MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Alex Summers aka Havok fires super-heated plasma from his hands to devastating effect. A veteran hero and leader, he longs to step out of his older brother Cyclops’ shadow.”
What’s that? A new Marvel Legends Havok? Well, don’t mind if I do. When Havok was first added to Legends under Toy Biz’s tenure in 2006, they opted to put him in his original Neal Adams-designed outfit. Since then, Hasbro’s given him two additional figures in the line, both covering different designs than the Toy Biz release. Now, they’re going back to the beginning, with their own go at the original Havok, and, quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier. Because, you know, Havok. So, let’s
wreak review some Havok!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Havok is figure 2 in the Bonebreaker Series of Marvel Legends. Obviously, the assortment’s still got a Wolverine and all, but Havok does feel a bit like the headliner…but I’m probably biased on that. I always feel like Havok’s the headliner. I mean, he’s Havok. Top shelf stuff. This is Havok’s fourth time in Legends form, and his third under the Hasbro banner. As addressed up above, this Havok is based on the character’s first costume, which he sported for about two decades, before the whole X-line got rebranded and he got his Jim Lee design. It’s a classic look, and one that many of his designs since have referenced. Moreover, he’s more or less wearing this costume again in the current run of the X-books. Yay for relevance! The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Hasbro’s last two Havoks were built on the Bucky Cap body, but with that body officially being retired, this guy gets moved to a different base. While there’s an intended replacement in this assortment, it’s not used for Alex. Instead, he’s built on the 2099 body. It’s a little smaller than the last base, but as a younger incarnation of the character, it doesn’t feel too out of place. This also feels like the most direct replacement for the old Bullseye body, which served as the basis of the original Havok Legends figure*. So, in that respect, it works out pretty well. He gets an all-new head sculpt and it’s a very strong piece. It’s a slightly calmer expression than the original Toy Biz release, but it still feels very on-brand for the character, retaining a number of traits from the ’90s Havok head sculpt, even. The paintwork on this figure is largely pretty basic, but what’s there is really good. In particular, the energy effect on his “symbol” on his chest is quite believable, and manages to convincingly look like it’s glowing. I definitely dig it. Havok is packed with three separate energy effects, all three of them new. There are two for the wrists, like with the last ones, as well as one that clips into his back. The wrist ones are a little loose, but I otherwise really like the new pieces, and I’m very seriously tempted to buy so many of this figure just for the effects for my other Havoks. He’s also packed with two drum pieces for the Bonebreaker Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Have I mentioned that I like Havok? I feel like that may be important. Unsurprisingly, this figure was my most wanted of the assortment, because I’m always down for a good Havok. This is a good Havok. A very good one. There’s a simplicity to the core figure, in contrast to the complexity of the last Havok, and it works very well.
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*It was so direct a replacement, that it was actually used for the most recent Bullseye figure from Hasbro