MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Maggott’s mutant power is his two giant slugs, Eanie and Meanie, that serve as his digestive system.”
At the height of the their popularity in the ’90s, the X-Men were in desperate need of new characters to fill up the many, many books that were being published. You can’t just fill every roster with Wolverine, right? As they progressed, the characters seemed to be trying to top each other in terms of both weirdness and general X-Tremeness. Things had gotten pretty absurd by 1997, which is when we got today’s character, Maggott, frequently touted as one of the strangest X-Men. He was crazy, and ridiculous, and honestly kind of awesome. So, of course, he had to be killed in a horrible fashion once the ’00s came along, to prove that we were far more serious. Super serious you guys. But it’s okay, because none of the X-Men stay dead anymore, so he’s back! Yeah!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Maggott is figure four in the Bonebreaker Series of Marvel Legends. This is Maggott’s first action figure release, though he was actually slated for one back in the ’90s, as part of a cancelled follow-up assortment to Toy Biz’s “Missile Flyers” theme. Crazy it took this long, but here we finally are. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Maggott’s sculpt is an all-new affair, patterned on his primary design from the ’90s, in all of its crazy ’90s-ness. The sculpt does a pretty great job of capturing the essence of his ’90s appearances, while still filtering it through to something that could fit in a bit better with the overall stylings of the other figures in the line. If I have one complaint, it’s that the head seems perhaps a touch too large, but beyond that, I think it really works. I especially appreciate the extra texture work on the jacket, as well as the more jovial expression on the face. The color work on Maggot matches well with his in-book color scheme. It was pretty gaudy, even for the time, but they’ve kept it true, and haven’t dulled it down, as tends to happen with such designs. The paint application is all generally clean and well-handled, and there’s no notable slop or bleed over. Maggott is packed with his two maggots, Eanie and Meanie, which can be placed on him (though they don’t really secure or anything), as well as the head and weapon for the Bonebreaker Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The cancelled Toy Biz figure was my introduction to the character, but since then, I’ve always had this sort of built-up need to own a Maggott figure. And, up until now, there’s not been one, which is kind of a bummer. When this guy was teased, and then confirmed, I was actually pretty excited. Sure, he’s not Havok, but he was still quite high on my list. He’s a fun, rather unique figure, and, after 20 years, I’m just glad to finally have a Maggott in my collection.
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