MARVEL’S WONDER MAN — ENERGIZED EMISSARIES
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Remember that bio I ran with Captain Britain that was no help as an intro? I don’t think it’s any more help for Wonder Man. That’s okay, I think I did an alright job of introducing the guy yesterday. So, without further ado, here’s another Wonder Man figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wonder Man is the fifth figure in the recent Abomination Series of Marvel Legends. His official name is “Energized Emissaries,” which he shares with Captain Britain. It’s…well, it’s not really a name that works particularly well for either of them. They seem like an odd pair to share packaging really, since it’s not like they really have anything at all in common. Ah, who cares about the names, it’s the figures that matter, right? This figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s based on Wonder Man’s most recent costume design, which he was sporting in Uncanny Avengers. Admittedly, it’s a design I have some issues with. Most notably, the swapping out the belt for the straps on the upper arms and legs just feels like change for the sake of change. Still, it’s far from the worst costume the guy’s ever worn, and at least it’s current. Wonder Man is built on the Grim Reaper body, a fitting choice, given that Grim Reaper is Simon’s brother Eric. It’s also the same body now being used for Captain America, who is canonically the same height as Simon, so it’s a good fit all around. Certainly a better choice than the last ML Wonder Man! Wonder Man gets an all-new head sculpt, which is a decent enough piece. I personally would have liked the hair to be a touch longer, but this matches up with most of the character’s depictions while in this costume. He also makes use of the bracer-wearing forearms we saw on the Walgreens-exclusive Namor figure, which are a great bit of re-use. Honestly, it wouldn’t shock me to find out the pieces were deliberately designed for use with both of them, given how close the figures are in terms of release. Wonder Man continues the trend of very clean paintwork that we’ve been seeing from Hasbro as of late. There’s a little bot of slop on his leg bands, but aside from that, the work is very clean. There’s even the slightest hint of blue on his hair, which adds a nice bit of pop. Also of note: they actually got his logo right! Finally! The last few Wonder Men have all had the Ionic powers represented by a separate figure, but this time around they’ve just been rolled into the main figure, by way of some extra hands and some effects pieces. He gets a pair of fists (slightly underscaled due to being outsourced from the Bucky Cap body. How has Hasbro not yet sculpted fists for the Reaper body?) in translucent purple, along with the effects pieces from Havok done up to match. It’s admittedly not a bad way of showcasing the powers, though I certainly wouldn’t say not to a fully Ionic re-paint. I’m not sure the effects pieces work quite as well for Simon as they did for Havok, but they work well enough that they don’t bug me. In addition to the Ionic pieces, he also includes the right leg of the BAF Abomination.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted yesterday, Wonder Man’s always been one of my favorites. That, coupled with his last Legends figure being somewhat lackluster, meant I was pretty excited for this guy. I ended up grabbing him off of Amazon at the same time as Captain Britain and Scarlet Witch. Aside from not being my ideal costume choice, he’s a pretty solid take on the character, and a much worthier rendition than the last figure. Wonder Man gets to be part of the default Avengers set-up again!