Snowmageddon hit southeastern Michigan for what seems like the thirtieth time in the last twenty-nine days, followed by a localized internet blackout for yours truly. But we’re back up and running! SLoSH sealed was cancelled and rescheduled for this week, and the weather made it impossible to get anywhere on time from late Tuesday night to midday Thursday. I used to love Winter, but come the #$@& on already! This is ridiculous.
All of which is to say–to quote the BareNaked Ladies–it’s been one week!! (Yeah, that was a pretty long way to go for that.)
IT’S TIME FOR THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP!!
–Dial H for Heroclix was brand new again–when isn’t it? That’s consistency, people!!–this week with Episode 36! The guys engage in a roundtable review of the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier dials that should finally be in a hobby store near you as you are reading this! [SPOILER ALERT–Agent 13 is freaking GOOD!! And so is the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent who–oh, heck, just listen to the podcast–or simply check out the last feature in this column for more info!)
–ClixCast was dark again this week, according to their iTunes feed.
–Still dead, Jim.
–Push to Regen is, of course, still on its two-month hiatus.
ROC’n the Clix.
–The Quarry was back new again this week as DarkLogos and the gang continue their MARCH MASS HYSTERIA with a breakdown of the Canadian 1k Open!
Welcome… to the ROC!
–The ROC is changing their Map! No more Wrestling Ring. Instead, say hello to the… MAYAN TEMPLE!
–Some more new Tourney announcements, which you can find right here!
–A Kentucky-set ROC Super Qualifier went down, and a Brother Voodoo/GCPD Cruiser team came out on top. But there was PLENTY of Lydea Mallor–she is definitely the figure that’s most wanted from SL0SH–at least, for now…
–Speaking of results, plenty of results to peruse from the Western Canadian $1K Open Realms Open Championship Super Qualifier.
–Another X-Men: DoFP preview, and it’s an Uncommon bomb: Nightcrawler. Really, really like this piece. Very strong, especially for his points. Outside of the Outsiders TA, you’re gonna have to deal with his 19 Defense.
–Lady Sif kicked some butt on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last week, and now the show is dark for a bit. Instead, we get a Marvel Movie Special on ABC tonight, which will preview Cap II, GotG & future eps of S.H.I.E.L.D. .
–And I have not yet decided on an Entertainment News segment logo…
–Ninwashui released his Top Ten SLoSH figures, which also contained a general overview of the whole set along with his five WORST figures, which I think will surprise a lot of people…
–Captain America: The Winter Soldier has released in both Hobby shops AND Targets nationwide, which means it’s time to revisit my DEFYING GRAVITY column!
To recap, my prediction for the main set (both Hobby and Mass Market) was: The actual setlist was:
CATWS#001: Captain America CATWS#001: Captain America (Yay! 1 for 1! I cannot be stopped!)
CATWS#002: S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Agent CATWS#002: S.H.I.E.L.D. Soldier (Bah. Close, but no cigar! This is like 1 and 1/2 for 2.)
CATWS#003: Alexander Pierce CATWS#003: Black Widow (Right character, in that she’s definitely in the set, but wrong #. 1 and 1/2 for 3.)
CATWS#004: The Winter Soldier CATWS#004: Batroc (For some reason, I thought he’d be a rare. Freaking Batroc. 1 and 1/2 for 4.)
CATWS#005: Black Widow CATWS#005: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (Bah. There were 3 freaking S.H.I.E.L.D. generics? 1 and 1/2 for 5.)
CATWS#006: Nick Fury CATWS#006: Falcon (1 and 1/2 for 6.)
CATWS#007: Crossbones CATWS#007: S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander (Turned out Crossbones’s only version was the rare Brock Rumlow. 1 and 1/2 for 7.)
CATWS#008: Sharon Carter CATWS#008: Winter Soldier (1 and 1/2 for 8. Bleeecccchhh.)
CATWS#009: Howard Stark CATWS#009: Steve Rogers (Howard Stark? Not even in the set. 1 and 1/2 for 9.)
CATWS#010: Batroc the Leaper CATWS#010: Brock Rumlow (1 and 1/2 for 10.)
CATWS#011: Maria Hill CATWS#011: Maria Hill (Boom!! Nailed it! 2 and 1/2 for 11.)
CATWS#012: Falcon CATWS#012: Captain America (Annnnnddd… more failure. 2 and 1/2 for 12.)
CATWS#013: The Winter Soldier CATWS#013: Agent 13 (Oh, I’m stupid. I’m really, really stupid. Of course she was #013. Btw, for her 55 points, and with her defensive shutdown SP, she is the best fig in the set, imo. Check her out. They put a better version of Malekith’s defensive shutdown SP on a figure that costs almost 200 points less. Crazy! 2 and 1/2 for 13.)
CATWS#014 Peggy Carter CATWS#014: Agent Sitwell (Talked myself out of this one. He is awesome too, btw. S.H.I.E.L.D. swarm teams got some HUGE additions with this set. 2 and 1/2 out of 14.)
CATWS#015 Machete CATWS#015: Nick Fury (This is possibly the BEST Nick Fury they’ve ever made. This Target set is AWESOME! 2 and 1/2 out of 15.)
CATWS#016 Captain America CATWS#016: Winter Soldier (2 and 1/2 out of 16.)
CATWS#017: Captain America and Winter Soldier CATWS#017: Captain America and Black Widow (This is the Hobby Chase. I thought Falcon would be on one of these. I was wrong. It’s fun, but not really Meta. Still cool. 2 and 1/2 out of 17.)
CATWS#018: Captain America and Falcon CATWS#018: Captain America and Bucky (Well, I ALMOST had it. This one has the Howling Commandos keyword, which–along with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers–got a HUGE boost with this mini-set. FINAL TALLY: 2 and 1/2 out of 18. Yeeeesssh. Back to the minors for me!)
Okay! So there’s the update! Look for a second opinion on SLoSH late Wednesday or some time on Thursday.
Until then, Stay Safe, and Watch Your Lines of Fire!