MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“A cloud of smoke heralds the arrival of the villainous mastermind who uses the art of illusion against Spider-Man — Marvel’s Mysterio!”
Man, remember when the Lizard Series Mysterio was so easy to get and not stupid expensive and really illusive? No? Oh, that’s right, because that was never really the case. From the moment he was released, that figure was always the first one pulled from any case and remained well above regular retail pricing for pretty much his entire shelf life, if you can really call it that. I eventually got one, but it certainly wasn’t easy. Since it was so darn hard to get him, it’s probably not a huge surprise that Hasbro’s already got a repaint of him out, just two years later. I’m taking a look at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mysterio is his own standalone release for the Retro Collection sub-line of Marvel Legends, released to coincide with the recent Spider-Man-themed assortment. Given how popular the last release was, singling him out was definitely the right call. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s *almost* identical to the prior comics Mysterio. It was a pretty decent sculpt, and also a largely unique sculpt, so seeing Hasbro get some more mileage out of it makes sense. It certainly looks impressive. I’m still not overly fond of quite how the cape/helmet piece attaches, but I’ve had time to make my piece with that. The only change to this figure’s sculpt is one that’s not evident at an outward glance: the head under the dome, which on the original figure was a skull/tentacle-illusion thing, has now been replaced by a sort of holographic Quentin Beck head (a repurposed Multiple Man head, for those that are curious). I can dig both ideas, but I think I personally prefer the Beck head. Beyond the un-helmeted head, the major change-up for this release is the paint work, which is, simply put, just a lot better this time around. The helmet is now mostly opaque, allowing it to more properly capture the classic Mysterio look, and the jumpsuit’s impressive quilted sculpt is now much better showcased by the more intense accent work going on it. Also, the gloves, boots, and clasps on the cape are all gold instead of light green, which is a slightly later look for the character but one that I think works better in toy form, as they add some extra pop to the figure. Additionally, this figure avoids the clashing plastic colors of the last release, which again help him to just look a bit cleaner. Mysterio includes the two effects pieces for his feet, which are essentially the same between the two releases.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After the difficulty of getting the last release, this one was, comparatively, much easier to acquire. I wasn’t sure I was even going to get him at first, but I really liked the new look in person, and I definitely wanted that Beck head. Ultimately, both figures have their merits, but this release is definitely the superior offering, and I’m glad to have it.
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