MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“Storm has the amazing mutant power to control weather! With a quick mental command, Storm can create anything from a simple summer shower to a raging hurricane. By raising her arms she can command the winds to carry her anywhere.”
Last year, when I looked at the last Marvel Legends Storm, I noted that she had been surprisingly scarce in the line for a character of her stature. Her one figure during the Toy Biz days was decent enough for the time, but since then she’s only had two more figures, both of them sporting her mohawk-ed look. Things are picking up for her, though, since she’s gotten yet another figure, just a year after the last one!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Storm is another figure from the third series of Marvel Legends Vintage figures. The whole assortment is heavy on the 90s X-Men, and as such Storm is sporting her classic ’90s togs, which have never actually gotten proper Legends treatment. Interestingly, this costume choice means that she’s not 100% a recreation of a Toy Biz release, since while the original Storm figure was later re-decoed into white, the carded release being simulated here was only available in black or silver. It’s still closer than Dazzler, though, so I guess she gets a pass. Also, after all this waiting, I think people might have gotten slightly annoyed if the ’90s Storm Hasbro produced wasn’t the proper white costume. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Storm’s loose starting point is the mid-sized female body introduced appropriately enough with the TRU exclusive Storm from 2014, from which this figure borrows her legs and feet. She also uses the same open gesture hands we saw on the Dazzler figure. On top of that, she gets a new head, torso, pelvis, and arms. The pieces are nice and clean, and I really appreciate the moving away from the straight skin-tight spandex look of the other figures in the line. The head goes for the calm serenity take on the character, which fits the ’90s version especially well, and is a nice contrast to the grin on the mohawk-ed version. The hair has a slight dynamism to it which is great for weather-controlling poses, but still works with more basic standing poses. If I have one complaint about the figure, it’s the cape. It’s just a thin piece of cloth, and it comes out of the package with some noticeable creases, which aren’t really going to come out, nor does it really hang very realistically. The paintwork on the figure is pretty solid, with clean work on the uniform, and even a nice wash on her hair to keep it from being too flat. Storm is packed with a pair of lightning effects, the same ones included with the last release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The mohawk-ed Storm was a nice place holder, but she was never really going to be my standard Storm, so this figure’s announcement was certainly nice news for me. She’s one of the more difficult figures to acquire in the set, due largely to the whole “completing the 90s X-Men” thing, but she’s honestly pretty darn worth it. Sure, the cape’s not great, but everything else about the figure is really nice. Now, about that ’70s Storm…