MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“Cyclops has mutant-energy optic blasts so powerful that they can smash through solid steel. He can make the beams so small that they can pass through a key hole without touching the sides, or so wide they can cover space the size of a football field.”
Okay, so I want to start this review off by giving mad props to Hasbro for going back to the original Toy Biz packaging for that bio up there. Only true Toy Biz package text can fully capture the insanity that was Toy Biz package text. I love the idea that there’s this need to quality Cyclops powers with such specific circumstances, as if someone heard he could smash solid steel and said “that’s all well and good, but how is he at getting through key holes without touching the sides? What of all of the football field-sized spaced that we need covered?” It just goes to show, no matter how much you do for them, people always want more. It’s okay Scott, I can sympathize.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is the first figure in the third assortment of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Vintage line-up. While the last two have covered the full Marvel Universe, this round is exclusively X-themed, and *most* of the figures contained are direct call-backs to Toy Biz’s old 5-inch X-Men line. Additionally, building off of what we saw last time, all of the figures in this round are new offerings, rather than slight tweaks of prior figures. Cyclops is patterned on his very first figure, which was sporting his second X-Factor uniform. He spent a decent amount of time in it, and its presence on his original release has certainly given it a lot of prominence in toy collectors’ minds. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. As with every Cyclops in since the Puck Series figure, this one is built on the Bucky Cap body, which I still like for the character, even if it is getting a little older. Perhaps the most shocking thing about this figure is how many new parts he’s got. The prior two Vintage line ups had a sum total of two new pieces between them (Wolverine’s mask and Vision’s cape, for those keeping track), instead being largely a venue for figures that could be built from re-used parts. That aspect has been discarded for this assortment, and Cyclops gets two new head sculpts, a pair of new forearms, new shins, and even new feet if you can believe it. I had fully expected to see a lot more parts re-use on this guy. While the angry head was obviously new (and very fun for dynamic posing, I might add), the calm head I had thought might just be the same one seen on the Two-Pack Cyclops, but this one adds two energy effects to either side of the of his visor, which is kind of a fun callback to the old figure’s light-up feature. There’s a part of me that sort of wishes the effect were removable, but I’ve honestly got enough other Legends Cyclopses that I can dig this one being different. The slightly raised cuffs to the gloves I had honestly expected to be overlooked, or just replaced by flared gloves (that’s what the TB Legends version did), but what shocked me the most were the new boots. I was very much expecting to see the same buccaneer boots we’ve seen countless times before. These, however, are without all of the crazy texturing of the prior boots, meaning they better fit the usual depictions for this costume. What’s more, the feet, the last hold out of those boots, the textured feet that have been on damn near every Bucky Cap figure, have been replaced by new smooth pieces. I anticipate these will be low key turning up on some of the upcoming figures on the body. The point is, there’s a lot that didn’t *need* to be done on this figure that still was, and that’s mighty cool. Perhaps the only downside to this figure is the paint work. It’s not awful, but it’s not as good as some of Hasbro’s more recent offerings. There’s some noticeable slop on the change overs from blue to white, plus a few spots that are just outright missing paint. My figure also has a weird brown spot at the top of his right boot, of which I really don’t know the origin. Cyclops’s accessories are his extra head, plus an attachable optic beam for it, which I definitely dig.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The original blue and white Cyclops was my first Cyclops figure, so I’ve definitely got a sentimental streak for this particular design. When Hasbro showed him off, and announced he would be in vintage style packaging to boot, I was instantly sold. The paint work is a bit iffy, but I really like all of the new parts distributed throughout, and the effects pieces are a lot fun. I look forward to seeing these parts crop up on future Cyclopses.