BLACK TOM CASSIDY
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A nefarious criminal with the power of concussive blasts and plant morphology, Black Tom is a true threat.”
I guess I might as well keep this Marvel Legends thing rolling. Hey, I can even keep this X-Men thing rolling, too…essentially. It’s sort of tangental, but yeah, it’s rolling. Rather than handling a stand-alone this time, I’m just going to jump head-long into a proper full assortment of figures. When it comes to giving us characters from the X-Men side of things, Hasbro likes to diversify slightly with their assortments, so that things aren’t too centralized on the core team and its characters. So, we’ll typically get one or two “proper” X-Men assortments for Legends in a given year, and the one or two sort of off-shoot assortments. Last year, they did more of an X-Force thing for their secondary thing, and the year before it was all about Deadpool. This year, they’re sort of slapping those two together. Alright, I can get behind it, I guess. I’m kicking things off with a pretty classic X-Men character who was co-opted by X-Force back in the ’90s, it’s Banshee’s evil cousin, Black Tom Cassidy!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Tom Cassidy is figure 2 in the Strong Guy Series of Marvel Legends, and stands out in the assortment as the only figure to be sporting a pre-1990 design. As someone with a deep appreciation for the Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne days, I can really dig it. I can also really dig it as someone who prefers his Black Tom to not be a tree. Thanks for not having him be a tree, guys. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Black Tom Cassidy is built from the same bank of parts as Shatterstar, making him a Bucky Cap adjacent figure. He gets a new head, upper torso, pelvis, and belt piece to mix things up a bit. I quite like the head sculpt in particular; it’s a more modern take on Tom, but it really works for the line’s general aesthetic, and it’s got some nice character behind it. Technically, the re-used gloves and boots aren’t accurate to Tom’s usual depictions, but I like the flair they have to them, and it ultimately makes for a slightly more interesting design, so I can get behind them. The paint work on Tom is pretty solid for the most part. The face and hair is clean, but there’s some slightly uneven coverage on the chest insignia. It’s not terrible, but it certainly could be better. Black Tom is packed with a wooden staff for channeling his powers, as well as the back to the BaF Strong Guy. The staff’s a well done piece, and looks good in Tom’s hand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Though not at the top of my list, Black Tom certainly ranks pretty highly in this line-up for me, again thanks to my enjoyment of the Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne days (and, by extension, the ’90s cartoon’s adaptation of the Phoenix Saga, and Black Tom’s appearance there). This figure is pretty by the numbers, but it really works for him, and he’s definitely a solid figure. Now, can we please get a Banshee of matching quality to go with him?
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