A.I.M. SCIENTIST SUPREME
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Brilliant and diabolical, the Scientist Supreme helms a massive criminal cabal known as Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M).”
In the last few years, we’ve finally gotten some proper appreciation for AIM and their weird beekeeper looking mooks, which I have very definitely been all about. But, you always have to be wondering “is this the best I can do in terms of weird beekeeper looking mooks?” Couldn’t there be better, more advanced weird beekeeper looking mooks? I say there could! What if we added sour cream and tomatoes! What’s that? I’ve already used the “sour cream and tomatoes = supreme” joke? But I’m just so darn proud of it, you guys! Well, fine, maybe this new AIM Scientist doesn’t have sour cream and tomatoes, but he’s certainly “supreme” now isn’t he?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The AIM Scientist Supreme is figure 6 in the Xemnu Series of Marvel Legends, placing him just after the Red Skull figure that I totally reviewed out of order because I felt like it. Unlike the others in this set, he’s not so much a specific character, as he is sort of a role that needs to be filled. There have been a number of Scientists Supreme over the years, and while they tend to just look more or less the same as the regular AIM guys, but this one seems to be more specifically based on the Andrew Forson version. He’s a little more beefed up and advanced, which is fine by me. I can definitely dig this look, and it works for pretty much anyone else who’s held the role as well. The figure stands about 6 1/2 and he has 31 points of articulation. Structurally, the Scientist Supreme is largely borrowing from the modern style Taskmaster figure (who also served as a basis for a lot of Hydra Supreme, so he’s just a supreme sort of mold, I guess), using that figure’s arms and legs, along with an all-new head, torso, and pelvis. The armored parts from Taskmaster are really well implemented parts, and they match up with the more modern Scientist Supreme design quite well, so they’re certainly well chosen. The new pieces line up pretty well with the old parts, and present a very clean and sleek look for the character. I also really appreciate the new articulation styles on the mid-torso and neck joints, which give him an improved range of motion. The Scientist Supreme’s paint work is another pretty straight forward offering. It’s pretty clean, and the gold is a nice color scheme for him. It’s different from the straight yellow of the standard guys, but it still meshes pretty well with them. The Scientist Supreme is packed with a sort of a data pad sort of thing, which is a fun piece, as well as the right arm of the Xemnu Build-A-Figure. It’s a little lighter than some of the others, but at least the data pad is unique.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this line-up was initially hinted at, and all we had to go on was “AIM Supreme,” I didn’t know exactly what to expect on this guy. I haven’t been super up to date with the various designs, but when this one was shown off, I definitely liked the general look of him. He’s another fun design, and that translates to another fun figure. He does what he does pretty well, and that ranks him pretty high on my list.