MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
With how many animal-themed foes Spider-Man’s got, plus the fact that this is a Spider-Man-themed assortment of Legends, it’s natural to assume that Armadillo is just a Spidey villain through and through. He’s not. He actually first appeared in Captain America, and would kind of remain revolving around Cap and the Avengers for a bit, before the animal-themed thing did eventually lead to him being grouped with Spidey’s foes. He’s one of those lower-tier villains with a rather tragic and relatable backstory, who writers like to start down the path of redemption every few years or so. I certainly can get behind that type of storytelling, since it’s kind at the core of the whole Marvel experience, really. Armadillo is the latest of those sorts of characters to finally get the action figure treatment, and I’ll be taking a look at said treatment today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Armadillo is the titular Build-A-Figure for the Armadillo Series of Marvel Legends. His choice for the assortment is more than likely based on his cropping up in the MODOK show, though it also just may be because Hasbro was running through the list of larger characters without any toy coverage and settled on him. Either way, I’m not gonna knock it. The figure stands about 8 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Similar to Ursa Major earlier this year, Armadillo is a figure I was expecting some sort of re-use or something on, since he’s a rather minor character and all. However, this guy is all-new, which is a pleasant surprise to say the least. He’s based on a more modern interpretation of Armadillo. I like him to be a little goofier myself, but I won’t deny that it’s a pretty decent sculpt, which does an alright job of capturing the general essence of the character. I quite like the detailing on the armor plating; it’s got some great texture work. Curiously, though he’s an all-new sculpt, the elbows and knees have visible pins…on one side. The other side is without the visible pin. It’s weird. Armadillo’s paint work is generally rather basic looking. His construction means that the underlying body and the armor are mostly separate pieces, so they can be molded in the proper colors. What paint is there is very clean, and I definitely dig the subtle shift in the coloring on the main body. It adds more to the look than you’d expect. Armadillo’s got no accessories, but there’s not a ton you can really give him, and given his size and the uniqueness of the sculpt, coupled with him being an accessory himself, it’s not a big deal.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Armadillo is one of those characters that you don’t realize you want until someone goes and makes a figure, and then you’re suddenly aware of how lacking your life has been without him. Or maybe that’s just me. He served as my main reason for completing the set, and I gotta say, he’s a really fun, really chunky figure. I really love these sorts of characters and I’m glad that Hasbro’s focusing on getting them to us.
This assortment is, overall, kind of a weak one for me. Armadillo was definitely the main selling point, and in hand he’s definitely my favorite piece. Shriek is probably the best of the singles for me, since we’ve just never gotten one before. I do like Jonah a lot, though he’s not breaking any molds or anything. Strange and the two Spidey variants are nice figures, but at this point some of the MCU upgrades are getting harder to get enthused about. And while Miles and Morlun are both serviceable, both are figures that aren’t remaining in my collection beyond these reviews. Given how fantastic the Spider-themed assortment that started the year off was, I guess this one just had too high a bar to clear. I am happy with the figures I like, though, so it’s not like it’s a waist of my time or anything.