AVENGERS: UNITED THEY STAND (TOY BIZ)
“Created by Ultron, Vision was part of a plan to conquer the Avengers. His transparent skin lights up when passing ghost-like through objects. Vision knew Ultron was evil, and helped the Avengers defeat him. He proved invaluable and was asked to join the team. Proud of the symbol he bears as one of Earth’s mightiest, this hero answers the call, ‘Avengers Assemble!'”
Remember a time, way back when, when Vision *wasn’t* a household name? It was a dark, strange time, you guys. People, like, didn’t know him, or care about him, and they looked at you weird when you explained his backstory to them. Brain patterns are a thing, Tim! Don’t ruin this for me! But nowadays, Vision’s cool! That’s where things should be! Let’s review a figure of him, just to celebrate it! This has probably been too many exclamation points! Now I can’t stop, though! To the review!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Vision was released in the first assortment of Toy Biz’s Avengers: United They Stand tie-in line. In a crazy turn of events, this was the fourth freaking Vision figure from Toy Biz. Somebody there really liked this guy. The figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 15 points of articulation. Vision’s articulation scheme is generally pretty decent for the era. The hips could maybe stand to have slightly better range, but he’s otherwise got a great range. Vision’s sculpt was all-new, and remained unique to him. He’s based on the character’s look in the show, just like the rest of the line. Vision’s design for the show was generally one of the more faithful ones, at least in broad strokes terms. It takes his classic design and sort of techs it up a little bit for something sightly more robotic. All things considered, it’s not much of a departure from how the MCU would adapt him later, albeit with a slightly different end aesthetic. The sculpt does quite a nice job of capturing the animation model, and making it fit with the rest of the line. The cape piece is cloth, but it’s actually quite nicely handled. There’s a proper hem on the sides and everything. That’s commitment to quality, right there. Toy Biz knew, you guys. They knew this guy was gonna take off. And good for them. Vision’s color work went a just a touch lighter than his on-screen model, but it’s generally a bright and eye catching look. The slight metallics are cool, as are the transparent parts, which are that way to facilitate the light-up feature (unfortunatley no longer working on my figure). Vision was packed with one of Ultron’s drones from the show’s opening episode. It can be hooked up to Vision to also light-up, and even has articulated arms. It’s definitely one of the best of these gimmicky extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Vision was one of my most wanted figures from this set when they were released, and was also one of my favorite parts of the show as a whole. They were scarce at their first drop, so he wound up as the third figure I got from the line, but I did finally get one, and he was my first 5-inch figure of the character. That was definitely significant, which was cool. He’s still one of my favorites, and he honestly holds up pretty darn well.