Yesiree, folks, I’m doubling up on another Marvel Monday so I can try to get caught up with opening Legends figures before we hit the middle of the year. I’m about a wave and a half behind when it comes to opening what I’ve got, but I still need to pick up the Sandman Wave and the Guardians of the Galaxy v2 Wave is starting to hit stores along with the second X-Men Wave. Jeepers! Anyway, today I’m checking out the last two heroes from the Abomination Wave and these happen to be two characters I’m very happy about getting on my shelf: Wonder Man and Captain Britain!
There’s no doubt that this wave feels like a collection of odds and ends and this pair continues to drive that point home. Not that I’m complaining. So far, this wave has given me the MCU version of Scarlet Witch and some pretty cool and obscure variants of Captain America and Red Skull. Simon Williams’ release in the modern Legends line feels rather overdue, especially since his brother, Eric hit the line a couple years back as part of the Ultron Wave, so let’s start with Wonder Man!
To be honest, there isn’t a hell of a lot to say about this guy. As expected this is a pretty basic figure, and when it comes to original sculpting there isn’t a lot to be found here. With the exception of the wrist bracers, everything else below the neck is achieved through a painted buck. That’s not to say it doesn’t work splendidly. The paint is pretty clean and sharp and the black and red deco of his costume looks fantastic.
Of course, the head sculpt is new and I really dig it. The red paint apps for the eyes look fantastic and the facial details are well defined. I’d definitely rank this among the better portraits in the modern Legends line, and that’s saying a lot because there have been some great ones!
Wonder Man comes with a pair of charged ionic energy fists, which can be used in conjunction with the energy effect parts. Yup, we’ve seen these before, now cast in translucent purple. The effect parts fit a little loosely on his wrists, but they still look pretty rad when combined with the ionized fists.
Ultimately, I’ve got no complaints with this figure. He’s just a great example of how Hasbro is able to do justice to a character without having to go nuts with brand new tooling. And that’s not a little thing, because cost saving figures like these are a big part of how Hasbro is able to churn out so many figures and even hit on some of the characters that aren’t exactly A-Listers. Moving on to Captain Britain…
Brian Braddock sports his Union Jack-inspired costume and actually features a lot more sculpted detail than I was expecting. He’s built on one of the beefier modern Legends bucks and includes sculpted wraps on his forearms, boots with three sets of buckles running up the fronts, and a wide belt. The coloring on this figure is superb. The white is very clean and the combination of red and metallic blue really makes the figure pop. Toss in a little gold on the buckles and the printed crests on his shoulders and you’ve got a damned great looking figure.
The head sculpt also shines on this guy.I really like how they sculpted and painted the eyes even though they are set pretty deep in the mask.
The articulation on both Captain Britain and Wonder Man are both identical. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels in the thighs and tops of the boots, and double hinges in the knees. The ankles have hinges and lateral rockers, the waists have swivels, there are ab crunches in the chests, and the necks are both hinged and ball jointed.
Prior to these figures, I only owned these characters as part of Hasbro’s 3 3/4-inch Marvel lines. Captain Britain was part of the Captain America: The First Avenger line and Wonder Man was released through Marvel Universe as a completely ionized energy version. Although I think they did a regular version too. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to get these 6-inch versions for my Legends shelf. Now, the only question is with Captain Britain done and Marvel’s recent interest in giving the X-Men their proper due, does this mean I may be able to start putting together the Excalibur Team? I sure do hope so! Next week, I’ll wrap up this wave with a look at Eel and The Abomination Build-A-Figure!