Hasbro Marvel Legends X-Men Series 2 Cyclops Figure Review
Hasbro’s second wave of their popular Marvel Legends series is available now and introduces Warlock to the line as a build-a-figure. This new wave includes Cyclops, Colossus, Sunfire, Dazzler, Polaris, Logan and Shatterstar, with each figure (excluding Logan) including a piece to build Warlock.
The 90’s X-Men were at their finest in our opinion when took over the creative side of it in 1991. The classic X-Men covers, storyline and costume design. Interestingly enough, “X-Men Vol. 2 #1 is the is still the best-selling comic book of all-time with sales of over 8.1 million copies and nearly $7 million according to a public proclamation by Guinness World Records at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con” (-wikipedia). The Jim Lee design era is the most remembered out of all the costume changes that the X-Men had to face and is the most popular takes on the X-Men. This particular design of Cyclops has been featured in comics, animated series, video games, , television, and just about everywhere else in the 1990’s, making this the most recognized look of the character.
Cyclops is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Cyclops can emit powerful beams of energy from his eyes. He cannot control the beams without the aid of special eyewear which he must wear at all times. He is typically considered the first of the X-Men, a team of mutant heroes who fight for peace and equality between mutants and humans, and one of the team’s primary leaders
Availability: March 2017 limited availability; April 2017
Cyclops is based on his appearance as seen in the Jim Lee era comics, and the figure uses the Bucky Cap body with a new head, a chest harness and belt, and cuffs around his thighs and the top of his boots. The parts used for the figure are a great choice, and it’s not too slim, while not overly bulky, and he does look like he came right out of the comics of the early 1990’s. The chest harness is a separate sculpted piece that is made of plastic, and is sculpted around his left shoulder and head, and is attached to the belt around his waist with pouches all the way around. There are two X logos on his piece, including one on top, and one as a belt buckle.
His head sculpt is nicely done, with a metallic gold optic piece covering his eyes, with a red visor, and the back half of his head is covered in the blue costume, with his brown hair showing on top.
In the Toybiz run of Marvel Legends 6″ figures, they did release one Cyclops figure in this costume in an X-Men Classics wave that they did. The Cyclops figure shown to the left (above), was part of the first wave in 2004, and as you can see is a slimmer version with some sloppy paint apps compared to what Hasbro has done here. It’s not to say that Toybiz didn’t go a good job, because for the most part they did. We’re saying that the tooling and ability to make these figures have improved dramatically over the years and right now Marvel Legends is the best that it’s ever been.
Cyclops is painted in his blue uniform, with yellow shorts, gloves, cuffs around his thighs and the top of his boots, boots, and a yellow chest harness with an orange wash over it. The cuffs on his thighs and boots fall down rather easily, as these are separately sculpted pieces.
He is also nicely articulated to create some dynamic poses, including a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, swivel boots, hinged and rocker ankles.
Cyclops does not come with any accessories, but includes a leg for Warlock. So you will absolutely need everyone except Logan if you wish to build Warlock.
Overall, this version of Cyclops is by far the best costume designs ever drawn for him. The figure pays a great likeness to the comic art and fans will definitely want to add him to their collection. Just watch out for those cuffs falling down constantly.