MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Rogue moves her way up the ranks of Magneto’s X-Men, eventually leading a team of mutants to prevent the culling of humankind.”
In the early ’90s, Rogue really started to take off as one of the X-Men’s most popular members, placing her at the center of a few more of the team’s stories, including one in particular, which saw her and Magneto as unlikely allies stranded in the Savage Land. There were some slight hints of a romantic angle, initially unexplored in the main universe, which would serve as the basis for the full-fledged marriage between the two within the alternate universe of “Age of Apocalypse.” Given Magneto’s central position in the cross-over, this allowed Rogue to maintain her central place as well, making her rather pivotal to the overall course of the story. So, it’s only fitting that she too would be part of the Legends tie-in for the story.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rogue is officially figure 1 in the Colossus Series of Marvel Legends, the second AoA-themed assortment. It’s the third time this version’s gotten a toy…or possibly the fourth. Toy Biz did two versions of the costume, but they were both kind of iffy on wether they were officially AoA versions, or just kind of similar designs. The Minimate was explicit about it, though, so there’s at least that. Her design was more changed than others, though Rogue had a history of frequently changing designs prior to this. This one keeps a lot basic schemes from her Jim Lee design, at least in terms of color and general layout, mixed with a few more Magneto elements, much like the rest of the main X-team from the cross-over. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. She uses the Phoenix base body as a starting point, with a new head, upper arms, legs, and add-ons for the collar, wrist cuffs, and the pouches on her leg. All-in-all, it makes for a pretty good rendition of her design from the comics, certainly the best we’ve seen in toy form up to this point. The head’s probably the best part of it; I think the hair turned out pretty well, and there’s a dynamic flow to it. The shaping on the back of is a little weird, but it at least allows for rather unimpeded movement on the neck. The arms, on the other hand, are rather restricted at the shoulders and elbows, due to the billowy nature of the sleeves. There’s not a lot that can really be done about that, of course, without compromising the aesthetics. The new legs give her the goody bulky snow boots, which turned out well, as well as removing the exposed pins on the knees. Rogue’s color work is bright, bold, and rather eye-catching. The application is generally pretty clean and consistent, but there are some fuzzy edges on some of the change overs, as well as a notable bit of slop on the left boot. Otherwise, she looks pretty good. Rogue includes two sets of hands in fists and open gesture, as well as the left arm and an alternate hand for the Colossus Build-A-Figure. It does feel a little light, and it would have been nice to see either her cape or the robe thing she was seen wearing over the main suit, but at least she gets the extra hands, I suppose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While Rogue’s AoA look isn’t at the top of my list or anything, it’s still got some cool elements to it, and I certainly like the Magneto and Rogue angle. So, I definitely wanted to see her turn up in the Legends line-up, especially if we were getting a Magneto as well. She’s a pretty basic and straight forward figure, but one that turned out well. This design has had trouble making the transition to toy form in the past, but this figure did it well, and she honestly surprised me with how well I like her in-hand.
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