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Pacific Rim Heroclix

Based of the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim the Heroclix sets features the enormous robots known as Jaegers and the alien invaders called Kaijus. When the Kaijus invaded the earth through an interdimensional rift on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean humanity built the Jaegers to protect them. By the start of the movie there are only a few of the enormous mechs still in operation and the invasion seems to be growing more deadly than ever before.

All of the sculpts for the set are fantastic, and who doesn’t love giant robots or monstrous aliens? One of the interesting things about this set is that all of the figures are colossal making them difficult for smaller figures to pin down. The set also introduces two new team abilities that are quite good. Those with the Pan Pacific Defense Corps team ability are able to reduce an enemy figure’s defense by one when an adjacent ally makes a ranged combat attack, and the Kaijus deal damage to any opponent who damages them much like those with the mystic team ability.

Somehow I pulled twin Slatterns who are the most powerful Kaijus from the whole set and I managed to wind both of my matches. I ended up trading one of them for a Crimson Typhoon after the event was over as that was one of the two Jaegers I’d really wanted to get my hands on. Crimson Typhoon is the Chinese Jaeger and it is the only one with three arms in the entire fleet, it’s also the only mech with three pilots rather than two. The figures from this set are becoming increasingly hard to come by so if there’s one you’re looking for you may have to trade with someone who managed to pick up a few extras when the set was just coming out.

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Captain America: Winter Soldier Heroclix

With the release date for Captain America: Winter Soldier less than a month away a new set of Heroclix featuring characters from the film has just hit the shelves. Steve Rogers finds himself working for S.H.I.E.L.D. after the invasion of New York, but the clandestine natures of their activities don’t sit well with him. It seems as though this film will portray Captain America’s struggle to come to grips with the new world more than the first Captain America movie or The Avengers did. The primary antagonist is a mysterious agent known only as Winter Soldier who seems to be more than a match for the super soldier. Seeing Falcon in the trailers has me really excited because he’s a great character, I think they did a fantastic job designing his costume, and I think we’ll get to see him appear as one of the Avengers in the upcoming sequel with any luck.

Nearly all of the major characters from the movie appear as figures in the set including Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Winter Soldier. There also a couple different agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so if anyone is looking to build a S.H.I.E.L.D. theme team this is the perfect chance to stock up on some great pieces for your collection. I bought a couple of them last night and I managed to get Captain America and a S.H.I.E.L.D. commander.

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