MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Quicksilver’s ultra-high-speed capabilities are a major asset to the Avengers in the fight against Ultron.”
While the first Avengers film hit during a period of time when Marvel Legends were dead, so they had to rely on an exclusive run to get the team out in 6-inch scale (and they didn’t even get out the whole team, anyway). By the time of its sequel, Age of Ultron, Legends was finally getting its footing back, but still wasn’t quite strong enough to support the entire extended line-up of the team as seen in the film. Three members of the team wound up at mass retail, with an Amazon-exclusive boxed set to fill out the rest of the original core six. That left the three new additions to the team, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Quicksilver, out of the line-up. Scarlet Witch and Vision were both able to get toy coverage out of their later appearances, but that didn’t work out quite so well for poor Pietro, who, you know, died in Age of Ultron and all. We went through two special anniversary lines with no love for Pietro, but a third one would have just been ridiculous, I suppose, so here he is, after six whole years, finally in Legends form!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Quicksilver is part of the 10 piece “Infinity Saga” sub-set of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line. He’s one of the five standard sized single release figures, and one of four of those to be an actual wide release (because of course we can’t release a Captain America that’s not a Walmart exclusive, right?). The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. The range of motion on the joints is all pretty solid, especially on that neck joint. I do wish the knee joints broke up the sculpt a little bit less when posed, but it’s far from the worst we’ve seen. I also do dig the full transition to pinless joints here on the elbows and knees. Quicksilver has an all-new sculpt based on his attire from the film’s final battle, which is a sensible choice, since that’s his most distinctive look, and the one that matches with most of the rest of the team (we still don’t have an AoU Scarlet Witch, so he doesn’t match her at all, of course). The sculpt is an impressive piece of work. The head doesn’t quite have a perfect likeness of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, but it’s certainly got a resemblance. Likewise, the body seems like it might be perhaps a slight bit too small for his build in the film, but it’s again not too far off, and there’s some really amazing texture work going on in the clothing. Quicksilver’s paint work is pretty basic stuff for the most part. The head gets the best work, with the face printing to give him a lifelike quality, and some solid accenting on the hair, for his proper eurotrash dye-job appearance. The rest of the work is rather on the basic side, but it works for what it is. Quicksilver is packed with two sets of hands, in fists and an open gesture, plus the head, torso, and arm of an Ultron drone. It sure would be nice to get a full Ultron drone one of these days, but this is certainly a start, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Quicksilver, specifically the Age of Ultron version of the character, was one of Jess’s favorite Marvel characters. She really, really liked him, and she was really upset when he died. I think I may still have the marks from her hitting in the theater, in fact. She was also really upset that he didn’t get the same toy love as the other characters. This figure was shown off just a few weeks before she died, and she was very excited. It had been my plan to get her one of her own when they were released, but that didn’t happen. It’s a shame that she just missed him. I think she would have been very happy with the end result. I myself am pretty happy with him, and with the extra meaning he brings along with him.