MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Xemnu the Titan is a character with an intriguing back story. Part of a batch of monsters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby before they birthed the Marvel Universe as we know it with the Fantastic Four, Xemnu first appeared in 1960 under the name of The Living Hulk, since the Hulk we all know and love wasn’t yet a thing and all. Much like other pre-Silver Age Marvel Monsters Fin Fang Foom and Groot, Xemnu found himself worked into Marvel’s super hero fare after they took off, battling a number of Marvel heroes, most notably the one who took his original name. Xemnu has yet to quite gain the following of either Foom or Groot, but perhaps his day has just yet to come. Whatever the case, he’s finally getting a little bit of toy love in the form of Hasbro’s latest Build-A-Figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Xemnu is the Build-A-Figure for the self-titled series of Marvel Legends. He fits the assortment’s all-villain theme, being, well, a villain and all. He’s based on the character’s post-Silver Age design, which is sensible, since it’s his most prevalent. The figure stands 8 1/4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. A lot of Xemnu’s sculpt is shared with the other big furry guys, Sasquatch and Wendigo, which seems like a pretty reasonable selection of parts re-use, since, I mean, he’s another big furry guy. How many ways can you really change that up, right? He gets a new head, mid-torso, hands, and feet, all in the effort of changing him up and making him more true to Xemnu’s comics appearances. The new pieces do a pretty respectable job of meshing with the old, as well as capturing Xemnu’s truly goofy design elements. They make it work, and the level of detail is impressive, especially on slightly smaller things, such as the interiors of his palms. Definitely something that could have been left out, but adds something more to the figure now that it’s there. Xemnu follows rather closely in the footsteps of the Wendigo in terms of paint work, since he’s got a pretty similar color palette. The blue hue on the white is maybe a little strong in some spots, but generally looks okay, and the extra boldness doesn’t look quite as weird once you factor in the alien angle of the character. Again, the interior of the palms actually gets a little bit of paint, which is cool, and those piercing red eyes certainly do add some pop to the design. Overall, just a pretty decent paint set-up, especially after a lot of the others in the set were a little lighter on the paint apps. Xemnu isn’t packed with any accessories, but that’s fairly acceptable, since he’s really an accessory himself.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Xemnu is one of those characters I’ve been aware of for a while, but not one I’ve ever had much direct interaction with personally. So, I wasn’t really in the market for any toys of him. When this guy was shown off for this set, I was initially a little letdown, because I just wasn’t really drawn in by him. I honestly wasn’t even 100% sure I was going to even try to complete him, though that was a short lived hill for me. Once I got him in hand, though, I actually found myself really liking him. He’s goofy and silly, but he works, and he’s more fun than I’d expected.
In general, that’s kind of a good description of this set as a whole. Going in, the only one I really was invested in was the Red Skull. He still wound up being my favorite, but I also really enjoyed a lot of the others. Deathstrike was a definite surprise all-new offering, and Dormammu, the Scientist Supreme, and Arcade may be a little bit by the numbers, but they still turned out really nicely. Sure, Dr. Doom is a wonky choice of design, and the Hood does nothing for me, but all-in-all, I liked this set a lot more than I’d expected to.