MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Possessing near-limitless psychic potential, Jean Grey is Charles Xavier’s first student, and could someday become the greatest psychic on earth, and beyond.”
At the beginning of the month, I continued my look into Hasbro’s X-Men: The Animated Series-inspired sub-line of Marvel Legends with a look at the updated version of Storm, who got reviewed all on her lonesome because I didn’t really need another Mr. Sinister, and the figure that I ordered alongside hadn’t shipped out yet. Well, as luck would have it, I got that other figure, and I’m going to be looking at it today! Which figure is it? Why, it’s Jean Grey! Yes, founding member of the X-Men, and central piece to a bunch of the show’s storylines, to say nothing of her spot in the show’s main love triangle, Jean is finally getting her due in the line, especially given that she didn’t really even get her due in the line that was running when the show was on the air. It’s just overdue, really.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jean Grey is the fifth figure in the X-Men: The Animated Series sub-line of Marvel Legends. Unlike the last two rounds, Jean was shown off on her own, which has been the trend since. It was a little odd at the time, since it kind of felt like Cyclops would be her natural pairing figure, but as of yet we’re still waiting on him to be added to the line. Oh well. Guess I’ll just make do. This is the third time we’ve gotten a ’90s-based Jean Grey in Legends, with all three of them being under the Hasbro banner, and the most recent one being under this same incarnation of Legends, even. As with the rest of the line, she ships in a VHS-inspired box, and I’m continuing to love these, guys. They just look so fun and nostalgic. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, this Jean Grey is the same as the last ’90s Jean Grey, making use of all of the same parts. For the most part, that’s okay. The body in particular gets the point across, and there are a lot of really solid unique pieces just for this design. The only real issue is that the hands don’t have the proper sculpting for how the gauntlets looked in animation, but that’s quite minor. The heads are…well, they’re a bit of a different story. While they’re certainly not bad, especially from a comics perspective, they don’t quite match up with the animation models as well. Wolverine and Storm both got new heads, and even Jubilee got a slightly better alternate head that was a little more accurate. I’d have really liked to see them throw us a more animation accurate Jean head. Honestly, they could have even done that and cut the extra head with the longer hair, since she only had that look in the final season of the show, and by that point, the model was already far different. As it stands, the ponytail head is workable, but it’s not quite as good as it could be. The paint work for Jean is cel-shaded, like the rest of them in the line. There are some fuzzy edges, but it’s generally a good set-up, and I prefer the brighter palette of this release to the prior one. Jean is packed with two sets of hands (open gesture and fists), as well as the two heads. Again, this feels a bit lacking for the animation angle. An extra head with her psychic effect, or even a Cerebro piece would have been really cool. As it stands, it just really feels like bare minimum, especially with no new sculpting on the main figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was really excited about Jean initially. Excited enough to actually get me to go back and order the Storm, who I had skipped at that point. That said, getting her in hand, I’m a little letdown. The complete lack of any new parts, and the barebones nature of the accessories is rather upsetting, especially after Wolverine kicked us off with such a good set-up of new parts and extras. I’m worried that this line is already kind of losing its focus of animation accuracy, a mere five figures in. I hope that’s not the case. Perhaps Morph will change the tide of things a little bit. As it stands, I do like the Jean more than the three pack release, and I’m glad that there’s another version of her available.