Marvel Legends (Red Onslaught Wave): Cottonmouth by Hasbro

It’s time for Marvel Monday to get back to the Legends line, and boy do I have a lot of catching up to do. I’m actually going to leap clear over the earlier Rhino BAF Wave to look at the Red Onslaught Wave only because I actually have all of these figures, and I’m still hunting some from the previous assortment. Let’s start things rolling with Cottonmouth!

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The packaging identifies this as a Captain America themed wave, although some of the characters here make for a tenuous connection at best. Nonetheless, I’ll be the first to complain that the Legends line doesn’t engage in enough team building and I’m hoping that Cottonmouth here (Burchell Clemens, not Cornell) is the first of many members of The Serpent Society to come to the pegs. Billed here as one of the “Forces of Evil,” Cottonmouth shares this slot in the assortment with Whirlwind. Considering there are no longer running changes in these cases, and they each have unique BAF parts, I wonder why Hasbro still pairs up figures like this. Do they save that much by printing a few less packages per wave? In the end it matters not to me, as I’m about to bite right through this package to get at my figure. Actually, I think I’ll just use scissors.

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Cottonmouth’s costume is all paint with no original sculpting. In fact, the only thing really distinctive about his suit is the rather abstract snake face on his chest.  From the neck down he’s built straight off of the Tigershark buck right down to the big graspy hands. As a result, he’s a pretty big dude. He positively dwarfs fellow snake fanatic Constrictor and he’s a pretty tall order for any of the previous Captain America’s to take on as well. While I dig the purple and yellow deco, the paint on my figure is pretty sloppy. The edges around the glove of his left hand are rough and there’s yellow paint splatter on his chest. This is also one of those instances where the paint on the leg just below the knee is supposed to match the plastic on the boots, but the darker purple bleeds through.

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While Hasbro took the easy way out on the body, they obviously put some extra work into the head. The open mouthed snake hood is textured and the portrait here is pretty fantastic. Hasbro has been pretty good about giving their Legends villains’ faces a little extra personality and Clemens here is no different. I love his expression, the detail in the facial structure and the teeth is excellent and the blank pupil-less eyes make him rather creepy.

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Since we’ve seen this body before, the articulation should hold few surprises. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, swivels in the biceps, and double hinges in the elbows. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, have swivels in the thighs and lower legs, and the ankles have both hinges and lateral rockers. There’s a swivel in the waist, an ab crunch hinge in the torso, and the neck is both ball jointed and hinged. The joints are all solid, no mush here, making Cottonmouth a lot of fun to play around with.

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If you’re in this line for the universe building like I am, Cottonmouth should be a welcome addition to your shelf. I’m always up for more villains and while I would have liked a little more effort put into the quality control on the paint, this is still a decent figure in my book. I certainly would have happily picked him up even if he didn’t come with one of those precious Build-A-Figure parts. Now let’s hope that Hasbro keeps the ball rolling and starts delivering on some more Serpent Society figures!

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