MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Huzzah! Another Series of Marvel Legends is complete, which means it’s time for another Build-A-Figure! The X-Men have their fair share of exciting foes, but due to the sheer size of the main team’s membership, those foes can get left out, which has kind of been the case with Hasbro’s X-themed Marvel Legends so far. The Juggernaut Series just had it’s build-a-figure, and last year’s Warlock Series didn’t have any villains at all. Fortunately, this year’s assortment amends that issue, giving us two single-release villain, and a villainous Build-A-Figure, Apocalypse, who I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Apocalypse is the Build-A-Figure for the Apocalypse Series of Marvel Legends. I know, huge shock. This is the third mass-retail X-Men series of Marvel Legends since the Infinite Series relaunch. This marks Apocalypse’s third time as a Legend and his second time as a Build-A-Figure (though the last one was much larger). He’s clearly a more classically inspired Apocalypse, although he’s still got a little bit of a modern twist in how some of the details have been carried out. The figure stands 8 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Apocalypse is a brand-new sculpt, though given how he’s assembled, He was definitely built with future re-use in mind. There’s a new base body, with add-ons for the collar, wristbands, shoulder pads , and belt. He’s also got more unique pieces for his head, hands, and feet. The overall construction is definitely top-notch, and he’s a great example of the character work Hasbro’s capable of doing even with pieces on a basic body. The head in particular is a very good replication of the character’s look from the late ’80s/early ’90s, which is about as definitive as you can get for Apocalypse. If I have one complaint, it’s the tubes that run from his belt to his arms; they’re really long, and they pop out of place a lot. Of course, they’re totally removable if you don’t like them, and as far as the extra length, I’d say it’s likely Hasbro trying to correct the issues present on Warlock. In that respect, I have to commend them; at the very least, they’re really trying. When initially shown off, Apocalypse was sporting a slightly more modern-inspired color scheme, but Hasbro changed that along the line, giving us the more classic appearance we see here. I personally am very happy for that change, as I think his colors are very striking, especially that slick metallic blue. Apocalypse includes no accessories, since he’s essentially an accessory himself. Fear not, though, he’s actually getting an alternate hand attachment, packed in with the upcoming Archangel deluxe release!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I’m at best a moderate fan of Apocalypse (which is why I’ve never owned one of his Legends figures before), I do think he has a pretty slick look, and when this figure was shown off, I was pretty impressed. As luck would have it, I was also really interested in all of the figures it took to build him, so here he is. He hasn’t topped Warlock as my favorite Build-A-Figure (I’m doubtful anyone will for at least quite some time), but he’s certainly giving Juggernaut a serious run for his money. All-in-all, this was a very strong assortment of figures.