MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
Despite being a character for whom “constantly changing look” is a defining trait, poor Janet Van Dyne’s figures all seem to gravitate between the same two costumes. Either she’s in first appearance mode, or she’s wearing the dreaded black and gold number. There’s no in-betweens. Well, not until now, at least!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wasp is the fourth figure from the second series of the Marvel Legends Vintage sub-line. Like yesterday’s Vision figure, she switches things up and gives us a predominately new offering. Rather than one of the two Wasp costumes we have oh-so-many of already, this figure instead gives us one of Jan’s Perez-designed costumes from his run during the late ‘90s/early ‘00s. It’s not just some random choice on Hasbro’s part, either, because this is the exact same costume that was supposed to serve as one of the two variants for Toy Biz’s first Legends Wasp back in the day. It never went to full production, leaving a very small handful of samples out there, and thereby making it one of the rarest Legends pieces (alongside the admittedly less-demanded silver shirted Luke Cage). So this figure’s more than a decade in the making. All I can say is “finally!” The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 33 points of articulation. From the neck down, this figure’s sculpt is the same as the prior figure. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Wasp’s head is a different one, though it’s not a new one. It’s actually a rather clever re-use, borrowed from the Sasquatch Series’ Domino figure. Since her head was done up with a very unique paint scheme, it looks quite a bit different here, and matches up well with Jan’s style at the time of this costume to boot. Wasp’s paintwork is clean and bold, which are my favorite things in a Legends paint job. The white is slightly pearlescent, which gives it a nice, polished look, and I definitely this new color scheme for the wings. Far more appealing than the ones on the last figure, that’s for sure. Wasp is packed with a miniature version of her husband Hank in his Ant-Man form. It’s a piece we’ve seen a good number of times before, but it continues to be a solid inclusion, and makes a lot of sense here.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ever since being let-down by Toy Biz’s standard release Wasp, I’ve been waiting for this look, never to have it arrive. She and Ant-Man ended up being the first of these figures we actually saw, and I knew immediately that I’d definitely be tracking her down. She popped up at the same time as Vision, which certainly made me happy, as I was able to get my two top wants in one fell swoop. I was content with the last Wasp figure from Hasbro, but hoped for more. I’m happy to finally be able to replace that black and gold monstrosity, let me tell you. Now, is it too much to ask for her asymmetrical, jazzercise-looking white and blue number from the ‘80s?