MARVEL LEGENDS (TOY BIZ)
Today, I’m looking at the first of what I’m sure will be many Marvel Legends reviews. Back in the early 2000s, this was THE line to collect. They had killer sculpts, awesome paint, and of course, a huge quantity of articulation! And let’s not forget the scalper appeal. While this line didn’t start the trend of action figure scalpers, its high demand and tendency to pack fan-favorites as short-packs led to high prices, and a whole lot of “legitimate businessmen” trying to corner the market. It was so great. No, wait, I meant the other thing. Terrible. It was terrible. I’ll be looking at the Vision figure from the line. For those of you who are unaware (which is probably a large portion), the Vision is a long standing member of the Avengers. He was a synthezoid (basically an android) created by the villain Ultron to destroy the Avengers. However, he was created using the brain-patterns of Wonder Man, a reluctant villain who the Avengers had tried to help before his unfortunate demise. Apparently, Wonder Man’s emotions overpowered the synthezoid, and he rebelled against his creator and joined the Avengers. There’s a lot more to his story, but that’s the basic gist.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Vision was part of the seventh series of Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends line. He stands roughly 6 inches tall and has 33 points of articulation. He also included a clear poseable stand that can simulate his flying ability. He was available in both regular and “Phasing” versions. The regular has a normal paint job, while the phasing is cast in various translucent plastics. I managed to get a hold of both versions, and since they’re the same sculpt, I’ll be looking at both today. The phasing version was technically the variant. I say technically because Vision was only one to a case, meaning which version of him was in said case was fairly random. Both figures depict Vision in his original green and yellow costume. Vision was built on a base body, with the details added via paint. The body’s fine, though the abundance of articulation does give it some odd proportions. The head is this figure’s real strong point. It’s an all new sculpt, and it’s really well done. It has that perfect “just too perfect to be human” look, which is great! The painted figure has some sharp paint ops that really highlight the sculpt well. For this reason, I think the regular version is a bit better than the phasing version, as the details can get lost in the clear plastic. Both figures are topped off by a nicely done rubber cape.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, you saw the displeasure up there about the whole scalpers charging insane prices thing? Yeah, that pretty much sums up my experience with this figure. While I was eventually able to track down both versions of this character for my collection, it wasn’t until well after Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends were done and gone. Being less than one per case (thanks to the variant) he was near impossible to find, and instant scalper bait, resulting in a high after market price. I was fortunate enough to track down both versions loose from a local toy store that had just bought someone’s collection, which made me a happy collector indeed!