MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“True to his name, Darwin has the power to adapt against any threat, be it searing volcanic heat or the cold vacuum of space!”
Hey, remember when I was talking about retcons? And, more specifically, the retcon that introduced Vulcan, the third Summers brother? And, how terribly handled it was? Well, for the sake of argument, how about a retcon character that I actually don’t hate, who is in fact from that exact same story? Yes, today, I’m talking about Armando Munoz, aka Darwin, one of the other three members of Vulcan’s ill-fated team, and the only other one to survive to the present day. Darwin has the ability to adapt to the threats around him, and has generally been a pretty low-key sort of character, whose unique (and actually decently defined) abilities and lack of connection to pre-existing characters make for a far less obtrusive inclusion within X-history, even if it was added after the fact. And, he’s even gotten to be in a movie, which was pretty cool. And now, he’s got a Marvel Legend.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Darwin is figure 5 in the Bonebreaker Series of Marvel Legends. He fits well with the overall oddball-theme of the assortment, as well as having the added benefit of being in the same assortment as his former teammate Vulcan, which I suppose is a pretty nice little tie. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Darwin is built on the Pizza Spidey body, which is a reasonable choice for the character, who is usually portrayed as being more on the slender side. He gets a new head, belt, and hands, which capture his look respectably well. The new head is suitably alien in its appearance, matching the character’s earlier appearances, as well as the costume choice that they’ve gone with, which is his original “Deadly Genesis” design. He winds up looking a little bit like John Lithgow, if I’m honest, which I don’t really hate. The paint work on Darwin matches up with his comics design; I really dig the purple, and the skin tone is appropriately pale and washed out. I like the slight accenting on the head, in order to bring out more of the sculpted details. Darwin is packed with two sets of hands (open gesture and fists), as well as half of the tank treads for the Bonebreaker Build-A-Figure. It might have been nice to get a few parts showing off his adaptive skills, but this figure is pretty clearly the assortment’s low-cost figure, so I get why they stuck with what we got.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first exposure to Darwin was actually in X-Men: First Class, where I quite liked him, despite his relatively small role. I haven’t been actively following him in the comics, but I’ve always enjoyed the stories I’ve read with him, and, like I mentioned in the intro, I find his retcon status to be far less frustrating than Vulcan’s, so I just generally like him more. While I didn’t *need* a figure of him, it’s one I can appreciate, and, for as basic as this one is, he’s honestly pretty fun.
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