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

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 

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

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
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
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

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

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
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

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

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

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

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

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

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde


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

    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?

    2. Either that or Guile has some child support payments that he'll need to remit post-haste.

    3. Charles Xavier is going to have some questions, too.

  2. Speaking of Guile, who has the Street Fighter license now? There's been a long absence of their figures in this part of the world other than the specialty shops.

    1. So Jada Toys has just announced within the last few days that they are releasing a Street Fighter 2 series. Their stuff has been pretty solid with good articulation and quality and decent prices. Their distribution can be very spotty on some lines, though. I'm not sure I ever saw the Universal Monsters or the Cereal Monsters in a retail store, though they were readily available online. They're starting off with Fei Long, Ryu, and Chun-Li. I too would love a reasonably prices and well articulated Street Fighter line that at least delivers the Street Fighter 2 lineup from Championship Edition as well as some of the greatest hits from other games, too. The line could have some serious legs but video game lines are often really weird and seem to end randomly.

    2. Fortnite seems to be the only video game with any kind of consistent action figure line tied to it. I hope that Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat make a comeback on toy shelves.

    3. Jada's stuff gives me some hope as it seems like there's a lot of desire for Street Fighter 2 stuff out there and they're going with more classic looks and not newer looks like McFarlane is doing with Mortal Kombat. Halo seems to have a pretty consistent presence even if the company releasing product changes every few years.

    4. Pokemon is a staple, too, and Jakks' Mario/ Worldof Nintendo line has been going for almost 10 years now. Crazy!

    5. I keep wondering about Halo. McFarlane did a good job with the Spartans in Halo: Reach (I was able to get all except two members of Noble Squad) but I only picked up Master Chief and the Spartan Athlon from the succeeding lines. I see the newer figures and they don't look bad but they haven't shown up in this part of the world yet.

    6. The Jazwares line ("Halo: The Spartan Collection") has had pretty good distribution in the states. I like the figures for the most part as they're well done, especially at the standard $20 price point. Wal-Mart, Target, and GameStop consistently carry them. I definitely grabbed a few last year but I'm not sure the line is really going to expand to anything but Spartans in the 6 inch series. They kind of teased some things but we've seen nothing yet.


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