MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Living up to his name, Forge is an expert inventor who supplies the X-Men and other groups with advanced technology.”
Forge follows a tradition in the X-Men comics of long-running supporting that eventually find themselves added to the main team line-up. Forge was introduced in 1984 as a tech-savvy supporting player, and is, amusingly, the second tech-savvy supporting X-player who would eventually join the team, following Cypher, who beat Forge to publication by a mere five months. Both characters were created by Chris Claremont, who definitely has an assortment of tropes he likes to fall back on, because they also both first started out working with their respective team’s antagonists. All of this is bringing to the forefront of my mind that I still don’t have a proper Cypher action figure…where was I? Right, Forge. The other guy. The one with actual toys. Lucky him.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Forge is figure 3 in the Caliban Series of Marvel Legends and definitely fits in with the previously established ’90s theme of the assortment, seeing as that was Forge’s real heyday. However, while he may be wearing a very Jim Lee-inspired costume, it’s worth noting that this figure is more of a later ’90s Forge, since he lacks a number of the Lee-specific elements. This really ends up making him more of a multi-purpose figure, though, and at a glance you’d really be hard-pressed to notice the differences. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Bucky Cap body, which seems like a decent enough choice for the way the character tends to be depicted. Forge uses the already tooled flared gloves for the body, as well as Ultimate Cap’s shoulder strap, Cyclop’s X-Belt, and Taskmaster’s thigh holster, and tops everything off with a brand new head sculpt, right thigh, and fringe-add-ons for his boots. The head’s gotten some flak for being rather bland and lacking in expression. I can definitely see that. I don’t hate getting a more reserved looking Forge, but ultimately there is something pointedly generic about this particular sculpt, especially when compared some of the other sculpts in this very series. Still, it is, at least from a technical standpoint, quite nicely rendered. Forge’s paintwork is bright and eye-catching, which is definitely a good thing for him. The application is all quite cleanly handled as well. The yellow in particular matches Cyclops, though it’s worth noting that the blues are totally different. Forge is packed with two guns: a pistol and a rifle. Both are of a decidedly sci-fi nature, and suit Forge’s usual style well. They also appear to be new offerings, though I could be wrong. Forge also includes the left arm of BaF Caliban.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted the last time I reviewed a Forge figure, the character’s never really been a favorite of mine, so I can’t say I had a ton of excitement for this figure’s release. That being said, he goes well with the growing ’90s line-up Hasbro’s been working on so dutifully to build. He’s a perfectly respectable figure from a technical standpoint. To someone who cares at all about Forge, I bet he’s pretty cool. For me, he’s just another figure in the crowd.
I picked up Forge from 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.