While Hasbro covered all their bases with the core movie Avengers by releasing a new movie-based Marvel Legends figure for each of the six main members of the Avengers, the new recruits (Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision) didn’t get the same treatment. Even so, the new comics-based Marvel Legends Vision figure is now available online and in some stores, and while he’s clearly not a replacement for a movie Vision, he’s a terrific figure nonetheless…
In the meantime, though, we’ve got a consolation prize–a brand new 6″ Vision ML figure based off the modern comics!
Sharp-eyed collectors will immediately realize that Vision’s yellow undies are missing, but that’s not an oversight–this is the Marvel NOW! Vision costume as opposed to the iconic classic Vision costume. This costume was mostly seen in the quickly-cancelled “Avengers A.I.” comic book (which I actually thought had far better quality than it did sales, sadly).
We’ve had several Marvel Legends Vision action figures in his classic costume over the years, so I’m A-OK with getting a new iteration of the character’s costume for this release. Moreover, this happens to be a great look for Vision!
My favorite thing about this figure is definitely the paint job that Hasbro chose for it. With Vision being an android, the shiny, not-quite-metallic green paints chosen for Vision’s body look outstanding, and provide a great contrast to the matte yellow of Vision’s cape.
And speaking of the cape–it’s one of my favorite capes I’ve seen Hasbro use in quite some time! It fits snugly into Vision’s back and doesn’t fall off easily at all, is in a terrific dynamic flowing “pose”, and is unmarred by the holes seen in some Legends capes. Basically, Vision has the perfect cape!
And not to gush, but along the same lines of “perfect” is Vision’s articulation scheme. Ankle rockers, double-jointed knees and elbows, upper torso ab crunch, shoulders and hips with large ranges of motion, and so on and so forth. This is Hasbro Marvel Legends Infinite Series articulation at its finest.
Although the hands chosen for Vision were exemplary choices (one fist and one open palm), some alternate hands would have pushed the 2015 Vision Marvel Legends figure into ‘A+’ territory. With these 6″ figures carrying an MSRP of ~$22, I expect the toys to come with something other than just a cape, even if it is just some interchangeable hands.
Also–and this absolutely won’t count against my score for this figure–but does anyone else think it’s weird that the Vision and Doctor Strange–the two biggest names in this whole Hulkbuster Infinite Series set–didn’t warrant getting their own names on the packaging? I mean, “Marvel Heroes”? Really? Blizzard gets his name on the packaging and not Doctor Strange or Vision? Really…?
Overall: While some folks may be finding fault with this figure solely because it’s not a movie-based or classic comic book look for The Vision, this is a very solid Marvel Legends figure overall which I find little to nitpick. Vision is easily one of the most striking Avengers Legends figures released this year, and among my favorites in the line. Highly recommended.