MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“An affinity for the magical elements make Ororo Munroe the mistress of weather manipulation Storm.”
….”affinity for the magical elements”? That…that doesn’t seem quite right for Storm. Her powers aren’t “magical.” Darn it, Ethan, there you go critiquing bios again. Knock it off!
Though one of the most prominent X-Men by far, Storm’s had rather a storied history when it comes to action figures, especially Marvel Legends. In the whole run of the line, she’s only had two prior figures, one during Toy Biz’s tenure, and one during Hasbro’s. Hasbro’s pulling a head of the game, though, and bringing their number up to a whopping two!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Storm is figure 5 in the Apocalypse Series of Marvel Legends. Her last Hasbro release was based on her then-current Marvel Now appearance. This one goes more classic (though exactly how classic the design is has been slightly up for debate), giving us Storm’s punk look from the late ’80s. The Now figure also had a mohawk, giving us a slight taste of this design, but this one goes full-on. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall to from her feet to the top of her head (the mohawk adds another half an inch) and she has 27 points of articulation. Storm’s starting point is the casual-wear jeans and a t-shirt body introduced last year for Mary Jane and Jessica Jones. On top of that, she gets the jacket and glove cuffs from Rogue, as well as a new head, upper torso, boots, and belt. The base body is a fairly decent starting point for this particular Storm design. I suppose an argument could be made that Storm should have a slightly larger stature, but I don’t think she’s too far off. Certainly not as bad as prior Storm offerings. The borrowed Rogue pieces, though not perfect matches for Storm’s garb from the comics, are close enough to warrant the re-use. That just leaves the newly sculpted pieces, which are quite nicely rendered. I was actually a little surprised that the head was an all-new piece, as I’d somewhat expected it to be a re-use from the prior Storm figure. I was glad to find it was a new piece, as this one takes the decent starting point of the prior sculpt, and adds an additional layer of character, to both the facial expression and the slight tussled nature of the hair. It’s a good match for her rye personality from the comics at the time she was sporting this look. To be completely accurate to the comics, she should really have gotten a band on her arm, but that’s a relatively minor detail. Storm’s paintwork is on par with the usual work we’ve been seeing lately. The application is all clean, and the all-black costume is quite slick looking. Oddly, she’s actually gotten a painted detail she didn’t need. They’ve painted an exposed midriff on her torso, when it should technically be a full shirt, and thereby just be black like the rest of the shirt. I can’t say I mind the change, though, and it doesn’t seem all that out of place with this particular look. Storm is packed with a pair of lightning effects (the same ones included with Magneto and Thor; now we’ve got them in a whole array of colors), which technically she wouldn’t have with this costume, what with having lost her powers and all, but it would seem odd to get a Storm figure without them. She also includes the torso of the Build-A-Figure Apocalypse.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Neither of the last two Storm Legends were particularly easy to get. I fully intended to grab the last Hasbro figure but, well, that didn’t happen. I’ve been hoping for another shot at Storm since then. Storm was another birthday gift from my Super Awesome Fiancee (I guess there was a mohawk theme going on). While this look isn’t my first choice (I’m still hoping for that First Appearance figure we were teased with back in 2007), I’m happy to have gotten any look at all, really. She’s a solid figure to be sure.