MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A natural mimic, Kevin Sydney transforms himself into any shape at will.”
Okay, it’s fine guys. We got through Weapon X and Wild Child. Now, we get to the good stuff. Yeah, now we get to the best part of Age of Apocalypse: Morph! After obscure ’60s X-foe Changeling was re-imagined as Morph in order to have a sacrificial lamb in X-Men: The Animated Series‘s pilot episode, he was then further re-imagined in 1995’s line-wide reboot with Age of Apocalypse. Admittedly, he was so far re-imagined that he was practically a new character, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an *awesome* practically new character. In fact, he was so awesome that Marvel even wound up creating an almost identical version of the character to star in Exiles, meaning today’s figure is kind of a two-fer. Yay!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Morph is figure 6 in the Sugar Man Series of Marvel Legends, and is notable for being the only of the single releases to actually be a new character for Legends. While we’ve gotten two prior AoA Morphs, they were a Minimate and a 5-inch Toy Biz figure. So, this is kind of notable, in that regard. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Morph’s built on the 2099 base body. In the series, his shape-shifting meant that his physique was somewhat variable, but this base is a pretty solid middle ground for his usual default. He gets a new head, forearms, and boots, as well as a new add-on for his cape (which I wouldn’t be too shocked to see show up on the inevitable AoA Magneto). The new parts are all pretty clean and cartoony, which is certainly appropriate for the character. I especially like the head, because, as simple as it is, it really just hits all the proper notes. I love the wide eyes and the slight smirk. It’s definitely a “less is more” situation. The new gloves and boots are surprisingly detailed for what they are, but unlike the equivalent pieces for the Bucky Cap body, they aren’t riddled with too much over texturing so as to clash with the rest of the pieces. The cape’s an okay sculpt, but is just a touch floaty for my taste. It’s not quite as bad as some of the earlier Hasbro capes, but it does hinder his playability just a touch. His paint work is, like his sculpt, rather on the clean and basic side. For the most part, I’m a fan, even of the outlining of the mouth and brow. The only thing I’m not quite as big on is how dark the primary blue on the body suit is. If it were just a touch brighter, I think the figure would really pop. Morph doesn’t get any accessories of his own, which I suppose isn’t as much of a surprise given how light the rest of the set has been. That said, it might have been nice to get a few different shape-shifting attachments. He does get another leg for Sugar Man, though, so at least it’s not a total loss.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, as you may have gathered from the intro, I rather like AoA Morph. I mean, I rather like Morph in general, in all of his many forms, but this is AoA Morph we’re talking about here, so I should maintain the focus. I had the Toy Biz AoA Morph as a kid, and I’ve been waiting for an update since we got Blink. This guy was at the top of my list for this set as soon as it was shown off, and he’s, unsurprisingly, my favorite figure from the set. Sure there are a few things that might make the figure perfect, but he’s still a really, really solid figure.
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