Unlike Mattel, Hasbro had a lot of spoilers over at their booth including most of wave 4 (or wave 1 of 2013) as well as the as-yet unseen designs for wave 3. With so much buzz, you'd think that there would be little they could do at the panel to surprise you. Well, you'd be wrong.
Otherwise we got some first looks at lots of great figures like the modern Mystique, Hyperion, Sentry, and so forth besides seeing a painted prototype for Jean Grey (added to the case along with Hit Monkey after the panel). Plus you can check out all of the wave 1 and 2 stuff again if you want to.
As previously noted, the Marvel Legends is apparently trending towards smaller BAFs. The first such is Hit Monkey. For those of who unfamiliar with the character, Deadpool will fill you in:
(Image courtesy of Comic Attack)
See? Exactly how it sounds.
Hit Monkey will be the BAF for the first wave of 2013. At first I was irate, figuring that Hasbro was really cutting corners but then I heard that he was actually just a 3-figure BAF which makes a bit more sense up until I realized that there were more than just three figures in his wave (excluding variants/changes). Hasbro exists to confuse me.
The tiny BAF may not have the size but he does seem to have the quality. The sculpt is unique and likely will never be used again, besides looking great at that. The paintwork also seems solid. Plus he seems to come well-armed, having far more guns than normal figures in the line. He also bears some resemblance to Ron Perlman, although it might be the hair and facial expression.
Hit Monkey's wave seems to consist of Sentry/Hyperion, Savage She-Hulk/Red She-Hulk, Archangel, Protector/Iron Fist, X-Force Wolverine, and Ultimate Captain America. Don't even ask me which figures come with what. It is a fairly nice looking line-up, though, and I'm looking forward to everybody except Protector and Iron Fist. Well, I'm also somewhat iffy on the Ultimate Cap since this is the third wave in a row we've seen the mold and the characters just look too similar as a result.
Hyperion and Sentry both seem to use variations of the Thunderball mold but, despite that, manage to look very different thanks to their general character designs. Despite owning the Toybiz Sentry I can't wait to get this one and I might want that Hyperion even more.
The pair of She-Hulks are also fairly exciting. While only Red She-Hulk is pictured with an accessory (a really awesome sword), Hasbro may well end up including it with Savage She-Hulk as well (like how Piledriver got a wrecking ball because Thunderball had one).
Archangel is a redeco of the mold seen in the SDCC-exclusive X-Force 3-pack. It's a decent sculpt and a design I'll definitely pick up, but he strikes me as almost being too muscular.
We also got a look at the Doctor Dooms of wave 3. That's right, Dooms. Apparently there's a Future Foundation variant that we weren't aware of. At any rate, both indeed look to recycle the Doctor Doom mold from the Ronan wave.
Neo Classic Iron Man from wave 3 looks a bit too bulky in places, especially the greaves which end up looking more like boots. I had mistakenly assumed he would just be a repack of the still unreleased Armored Avenger Neo Classic Iron Man but that's clearly not the case.
I'm more than a little disappointed by this design since Neo Classic, the design used in the 90s Iron Man: The Animated Series, was probably my favorite look for the character.
Modern Mystique seems to have the most recent Black Widow's upper torso and then shares body parts with many female characters. As such, she may be a little tall for a female like previous entries. If so, it probably will bother me a little but Mystique ended up looking great (I like it better than Toybiz's take on her classic outfit) and I can't wait to add her to my collection.
You'll also notice Moonstar in the background. While I may have previously discussed this figure, at the time we didn't know which accessories would be included. It looks like she comes with a bow, an arrow, and then a spear. I guess it's an okay assortment.
Of course, I imagine that many will be most excited for the painted Jean Gray. And yes, she looks pretty good albeit her expression makes her seem a little bored. Jean is wearing the iconic 90s outfit designed by Jim Lee which subsequently appeared on the classic X-Men: The Animated Series. Given the collective nostalgia for that cartoon, I imagine that she'll be the most sought-after figure in her wave. Then again, we don't yet know what else is in that second wave of 2013 beyond Wrecker and Bulldozer (Wrecker's running change/variant).
Wrecker (seen here) and Bulldozer (not seen here) will complete the Wrecking Crew line-up (excluding Excavator, who was an extremely temporary member even by temporary member standards). While I'm mildly surprised to see the roster completed so quickly, Hasbro's new system of running production changes seems to expedited that giving us two members (Thunderball and Piledriver (pictured)) in wave 2 and then another two in this upcoming wave.
Wrecker looks even uglier than usual with that weird expression. I'm not sure what they were going for but he just looks constipated. The figure uses a slightly re-tooled version of Thunderball/Piledriver's body and it almost looks like he might have a wider torso. As crazy as it sounds, I really am looking forward to completing the Wrecking Crew (although I still need to find Piledriver).
So, to sum things up, Hasbro revealed the remainder of waves 3 and 4 (or wave 1 of 2013 if you prefer that silly notation), as well as Wrecker and confirmed Jean Grey for wave 5 (or wave 2 of 2013). No news on Stryfe, although I imagine he'll probably wind up in the same wave as Jean and Wrecker.
If you could have one of the upcoming figures right now, which would you pick?
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