MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With a highly advanced intelligence and a cybernetic exoskeleton, the High Evolutionary challenges the Fantastic Four.”
First appearing in the pages of Thor, Herbert Edgar Wyndham, aka the Higher Evolutionary, is kind of one of those grander scope sort of villains. He’s not really straight-forward evil, but more invested in a larger advancement of humanity and life as a whole. Some times these goals put him at odds with our heroes, some times less so. And, more often than not, he’s really just off on his own. Interestingly, despite what the bio says outright and the presence of the figure in the assortment may suggest, he’s only had fleeting contact with the FF, and very rarely as an adversary for the team. But, if it gets me a High Evolutionary, it gets me a High Evolutionary. I won’t be picky.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The High Evolutionary is the final figure in the FF-themed Retro Collection assortment of Marvel Legends. This marks his very first time in action figure form, which is pretty darn cool. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. High Evolutionary’s movement scheme is pretty standard for the line. He’s a little bit on the restricted side, especially on the torso and hips, but given the character’s tendency to mostly just stand around menacingly, it honestly isn’t too bad. He’s also got the pinless construction on the elbows and knees, which continues to be a nice upgrade for all of the figures that have it. High Evolutionary’s sculpt is an all-new piece, and it’s honestly got a lot going on. It’s clearly classically inspired at its base, but uses some of the more modern interpretations of the character to add a little bit more detailing, especially on the face. It makes for a figure that’s a little more visually stimulating than he might be if he were just a straight classic look. Generally, I quite like it. The figure’s color work is almost entirely reliant on molded plastic, which is all metallic and swirly. I’d prefer that the maroon sections were maybe a touch darker, but otherwise it looks pretty solid. He’s got minor paint work for a few of the smaller accents, which works out pretty well. They’re cleanly applied and they get the job done. The High Evolutionary is packed with two sets of hands, one set in fists and the other in open gesture. It’s not a ton, but he is a completely new sculpt, and I’m not really sure what else there is to give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My primary knowledge of this guy came from his one episode of X-Men: The Animated Series. He’s a weird guy, but he’s got a cool look, and it’s definitely been one I’ve wanted for a while in toy form. His inclusion in this particular assortment may be a little weird, but I’m honestly just glad to have gotten him, and it’s especially nice that Hasbro really put the effort into making as much of a one-off as possible.
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