MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Abner Jenkins suits up in his Mobile Armored Cyber Harness as Mach-I.”
For the second time in modern Legends, Abner Jenkins is coming in here with a “finally” figure. We’ve had a surprising number of figures of this guy, most of them under his former Beetle moniker. It took us four different Beetle figures to finally get Abner’s classic Beetle armor. His later heroic identity of Mach-I has been teased at as a repaint of an existing Beetle twice before, but is only just now coming to fruition. Better late than never, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mach-I is another of the comics-based figures in the Gamerverse-inspired Abomination Series of Marvel Legends. He marks our third yearly addition to the founding Thunderbolts line-up, following Songbird and Citzen V. One of Abner’s gimmicks as a hero was his knack for constantly upgrading his suit, each time dubbing it with a new number at the end of the Mach name. This figure wisely opts for his earliest design, from when the team first showed up. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. As had been theorized ever since the original figure was released, Mach-I is largely a re-working of the Ultimate Beetle figure, with a more standard set of hands and feet, and a new head and upper torso. There are definite similarities between Ultimate Beetle and Mach-I (they were designed by the same artist, after all), so the re-use is a sensible one. The mold’s not quite as slick these days as it was when it was new, but it’s still not terrible. Replacing the feet makes sense, but I will admit the standard hands are a little odd. They clearly aren’t gloved and the choice to go with the gripping hands makes little sense, given he’s got nothing to hold. Not sure why they didn’t just keep the Beetle hands, honestly. The new parts are decent enough overall, though not without one slight set-back. For some reason, his shoulder pads are just permanently attached at that very slight angle. Typically such things are articulated, but that’s not the case for Mach-I. It’s an odd choice. The paint work on Mach-I is pretty solid overall. The varied shades of blue are a lot of fun, and I dig the overall metallic sheen on this guy. Mach-I has no accessories specifically for him, but he gets the head for the Build-A-Figure Abomination.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been anticipating this figure ever since the Ultimate Beetle figure first hit, and he’s only become more obvious an inclusion as we’ve gotten more Thunderbolts members. I don’t know that I personally *needed* this figure, but he’s a cool enough design. Ultimately, he does feel ever so slightly behind the times, like he was a figure that Hasbro had ready to go fairly shortly after Beetle’s release, but kept shelving. Had he hit a year or two ago, he’d have fit right in, but right now he’s out of place. He’s still not a bad figure, of course, and he looks great with the team we’ve gotten so far. I look forward to building more of this set!