Packaging - ***1/2
The relaunch of the Marvel Legends has
very personalized packaging, with great graphics of each character on
the front of the diecut cardback. It is possible, with some dedication,
to remove the bubble in such a way as to avoid damaging the cardback
and still be able to remove the figure, which is a plus for the MOCers.
It's more work than I would put in, but your opinion may differ.
back of the package also shows the complete 'regular' wave (not
variants), and which Zola part comes with which one, key for those
looking to build the extra figure.
Sculpting - Captain
America, Spider-Man ***1/2; Fantomex ***
All these figures are in that usual 6 1/4" range, and fit in well
scale-wise with other Marvel Legends.
not a ton of sculpting on Spidey - he's largely a blank body. The paint
adds most of the costume details, but the web shooting left hand looks
good, as does the sculpted mask.
Cap's body has far more detail
work, with plenty of wrinkling, folding and texture. While the boots
and gloves are pretty standard for an ML, I still like the look, scale
and style. His hands are designed to hold the accessories, and he
stands fine on his own, just like Spidey.
The majority of his
detail work is in the belt and attached extras. There's pouches all
around to go along with the canteen, holster and sheath. Scale is
pretty good, considering the slightly oversized nature of the gun and
Finally, there's Fantomex, and
his detail work falls
somewhere in between Spidey and Cap. His long coat has some texture to
it, although overall most of the costume is less detailed. He does have
a great belt with pouches and holsters though, hidden behind that coat.
only real complaint with Fannie is his small feet and spindly ankles.
They seem out of proportion to the rest of his body, and made posing
him slightly more difficult than the others.
Paint - Spider-Man, Fantomex
***1/2; Captain America ***
you like white with black stripes, two of these figures are definitely
for you. First, there's Fantomex, complete with very bright white
costume and long coat. Black striping, gloves and boots contrast
nicely, and the cut edges are fairly clean and neat. That's tough to do
with such starkly different colors, but the work here is better than
average for a mass market release.
Big Time Spider-Man is so
named because the suit is from the limited run of comics under the
title 'Big Time', from back in 2010. In this series, Peter develops a
suit with wave bending properties that pretty much lets him be
invisible. It has green lights, and when viewed through certain lens
looks like the version in this wave.
But I'm reviewing the
variant, in the black and white costume. Also called the Future
Foundation Spider-Man, based on his costume when he joined up with the
Future Foundation. The group was formed by Reed Richards to solve the
world's problems, and wore some nifty new outfits, too.
Spidey has had a black and white costume before - duh - this time
around the white is the predominate color, with black for striping and
details. I gotta say it's a damn cool look, and the paint job is
extremely well done here. There's an edge to the black here and there
that's a little sloppy, but it's fairly minor and overshadowed the the
Cap isn't quite as clean as the
other two - there's
more blips of paint here and there, with some sloppy edges and weak
coverage. There's some gloppiness to the bright blue, and the
wings on the cowl show some serious issues.
On the plus side, I
do like the higher gloss finish over the majority of the figure,
contrasting with the natural matte finish on the exposed face.
Articulation - ***1/2
the overall score in tis category is the same for both DCUC and ML's
for me, I have to say that the DCUC edge these out by just a smidge.
neck joint on the average ML is a little different - while it operates
much like a ball joint, it's not a true ball. There is a disc and post,
much like many elbow or hip joints. This means it can tilt forward and
back, but side to side tilting is more restricted than with a true ball.
ball shoulders and hips (pin/disc style) work great, and there are cut
biceps and thighs to go along. All three of these have double pin
elbows and knees, pin wrist and ankles (actually pin/disc ankles on
Fannie), cut waists and ab-crunches. Spider-Man has the additional
shoulder articulation that allows the arms to swing in tighter across
the body as well.
For the most part, the
articulation is tight
and solid. There were a few pins - mostly ankles and knees - that felt
a little weak, but it was a minor issue.
I'm not a huge fan of
these ball jointed hips, because it is very difficult to get natural,
flowing stances out of them. It's possible, but it takes quite a bit
more effort than with the unique hinge hips that we see on the DCUC
Accessories - Captain America
***1/2; Fantomex ***; Spider-Man Bupkis
doesn't get jack - no BAF part, and nothing extra outside of that. He's
a cool variant, but I still think that at $20, he needs something extra.
However, the other two do much
comes with his two guns, which fit in his hands well for posing, or in
his holsters for storage.
Cap also has a gun, and it fits
or holster equally well. He also has a large knife, and that slips into
the sheath on his hip. Finally, there's the trademark round shield,
complete with a hook and post on the back. This allows it to be
attached to either his wrist OR his back, giving you more display
Fun Factor - ***1/2
The slightly wonky articulation is a bit frustrating, especially for
kids who are going to want these to stand and stay standing with a
minimum of effort. There were also a few joints, especially the knees,
that felt a little weak, more important for these as toys than
they are better action figures than 90% of what we are currently seeing
on the pegs at the local stores, and the Cap is particularly good for
kids that enjoyed the movie and are looking for more versions of the
Value - **
I paid $20 each for these guys at Toys R Us, and that's just too damn
much, especially if you're getting the complete set to put together
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.
Overall - ***1/2
Hasbro has done a nice job relaunching
the series, keeping the style and feel of the original. The cost is a
bit of an issue, but I really like the unusual Spidey variant in this
set of three. Even the Cap is a nice update, and while Fantomex is not
a character I have any interest in, the white/black outfit is a
All that being said, I have to
admit that as of now,
I'm liking the DC Universe Classics a bit more than the Marvel Legends
- we'll see how this turns out overall after I cover the remainder of
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Captain America, Spider-Man
***1/2; Fantomex ***
Paint - Spider-Man, Fantomex ***1/2; Captain America ***
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - Captain America ***1/2; Fantomex ***; Spider-Man
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Your first best is the local Toys R
Us, Target or Meijers store, where these run $16 - $20, depending on
the retailer. I found them at Toys R Us myself, and they were a
whopping $20 each. Online options include:
- Entertainment Earth has the set
of for $125.
Bad Toy Store has the set of 7 for $120.
Other Marvel Legends reviews include:
- I recently covered the Terrax
BAF wave, in part 1
and part 2.
- prior to that, the last series
I remember reviewing was the Red Hulk set, in part 1 and part 2.
- Then there was the last wave
of 'icons', the
larger scale Legends.
- before that, there was the
Foom/Hulk wave, broken into one
review here and another
- I never did look at the third
wave of Hasbro ML's, but I did cover wave
2 and series 1, first at MROTW
and then at QSE.
- you’ll want to check out my
review of the other
- Hasbro released several of the
12″ Marvel Legends Icons, including Punisher
and Doom, and my favorite, Thor.
And if you still pine for the
days Toybiz -
- in the 12″ Icons line, there’s
and Beast, Wolverine
- The Face Offs series 1 (with
Hulk/Leader in one
review and the other two sets in another)
2 both had guest reviews.
- there’s the guest review of
Foes of Spider-man boxed set, Urban
Legends box set, X-men
Legends boxed set, and the Fantastic
Four boxed set, along with my review of the Monsters
- The previous Sentinel
BAF was guest reviewed.
prior to that there was Wal-mart
series, series 13,
(including Galactus), series 8 Captain
Marvel and Doc Ock,
series 7 Vision,
series 6 Juggernaut,
series 5 Blade,
Sabertooth and Colossus, along with series 5 Red Skull,
Silver Surfer and Mr. Fantastic, series 4 Goliath,
Gambit, and Elektra,
series 3 Daredevil
and then the rest
of the series, series 2 Thing
and finally, from three and a half years ago, the series 1
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