JEAN GREY — HOUSE OF X
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Jean Grey leads her fellow mutants to the island sanctuary of Krakoa in a bid to declare sovereignty from humankind.”
After sticking with their matching gear for their first 38 comic appearances, the X-Men finally got their own customized looks courtesy of artist Werner Roth in Uncanny X-Men #39. While some of the designs (mainly Angel’s really) would be rather quickly ditched, a few of them really stuck in there, and influenced the main looks for the characters going forward. This was most evident with both Cyclops and Jean Grey, whose main designs, no matter what they may be, have a tendency to call back pretty heavily to these earlier designs. Jean’s Marvel Girl costume actually got a fair bit of play, even going forward, managing to even get a reappearance during “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” and has once again resurfaced as Jean’s primary design in the new ongoing run of the title. I have…mixed feelings about that last part, but I do like the design well enough that I won’t complain too much about it getting Legends treatment as a result of its new prominence.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jean Grey is figure 3 in the Tri-Sentinel Series of Marvel Legends. While technically “House of X”-based like the rest of this assortment, this particular figure is a little more multi-purpose, what with the re-used design and all. This is the second time that this particular design’s been made as a Legends release, following Hasbro’s kind of janky version from that two-pack very early in their run from the license. This one aims to be less janky. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. In terms of mobility, Jean’s a rather restricted figure by modern standards. The hair rather predictably blocks a bit of the neck movement, but on top of that, the skirt piece is rather thick and leaves no real movement on the hips, and the way the ball-jointed waist has been sculpted means it doesn’t get much of range either. In general, it’s not ideal, and makes it tricky to get her to do much other than stand there. Of course, she struggles with standing a bit, too, so maybe that’s not her strong suit, either. Movement may not really be there, but does the figure at least look good? Yeah, for the most part. She uses the Phoenix body as a loose starting point, which is sensible, and also uses the flared glove forearms from Kitty Pryde. She also uses the feet from Peggy Carter, which was an odd choice, since it’s clearly got sculpted shoes, and Jean’s clearly wearing boots. It’s not like there aren’t heeled feet without the shoe line sculpted, so I’m confused by the choice. Other than that, Jean’s got a new head, torso, and skirt piece. They may not allow for a ton of movement, but they do certainly look nice, with nice, balanced proportions, and some quite impressive smaller detail work on the folds and wrinkles on the clothes. The paint work on Jean is pretty simple, largely relying on molded colors and slightly more complex assembly of pieces. The paint that’s actually there is all pretty cleanly handled, with no slop or bleed over to speak of. The colors are on the bright side, which generally works, although it does make the purely painted distinction between the boots and the legs a little less noticeable than it should be. That’s a very minor complaint, of course. Jean is packed with two sets of hands, one set in fists, and the other in open gesture, as well as a small Krakoa plant. The plant’s cool, but she does have a little bit of trouble holding it, since neither set of hands is really designed for it. Also included is the right leg to the Tri-Sentinel Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is a pretty classic design, and one that’s toy coverage has classically been less than stellar, so I’ve been hoping for a more proper Legends release. When this set was first hinted at by Hasbro, I was hoping this figure would be in the line-up, and I was quite happy when that proved to be true. The final figure’s not quite as strong as I was hoping, mostly due to that restricted motion. That said, she’s at the very least a nice looking figure, which is more than could be said for the last Legends version.
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