The Return of Marvel Legends! That’s right, Ladies and Gentlemen, Marvel Legends are back! Hasbro has given us three villains in the first wave with Constrictor, Klaw and the Terrax Build-a-Figure. I have said recently that we can use more villains in our displays and Hasbro is definitely starting off on the right foot in that respect with wave one. We also get three new versions of some of our favorite A-list characters with Ghost Rider, Iron Man, Thor, and Steve Rogers or Captain America. Surprisingly, they even included a female in the first wave with Hope Summers, who just happens to also be the only member of the X-Men as well. We have a few scale issues with most notably Ghost Rider and Iron Man. Ghost Rider is, I believe, just a tad too big and Iron Man suffers from the opposite end of the spectrum being much too small. Thor, he just doesn’t fit at all. He towers over all of the rest of the figures in the wave and is about level with Terrax. Awesome figure, but just too big.
Let’s start today with Constrictor. We’ve seen this base body used many times in the Marvel Legends line. Bullseye, Quicksilver, Yellowjacket, Symbiote Spider-Man, Nova, Kree Soldier and the list goes on. I think it was a pretty good choice for the base of Constrictor because it gives him an extended range of motion in the shoulder area. The paint work leaves a little to be desired on my figure. There are some botched lines in the crotch area and on his back. It looks like they put him in the package while the paint was still wet and the blister smeared the paint on the way in. Definitely something to look out for when you pick up yours. I like the contrast of the dark blue and orange colors of his costume. The facial expression on the head sculpt is just awesome. The sculpting of the mouth and teeth give him a crazed and menacing look. I definitely wish they would have given us both removable and bendable wrist whips though. It really limits the poses you can strike with them being so inflexible.
Here is the breakdown on the articulation: Constrictor has a ball-jointed head/neck which offers a pretty good range of motion. He can look up and down very well and even gets a pretty good tilt up and down when looking off to the side. The shoulders have a ball-joint and an extra swivel-hinged insert which gives him the ability to move his arms further back and forward. Double pinned elbows and a swivel forearm cut. There is no wrist/hand movement. Ab-crunch and a cut waist, ball-joint hips, double pinned knees, a swivel cut in the calves, swivel and ball-joint ankles. Constrictor comes with no accessories. The Build-a-Figure part of Terrax is the upper torso. In all, a very nice addition to our Marvel Legends villains line-up.
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