MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
First appearing at the end of the first year of Iron Man’s initial solo title, Basil Sandhurst aka The Controller is one of those villains who’s always sort of stuck to the background. He’s largely remained an Iron Man foe, but also spent some time working with Thanos against Captain Marvel and the Avengers, as well as doing the general bounce around amongst the core Avengers cast. He’s never risen to any particularly crazy heights, and despite his nature as a guy who controls other people, he’s more often than not working for someone bigger these days. Most recently, he resurfaced in Iron Man’s current run, this time working for Michael Korvac. This increased prominence, coupled with his design being “blue Thanos,” has netted him his first action figure treatment, as a Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure. I’m taking a look at that figure today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Controller is the Build-A-Figure for the self-titled series of Marvel Legends, which is the most recent Avengers-themed assortment. Given that the assortment also features Iron Man in his most recent armor, Controller is a pretty natural fit. The figure stands 7 3/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. His size is a bit large for his listed height of 6 foot 2 inches, but as with most listed comic book character heights, there’s always a degree of variance in how they’re actually portrayed. Controller’s certainly one of those characters that’s crept up in height over the years. It’s also more excusable given the nature of his construction, which banks pretty heavily on the deluxe Thanos molds from last year. He shares his arms, legs, pelvis, and shoulder armor with that figure, and his torso is also a slightly modified version of Thanos’s as well. The two have classically looked astonishingly similar in their designs, and this is certainly a major factor in Controller getting made for this assortment, so I definitely get it. He gets a new head, forearms, hands, shins, and feet, as well as a new belt piece. By far, the head is the strongest piece. It captures Controller’s cracked and segmented face really well, just really looks the part. His new gloves and boots are far more simplified than Thanos’s were, which better fits the Controller’s usual look, and also just further removes him from the prior figure. Controller’s paint work is more involved than it looks at first glance. While the basic blues are just molded plastic, there’s a bit of highlighting on the lighter blues to make some of the muscle detailing stand out a bit more. The exact shades seem just a little bit off, so it looks a little funky, but I do like to see Hasbro trying something other than just the flat colors. The face also gets some accenting to really bring out those cracks, and that winds up paying off much better. Despite being a Build-A-Figure, Controller nevertheless actually gets two sets of hands: basic fists, and a combo with open gesture. The right open gesture hand is even holding a pair of his control discs, which is a fun touch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t intend to finish this figure nearly as quickly as I did. After a couple years of just buying full sets of everything Legends and sorting out what I didn’t want later, for this series I actually decided to be picky, since I wasn’t really that interested in more than half of the figures. And, while I wasn’t opposed to owning a Controller, I was also content to wait for his parts to get traded in. No rush. Well, I got my two pieces from the figures I wanted. And then Max got one figure, and didn’t want the parts. And a customer at the store also wasn’t getting a full set, so I got those parts too, and one by one, I assembled a Controller in just over a day. Hey, I won’t knock that! He’s another one of those fairly by the numbers figures, who does exactly what he needs to, and ultimately succeeds because of it. I wasn’t expecting a lot, but he’s certainly fun.