MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Behold the Vision! Stripped of his memories and rebuilt in spectral white, will the vision prove friend or foe to his fellow Avengers?”
Alright, I took a firm week and some change off from reviewing Marvel Legends, but I can really only space them out so far before they start piling up again. In an effort to avoid that, how about one of those today? Would that be cool? A little over a year ago, WandaVision was wrapping up its 9-episode run, and doing a pretty fantastic job of elevating Wanda and Vision even further in the public eye. Elevated enough for variants and spin-offs, even! Amongst the many ideas from the comics the show rolled into its runtime was the all-white version of the Vision, originally introduced in “VisionQuest” in the comics. It’s a look the character wound up sporting in the comics for quite some time, and one with only moderate toy coverage. In an effort to make up for that, Hasbro’s done another release of him for Legends, which I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Vision is the first in a four-figure set of vaguely Disney+ inspired Retro Collection figures from Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line. He was shown off alongside variants of Wanda, Falcon, and Loki, though they aren’t a proper assortment, but rather four single release figures that are all just arriving around the same time. All four are Fan Channel exclusive releases, as well as being slight updates on previously released figures. This marks Vision’s second figure under the Retro heading, after his standard colors got a release back in 2018. It also marks the third time Hasbro’s done white Vision, and the second comic-inspired version. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. This Vision’s whole aim is to be a minor re-working of the white Vision from the 2015 three-pack release. As such, he’s re-using all the parts from that one. It puts him back on the Bucky Cap body, after the last Retro figure moved him over to the 2099 body. Honestly, I think Vision makes more sense on the Bucky Cap, but I look forward to seeing him moved over to one of the newer bases moving forward. He uses the same basic head as all but one of the comic Visions; it’s a rather standard and straight-forward stern looking bald head. He also re-uses the bare feet from the last white Vision release, which is cool. Unfortunately, he’s still using that old cape piece as well; it’s better on this design than for any of the other figures that got stuck with it, but boy did I not miss this piece. It’s just awkward and hard to work with. Where the three-pack release went for a semi-transparent look, this time around, he’s solid colors. I liked the transparent look, but I gotta admit, the opaque set-up really works out well. There’s some slight change-up on the different parts of the costume, with some off-whites to mix things up. Generally, it works out better than the black lines used to break up the details on the three-pack release. Another nice change-up from the three-pack? Extra hands! The prior release was stuck with just fists, which I’m not crazy about for Vision, but this one gets a set of open gesture ones as well, which really add to the options when it comes to posing him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t initially intend to grab this figure. I’ve got the last release, and this one didn’t look terribly different in the prototype shots. Then I saw him in hand, and I liked him a whole lot more than I’d expected to. There’s not really much new here, but there’s a lot of small improvements that add up to a generally more pleasing figure, at least for me. He feels like a definite upgrade. Now, can I please get his post-Crossing costume? I’ve been waiting oh so patiently.
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