MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Scott Summers wears a specially designed visor and shoots beams of energy from his eyes as the optically-gifted hero, Cyclops.”
Ooooooohhhhhh yeeeeaaaaaaahhhh! It’s Cyclops! And it’s not just any Cyclops. No, no: it’s THE Cyclops. This is the one. From the ‘90s. ‘90s Cyclops: tell your friends.
Cyclops is no stranger to Marvel Legends. He’s actually had six prior Legends figures (and that’s *just* the official Legends-branded releases). The problem? None of them were quite right. Both of the Toy Biz attempts were far less than stellar, and while Hasbro’s attempts have been steadily getting better, they all had something off about them. Be it the simple misfortune of being released while Hasbro was still learning (the first Astonishing Cyclops), poor design choices (the TRU First Appearance Cyclops), or just an incredibly limited release (the Puck and Jubilee Series figures), he just seemed unlucky. My personal favorite was the Marvel Now version from the Jubilee Series, but in addition to his (and the rest of the series’s) scarce distribution, he was also sporting a far from standard Cyclops design. The latest series of Marvel Legends has done its best to amend this. Let’s see if they succeeded.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyclops is figure 5 in the Warlock Series of Marvel Legends. Scott is one of the assortment’s two “headliners” with the other being Old Man Logan. He’s based on Scott’s early ‘90s Jim Lee-designed costume, which is considered by a lot of people to be the definitive design for the character, thanks largely to its presence on the ‘90s X-Men cartoon. It’s rife with ‘90s goofiness, with straps and pouches galore. Nevertheless, there’s just something about this design that is really commanding. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Like the last three Cyclopes from Hasbro, this figure is built on the Bucky Cap body. Lee’s Cyclops was generally a little bulkier, so I feel like something like the Spider-UK body wouldn’t have been out of place here. Of course, the last three versions of this guy were all on the same body, so I can definitely see Hasbro’s desire to keep the character consistent, and it’s not like I dislike the Bucky Cap body. The figure is constructed in much the same way as the Marvel Universe take on this design; all the straps and such are add-on bits. This is the area where this figure is the weakest. While the basic sculpts are okay, they don’t sit quite the way they should. The wrist bits are perfectly fine, and the thigh straps are passable (they pop out of place, but not too often). The bootstraps fall down a lot, but you can work them up the calf gradually so that they stay a bit better. The biggest issue is definitely the belt/straps. They’re too loose and the belt in particular sits at an odd angle. In Hasbro’s defense, if they made the piece too tight, the torso articulation would be quite limited; apart from a dedicated torso sculpt, their options were limited. Even with the issues, the right posing and futzing with the pieces gets the figure to the point where he looks pretty darn awesome. Adding to the awesomeness is the head sculpt; I thought the MU sculpt for this design was pretty on point, and I was also a pretty big fan of Toy Biz’s take, but man does this sculpt blow them out of the water. It’s clean, and every detail is really sharp. From the shape of the visor to the flow of his hair, this is a pitch-perfect representation of Scott from the ‘90s. Easily the strongest head sculpt Hasbro’s put out on a Legends figure. The paint on Cyclops is really solid. Not perfect, and he could still use some accent work here and there, but the colors are really vibrant, and this guy just pops. It’s worth noting that the visor is done in gold, which sometimes annoys me on Cyclops figures, but they’ve matched the shade of the gold to the yellow on the rest of the figure, so it reads as the same basic color, just like it does in the comics. Cyclops includes no accessories of his own, which is a slight letdown. Given the prevalence of energy effects with recent Hasbro offerings, I was sort of hoping for an extra head with some sort of optic blast attachment, but alas, no luck. On the plus side, he’s packed with the other leg of Build-A-Figure Warlock, which is one of the bigger pieces.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Oooooh boy, was this guy illusive. As soon as the news broke that these figures were hitting Target, I started checking for them. This guy was by far my most wanted of the singles in this set. Of course, like with last year’s Rogue figure, I was far from alone in that respect. For several weeks, I arrived just after someone else in the area, seeing every other figure but this guy. Word broke that these guys were starting to hit Walgreens a little early, so on a whim, I stopped by one while I was out with Super Awesome Girlfriend. I wasn’t expecting to find him, but before I even made it all the way down the aisle, I saw his colors, and there he was, right at the front of the shelf. I may or may not have skipped out of the store after paying for him….
This is my favorite Legends figure to date, which is no small feat. He’s not a perfect figure, but he’s everything I wanted from a Cyclops Legends figure. This is the Cyclops I’ve been waiting for since 2002, and I couldn’t be more happy to have him.