Monday, April 22, 2024

Action Figure Review: Magneto from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men '97 by Hasbro


   Guess what? Over the weekend, which ended up being pretty busy for me, I finished the original X-Men animated series and was able to watch the first episode. I really liked it and, since it truly continue from the last episode of the original series, I'm glad I rewatched the first three to four seasons and watched the rest of season four and season five, which I don't believe I'd ever seen. Season five does have a weird animation change but the stories are still good. So, since I've only watched the first episode of X-Men '97 I'm not going to delve into many spoilers here outside of the first episode. I don't know why Magneto is wearing his outfit from the 1985 storyline "The Trial of Magneto" rather than his classic red and purple outfit, but it sure looks sharp. I assume the Trial of Magneto will be used as the basis for some episodes this season. Of course, since Professor Xavier has left everything to Magneto in his will, he's now the big boss man and in charge of the X-Men. What?!?! Now, remember, Professor X isn't really dead; in the last episode of season five of the original show he was shot with an energy gun of some sort by Henry Gyrich and was taken by Lilandra to live in the Shi'ar empire where he will be able to be treated an survive. Apparently, the X-Men have decided to just go with the story that Chuck is dead since they don't seem to believe they'll ever see him again. How will the trial of Magneto play out since Magnus/ Erik/ Max is now part of the team? I'm anxious to find out. For now, let's see how the figure turned out. Let's check Magneto out after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ pec hinges, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: 4 swappable hands, 2 portraits, and cape.

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* This is a very cool looking Magneto figure as he's wearing something rather different than his standard look. For comic fans wanting a version of Magneto from the 1985 storyline "The trial of Magneto," I don't think this guy will feel out of place at all. He looks excellent and should fit in with the cartoon or comic based figures equally well (which was a wise decision on Hasbro's part). The outfit is mostly painted on and the giant stylized "M" on Magneto's chest looks neat and clean. His bicep length gloves do have sculpted ridges on his biceps, too. 

* This is a very cool Magneto portrait. Magneto is typically a good looking guy who has white hair but really looks like he takes care of himself, and that's what you're getting hair. Check out that hair! Everything is just excellent and really captures magnus quite well. 

* He also comes with a second portrait that looks pissed. Seriously, this is a very, very angry take on Magneto. He looks like someone who understands the science of magnetism and is really pissed that somebody keeps blaring ICP at him and asking him how magnets work. 

* The cape is a cool touch and I love the collar. What would you call it? It looks scarf-like to me, but I'm sure there is a better name for it. 

* Like most newer Marvel Legends figures, there's not a thing wrong with the articulation here and there's not a whole lot that needs to be said; it's incredibly solid and everything works fabulously. Everything is pinless and everything moves freely other than his cape, which is removable, so posing him is quite fun.

* Look! Magneto has four swappable hands: Two fists and two gesturing hands. Also, at some point while working on this review I ended up watching episodes 2 and 3 of X-Men: '97 and, yes, this does borrow from "The Trial of Magneto" but it also uses parts of the "X-Cutioner's Song" with lots of other stuff. This is kind of Magneto's hero suit now that he's the leader of the team and it looks excellent in the show. Also, what's up with Mags and Rogue? Magneto, you old dog, you!

   This is a cool figure that looks quite nice and does a nice job of capturing the look of the character on the show and in the comic. I don't really have anything negative to say about Magneto except that I wish he had come with a few extras. Xavier's will would have been cool (it's bound like a book) and I'm really surprised we didn't get some sort of cuffs or the collar that suppresses his powers at the trial in front of the UN. Again, I still think that Hasbro offering these up for the same prices as they have been but without the BAF pieces, they really need to accessorize them just a bit more to add an extra bit of value. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure, but he feels a bit light. 

I'm surprised, but this is the first Magneto figure I've reviewed on the site. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro
Yelena Belova

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: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Hasbro (2023)
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Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro (2017)
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Marvel Legends Series: Marvel Knights (2023)

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
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Silk and Doc Ock

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

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King in Black: Knull and Venom

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

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

Marvel Legends Series: Thor by Hasbro

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Mighty Thor

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Typhoid Mary

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  1. Looks cool. Well partly due to your blog, I've taken the plunge into 6" figs...oh my what a rabbit hole I've gone down! LOL

    1. Are you picking up Marvel Legends or other lines as well?

    2. I'm a bit all over the place to be honest, I have gotten several Marvel Legends, but also a few GI Joe Classified, and some Star Wars Black. So many options!!

  2. I'm digging the cartoon. Not sure about this rendition of Magneto, but overall, a great set of characters.

    1. It's a cool hero suit with a nice basis in the comics. It makes for a plainer figure, though, but the portraits are incredible.

  3. That giant M always looked so incredibly dorky. Kinda makes him difficult to take seriously.

    1. I find it so stylized that an M isn't the first thing I think of when I see it. That being said, Magneto is back to wearing a more classic costume in the show now.


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