MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“He has protected Earth against it, now, Cyclops wields the Power of The Phoenix Force!”
There was a time, believe it or not, when Marvel Legends wasn’t the toy power house it is now. In fact, the Infinite Series re-branding of the line came about because retailers had no interest in carrying Marvel Legends in its then-current state. In 2013, Hasbro dipped their feet into the waters of comic assortments that tied in with the movies out in theatres. While the Iron Man 3 tie-in was able to get its six figures out, the assortment meant to tie-in with The Wolverine wouldn’t prove quite so lucky. Despite the figures starting to go into production, mass retail interest was too small to support the line. Ultimately, the line-up was reduced from six to four and distributed via Diamond Distributors, making it one of the rarest Legends assortments ever (really rivaled only by the Toys R Us-exclusive X-Men assortment from the following year). Today, I’m looking at the Cyclops from that line-up.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops was released in the fall of 2013, in the aforementioned Wolverine assortment of Marvel Legends, which would end up being the final set of figures released in the Return of Marvel Legends-style packaging. The bio may have clued you in to the fact that Cyclops was originally one half of a pair of swap figures, the other half being the cancelled Phoenix Force Cyclops figure. This Cyclops represented his most current design at the time of its release, based on the Chris Bachallo reworking of his Astonishing X-Men design. It stuck around for a fair chunk of time, making it a solid choice for toy treatment. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Cyclops is built on the Bucky Cap body. Though not all that groundbreaking now, what with five other Cyclops on this exact body, this figure is notable for being the very first figure to place Cyclops on this base body. He gets a new head and left hand; the head would see re-use on the ANAD Cyclops from the following year, and the hand’s been re-used on all but one Cyclops since. They’re both pretty nice pieces, and I can dig the head’s slightly older look for Scott than other releases. He also avoids the dreaded Hasbro face, which is always a plus with these early run figures. Cyclops’ paintwork is a bit of a mess; Hasbro hadn’t yet made their strides to correct that. It’s not *awful*, but there’s some noticeably slop around the edges of his visor. Additionally, some of the yellow application is a bit inconsistent, which makes for a slightly sub-par appearance. Like I said, it’s not awful, but it’s not as good as some more recent figures. Cyclops had no accessories for himself, but was originally packed with the arms for the Build-A-Figure Puck.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was still not fully invested in Legends when this line-up dropped, and I was certainly not into it enough to bother tracking down hard to find figures. By the time I was back into Legends full time, he was rather pricey on the aftermarket. He’s been on the back burner for me, especially with so many different options for Cyclops at the moment. That said, when one got traded into All Time Toys loose a couple of months back, I seized my opportunity and picked him up for a reasonable price. Compared to the figures that would come later, he’s perhaps not as technically impressive, but I definitely dig him for what he is, and I’m always happy to add another Cyclops to my collection.