Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Action Figure Review: Legion from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 

   I have to admit that I'm not terribly familiar with David Charles Haller, better known as Legion. I've been reading a lot of late 1980s and early 1990s X-Factor so that's where I'm most familiar with Legion but this figure is clearly based on his appearance in Age of Apocalypse, a story I've never read and which I'm only familiar with due to how prominent it was in the 1990s. I wanted a Legion for my X-Men/ X-Force/ X-factor/ Excalibur/ X-Files/ DMX/ X-Marks the Spot/ Pope Piux X/ Fireball XL5 shelf, so I snagged him at that pretty sweet sale Hasbro Pulse had a few weeks back. Want to take a look at Legion? Then join me after the break...





The Facts:

Height: 6 inches (6 7/8ths inches including his hair)

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, calve swivels, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands and the right leg for the Colossus Build-a-Figure.

Year of Release: 2021

Original Retail Price: $20-$23 dollars





The Positives:


* Legion reminds me of a Street Fighter character for some reason. An outfit that looks like it's designed for movement and martial arts, a simple, bold color palette, and funky hair. His outfit is pretty simple but Hasbro did a nice job on the wrinkles on Legion's garb making it look like an actual outfit and not painted on spandex. There's also some nice paint highlights on the front of the figure to give the outfit a more nuanced appearance.






* Looking at some art from the era of his outfit, I think Hasbro did a pretty respectable job of translating the look of Legion into the Marvel Legends style. He has a great facial expression with a lot of character in his smirk and his eyes. 








* His hair isn't just high but it's also nice detailed and texture. That hair is a significant part of the character's appearance and Hasbro did a nice job of making it stand out rather than just making it a flat, lifeless blob.





* The articulation on Legion is quite good. It's similar to most other Legends, yeah, but his build and sleeker outfit definitely improves the range of motion in his joints. 






* Legion has two sets of swappable hands: A pair of fists and a pair of open hands for grappling and gesturing. They swap easily enough and give him a bit of variety when you're posing him. 





* The second Age of Apocalypse series comes with the parts to build Colossus and Legion comes with the right leg. It's a decent sized piece, though I don't have any need for it. If you want it, hit me up. I'll sell it cheap. 








The Negatives:



* There are some weird spots or stains on Legion's right elbow. Something left over from the manufacturing process, I guess.

  Legion is an interesting character for sure but, as a figure, he's fairly average. I like his design and the headsculpt but overall he's just not terribly exciting. Surely some energy effects or something to show off the array of powers he gets from the multiple personalities that inhabit his mind would have helped to make this guy a bit more exciting. It's doubtful we'll see Legion again, so kudos to Hasbro for making him in figure form. He's a Good figure but really only appealing to folks absolutely needing a Legion for their displays or for folks building the Age of Apocalypse. Colossus. I'm glad I snagged him on sale or otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked him up. 



This is the first figure of Legion I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro
Taskmaster

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
 
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 
Nuke 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Cable
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Deathlok
Domino
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
 
Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange

Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 
 
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Thing  
 
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Angela
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Drax
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Star-Lord 
Yondu 
 
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
 
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor

Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro (2017)
 
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
 
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
 
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro
She-Hulk 

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)
Xemnu

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)
Gwenpool

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Carnage  
 
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)
 
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Cable
Cyclops
Havok
Iceman
Juggernaut
Kitty Pryde
Magik





2 comments:

  1. Does the hair have something to do with his powers or is he just a William F. Guile fan?

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    1. As far as I know it's just his style. He actually first appeared in 1985 while Guile appeared in 1991 but I totally see the resemblance. They must go to the same barber, right?

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