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Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School Brick Unboxing

The X-Men get the focus in a brand new Marvel Heroclix set from WizKids.

Celebrate the release of Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School with an unboxing of a complete brick.

Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Xavier’s School features X-Men, X-Factor, Generation X, Age of Apocalypse, and more!

We open up and show off each pack!

Out this February, you can order them now.
Booster Pack
Booster Brick
Booster Case

 

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A Closer Look at Marvel Heroclix X-Men: Xavier’s School Fast Forces

Early today we had out unboxing of WizKids‘ upcoming Marvel Heroclix X-Men: Xavier’s School Fast Forces and Dice & Token packs. Below you’ll find some up close images of what you’ll get in the set.

The new Fast Forces set allows you to field the original X-Men Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, and Iceman as either X-Men or X-Factor and also includes Rusty and Skids.

You can check out up close photos of the figures and cards below.

Beast

Cyclops

Iceman

Jean Grey

Rusty

Skids

The Fantastic Four Returns…. to Marvel Legendary from Upper Deck

For years now there’s been persistent rumors there’s been a ban/lower prioritization of the Fantastic Four and X-Men from Marvel due to their movie ownership at Fox. No actual evidence has been presented, just conspiratorial connect the dots that ignore the creation of new X-Men characters, the licensed material that does get released, and use of some of the Fantastic Four characters in the comics themselves. While it is clear “something” was up, exactly what isn’t beyond a “deemphasis.”

Part of the fuel to the fire was the discontinuation of the Marvel Legendary: Fantastic Four expansion by Upper Deck for their popular deck-building game.

As reported by ICv2, Upper Deck Senior Brand Manager Jason Brenner has said that the “company has been authorized to immediately go back to press on a new printing of the product, which will be available in six to eight weeks.”

The expansion was originally released in the fourth quarter of 2013 and went out of print due to a “licensor-controlled issue.” This out of print status has led the expansion to be covetted and the aftermarket price to incease over 10x. Originally retailing for $19.99, expansions are being sold for over $300.

Three out of the four of the Fantastic Four appeared in the first Dice Masters set, Avengers vs. X-Men by WizKids released in 2014. They haven’t appeared in the game since. The Thing was one of the releases for Knight Models’ Marvel Universe Miniature Game and was released last year.

Can the team’s return to comics be far behind?

The X-Men Come to Munchkin

Steve Jackson Games and USAopoly have teamed-up for a brand new edition of Munchkin featuring the X-Men!

From the announcement:

It’s the game every mutant has been waiting for! Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. MUNCHKIN: X-Men Edition combines Marvel’s beloved collection of X-Men comics with the role-playing fun of Munchkin. Players take on the role of students attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto. The game will include 128 Door and Treasure cards, four player Role cards, four level trackers, game rules, and a custom die.

The game will be out March 2017. The company also publishes Munchkin: Marvel Edition and its two expansions, Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem and Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos and also has Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead. There are also Munchkin comics published by BOOM! Studios.

munchkin-x-men-edition

Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool: Satchel of Unlimited Weaponry

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-satchel-of-unlimited-weaponry-swordThis November sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool. The set is focused on Deadpool’s world including the X-Men and Weapon X, but the set also includes some other familiar characters and the first appearance of the Inhumans team affiliation. I’ll be reviewing a card a day until the set’s release in a few weeks. But, beyond discussing the cards and how they fit into the Dice Masters game, I’ll also focus on the characters themselves and if the card reflects their comic history.

Next up is Satchel of Unlimited Weaponry: Sword, the common version of the card.

Art: Unkown

Comic origin: While I’m not quite sure where it started but the bag basically allows Deadpool to pull weapons out of it, whatever he needs.

Live action version: Deadpool did feature the character carrying a bag of a hell of a lot of weapons which is kind of like this.

Card playability: For a 3 BOLT card it’s very useful and I can see this card being used by a lot of folks, especially if they use a lot of actions on their team. To be able to double up an action card could be a game winner.

Card vs. Comic: Yup, totally works. The card perfectly reflects what is in the comic.

Final Thoughts: This is the common!? What’s the uncommon and rare!?

 

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Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool: Negasonic Teenage Warhead

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-negasonic-teenage-warhead-foresightThis November sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool. The set is focused on Deadpool’s world including the X-Men and Weapon X, but the set also includes some other familiar characters and the first appearance of the Inhumans team affiliation. I’ll be reviewing a card a day until the set’s release in a few weeks. But, beyond discussing the cards and how they fit into the Dice Masters game, I’ll also focus on the characters themselves and if the card reflects their comic history.

Next up is Negasonic Teenage Warhead: Foresight, the common version of the card.

Art: Clayton Crain, X-Force Vol. 3 #22

Comic origin: Ellie Phimister, aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead, was created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely and debuted in New X-Men #115 in 2001. The character is a member of the Hellfire Club and is telepathic and has precognition.

She was a Genoshan teenager and a student of Emma Frost who was apparently killed during the genocide of Genosha where half the world’s mutants were killed, sixteen million people.

Weirdly the character was later seen as a member of the Hellfire Club and attacked the X-Men.

Even weirder the character was revealed as deceased during the “Necrosha” event and ressurected by the Transmode Viruse. She apparently deceased again.

But not really because she somehow survived and was living in Albuquerque in Marvel NOW!. After initially being captured by Deadpool’s Mercs for Money she joins them.

Live action version: The character is portrayed by Brianna Hildebrand in 2016’s Deadpool.

Card playability: For a 3 BOLT card it’s rather useful, especially since so much of the game involves Global Abilities. To stock up on these and then quickly get a 6A 3D character is solid. It’s one that could be good in draft and I see some use even in constructed play too.

Card vs. Comic: There’s a slight play on her telepathic and precognitive abilities with this.

Final Thoughts: I want to see the other cards in the set to see what combos can be done.

 

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Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool: M.O.D.O.K.

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-modok-twisted-mindThis November sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool. The set is focused on Deadpool’s world including the X-Men and Weapon X, but the set also includes some other familiar characters and the first appearance of the Inhumans team affiliation. I’ll be reviewing a card a day until the set’s release in a few weeks. But, beyond discussing the cards and how they fit into the Dice Masters game, I’ll also focus on the characters themselves and if the card reflects their comic history.

Next up is M.O.D.O.K.: Twisted Mind, the uncommon version of the card.

Art: Joe Bennett, Captain America and the Falcon #8

Comic origin: M.O.D.O.K., an acronym for Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93 in 1967 and the first full appearance was Tales of Suspense #94. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The character was originally  George Tarleton a technician for A.I.M., the Advanced Idea Mechanics. He was changed with mutagenics to change him into M.O.D.O.C., the “C” for Computing.

The character has died and be revived a few times and has superhuman intelligence and a precognition like ability to predict outcomes. He has also shown psionic powers and generated force fields. Finally, his chair has tons of weapons.

Live action version: None that I know of.

Card playability: A 5 SHIELD the character is an interesting one that spins dice around. You spin M.O.D.O.K. to an opposing character’s level and that character to M.O.D.O.K.’s level. This could be interesting to get the character stronger and enters an aspect of actually wanting to roll low for M.O.D.O.K. at first. It’s something new and I can see the character being used in a draft maybe, but in a general, so far I’m not seeing it being a game change.

Final Thoughts: It’s an interesting card but one I don’t expect to see a lot of. Still, I want to see what the other two versions are like.

 

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Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool: Lockjaw

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-lockjaw-transport-the-royalsThis November sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool. The set is focused on Deadpool’s world including the X-Men and Weapon X, but the set also includes some other familiar characters and the first appearance of the Inhumans team affiliation. I’ll be reviewing a card a day until the set’s release in a few weeks. But, beyond discussing the cards and how they fit into the Dice Masters game, I’ll also focus on the characters themselves and if the card reflects their comic history.

Next up is Lockjaw: Transport the Royals, the uncommon version of the card.

Art: Frank Cho, Inhuman #2 Variant

Comic origin: Debuting in 1965 in Fantastic Four #45, Lockjaw was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and is an Inhuman character that looks like a giant bulldog… and he can teleport.

Lockjaw serves the royal family and acts as their transport and has also been affiliated with the Fantastic Four and Pet Avengers.

Live action version: None that I know of.

Card playability: A 3 SHIELD cost and a total of 1 to field, the character and card absolutely stands out to me. The ability to remove the character if a blocking match-up doesn’t do well is solid and it forces your opponent to choose if they’ll block you, or let him through. The die stats too are solid allowing the character to take a bit of damage before being killed.

Card vs. Comic: Not quite sure on the connection.

Final Thoughts: I really dig the card and can’t wait to see the other versions as well as the rest of the Inhumans team members.

 

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Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool: Lady Bullseye

marvel-dice-masters-deadpool-lady-bullseye-speed-grace-precisionThis November sees the newest release for WizKidsDice Masters, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool. The set is focused on Deadpool’s world including the X-Men and Weapon X, but the set also includes some other familiar characters and the first appearance of the Inhumans team affiliation. I’ll be reviewing a card a day until the set’s release in a few weeks. But, beyond discussing the cards and how they fit into the Dice Masters game, I’ll also focus on the characters themselves and if the card reflects their comic history.

Next up is Lady Bullseye: Speed, Grace, Precision, the rare version of the card.

Art: Marko Djurdjevic, Daredevil Vol. 2 #111

Comic origin: Created by Ed Brubaker, Marko Djurdjevic,  Clay Mann, and debuting in Daredevil Vol. 2 #111 in 2008 , Maki Matsumoto was kidnapped by the Yakuza. Before she could be sold off into sexual slavery, Bullseye showed up and killed her captors. This act inspired her to become a killer herself.

She wound up working for the Hand and took on Daredevil. Later, Daredevil took over the hand and banished Lady Bullseye from the organization. She then went to work for Kingpin who manipulated Daredevil into contructing Shadowland, and Kingpin took over the Hand.

Lady Bullseye doesn’t have any powers but is a martial artist. She’s also a lawyer in her civilian guise.

Live action version: None that I know of.

Card playability: A 4 BOLT cost, the card isn’t one that really jumps out to me much as far its playability. Forcing an opposing character to block could be really handy, but I feel like we see this ability elsewhere, plus it’s a “when fielded” when Brainiac is similar for one cost and happens with each attack. So not a bad die, there’s better.

Card vs. Comic: Not quite sure on the connection.

Final Thoughts: I really want to see the other versions of this die.

 

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