Since their debut in 1963, the X-Men have sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. But you know what? Here at AiPT!, we’ve got nothing but love for Marvel’s mighty mutants! To celebrate the long-awaited return of Uncanny X-Men, AiPT! Brings you UNCANNY X-MONTH: 30 days of original X-Men content. Hope you survive the experience…It’s hard to be an X-Men fan and not want to own every X-related character Hasbro unleashes on the pegs. Sure, you may start off just wanting to own your favorite character for your bookshelf or desk at work, but once you unbox your new Wolverine, you start to wish he had a Colossus to team up with or a Sabretooth to stare down. Before you know it, you’re buying a new bookshelf for the primary use of displaying your ever-expanding collection of Marvel Legends.
I mean, just look at this very Jim Lee Beast Hasbro recently revealed on its Twitter page:
— Hasbro (@Hasbro) October 28, 2018
As I’ve been addicted to collecting Hasbro’s X-Men offerings for quite some time, I’m surely not alone in having an expansive wish list of characters I’d like to see receive the same highly articulated and detailed Marvel Legends treatment. And honestly, it would take you more time than you have to read my true wish list, so, as this is the month of Uncanny X-Men’s return, I figured I’d narrow things down to three characters from each decade of X-Men history–two heroes, one villain.
Hero: Marvel Girl
Remember when the original five X-Men outgrew their classic blue-and-yellow costumes and embraced uniforms with a little more personality? While my wallet may hate the idea, I think a box set featuring the original X-Men’s second uniforms would be pretty sweet. But if Hasbro’s in no rush to produce one, the least they could do is give us Marvel Girl in her iconic green skirt and pointy face mask. In addition to being featured on one of the most famous Uncanny X-Men covers of all time (#137), Jean Grey’s second costume is just pure, retro coolness and would make a groovy addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Legends line.
Hasbro’s version of Alex Summers in his Uncanny Avengers costume was awesome, but that suit can never top Havok’s original–and most iconic–costume. While very similar, that raised, metal headdress just makes all the difference. Is it really so surprising to see it back on Havok’s head in those recent Astonishing X-Men comics? Go ahead, Hasbro, wreak Havok… on my wallet.
So, Mesmero may not be the most iconic X-Men villain, and some may write his costume off as goofy-looking, but to me, everything from the cape to the bright green and purple make this mental-powered mutant one I want to own. Mesmero has come and gone through the years and was most recently seen in X-Men Gold–but his current look has ditched everything that made his early threads so much fun. Maybe if Hasbro gives us a classic Mesmero, Marvel will be reminded of how awesome this mutant used to look.
Hasbro’s modern Marvel Legends are known for their incredible flexibility. So… why has it taken the toymaker so long to make an updated version of the most flexible X-Man of them all–Nightcralwer! No ’90s Excalibur Nightcrawler, please. Just give us that classic Dave Cockrum Kurt Wagner we all know and love, complete with a sword, a posable tail, some snap on “bamf” clouds and an alternate, bearded head for fans of his modern look.
While Warpath is the far cooler Proudstar brother, it’s hard to deny John’s importance in X-Men history. After all, he was the first of the new X-Men to die in the line of duty (I’m choosing to ignore all the revelations from Deadly Genesis because I think Marvel does too). While I very much want Hasbro to release the remaining Blue/Gold era X-Men in their iconic ’90s costumes, it’s just as important for fans to have a complete set of updated All-New, All-Different X-Men.
Toy Biz made a Deathbird action figure way back in the day, but we’ve never had one of Lilandra Neramani, Majestrix of the Shi’ar. And while she’s been an ally to the X-Men–and a lover to the team’s mentor Professor X–on many occasions, she’s also served as their antagonist. You know, like that time she called for the death of Jean Grey. So for the sake of this list, she’s in the ’70s villain slot. Who cares so long as we get a Lilandra in vacuum-metalized armor, right?
Hero: Rachel Summers
Yeah, none of that Rachel Grey nonsense–I need the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey in her classic, red and spikey Phoenix costume, complete with Hound facial tattoos. I’m not even a fan of this costume (or really any of Rachel’s looks), but it’s been in so many X-Men stories it’s a bit shocking we’ve never seen it immortalized in plastic. So bring it on, Hasbro–complete with that red rattail!
Kitty Pryde has had a lot of costumes. Many of them were so terrible that all traces of them should be wiped from existence so there’s no chance of them ever being turned into toys. But if Hasbro does plan to make another Kitty, it needs to be her classic Shadowcat costume, made famous during her time overseas in Excalibur. Sure, it looks a bit dated, but that’s a huge part of its throwback appeal.
Villain: Sebastian Shaw
One of the X-Men’s most famous adversaries has appeared on the big screen (in the form of Kevin Bacon, no less) but never in plastic form? Outrageous! It’s high time Hasbro gave fans the Hellfire Club’s wicked Sebastian Shaw in all his arrogant, period-costume glory.
If you were old enough to read comics in the ’90s, there’s a good chance you were drawn to a young Chris Bachalo’s dynamic art on Generation X. Without a doubt, Chamber was one of the wilder teenagers in the cast, and remains one of Marvel’s most inventive mutants to this day. Let’s let Hasbro’s Marvel Legends designers really cut loose on the raw psionic energy exploding from Jono’s chest. Tell me that wouldn’t be a cool addition to your collection.
OK, so Storm didn’t make her first appearance in the ’90s, but one of her most iconic costumes did! Hasbro has slowly been releasing the X-Men in their Jim Lee-era costumes but we still haven’t gotten an updated version of Storm’s shoulder-pad look. We really need this one if we’re to recreate the fold-out cover of X-Men #1. Also, by making this figure, Hasbro can finally tell me whether that costume’s supposed to be black, silver or white.
There were a number of villains I could have slid into this slot, such as Bastion and Fabian Cortez. But there’s one very ’90s character whose costume would actually make a pretty striking Marvel Legends figure: Exodus. That cape, those braids, his, uh, metal wing… things–have at it, Hasbro designers!
OK, so maybe more of an antihero. And yeah, yeah, I know Hasbro already made a Fantomex figure. But that was before the current–and far superior–iteration of Marvel Legends got underway. Also, that version of Fantomex featured all those black lines that junk up what should be a pristine-white costume. Let’s try this again, Hasbro, and honor the New X-Men design that helped make this character famous.
Hero: Glob Herman
Glob Herman in posable, pink, see-through plastic. You want it. ‘Nuff said.
Is he a villain? A hero? I guess it really depends on who’s under that metal helmet. But also, who cares? Because that metal helmet is what makes Marvel keep bringing this confusing mess of a character back. And Hasbro needs to take a second stab at bringing him to life with all the design techniques they’ve honed since the first Xorn figure was released.
Writers and artists are constantly dreaming up new X-Men characters, but once they leave a series, whoever follows them doesn’t always use these new creations. Such is the case with Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen’s Tempus–one of the more memorable new mutants from Bendis’ time with the X-Men (sorry, Goldballs). And, Eva’s got a great look, which means she’d make a killer addition to any Marvel Legends collection. Also, if you’re paying attention, Marvel… GIVE US MORE TEMPUS!
Hero: Honey Badger
I was torn about including Honey Badger on this list because she’s tiny, and I really hate spending $20 for a figure that shouldn’t cost me $20 (that’s why I didn’t buy Spider-Ham). At the same time, Gabby’s quickly established herself as one of the most lovable new X-Men. If you’ve been reading X-Men Red, you know exactly why Hasbro needs to give us a Honey Badger figure as soon as possible. She just needs to be packed with an essential Build-A-Figure piece or something to justify that hefty price tag.
Villain: Phoenix Five Cyclops
Without a doubt, one of the 2010s greatest X-villains was the mutant who killed Professor X: A Phoenix Five-possessed Cyclops! Ready for a fun fact, true believers? Hasbro planned to release this figure–and didn’t! The mold exists! Make it happen, Hasbro! Don’t you like money? #SetItRight
Well, that brings us to the present. Again, these are just 18 out of many, many X-Men Marvel Legends I desperately want to see. Pyro, Goblyn Queen, Mr. Sinister, Banshee and a definitive Emma Frost are among the other figures we need to round out our collections.
But enough about my wish list. What X-Men characters do you want to see Hasbro produce? Let us know in the comment space below!