ADAM WARLOCK – COSMIC PROTECTORS
“Masters of energy manipulation, these supreme beings seek to defend the cosmos at all costs.”
In one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s five post-credits scenes, the audience returns to minor antagonist Ayesha, who sits in front of her newest creation, dubbing it “the next step in our evolution. More powerful; more beautiful; more capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy,” before eventually uttering it’s name: “Adam.” After getting out of the film, I received a text from my boy Tim, asking what was the deal with the weird pod thing named Adam. The best description I could come up with was “Space Jesus,” which I don’t think is a completely terrible way of describing Adam Warlock. So, without further ado, here’s this Space Jesus action figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Adam Warlock is figure 5 in the Mantis Series of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. He’s dubbed “Cosmic Protectors,” which is a name he shares with Ex Nihilo. This marks Adam’s second time as a Marvel Legend, following the one from the 2008 Target-exclusive Red Hulk Series. That one was weak even when it was new, so an update was long overdue. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. The previous Adam was sporting his Infinity Guantlet garb, but this one goes more modern, giving us Adam’s look from the 2009 relaunch of Guardians (the one that first assembled the line-up from the movies). It’s not a bad design overall. It keeps a lot of elements from his prior costumes, but adds a bit more flair to them. I miss the cape, though. Adam is built on the Bucky Cap body, which is a reasonable fit for the character. He gets a new head and skirt/belt add-on, as well as a pair of Pizza Spidey hands for added gesturing. The belt’s a little on the loose side for me, but it looks cool enough. I really like the head; it feels very much in-character for Adam, and I like that the hair has a bit of a flow to it. In terms of paint, Adam is pretty good overall. There’s a bit more slop than we’ve seen as of late, but it’s still better than what we were getting a year ago, so I’m not complaining. The black and red contrast well, and the gold is a pleasing shade, and doesn’t look like it’ll have a weird change in finish over time. The head is actually orange like it is in the comics, which is a major improvement over the last Legends figure’s pale tan. Adam is packed with a pair of the same effect pieces seen with Havok, Polaris, Wonder Man, and Shocker, this time in an opaque pale blue. I’m getting a little tired of these pieces, truth be told. I liked them at first, but they’re super over used. Fortunately, that’s not the only extra included here. No, he also has two more heads! Granted, one of them is for the Build-A-Figure Mantis, but the other one depicts Adam’s bad alternate self, Magnus! It’s definitely a modern Magnus (which is sensible, given the costume choice), which is probably for the best. The afro’s just not as intimidating these days. As much as I love the Adam head, I like the Magnus head even more. The intense, completely insane grin just looks awesome, and is certainly unique.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Read the last several reviews? Care to guess where I got this guy? I almost picked this figure up several times. I’ve always had this weird soft-spot for Adam Warlock, and this figure definitely looks cool, but I managed to hold off until I found a whole set. While the movie Guardians definitely steal the show, there’s no denying that this is a fun figure. I tried my hardest to like the last Warlock, but he was really not great. This one’s so much better. Throw in that extra Magnus head and you’ve got a real winner. I’m honestly not sure which way I want to display him. I may just have to track down a second figure at some point.