MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Harnessing the power of density manipulation with computer precision, Vision is a hero whoa defies the very laws of nature.”
One of the things that I’ve liked quite a bit about the MCU is how it has a real talent of taking concepts that work from story lines that don’t, and putting those concepts into stories that do work. “Vision Quest” presents some interesting ideas about Vision’s true nature, as well as the very cool visual of an all-white Vision as something of a blank slate appearance, but never really takes the story anywhere truly intriguing or worth while. WandaVision‘s use of the The Vision as an antagonistic force, and his subsequent face-off against Wanda’s Vision which culminates in their discussion of just what it is that truly makes a person a person feels like a payoff that rings very true for the character and the arc he’s had up to this point. And, it gave us another look for Vision, which is rather convenient for Hasbro, since, otherwise, there’s no real changes from the last two times they released him.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Vision is figure 2 in the Disney+-themed assortment of Marvel Legends. He’s the second of the two WandaVision figures included, both of which are based on the show’s final episode, The Vision, of course, being based on the antagonistic all-white version re-activated by Hayward to hunt down Wanda and destroy her Vision. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. The Vision is built from a lot of re-used parts, which is really kind of expected, since there are certainly quite a few similarities between his two designs. The body is the same as the Infinity War version, which, while not perfect, is still a pretty decent sculpt. There are one or two small details that should probably be different for full screen accuracy, but it’s not far off. The head appears to be different, or at the very least a little bit tweaked from the prior release. To my eye, the face has a slightly better likeness of Bettany, but it could just be the change of color playing tricks on my eyes. The cape is very definitely an all-new piece, and I quite like it. It sits a little closer to the body at the chest, which looks more natural, and it’s also got this pretty cool draping appearance over his shoulders, which just feels very classically Vision to me. In terms of paint, this guy’s pretty light on application, but that’s really expected. What’s there is generally pretty good, although I feel like the wrists and ankles are a slightly too dark shade of off-white. The cape just being clear seems off to me, as I was expecting it to be at least a little bit white, going by what we see on-screen. But, this is a problem we’ve run into with standard Vision as well, so it’s not really anything new. The Vision is packed with two sets of hands, in open gesture and fist poses, as well as two more parts to Captain America’s wings. Given that they dropped the extra hands from the Endgame Vision release, this does feel like a slight step up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
During the show, I was wondering how they were going to justify actually doing more Vision figures, but once it was confirmed that Westview Vision wasn’t in the original’s body, I had a sneaking suspicion we’d see this design crop up. It’s a cool call-back to the comics, and a much better version of the story than what we originally got. In terms of the figure, this one is rather by the numbers, but that’s not the worst thing, and he ends up being a pretty nice figure in his own right.