MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, is one of Xavier’s very first students and fights tirelessly for Xavier’s dream as the X-Men field leader!”
Oh sure, just go ahead and make me buy the same design for a third time, why don’t you? What do you think I am, Hasbro, an easy target? Because I am. I mean, at least when there’s a ’90s Cyclops on the table. Which there is. Check it out. ’90s Cyclops. Oh, you want context? Yeah, okay, I’ll give you context. Remember how Hasbro’s been doing this whole line of animation-inspired X-Men figures based specifically on X-Men: The Animated Series? Yeah, that’s been pretty cool. I’ve picked up most of them (I’ve been focusing really just on the core team members, though), and I’ve been enjoying them a fair bit. But, it’s all been a build up to the one figure I was really, really hoping to see, which was an updated version of ’90s Cyclops. And, yes, I know I’ve gotten him updated. On multiple occasions even. But, look, I can always use more ’90s Cyclops. And would you look at that? More ’90s Cyclops. Let’s review the ’90s Cyclops.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is the eighth figure in the X-Men: The Animated Series sub-line of Marvel Legends. He follows up on the Mystique figure that I didn’t review, and is currently the last figure in the line-up, at least as far as we know. Following Scott, Hasbro’s shifting things over to Spider-Man: The Animated Series, so Cyclops is our send-off for the line. Like the last handful of figures from the set, Cyclops was shown off and went up for order on his own. He was originally slated for a March 2023 release, but wound up making it out just before Christmas. As with the rest of the line, Cyclops ships in a VHS-inspired package, with an illustration by Dan Veesenmeyer on the front. It’s honestly my favorite illustration thus far, but I’m probably a bit biased. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. From a structural stand point, Cyclops is using the Vulcan body as a basis. It’s a decent choice, since it’s been deigned the replacement for Bucky Cap, which was the recurring base body for Scott previously. It’s just a little bit bulkier, which actually fits a little more with the ’90s Cyclops than Bucky Cap, honestly. The only down side to the Vulcan sculpt is the glove line on the forearm; it’s not terribly noticeable, but it’s still just a little bit annoying. Cyclops shares his slightly modified legs with the previously released Morph figure, allowing him to have the proper strappy bits for this costume. He also re-uses the wrist straps from the prior ’90s Cyclops, which is fair enough. The figure also gets a new head and a modified torso piece, both courtesy of sculptor Rene Aldrete. The head is quite similar to the prior ’90s Cyclops head, but goes a bit more in depth with its detailing. I liked the last sculpt a lot, but this one is a marked improvement across the board. It’s worth noting that, similar to Morph, the sculpt walks the line between animation accuracy and the line’s usual stylings, suggesting it’s likely to get re-used for a standard color variant at some point down the line. The new torso, much like the legs, takes the standard torso set-up, and makes the strappy bits an affixed element, rather than just a free-floating piece. The floating nature of the prior release’s harness was one of my few issues with it, so working it into the torso sculpt not only makes it less of a pain to pose him, it also just makes for a tighter fit and a generally better looking design. Following in the footsteps of the rest of the line, Cyclops’s paint work replicates the cel shading of the cartoon. It’s not too pronounced, and like the others, it works surprisingly well from different angles. I myself still quite like the cel shading on these figures, but I know others aren’t quite as keen on it. If nothing else, it makes this release a bit more unique. Cyclops is packed with five different hands, a pair of fists, a pair relaxed, and his usual left hand with the two fingers extended for proper optic blast unleashing. It’s a little bit bare bones, honestly, but it’s on par with most of these releases, especially given how much new sculpting this one got.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ll admit, I was pretty hyped for Morph when this line began, because he’s unique and everything, but the figure I was absolutely hoping for the most from this line-up was this guy. X-Men: The Animated Series‘ take on Cyclops shaped a lot of my view on the character, as well as shaping a lot of what I like in characters in general. I like a good clean cut hero, what can I say? I’ve gotten pretty much every possible version of the ’90s Cyclops design out there, and I honestly do love them all. This guy is just a step above the rest, though. And, I look forward to buying this exact same figure again, but without the cel shading. Look, I know what I’m about, okay?