What’s this? Another lovely X-Lady? Didn’t we just do this last week? Y’all know it was going to come down to either Rogue or Poolsy today, and I guess I felt like a having a little sugah to go with my coffee this morning. We’re in the home stretch now, folks, as I open the penultimate figure in this magnifcent X-Men wave, so before moving on, let me just say a few things about this wave so far… “Lighten up on your speeches, sugah!” Um… right. Let’s look at the packaged shot…
Yeah, it’s all been said and many times over, but damn this packaging is still as sexy as hell. And speaking of which, if there’s one thing I remember most about the 90’s X-Men cartoon, it’s Rogue’s perfect ass and how they never missed an opportunity to show it. I’d like to tell you I was an adolescent at the time, but those were my college years. Apparently, I never lost my thing for the animated ladies. It’s probably safer to leave Rogue behind protective packaging, but let’s tear this baby open and check her out.
Hot damn, this is a great looking figure! It feels like I’ve said that a lot in the past couple months of Marvel Mondays, but it’s never been more true. Rogue has had some rough treatment at the hands of Toybiz in the past. I still have that god awful Giant Rogue figure they did that looked like she’s wearing a fright mask. No, she actually looked like one of those clowns you shoot water into at the carnival. What? Oh yeah, we’re talking about this figure, and she’s none of those things. Nope, she’s gorgeous! Bravo, Hasbro!
Rogue comes donning what for me is her most iconic costume. I’m usually all for experimenting with changes, but I find anything else I see her in positively jarring. Here she has her yellow and green body suit and brown half-jacket with the popped collar, and matching belt hanging off her hips. The paint here is pretty good, with some bright and vibrant yellow plastic and metallic green. Mine does have a stray mark of green on the front of her left thigh. It’s not terrible, but if I happen to come across another one in the wild without it, I’d probably pick her up. The jacket-vest-sculpted sleeve deal here is a little more apparent than usual, because the torso is bright yellow and the jacket is brown. Although, kudos to them for painted along the rim of the shoulder to try to help the illusion along. Naturally, she has the X patches painted on her shoulders.
The portrait is so much better than we’ve seen from this character in the past, but I still have a little quibbles. The eyes seem like they should be just a smidge closer together. Other than that, I’m more than happy with what’s here. The paint on the eyes, eyebrows, and lips is all clean and sharp, she’s got her familiar white streak running through her hair, and her green bandanna sculpted across her forehead. The hair is sculpted so as not to interfere with her neck articulation too much.
And so long as we’re on the subject of articulation, Rogue is sporting exactly what we saw out of the last two ladies in this line. You get rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The hips are ball jointed, there are double hinges in the knees, and both hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. The thighs have swivels, but again, no such luck in the biceps. And lastly, there’s a ball joint just under the chest and both a ball joint and hinge in the neck. Not bad at all.
Rogue comes with one accessory, and that’s a bare right hand. I like the way they made the sleeve of the gloved hand removable, so when you swap the hand it really does look like she slipped her glove off.
This figure was certainly looooong overdue and I think she turned out fantastic. But then, that’s been the case with all the figures in this amazing assortment. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for an entire wave of Legends and I’m happy to report that each and every figure lived up to my expectations. I could get used to getting so many members of a team in one shot like this, and I hope Hasbro will consider doing it more often in the future. And of course, that leaves me with just one figure left to open before getting to the Juggernaut Build-A-Figure. Next week, I’ll wrap this magnificent wave up with a look at everyone’s favorite chimichanga chompin chowder-head, Deadpool!