CYCLOPS — HOUSE OF X
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Cyclops assembles a team of mutants to destroy the Mother Mold and vanquish the Sentinel threat.”
After using him as something of a cross between a punching bag and a patsy for all things wrong with the X-books at the time, the original 616 version of Cyclops was ultimately killed off in a rather unceremonious fashion during what would ultimately prove a somewhat forgettable cross over. Fortunately, someone over at Marvel realized that wasn’t the best treatment for the first X-Man, and he was resurrected, and subsequently given a central, and far more on-brand for the character, role in the X-Men’s latest revamp, sporting a classically-inspired design to match. Now that design’s got a figure, which seems about right to me.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is figure 6 in the Tri-Sentinel Series of Marvel Legends, and is the final of the single-packed figures in the set. He’s sporting Scott’s newest design, first introduced in “House of X”, and continuing into the main X-books. It’s a merging of a handful of his prior designs, drawing a lot from the body of his Now! design, but with a more classically-inspired visor design, and the gauntlet set-up on the arms, much like his second Astonishing costume. It’s a good design for the character, keeping a lot of the better elements of more recent looks, and merging them all into something that flows well together, and keeping that classic flair. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Bucky Cap body, like all of the other modern-era Cyclops figures. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. He also makes use of the cowled head from the Dark Phoenix two-pack version, which is a good, clean sculpt, marred only by the fact that the visor is ever so slightly misplaced on my copy, leaving a bit of a gap in the sculpt on the left side of the visor. It’s fairly minor, and not terribly noticeable in person, but it still could be a bit better. Cyclops also gets a new set of arms, and a new belt piece. The arms add his gauntlets, as well as upgrading the elbows to the new pin-less design. The new belt is, at first glance, very similar to the Now! figure, but it’s got a far greater depth of detail, and makes for a much stronger final product. Cyclops’s paint work is fairly decent. The blues go well together, and the whole thing looks pretty slick. The line work has a little bit of slop, and there’s less clean application on the visor, but on the whole, it looks pretty good. Cyclops is packed with an alternate head and attachable optic blast, repurposed from the X-Factor Cyclops figure. It’s nice to see those parts turn up again, because I really liked them the first time around. He’s also packed with the left arm of the Tri-Sentinel Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m a sucker for a halfway decent Cyclops figure, so I was on-board for this guy from the word go. There’s not a ton new or unique to him, but he works well within the formula of the line, resulting in a solid and clean figure. Honestly, he’s my personal favorite from this particular line-up, though I guess being a Cyclops does give him a slight advantage on that front.
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