#2124: Dazzler

DAZZLER

MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)

“Dazzler uses sonic vibrations and impressive speed to take down her enemies.  Though she can channel sonic energy in many forms, her preferred method of sonic battle is through the power of music.”

Before they were shoving the likes of Deadpool and Squirrel-Girl into everything under the sun, Marvel’s first real go at pushing a character was Dazzler.  She was supposed to be a whole cross-platform phenomenon, with a solo comic being joined by music, videos, and even real performances by “Dazzler.”  For a number of reasons, the project never took off, and Marvel was left with a character they’d put a lot of work into and nowhere to put her.  So, Chris Claremont and John Byrne introduced her in the pages of X-Men, during the “Dark Phoenix Saga.”  By the time she was actually added to the team line-up, disco was officially the thing that things were said to be “deader than,” so Dazzler was reworked with an ’80s jazzercize bend.  It was this version of the character that was used in both the failed cartoon pilot “Pryde of the X-Men”, as well as the ’90s arcade game, meaning this version was burned pretty firmly into the heads of a whole decade of X-Fans.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Dazzler is part of the X-Men-themed third series of the Marvel Legends Vintage line.  Unlike yesterday’s Cyclops, this Dazzler has no direct equivalent from the Toy Biz days, as their only Dazzler figure was based on her prior costume, and wasn’t even part of the X-Men line to boot.  In fact, the only prior toy of this particular costume design was the Minimate.  It is, of course, her second time as a Legends figure in general, though, since her disco attire was released as part of the Warlock Series in 2017.  The figure is just over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. There’s a fair bit of re-use going on here. Her base body is Phoenix’s (which was also the basis of the first Dazzler), and she also gets the upper arms, jacket, belt, and cuffs from Rogue (since it was actually Dazzler that originated the bomber jacket over spandex look).  If you want to get technical, the gloves weren’t usually worn with the jacket, but its not entirely without precedent for them to be there, and I really don’t mind it myself. The figure is topped off with a new head sculpt, which does a respectable job of capturing Dazzler’s general look from this era.  The paintwork on the figure isn’t bad, especially when compared to the Cyclops.  The blue is perhaps a little flat (either metallics or a brighter shade would have been cool), but the application is nicely handled and all of the proper details are there.  Dazzler is packed with two of the Scarlet Witch hex pieces, this time in a translucent pink with sparkly flecks in them.  While it’s not quite as fun as the multi-colored piece from the last Dazzler, they’re still pretty decent additions.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

My first introduction to Dazzler was via “Pryde of the X-Men”, which I had a VHS copy of in the ’90s.  The fact that her only figure at the time was based on her disco look always bummed me out a little bit (though I’ve since gained an appreciation for that design as well).  When Disco Dazzler was again picked for the Legends release, I was fine with it, and I really did enjoy the figure, but something always felt a little bit off.  This figure just feels right to me.  I look forward to getting a proper Longshot update to go alongside her (as well as a classic Storm to round out my “Pryde” cast).

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#1265: Dazzler

DAZZLER

MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)

“Dazzler converts sounds into light and energy, preferring the rhythm of music as her primary source of sonic strength.”

Alright, are you guys ready to get pumped?  No?  Oh, okay.  Ummm, guess I’ll come back.

Ready now?  Good.  So, hey, you remember how I was spending all that time looking for those new X-Men Marvel Legends?  Well, I found them all, I’ve observed the proper trial period with them, and now, without further ado, I present Warlock Week!  We’re kicking off Warlock Week with Dazzler, the figure whose presence at SDCC ’16 first queued us in on the existence of this particular series.  She’s making her Marvel Legends debut here.  Let’s see how it turned out!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Dazzler is figure 3 in the third X-Men assortment of Marvel Legends, also known as the Warlock Series.  Dazzler’s an interesting character in that she’s had two main looks over the years.  They’re pretty divergent designs, and people tend to be a fan of one and not the other.  So, when the figure was revealed sporting her ‘70s disco-styled costume, there were more than a few disgruntled X-Men fans who wanted her Flashdance look from the ‘80s instead.  I can see Hasbro’s reasoning, really, since this design’s been getting the push in the last year or so, thanks to Dazzler wearing it during the first volume of A-Force, which sort of brought Allison back into the public eye. I’m one of those weird breed of people who would have been happy with either version of the character, so I’m pleased either way.  This figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall (thanks to the roller-skates) and has 27 points of articulation.  She’s built on the Phoenix body, which I think is probably Hasbro’s best female body they currently have on hand.  She gets an all-new head, upper torso, lower legs, and feet, as well as a cool little disco ball necklace add-on.  The new pieces mesh really well with the stock parts.  I think Dazzler might be the first time a figure has a credible excuse for baggy pants legs that go skintight at the thighs.  The head is a very nice piece; as has been the trend with Hasbro female figures as of late, she’s actually quite attractive.  Technically, the hair’s not quite the right style for Allison, but it’s a similar vintage, so it doesn’t look out of place (and I honestly like her a bit more this way).  It’s actually not far off from what Jean Grey was sporting as Phoenix, and conversely the recent Phoenix figure’s hair isn’t too far off from Dazzler’s classic ‘do, so perhaps a swap is in order.  The hair’s also been carefully sculpted to sit behind the popped collar of the torso, but in such a way that it doesn’t just have odd chunks missing from it or something.  The torso sculpt does a very nice job of adding her collar.  Some figures make the collar too thick, and while it’s obviously a little thicker here than it would be in real life, it’s not horribly off.  The feet give us a first for Legends: roller-skates!  They don’t actually roll (and I’m kind of glad; I can only imagine the nightmare of getting her to stand if that were the case), but they’re a fun addition nonetheless.  I do wish they’d made them removable, seeing as they weren’t always present with this costume, but I’d rather have them permanently attached than not at all.  In terms of paint, Dazzler is overall pretty solid, aside from a few small issues.  Really, I just sort of wish they’d used either silver or pearlescent white for the jumpsuit, since it was usually was drawn as if it were reflective.  The flat white’s not terrible, but I worry it will yellow over time, and it’s already suffering from some of the pieces not completely matching in shade.  Aside from that, her paint is really clean, and very vibrant, which is always appreciated.  Dazzler includes a microphone, an effects piece (the same one used for Scarlet Witch, but multicolored this time), and the left arm of Warlock.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

After about a week of hitting up the two local Targets every other day, I ran across Dazzler all by herself, hiding behind the remnants of the Juggernaut Series.  It was a bitter sweet moment; it was cool to find Dazzler and all, but finding just her meant that I’d missed the first case of the rest of the series.  Admittedly, Dazzler wasn’t super high priority from this series (I mean, I was getting her no matter what, since my most anticipated figure in the set was the Build-A-Figure).  With that being said, getting her first, divorced from the rest of the set, allowed me to appreciate her on her own, and I have to say, she’s a really nice figure.  Here’s hoping they follow it up with the Flashdance version later down the line!

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#0870: Disco Dazzler & Howard the Duck

DISCO DAZZLER & HOWARD THE DUCK

MARVEL MINIMATES

DazzlerHoward1

The success of the Marvel Studios movies has translated to a pretty big success for all of the associated merchandise, including Marvel Minimates. While the line has far outpaced its original intent, and far more ‘mates see production in any given year than ever before, the line has also placed more of a focus on variants of Marvel’s big guns. This means that the percentage of new characters has taken a bit of a dip over time. However, DST still does their darnedest to throw long-time fans a few bones here and there. Most recently, they took advantage of Marvel’s recent Secret Wars event to produce some of the more “out there” characters, such as today’s set, Howard the Duck and Dazzler!

THE FIGURES THEMSELVES

These two were released as part of Series 64 of the main Marvel Minimates line. They make up one of the two sets in Series 64 not to be included in Toys R Us’ equivalent assortment. The pairing’s a bit out of nowhere, but I’m hardly going to complain.

DISCO DAZZLER

DazzlerHoward3This marks the second time that Dazzler’s gotten a Minimate, which is actually pretty darn impressive, what with her being, you know, Dazzler. Not exactly high profile (as hard as Marvel tried to make her so). Her first mate reflected her later “flashdance” look, but this one takes her back to her classic disco roots. The figure is a little over the usual 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Dazzler makes use of the standard ‘mate base body. She has add-ons for her hair, bracelets, collar, and roller skates. Yes, she has roller skates. All of these pieces are brand-new to Dazzler (though the hair was shared with Series 65’s Siryn) and they do an excellent job of capturing her look from the comics. Dazzler’s paint is some of the cleanest I’ve seen on a ‘mate in quite some time. The colors are vibrant, and the line work is incredibly sharp. This figure has a serious “pop” factor to it, which makes her stand out pretty darn well. For accessories, Dazzler includes a microphone and a standard clear display stand.

HOWARD THE DUCK

DazzlerHoward2Howard the Duck makes his Minimate debut here. One assumes this is at least somewhat linked to the character actually being in the public spotlight for the first time since the line’s inception, thanks to on ongoing comic and a cameo in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s based on his modern, Disney approved appearance, and clearly takes direct influence from Joe Quinones’ work in the current series. The figure stands just shy of 2 ½ inches tall and has 10 points of articulation (he lacks any movement in the wrists or ankles). The only standard pieces used by Howard are the pelvis and upper arms. That’s not to say that every piece is all-new, though. He uses the shortened arms introduced by the Thunderkittens, as well as the smaller torso introduced by Shock and Lock from the NBX line, to help keep Howard appropriately small. Howard makes use of arms in place of the usual legs, with a unique set of “lower legs” and feet, which are certainly duck-like. He also gets his own unique head, to adequately represent his bill. The hat is permanently affixed (presumably it’s to do with Marvel’s pre-existing deal with Disney in regards to how he’s allowed to be depicted), which is a bit annoying, but doesn’t look terrible. Howard’s paint is fairly muted; mostly warm, brownish colors. It’s a good representation of how he looks in his current incarnation. The detail lines on the head and torso are nice and sharp, and the eyes have a lot of character to them. Howard’s only accessory is a display stand. The peg is smaller than the usual stand’s, to fit Howard’s smaller feet.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

This set is probably the most excited I’ve been for a Marvel Minimates in quite some time. I picked them up from my local comic book store when they first hit. Dazzler may be a repeat character, but the two looks are sufficiently different that this figure still feels totally new. Add in that she’s just a solid ‘mate all around, and you’ve got a definite winner. Howard is a pretty awesome addition to the line and an all-around fun character to get. The permanently attached hat is a bit annoying, but it could definitely be worse. Not a bad ‘mate.