We remain in the era of a veritable tsunami of Marvel Legends. Even as I write this, I’ve just gotten word that the Spider-Man/Armadillo BAF assortment is en route to my house, along with the X-Force multipack. The Excalibur multipack should arrive any minute, and the second assortment of Age of Apocalypse awaits its turn on the fabled Air Hockey Table of Figure Opening. I still have the Retro FF to open, although I did take the two villains to include today. Here, then, is a massive catch-up.
World Domination Tour M.O.D.O.K with The Captain
This is really a hilariously niche set. Nextwave: Agents of Hate ran for 12 gloriously insane issues between 2006 and 2007, and those issues serve as the inspiration for this HasCon exclusive. The two included figures are The Captain and a repurposed deluxe M.O.D.O.K. that can be modified with, yes, Elvis parts (so, M.O.D.Elvis, if you prefer).
The Captain is a well-executed figure, but he probably won’t be that recognizable to anyway that didn’t follow the original series or his handful of appearances since then. The design is based on the art by the great Stuart Immonen, and they’ve done a great job of capturing the likeness. I took some shots of The Captain next to his various Nextwave teammates, but I was, frankly, too lazy to put them all together. I think that The Captain would actually appreciate that.
As for the M.O.D.O.K., I’m just delighted that something this batshit crazy exists. Figures are supposed to be fun, right? This is ridiculously fun. Yes, it’s the earlier Deluxe version with extra Elvis parts, but what else would you expect? The touring case box design is a real work of art. If you’re a M.O.D.O.K. fan, I hope you got this.
What If? Sylvie, Zombie Captain America, Captain Carter
This is a rare assortment that I didn’t complete. Maybe eventually. But for now, we’ll take just a quick look at these three.
Sylvie: A solid likeness, and the cloak looks good, but the figure’s poseability is definitely hampered by the cloak. Accessories include the dagger and extra hands. It fits well with the earlier Disney+ figures, but it’s not the most visually striking.
Zombie Captain America: This is just great. There are a lot of tremendous details here, including thigh wounds that go all the way through. The skin color is a near-exact match for the animation. This is a figure that’s a winner based on the obvious care and forethought that went into design and execution.
Captain Carter: This is a near-perfect representation of the character. Captain Carter was a great idea, and the original character design with the Brittania shield is terrific. It translates amazingly well to the figure. What a great flagship for What If? in general. My only knock is that the figure is occasionally a bit hard to balance in the posing department. But it looks outstanding.
Retro FF – The Bad Guys: The Retro-carded Fantastic Four assortment contains Reed, Ben, Sue, and Johnny, with Sue and Johnny variants available at Hasbro Pulse. I’ll be getting to those soon, but today we’ll hit the other two figures: Psycho-Man and the High Evolutionary.
Psycho-Man: Psycho-Man has the distinction of having appeared on the original version of this FF card in the Toy Biz FF animated line of the ‘90s. The Hasbro team has captured the character in all of his Kirby craziness right here, and I’m delighted to see it. I believe that the first time I saw Psycho-Man in a book myself was Micronauts #17 (volume 1, from 1980), which saw the titular heroes team with the FF against the emotion-manipulating bad guy.
Probably the best feature of this figure is the care given to the exo-tubing. This could have been an easy dodge, but the design team actually figured out how to make these structures work on the figure. They also did a bang-up job on the Control Box, which projects fear, doubt, and hate. I also dig the metallically tinged paint apps on this. An excellent addition to the Legends line, which is, curiously overall, generally lacking in FF villains.
High Evolutionary: Again, I’m always happy to see the lesser-known character get a spotlight. And yes, the Evolutionary is NOT actually lesser-known in the comics sphere. The character has had his hand in a number of big events over the years in addition to creating the Knights of Wundagore. The figure finally making the line is definitely an “about time.”
This is another rock-solid job that captures the comic-accurate look of the character. The head-ridge is well-sized, the tunic doesn’t totally impede leg movement, and the individual rivits on the outfit are painted. Like Psycho-Man, we have some metallic finishes and extra hands. My only regret is that they didn’t figure out a way to give him the “captive Avengers globe” from the cover of Avengers Annual #17.
Retro-Carded Avengers: That’s not necessarily in the name of this expression; the Hasbro gang referred to it previously as the Marvel Super-Heroes card. But with Wanda and Vision getting a West Coast label, and these two having been Avengers . . . it just seems appropriate.
Tigra: I know that there had been a lot of anticipation over this one. The original Tigra was, IIRC, a Walmart exclusive and was generally hard to find. I have one and I like it, but there was room for improvement. I’m happy to report that they done a generally terrific job with this.
The figure comes with swappable heads (one with wild hair and a feral expression, the other more of a resting-Tigra face) and hands (gotta have claws), although I feel like the regular head could have maybe used a little more volume in the hair. Regardless, the sculpt is really good overall. Of course, Tigra does indeed slot in with the West Coast Avengers, being one of the original five. The presence of this figure and the upcoming cards for Vision and Wanda (as well as context clues in a certain Disney+ show) have me holding out hope that we might finally get a classic Mockinbird.
Hercules: Admittedly, I wasn’t quite as enthused about Herc, as we just got a good modern version not long ago. However, I have to say, this is awesome. The happy head sculpt in particular is great, and the sheer mass of the figure gives him a rather mythic look. There’s a lot of finely expressed detail, too. Look at the sandals and toes! This was a well-considered and well-rendered new version of the character. It’s a substantial upgrade from the very first version of Herc we got (though I still have that guy parked with my Champions set-up). I won’t mind too terribly about repeated figures if they’re going to be this good.