MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Living up to his namesake, Magneto is a master manipulator of magnetism, controlling and using its energy to defeat his enemies.”
Debuting alongside the team in X-Men #1, Magneto has been by far the most enduring of the X-Men’s foes…or allies…or teammates…or whatever he is this week. He’s a popular choice for toys as well. While he doesn’t quite rival Wolverine, he’s certainly giving Cyclops a run for his money. Sadly, in the realm of Marvel Legends, he’s always seemed to come up short. His very first Legends release was a hastily re-tooled Iron Man that didn’t quite work right. This was followed by quite a lengthy waiting period for another, in 2014, which was not only an extremely illusive Toys R Us exclusive, it also wasn’t very good. That leads us to today’s figure, the beacon of hope that maybe, just maybe, a Legends Magneto might not suck.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Magneto–sorry, Marvel’s Magneto is figure 2 in the Apocalypse Series of Marvel Legends. Like Colossus before him, Magneto’s source design is a point of contention for some of the fanbase. A lot of fans were hoping for another stab at his classic togs, but Hasbro has instead opted for a more modern appearance, based on his relatively recent design from the All-New, All-Different re-launch in 2015. I was myself angling for another classic figure, but I can somewhat understand Hasbro not wanting to release that costume again right away, since it’s only been a few years since the last attempt. What’s more, this particular design is actually not a bad look for old Magnus, and given Hasbro’s recent track record with the likes of Namor and Taskmaster, it likely serves as a trial run for them to get everything in order for a more proper variant down the line. Magneto stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. The figure is built on the Spider-UK body, a fact I’m quite pleased about. As soon as I saw that figure, I was hoping Hasbro would have it ear-marked for Magneto, so I’m happy to see they were on the same wavelength. He gets a new head, forearms, and boots, as well as an add-on for his cape. The head features the helmet as a separate, non-removable piece, as has become the norm for these guys. The helmet follows the more streamlined nature of the helmet, which first cropped up in the X-Men: First Class design in 2011. It sits quite well on his head (which is a surprisingly big win for a 6-inch Magneto figure; none of the others have really gotten that part down), and the underlying face perfectly captures Magneto’s noble streak. The forearms and boots both capture those little raised ridges that Magneto seems to be really into, as well as meshing well with the existing body. The cape gave me some pause when I first took the figure out of the box, because it wouldn’t sit flat and seemed oddly malformed. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the shoulder pads were separate pieces, designed to slide *under* the cape, and one of them had accidentally popped over. If you look closely at the prototype on the figure’s package you can see that not even Hasbro caught this mix-up. Once everything’s laying properly, the cape is actually pretty darn awesome, and quite fitting for the character. If there’s a slight downside to this figure, it’s his paint work. It’s not *terrible* but the application is noticeably sloppier than on a lot of Hasbro’s other recent releases. The red paint in particular seems to have some real issues with going on too thinly, leaving the underlying black plastic exposed. The worst of it’s at the front of the helmet and on his thighs; beyond those points, it’s actually pretty passable overall. Magneto makes out pretty well in terms of accessories. He’s got an extra head, sans-helmet, displaying his beautiful Jim Lee-era locks. While the helmeted head is still my favorite of the two, there’s no denying the quality of this one. He also includes two different sets of hands. He’s got basic black fists, as well as open gesture ones that have been molded in translucent purple. There are some electricity effects to match. Honestly, I’m a little surprised we didn’t see that swirly effects piece another time, since that’s what Polaris got, but I guess Hasbro was reading the room and sensing that piece’s over-use. Lastly, Magneto includes the right arm of the Build-A-Figure Apocalypse.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m always down for a good Magneto figure, which is why it’s always been so disappointing that he’s never been privy to a good Legends release. I still searched everywhere for the last one, even despite it’s lower quality, but never could find him, and certainly wasn’t paying a mark-up for him. So, when this guy was announced, I was pretty excited, even if he’s not quite the version I wanted. In hand, he’s got some minor flaws, but I’m overall happy with this figure, and glad I finally have a Magneto for my X-Men shelf.