MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Tabitha Smith, alias Boom-Boom, manipulates energy to create explosive time bombs that she can detonate at any moment.”
Tik tik boom. On the sliding scale of X-characters, Boom-Boom is what you get when you meet halfway between Dazzler and Jubilee. Introduced in the pages of Secret Wars II of all things, she’s sort of been batted around the X-verse a bit, and even got a decent role out of Warren Ellis’ Nextwave. Her height of prominence was during the ’90s, when she was hanging around X-Force. But even when paired off with the most toyetic property of the early ’90s, she was one of the notable missing pieces of Toy Biz’s ’90s lines. Her first action figure would come much later, courtesy of Marvel Minimates. Now she’s finally gotten a follow-up to that, in Legends form.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Boom-Boom is figure 3 in the Wendigo Series of Marvel Legends. She follows Cannonball’s lead and goes for her Liefeld-designed number from X-Force #1, meaning we’re up to four of the founding members in their proper debut costumes. Not bad for a line-up that’s a little past their prime. The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. Tabitha’s construction should look fairly familiar, since I actually looked at the majority of it not long ago when I looked at Dazzler. She gets a new head, boot and glove cuffs, and leg strap, as well as swapping out the jacketed arms for the standard ones. The closeness of the two figures in build really says more about the source material than it does Hasbro, of course, as it’s ultimately pretty accurate for them to look this similar. ’80s/’90s X-Men designs were not the most wholly unique. Boom-Boom’s main head does the same thing as the alternate Jubilee head did, and has Boomer blowing a bubble of gum. It’s still a cool idea and seems less likely to break than Jubilee’s, but it’s slightly odd to have gotten this exact same gimmick back-to-back with another X-assortment. She also includes a head without the bubble, for a slightly more standard appearance; unlike Jubilee, both heads have the glasses permanently affixed. Boom-Boom’s colors are appropriately garish and gawdy for the design; brown and pink, what a combo, right? I do like the accenting on her hair; I really appreciate this becoming a standard thing on the characters with fairer hair. Boom-Boom is packed with a second left hand with an energy effect attached, as well as a piece to be held in her right. Also included is the other leg to the Wendigo Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got no real attachment to Boom-Boom as a character, at least in her classic form. I liked her well enough in Nextwave and when she showed up on X-Men: Evolution, but this particular design isn’t so much my thing. Of course, Liefeld’s stuff in general isn’t usually my thing, but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying both the Shatterstar and Cable figures based on his designs. Boom-Boom’s not quite as visually stunning as either of those figures, but she’s also less compromised than the Cannonball figure I looked at yesterday. Honestly, I liked her more than I’d expected to.