MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The alien performer and hero Longshot uses his probability-manipulating powers to turn any odds in his favor.”
You know who’s a bit of a rarity around these parts? Longshot. Admittedly, that’s because there aren’t a ton of figures of him. I mean, I’ve looked at half of them. Sure, that’s only two, but the point stands. Well, there’s been two more since my last review, so to keep my metrics going, I guess I need to get up to three. So, let’s look at a brand-new Longshot figure! Wooo!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Longshot is the first figure in the lastest Retro X-Men assortment of Marvel Legends. He’s a slight tweak on the figure from the Mojo World three-pack that hit late last year. Longshot is also one of the two figures in this assortment who actually has an equivalent vintage figure in the same retro packaging being homaged here (the other being Wolverine). The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. Longshot is using an articulation set-up that’s become rather standard for Legends; there’s a lot of mobility and he’s using the fancy pinless set-up. Longshot’s sculpt is shared in its entirety with the Mojo World release, but between the two figures it’s totally new. A totally new sculpt for Longshot is something we haven’t seen since the ToyBiz Legends days, and that wasn’t a very good sculpt, either. This one, a joint effort by sculptors Rene Aldrete and Eddie Mosqueda, on the other hand, is much better. He manages to be lanky and skinny, without winding up looking gangly, and there’s generally a pretty nice flow to how all of the parts mesh together. The outfit gets some decent work on the folds and creases, which helps to make it feel a bit more real. The hands, it should be noted, get the three-fingered thing down pretty convincingly, going for properly bulking up the fingers just a little bit, rather than making it look like he’s got normal hands with a finger lopped off of each of them. Longshot’s headsculpt does quite an impressive job of making the character’s Limahl-inspired hair style work in figure form. The actual face, however, is giving me a bit of a Sting vibe, which works pretty well with his whole ’80s rock star feel. Longshot’s color work is largely handled through molded plastic, but he gets a bit of silver accent paint on his jumpsuit and gear. His eyes both use the face printing, and differentiating this release from the three-pack, this one has his wonky “luck” effect on his left eye. Longshot is packed with four different hands (right gripping and fist, left open gesture and knife holding), a knife, and satchel (re-used from Green Goblin).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got a soft spot for Longshot, and it’s always been a bummer that his figures are so frequently lackluster. When the Mojo World set was announced and it looked like this not-lackluster Longshot would be an exclusive, I was admittedly a little bummed again. Thankfully, the announcement of the solo release came pretty quickly. I like this guy a lot. He’s honestly what I was hoping for when I got the TB Longshot back in the day. He just works so much better. And now we don’t need another one for a while.
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