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Awesome Toy Picks: Human Rocket Nova

A cool collectible you'll want to add to your collection.

Each week we like to check out a comic book collectible and see how cool it really is. That means, of course, removing it from the package. This week's pick is a little odd. There's a line of figures from the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. It appears the series consists of three different Spider-Mans as well as this one, "Human Rocket" Nova.

It's odd that the one other figure is Nova, but of course I'm thrilled about that fact. Because it's based on the animated series, this is supposed to be Sam Alexander. Looking at the figure, he doesn't really look like the young teenager. That means you can either accept it as Sam or pretend it's Richard Rider.

You can see it comes with a disc shooter. Even my daughter was confused when she saw it. She asked, "Why does he come with that?"

Either way, it's still cool looking.

Looking at the back, it does appear that the painting might be off a tad. I honestly didn't notice it when taking the pictures. It was when posting them here I noticed it.

You can see there isn't a lot of articulation. This isn't really a problem for me. Sometimes when there is too much, or even just a normal amount, all the seams take away from the sculpt and design of the figure.

It's a little odd that you can't even bend his arms but he does have some interesting and funky leg articulation, as you can see in the image above.

Now about that disc shooter...

It is pretty big. It clips onto his arm. Surprisingly, Nova can still stand on his own with the shooter attached.

It's a simple shooter. You just squeeze the sides and the disc flies.

It doesn't fly very far. The disc is thick and heavy. But realistically, you won't be buying this figure for the set. It's just unfortunate that the disc and shooter will add a tiny cost to the figure, or at least a justification to raise the price a tad.

Doing a quick search on Amazon, it's surprising to see them selling for over $20. I think I paid $10 or $11 at Target. It could be a question of availability. Seems like this figure sort of snuck up on us.

This figure's lack of articulation may be a turn off for some but it gives the figure a better look. It's a matter of what you want out of your action figures. It doesn't quite look like the teenage Sam Alexander but if you're a Nova fan, you'll want to track down this figure.

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Posted by leokearon

I would go for the Marvel Universe version, better articulation, no stupid accessory and it's Rick Ryder

Posted by KnightRise

Wow, thats a bad toy

Posted by lifeboy

I want a dick rider. Oh wait, itsa a toy? Nevermind.

Hey how about letting sara do one of these so she can hear nerds tell her- do you come with the toy?- about 50,000 times.

Posted by soir8

It looks very cheap and tacky. This was a poor review. Just "huh looks cool I guess, kinda bad unless you think it's good."

I always feel like the toy review articles on this site are a step too far anyway, though. We're not that nerdy, are we? Reviews for toys? Come on.

Ok, so I sometimes like seeing the cool toys (@leokearon related), but come on.

Posted by Trevel8182
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

it's strange that it's Rich

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Posted by lifeboy

@soir8: valid point sir. But let us not forget that for the most part, comics are meant for youngling's.

See, I even used the word "youngling" like tthey did in starwars:-)

Posted by Novemberx2

argh its the stupid jeph loeb nova

Posted by mattwing87

I do not like that helmet. Looks more like a hooded mask

Posted by nappystr8

I love G-Man's toy reviews.

Posted by Aeroman

@leokearon: agreed

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Posted by mister garbage

@soir8: Maybe you're not that 'nerdy'...

Perhaps ComicVine has become to 'low-brow' for you?

Posted by Trodorne

The toy is so small it could fit in your pocket....

Posted by BritishMonkey

@leokearon: This. Really want this a lot more.

Is it even released yet?

Posted by leokearon

@BritishMonkey said:

@leokearon: This. Really want this a lot more.

Is it even released yet?

He should be coming soon by the looks of it. BBTS has some of that wave in stock already, (Nighthawk and Hercules) so hopefully soon

Posted by New_World_Order

@leokearon said:

I would go for the Marvel Universe version, better articulation, no stupid accessory and it's Rick Ryder

Yeah I agree. This ones a lot better.

Posted by cmaprice

Awful figure based on an awful cartoon.

Posted by monitor_earthprime

I picked this figure up at Target for $10 this weekend. I loved the New Warriors comic and really want action figures based on them. So as I find a figure that fits in with this group I buy them. At least I did not over buy and get it online at an inflated price.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yeah, make mine Rider please.

Posted by THORSON

i don't like it, there is no elbow articulation.

Posted by Colby_Cheese

@leokearon: I found mine on ebay from dorksidetoys (on ebay and own website), personally I like him better its a good price, cheap shipping, for me since I live so far away, and if you really pay attention to what he releases you can get the figure without packaging so its a little less, which in my case is always a good thing to try and save a couple buck here and there.

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@BritishMonkey said:

@leokearon: This. Really want this a lot more.

Is it even released yet?

The only bad thing I would say about the figure is that the gauntlet and his shinguards are loose, but comapred to the rest of the figure it is an easily forgettable thing. Again I bought my from dorksidetoys from ebay. :D

Posted by BritishMonkey

@Colby_Cheese said:

@BritishMonkey said:

@leokearon: This. Really want this a lot more.

Is it even released yet?

The only bad thing I would say about the figure is that the gauntlet and his shinguards are loose, but comapred to the rest of the figure it is an easily forgettable thing. Again I bought my from dorksidetoys from ebay. :D

The looseness of the gauntlets I'm not too worried about. My Thor's torso is pretty loose so if I can put up with that I can with this lol. But does still sound like a good figure.

Posted by SeanNOLA

Is that the Secret Wars Captain America Shield Launcher?

Posted by Bluecatcinema

Sam is my least favorite character of USM. He's such a pompous prick.

Posted by thanobomb1124

@leokearon said:

I would go for the Marvel Universe version, better articulation, no stupid accessory and it's Rick Ryder

NICE

Posted by UndeadHippy

That disc launcher looks like an exact copy of an old Bionicle series I remember.

Posted by THORSON

@Trevel8182 said:

this one is so much better

Edited by NovaRichRider

I'd rather have this.