As promised, it’s back to business as usual, folks, so welcome to the first Marvel Monday of 2016! I’ve got unfinished business from last year in the form of the Hulkbuster Wave, so let’s get cracking with a look at the next figure in the line… Vision!
Oddly enough, Vision shared a slot in this wave with Dr. Strange, which made no sense to me for just about any reason I can think of. But let’s go with, he’s goddamn Vision and shouldn’t have to share a slot with nobody. Because he shares the slot his name doesn’t appear on the front, only the moniker: “Marvel Heroes.” Yeah, it had to be that generic to put these two together. The only other thing notable about the package is that Vision’s cape comes detached from the figure and upside down on the tray to make room for the bulky Hulkbuster crotch.
I’ll confess I was hoping a bit for a Cinematic Universe Vision, but this is most definitely the comic version. That’s OK. I’ll take it. I need a Vision on my Legends shelf. The figure features one of the slighter male bucks and relies primarily on the paint for his costume, but it’s one of the more dynamic paint schemes we’ve seen in this line. There are three different shades of green making up the bulk of his costume, including a dark green, a metallic green, and a lighter flat used for his lower legs. This combined with the yellow “V” on the shoulders and chest and the red face and hands really make the figure pop nicely. If I had one nitpick about the paint on the body, it would be that the yellow paint makes the seams on the shoulders look rather obvious.
The cape clips around Vision’s neck and also plugs into his back. It is rather narrow in the center, but bellows out at the end and it’s long enough to reach the floor and serve a little support assistance for standing him. That having been said, I really didn’t find it got in the way of the more dynamic poses.
I really dig the head sculpt here. Vision sports a rather determined look and his features are a bit exaggerated to give him a nice, non-human, visage, with high cheek bones and a very pronounced brow. On the downside, Hasbro got a little sloppy with the paint and there are a couple of small drips of yellow on his forehead, which have proven to be rather stubborn to remove.
There’s plenty of articulation to go around on Vision. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders with a satisfying ratchet to them. The elbows are double hinged, there are swivels in the biceps, and the wrists have rotating hinges. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, the knees have double hinges, and there are swivels in the thighs and the lower legs. The ankles feature hinges and lateral rockers. The torso has a swivel at the waist, an ab-crunch hinge, and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed. Vision features a fist on his right hand and an open left hand to offer a little variety in posing.
Vision is a damn solid figure with just a couple of little quibbles that keeps him from being a slam dunk, and honestly, those issues could just be on my figure. It’s one of the ongoing pitfalls of having to buy my figures sight unseen and online. If there’s one thing I can say about 2015, it solidified my habit of buying my figures almost exclusively online because I just don’t have the time to go hunting and even if I did the stores here are so poorly stocked it probably wouldn’t matter.