Thursday, September 1, 2016

Acton Figure Review: Rogue from Marvel Legends: X-Men by Hasbro

 This is the first action figure of Rogue I've ever owned! Crazy, right? I loved the X-Men back in the early 1990s when Toy Biz was releasing X-Men action figures like crazy but somehow I never ended up with Rogue. Many of the female figures didn't come out until much later in the series and they could be crazy hard to find. I never ended up with one. I didn't collect Marvel figures during the mid-late 90's and only ever bought two Wolverine figures from the original X-Men movie toyline. When I picked up Hasbro's Marvel Universe I was trying to complete a Jim Lee era X-Men set for awhile but that line became a disaster and Rogue wasn't released until 2013, long after I stopped caring. Now that Hasbro is (back) on fire with Marvel Legends, I'm pumped to have the chance to add Rogue to my collection. As part of the first mainstream X-Men series Rogue is not only a heavy hitter in a series filled with heavy hitters but she's also a very classic looking figure. Fans of the early 1990s comic and cartoon will absolutely be overcome with nostalgia when you see her. Let's take a closer look at Rogue after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Two glove cuffs, alternate un-gloved right hand, and a left leg for the Juggernaut build-a-figure.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Rogue is gorgeous. Hasbro is really doing some fantastic work here and I love the Rogue sculpt. The face is distinct and definitely looks like Rogue is ready to rumble, her hair is fully detailed and, with the addition of that green headband, makes her look like she's ready to join a 1980s hairband. This is an excellent classic look and probably exactly what most fans were expecting. By the way, here's the old Toy Biz version of this figure for comparison.

 * I love the articulation on Hasbro's Marvel Legends figures. They're fun, durable, and have a great range of useful motion. They also have what is quite possibly the best articulation on any female figures in the 1/12th scale (DC Icons seems good, too). Rogue's ball jointed mid-torso, double hinged knees, and excellent swivel/hinge ankles give you so much flexibility in finding the best poses.

* The paintwork is beautiful here. I love how clean and shiny Rogue's yellow and green body suit looks. This is just an excellent looking figure and the little details such as the belt with the red "X" on her hips and the dark brown jacket help to enhance the appeal.

 * I love the look of Rogue's flight jacket over her bodysuit. It's just such a cool detail and the execution here is fantastic. The color, sculpt, and addition of the red "X" logos on the shoulders are all spot on.

* Rogue comes with an interesting accessory: An un-gloved right hand! This allows her to "use her powers" and is actually a really cool character specific accessory. The hands are easily removable and the glove cuffs on Rogue's wrists also remove so that it looks like Rogue has fully removed her gloves. Cool idea, solid execution.

 * Rogue comes with the left leg of the build-a-figure from this series: The Juggernaut! It's a pretty decent sized leg and, of course, I'm always thrilled when we get a build-a-figure with a series of figures. I'll be reviewing this guy as soon as I complete him, so stay tuned!
 The Negatives:

* It seems like Hasbro was trying to give Rogue her unique boot tops without sculpting a new piece. I'm sorry to say that it didn't work too well. The boot tops on each leg are made from a metallic green cuff and the yellow boot flare that sit loosely over the tops of Rogue's calves. They move around, though, and look rather awkward. I'd almost prefer there to be nothing here rather than these awkward things.
   I'm really liking this series and, yet again, I'm giving another figure in it a Great and a 1/2 rating. This line seems to be really appealing to a wide range of collectors and Rogue seems to be one of the three hottest figures in the series (I'd say Rogue, Wolverine, and Deadpool are the three most popular). She a great classic looking figure with an excellent design. Rather you're building an X-Men roster or just a fan of the character, Rogue is a cut above most of what you'll find on retail toy shelves. Snag her when you can!

I haven't reviewed any other Rogue figures on this site since, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I think this is the first Rogue figure I've ever owned! How crazy, right? I have reviewed plenty of other Marvel Legends figures, though, including:

Marvel Legends: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Infinite Series by Hasbro
Captain Marvel (Maidens of Might)
Doctor Strange (Marvel Heroes)
Guardians of the Galaxy 5-Pack
Hellcat (Fierce Fighters)
Ms. Marvel, Captain America, & Radioactive Man 3-Pack
Scarlet Witch (Maidens of Might)
Spider-Woman (Fierce Fighters)
White Tiger

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Ant-Man by Hasbro (2015)

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron by Hasbro (2015)

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Hasbro
Baron Zemo
Hydra Agent
Red Skull

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Spider-Man by Hasbro
Jack O'Lantern (Villains of the Night)
Spider-Girl (Warriors of the Web)

Marvel Legends: Iron Man 3 by Hasbro
Classic Iron Man
Heroic Age Iron Man
Iron Monger Build-a-figure
Iron Patriot

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