MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Nate Grey travels between dimensions armed with astonishing psychic powers.”
Though initially self-contained, there were a few parts of Age of Apocalypse that stuck around after the event had wrapped. On the more prominent side of things was X-Man, the story’s reimagining of Cable. While Nathan Summers was the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey’s clone Madelyn Pryor who was sent to the future and then sent back into the past, Nate Grey was an artificiality conceived child, created by Mister Sinister, using the biological material of Cyclops and Jean Grey, and concocted as an ultimate weapon to be used against Apocalypse. He also kinda looks like a member of a boy band, because, hey, it was the mid-90s. After the destruction of the AoA universe, Nate was one of four characters who managed to make it into the main 616 universe, and had his own ongoing series for a bit, until he faded out of fashion when Marvel realized that it was already hard enough to justify keeping one overly-90s-sterotype son of Scott and Jean around, and they might as well keep the one they’d invested more time in. He’s not been nearly as privy to toys as his mainstream counterpart, but fortunately he was on the shortlist for AoA Legends, meaning I get to talk about him today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-Man is figure 2 in the Sugar Man Series of Marvel Legends, which, as noted yesterday, is all AoA-themed. This marks X-Man’s first time as a Legend and second figure overall, with his first coming in during Toy Biz’s rather ironically named “Most Wanted” line from back in the day. Nate wound up with quite a few different looks, mostly centering around the same basic concept, but this figure plays it safe and just goes with his main appearance from the event. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. X-Man is built on the Bucky Cap body, a sensible choice given how he was usually depicted in terms of build. Like most Bucky Cap builds these days, very little of the final figure *actually* comes from the Bucky Cap body. Only his legs are shared, and even then, his knees are new parts, so that he can get those funky knee pads. This guy’s effectively an all-new figure, when you get down to it, and I’d say Hasbro’s aiming to slowly ween us off this mold. Much like yesterday’s Jean Grey, I think there’s a lot of really solid detailing going on, especially on the figure’s jacket. Following in the steps of the ‘90s Cable from 2018, the head sculpt here has a permanently attached energy effect on his left eye, showcasing his telekinetic powers in action. It’s a really cool, very dynamic look. I do sort of wish there were an extra head without the effect included, but this is one of those instances where I don’t mind this being the only option too terribly much. On the paint front, I was a little disappointed to discover just how messy the application was on my particular figure. There’s a lot of bleed over from the yellow into the blue, and my figure exhibits two spots, one on his right bicep, and one on his right calf, where there’s just stray yellow paint. I haven’t seen anything like this from Hasbro in a bit, so hopefully its confined to my figure. X-Man doesn’t get any accessories for himself (something that will prove to be a common trend in this assortment), but he does get one set of Sugar Man’s arms.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve always had something of a soft spot for X-Man. I had his Toy Biz figure back in the day, and followed his solo series well after everyone else stopped thinking he was cool. I’ve been low key hoping for him to get Legends treatment for a while now, and I was definitely happy to see him crop up here. Issues with paint aside, I’m very happy with this figure, and he ranks pretty highly within his assortment for me.
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