MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Dr. Henry McCoy constantly experiments on himself to enhance his superhuman powers.”
Within the AoA universe, there were a handful of characters who swapped over to the other team in terms of morality and good vs evil alignments. Many former villains found themselves as reluctant heroes, but on the flipside, a few previously heroic characters became very much not so. One of the most notable was Hank McCoy, known as Dark Beast in this new continuity. Where the other was a kind-hearted, good-natured man who contrasted with his supranym, the AoA version was just downright evil. He also wound up as one of the four characters to be “saved” from the AoA universe when it reverted back to the standard 616, taking him from a crossover villain to a full X-Men villain proper.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dark Beast is the final single-packed figure in the Sugar Man Series of Marvel Legends, and our first proper antagonist in the line-up. It’s the first Legends Dark Beast, but not the first ever figure, as he was released as a Minimate and as an under-articulated 6-inch figure by Toy Biz back in the day. The figure stands 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. The torso, arms, and feet are all shared with the Caliban Series Beast from last year, which was pretty much expected from the word go, what with them technically being the same character and all. I do have to say, it actually works a little more to this particular figure’s advantage, since Dark Beast is typically depicted as being a far more towering figure, making the extra height less of an issue here than it was with the standard release. To fully set him apart, Dark Beast gets a new head, pelvis, and legs. The new head replicates the further mutated appearance of McCoy from the story, with his much wilder hair, and an evil grin cracking across his face. For the hair, there was a lot of variance in the comics as to its actual shape. This one opts for something closer to the wacky Wolverine hair side of things, which I think ultimately helps him read a little quicker as Beast, so it works for me. I do quite like the facial expression, and it furthers my hope to see a calmer head for the standard Beast at some point. The new legs give Hank his funky banded metal capris he was sporting throughout the event. They’re very ’90s. They’re very goofy. But, they’re also very accurate, so, hey, good job Hasbro. Another thing that had some room for interpretation in the books was Dark Beast’s coloring. When he initially appeared, he was very clearly grey, presumably to show he had stayed his initial furry color in this universe, but as he appeared more often, he shifted more to a darker blue shade. This figure kind of splits the difference on that front, going for a rather dark grey with a hint of blue to it. It’s really the best possible choice, and looks good on the figure. His actual paint application is all pretty clean and solid, and there’s more going on with it than you might realize at first glance. Dark Beast is packed with the same two sets of hands as his normal universe counterpart, as well as Sugar Man’s Hammer, which is meant to go with the Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Dark Beast is an interesting concept to be sure, as well as a good excuse for Hasbro to get another use out of that mold they debuted last year, so he was definitely not a surprise addition to this line-up, nor is it a huge shock that he’s the hottest figure in the set in terms of demand. With all that said, while I can certainly appreciate this is a well-made figure, I don’t personally find him to be quite as fun as some of the others in the set. He’s fine, but that’s about where I leave it.
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