MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Wilbur Day was a mild-mannered scientist – until he stole the plans for a hydraulic ramming device which he soon used to invent his battle-suit. As Stilt Man, Wilbur has fought against the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America and even Thor himself!”
Oh man, first I get to look at Frog-Man, and now I’m looking at Stilt-Man? I’ll take that particular win for sure! Obscure, far reach characters are definitely my bread and butter when it comes to the likes of Marvel Legends, but are usually isolated from each other in differing assortments. Getting multiples at the same time is definitely pretty sweet. Stilt-Man’s pretty old school Marvel himself, first appearing in 1965’s Daredevil #8, and hanging around as a recurring foe for a number of prominent Marvel heroes, up until someone decided it was a good idea to have Punisher shoot him in the head shortly after Civil War. Fortunately, comic book death is rarely permanent, and he was brought back during Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man, in order to start antagonizing Marvel’s heroes anew.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Stilt-Man is the titular Build-A-Figure for the Stilt-Man Series of Marvel Legends. Believe it or not, this *isn’t* his first time as a toy; he got a Minimate back in 2010. But, it’s been over a decade, and he’s never had a Legend before, so here we are now. In his standard configuration (I’ll touch on that in just a moment), the figure stands 11 3/4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. Obviously, the great majority of his movement is on the upper body of the figure, which is pretty much articulated the way any basic body has been for a while in this line. He lacks some of the newer articulation layouts, such as the butterfly shoulders, but it’s a reasonable selection for the character. The stilt legs aren’t particularly mobile, since they’re not really supposed to be, but he does at least get universal joints on the the ankles, which is useful for keeping him standing. On my figure, the hips are a little loose, and this is something I imagine will only get worse with the stilts attached. I’m probably going to pick up an extra torso as a precaution, but ultimately it’s not the end of the world. Even with slightly looser hips, he’s still fairly stable. Stilt-Man’s an all-new sculpt, which is honestly a little bit surprising, but certainly not unwelcome. At the very least, it means he’s got the pinless design for the elbow joints, which helps to keep him looking rather sleek. In general, the sculpt just does a very nice job of capturing his classic design. Of course, there’s certainly a bit of room to say “hey, I sure wish my Stilt-Man figure was taller.” Well, fear not, because by simply popping off the feet on his stilt-legs, you can make the legs completely modular. Every new section adds another 6 inches to the figure’s height. So, with enough Hand Ninjas (or, at least, just they’re BaF parts), you can make a Stilt-Man that’s as tall as you want. You want a 12′ Stilt-Man to really accent your foyer? Go for it you absolutely crazy person! That’s pretty dope, right?* Stilt-Man’s paint is pretty basic. He’s largely just molded in silver plastic, with the paint being confined to his head. Basic, but also low room for error, so it works out. Despite being a Build-A-Figure, Stilt-Man is actually quite well accessorized. He’s got two sets of hands in gripping and fists, a gun (re-used from Yon-Rogg), a briefcase full of money, and a stand. It pretty much covers everything you could ever want from a Stilt-Man, which is certainly quite impressive.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been all about Stilt-Man ever since he cameoed on the Iron Man cartoon in the ’90s, and I’ve pretty much wanted a toy of him since. I loved the Minimate when he was released, but I’ve kind of moved away from ‘mates overall. I definitely wanted a Legends figure, and the confirmation of this guy early last year was definitely dope. The final figure is very nicely implemented. The core figure’s awesome on his own, and the extras just push him to the next level. I’m also really excited by the modular nature of those stilts, and I’ve made it my mission to get this guy as tall as possible, though I’m playing the waiting game so that I don’t have to buy myself an army of Hand Ninjas to get there.
After a year full of a lot of middling or mixed assortments, this set is surprisingly strong and consistent. The Spider-Verse figures are definitely the star attractions, and Gwen’s my favorite out of that set. On the other side is Prowler, who isn’t quite as impressive, but isn’t at all bad either. Miles and Peter are a great use of new parts for very specific designs, and will definitely be the break away figures for most people, I think. The comics side is no slouch either, though. The Hand Ninja’s not one of my favorite designs, but the figure’s well-done, and Frog-Man and Stilt-Man are top tier figures of those goofy characters I oh so love. This is genuinely one of Hasbro’s best assortments of Marvel Legends.
*The Minimate had a similar set-up, but required purchasing an additional Stilt-Man and Iron Man for every set of stilts you wanted, which made it a little more difficult to do than the Legends set-up.