MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Jean Grey can read and project thoughts and stun opponents with pure psionic force.”
25 years ago, the X-Men went to hell…no, wait, sorry, 31 years ago the X-Men went to Hell. 25 years ago, their entire line was overwritten by an alternate reality, the Age of Apocalypse, where Charles Xavier died before founding the X-Men, leading to Apocalypse conquering the Earth, and generally making it…post…apocalyptic….yeah. While not high art, the story was certainly a big splash from a marketing stand point, and made a lasting impression on a good number of X-fans. Every so often, toy companies throw it a little bit of love, and in honor of the its quarter-century marker, Hasbro’s dedicated a whole assortment of Marvel Legends to it. I’m kicking things off with a look at Jean Grey! While many characters were left in strange new predicaments in the AoA timeline, Jean wound up being more or less the same, though she did have a lot less hair and 100% more face tattoos. Yay for face tattos!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jean Grey is figure 1 in the Sugar Man Series of Marvel Legends, which is our first X-Men assortment of the year, as well as being totally AoA-themed. This is our first official AoA Jean Grey Legend, but we were supposed to get one as a variant of the Jim Lee-style Jean in the Rocket Raccoon Series of Return of Marvel Legends. That figure was ultimately scrapped, and would have been based on one of her post-event redesigns, however. This one goes for her look from the main series, which is probably for the best. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Jean’s actually made largely from new parts, at least for her upper half, anyway; the legs originally showed up on the Legendary Riders Black Widow. Everything else, however is new to Jean. What impresses me the most on the new parts is the range of motion, especially on those arms. I was expecting her to be a lot more restricted. The actual quality of the sculpting is pretty solid, too. The wrinkles and folds on her sleeves are quite impressive. Her hair might actually be a touch too short, but it varied between artists, and it certainly doesn’t look too terribly off. It could definitely be much worse. The paint work on Jean is pretty standard overall. The base application is mostly pretty clean, but some of the red’s coverage is a little uneven. She’s got some slight highlights in her hair, which work pretty well to convey the depth and detail in the sculpt. Jean doesn’t get any accessories for herself, but she does get the largest piece of Sugar Man, his face and torso, which is so large that Jean effectively had to be posed Vana White-ing it in the box so that they could both fit in. That was pretty amusing, truth be told.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jean’s AoA incarnation isn’t one of the more exciting pieces of the story, but it’s got a distinctive look, and is prominent enough that she really was a lock for this set. She wasn’t at the top of my list for this series, but she wasn’t at the bottom either. In-hand, I like her a fair bit more than I’d expected to. She’s still not my favorite piece, but I think she’s solid middle-tier, and that’s not bad at all.
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