MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A master of illusion, Mysterio seeks universal fame as a cloaked villain with an unmistakable helmet.”
FINALLY!!!!!! …Sorry, was that too much? I can get carried away some times. It’s just…this guy was really hard to get, and I…ah, this is the wrong section for all of this. Sorry!
So, Mysterio. Former-movie-special-effects-technician-turned-supervillain, with perhaps one of the most distinctive design in comics. And, of course, soon to be played by Jake Gyllenhaal on the big screen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. Pretty cool guy all around. No stranger to action figures, but being a decently well-known foe of Marvel’s best known hero will do that for you. Now I’m going to review his latest figure right here and right now. Let’s get right to that!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mysterio is figure 6 in the Lizard Series of Marvel Legends. He is, by far, the most demanded and hardest to find in the set, in part because he’s sort of an army builder (he frequently makes duplicates of himself to fool Spidey), in part because there was a distinctive change to the figure half way through production, and also just because he’s never had a figure that was quite this good. This is out first officially Legends branded Mysterio, though Toy Biz put out a Legends compatible figure in their Spider-Man: Classics days. That figure, like many from the line, was marred by a half-formed action feature, and, as an non-Spidey figure, was also rather hard to find. It was definitely time for a replacement. This figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. I’m pretty sure Mysterio is sporting an almost entirely unique sculpt. His hands look to be from other figures, but otherwise he’s all-new. Obviously, the cape/helmet, and the gloves and boots were always going to be new pieces, but I really have to commend Hasbro for going the fully sculpted route on his body. They really could have phoned it in here and just painted the grid pattern on a basic body, but they didn’t and the figure looks so much better for it. I really dig the cuffs to his gloves as well; those are slightly tricky to make work in three-dimensions, but they look quite nice here. The one slightly off part of the sculpt is the helmet/cape combo. It’s a nice enough sculpt, but making it all one piece feels slightly off to me, and the way it pegs into his back has it popping off more frequently than I’d like. And then there’s the topic of the underlying head. Hasbro was somewhat secretive about what was going to be under the fishbowl at first. I myself was hoping for another go at a Quentin Beck head (which we sort of saw on the Toy Biz figure), or maybe even some sort of blank head, just to leave a silhouette under the helmet. Hasbro opted for something more out there, meant to be another illusion created by Mysterio. It’s a skull with a tentacle running through it, which is certainly…different. It’s an interesting sculpt, but the helmet ended up being a lot more transparent than most of us had expected, which, coupled with the dark green plastic of the initial release’s head, left a lot of fans unhappy with the end result. Fortunately, Hasbro was able to change the figure mid-run, so later shipments had the head molded in white instead of green, which works a little better. I think I might have just preferred for the whole dome to just be a solid piece myself, but this works better than I’d expected. The paint work on Mysterio is fairly straight-forward stuff, being mostly basic color work. There’s a little bit of accenting on the gloves, which is cool, and I definitely like the metallic green paint. I’m not thrilled by the slight change in the color of plastic from the hips to the legs, though it’s not quite as bad in-person. Mysterio is packed with a pair of effects pieces, which clip onto his feet, making it appear that things are emanating from the ground beneath him. It’s a fun effect, and really tops off the whole look of the figure, since Mysterio is so often seen with his feet obscured like this. He’s also packed with the left leg of Lizard, meaning I can finally complete that guy!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s been a long road to getting this figure. This was the first full series of Marvel Legends that All Time Toys got in, and I just missed the boat on getting Mysterio from them the first time around. The assortment hasn’t been particularly plentiful at mass retail around these parts either, so six months after getting the rest of the assortment, I didn’t really expect to get this guy. But, you see, I have these wonderful sponsors who own a toy store, so they were finally able to get ahold of another case of this series, and the Mysterio format was set aside for me. Yay! After waiting so long for him, this figure certainly has a lot to live up to. Does he? More or less. There are some definite flaws here, which sort of impact his playability, but for the most part I’m happy with him.
As noted above, Mysterio was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys. If you’re interested in buying Marvel Legends figures, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.