Hasbro has drawn the ire of toy-collecting fans in the couple of years since they took over the Marvel Legends line, and for good reason. Honestly, they’ve done a really half-assed job compared to Toy Biz, the company that started the line. Spare paint applications, decreased articulation, and inferior sculpts are just a few of the problems fans are having with the line. To be fair, Hasbro has produced a few stellar figures, such as Hercules and She-Hulk. But they’ve released far more pieces of crap, like Ultimate Wolverine and Bucky, two of the worst action figures produced in the last decade or so. And for those comic fans screaming bloody murder about comic book cover prices going up to $3.99, consider this: Hasbro has raised the SRP of Marvel Legends figures from $10 to $15 in one fell swoop. Ouch.
All bitching aside, Hasbro recently released new pics of their latest 12-inch Marvel Icons line, and they look friggin’ great. You can check out the shots of the new Daredevil, Nightcrawler, Phoenix and Colossus at Superhero Times. Colossus in particular has me drooling:
That’s a fantastic sculpt, and the paint job looks great. Of course, that’s a publicity photo, and the actual product may look inferior in comparison since Hasbro tends to use flattering lighting for these shots (just like ABC does for Barbara Walters). But the Icon figures Hasbro has released so far have been pretty good for the most part, so I’m optimistic this line will be worth checking out.