MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The master illusionist Mysterio battles his foe Spider-Man using his wits and the technology embedded in his suit.”
Whoa guys, spoilers. Are you telling me that this Mysterio guy is actually a bad guy? That’s a crazy, shocking, and completely unpredictable twist. Which is exactly why every news site announced Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting in the film as “Jake Gyllenhaal cast as villain in next Spider-Man movie.” To throw us off the scent. I mean, I guess it’s always possible they *could* do a Skrulls-esque switch-up and stick to that heroic thing and throw us all off, but somehow I doubt it. Does this guy look heroic to you?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mysterio is officially figure 1 in the “Molten Man Series” of Marvel Legends, since Spidey was technically un-numbered. This marks his second Legends figure in just over a year, since he just got a comics release in last year’s Lizard Series. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Mysterio is sporting an all-new sculpt, based upon his movie design. Said design is actually a pretty nice translation of the comics design; not a spot-on recreation, but definitely a design that hits all of the major notes. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers, the figure appears to be a pretty close recreation of the film’s design. I’m sure there are some details that have been tweaked here and there, but it works well enough for me. The detailing is nice and crisp, especially on the texturing of his underlying jumpsuit. The articulation is a little limited at the shoulders, but he’s otherwise pretty posable. While the comics Mysterio had an underlying head, and a helmet/cape combo, this figure separates the cape and the helmet, and makes the helmet a solid head piece. I don’t mind this so much, because as cool as the underlying head is in theory, it never really works out in practice. At least this figure can look good in his standard layout, without any needed compromise. It also allows for the cool starfield sort of affect they’ve molded into the plastic, which is a fun new take on Mysterio’s usual smoke-filled dome. The rest of the color work is pretty straight forward. The painted applications are pretty clean, and the metallics work well on this figure. I also really appreciate that they painted all of the green details on his cape, because that’s the sort of thing that’s usually first on the chopping block. Mysterio is packed with two sets of hands, one in fists, and one in open gesture. He is also packed with left leg of the BaF Molten Man. It’s a shame we couldn’t get an unmasked head, but I think the Cosmic Spider-Man unmasked head makes for a nice stand-in.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really feel like I *just* got the comics Mysterior….probably because I kinda did, since I got him a good six months after the rest of the line-up. Because of that, I can’t say I was in as dire need of Mysterio as I have been some other figures, but I was certainly intrigued to see how this guy faired when compared to the comics version. I think the comics version is better in terms of really capturing the look, but this figure’s definitely the far more playable option, especially with the solid construction on the helmet. Which one you prefer is really going to be dependent on what you want to get out of the figure.
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