MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Gamma radiation turned Samuel Sterns into the hyper-intelligent menace, the Marvel’s Leader.”
Brains vs Brawn is a fairly common trope when it comes to super hero comics, so it’s not a huge surprise that Hulk, kind of the ultimate “brawn” character frequent finds himself facing off against equivalent “brains” villains. Probably the best example of this is Samuel Sterns, aka The Leader, a character whose story is a pretty clean inversion of Banner, with a gamma radiation-induced mutation that takes him from a man of average intelligence and makes him a super genius. Well, now he’s a super genius with a new Marvel Legend. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Leader is the last of the comics-based figures in the Abomination Series of Marvel Legends. This is Sterns’ second time getting the Legends treatment, but the last time was under the Toy Biz banner, so it’s been a while. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Leader is built on the Reed Richards variant of the Pizza Spidey body, a fairly reasonable choice of body given how Sterns is usually depicted. It does have the unintended play feature of removable arms, which makes for some entertaining posing options with other figures. Leader gets a new head, harness, and belt piece to round out his classic design. The head’s definitely the best piece, and makes for a solid rendition of that ’70s/’80s pre-further mutation head. It’s non *quite* as classic as the Toy Biz variant was, but it’s a nice middle ground. It feels really appropriate for the character. The paintwork on Leader is pretty bright and eye-catching…though why a green guy decided that orange and yellow were his best options is really anyone’s guess. The head is again the best work, as they even put some slight shading under his eyes, which really helps them pop, and pushes that whole villain thing a little bit more. Leader gets no character-specific extras, but he does get the right leg of the Abomination BaF, which is at least a pretty sizable piece, so he doesn’t feel too light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Leader is one of those characters that I’ve never found a need to own in figure form, so I actually haven’t before this point. But, since I’m more or less going all in on this Legends stuff, I guess it’s as good a time as any to add him. There’s not a ton of new going on with this figure, but he’s another solid formula figure from Hasbro, and a good way to add another character to the Hulk’s rogues roster.
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