VISION & SCARLET WITCH
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Both empowered by the Mind Stone, Vision and Scarlet Witch are powerful forces in the throes of battle.”
Avengers: Infinity War is almost upon us, which is pretty darn exciting. There’s a metric ton of product out there for it right now, including the largest movie compliment of Marvel Legends Hasbro’s done yet. When Age of Ultron came out, the MCU-Legends were still on the slow rise at retail. This meant that it was tricky enough just to get the core Avengers all represented, so there was certainly no space for the team’s new recruits from the movie. Scarlet Witch found her way into the Civil War assortments, but poor Vision’s been up in the air for three years. Can I get a “finally”?
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
When is an exclusive not an exclusive? When the company that paid for it goes out of business. Yes, this pair was supposed to be the first of a large number of Toys R Us-exclusive Marvel Legends two-packs planned for this year. Because of Infinity War’s release date, this set was already produced and some of it had made its way to TRU’s warehouses prior to their announcement of liquidation. They’re keeping what they already had, but anything not already in their possession is going to be distributed through online retailers later this year.
Vision is very obviously this set’s star, and looks set to play quite a pivotal role in Infinity War, what with possessing one of the Infinity Stones and all. His design has remained consistent through all three of his MCU appearances so far, so this figure has an easy time of picking an appropriate look. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Okay, so first minor complaint about the figure: his height. Bettany is 6’3”. On a strict 1:12 scale, the figure’s height is fine, but Legends hasn’t really ever been on a strict 1:12 scale. Bettany is the same height as Chris Hemsworth, and while the Thor figures have a tendency to slightly over-state Hemsworth’s height, I feel Vision should be at least a little taller, so as to not be totally dwarfed by Thor. Moving past that, it’s worth noting that this figure is sporting a brand-new sculpt. I have a few minor nit-picks, mostly having to do with him seeming a bit too skinny. That said, the overall quality is pretty top-notch. The likeness on the head bears a decent resemblance to Bettany, and the texture work all throughout the body is definitely impressive. He’s certainly on par with the recent kick of very strong MCU sculpts. Even the cape has a nice flow about it, and captures the intricate nature of the design from the films. Vision’s paintwork is pretty decent. The metallic colors are fun, and he uses the same face printing technique as the others for his eyes. His cape is a slight letdown; the semi-translucent effect is nice, but rather than fully detailing the back of the cape like in the movie, he’s just got several streaks of metallic pink going down the back. It gets the general effect alright, but it does rob the sculpt of some of its impact. Vision’s packed with two sets of hands. The standard ones are in open gestures, which feel very true to the character, and there’s also a pair of fists. You know, for punchin’.
Scarlet Witch’s design has only changed minimally since Civil War, so it follows that this figure is mostly just a retread of that one. It’s the same exact sculpt, which is fine by me, since that sculpt was a favorite of mine. It still holds up well two years after its release. The figure gets a new paint scheme, detailing her lighter hair color from this film, as well as upgrading her to the new face printing tech, which has improved her likeness to an amazing level I didn’t realize was possible. I thought the Civil War release was pretty solid at the time when it hit, but this release makes that one look kinda goofy. This figure also ditches the effects pieces form the last version, and adds in a new set. I thought the old effects pieces were by far the weak point of the last figure, so the new pieces are a very welcome addition.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been wanting Vision since 2015, so I was happy to hear he’d be getting a figure courtesy of Infinity War. I was less happy to hear it would be a TRU exclusive, and even less so when they announced the impending closures. I initially thought I might be missing this set, but then when Entertainment Earth put it up for pre-order, I planned to just wait to get it from them. Then TRU started clearing out their warehouses, and I walked in one day to find a case of this set sitting on the shelf. That was most definitely a pleasant surprise. If only I’d had more experiences like that *before* they were going under. Vision isn’t a perfect figure, but he’s a very, very good one, and an awesome addition to my collection. Scarlet Witch takes a figure I already loved and makes it bafflingly better than it was before. This is a fantastic set, and I hope everyone who wants one can get one.