I can't top the awesomeness of the latest Picarmy adventure, but I do have some things to report.
The Hobbit figures are starting to trickle into stores here, and the prices actually aren't that bad. I'm seriously considering getting Gandalf and Legolas at the very least. I did a rough comparison in the store and they seem to fit with the larger-end figures from the Marvel lines rather than the smaller ones for Star Wars. I'll see what happens. Also that warg rider beast pack looks great!
A week or so ago our local TRU's had a 25% off everything day. Normally this doesn't mean much, since their selection is very poor in terms of toylines I'm interested in. After dredging the pegs for any new Star Wars vintage figures and being disappointed, I ended up glancing at the Marvel movie figures. As it turned out, all Spider-Man products were already 30% off, and then the one-day sale applied to that as well. So I picked these two up:
Ultimate Scorpion is not the version of the character I would have wanted (this Scorpion is a clone of Peter Parker... something which sounds familiar...) but the figure looks so neat I couldn't resist him at that price. Unfortunately while his sculpt is great, his articulation isn't. His stiff legs especially prevent you from balancing him well with that giant missile-shooting tail of his.
This was the last figure I wanted from the "generic" Spider-Man toyline (which is now over) apart from the Shocker, which I've never seen at retail here except in an insanely overpriced multipack with a vehicle.
Amazing Spider-Man Green Goblin is one of those figures I'd never have given full price for. While I commend Hasbro's attempt to get some comic-book based figures into almost any line (looking at you Thor), the Spider-Man and Avengers lines has a very schziophrenic attitude towards articulation. Swivel hips? What is this, 1996? Apparently the Spider-Man line is the one Hasbro believes little kids will go for the most, because these guys have by far the worst articulation.
Which is a shame, because this Goblin looks awesome sculpt-wise! That face is a perfect gleeful Goblin face, and his body is well-proportioned with nice details everywhere. Furthermore he comes with a really cool glider!
I will confess though, I cheated a bit. I nabbed the pumpkin grenade and man-purse from the old MU Green Goblin (seen on the left here). Sadly, even with a theoretically better articulation scheme, the old MU one is actually less poseable than the new one! I switched their gliders in this pic so you could see the difference.
In summary, neither of these are really that good, but if you see them for a low price I recommend nabbing them just for display. I'm still waiting for a "perfect" Green Goblin (and we already had three attempts in this scale) but this guy is my current placeholder.
Finally, I caught wind that Hasbro will have two new 4" lines next year to compensate for the movie toylines trickling off. Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble will be based on the cartoons, which could mean bad news for sculpting style (if they're too low-detailed they won't match well with existing toys), but we shall have to wait and see.