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The One:12 Collective Gambit is outfitted in a black mission suit with an X-Men issued armored vest and removable leather-look overcoat. Complete with 2 head portraits, the master of kinetic energy comes complete with a bo staff and a variety of throwing cards and throwing card FX.
Remy LeBeau, the master thief better known as Gambit, possesses the mutant ability to charge inanimate objects with kinetic energy he can create and control. An agile and intelligent member of the X-Men, Gambit is also a master at card throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a bo staff.
THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE GAMBIT FIGURE FEATURES:
One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation
Two (2) head portraits
Hand painted authentic detailing
Approximately 17cm tall
Seven (7) interchangeable hands
One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)
One (1) baton holding hands (L&R)
One (1) card holding hand (L)
X-Men issued armored vest
Black mission suit
Belt with X-Men insignia
One (1) bo staff
One (1) single throwing card
One (1) charged single throwing card
One (1) stack of throwing cards
One (1) charged stack of throwing cards
Two (2) charged throwing card FX
One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
Each One:12 Collective Gambit figure is packaged in a collector-friendly box, designed with collectors in mind. The figure is expected to ship between June and August 2020 and is currently available to pre-order from Mezco, Entertainment Earth, TFAW, and more.
Every year for the past three, the X-Men wave has been one of the most hotly anticipated arrivals in the world of Marvel Legends. This year generated particular excitement, as a number of long-requested characters either got new versions or finally joined the ranks with their first interpretation. Let’s dive in for a look at what’s sure to be a strong seller. But first, we need to thank Hasbro for sending us these figures for free for the purposes of review. We certainly appreciate their assistance.
The wave comes with seven figures; of the group, Gambit contains no BAF piece. The remaining six are Weapon X Wolverine, Jubilee, Forge, Blink, Skullbuster, and Beast (Jim Lee-style). The BAF is Caliban in his X-Force iteration. This is a very, very ‘90s-inspired wave with a particular emphasis on the Silvestri/Lee runs on the book (indeed, this version of Forge, Skullbuster, Jubilee, Gambit, and Beast come right from that era). It hits a lot of sweet spots for obvious reasons. Let’s dig.
Jubilee: It sort
of blows my mind that there has never been a classic Jubilee that captures her
early appearance from the comic and the celebrated animated series. In the
original Toy Biz line, there was a Generation X version and a sort of
anime-inspired version (in the Robot Fighters assortment), and Marvel Legends
had the scarce BAF the featured the black outfit prominently seen in stories
like “Curse of the Mutants.” But the vaguely-Robineseque original look never
got committed to Legends plastic. Until now.
This figure is an automatic winner. The body is appropriately teen-scaled. The second head that sports a bubble-gum-bubble is absolute genius. Removable glasses are a solid idea. And the trenchcoat sculpt is tight. In short, Hasbro killed it. I can’t believe that this figure FINALLY exists after literal decades. If the internal goal is to produce the entire line-up seen in the biggest selling single issue of all time, they’ve almost got on. Good on Hasbro, and great work.
Weapon X: I might
be the least excited about this figure, because I was pretty happy with the one
produced for the line several years ago. However, I love one thing in
particular, and that’s the height. Wolverine is SUPPOSED to be short. He’s
roughly 5’3” in the comics, but he’s gotten progressively taller in extra-media
protrayals, particularly by Hugh Jackman. Still, this is a great sculpt, and
I’m well aware that many collectors may have missed the original version. It’s
well done, but it didn’t check any boxes for me.
Forge is a redo of a figure made years ago in an exclusive two-pack. Of the
two, THIS is the superior figure. It’s a really strong version of the character
as he appeared in the issues transitioning from Silverstri to Lee; it’s also
appropriate that he appears in the wave with Skullbuster, as Forge and Banshee
kicked huge Reaver ass on Muir Island when they began to search for the
then-missing X-Men. I love the look of the figure, down to the boots and the
two weapons. The original Forge is decently rare, so this is actually a
much-needed upgrade that a lot of X-fans are going to scoop up. Another really
Beast: Holy crap,
man. It’s been YEARS since we got a Beast (what, like OG Legends wave 5?). This
is a massive, massive improvement and absolutely captures the Jim Lee look.
It’s frankly stunning. The figure has size and heft, too. It also comes with
two spare hands to give closed fist and open hand options. My singular, minor
regret is that there isn’t an extra bespectacled head. But, again, that’s
minor. This is a really, really good, much-demanded figure, and it’s, not to be
repetitive, another home run.
Gambit: In the
wider span of Marvel Legends history, there have been a few Gambits. The “best
Gambit” question has now been answered. This one. Part of that comes from the
sculpt, which is rock-solid. Part of that comes from the hand attachments,
which are perfect. One is a splay-fingered card throwing attachment. Another
accessory is a “charged card” that slides between another hand’s index and
middle fingers. The staff is well crafted, and it’s a good height. I also like
the flair of the trenchcoat and the facial expression. This one’s pretty
was pretty happy to see Skullbuster. He never got made in the OG Toy Biz days,
and he’s never been represented in Legends. In fact, the only extant Reaver in
the line is a years-old Lady Deathstrike. As I said, the figure plays a role
alongside Forge, so that’s really cool. I LOVE that there’s a second head for
Reese, another Reaver; as I’ve said in the past, those little touches make for
great value-adds. The ammo belt is well-done, and the pistol is comic-accurate.
What a cool, surprising figure.
Blink: OH MY GOD. Blink is beautiful. This is exceptional. Blink has one of the best faces in the line, period. The teleportation portal is great, the “energy knives” look really cool, and the sweep of the tunic/skirt is nicely realized. The figure is also sculpted in such a way that you can pose her in a position that makes it look like she’s emerging from the portal. That’s just nuts. I didn’t know how much I wanted a Blink in the line until I saw it revealed, and now that I see it in person, I’m just crazy about it. My favorite figure from the wave, and one of my favorite Legends this year. A must-buy.
heard a few people say that Caliban wouldn’t have been one of their choices for
the BAF. That’s fine; I dig him. The powered-and-sized-up X-Force version is
rather cool, and the sculptors obviously had a field day. The head/face is just
great, and I like the general mass of the figure. I’d really like to see more
X-Force/X-Factor figures realized in the line, and with Caliban, the updated
Cannonball, and Boom-Boom, it seems like Hasbro is committing to it. We really
need Sunspot, Feral, Siryn, and Rictor, but I get that it takes time.
Nevertheless, I like this figure and it was probably the best opportunity for
Hasbro to execute on it, so good for them.
It’s a tough call, but this might be my favorite Legends
wave of the year so far. It’s a really strong set of sculpts that leverages in
some much-requested characters along with a couple of surprises. A whole lot of
collectors are going to be saying, “To me, my X-Men!”
Rogue and Gambit #1 is belligerent sexual tension distilled in a single issue of a comic book beginning with artist Pere Perez and colorist Frank D’Armata’s double page spread of Rogue and Gambit’s relationship over the ages. Writer Kelly Thompson, Perez, and D’Armata have oodles of fun with one of the Marvel Universe’s finest “will they, won’t they” pairings. In her plot, Thompson goes full almost fan fiction, loses the superheroics, and has this not so starcrossed pair posing as a couple on retreat while they’re secretly investigating some mutant power surge, then outage. Like Thompson’s other Marvel books, it’s pretty funny even though Perez’s art is a tad on the mid-1990s X-Book generic side.
It’s a shame that such sparkling dialogue and flirtation as well as a cool fight scene featuring X-Men heavy hitters Rogue, Psylocke, and Armor gets stuck with middle of the road art. When it comes to gestures, Pere Perez is fine. The proximity between Rogue and Gambit increases while they’re flirting, and Gambit gets really close to Rogue when she talks about her powers going on and off. But his faces are hit and miss ranging from some great Rogue scorn as she sees that their retreat lodging only has one bed to Kitty Pryde’s rictus as she sends Rogue and Gambit on their mission with some pretty smug dialogue from Thompson. Also, Perez makes some questionable storytelling choices like using weird perspective on a Danger Room battle than looks like he ran out of panel space and had to make Armor and Psylocke two inches tall. (I legitimately thought Armor had picked up size changing abilities.) And there’s also the fact that he frames a panel from the POV of Rogue’s crotch for no reason.
However, Kelly Thompson’s quirky plotting, fun and occasionally sexy dialogue, and Frank D’Armata’s 90s era X-Men color palette meet cool modern restraint make Rogue and Gambit #1 worth reading. From the first couple pages, it’s a book with an identity and purpose: working out the tension in the long suffering relationship between Remy LeBeau and Rogue. Even though there’s mind control and weird energy stuff, Rogue and Gambit #1 is a cross between two friends spending a lot of time together and examining their feelings about each other, or a separated couple taking a vacation to relax and find out where they’re at. And there’s plenty of jokes along the way about X-Men gossip and Deadpool’s kissing abilities, which totally made me want to check out Uncanny Avengers.
Even though this is technically a solo book, Kelly Thompson knows what makes the X-Men tick: splashy action, soapy, yet in-depth relationships, and outsider metaphors. Rogue and Gambit #1 hits on all three with one hell of a retro Sentinel Danger Room duel where Gambit tries to rescue Rogue, but hey, she has super strength. Then, there’s the Rogue and Gambit intense sexual tension that turns all the X-Men around them into either gossip columnists or fan fiction commenters as well as Kitty Pryde settling into the dry wit and slightly manipulative “Professor X” role as team leader. Finally, Kitty describes the place that Rogue and Gambit as kind of a re-education camp, which reminded me a lot of the toxic “pray away the gay” summer camps that are abusive and harmful to young people. And these are often out in the beautiful countryside so the idyllic surroundings don’t detract from the fact that people are being tortured and punished just for expressing their identity.
Its art is nothing to write home about, but Rogue and Gambit #1 is the hilarious, sexy X-Book to get the New Year started off right.
Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Pere Perez Colors: Frank D’Armata Story: 8.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read
Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Knight Models‘ may is going to be a busy one. After teasing for quite some time the month will see the release of their expansion for the Batman Miniature Game, “The Flash and Arrow.” Those who pre-order the expansion book will also get a limited edition Black Flash. There’s also two version of the book, one is a limited edition hardcover only available online.
But, it’s not just expansion books being released, there’s lots of models too. The Flash, Zoom, Hawkman, Batman the Animated Series Green Arrow, Batman the Animated Series Batgirl, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang will all be released for the Batman Miniature game.
Also being released are a Batman Dice Set, Joker Dice Set, and templates for spray and vehicle turns.
The Marvel Universe Miniature Game also gets two new releases in the form of Gambit and Groot!
Pre-orders will be up until April 29 with shipping estimated for May 5.
It’s a new week! We’ve got lots going on here at the site, and of course a new week means lots of new comics too! On this leap day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
The stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy have not always contained a comedic undertone, nor do they all presently, but the influence of the surprise hit movie from 2014 made it so that comedy is a necessary ingredient for readers, especially those that started reading only because of the movie. Whether or not this comedic approach is necessary it has nonetheless been present in a few of the spin-offs from the main series, and as it been present in the Secret Wars tie-in to the Guardians stories, in this case the Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde series. The series has also been one that is very different from what has come before, or at least that was established in the relatively short Star-Lord series, the romantic attraction of Kitty Pryde to Peter Quill. As has been presented in the series, one of the alternate versions of Peter and Kitty have crossed paths, Peter being lovesick over her death long ago, and the alternate version of her being somewhat too serious to ever consider something like romance.
The fourth and final issue follows the two of them as they attempt to retrieve the object that Kitty is after, a specific artifact deemed important enough by those who follow Doom. Peter is drawn into helping her because of his love for her, even if that love is not entirely genuine in this case. They have to overcome the scenario in which they are depicted on the cover, as Gambit has them trapped and ready to kill after they have failed to retrieve the object from him.
The issue plays out as a not-so-serious take on the pre-Secret Wars world. While there was some comedy in their stories before, it never came off quite as screwball as it does here. Problems are solved not necessarily by the ingenuity, skills or powers of the two heroes, but rather by plot developments which are set-up to provide a humorous end result. While it doesn’t hit as hard as it could, it is not really the point either, as the relationship between these two is what has been the special find in the past year. Where the story is basic and the humor is somewhat lacking, this issue still puts the right focus on the two of these characters together, and the result is satisfactory if not noteworthy.