MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“Wilson Fisk ruthlessly rules New York City’s underworld with cunning and a keen intellect.”
Waaaaaay back at the beginning of 2019, which feels like several decades ago at this point, if I’m entirely honest, there was a somewhat soft and not particularly thrilling assortment of Spider-Man-themed Marvel Legends with one notable hook: it’s Build-A-Figure of Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. This subsequently made said Kingpin figure pretty darn pricey on the aftermarket, only adding further barriers to entry on owning a modern Legends Kingpin. Fortunately, Hasbro’s been doing a pretty good job of keeping their fingers to the pulse on these older releases, and has been pretty steadily providing new avenues for people to pick them up. Kingpin found his way into one of said avenues, and now I’m taking a look at the resulting figure. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kingpin follows in Mysterio’s footsteps, and is his own standalone release for the Retro Collection sub-line of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. He’s at their deluxe price point, but comes in his own replica vintage card, which is downright massive, as you would expect for a figure this size. The figure stands 7 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Rather unsurprisingly, this figure’s sculpt is mostly a re-use of the Build-A-Figure. That was a really strong sculpt that did Fisk a lot of justice, so it’s certainly a sensible and well-chosen bit of re-use. Also not even the slightest bit surprising, what with it being the same guy and all. There’s one sculpting change between the two releases: this release trades out the last one’s tie for a far more fashionable ascot. It’s a far more classically Kingpin piece, and it really sells the character even further. It’s about the only change I could ask for, so I’m happy they went for it. Beyond that small change, everything else on this figure relies on paint to sell the differences. While the BaF went for a far more modernized color scheme for the character, this newer release leans into that retro angle, and gives us a far more classically inspired color scheme for the character. While I didn’t mind the more subdued modern color scheme, there’s just something to be said for how well these colors pop. And he’s even got the purple pants! Dig! The heads even get some minor reworking as well, with the eyebrows on both now being black instead of grey (again, helping things pop a little more), and the screaming head also gets some painted battle damage. Again, dig. This Kingpin once again gets his diamond-topped cane. He’s still got some trouble holding it, but it’s still cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was a big fan of the BaF version of Kingpin when it was released, but I’ll admit I was hoping for an ever so slightly more classically colored version of the figure. When this was announced, I was definitely on board, though he was, perhaps, not quite at the top of my list, given the similarities to the prior figure. That said, he ended up being an even better figure than I’d expected, and this new deco adds a lot more than I’d expected to the figure.
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