At this point; after thousands of views; I've taken a fair amount of criticism that 'I don't get it.' or 'It's not targeted towards your demographic.' Hey; no shit. I'm just pointing out the "inspiration" behind these characters; the wholly unoriginal takes on superheroes. So keep that in mind. If I was 7, you'd bet I'd want a Sabre figure.
The Panther is awesome. So awesome in fact; he's the Black Panther. They got T'Challa down to the gold fingernails. Now to be fair; Black Panther's suit is in fact black (not the bluish hue it's got there) nor does he have the Meg Ryan mid-90's shoulder pads; but man; this is one of the worst rips yet. At least they ripped a sweet ass character.
The Maple Leaf
I for one am not convinced that the Maple Leaf wasn't aesthetically built around the Thing of Fantastic Four fame. Take a gander at the screenshot on the "reveal" video for the Maple Leaf; is that how bark looks? No; it looks like Thing's God damned rock skin. Now TeknoDweeb pointed out Groot; which is like the grossest thing I've ever seen outside of the Maple Leaf; that has basically the same powers as the Leaf; but it just doesn't aesthetically add up.
The Avalanche; such promise. In fact; I think they did a real nice job with the armor/suit; except of course; the fact that you already used the Mr. Freeze look on the Sabre (minus the helmet). But you can't be stopped; give the damn Avalanche the helmet! I knew I saved Mr. Freeze for a reason. Fun fact: there's actually a Marvel character already named Avalanche; so congratulations for not taking the really easy way out and extra kudos for making the guy better than the Marvel character.
It took me a while; but I was able to track down the maroon and gold costumed Wolverine to match the Coyote; the homeless fence jumping vagabond of the Southwest. But the duster? Long nails? Looks like they took that straight off Victor Creed (Sabretooth) from that God awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine flick. Also; please note that those darts? Yeah; straight from Bloons.
It's not quite perfect; but in all honesty I actually rather like the Star. Unfortunately; he doesn't have a great match, what we do have is Constrictor. He's got that snake skin coil thing going on; not quite Apocalypse's coil madness, but it's something.
I'm a little pissed the Flame isn't more of a Dormammu type character; who's utterly bad ass. Instead; we get the Phoenix Force; most famously took over Jean Grey for a time; creating the Phoenix character there for the X-Men.
Instead; we've got the flame and his lava balls (is he ricocheting one off his knee?); add in the Cyclops fire gaze. Huzzah; the Flame!
The Blue Jacket
Unnecessary firepower? Blue Jacket; meet War Machine. Yes; it's just Iron Man with a whole lot of guns on top of it, but it is what it is. I'm not satisfied though; he's just got an ass ton of cannon's but the style isn't quite there.
You know what else is missing? The Blue Jacket really reminds me of the Tin Man for some reason? Anyone else getting that vibe?
No; just a miniature Optimus Prime? I can believe that.
The Red Wing
So after being shutdown by last night's entry; we've got the Red Wing; who just so happens to really look like Beetle, Mach-IV, Mach-V, whatever the hell he's going by these days. Obviously not 100% here; probably could just pick a red and white transformer and go tah dah; but this is what I'm going with.
Mach-V with Speed Racer's helmet on. Boom. The wheels though; can't explain the wheels. You have jet engines and you need wheels? I'm confused.
Some folks on Twitter have been all like; that's just a Transformer; so you tell me; is it?
Does the NHL Guardian Project have me stumped? For the time being; yes, yes they do. Right now I'm sitting on Red Wing; Falcon's compatriot; but he's just a bird. Like not a man bird with a giant bulge in his pants bird, just a bird. Give me some time; I'll think of something.
It's like I don't even have to try anymore. The Canadien is most definitely; most certainly; most indubitably inspired by Marvel's Iron Man. I'd love to make some sort of B-list character for a B-list franchise joke; but the success of the movies make that impossible.
At first look; it really doesn't scream Tony Stark at you; it's something else. I know others have seen it; and no I'm not talking about Joseph Gordon Leavitt; I'm talking the only tried and true Cobra Commander. Must be the color scheme I guess.
Glad I wasn't the only one to see this one...immediately. Holy Batman Canuck. I'm not quite sure what is goin' on with the fins morphing into his head and fins; but if that isn't just a plain old rip off of the Dark Knight; well; then the Sedins aren't twins. Sure am glad they made the utility belt green though; might've really gotten confused.
It'd would be pretty lame of me to point out that The Bruin, a gigantic singlet wearing bear, wasn't original. I mean; of course they were going to put out there a giant singlet wearing bear. So, to continue the theme, today's look-a-like is Ursa Major from an era of Cold War comics; prominently featured in the Russian faction "Soviet Super Soldiers." The more you know.
To think if the Sharks had that much killer instinct in May; they'd have like 6 Cups by now; but we all know that isn't Shark season. So tonight they released; the Shark. I give you, DC Comics'...the Shark...eating a man. Delicious. Marvel Comics has Tiger Shark; but he's too humanoid for this. Gotta go with the Shark; for the Shark.
That said; the water skies have me stumped; not sure that's really prudent for a tech savvy genius, but whatev, don't harsh his mellow man.
I even know this is a reach. But if you're going to pick somebody that the Predator emulates; it has to be Cyber. Metal skin; claws; etc. Obviously; the whole sabretooth tiger head thing is a little different (Zabu anyone? Seriously; what a pull); but can't say that's exactly original, you know with the whole Mustard Sweater and everything.
But check this out; smtorsch thinks he looks like Sabre Sword Tiger from a toy line Battle Beasts from the mid-80's. Yeah; that's way outta my wheelhouse. I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.
I'm completely flabbergasted; there's not a single character (aside from Ares) that sports some sort of ridiculous mohawk. But there's definitely one that controls electricity; appropriately named Electro; but doesn't at look like The Lightning. But, but, Black Bolt most certainly does. Also, Mr. Lightning? Silver Surfer would like his surfboard back.
Update: Check this out; Black Lightning from DC Comics gives off a distinctly...lightningy...vibe.
What? You can't tell who the Oiler is ripping off? Don't you know who he is? He's the juggernaut bitch! Complete with unnecessary arms/wrist bands; pop off that helmet and you got yourself the Oiler.
It's true; the Wild does look pretty cool; minus Havok's attack. But you can't deny that The Wild looks awful similar to Wolfsbane, minus the tights. But come on; it's a superhero; of course they're going to wear tights at some point. Can't you just hear The Wild snaringly with little pew pew pew sound effects going off all around him? I can; I most certainly can.
Without going into exactly how terrible a photoshop The Devil is and exactly how this doesn't look like a hero at all; don't worry; we've got a match. Why it's simply Bloodhawk from the little run X-Men 2099 series from the Mid-90s. Give the Devil the face of alternate universe Thor (Beta Ray Bill) and boom; you have your Jersey Devil. To be honest; I almost would have rather they just copied the likeness of Bloodhawk completely; rather looks like Lamoriello.
Too easy Marvel. We've got the Flyer here; obviously Angel; one of the original X-Men. Mix in the awkward face painting of Archangel and boom, all done. At least give me a challenge Marvel intern X.
Look at that; I had it all wrong. First take of the Sabre I thought maybe Iceman? Silver Surfer? Dr. Manhattan? All have one thing in common that The Sabre doesn't; armor. They're all butt ass naked. Then it hit me; they just took Pyro's get up; and stuck a water guy in there. Tricky Marvel, but still totally unoriginal Marvel.
Update: ScottyWazz points out the obvious that I missed; The Sabre has an uncanny resemblance to DC's Mr. Freeze, cryogenic suit and all.
We've got another melding of two characters; this time; to bring you The Blackhawk. There's been about 40 different iterations of the Crimson Dynamo; but there's always one common theme; red armor. Throw in the wings of the Wasp; and look at that; you've got the Blackhawk.
Tracy; down there in the comments likens the Blackhawk to Valiant Comics (way outside my comfort zone) X-O Manowar. What do you think?
Aesthetically; you can't not help but compare. A pretty keen likeness between The Hurricane and Night Thrasher no? Give him ridiculous Shatterstar hair; and boom; we've got Night Thrasher riding a tornado. I think this one can be improved on; anyone have better options?
Update: As much as aesthetically Night Thrasher looks like The Hurricane; Abram Fox points out that the twister the Hurricane rides in on; well; that looks awfully similar to DC Comics Red Tornado.
You wouldn't believe the amount of Batman images I had to wade through to find an acceptable image of "Black Knight" a Marvel Legend occasionally featured with the Avengers. But wait; he has no shield you say? The hell he doesn't have a shield. Matter of fact; The King is so lazy; the shield is the same exact shape as the Black Knight's. Really? There's like 1000 different ways to design a shield.
You may know him as "The Penguin" but for anyone who's anyone born after 1980, we know him as Cyclops. Or in a seemingly even more awful rip-off, anyone born after the year 1995 knows this character as "Frozone" from the Pixar movie "The Incredibles." For shame.