Marvel Legends (Red Onslaught Wave): Red Onslaught Build-A-Figure by Hasbro

Here we are at the and of this wave’s run and I’m finally able to put all these pieces together and build Red Onslaught, a BAF that has truly left me with some mixed emotions. While not one of my favorite characters, I’m willing to believe that getting Onslaught in Legends format would have made many fans happy. Getting Onslaught merged with a clone of The Red Skull? Hmm… you may be on shakier ground there, Hasbro.

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As I’m sure y’all know by now, Red Onslaught is built from the parts spread out between the seven figures in this wave. These include the two legs, two arms, torso, cape, and head. Technically, there are nine parts, as the shoulders are separate pieces, but were included with the torso piece in Mockingbird’s package. Everything fits together pretty easily and while he’s overall pretty sturdy, I did have one of his legs pull out a couple of times when posing him.

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While I’ve certainly hinted at Red Onslaught not being high on my want list of characters, I cannot deny that this is one damn gorgeous figure. He’s suitably tall for a BAF and the look of the armor, with its clean and lovely contours, is just amazing to me. From the sculpted muscles in the legs and the various segmented plates in the chest to that ribbed sections on the inner thighs, the sculptors spared no expense and the result is a figure that commands attention as if screaming from the shelf… YOU VILL NOTICE ME!!!  And check out those shoulders! They’re enough to make the collective Paladins of Azeroth feel pangs of jealousy. As if the sculpting on this piece weren’t enough, the mix of all that shiny crimson and purple is a veritable feast for the eyes!

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The back of the figure showcases that wonderful… cape? Well, let’s go with cape for lack of a better word. It’s actually more like a giant carapace that pegs right into his back.

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The portrait is a wonderful piece of work as well, even if most collectors would have probably preferred something a bit more Magneto-like sitting up there. Don’t worry, according to Hasbro, it’s coming! Either way, rather than blast it for what it isn’t, I’ll just go ahead and say it’s a fantastic sculpt with some amazing paintwork to back it up. The piercing eyes and individually painted teeth look great and the wash helps bring out some of those wonderful details in the skull.

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The articulation here is about what I expect out of my BAFs, and that is to say it’s not all that much different than the individually packaged figures. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, with swivels in the biceps. The fact that the shoulders are hinged mean that you can move them a bit out of the way, but they’re still going to interfere a bit with the arm movement. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have double hinges in the knees, hinges in the ankles, and swivels at the tops of the thighs. The only issue here for me is the ankle hinges. They don’t allow for any forward movement and that makes old Red Skull topple backwards sometimes. Finally, you get a ball joint in the chest and another in the neck.

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That’s it. That’s really all I’ve got. Truth is, I didn’t really have a dog in this hunt when it came to this wave’s BAF because I’m just not vested in this version of the character. With that having been said, he’s a strikingly gorgeous figure and he’ll be a welcome and imposing addition to my 6-inch Marvel shelves. After all, the name of the game for me with Marvel Legends is always about that ever expanding universe building and Red Onslaught certainly fits that bill and caps off what was a very solid wave of figures.

And just to note, I’ll be taking a break from Legends for the next couple of Marvel Mondays to look at some of Hasbro’s 3 3/4-inch offerings as well as some Hot Toys, but when things do swing back to Legends in a few weeks I’ll be kicking off the Absorbing Man Wave… And eventually I’ll double back and look at that Rhino Wave… Assuming I don’t complete that Giant Ant-Man wave first. 

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