Marvel Studios “First Ten Years:” Ant-Man and Yellowjacket by Hasbro

Last week was a great week for MCU fans as Inifnity War hit home release, and I just got around to watching my copy this past weekend. It would have been fun to have some related content for today, but I’m still debating whether or not I need that First Ten Years 3-pack with Thanos. Anyway, my regular random Marvel Legends reviews are still on hiatus this week, as I’ve been tackling some of these new Marvel Studios: First Ten Years releases. I’ll get back to some normal Legends reviews next week… well, sort of. But for now, today’s selection is a two-pack from the original Ant-Man movie, giving us not only the titular hero, but also his nemesis Yellowjacket. This sub-line is geared toward putting out figures that Hasbro missed back when these films were originally out, and it seems to be particularly good at delivering on the MCU’s villains, most of which had been snubbed. Seriously, Hasbro… Red Skull, Ronan, Yellowjacket… how’d you miss so many?

If you’ve been with me for the last couple of Marvel Mondays than you know what to expect from this packaging. The design is distinctive enough to make it seem like something special, but I doubt I’ll be keeping these boxes because I just don’t have the room, goddammit. One of the figures in this two-pack is a double-dip, as this same version of Ant-Man was released way back in 2015 as part of the Ultron Wave, so let’s start with him!

I’m happy to say that Ant-Man is not a complete repack. Sure, a comparison shows that from the neck down an overwhelming majority of the figure is the same sculpt, but they did add texturing to some of the red parts and I think it makes for a nice improvement. On the flip-side, the weathered paint wash has been removed from the silver areas on the belt and wrist bracers, giving this suit a cleaner look. It looks good, but I think the wash on the previous release gave it more character. This was supposed to be an old suit that’s seen quite a bit of action by the time Scott Lang put it on. Maybe this one will work best as Hank Pym’s version from when it was fresh and new. At least that would justify me having two.

There are a few other variations in the paint, most notably this figure adds some silver piping on the upper legs and some red on the lower legs. They’ve also nixed the florescent orange bits, for which I am most grateful. The silver trim on the previous figure was laid on a bit thicker and here it’s less pronounced. It’s probably more accurate, but it also means it’s not quite as evenly applied. It’s not bad, but just not as sharp as it could have been in some areas. There’s also a little wear to the red paint on my figure down near the small of his back. Either way, I really love the design here and I’m on record as saying I like it better than the suit used for Civil War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, so I’m OK with getting a new version of it, even if I didn’t really need it.

The masked head is a completely new sculpt, this time with the mask closed up and covering the entire face. Like the body, I think there’s some give and take as to which I prefer. Again, I like the antiqued finish to the silver paint on the previous release, but I think the enclosed mask looks better here, mainly because the facial features on the original are rather soft. Also, I’m a big fan of the red paint used on the eyes here. I don’t recall the neon orange paint on the previous release bothering me much at the time, but comparing the two side-by-side I think it looks awful now. Overall, I think I have to give the nod to this new head.

We also get another Paul Rudd likeness, this time he’s not smirking like he is on the Ant-Man and The Wasp version. I wasn’t fully sold on that previous likeness and I’m not on this one either. I can see Rudd in there, but it still feels like there’s something off about it. Again, not terrible, I’d go so far as to say it’s pretty damn good for a 6-inch scale retail release at this price point, but not quite there for me. Still, it’s a nice bonus and I’d definitely give this one a nod over the smirking one. And in case you were wondering, head swaps between the Ant-Man figures seems to be universal, so you can put either unmasked head on this guy or even the helmeted head from the Ultron Wave release. I won’t bother covering articulation here, as it’s identical to the previous release, and I’ve got a whole other figure to check out, and it’s the real reason I bought this set!

Hell yeah! It’s Yellowjacket! I’ve been a bitter person ever since Hot Toys cancelled their release of this character, leaving a man-bug-shaped hole in my heart. It seemed like I was doomed to never own a little plastic version of this guy. It’s not that I loved the villain in the movie, he was totally forgettable, but I did fall in love with the suit design the first time I saw it. As complex as I remember the suit being, this figure is surprisingly simple. It’s a black buck with some bright and beautiful textured yellow panels. The black areas of the costume do feature some panel lines and texturing, but nothing too crazy or complex. Oh, don’t get me wrong, this sculpt gets the job done and looks fantastic doing it. It also reminds me a lot of some of the Tron Legacy figures, and that’s not a bad thing.

The stingers are part of a backpack that pegs into the back of the figure. The antenna on the top offer a little bit of motion, while the arms on the bottom feature several hinges and other joints to allow for a great degree of articulation. They can be positioned up over the shoulders, down under the arms, or any combination in between.

The composition of the helmet is fantastic. You get an inner head, black with yellow panels, which can be seen through the two large transparent lenses on the outer helmet. It’s definitely got a very bug-like visage and it’s one of the many things that makes this one of my favorite MCU suit designs in the entire first ten years of films. I know there have been some rumors flying that this suit may return in a future Ant-Man film worn by another villain, and I’d love to see that.

The box also contains tiny versions of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, and I’m pretty sure these are just repacks of previously released accessories. I like that Hasbro includes these, but there’s not a lot to do with them. They won’t even stand up on their own.

I was prepared to come out of this review bitching about how I wish Hasbro had released Yellowjacket on his own, but it turns out that I’m not too upset about having to buy another Ant-Man figure to get him. While I would have preferred that they kept the weathered look of the original’s silver bits, I think the added texture and the new masked head make it a worthy, albeit redundant, addition to my collection. And to be honest, even if it was a straight repack, I would have still laid out the forty bones for this set just to get Yellowjacket. He’s a great looking figure and a design that I desperately wanted to display on my MCU Legends shelf.

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Marvel Legends (Astonishing Ant-Man): Ant-Man and Stinger by Hasbro

Happy Friday, Toyhounds! I work a lot of weekends, so Fridays don’t always mean anything to me, but this time I have a three-day weekend lined up with nothing planned but to binge comics and video games while drinking lots and lots of alcohol! But before I can sign off, it’s time to wrap up this Marvel week with a look at another Legends boxed set. Hasbro knows to strike while the iron is hot and in this case that means getting some comic-inspired Ant-Man-themed figures out while the new movie is in the theaters. And I can’t praise Hasbro enough for being willing to mix so many comic characters in with the heavy hitters from the movies. Let’s take a look at Scott Lang as Ant-Man and his daughter Cassie as Stinger!

As with most Marvel Legends boxed sets these days, the figures come in a stylish window box, which offers a great look at the figures. You get the Astonishing Ant-Man logo on the bottom as well as the characters’ names, and some nice artwork on the side panels. The back of the box notes that the set is inspired by art in Astonishing Ant-Man #13 and there’s even a tiny shot of the cover as well. Let’s start off with Ant-Man…

Wow, this is a great looking costume and a great looking figure! The black and red deco looks sharp and the extra bits of metallic charcoal paint on the knees, belt, and collar really make the figure pop. Most of the original sculpting is found on the belt and collar and thanks to the use of this particular buck, Ant-Man has some unexpected shoulder crunches. It kind of sucks that we still don’t have a classic Hank Pym Ant-Man from this line, but getting Lang in this suit is quite possibly the next best thing.

The portrait here is also very well done. I really dig Scott’s smirk and the facial detail is sharp and well-defined. The chin guard is on soft plastic so it can be flipped up over his mouth, but it doesn’t really look like it’s meant to do that. You get a little of that swirly effect going on in the silver plastic used for his helmet, but all in all, I think the finish on the helmet here looks a lot better than what we got on the Scott Lang from Ant-Man and The Wasp. A little red paint on the eyes and ears, and those two antenna round out a great looking head sculpt.

Apart from those shoulder crunches, the rest of the articulation is right in line with what I’ve come to expect. The arms have 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, 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, and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed. Unfortunately, this figure has serious problems with some loosey-goosey joints. Besides practically being a bobble-head, the ab-crunch is really loose too. It’s not enough to ruin the figure for me, but it does take what could have been nearly perfect and makes him flawed. Moving on to Stinger…

I’ll confess, I never thought we’d ever get a Cassie Lang figure, but here she is and she looks pretty good, just not quite as good as I had hoped. I really dig this purple and black costume, but the figure has some color matching issues that we’ve seen before. Hellcat comes instantly to mind. The lower torso doesn’t quite match the upper torso, and the paint used for the thighs doesn’t match the pieces where the legs are jointed to the hips. To make matters worse, the hinges in the shoulders aren’t painted to match the silver shoulder guards, they’re just left purple and it looks like a really bad oversight. Hell, even the image on the package shows them painted, but that’s why they always toss in that disclaimer that says, images may not match final product. I do really like the silver paint on her wrists and gloves.

Stinger uses upper wings that we’ve seen before, most notably with the comic version of Wasp. Of course, Wasp had four wings, Stinger only has two, but you can still see the holes where the smaller pair pegged in. These are cast in a very pale translucent blue and they look great. They attach with hinged pegs giving them a nice degree of articulation.

Like Ant-Man, Stinger’s head sculpt is fantastic. I love the design of the helmet and the silver finish looks good. I think they also did a really nice job on the lower half of the face. The above shot also shows the unfortunate black paint trail that’s on her neck and another black smudge on her right shoulder hinge. I have some confidence that these might come off, but the fact that they’re there at all is a shame.

In addition to the wing articulation, Cassie gets by with the usual articulation seen on the Legends ladies. That includes rotating hinges int he shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The legs are ball jointed with double hinges in the knees, swivels in the thighs and lower legs, and both hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. She has a ball joint under the chest and her neck is both hinged and ball jointed.

This is a solid set, that could have been great if it weren’t for some unfortunate QC issues. Between the loose joints on Scott and the inconsistent coloring and paint flubs on Cassie, these just fall short of my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to get this set, and I’m certainly not sorry I picked it up, but I can’t help but feel this pair deserved a little better. And considering how great most of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends have been lately, problems like these tend to stand out even more.

Ant-Man 1:6 Scale Figure by Hot Toys

I know, when I looked at Hot Toys’ Vision I promised I’d get to Scarlet Witch next, but then Ant-Man hit my stoop and no offense, Wanda, but I was just more excited to get to this figure and check him out, especially after seeing him in action again in Civil War. Of course, this is the outfit from the original movie, the one I prefer, and while no one knows what the future holds, for now it’ll be the definitive version of the MCU Scott Lang on my shelf. Let’s check him out…

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The package consists of the same window box with illustrated sleeve around it that we’ve been seeing out of the Hot Toys Marvel line for a little while now. It feels rather simple for a $200+ collectible, but it gets the job done. And in this case the artwork really blows me away. It’s very stylish and to me it just beautifully reflects the quirky nature of what we saw in the closing credits. I also really dig the wrap-around title. You can lift off the sleeve to peek at the figure through the window, or you can open up the top flap with the sleeve still on and slide out the tray. Ant-Man comes mostly ready to go right out of the box. You just have to insert the tubes of Pym Particles into the slots on his belt and pop in the batteries (or not, as we’ll see it doesn’t make much of a difference).

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Man, do I love this costume design! It’s so cool that it almost makes up for the fact that Hank Pym was excluded from the MCU Avengers, something I was very sore about in the beginning. But this movie was great, MCU Scott Lang is a lot of fun, and this suit is absolutely killer, so all has been forgiven. When he first encountered it, Scott referred to the suit as “some old motorcycle outfit” and it does indeed look just like that. It’s got a deliciously retro-charm to it that looks high tech, while still conveying that it’s an antique. And we all know that if you give Hot Toys a great design like this one, they’re going to do it proud. The entire suit is crafted out of a leather-like material, which mimics the on screen appearance perfectly. The silver piping is gorgeous as is the red textured material on the chest, back, and shoulders. This is such a perfect blend of great design and near perfect execution, that it’s instantly become one of my favorite Marvel Hot Toys figures in my collection.

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One little feature that I like a lot about the costume is the way they recreated the ribbing in the elbows and knees. While this was certainly part of the suit design, it serves a double purpose on the figure, where I’m not afraid to keep an elbow bent for fear of distorting the suit material. It can be a problem on figures like Avengers Black Widow or even the Age of Ultron Vision, but I don’t think it will be a problem here. On the downside, the suit is fairly restrictive of articulation. Now, if you’ve been reading my Hot Toys Features over the years, you may have noted that articulation is never a huge concern of mine with these figures. Sure, better range of motion is always better, but for the most part I like to tweak the poses now and then and leave it at that. Besides, just about every HT figure I’ve ever owned has come with a page in the instructions warning not to move certain appendages beyond a certain number of degrees. In the case of Ant-Man, the biggest let down in the restriction for me is in the hips and that’s because I’m afraid of pulling the stitching in that groin area. Bottom line, don’t expect any extreme action poses out of Scott.

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The helmet is a work of art in and of itself. Not only is the detail just superb, but the paint and weathering is right on target. The side arms that hold the mouth piece in place look particularly good and I really dig the bars that encircle the neck. The red plastic screens for the eyes even offer a pretty clear view of Scott’s eyes inside, which adds an extraordinary level of depth and realism to the portrait even when masked.

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From behind you can see the two thin wires that connect from the helmet to the small backpack. These pieces are designed to pull out of the helmet rather than allow themselves to be overly stressed. I think this was a good idea, because it wouldn’t take much to tear these pieces, however, it does mean having to reconnect them from time to time when manipulating the figure. That having been said, I found that I only had to do that a few times while shooting him.

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Of course, the coolest thing about the helmet is that Hot Toys went with an articulated helmet that allows for you to display the Scott Lang portrait without having to do a head swap. In fact, making the switch is incredibly easy. The face plate is held on by a magnet, so you just pluck it off and place it raised on the forehead. The arms that hold the mouthpiece rotate at the sides of the head and have ball joints where they connect to the mouth piece, so you just angle those downward. I’m not a big fan of swapping heads on these figures, so the ability to do it on the fly adds a lot of value to me. Plus, I think the likeness to Paul Rudd is one of their absolute best, so it would be a shame to hide it all the time.

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This figure has taken a lot of heat over its electronics feature, which is basically a light up mask. Some of that may be warranted, but I can’t get too worked up over it. The top plate of the helmet lifts up to reveal the battery compartment and on/off switch. Switching it on lights a panel in the forehead, which in turn shines through the eyes of the mask and out the sides. If you switch it on in anything close to a well lit room, it barely shows at all. Forget about getting it to show up on my studio staging area. The above picture was snapped with him on the display shelf, with the shelf lighting turned off and the room fairly dark and it looks fine to me. If the effect certainly isn’t blinding. I think it’s because they made it work with such a versatile head. Had they gone with an alternate masked portrait, like they did with Star-Lord, it would have certainly worked better. Me? I’ll take less effective lighting over the articulated mask any day. Let’s move on to the accessories…

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HANDS!!! Oh, you know it! If it’s a Hot Toys figure, you’re going to get a ton of hands. Scott comes with fists, relaxed hands, and hands that look like he’s about to do the patented Captain Kirk palm strike. The most important hand to me is the right hand with thumb poised over the shrinking button and this is the one he’ll likely always be displayed with. You also get a right hand designed to hold some of the teeny-tiny accessories he comes with…

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…in this little tray of goodies. It’s also a little tray of goodies that resists opening enough so that it explodes and throws the tiny goodies all over the room when it finally does open. I’ll start off with those little bombs, because they’re pretty much staying right there in the tray. Nice little pieces, but I’ve got no use for them.

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The vials of Pym Particles, all fit into the slots on his belt. You get two red and two blue. If I remember correctly it’s the red ones on the right to shrink and the blue ones on the left to enlarge.

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You also get the two discs that enlarge or shrink whatever they stick to. They’re super tiny, but Scott can hold them fairly convincingly in that one accessory-specific hand. I wish there was somewhere to attach these to the figure.

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Next up, you get tiny Ant-Man. And, yes, tiny Ant-Man is indeed tiny. He comes with his own little disc stand with indented spots for his feet, which hold him surprisingly well. Considering that I have no room on my Avengers shelf for the full size Ant-Man, this little guy will come in handy to stand in for him. For now, full size Scott will be hanging out with Falcon, Winter Soldier, and Captain America on the shelf below it.

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And of course, you get the figure stand. This is the same type that came with the Age of Ultron figures, so it’s bigger than the old standard and overall feels more impressive. I actually like that they called out Scott Lang’s name on the tag.

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I’ve never been truly disappointed by a Hot Toys figure, so when I say I really love HT’s Ant-Man, I have to qualify it by saying this is without a doubt one of my favorite Marvel figures on my shelf. In terms of overall execution, I’d say he’s tied right now with Star-Lord as my overall favorite. The suit is recreated flawlessly and they went all out with the intricacies of the helmet. I can understand some collectors wanting a better light show out of the electronics, especially when you’re paying extra for them, but the ability to unmask the figure so quickly and easily without a head swap makes that trade off totally worth it to me. Ant-Man retailed at $240, which about the middle ground for Hot Toys’ releases these days and I think he was worth every penny. He sold out rather quickly at Sideshow, but he’s still available at a number of secondary online retailers, some of which have already begun to crank up their prices. On the next Marvel Monday, we’ll check out Hot Toys Scarlet Witch… for reals this time!

Marvel Legends: (Eric O’Grady) Ant-Man by Hasbro

“You [Hank Pym] are so frustrating. This is why you have fewer action figures than all the other Avengers”  -Eric O’Grady, Ant-Man and Wasp.

I’m taking a slight detour from my jaunt through the Legends Hobgoblin Wave to look at this one-off Walgreens Exclusive. Sometimes having crippling insomnia comes in handy because when I stopped by the corner drug store to replenish my supply of precious sleep-granting Unisom I happened to notice this fella on the shelf and snatched him up. It’s Eric O’Grady as Ant-Man… er, Black Ant!

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Despite being a Walgreens Exclusive, the package is right in line with what we’ve been seeing from the Ant-Man Wave with the Ultron BAF. There’s no sticker or any other indicator that the figure is an exclusive either.

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And here he is, Eric O’Grady… Thunderbolt, Secret Avenger, womanizer, all around scumbag with a heart of gold. His is likely not the first or even the second name that springs to mind when you hear Ant-Man, and indeed he’s a relatively new creation that starred in his own short-lived book before getting shuffled off to other publications. If you want my recommendation, I’d say go read the Ant-Man and Wasp mini-series by the wonderful Tim Seeley, in which he teams up with Hank Pym as The Wasp. It’s a fun read, although this isn’t the suit he wore in it. In fact, technically O’Grady never wore it at all, but rather his Life Model Decoy did and not as Ant-Man but as Black Ant. Yeah, it’s confusing… let’s look at the damn figure.

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O’Grady features a very lean buck, which I can’t place, but I suspect comes from the past Legends line, before the current reboot. At first, I thought it was a resculpted Yellow Jacket, but the hips aren’t right for that. Either way, the costume is almost entirely painted on and while there’s some instances of the black plastic bleeding through the red paint, it still overall looks pretty good. The belt is a new piece, which just hangs on the hips. There’s a hole in the back, which presumes the previous owner of this body had a cape.

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The head sculpt is quite outstanding. I love the helmet, particularly the configuration of the communication device on his chin and the way the antenna look. The visible lower half of O’Grady’s face has good definition and the neon orange paint used for the eyes and other details really makes the otherwise dark figure pop.

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The articulation is above average for Legends, thanks to the added shoulder crunch hinges. I love those things! Additionally, the arms have 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, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels at the thighs. The ankles have both hinges and lateral rockers. The torso features a swivel at the waist, ab crunch hinge at the torso and both a ball joint and hinge in the neck. There’s no mushy joints here, either.

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You know it’s a beautiful day to be a Marvel Legends collector when a) Hasbro is turning out characters like Eric O’Grady and b) stores like Walgreens are interested in stocking them. Conversely, Black Ant is a perfect exclusive in that most casual collectors won’t be broken hearted if he’s tough to find. Ironically, with the way things work around here, I have an easier time finding Hasbro figures at Walgreens then anywhere else, so I do hope the retail chain keeps these coming. It’s an easy way to get an extra twenty bucks out of me when I stop by to pick up Unisom, cat litter and frozen pizzas.

Marvel Legends (Ultron Wave): Wasp by Hasbro

I’ve made no secret about the fact that I was initially disappointed the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t include Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne in The Avengers, but then everything turned out so well, I’ve since been content to let it go. Hank is finally getting his screen time in theaters now, albeit taking a backseat to Scott Lang. Janet, on the other hand, well I don’t want to go into spoilers this close to the film’s release, so let’s divert our attention away from the movie and into the pages of the funnybooks…

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I’ve got nothing new to say about the packaging here. Wasp comes with her wings detached, so you just have to plug the bottom ones into the top ones and then peg those into her back. She also comes with the torso BAF piece for Ultron. I’ll note here that this is the same version of Wasp that we got in the Marvel Universe scale not too long ago, and that release was a mighty damn fine figure, so I’ll probably be making some comparisons throughout.

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And there she is, wings attached and all ready to go! Janet is donning the modern black and gold suit, which is not my favorite look for her, but I don’t dislike it at all. The costume gets by with a black female buck and gold painted detail only. There’s gold trim around the soles of her boots, on the palms of her hands, and the deco on her torso. Most of the paint is applied pretty well, although some of the decorations around her chest could have been a bit sharper. Wasp features those oogity-boogity spell-casting hands that we’ve seen on a lot of the ladies lately. I would have probably preferred at least one fist, if not both. I usually picture her launching her Wasp Stings from her fists and not opened hands. But, hey… no biggie.

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The wings look great. They’re cast in a transparent yellowish-green with sculpted veins (or whatever you call those things) making them look a little icky. The Universe version of Wasp came with only two wings, but the Legends has four, with two plugging directly into her back and the other two socketing into the primary wings. It offers a good deal of articulation and I haven’t had any problems with them coming out while posing her.

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The portrait really could have made or broken this figure and I’m happy to say it turned out fine. Janet is sporting her pixie cut, with hair a little shorter than what we got on the Universe version. I have heard horror stories about the paintwork on her eyes, mine look just fine and the paint on the lips is pretty good too. Her hair features some lighter brown highlights.

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Articulation is the usual female buck fare. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders and wrists and double hinged at the elbows. Alas, there are no bicep swivels. I really wish Hasbro would finally make those standard on all the Legends figures. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have double-hinges in the knees, and swivels in the thighs. The ankles are hinged and have lateral rockers. She has a ball joint just below her chest and her neck is ball jointed and hinged.

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Once again, Hasbro has been serving up some solid figures in their Legends series and Wasp here is no exception. The only real complaint I have about Wasp here is that between her lithe legs and back-heavy wings she can be a little difficult to stand. Luckily Legends figures aren’t too difficult to fit and I’ve found that the NECA and (ironically) DC Collectibles stands work pretty well with these. Of course, the cool thing about having a matching Legends and Universe version is that I think the two look great displayed next to each other, similar to the set up that Bowen did for one of their contemporary Wasp statues. I like this figure a lot and it’s even possibly motivated me to hunt down the red and blue costumed version (my favorite look for her) from that old MODOK Wave.

Marvel Legends (Ultron Wave): Ant-Man by Hasbro

It’s been a little while since I last did a Marvel Monday, so how about we start busting into the latest wave of Legends figures and look at Ant-Man from the Ultron BAF Wave. But wait, isn’t the Hulkbuster BAF Wave shipping too? Damn you, Hasbro! Give a brutha’s bank account a little breathing room, will ya? I’m not sure which of these has priority in terms of release, but I happened upon Ant-Man and Wasp from the Ultron Wave first, so that’s where I’m going and I’ll likely run through this whole wave before I start getting into any of the others.

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There’s the packaging and, wait… Ant-Man Wave? With an Ultron Build-A-Figure? That’s a bit odd, isn’t it? In the Comic Universe it wouldn’t be odd, but in the Cinematic Universe it sure is. Then again, this isn’t really much of an Ant-Man Wave anyway. It’s half an Ant-Man wave at best. But who am I to complain? We’re getting a MovieVerse Ultron and I don’t care which figure assortment they choose to bundle him into. In this case you’re getting the head. So, where was I? The packaging… there’s nothing new to say about it, so let’s get to the figure.

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Obviously, this is Ant-Man from the soon to be released (This Friday… SQUEEEE!) movie and that makes him Scott Lang and not the Hank Pym Ant-Man that so many of us comic readers know and love. That’s OK, though, because I really dig this suit and I’m really looking forward to the movie. And did I mention I love the suit? Well it’s worth saying twice because this is easily one of my favorite costumes to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It toes the line just enough to be easily recognized as Ant-Man without wandering too close to the Ultron design, which shared similarities in the comics, but shouldn’t in the films, because of obvious changes. At one point in the movie, Lang speculates as to it’s purpose by referring to it as a motorcycle suit and it does indeed give me that vibe. If it’s something that the elderly Pym wore back in the day then the retro feel is certainly appropriate.

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The detail on the suit itself is quite well done and includes a lot of silver trim and fixtures. The red and black deco looks sharp and the silver paint exhibits a tarnished look to give the “metal” pieces a bit of an aged patina.

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The portrait includes the very detailed helmet and mask, again with the same aged and distressed silver paint. The exposed mouth area is sculpted rather soft, which is a little at odds with how detailed and sharp everything else on this figure looks. I’m curious as to whether the chin strap will double as a microphone that he will lower his mouth into for the man-to-ant communication. From what I’ve seen, it looks like it might just be a telepathy, rather than a vocalized command and I guess I’m OK with that. I’d say the only other thing about the head that’s worth mentioning is the paint for the eyes is a little thin. I’m considering coloring it in with a red metallic Gundam Marker, but I’d like to see how common the figure is before I start experimenting on it. My experiments at customization usually don’t end well.

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Articulation is about what I’ve come to expect from the Legends line, which is to say pretty good. The arms have 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 double hinges in the knees, hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles, and swivels in the thighs. Lang can swivel at the waist, he has an ab crunch hinge in the torso and a ball jointed neck.

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In addition to the Ultron BAF part, the figure comes with a handful of extras including a miniature Ant-Man and an ant for him to ride and a miniature Yellowjacket. All are just static pieces and while the Ant-Man and Ant are nowhere near being in scale with this figure, or any figure for that matter, it’s still a nice little bonus. The Yellowjacket, on the other hand, isn’t something I have any use for. Do him in Legends scale, Hasbro, and I promise I’ll buy him. The only thing really missing here is an alternate unmasked Paul Rudd head. I only mention it because we’ve been getting a lot of extra unmasked heads in this scale lately. Iron Man, War Machine, Captain America, Star-Lord… this one really seemed like a no brainer, but I guess if you want that you’ll have to go the Marvel Select route.

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There are a lot of furtive whispers about whether or not Ant-Man could be Marvel’s first cinematic flop, but then I seem to recall a number of people saying the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy and look how that one turned out. Whatever the case, I was honestly worried for a while that we might not see any figures from this film and I’m mighty glad those fears were groundless. Having a Cinematic Universe Ant-Man on my Avengers shelf has made me a very happy camper and I am super pumped to go check out this movie on Friday. It looks like it’s going to be loads of fun.