MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Armed with superhuman physical and mental abilities, Shatterstar conquers his enemies with strength and certainty.”
Can you get more ‘90s than Shatterstar? Created by Rob Liefeld? Check. Name made up of two unrelated “kewl” words? Check. Weird head gear? Check. A single eye tattoo? Check. A hairstyle that no human who ever lived has had? Check. Shoulder pads and pouches? Check and check. All this dude needs is a leather jacket, a giant gun, and a can of Surge, and he’ll check off the whole list. As a paragon of all things ‘90s, he was a pretty popular guy back in the day, and got a whole three action figures from Toy Biz’s ‘90s X-Force line. However, since then, he’s sort of fallen down (well, aside from a pair of Minimates). With that being said, there’s been a slight resurgence of some of the ‘90s stuff, leading to Shatterstar being fortunate enough to get a figure courtesy of Hasbro’s latest set of Marvel Legends.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shatterstar is figure 2 in the Warlock Series of Marvel Legends, taking the X-Force slot established by Stryfe and Cable in the last two series. This is the first time he’s had a Legends figure, which actually seems a little surprising, given his popularity in the ‘90s. In terms of design, he more or less goes back to the original Liefeld look. I know there was a contingent that was hoping for his more recent X-Factor look (I myself was sort of pulling for that look), but if Shatterstar’s only going to get one Marvel Legend (which seems rather likely), you kind of *have* to do the ridiculous ‘90s monstrosity. On the plus side, they really did make it suck a lot less than it could have. I think that’s partly to do with them actually drawing the main influence from the Marvel: Avengers Alliance design for him, which is a nice, cleaned up version of his original design. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Bucky Cap body, specifically the Doctor Strange variation of it, which works nicely to replicate his poofy shirt. Also aiding in the poofy shirt bit are the new arms, which are built similarly to the normal ones, but with lots of wrinkles. I do wish his arms could sit a bit closer to the arms, but that’s a minor complaint. He’s also got the flared glove pieces, which are bulkier than the ones seen on Zemo and Boomerang. The lower half is mostly the basic pieces, with add-ons for the belt and thigh pouches (which are kind of a necessity), and a pair of brand new boots (which Super Awesome Girlfriend has classified as “fabulous”). He’s topped off with an all-new head and an add-on for his scarf/halfcape/shoulderpad. The single shoulder pad has always perplexed me. It would make sense if he favored one arm over the other in sword fighting, but he’s pretty much always dual wielded, so, what’s the deal? To Hasbro’s credit, the shoulder pad sports some pretty sweet detailing, so good on them for that. The head sculpt is commendable in its ability to faithful recreate Shatterstar’s goof hair and headgear without getting too laughably bad. They’ve gone for a calmer facial expression than Liefeld would have given him, but it’s actually one that better fits the persona Shatterstar took on after Liefeld left the book. Shatterstar’s paint work is really solid. The basic color work is ask nice and clean, with only minor coverage issues on the legs. The brown bits have all been given a bit of a wash to accent the details, which once again shows how nice a Hasbro sculpt can look with the tiniest bit of extra accent work. It’s worth noting that Hasbro did tweak Shatterstar’s colors a little bit, making the gloves and scarf a light grey instead of the straight white they were in the comics. It’s only a minor change, and honestly, it helps to break up the colors a bit more than they otherwise would be. Shatterstar was packed with a pair of swords; since Liefeld could never make up his mind about whether Shatterstar’s swords were two bladed or just one single blade, Hasbro’s been nice enough to give us one of each. Aside from possibly benefiting from a little bit of paint, the swords are pretty cool, and Shatterstar has an easy time holding them. The figure also includes the right arm of Warlock, who is shaping up to be pretty cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I know I’m hyper-critical of the ‘90s, but I do have an appreciation for Shatterstar as a character. When he was announced, I was actually pretty excited, especially after how well the Juggernaut Series Cable turned out. Shatterstar was nearer the end of my discoveries of this set; I found him at the slightly further away Target near me, which had just put out a case, albeit one that was already missing Cyclops. While I’d still like to see the X-Factor version at some point, this guy, like Cable before him, is a lot better than I’d expected. Once again, the Rob Liefeld character is one of the stronger figures in the series. How do they keep doing that?
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