MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“Iceman has the mutant ability to turn himself into a being of living ice. Once he does that, he can create almost anything he wants: ice slides, ice weapons, ice shields, not to mention icicles and snowballs.”
Of the original X-Men, Iceman is probably the one with the most raw potential, power-wise. As a way of keeping him in check, he’s also the one saddled with the most regressive personality, a permanent goof-off who never quite advanced forward the way the other four members did. Rather tellingly, when the time-displaced versions of the original five were introduced, the two Icemen were virtually identical, and most of his storyline revolved around confronting some long-theorized ideas about his sexuality, rather than the “what did I become?” plot that faced the other four. Bobby is just very consistent, I suppose. So consistent that he’s really only got a handful of looks, which can be tricky when it comes to action figures. While it means that figures can often play double or triple duty in era-specific displays, it also means that he can go a while between updated figures. Fortunately, he didn’t have to wait too long this time.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iceman is part of the X-themed third assortment of Hasbro’s Vintage sub-set of the Marvel Legends brand. He follows Cyclops’ trend of being a direct homage to a vintage Toy Biz figure, specifically the first Iceman figure, released in Series 2 of Toy Biz’s line. This pretty much means he covers Iceman’s look post-snowman and pre-ice armor, which is a period of about 25 years. Not a bad stretch of coverage. It’s also a look that has been done before in the scale, with both his original Toy Biz Legends release and the ANAD boxed set release covering the same ground. Both of those figures, it should be noted, had some definite issues, meaning another go at the design is far from a bad thing. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Iceman is built on the 2099 body, in contrast to his last figure being built on the skinnier Pizza Spidey body. It’s honestly a better fit for the character, especially the version they’re going for. He gets a new head, as well as an add-on piece for the belt. Unlike a lot of the heads we’ve gotten for the 2099 body, I actually think this one is pretty well scaled to the body, and doesn’t sit too high on the neck. I quite like the slight grin on his face, as well as the blocky construction of his features. The belt isn’t designed to be removable, which is a slight point against him, since the belt’s presence in his ice form was very much dependent on the artist. I think making it more easily removed would have added more to the figure, but it’s not the end of the world as is. Iceman’s pant is minimal, with the only details being the whites of his eyes, and the x-logo on the belt. There’s still some interesting colorwork going on with the molded plastic, which is a slightly translucent affair. It’s more opaque than the last figure, and lacks the blue tint, which honestly makes it look more like actual ice. It’s worth noting that there’s a fair bit of variance between copies of this Iceman’s coloring, with some being darker and some lighter, likely dependent on when in the run they were produced. Additionally, nearly ever figure has a seam running down the face, but the exact placement and how contrasting it is with the plastic around it is variable. Iceman is packed with an ice sled stand, simulating the one his original Toy Biz figure included.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was more or less content with the Juggernaut Series Iceman. He’s not a perfect figure, but I liked him for what he was, and he’s been filling that spot in my X-Men set-up since I got him. This one’s announcement didn’t exactly blow my mind, especially given the figures he was shown alongside. Even when I picked up my set, I wasn’t really sure about the figure. After taking him out and playing with him a bit, I’m pleasantly surprised by this figure. He’s not going to be my favorite in the set or anything, but he’s certainly our best Legends Iceman, and he’ll go well with the rest of the ’90s line-up.