MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
The last time I reviewed a Hydro-Man figure, I discussed his nature as sort of a poor-man’s Sandman. He wasn’t necessarily meant to be one, but that’s definitely where he tends to find himself, especially when it comes to other forms of media outside of the comics. His biggest claim to fame was definitely courtesy of his stint on Spider-Man: The Animated Series, where he was really only featured because Sandman was off-limits. By the time lines like Marvel Legends came along, Sandman found his way back into the spotlight, and poor Hydro-Man was back to playing second fiddle. Fortunately things seem to be turning around, especially depending on how Far From Home plays out for him.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hydro-Man is figure 3 in the Molten Man Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the first comic-based figure from the set, though he was undoubtedly chosen due to the character’s presence in the upcoming movie. Unlike his last 6-inch figure (from more than a decade ago), this figure actually puts Hydro-Man in his classic black t-shirt and jeans combo, which is a good start. He stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The arms are a little restricted, especially at the elbows, but he’s otherwise quite posable and nowhere near as badly restricted as prior Hydro-Men. The arms are actually some of the small handful of new pieces this guy gets, along with his head. The rest of the figure is re-used from last year’s Netflix Luke Cage. It was heavily rumored that those parts would be making their way onto a Hydro-Man, so nobody is super shocked to see that pay off here. It’s worth noting that it’s a good fit for Hydro-Man, who is classically depicted as large, but not supernaturally so. I was a little worried that there might be an attempt to re-use some Sandman pieces for him, which would not have worked at all. The new parts jibe pretty well with the old, with the arms doing a pretty convincing job of the whole water thing and the head doing a pretty convincing job of the whole smarmy douchebag thing. Hydro-Man’s paintwork is pretty straightforward, but definitely well-rendered. It’s clean, and certainly hits all the major points. He’s packed with two water effects pieces, which clip over his feet in much the same way as the parts included with the comics-styled Mysterio last year, and are a slightly better solution than the immobile lower half we tend to see. Hydro-Man is also packed with the head to the BaF Molten Man.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I have an unabashed love for Hydro-Man, so I’ve been waiting for him to get decent Legends treatment for quite a while. I was never big on his more “costumed” appearance, and was definitely happy to see this figure show up when this line-up was announce. I think this figure turned out very well, and he’s easily the best Hydro-Man figure ever released. He’s maybe not the most essential Spidey foe, but he’s still a very good figure.
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