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Marvel Legends #200 – Colossus (Warlock Wave)

I am 2 waves behind in my Marvel Legends. I have one photographed, while the other is still boxed. But today I have to stop and take a look at Colossus. He is not only important because he is a really cool character, and a killer action figure, but he marks my 200th Marvel Legend.

My very first Marvel Legend was Captain America that came out in 2005. Later that year I started the hunt for the second BAF in the Sentinel Series (Still my favorite figure of all time). Then I didn’t really start to collect until 2013. Over the years from 2005 to 2013, I collected 18 figures. Not a whole lot considering how many figures actually came out that year. But with the Iron Monger series, I was in it for good.

There have been a lot of attempts and tries over the years to get the Marvel Line kickstarted. ToyBiz introduced us to the figures with good articulation. Some of those characters were not often seen before that time period, and that was really great. But we kept seeing the same things pop up. Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine. Not to say that doesn’t still happen, but now we have movie versions, and comic versions, and really far out there comic versions.

Some of my favorite figures are X-Men. They were an early part of my comic youth, and I still love them today. Colossus is a great example of a good X-Man. He has been around forever. He has seen many changes over the years in the comics and the movies. Most recently he was rediscovered in the movie-verse with his appearance in Deadpool. He was the straight-man to Deadpool’s comic silliness. And that is the way it should be.

This version of Colossus is the comic version. Red and yellow are pretty standard colors for him in most of his outfits. There is an added black chevron to his torso to give a bit of extra color.

The metal color Hasbro used to color his head and arms is absolutely fantastic. It is shiny and just the right color. Since he is a big guy, he lost the double joint in the elbows that all of the bigger figures have also lost. That does limit his movement a bit. He is a giant 7.5 inches tall. The is Build-a-Figure territory, but he is not the BAF this time around.

He comes with the classic Russian hard-edged face. His hair is a darker gunmetal color, cut high and tight, just like any good Russian should. The details in his face are second to none. He has so much detail, that I can look at that face for days and still find new details.

He comes with a second head. This is his hipster head. The hair is coiffed to one side with the front sticking up. He has a nicely trimmed beard, straight across the bottom. I really like this look too. It is hard to decide which head will be the primary head when he is on the shelf.

The muscle tone on this guy is so great. I am always amazed at the quality that Hasbro has put into this line. They work on the back as much as the front. There is nothing lacking from this figure. I am excited for the rest of this cool and crazy wave. But first I have to go back to the last two waves and get those completed. Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1.

Until next time.


Deadpool – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Deadpool. One crazy guy, that made a huge splash outside of the comic world with a movie that was a huge success. People in the know have loved Deadpool for years. For me, he was in and out of comics that I read. I knew who he was. I knew he had a loud mouth and great jokes that could rival Spider-Man. It wasn’t until more recently that I started to get the collected volumes to really delve into the character. And boy does this not disappoint.

Now we have the figure. Part of the X-Men series, since he wants to be an X-Men over almost anything else. What do we get with this figure? First and foremost, we get a fantastic figure. We get some nice new body parts. The forearms and the shins are both covered in armor. He has a great head sculpt that gives a wonderful expression. And he comes with a few costume accessories that really add to the outfit, including the belt, shoulder holster for his katana blades, and leg holster for his gun. So, with such a great figure, how can we top that? Add in more accessories than I have ever seen come with one figure, and more than some waves have had over all of the figures combined. Let’s take a look at what we get.

First off, a knife. I am sure if Deadpool is using a knife, he is out of options… like cutting off his own hand to get away. There is a sheath along the outside of his left leg to keep it nice and close by.

Next up is a pair of guns. They look like they are Desert Eagles. A little small if they are, but fairly well done. They both have a holster, one on the hip, and one on the thigh. Yay for storage for your guns!!!!

Next up, the pair of Katana blades. Can’t be Deadpool with out going into a gun fight wielding a pair of swords. They look great. They were nice and straight out of the box, and fit nicely into the sheaths running down his back.

Then we get a little crazy. A rocket launcher with punching fist. This is the same rocket launcher we got with The Punisher, but without the boxing glove. Thankfully, if you want a more serious tone, the boxing glove is removable. The rocket launcher pegs into the hole in his back.

We get a couple of extra weapons. One is a repaint of the shotgun that came with The Punisher. This time around, it is a much better silver color. The other gun is a futuristic rifle. It makes me think of the Kree storyline where Deadpool was pretending to work with them while he was actually working on destroying them.  These guns are extra, and do not have a place to be stored on Deadpool.  I am thinking some straps need to be added, because Deadpool needs to go into battle with every weapon that is not tied down.

Finally we get an alternate head. We need an unmasked head, because how else is he going to eat that taco he also comes with? The head looks horribly great. He is no doubt a burn victim of some sort. The smile is well done, and shows he cannot be kept down by that ugly face.

This figure is great. No wonder it took me so long to get my hands on. Everyone and their brother wanted this figure. It was an additional figure to the wave, so it did not come with a BAF part. Instead they filled every part of the box with some kind of death instrument. What fun!!!


Rogue – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

As I continue on the back half of the Juggernaut Series, we come to one of the most anticipated figures in this series, Rogue.

She is decked out in her classic green and yellow outfit with the brown leather flight jacket. She looks like her 90’s amazingness, from the well designed outfit, to the fantastically big and poofy hair.

Earlier we looked at Phoenix, and she suffered from a giant, heavy blob of hair. Hasbro went a different way with Rogue, and actually sculpted a fantastic head of hair. Not only does it look great, but it is also fairly light. So, it shows Hasbro can do big hair well, they just didn’t do it with poor Jean. There was a lot of talk before Rogue came out, so I am sure this is one of the figures they really didn’t want to mess up.

Her outfit looks so good. The green is shiny and metallic. The yellow is flawlessly painted. She is wearing her iconic short gloves and long boots. Her boots are a little bit of a wild card. There are two added parts, the top of the boots on her thigh, and the green piping around the bottom of her knee. These two pieces are loose, and do not always stay in place. They can probably be glued into place, as they do not hinder the double knee joint. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

She comes with one accessory. It is her bare hand. We have seen this open hand a number of times on lots of ladies, but this time it just works very well. She has been know to take off her glove to steal powers, so that is a great add to the figure.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure. She looks great. They picked the right costume to use. She has a great body buck that allows for great posing. I don’t know of anything I would change on this figure. She is very well done.


Wolverine – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Over the years we have had lots and lots of Wolverines. This guy has always been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and he has been a part of every team conceivable. Of course, none of them more so than with the X-Men.

This time around we get Wolverine in his brown and yellow outfit. It has been referred to as his gaijin costume, since he wore it during his time in Japan in the comics. Hasbro really went out of their way this time around to really give the team a unique look. They could have gone with outfits that had them all matching in their yellow and blue, but that would have been a lot of the same. Some people don’t like this outfit and color scheme, but when was initially introduced to Wolverine, he was still running around in this outfit.

The sculpt looks great. He is a bit shorter than the other characters in the line, just he way he should be.

One of the best parts of the sculpt is the change in the shoulders. He has more movement in his shoulders than we find with Spider-Man. That allows for some pretty dynamic posing for him. You can get some fairly accurate comic poses.

Since it is Wolverine, you have to have claws that come out of the hands. In the past, they have used one sculpt pieces with hands and claws together, and what we get are wavy rubbery claws that do not stay straight. What Hasbro did this time was make hands with holes, and then add harder plastic claws later. It works to great effect. Not only that, but you get more posing options for Wolvie, with choices on how many claws he has out.

He comes with “accessories” of an extra set of hands. Unfortunately they are more fists, this time with no claw holes. I think the claw holes are small enough that they did not need to include a second set of fists. I would like to have seen open hands with the claw holes, so you can mix and match for even more dynamics.

I love Wolverine. Always have, always will, so this was a natural choice for me. I would have picked him up, even if it was the extra figure in the wave. He looks great, he is a lot of fun to play with, and he is a quintessential character in the X-Men universe, so he is definitely a must-have.


Phoenix – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Oof, this figure is rough. I was not expecting her to be good, but she is pretty weak.  The paint is the best thing she has going for her.  The phoenix emblem is well done, and there is a good contrast between the green and gold.  It gets really sloppy around the hair, spilling onto her skin.  It is really clear the hair is just placed on her head, and is not a part of the sculpt.

This funky pose was all I could do to get her to stand on her own.

This funky pose was all I could do to get her to stand on her own.

She is on the terrible skinny woman body. I HATE the skinny body. It has tiny feet, and cannot stand worth a darn. On top of that, they gave Jean a mess of terrible hair that is a giant plastic blob. She is top heavy!! Come on! You can’t make a figure skinny and then make it top heavy. Not Cool!

She comes with no accessories, so other than the Juggernaut piece, I think Phoenix is pretty worthless. I am starting to like the previous figures I said I would skip, more and more. At least with the other figures, they could stand and pose. Not much we can do with this skinny one. Ugh!

Up next, we are moving onto the big guns, and they do NOT disappoint!!!


Havok – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Havok would definitely be a pass for me, if not for the Juggernaut Piece I needed. This guy is just a painted buck with some gloves and powers added.

The buck of course is really well done. The articulation is great, and the body mold is so nice and muscular. Other than that, he is pretty boring. Black and silver all over. He could have been improved if he had his open mask version, where his hair was flowing out the top of his head. That version would have then added more paint apps, where his powers are running along lines to other circles on his shoulders. We would have also seen a nice X-Men belt to go along with that.

For me, this is the lowest bar for the wave. A fairly boring figure, a character I don’t care much about (outside the great Mutant X series), and being out shined by many other great figures in the wave.


Cable – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Cable is another one of the figures in this wave that I probably would have skipped if not for the need of the Juggernaut piece. That being said, I really like this figure.

The details on the body are very well done. His outfit has great texture with the plastic-like armor. Thankfully, we did not get the Cable of ol’, with the giant shoulder pads. They went with the more modern look, with the chest armor. The wrinkles in the pants. His pants also have pouches attached with straps. These are molded into the leg, but they are well painted. He also has a belt that is double strapped around his middle. The belt has a number of extra patches all around to give extra hiding places for the time-traveler on the move.

He has plenty of the classic cybernetic metal that we saw back in the day. Cable and Colossus are two of the most notable Marvel characters with that lined metal look. It flows down the left side, from his face, down along his entire arm. Of course, it goes all the way down his leg too, but who wants to cut up a perfectly good pair of pants.

He has really good motion for a big guy. Sometimes we see a bit of loss in articulation when the figures are bigger and more muscular. Thankfully, the articulation works just they way it should, including double joints in the elbows and knees. He even has good motion in the feet. I was a bit worried with the shin armor, that it would hinder the movement. It does hinder the forward bend of the foot, but not the movement back, as well as the swivel and roll of the foot.

Cable comes with two guns. Both futuristic in nature. He has a big blaster, and a bigger blaster. The bigger one has a slot in the back for a belt of bullets to be placed in there. It is a bit of a short belt, and I would have liked to see it be a bit longer. At that point, it would have made more sense to have a clip. Both guns are a blue-green metallic color. They seem to be a match pair of weapons. I personally would have liked to see them in different colors. Something I may go back and do in a while. A little detail goes a long way. The longer gun was bent out of shape when I got it out of the box. It was not seated well in the plastic tray, so it was twisted funny. The plastic is pretty soft, so a little heat will probably fix it.

Though not my first choice of figures, Cable is definitely a classic character of the X-Men. He has been around since before my comic reading life. He will continue to be around for a long time to come. The figure is really well done, and will be welcome on my shelf of X-Men.


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