Marvel Universe Infinite: Cyclops (Astonishing X-Men) by Hasbro

I do still have some unfinished business with the now defunct Marvel Universe line, but in the interest of being topical I’m going to press on and start looking at some of the Marvel Infinite Series. Yes, it’s the same thing only rebranded. It’s so much the same thing that a significant portion of the Infinite lineup has been repackaged figures or in today’s case figures from MU that were cancelled altogether. This Astonishing X-Men version of Cyclops was from a planned three-pack. It’s possibly worth noting that this is my first figure of Scott Summers since the one included in the Secret Wars Comic Pack a long time ago.

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There’s the brand new packaging and it, along with the Star Wars Black and Age of Extinction packages, provides further evidence to me that Hasbro has sacked its entire art design department. I mean, really Hasbro, what the hell is up with this? It’s so bland and boring. You’re supposed to be marketing comic book figures for chrissake. Look at the old packaging. It was colorful and exciting and it had great character art. Hell, I still have some of those carded figures hanging on my wall because they look so good. This is so sterile and… blah! Had I not known better I would guess that this package was designed for repacking older Marvel Universe figures and selling them at The Dollar General for five bucks a pop. On the plus side, I don’t have to feel bad about opening the figures any more. So, let’s shred this crappy card to bits and get Cyclops out of his dingy digs.

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I can’t say the Astonishing X-Men version is my favorite incarnation of Scott’s costume. Nostalgia dictates that I will probably always be a fan of the 90’s look. Nonetheless, I’m always going to applaud Hasbro for trying to get the look from the current books out on the shelves and pegs. Something in me has to believe that there are still kids out there reading the comics and wanting to go to the store and buy the corresponding figures so they can make adventures of their own. Anyway, aside from the head, there’s really no original sculpting on this figure. Cyclops represents the fairly easy “paint a costume on a standard buck” variety of release.

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Cyclops is cast in dark blue plastic with gold paint apps for the arm bracers, lower legs and piping of his costume. He also has the “X” emblem painted on the left of his chest, which I really don’t recall him having in the comics. The paintwork here is all pretty clean with just one break in the gold piping on my figure.

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The head sculpt is pretty good, but nothing extraordinary. The lower part of the face assumes a rather stern expression and his visor is quite well defined. Cyclops also features a left hand that is sculpted so that it interacts with his visor to help create some good action poses. There is something odd going on with the paint on his face. It looks like he had an explosive sneeze. It’s not noticeable under normal circumstances, but it’s sure turns up when you get in close with a camera lens.

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As far as articulation goes, Cyclops makes use of the most articulated buck we’ve seen in the Marvel Universe line. You get ball joints in the neck, shoulders, and hips. The arms have hinges in the elbows and swivels in both the elbows and wrists. The legs have double hinged knees and swivels in both the thighs and lower legs. The ankles feature both hinges and some generous lateral rockers. The torso swivels at the waist, has a ball joint just below the chest and there’s an extra hinge in the neck. It’s worth noting that the waist swivel on my figure was totally stuck and I had to boil the figure in order to reclaim the joint.

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If it hasn’t come across in this feature, I’ll just come out and say it now: Cyclops was the one release in the Infinite line so far that I was the least interested in. In fact, I intentionally picked him to go first so I could spend some time talking about the rebranded packaging because I just don’t have a lot else to say about this figure. There’s nothing wrong with him and if anything he has reassured me that despite the crappy new packaging and the needless name change, once you get the figure loose, this is still the same old Marvel Universe that I’ve collected and loved since the beginning. If you were jonesing for Scott Summers in this costume then you’ll probably be glad to have him.

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6 comments on “Marvel Universe Infinite: Cyclops (Astonishing X-Men) by Hasbro

  1. Scott here is nice but man it looks like he’s sweating like a hound under that mask. Or maybe he got hit by a melting ray. Being the arty guy that I am half the time I pick stuff like this up because of the snazzy graphics and art of the hardbacks. Hasbro has gone ho-hum on Marvel and Star Wars hardbacks. Maybe they assigned all those artists to work on the Guardians of the Galaxy stuff as that movie looks like its going to be very colorful. The 1″ non-action figure 2packs I picked up today to go with my soon to be purchased GotG starships had some artistic flair. More then the Marvel card you show above but that ain’t saying much.

  2. Don’t you hate when your camera picks up faults on your figure that you other wise wouldn’t have seen with the naked eye? You don’t know how many times I’ve taken pics of my figures only to say after “Where the hell did that green glop under his nose come from?” The only figure I’ve picked up from this line is the Heroic Age Iron Man. I like Hyperion but that odd collar around his neck bugs me. Omega Red and Grim Reaper may be the only other two I’ll pick up from this line. Oh and maybe the Captain America figure for sh#$% and giggles.

  3. They must use this line to repack those scarce and overpriced figures like Vision, classic Nick Fury, Blade, Archangel, Enchantress… heck, even Sunfire! Like they do with Omega Red. Or, even better, make improved (and abundants!) versions of those characters.

  4. I have the phasing Vision and it’s OK but needs an update (articulation, size…) and
    it was very expensive, more than it’s actually worth.

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