weapons and theme and identity might get passed around, especially if villains like Taskmaster, Red Skull, The Arranger, Kingpin, The Terrible Tinkerer, and maybe a few others are involved. Sometimes sold off from profit to some mook, other times as a misdirection by a particular ‘mastermind’….)

“Dear WizKids”: HeroClix: Would like two sets of stats on one dial, please. What fans (at least) have called “split-dial”, a multiple-starting line design seen on a few Clix from sets such as 2001’s Marvel HeroClix CAPTAIN AMERICA set’s “Countertop Display” subset.

He’s essentially a gimmick boomerang-throwing villain, we just haven’t seen too many trick boomerangs. Wouldn’t mind seeing some past special powers from past boomerang-throwers re-used on Boomslang. IF you give him the “SSSNEAK ATTACK” Trait as you’ve done for recent pieces, you might want to make it an optional Trait with a point value to pay to use (trying to represent his attempt to retire, as well as his being part of Viper/Madame hydra’s infiltration but staying with them after she was purged, as well as the fact that he may be an “excellent hand-to-hand fighter” but not a team player, and not taken as a serious threat by certain superheroes).

 

Marvel HeroClix Wish-List: Serpent Society/Serpent Squad (v5.1)

Well, it’s September of 2016. This little “Wish-List” post was originally nailed-up back on 2012-11-23. Thanks to the 2016 Marvel HeroClix SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN set, the roster of Serpent Society members has expanded greatly. We’re still missing some members, though. I can only hope more are on the way in next year’s Marvel HeroClix sets, already designed, waiting to be manufactured and release ahead of one of the movies or something.

I’m completely reworking this post’s content as a result. Want to list the characters we still don’t have (and link to MHWL posts I’ve done for them, or offer some thumbnail suggestions), and ‘catalog’ who we have already. Maybe another ‘collage’ or two as well.

Might turn into an infrequent-but-on-going kinda thing.

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USEFUL LINK: WIKIPEDIA: HEROCLIX


MEMBERS AS YET ‘UNCLIXED’:

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MEMBERS RECEIVED SO FAR (in no particular order; and NO, I will not count the Red Skull’s daughter Sin and her beau Crossbones because of their ad hoc version of the Serpent Squad; I will also NOT count Viper/Madame Hydra, for despite her one-time takeover of the SerpSoc, she wasn’t really a part of it, just usurping it to further one of her terror-plots):

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2016: Marvel HeroClix – Spiders & Serpents

Well, alright! Looks like the next Marvel HeroClix set will be THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN in July! —
http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=554974

I try to avoid spoilers for movies, normally. But, after the previews before the screening of Hateful Eight, I had to look up at least a little bit for the coming Captain America: Civil War flick. Hints that Spider-Man may show up in CACW: Outstanding!  (Peter Parker? Or the Miles Morales version?)

This new SFSM set sounds villain-heavy, and looks to have a Captain America-related sub-theme with Serpent Society / Serpent Squad members.

Man! When can I pre-order?!

Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ramblings (v1.7)

Picked all my Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. pre-orders from a local comic and games shop last Thursday. Finally had continuous block of time on Sunday to open it all up.

POSITIVES: Character selection was broad and varied, and the dial designs look like a lot of fun. The “alternate ‘a’ & ‘b’ dials and sculpts” seems like a kind of smoke cloud obsuring the size of the set.

Great to finally see Blackwing, Blackout, Man-Killer, Miss America, The Whizzer, and many more characters make it into the game.

Floored by all the HYDRA “heads”. Since I don’t keep up with modern comics anymore, it was fun to read up of the latest version of Viper, refresh my memory on Commander Kraken, and find out about this new “Hive” character. More “Bad Guys” is Good Stuff in HeroClix, so bring them on!

Great to get an updated version of U.S.Agent, as well. Still have his first appearances in my dwindling comics collection. He’s a jerk, but you have to respect the skills.

Really glad I pulled a Steve Rogers. Loving the new Bucky and Winter Soldier interpretations, too.

And, I love “generics” — effective lower-point team-filler clix. Marvel set’s’re always a pleasure. I like the inclusion of these “Identification Cards” as “freebies”.

Was skeptical about this whole “build-a-clix” thing. Still am. Not generally for it. Still, I got lucky and pulled all the pieces for it, as well as the version of Iron Man that the Hulk-Buster Mk II works with. I do like the fact that they made the individual “armor modules” double as Heavy objects.

“Mr. Negative sez”: The “booster lottery” rears its ugly head. Didn’t pull Captain America (Sam “The Falcon” Wilson). Or Golden Claw. Or either the Avengers Skycycle or Cap’s Motorcycle vehicles.

Will post more comments as they come to mind.

EDIT (2015-08-18): To be clear, I love this set. I’m picking nits.

I did want provide a link to a thread on the HCREALMS.COM forums concerning this new set and “value”: http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=547507

Interesting points-of-view. Only one I agree with whole-heartedly is a comment about how all “generics” should be “two starting lines/same point-cost” style designs similar to the 2011 CAPTAIN AMERICA single-figure “countertop display” boosters’ “generics”. I’ve mentioned that over and over again on this blog.

I do agree somewhat that the “build-a-clix” taking up a slot that would otherwise have gone to a single character is a bit of a letdown, and probably wouldn’t be enticing to a new player that had just plunked down the coin for two boosters.

BUT! But, I think it would have been cool if all pieces had been in one booster, with the Iron Man it plays with. That would also have been a cool pull for a sealed game. Could have done one booster like that per case. (Aside: I wonder if the build-a-clix was originally designed to be an “action pack”? Like the XMDOFP SENTINEL? Dunno.)

Sidenote: Getting a new Jimmy Woo and hunting down Golden Claw, I really hope WizKids does another Captain America themed set, with Serpent Society/Serpent Squad and Agents of Atlas sub-themes. Yeah. *Plethora* of characters there to plumb, both new and “a remake would be welcome” ones.

VEHICLES: Want include link to HCR SaturnFlight’s article: http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?&p=8435331#post8435331