Legend (n): 1 a: a story coming down from the past; especially : one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable b: a body of such stories <a place in the legend of the frontier> c: a popular myth of recent origin d: a person or thing that inspires legends e: the subject of a legend <its violence was legend even in its own time — William Broyles Jr.>
With the arrival of the New York Comic Con, news about the long-questionable status of the Marvel Legends toy line has finally come to light, and Hasbro has definitively confirmed that its status is still questionable.
For starters, the Nemesis wave, what we knew as ML4, has been pushed back to December (!). It will now be a Wal-Mart exclusive.
What we knew as ML5–the wave with Spiral–is coming out in September, now, and will be exclusive to Target stores, making it the first Target exclusive ML wave, I believe.
The two Hulk waves will be hitting in the latter half of the year–August for wave 1 and September/October for wave 2.
Hasbro also revealed more ML two-packs–in addition to the Elektra/Ronin and Cap/Fury packs, we’re also getting a SHIELD Agent/Hand pack, a Skrull/Kree pack, and a Forge/Wolvie pack.
Wait, FORGE!? Really? Sweet! He and Wolvie will be wearing the X-uniform that the whole team wore for a brief period of time, just before the launch of X-Men volume 2.
It looks like more of the two packs feature interchangeable parts as well–Elektra has two heads, both with and without bandanna, and two sets of hands, sculpted to hold different weapons. Wolverine comes with scowly and screaming heads, and–a first for ML–interchangeable hands without claws extended. Forge looks loaded with weapons, two different heads, and two sets of hands, open and sculpted to hold the weapons. Also included in the shot with Forge’s extra parts is a mysterious blonde head–without any body for context, it could be anyone. The SHIELD agent looks to include either a helmeted variant head or Nick Fury (or both?), though, yet again, no cigar for everyone’s favorite Colonel. I like army builders, but I’m a little disappointed to be getting generic SHIELD agents before the likes of Dum Dum Dugan. The Skrull/Kree pack looks to feature interchangeable arms for the Skrull–who himself seems to be a repaint/retool of the Super Skrull from the doomed FF Classics line.
Due to a fair amount of complaint, it seems Hasbro is bringing back double elbows and knees–at least for these figures.
We’re also finally getting shots of (what was) ML 5–another Black Costume Spidey seems a bit redundant, but given the scarcity of the last one, I know I’ll appreciate it. Wolvie in a black costume (evil clown suit?) will be making an appearance, and Silver Savage looks amazing. Union Jack looks like–well, Union Jack. It looks as though there may be a helmetless Spiral variant, and Adam Warlock looks great too. There’s a Red Hulk back there in the shots, but no card to say whether he’s part of the wave or not.
Also shown were shots of the rest of the Hulk Legends figures–an atrocious looking Grey Hulk, plus Hulk: The End, a very pouty looking King Hulk, Savage She-Hulk, Absorbing Man (who looks like he just may be the standout figure of the wave, with the brick sculpting on that leg), Son of Hulk, Wendigo, and Doc Samson. It looks like Bi-Beast has been regrettably scaled down to the Hulk Movie line–I say regrettably because the sculpt looks fantastic.
Speaking of movie figures, more Iron Man movie figures were shown–shots of Titanium Man, who we’ve seen on packaging already, then other such things as Captain America Armor Iron Man (complete with shield–*sigh*), the black-and-white Satellite Armor Iron Man, Stealth Armor Iron Man (not to be confused with Stealth Operations Iron Man, though he’s packing just as much heat), and shots of the more accurate second Iron Monger figure. There were also shots of the Iron Man car, which I will most assuredly buy and repaint if it’s properly scaled for six inch figures.
Spider-Man Classics is making a return, it seems, and is loaded on re-releases–Iron Spidey (who was scarce the first time, so good call), the SAME CARNAGE FIGURE AGAIN (seriously, time for a new one already), what they’re calling Classic Venom (who looks to be a decent sculpt–possibly a new figure–albeit with a currently atrocious paint job), Shocker, the Humberto Ramos-style Green Goblin, what looks to be McFarlane Spidey with a new paint job, and Underwater Mission Spider-Man, complete with scuba gear and a wetsuit–a great sculpt of a terrible idea.
In the back are some more movie figures–first, the Spider-Man Legends Movie Sandman, pouty face and all, though he’s got interchangeable arms now. There’s another shot of the Movie Black Costume Spider-Man–you know, the one that shouldn’t exist–and a card back shows Movie Rhino scaled up to 6-inch as well.
Transformer Crossovers is showing pics of Venom and Spidey–they look interesting, but there’s not much else to say about that.
Superhero Squad! There appear to be repaints (surprise!) of the Iron Man figures–Ultimate Iron Man is repainted to black and grey, but it looks more like War Machine than Ultimate Black Widow’s armor. The unmasked Tony Stark is painted this weird red-and-tan combo–I can’t call it gold because the First Appearance Iron Man has been repainted gold and is in the same shot. You can see the difference. The box set War Machine figure is also repainted to standard IM red and yellow, for some reason.
We’ll also be seeing what looks like SHS Falcon, Winter Soldier, comic-based Sandman, Spidey hanging from a lightpost, Hobgoblin, Punisher in his Captain America duds, Electro, Red Skull, Sentry, and another Punisher with a trench coat and a different set of weapons.
The Target Exclusive Movie Hulk was shown in packaging…and he looks as though he’s had a stroke. He’s got this sort of displeased grimace, but it droops down the side of his face, as though his muscles weren’t responding. I mentioned the movie Hulk figures earlier–BiBeast looks great, at least sculpt-wise (Peg shoulders? Really?), and it looks like that line is even getting a better Grey Hulk than Hulk Legends. Last reports were that the Movie Hulk line would be in a 3 3/4 inch scale, which means characters like these will obviously be bigger than that, but how much so? There aren’t enough photos showing them next to six inch figs to get an idea. Here’s hoping!