MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A scientific genius with evil intentions, Nathaniel Essex genetically alters his human form to become the shape-shifting telepath known as Mister Sinister.”
When the X-Men were in need of a new big bad and Apocalypse wasn’t quite ready for the task, we got Mister Sinister! Okay, yes, that’s quite an over-simplification of the character, but, like so many X-Men characters of his time period, there wasn’t much to over simplify for a good chunk of his time in the spotlight. He lived and breathed “mysterious”, and we wouldn’t get the origin presented above until a decade after his creation. Still, he’s been an on-again-off-again major foe of the X-Men, and he’s got a pretty darn striking design, so it’s only fair he get some action figure love every now and again.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mister Sinister is figure 6 in the Wendigo Series of Marvel Legends, and is the final figure in the line-up, as this assortment is slightly smaller than the usual. This figure marks Sinister’s second time as a Legends figure, following his old Toy Biz figure from 2005. That one was considered pretty top-notch at the time, and held up pretty decently, but even brand-new it was pretty hard to find. Plus, Hasbro’s got this streak going with updating the more popular figures from the old line, so it just makes sense. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Sinister is an all-new sculpt, though he appears to be at the very least patterned on the Hyperion body, which is a good move size-wise. It gives Sinister an imposing stature without making him too large in comparison to the X-Men. He’s actually a touch shorter than the Toy Biz figure, which feels more appropriate for the character, especially given the fact that the X-Men he’s designed to go with are all a touch larger. It’s definitely a strong sculpt, and I’m particularly a fan of the head sculpt. That toothy grin’s just great for Sinister, and is surprisingly a look we’ve not seen before in action figure form. Additionally, his cape is handled much better than prior versions; it’s neither a mess of free-floating straps, nor a solid chunk of plastic, which is a refreshing change of pace. The paintwork on Mister Sinister is clean and quite sleek. I will never not like that metallic blue that Hasbro’s so fond of, and I definitely like the high-gloss finish. Sinister doesn’t have any accessories for himself, but he does include the right arm of the Wendigo Build-A-Figure. And, honestly, of all the figures who have come with the dismembered bits of other figures, Sinister’s probably the one who it actually makes a little bit of sense for.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I’m not actually the biggest fan of Sinister. I had the old Legends figure for a while, but didn’t actually hold onto him, and wasn’t particularly eager to replace him with a new version. While this figure was the hot figure in the line-up for a lot of collectors, I was far more excited by yesterday’s Nightcrawler, leaving this guy as a bit of an also-ran for me. Still, once I actually got ahold of him, I have to say I think he made for a solid figure. Maybe not quite as good as everyone’s been raving, but I’m a touch biased on that point.