Today, it’s my second look at the early 2000s juggernaut, Marvel Legends. I’ve mentioned in the past my issues with this line’s tendency to draw out the worst in the collector market, but the figure’s themselves weren’t always bad. I’ll be looking at one of the figure’s from towards the end of Toy Biz’s run with the line: Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man. Sweet Christmas!
Luke Cage was a character created in the 70s to somewhat tie-in to the trend of “blaxplotation” movies. Marvel wanted to try and appeal to that market, so they created Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. He starred in his own series for a while, that was very 70s. When his own series started to suffer, he was rolled in with fellow 70s character Iron Fist. It was here that the two characters found their audience, and it’s how they’re often remembered. When the 70s passed, Cage fell into obscurity, but he came into a bit of a revival in the last few years, and is set to appear in his own Netflix-original miniseries in 2015.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Luke Cage was released as part of the 14th Series of ToyBiz’s Marvel Legends line. He’s a little bit over 6 inches tall, and he has 35 points of articulation. The figure depicts Luke in his original yellow and black look. It’s incredibly dated, but given that the character seems to just where normal clothes these days, this is the most interesting look the character’s had. Luke’s sculpt isn’t too bad. The body sculpt is one of the better ones that the line had to offer. It doesn’t have some of the stranger proportions that plagued the line, although his super articulation does make some parts of the sculpt look a little…off. The head looks fine, if a bit on the angry side. Most of the figure is molded in the proper color, but there’s some nice accent work done to bring out the sculpt’s details. Cage included a piece of Series 14’s Build-A-Figure Mojo, and a copy of his first appearance.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In my last review of a Marvel Legends figure, I lamented how difficult it was to get a hold of the figures. Well, but the last two waves or so of the line, this was less the case, so I had no real issues getting Luke here.