Legendary Comic Book Heroes – Series 1
July 25, 2007


By Daniel "Julius Marx" Pickett and Jason "ToyOtter" Geyer

Marvel Toys’ long anticipated follow-up to Marvel Legends is finally here, and AFI is going to give you an in-depth look at the first two assortments! Harkening back tot he glory days of Mego, Jesse Falcon and the team at Marvel toys has given us what promises to be just the beginning of a giant universe of comics based properties all in the same scale and style as the existing ML one. These first two assortments are wanting for nothing and start the line of with a big ass bang. So let’s take a look, shall we? 


Judge Dredd

There’s no pretty boy Stallone on the horizon with this guy. He’d sooner light a match on his jaw than tell you hello, but be assured the ol’ Judge is going to enforce the law…or else. Judge Dredd is the most famous law enforcement officer from a Britain of the near future, a clone of a famed Justice who can judge a case on the spot and hand out the appropriate punishment. Just don’t ask him to take his helmet off. He first appeared in the comic 2000 A.D. in 1977 and is its longest running feature.

Angry Killer Guys Comparison


Mike "Doc" Allred’s Madman has been a mainstay of the independent comics movement since his debut in 1990. A hitman who was badly maimed in a car wreck, Frank Einstein was put back together by a pair of mad scientists with the unlikely result giving him supernatural reflexes and various other super powers. Between fighting crime and hangin with his girlfriend Joe, Madman likes a good ham sandwich.


Springing forth from Marc Silvestri’s head as part of his flagship Image comic, Cyberforce, Wolver…em, hm…that is…Lob…I mean…Ripclaw is one bad ass clown. With his savage ponytail and freaky long fingernails he stalks the bad guys and snarls and gnashes his teeth all grim n’ gritty and such. Grrrr! He’s a gonna cut you good, kid!

Guys with Claws Comparison

Savage Dragon

Amazing, Marvel Toys is the third company to make a figure of the Savage Dragon, Erik Larsen’s homage to big green fin-headed crime fighters. An amnesiac alien who take on the mantle of a hard working beat cop, Savage Dragon is a throwback to the fun days of comics (albeit with the sex & violence factor ramped up a bit) and is the only Image comic that still is spearheaded completely by its creator.

Shirtless Monster Guys Comparison

Savage Dragon Variant

Super Patriot

An ally to Savage Dragon, Super Patriot started in that comic before bouncing all around Erik Larsen comicverse and in his own mini-series. A World War II soldier who was captured by the Nazis, Johnny Armstrong was turned into a superhuman cyborg, who then beat the Nazi’s ass, destroyed their work, and high tailed it back to the U.S.A. for some good old fashioned crime fighting. How you like that one, Fritz?

Flag Guys Comparison

SuperPatriot Variant


Marc Silvestri’s Witchblade is Sara Pezzini, a cop who found an ancient supernatural artifact that becomes a crazy metal bikini that looks like it really hurts and good lord her boobs are huge! Seriously, I don’t know if it’s the impossibly tiny waist or the incredibly painful bra but really I think I should just move on now.

Pitt and Timmy (Build-A-figure)

Little Timmy here comes with the Madman figure, and all the rest of the assortment comes with pieces that make up Pitt, on the the most massive figures you will ever see. And he’s free! (if you buy all of the assortment). A human/alien hybrid assassin, Pitt is actually Timmy’s half-brother and they get into all kinds of wacky trouble with the hijinks and stuff just like a latter day Beaver/Wally team. I think Dale Keown was smoking some might fine weed when he came up with this concept.

Surprised-Looking Comic Book Kid Comparison

Big Ole’ Guy Comparison

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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