MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, possesses the unique ability to duplicate himself at will.”
My first Multiple Man review, back in 2018, started off with a James Franco joke. Boy, has *that* not aged well. That’s what I get for trying to be topical. Nowadays, I just stick to more timeless and tried things. How about this up and comer, Madrox the Multiple Man? His appearance in Fantastic Four sure shows a lot of promise, doesn’t it? It sure would be cool if he bounced around as a minor supporting player in the X-Books for a decade, and then got promoted to one of the actual teams. And also if he got five action figures. You know what? Let’s actually make that six.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Multiple Man is the third figure from the latest retro-inspired X-Men assortment of Marvel Legends. Multiple Man is unique in this assortment, as he’s the only figure whose design has no direct equivalent in the Toy Biz run, since his only 5-inch figure (which was a ToyFare exclusive) was in a variation of his X-Factor costume. This one is based on Jaime’s original suit, which has, up until now, been without toy coverage. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Multiple Man is built on the ANAD 2099 body, which is a slight change-up from his last figure, who was based on the Bucky Cap body. Interestingly, Havok did the same jump on his most recent figure. This body is more posable and honestly a slightly better match in build, especially for a younger Jaime. The figure gets two new head sculpts. One has a more neutral expression, while the other is angry and teeth gritty. They’re both internally consistent, and also consistent with the three heads included with the last figure, so they all look convincingly like the same guy. Curiously, while the last figure used separate pieces for the cowl and faces, these ones are both solid construction. It doesn’t really change up the look, but it’s different. Jaime’s paint work is actually quite intricate, with all of the gold lines and circles. They wrap all the way around the body, with nothing being cut for costs like on the last one, and the coverage is actually pretty consistent (always tricky with gold pain, especially when it’s going over a darker base color). The work is also quite sharp, again improving on the fuzzy edges seen on the last figure. Multiple Man does alright on the extras, with the previously mentioned second head, as well as two sets of hands in fists and relaxed posing. It’s not anything fancy, but it allows for some mixing it up for the purposes of army building.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I quite like Multiple Man, so I’m always happy to get more figures. I liked the X-Factor version that we got in 2018 a fair bit, but I’ve honestly been hoping to see the green costume in some form for a good long while. This figure is simple, but very effective. I never got to actually army build the last one, but I can see that being more likely this time around.
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