MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“While the Beast is incredibly strong and astonishingly agile, he is also one of the world’s leading experts in biochemistry. When he is not fighting evil alongside the X-Men, he devotes his time to expanding the frontiers of human knowledge.”
It’s been an actual month since I reviewed any Marvel Legends, which does feel like a bit, doesn’t it? In my defense, there was a touch of a gap between new releases there. But, we’re jumping into another onslaught of releases here, so in an effort to keep up with them, I suppose I might as well just do a bunch of Marvel Legends reviews. I’m kicking things off with one of this year’s standalone releases, the Retro Carded Beast figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Beast is, as noted above, a standalone Marvel Legends release, fitting in with the Retro Carded line they’ve been running since 2018, and following the “standalone repaint” pattern established by last year’s Storm re-deco (which I never actually reviewed…that’s on me). He also follows what’s become an overwhelming trend of Retro Card figures that aren’t actually based on any proper vintage release, since there existed no Grey Beast figure in the Toy Biz days. However, this way allows Hasbro to duplicate their formula from the 3 3/4 inch lines of Blue Beast being the ’90s version, and Grey Beast covering the ’70s-’80s look, while also giving people another chance at the mold. The figure stands 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. From the neck down, this guy’s the same figure as last year’s Beast from the Caliban Series. This was pretty much expected as soon as we knew this figure was coming, since it’s a pretty natural re-use. The body’s still a strong offering; it’s technically a bit on the tall side for Hank, but the detailing is sharp, and the posability is really great. He gets an all-new head sculpt, based more on the Perez-style Beast of the ’70s and ’80s, with a far more controlled hair style, and a far more jovial expression than the prior piece. I’m quite a fan of it, and it gives me something slightly more in line with how I prefer the character, as well as offering a bit more versatility than the Caliban Series head. There’s a fair bit of change-up in the paint department, as you might expect, since he goes from being blue to being grey. It works pretty well, and he still keeps most of the accent work from the prior figure. There are a few spots of bleed over on my figure, but for the most part, he looks pretty solid. While the prior Beast release just got an extra set of hands, this one steps things up a bit, giving him not only the extra hands, but also the Caliban Series head (this time in grey), a book, and a pair of glasses. It adds a lot of posing options to the plate, and again brings him a bit more in line with how I think of the character, so I’m all about it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I enjoy the Caliban Series Beast for what he is, but I wanted a little more out of him, if I’m honest. A follow-up felt inevitable. If I’m entirely honest, I’m a touch disappointed that he ended up being Grey Beast. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a cool figure, and this does make him slightly more distinctive, but I was really hoping to finally get a proper Perez-style Blue Beast, especially after having to make due with the Grey version in the smaller scale already. I’d like to hope this guy might get re-popped in blue at some point, but that feels slightly like overkill right now, so I don’t imagine it would be soon. Still, he’s certainly not a bad figure, and I’m glad they put the mold back out there.