M.O.D.O.K. & THE CAPTAIN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Stuart Immomen and Warren Ellis’s Nextwave: Agents of Hate, which ran from 2006 to 2007, is, simply put, an experience. An experience I very much enjoyed, but one that’s very definitely of an offbeat notion. As such, it’s maybe not the most easily merchandised thing. While the characters within the story were helped back into prominence by its existence, and have subsequently had an easier time getting toy coverage as an extension, purely Nextwave-based merch has been effectively non-existence. Clearly, Hasbro’s Marvel Legends team are fans of it, since they’ve been sneaking in little references wherever they can. Most recently, they actually bit the bullet and made an honest-to-god Nextwave-inspired item, the M.O.D.O.K. World Domination Tour Collection, which I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The M.O.D.O.K. World Domination Tour Collection is a Hasbro Pulse-exclusive Marvel Legends offering, released as part of Hasbro’s second PulseCon event, in the fall of this year. The set is made up of a M.O.D.O.K. variant and The Captain, two direct lifts from the pages of the aforementioned Nextwave. The set’s focus on M.O.D.O.K. in particular seems to be an attempt to tie-in with the show on Hulu, though there are, of course, no direct ties, and M.O.D.O.K. himself is a very minor player in Nextwave proper.
Certainly, M.O.D.O.K. feels like he’s what got the set made. The show gave him some extra notoriety, and Hasbro just put the money into getting an all-new M.O.D.O.K. mold out there, so they undoubtedly wanted to get a second use out of it as quickly as possible. So, they opted to give us the Elvis-looking M.O.D.O.K. variant seen in Nextwave #11’s “You must buy six copies of this comic now” splash page. It’s a rather distinctive design, and one that even found its way into Marvel Vs Capcom 3, so it’s got some reach on it. Like his standard counterpart, the figure stands about 8 1/2 inches tall and he has 25 points of articulation. He’s mostly the same figure as we saw earlier in the year. Not a bad call, really, because it was a nice sculpt the first time around, and was also very unique, so I get Hasbro’s desire to get more out of it. This release gets a new face plate and hair piece, complete with the proper pompadour and side burns, as well as an alternate control stick, tweaked to look like a microphone. In contrast to the last one, this figure only gets the one faceplate (though you can also swap for the other two, if you’re so inclined), but it’s at least a distinctly different one from the two we’d already seen. The paint on this guy looks rather similar the other version, but there are definitely some small changes that are easy to miss. The purples are now metallic, and a few of the smaller details have been changed up a little. It’s still pretty clean, and also quite eye catching. Elvis M.O.D.O.K. is packed with the two sets of hands included with the standard, as well as a pair of removable shades, his hamburger beam effect, and a corresponding display stand for the hamburgers. Because why not?
Nextwave’s five-member line-up was mostly pre-existing characters, but there was one notable exception. The Captain, formerly known as Captain ☠☠☠☠ until Captain America objected, was an all-new creation, designed to fill-in for all of the lame, terrible, or otherwise forgettable characters with the moniker of “Captain” over the years. Unlike the other members, who have other notable appearances to draw from for their figures, the Captain has no such luck, making it quite an accomplishment that he got a figure at all. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find a set of butterfly joints hiding under his jacket, as well as cut joints at the tops of his shoes, both of which make him a little more agile than I’d expected. The Captain makes use of the arms and jacket from the Netflix Punisher figure, but is otherwise an all-new sculpt. That’s honestly surprising for such a minor character, but I’m certainly not complaining. The Captain has largely been drawn by his co-creator Stuart Immomen, who has his own rather unique style, which isn’t quite the same as the usual Legends fare, so this figure sort of splits the difference between Immomen’s usual depictions and the line’s standing aesthetic. It works out pretty well overall. To my eye, his head seems to scale a bit larger compared to the body, and boy is he not a looker, but it generally feels proper to the character as we know him. He gets two different heads, one goofy, and one serious. I prefer the goofy myself, but they’re both good sculpts, and I appreciate the options. It makes for better variety when posing. The Captain’s paint work is overall pretty basic, but it does what it needs to, and it does it well. There’s quite a bit of detailing on both faces, and they’ve also done a solid job on the camo pattern of the pants. The star on his shirt is a little inconsistent in coverage, but it’s otherwise good. The Captain’s only accessory is the previously mentioned extra head, but it’s honestly all I can really think to give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been a big Nextwave fan since my college years, and I honestly never expected any dedicated figures for it. I’ve been glad to get the few crossover characters we’ve seen so far, but I certainly didn’t think we’d ever get The Captain, much less a MODOK variant that appeared on one page. I was honestly pretty hyped for this pack when they were shown off, and Max was kind enough to help me secure a set during Pulse Con. I like this set a lot. MODOK is far from essential, but he’s a lot of fun, and The Captain is just plain Awesome. Here’s to hoping we can get dedicated Nextwave versions of the rest of the team.