Everyone has their hobbies, their poison they pick for their free time and money, something they enjoy doing in their spare time. For the better part of the last three years, I have really come to enjoy something that I loved as a kid: collecting toys. Mainly, I have amassed a pretty decent size of Marvel Legends figures from Hasbro and that is where I spend most of that hobby. The line was something I started taking notice of when I was roughly ten or eleven, shortly after it debuted when it began as Spider-Man Classics by Toybiz, and loved the articulation and accuracy of the figures. They nearly stepped off the page itself and they had a unique marketing strategy in the form of Build-A-Figures, figures that were larger than the other normal figures that came in pieces with other figures. This was a clever way of providing incentive to collectors and kids to “collect them all” and assemble this figure. Some of the older build-a-figures included a Sentinel and Giant Man, the most recent figures being the Rhino in the latest wave and the Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster before that. At San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago, the latest batch of figures made their early appearance before their release next year and led me to curse various news outlets for enabling my addiction. I’m very excited about some of the figures, namely Spider-Gwen and Venom, but there are some that I’ve yet to see in plastic form that I think would be just wonderful and deserve the six-inch scale treatment. Here are six characters from both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe that I think need Marvel Legends figures sometime in the near future.
Yondu is a character that has existed in the comics for a long time and was one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I’d like a figure of his movie appearance in the likeness of Michael Rooker. Yondu was one of my favorite parts of the movie last year and was an absolute scene stealer every time he was on screen. Although we had a Guardians of the Galaxy wave last year for the movie, there was no Yondu to my disappointment. With Guardians 2 being released in less than two years, it would be a great time to build to his return. Plus, who wouldn’t want more Michael Rooker? If they wanted to, they could just re-use aspects of the Star Lord mold from last year with a new head sculpt and, if they wanted to go the extra mile, a troll doll from the end of the movie.
Cindy Moon a.k.a. Silk is a recent addition to the comics where she debuted towards the end of 2014 in Amazing Spider-Man. It was revealed that the spider that bit Peter Parker also bit Cindy shortly after, giving her abilities similar to Peter’s but an enhanced spider sense and the ability to shoot webbing from her fingertips. Peter never found out about her due to her being locked away by Ezekiel, one of Peter’s allies, to keep her safe from an ancient group called the Inheritors that preyed on animal totems (people who drew power and abilities from animals). Peter set her free, launching the huge Spider-Verse event from last year and she has proven really popular since the end of the event earlier this year. Cindy would make a great figure because she’s essentially a female Spider-Man and due to her popularity would sell very well. Give her an alternate unmasked head along with interchangeable hands and some webbing and “The Bride” would be a hot item.
Scott Summers may have gone down the crazy road the past two or three years, but it has been quite a while since we’ve seen him in this line. The most recent version of Cyclops we have was from the Toys R Us Exclusive Jubilee wave from last year and that figure was not the best, very messy paint applications and poor articulation are what kept me away along with them using his current (read: horrible) costume. I personally loved Avengers vs X-men as a story and loved the twist of the Phoenix Force splitting into five X-men and the design on Cyclops in particular was very awesome, especially the almost beak-like look of the visor. If they wanted to, Hasbro could also give us a variant version of the Dark Phoenix Cyclops from the end of the storyline. Given Hasbro’s penchant for re-using molds, I hope that they wouldn’t re-use the Cyclops mold that I mentioned or the Bucky Captain America mold that they use a lot, but rather give us something new for this figure. If you paired this guy with the Tamashi Nations fire effects, it would make for one hell of a display piece.
Peggy is by and large one of my favorite things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is a strong, empowered woman who takes charge, kicks butt and can look good doing it all while taking no slack or bull from her male colleagues. Given her popularity since Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 and her major presence since in her own show and more recently in Ant-Man I’m surprised we haven’t seen her yet. I could gush about how great she is, but this isn’t the place for that and Buzzfeed summed it up perfectly. Put her in either the blue coat and red hat or her military outfit from when she’s on missions with some guns and Agent Carter can stand side by side with Captain Rogers.
In case you can’t tell by now, I really would like to see more female characters from Marvel get their due in action figure form. I hope I’m not spoiling anything for anyone, but recently Jane Foster has taken the mantle of Thor from…Thor, who now calls himself Odinson. She was so worthy of lifting Mjolner that the inscription on the hammer that read “Whosoever wields this hammer if he be worthy” was changed the moment she grabbed it to “if she be worthy”. Since becoming Thor, Jane has not only had to fight off cancer but also deal with frost giants and the incursions of the Secret Wars. She has shown herself more than worthy of the name and other readers have picked up on this as her book has continued to be popular and sell well. For the figure, include not just Mjolner but also a version of the hammer that looks as if it is spinning and she’d be an excellent figure.
Victor Von Doom, in spite of what the movies may tell you, is the ultimate villain for the Marvel Universe. A master of both science and the mystic arts and ruler of Latveria, Doom is worthy of his arrogance. In the recent Secret Wars storyline, Doom gained omnipotent power by slaying the Beyonders and using that power to bring pieces of destroyed realities together as a patchwork planet called Battleworld. On Battleworld, Doom is considered the ultimate power and their God. While the series is still halfway released as of this article, Doom is one of the best characters Marvel has ever turned out and he hasn’t had a figure since January 2013 and it’s about time he got a new figure. Considering we have seen a lot of Iron Man and Captain Americas since, they need someone worthy to battle in displays and in children’s hands. Who better than Doom?
What do you guys think? Who do you want to see as Marvel Legends in the near future? Is it someone we have yet to see?