MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Remy LaBeau is an ex-thief from New Orleans with the mutant ability to convert energy and cause objects to explode.”
Alright guys, I hope you’re ready, because we’re about to embark on another week of Marvel Legends reviews. It’s time for us to once again set our sites on Marvel’s band of merry mutants, the X-Men, whose yearly assortment now looks to have morphed its way into two. Hasbro also seem to be easing themselves away from trying to keep things more current, as the latest round of figures is purely ’90s X-Men fare. At the top of the ’90s X-Men heap is Gambit, who may not have been added to the team in the ’90s, but certainly hit the pinnacle of his fame during that time.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gambit is the first figure in the Caliban Series of Marvel Legends. He’s this assortment’s non-BaF-piece-sporting double-pack, which, given the fairly devoted fanbase for the character, probably isn’t the worst idea in the world. This is only Gambit’s second time as a Legend (the first having been way back during the early days of the Toy Biz line), and the first one he’s gotten since Hasbro took over the license way back when. It’s kind of crazy that its taken this long to finally get another stab at him, but to be fair, the original is one of the few Toy Biz figures to still hold up pretty well. This guy follows that one’s lead, giving us Gambit in his full-on ’90s look, which, frankly, is the quintessential Gambit look. Bothering with others seems kind of pointless. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Gambit is mostly a new sculpt. Just the arms and jacket are re-used (the jacket from Nick Fury, and the arms from Punisher, just like with Multiple Man). The rest of the sculpt is brand-spanking-new, which, I’ll admit, did surprise me a little bit at first. I was very definitely expecting to see some Bucky Cap show up on this guy, and there’s absolutely none of that featured. The resultant body is certainly very similar in build, but every piece of it’s full of Gambit-specific detail. The boots, the belt, the bib, heck, even the pink rectangles on his legs are all sculpted right onto the figure, which makes him a very unique looking figure. Hasbro certainly could have phoned in the pink rectangles at the very least, but they didn’t, even though that details unlikely to be seen by most people. Perhaps my only slight bit of contention with the figure is the head sculpt. Well, not even the whole head, really; the main head, especially the face, is quite nice. I just don’t like the hair. It’s too lopsided for my taste. I’m used to a Gambit with lots of hair bouncing out of his cowl from all angles. This one’s decidedly to the one side. I don’t hate it, but it’s off enough to bug me. Gambit’s paintwork is up to the usual standards of the line, meaning it’s clean, bold, and matches well with his comics appearances. His stubble is a marked improvement for what we’ve seen from Hasbro, being appropriately subtle and not a horrible mess. That’s a huge step for them. Gambit may not have a BaF piece, but he does still get his own assortment of extras, including his staff, a single charged card, and an alternate left hand with three cards in mid-throw attached. It’s all of the basics you could want from a Gambit, so no complaints there.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The original Legends Gambit was always one of my very favorite of the Toy Biz figures, and Gambit’s a design I’m fond of, so there was a lot riding on his inevitable re-release. When it was shown off, I was a bit apprehensive, mostly because of the hair. In person, there’s just so much I love about this guy, to the point that the hair is really so minor that it doesn’t really affect my opinion of the figure at all. He’s a very satisfactory upgrade to the original release, and a fantastic start to this line-up.
I got Gambit from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s currently in-stock at their store, here. And, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.