In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics on August 31st, 2019, Hasbro sent us a box of toys to review from their line of Marvel Legends collectible action figures that celebrate some of the most iconic moments in Marvel history.
Inside the box were two facsimile comic covers featuring two of the action figures in the wave, Captain America and Iron Man.
The box contained ten figures in total split between nine packages. Three boxes fit in with the style of the Marvel Legends line, while six X-Men figures harken back to the 1990’s Toy Biz card packaging. We’ll start this review with the classic Marvel Legends branded items.
Wolverine made his debut not in X-Men but in issue 181 of The Incredible Hulk in 1974. This box set celebrates Wolverine’s original look, with blue shoulder straps and a cowl that is less distinct than it would eventually become. The Wolverine figure comes with an extra pair of hands with retracted blades. The Hulk figure is a lot bigger with a removable plastic torn shirt,. You can switch his hands to have clenched fists or grabbing palms. With multiple points of articulation, there are lots of possibilities to pose the figures and bring to life their first encounter. This set retails for $59.99 and is available on Hasbro Pulse.
Iron Man in his most classic form features metallic-looking plastic and is one of the smoothest action figures I’ve ever held in my hands. He comes with two alternate heads (a variant helmet and Tony Stark) and an extra set of hands. He also has four blast accessories that can clip into his hands and the bottoms of his feet. Iron Man retails for $24.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
When Hasbro first debuted this Captain America figure earlier this year, they were really excited about the opportunity to bring him to life with his scaled armor, something that was difficult to do in the past. The scaling looks magnificent in person and its hypnotizing when the light reflects off it. He comes with a shield that can clip onto his back or into his hands (it can also clip on his wrist if using the included fists). There is also a right hand with a “fwoosh” effect branching off that the shield can clip into, which is how I prefer to display this figures. Captain America retails for $24.99 and is sold exclusively at Wal Mart.
My favorite X-Men character is Cyclops and his suit features metallic blue accents. His head features waves of light emitting from his visor, but a swappable head includes an attachable beam, which is the coolest way to display him. Cyclops retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
Storm was my other childhood favorite from the X-Men animated series and this figure is dazzling. Her hair sculpt and detail is incredible and the soft goods cape is a nice touch. She includes soft rubber electric wraps that can go on her arms. Storm retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
With Wolverine being such a popular character, Hasbro decided to go a different route with this figure under the assumption that serious collectors already have his iconic yellow (or brown) suits in their collection. And if you don’t, those are easy to acquire. This is his stealth suit from the comics, used primarily on solo missions when not with the X-Men. He includes an extra set of fists with retracted blades and a muramasa blade. Wolverine retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
Dazzler uses sonic pulses to take down villains and this beautiful figure is bold and vibrant like the character herself. Her suit, jacket, and headband look amazing. The two included sonic pulses can connect to her wrists or upper arms and are made of a hot pink transparent plastic with glitter sparkles inside. Dazzler retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
Iceman is actually a transparent silver figure. It’s not obvious until you hold him up to the light, but you can see through him to the joints inside. He comes with an ice slide stand to rest on. Iceman retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
X-Men: Silver Samurai
The one villain in the collection is Silver Samurai, who receives a purple card back instead of the orange that the good guys receive. His metallic plastic is reflective and makes him look like he’s wearing metal armor at first glance. He features two blades, a katana and a wakizashi. Silver Samurai retails for $19.99 and is available from Hasbro Pulse.
I had a lot of fun celebrating 80 Years of Marvel with this collection of Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro. I can’t pick just one favorite, but I can give you my top three from this box. Number one is the scaled armor Captain America, who is so much more impressive in person than he appears in person. Number two would be Iron Man for his reflective paint job and blast accessories. And third is Cyclops, particularly for the lazer beam that can be added to the second head.
You can find most of these products and more great Marvel items from Hasbro through their online store, Hasbro Pulse.
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.