Sculpting - Hit Monkey ***1/2; Protector, She
Hulk ***; Hyperion **
Easily the best aspect of the BAF is his sculpt. He's a great looking
little guy, with lots of nice sculpt detail in the face. Even with the
weird, small monkey paw feet, he stands great on his own - I know, I
surprised by that one.
He is small too - only a few
inches tall, itty bitty for a BAF. The other figures come in around the
normal for a Marvel Legend, with the Protector at about 6 1/4".
The She Hulk is reasonable for a
female figure, and at least she doesn't suffer from stick arms and
legs. The face is quite pretty, and there's some good detail in the
hair, although the large size and weight make it an issue overall.
The Protector doesn't jump out
at you in this category, but he's a decent enough job overall. The
articulation and sculpt work well together, certainly better than they
do for either the She Hulk or Hyperion.
Hyperion is the disappointment
in this category. There's some weird mold lines on the face, and as I
already mentioned, the sculpt hinders the articulation more than it
should. There's something clumsy and obtuse about his design that I
simply do not like.
Sadly, his cape isn't helping.
The top section, which can be removed (but which then leaves a large
hole exposed on his back), is not properly sized or fitted. This poor
fit is obvious at just about every angle, and is one more visual issue
with an already dopey looking figure. The weird elbows, oddly posed
left hand, and heavy cape all hinder his overall appearance.
Paint - Hit Monkey ***;
Hyperion, She Hulk, Protector **1/2
None of the paint jobs are outstanding, but none of them are bottom of
There's some over spray and
with some of the more distinct colors, like the black and white on the
Protector. The eyes on Hyperion are wonky, and the cut line at his neck
and costume is poorly done. She Hulk has some mediocre cut lines as
well, along with some inconsistencies in the main color.
Oddly enough, Hit Monkey is the
smallest but does the best in this category as well. While there's
still some sloppy edges, especially around the face and teeth, the
general overall quality of his paint work tops the other three. I
particularly like the use of the glossy black for the hands and feet
(gloves for both), which contrasts nicely with the more matte black
Articulation - Protector
***1/2; She Hulk , Hyperion **1/2; Hit Monkey Bupkis
Overall, I'm not a happy camper with this wave of figures, and this is
one of the big problem areas.
The only stand out is the
Protector, who has all the usual Marvel Legends articulation, and it
all works just as you'd expect. You can get some very natural poses,
considering the style, and the joints are tight enough to hold deeper
Sadly, this same style of
articulation does not work as well with She Hulk or Hyperion. She Hulk
has that big, heavy hair of course, which limits you quite a bit when
it comes to posing, but her joints also seem clumsy. Same thing for
Hyperion, who has very similar joints to Protector, but who is unable
to take any pose remotely as good.
Hit Monkey is the real disaster
however. The posts for the arms are simply too thin and too short. It's
a real effort to pop the arms on, and once in place, they aren't going
to stay. A stiff breeze will knock them off, and every time I tried to
adjust his pose even slightly, they were on the floor again. This
figure could have been great, but this one issue is major enough - he
has to stay together, after all - to suck the fun right out of him.
Accessories - Protector,
She Hulk, Hit Monkey ***; Hyperion **
Hyperion gets the short stick here, coming with just the Hit Monkey
parts. While the top section of his cape is removable, I'm not counting
She Hulk gets the Hit Monkey
pieces as well as her huge, deadly sword. The blade is well made, and
very solid. No wilting here, and it looks fantastic in her hands.
The Protector does even better,
getting his own Hit Monkey parts (including the critical head), as well
as two guns that fit perfectly in his hands or the holsters.
The big surprise is Hit Monkey
himself. As a BAF, he's an accessory, but he gets his own accessories
too! There's four guns, enough to allow him to pack quite the punch. It
gives you some nice display options, and the weapons are large enough
to use with some of the other Marvel Legends characters.
Fun Factor - Protector
***; Hyperion, She Hulk **1/2; Hit Monkey *
The Protector is a pretty average Marvel Legend figure, making him a
good action figure but not a great one. Everything is a solid B, but
nothing really stands out.
Hyperion isn't as much fun,
largely because his articulation is poorly designed. Add in the dopey
cape, and kids will be less inclined to play with him.
She Hulk is a reasonable action
figure too, but most kids will find the character uninteresting unless
they've read the comics. To most of them, the Hulk is green, not red,
and the female version should be green too. Getting them interested in
the red incarnation is going to be tough.
And then there's Hit Monkey, a
big hot mess of bad. No kid is going to spend any time with an action
figure that has the arms dropping off every time they touch it. Even
collectors will find their patience taxed to the breaking point.
Value - **1/2
While I have my issues with these, the price is at least in line with
the other recent releases. It's not a great deal, but at least it's an
Things to Watch Out For -
Other than going after the best paint you can, you should be fine.
Overall - Protector ***; She Hulk **1/2;
Hyperion **; Hit Monkey *1/2
There are really only two reasons to buy these three regular figures -
because you want to build Hit Monkey or b) because you're a crazed OCD
fan that belongs on a bad reality TV show where they try to cure you of
you're obsession. While B certainly applies to me, A is my main driving
That's what makes the Hit Monkey
figure such an overall disappointment. I hunted down these three
figures and spent nearly $50 on them just so I could get Hit Monkey -
and I can't keep him assembled for 10 seconds.
Hopefully you'll have better
luck than I with those puny shoulder pegs. If you do, the sculpt, paint
and accessories add up to make him a much nicer figure.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Hit Monkey ***1/2; Protector, She Hulk ***; Hyperion **
Paint - Hit Monkey ***; Hyperion, She Hulk, Protector **1/2
Articulation - Protector ***1/2; She Hulk, Hyperion **1/2; Hit Monkey
Accessories - Protector, She Hulk, Hit Monkey ***; Hyperion **
Fun Factor - Protector ***; Hyperion, She Hulk **1/2; Hit Monkey *
Value - **1/2
Overall - Protector ***; She Hulk **1/2; Hyperion **; Hit Monkey *1/2
Where to Buy -
Your best bet is to hit the local mass market store, like Meijer or
Toys R Us.
When it comes to Marvel Legends, I like this year's Iron Man figures (so
far) much better.
Before that, it had been awhile
since I had a wave of Marvel Legends to review...all the way back to
the Arnim Zola series for me. You can see part 3 of that wave here,
along with Part
2 and Part
1. Before that, I covered the Terrax BAF wave, in part 1
- prior to that, the last series
I remember reviewing was the Red Hulk set, in part 1
- Then there was the last wave
the larger scale Legends.
- before that, there was the
Foom/Hulk wave, broken into one review
here and another here.
- 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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