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“Dazzler uses sonic vibrations and impressive speed to take down her enemies. Though she can channel sonic energy in many forms, her preferred method of sonic battle is through the power of music.”
Before they were shoving the likes of Deadpool and Squirrel-Girl into everything under the sun, Marvel’s first real go at pushing a character was Dazzler. She was supposed to be a whole cross-platform phenomenon, with a solo comic being joined by music, videos, and even real performances by “Dazzler.” For a number of reasons, the project never took off, and Marvel was left with a character they’d put a lot of work into and nowhere to put her. So, Chris Claremont and John Byrne introduced her in the pages of X-Men, during the “Dark Phoenix Saga.” By the time she was actually added to the team line-up, disco was officially the thing that things were said to be “deader than,” so Dazzler was reworked with an ’80s jazzercize bend. It was this version of the character that was used in both the failed cartoon pilot “Pryde of the X-Men”, as well as the ’90s arcade game, meaning this version was burned pretty firmly into the heads of a whole decade of X-Fans.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dazzler is part of the X-Men-themed third series of the Marvel Legends Vintage line. Unlike yesterday’s Cyclops, this Dazzler has no direct equivalent from the Toy Biz days, as their only Dazzler figure was based on her prior costume, and wasn’t even part of the X-Men line to boot. In fact, the only prior toy of this particular costume design was the Minimate. It is, of course, her second time as a Legends figure in general, though, since her disco attire was released as part of the Warlock Series in 2017. The figure is just over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. There’s a fair bit of re-use going on here. Her base body is Phoenix’s (which was also the basis of the first Dazzler), and she also gets the upper arms, jacket, belt, and cuffs from Rogue (since it was actually Dazzler that originated the bomber jacket over spandex look). If you want to get technical, the gloves weren’t usually worn with the jacket, but its not entirely without precedent for them to be there, and I really don’t mind it myself. The figure is topped off with a new head sculpt, which does a respectable job of capturing Dazzler’s general look from this era. The paintwork on the figure isn’t bad, especially when compared to the Cyclops. The blue is perhaps a little flat (either metallics or a brighter shade would have been cool), but the application is nicely handled and all of the proper details are there. Dazzler is packed with two of the Scarlet Witch hex pieces, this time in a translucent pink with sparkly flecks in them. While it’s not quite as fun as the multi-colored piece from the last Dazzler, they’re still pretty decent additions.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first introduction to Dazzler was via “Pryde of the X-Men”, which I had a VHS copy of in the ’90s. The fact that her only figure at the time was based on her disco look always bummed me out a little bit (though I’ve since gained an appreciation for that design as well). When Disco Dazzler was again picked for the Legends release, I was fine with it, and I really did enjoy the figure, but something always felt a little bit off. This figure just feels right to me. I look forward to getting a proper Longshot update to go alongside her (as well as a classic Storm to round out my “Pryde” cast).