When I think about the X-Men and my current relationship with them, being honest, it’s been kinda “meh”. Much of that I think is because of a lack-luster run of movies (that is finally turning around mind you, I enjoyed Apocalypse, Deadpool was amazing and Logan did some great things). The highlight in my relationship with X-Men though has been the Marvel Legends X-Men figure waves. Hasbro has done an outstanding job with character selection and design. What that has done is, it’s put me back into contact and context with the characters that were once some of my favorites of all time.
This wave in particular hit on a lot of high notes, and while you’ve (hopefully) read the review of each figure to this point, it’s worth it to say again, my favorites here are Cyclops, Shatterstar and Colossus for sure. However, every figure will find a permanent place on my crowded shelves, they all have something great to offer, they look great together, and they look great among their mutant brethren.
MUReview left Toy Fair 2017 with so much great stuff, and we are still going through our pile so we can share it all with you. Today we are very excited to share with you, LEGO Brick Headz featuring Lego Batman and Lego Robin!
LEGO Brick Headz are fun and simple builds of fantastic figures that look great on your shelf. LEGO is doing a great job of filling out the Brick Headz line with tons of wonderful characters. For LEGO Batman the lineup features Batman, Robin, Joker and Batgirl!
LEGO Brick Headz are recommended for ages 10 and up, have about 100 pieces each and take 5-15 minutes to build depending on your level of LEGO building. The litlgeeks are under 10 but have been building with LEGO for a long time. litlzombie needed some help but litlninja built Batman all by himself…with some Magic of course!
Marvel Legends 2017 X-Men Wave 1: BAF Warlock
Warlock is the BAF of X-Men Wave 1 2017. He’s really very tall, he compliments the wave perfectly, and you only need to buy 6 figures to get him. But is he worth it? (yeah, duh).
He’s just so freaking tall!
The paint wash head to toe on Warlock is really beautiful, conveys metal perfectly.
This gets a second bullet, the paint here, the color is so dead on for the character, it really is a sight to behold. Hasbro nailed this!
For as tall and lanky as he is, he feels like a sturdy figure when assembled.
Warlock gets a hand swap with a hand blade. It looks really cool.
The level of detail that went into Warlock’s “hair” might be the most I’ve ever seen on a figure. The sculpt here is really just outstanding.
The hand blade doesn’t spin. That would have been fantastic.
It’s tricky keeping the arm-to-back hoses in.
Warlock is a well placed Build a Figure. It almost doesn’t need to be stated, but Hasbro has traditionally done a great job of relating the figure to the wave theme. Here it’s great. A lineup of classic X-Men with really just a great, outside the box, giant figure that has never been done in this scale before. He’s a solid value too. You only need 6 of the 7 figure wave, and he comes with an extra hand. If you like Warlock even a little, you are going to want this figure. Happy Hunting!
Marvel Legends 2017 X-Men Wave 1: Wolverine Old Man Logan
Legends of the Spring hits it’s last single carded figure today with the legendary and wildly popular Old Man Logan. No coincidence 2017’s Logan was a runaway success. Old Man Logan is an interesting and compelling character, featuring the Wolverine at the end of his very long life span and putting him in some overwhelming predicaments. It’s interesting that Hasbro has chosen to name the figure on the package, Wolverine rather than Old Man Logan, as was done with the not so released Marvel Universe figure depicting the same character. This figure captures the grey beard perfectly, let’s have a look, shall we?
The grey hair nails it.
Wolverine’s outfit is fantastic and crazy accurate for the Old Man Logan comic series.
The shoes, my goodness, the details on the shoes, they look beautiful, like real leather boots!
Logan’s leather jacket looks gritty and real life leathery, but does not have the same texture as Shatterstar’s shoulder pads…which would have been even cooler.
The claws are well executed here, they feel sturdy enough for display and light play.
Detail is great on the belt buckle and on his button down shirt.
Just once, I’d like to get a Wolverine figure with actual metal claws that I could use to stab so….no one….
If you like Wolverine, you have no shortage of figure options. However, this particular iteration of the character is highly unique and if you enjoyed the movie, just that much more compelling. Do you have to buy Old Man Logan? Yes. Why? I said so. Side note, Wolverine is the only figure in the wave without a BAF piece included.
Marvel Legends 2017 X-Men Wave 1: Sunfire
Sunfire blasts into the Legends of Spring fun in a big way. In a fishy way? In a big, fishy way? He’s a person with a fish mask…so I’ll leave that there. This awesome figure is number 6 in this 7-figure X-Men 2017 Legends wave and he’s really just stunning. Sunfire is another character that has a solid landscape of potential costumes and iterations, but I will admit glowingly that I am thrilled that Hasbro decided to go with his red and white iconic costume. Shiro Yoshida has been a part of the X-Men universe since before Giant Size X-Men #1, getting him with this classic look is …about time! Let’s check him out.
The mask is captured perfectly. This complex shape looks fantastic.
The flame details that adorn Sunfire’s wrist and ankles are just stunningly well executed.
Sunfire comes with the same (but differently colored) flame fists that 2016 Iron Fist came with and it’s a perfect fit here.
Articulation here has every trick in Hasbro’s book. Ab-Crunch, chest / arm joints, ankle pivot. It’s all here!
The paint here is top notch, highly detailed, clean and sharp.
Sunfire has a belt that is not molded on, always appreciate the non molded extras!
There is literally only one knock on this figure, a knick in the chest paint. Not a design flaw, just a QC issue. Otherwise, this is an absolutely fantastic figure!
Sunfire is a character that sits below the bar of broad appeal, but fans of this character should be absolutely thrilled to have this fine piece of plastic. He’s only been made available once before in 6 inch scale, and that was in his Age of Apocalypse costume. This is the Sunfire we should all think of when the name comes up, and you should go buy him…but can you?
Marvel Legends 2017 X-Men Wave 1: Polaris
And on the fifth day of Legends of the Spring we get back to X-Factor with Polaris! The daughter of Magneto comes to us in her recognizable green look. Polaris, like Dazzler and Shatterstar is a first to the Marvel Legends line in this 2017 X-Men wave and fans of Polaris should be thrilled to have her.
I read back through my reviews a lot, and I’m frequently impressed by the same things. Here is no different. Polaris’s hair is perfect. Wavy where it should be, green all over, shape is fantastic.
More great use of the “magic” effect accessory here, this time in green to match Polaris.
Her outfit is an uncanny match (hehehe) for her Uncanny X-Men (and more) comic run featuring the cut out ab section to show some skin.
Very nice sculpting on the wrist guards.
Her green circlet is well executed.
Hasbro does a great job with shades of green to pull off a solid looking costume.
Really cool hand poses going on here.
Cape sits snuggly in her back thanks to hair that covers it to keep it in place.
The same hair that covers her cape keeping it in reliably causes a little trouble getting it in in the first place. You will have to position her head / hair out of the way to get the cape in.
When Polaris was announced she made a lot of hearts skip a beat. She has a solid following and it’s been largely untreated in the toy market. That following should thank Hasbro today for doing the character justice and getting her out to retail in the first place. Excellent character, excellent treatment of the source material, good luck finding her. Casual collectors probably won’t have a shot at her because the Polaris die hards are going to scoop these up before you can blink.