MARVEL AVENGERS PLAYMATION (HASBRO)
Man, the toys-to-life thing sure imploded fast. After the success of Skylanders and Amiibo, everyone and their mother wanted in on it. While Lego’s Dimensions attempt seems to have taken off in much the same way as the first two, Disney’s Infinity was discontinued in fairly short order (despite early success). Somewhere along the line, Hasbro also tried their hand at the concept, creating their Playmation line, which I think most people were unaware even existed. It got a handful of the figures out there, but its far more limited scope (they only did Avengers characters) and overlapping with the already failing Disney Infinity meant that never really took off or got any sort of notoriety. It did manage to offer a few somewhat unique items, including today’s focus, the Super Adaptoid, an Avengers foe that had, up to this point, gone without any action figures.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Super Adaptoid was released in the second round of basic Marvel Avengers Playmation figures. The Playmation figures were bigger than most other toys-to-life items, being a just slightly smaller scale than Hasbro’s Marvel Legends and the like. The Adaptoid stands just shy of 6 inches tall (which, with his slight kneel, means he’s close enough that you can fudge the scale, should you want to display him with your Legends collection). Another change that Playmation offered was giving the figures some articulation; it’s not a lot, but the Adaptoid can move at the shoulders, neck, mid-torso, and a little bit at the hips. You’re not going to get a ton of variety in how he can be posed, but it’s enough to make him more than a statue. The Super Adaptoid has had a few looks over they years, with his most prevalent being an all-green amalgamation of Cap, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wasp, and Thor. This figure isn’t quite that design, but it’s a slightly modernized take on it, I guess. It’s sort of like they married his classic design with his design from Avengers Assembled. It’s not a terrible look, and probably a lot less goofy looking than his original design, while still keeping a lot of the basic traits. It’s workable, and I certainly prefer it to his last comics appearance design. The figure’s sculpt is actually pretty cool; a lot of this line’s figures looked sort of odd or strangely inhuman, but for a character like the Adaptoid, it’s not a bad thing. The various stolen hero details are petty cool, and you can pretty clearly discern what came from whom. As far as the pose goes, it’s not too extreme a pose, but also not as boring as a simple standing pose. The legs seem a little odd, but they aren’t terrible, and at least he can stand. I also appreciate the small little base, which has him standing on the remains of one of the Ultron drones. It keeps him standing steady and looks cool to boot. That’s the way to do it. Now, Hasbro could have taken the easy way out on the paint and just done him in mostly solid green. However, they didn’t do that; they actually used a nice variety of greens, which keeps the consistency from the comics, while also providing some nice depth to the look.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t pay much attention to Playmation when it was hitting retail, mostly due to owning lots of the characters presented lots of times over, and typically in a superior form. That being said, I caught this guy’s image on the back of one of the packages and was moderately intrigued. I even thought about picking him up at full price a few times, but I just never got around to it. Eventually, I ended up finding a whole bunch of them at Ollie’s. This guy was like $3, which was good enough for me to finally pick him up. I’m glad I did. I still don’t really have any interest in the actual game these guys were attached to, but a cool Super Adaptoid is a cool Super Adaptoid.