Monday, September 18, 2023

Action Figure Review: Dark Phoenix from Marvel Legends Retro Collection: X-Men by Hasbro


      Today I've got another Marvel Legends X-Men review, and I hope you like it because I have about a dozen more lined up! Today I'm checking out the Marvel Legends Retro Collection Dark Phoenix. I already have the 2016 Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix from the TRU exclusive 2-pack, but I have a hard time turning Jean Grey down, so I jumped at a sale on a loose version of this new version. OK, so, yes, this isn't technically Jean Grey but the Phoenix-Force manifesting itself to look and act like Jean Grey, but c'mon; doesn't everyone refer to her as Phoenix and call Phoenix Jean? Dark Phoenix has an incredible costumes, one of the best, and I like the brighter colors on this one. Plus, she uses a newer, pinless body. Let's check out Dark Phoenix after the break...

The Facts:

The Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed torso, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: 4 swappable hands and a phoenix effect.

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars


* Here's a quick shot of my Marvel Legends Phoenix collection. On the left is the Dark Phoenix from the Toys 'R Us 2-pack, this new Retro Collection version is in the middle, and the 2016 Juggernaut series Phoenix is on the right (with an alternate head from the 2017 release). This version of Dark Phoenix uses a newer, pinless body, has a unique sash, and either has a new head or the digital sculpt was tweaked just a bit.

The Positives:

* Despite having a simple sculpt with most details being simply painted on, this is a very striking action figure! The body sculpt is fantastic and the red and yellow are really nice and bright. She definitely stands out in a good way. The logo on her chest is neat and clean and her sash, a separate but nonremovable piece, actually has a phoenix buckle sculpted and painted on it. 

* As I mentioned in my comparison of the other two Phoenix figures, I do believe this is either an all new sculpt or a tweak of the digital sculpt from the 2017 Dark Phoenix. Her face looks incredible, as does her hair, and the paintwork is improved due to the use of the face printing process here. It's all quite gorgeous.

* Here's a shot at (not)Jean's hair from the back to show off the detail and the nice wash. She's got some serious volume!

* Since she has a mostly new body, Dark Phoenix is rocking some seriously smooth articulation. She's extremely poseable and everything moves nicely here.

* Four swappable hands are included with Dark Phoenix: A pair of open "jazz hands" and a pair of fists.

* Since Dark Phoenix has cosmic pyrokinesis, she includes a conjured flame effect that looks like a Phoenix. It's tail can wrap around her forearm like it's emitting forth from her.

* I love the translucent plastic this bird is molded in. It reminds me of the plastic companion ghosts that came with Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters figures back in the day. 

   The Retro Collection Dark Phoenix turned out to be a very nice figure. Good articulation, a great portrait, and the colors really pop. There's a lot of reuse here and the base body is just painted on other than the cool sash, though, so for the price it would have been nice to have a few more extras. An alternate portrait and maybe a pair of those swirly fire effects for her forearms would have spiced things up a bit more. Still, this is another chance at another X-Men heavy hitter, especially considering the Toys 'R Us Dark Phoenix figure surged in price over the past few years. She gets a Good and a 1/2 from me. 

If you're a fan of Jean Grey/ Marvel Girl and/or the Phoenix, make sure to also check out my reviews of the Hasbro Marvel Legends Jean Grey as the Black Queen and the Hasbro Marvel Legends Series  Jean Grey as Phoenix and Marvel Girl

For more Marvel Legends Retro Collection reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Retro Collection by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Retro Collection: Fantastic Four by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Retro Collection: Spider-Man by Hasbro
Symbiote Spider-Man

Marvel Legends Retro Collection: X-Men by Hasbro


  1. I'm looking forward to the Legends X Men 97 releases.

    1. I really want to see them in the person but I do plan on grabbing Storm as I just don't have Storm in that outfit and this one looks really nice. I definitely tend to buy Rogue and Wolverine almost every time a new figure comes out.

  2. Fun and informative, thanks!


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