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Bronze Meddling Wave 6: Villains for Hire [pg12]


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I'm really happy y'all like these, they were super fun to figure out and put together.

If my plans work out, there will be two more waves of Power Man/Iron Fist-adjacent characters coming. So I suppose I shouldn't waste any time on the next HangMate?

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I don't really have a clue this time, but I will say that this is a pretty broadly descriptive title. Like you wouldn't necessarily infer specific characters from this title alone.

Ah... I just thought of a way to clue this: Every yin has a yang. Or so I'm told. 

 

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Most of these guys are touch-ups or reworks, with the exception of Man Mountain Marko and the Eel (II). The Golden Tigers are the "army builder" for this throwback wave, with parts to make variations as seen here, "packed" with Warhawk and Scythe.

Only one more Power Man & Iron Fist wave left: "Criminal Masterminds." I've done the hirelings here, now it's time for the big bads. There will be four net new characters (out of eight total), one of whom I would be surprised if anyone knew existed (I didn't). 

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14 hours ago, elhonez said:

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Most of these guys are touch-ups or reworks, with the exception of Man Mountain Marko and the Eel (II). The Golden Tigers are the "army builder" for this throwback wave, with parts to make variations as seen here, "packed" with Warhawk and Scythe.

Only one more Power Man & Iron Fist wave left: "Criminal Masterminds." I've done the hirelings here, now it's time for the big bads. There will be four net new characters (out of eight total), one of whom I would be surprised if anyone knew existed (I didn't). 

I love that Eel. Any chance you’d be willing to make an extra decal? 

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20 hours ago, DSTZach said:

Man, we have to make an Eel. One of my favorite suits, along with Captain Boomerang.

Did you mean DC's Captain Boomerang, or Marvel's Boomerang? I'm a big fan of the latter. 

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Boomerang checks a lot of those bronze age boxes for me... colorful costume, absurdity meets utility (boomerangs everywhere!), instantly iconic.

I've been waiting for a couple decades for him to show up in Marvel Legends, hoping that all of those 'rangs will be removable. I would also [ahem] totally welcome a MinMate version! We could complete the Sinister Syndicate with him and classic armored Beetle. But I think I've probably posted about my dream Syndicate box multiple times, so I'll button it.

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49 minutes ago, elhonez said:

Boomerang checks a lot of those bronze age boxes for me... colorful costume, absurdity meets utility (boomerangs everywhere!), instantly iconic.

I've been waiting for a couple decades for him to show up in Marvel Legends, hoping that all of those 'rangs will be removable. I would also [ahem] totally welcome a MinMate version! We could complete the Sinister Syndicate with him and classic armored Beetle. But I think I've probably posted about my dream Syndicate box multiple times, so I'll button it.

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Haha, no need to button it, I must have missed all of your posts, because I wasn't even 100% sure of the lineup of the Syndicate until now. But yeah, we've only done Rhino, Hydro-Man and Speed Demon, and Speed Demon was animated! I can't remember if I pushed for Beetle in my recent list of suggestions, but we are getting some new Spider-Foes and Spider-Allies in upcoming sets. I believe Series 86 and 89 are both Spidey-themed sets. (If that seems like a lot of Spidey, it isn't, really -- it's not even the same Spidey.) So Boomerang and Beetle might not be out in the next year, but hopefully you like what we're getting anyway. And I'll keep asking!

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2 hours ago, DSTZach said:

Haha, no need to button it...

Well if my self-imposed shackles are off, and while I have your eyeballs, please allow me to briefly summarize [rubs hands together]:

In the six-figure box set days, this would be pretty straightforward -- the Syndicate plus Spider-Man. A simple removal would then be Hydro-Man, who has had a couple releases, including a thoroughly updated version (much love to Wave 77!!). So the short list:

Beetle and Boomerang are clear choices for 2 of 4 villain slots. I love-love-love that old 80s Beetle armor.

Speed Demon as you mentioned has been released in his animated format only, while his comic costume is distinct enough to merit a detailed update with a new color scheme.

Rhino is hugely popular, and that MiniMate remains in high demand. But also -- the last one was a hybrid version. It had the studded bands of the Syndicate armored version, but lacked the chest armor. A massive win would be a Rhino with parts to alternate looks between "smooth" and "armored." If this came to pass, you would witness a grown man faint.

Spidey of course would round out the box as #5. This is my pitch [insert obsequious bow with hand flourish].

(And just to further muddle things, Shocker was also affiliated with the Syndicate. We haven't gotten a Shocker figure for some time, and the previous version was more 90s-ish than the classic puffy-suit version. So Shocker's also on the table).

 

But back to regularly scheduled programming: I think I have all the parts for my last PMIF wave?? I picked up a second Sela. Which I will be using for armbands and a necklace to make Nightshade "pop" a bit more. Her costume's pretty plain. And, spoiler, since I'm doing (Cornell) Cottonmouth, I might as well divulge that I have a very absurd but potentially fantastic way to portray his unique facial hair. It's either going to win the whole wave or fail miserably. If the latter, at least I've picked out some snazzy metallic paints to help his green suit stand out. We'll see how quickly I can bang these out. So far, it's... not quickly. 😅

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Well I was wrong. Cottonmouth neither failed miserably, nor did he win the whole wave. Probably would have been easier just to make a decal, but for all of my early customs I was super committed to trying to do as much as possible without them. No longer!

I'm back to waiting on parts for the next one, although I can probably move the needle on a couple of others while I'm waiting. I'm just in a bit of a creative lull at the moment.

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