MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
So, you know how I was talking about the lack of staying power behind the various Shang-Chi supporting players? Well, that’s kind of coming to a head here, because for the assortment that is arguably supposed to be a Shang-Chi assortment, rather than getting a Shang-Chi related Build-A-Figure, we instead get Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde isn’t actually the character from Robert Luis Stevenson’s literary tale, but is rather Calvin Zabo, someone who just models himself after Stevenson’s character. He began as a Thor villain, but did the usual Marvel thing of getting passed around a bit, ultimately rattling around in the background of the Marvel universe for a while. He also appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, which was pretty cool. Be it in comics, or in other medium, I don’t know that he’s ever directly interacted with Shang-Chi, but his multi-purpose appeal does help somewhat there. Maybe they’ll run into each other some time in the future. But now he’s finally got an action figure, so that’s cool. Let’s have a look at it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Hyde is the Build-A-Figure for the latest set of Marvel Legends, which was designed to be a tie-in with Shang-Chi, but, again, direct ties are limited here. The figure stands about 8 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Design wise, he’s a slightly more modern Hyde, based on his look from his stint in Thunderbolts, as well as his look from the Avengers Alliance game. It’s a fairly evergreen design, and kind of ties him more into those literary roots. He’s got quite a number of parts in common with the Joe Fixit figure, which was somewhat anticipated when that figure was shown off. It’s a big guy in a suit, so it makes sense. He uses the lower half and arms from that figure, with his own head, hands, and torso. The new pieces do a good job of converting him into the intended design, and the head and hands in particular are quite expressive. I also really dig the little touches, such as the suspenders beneath his coat and vest, in a spot where no one’s ever really going to see them. The paint work on Mr. Hyde is generally pretty straight forward. The greens are mostly just molded, but it’s a good shade that matches well with his usual coloring. The work on the hands and head is pretty impressive, with some subtle work on the accenting to give him that slightly hairier appearance. It helps with making him look even more monstrous. I’m not quite sure about the eyes; the pupils seem maybe a little too large? I don’t know, I typically don’t think of him having the pupils at all, so it’s all weird territory for me. Not that it’s inaccurate, mind you, just not my personal preferred look. Though he’s a Build-A-Figure, and accessories aren’t standard for them, Mr. Hyde is nonetheless armed with his cane, which is cool, because he’d feel a bit incomplete without it, honestly.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My familiarity with Mr. Hyde largely stems from his time with the Thunderbolts, which was also the same run that gave me a big appreciation for Boomerang, so I was definitely down for this figure. I was kind of expecting him after Kingpin and Fixit gave us bulked up suit bodies, and he’s a welcome addition to the line. The figure’s pretty fun. I do kind of wish he had the blanked out eyes, or maybe they could have done two different heads, for extra options like on a few of the other recent BaFs. Whatever the case, he’s still a solid offering as-is.
This assortment was a weird experience for me, due to the whole bit of not actually knowing much about it going in. Hyde as the Build-A-Figure definitely helped to sell me on grabbing the whole set, which was ultimately for the best, because there are some nice figures included within. It’s hard to say how the set’s going to do in the longer run, because the movie figures are still a bit of a mystery with only the one trailer to go on. In terms of ranking, the non-movie ones did more for me at this junction. Civil Warrior was definitely my personal favorite, with Tony and Hyde being close behind. Xialing was my favorite of the movie figures, though Wenwu was pretty solid too. Shang-Chi is okay, but that killer comic version from last year’s hard to top. Death Dealer’s the only one in the set I didn’t really get much out of. Perhaps the movie will change my opinion on that.