MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A shapeshifter with a shadowy origin, Mystique is a unique and devastating threat to the X-Men.”
A couple of weeks ago, I touched on the somewhat tenuous relationship between the live action X-Men films and Marvel Legends, which has all been rather nicely cleaned up via Disney’s purchase of Fox. With things taken care of, we’re finally able to get some decent toy coverage of the Fox X-films, courtesy of an off-shoot of Marvel Legends akin to the earlier Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years sub-line, but this time focusing on 20 years of X-Men movies. I’ve looked at a few of the Deadpool-themed figures, but there’s also some coverage going all the way back to the first film from 2000. Today, I’m taking a look at Mystique, inspired by that very film.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mystique is one of the three standard single-release figures in the X-Men sub-line of Marvel Legends. So far, she’s the only figure to be explicitly based on the first film, but time will tell as to exactly how deep into this line Hasbro decides to go. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 26 points of articulation. Mystique’s articulation set-up is pretty much the same as Domino’s, and it’s likewise a strong set-up here, just like it was there. I wouldn’t mind just a touch more range on the hip joints, but otherwise the range and tolerancing is really good. It’s certainly an amazing step up from the *last* movie Mystique we got, although I suppose two decades will do that for you. As I noted in the intro, this Mystique is specifically based on the character’s appearance in the first movie, and there are a few specifics in the sculpt that confirm this. The most obvious tell that it’s an early movie version fo the character is the fact that it’s clearly Rebecca Romijn’s face underneath of the make-up on this one. It’s actually a pretty strong likeness, at that. Getting some one’s features down when they’re covered by this much appliance work isn’t always easy, but Hasbro’s done pretty well, with not only a strong likeness, but also some solid texturing work on the scales. This solid work on the texturing continues onto the body, which does a good job of replicating the layout and design of the appliances seen in the movie. The build on the body also is a pretty solid match for Romijn’s build, as well as just looking like a real person in general. She’s notably missing the three scars on her belly that she got from Wolverine stabbing her in the first film, which is what signifies this as officially being a first movie figure, although the scars are a minor enough detail that she’ll work alright for the later movies as well. The paint work on this figure’s better than you might think at first glance. She’s a lot of blue, but she’s a lot of different blues, and it’s a nice layout of accenting. Mystique is packed with two sets of hands (open and in fists) and an alternate left arm that’s shifting into a normal skin tone. The alternate arm’s a fun way of showing off her powers, and I definitely dig it. I was a little bit surprised that they didn’t toss in a Jennifer Lawrence head as well, just to let this figure pull of some double duty, but given what happened with her planned Marvel Select figure, I can see Hasbro not wanting to chance her pulling likeness approval again at the last minute. It’s not like she’s without cool extras as is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Mystique’s been a prominent fixture in the X-films since their beginning, so the fact that the only figure she got was way back during the first movie’s tie-in line was kind a major oversight. It’s nice that we got more than a bunch of Wolverine variants to start with, and it’s nice that the older movies are still getting some appreciation as well. Mystique’s a slightly understated figure, lacking some of the flair of the other figures, but that doesn’t make her any less a cool figure. Here’s hoping we get to fill out the rest of the first movie cast a bit more.
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