I’m sure when I get around to reading Uncanny Avengers, I’ll have a much greater appreciation for Red Skull Onslaught. Until then, the Build-A-Figure for the first Captain America wave this year wasn’t complete for me until the X-Men Legends set was released.
In addition to allowing collectors to build the Juggernaut figure, the Kitty Pryde figure came with an important accessory — the traditional head for Onslaught. It’s been a while since I read that arc, but I did enjoy it upon my first read through.
Toy Biz cranked out a pretty spectacular Onslaught Phase 2 figure that still holds up today so I was glad Hasbro decided to tackle Onslaught in his original incarnation. Now that I’ve finally completed my ideal version of him, I figured now was a perfect time to review him.
Packaging: Just like every BAF, Onslaught doesn’t get any special packaging. If Hasbro could work it in without significantly increasing costs, I’d love for them to include a small insert like they did a few years back explaining the importance of the character.
Likeness: While in the long run, he wasn’t the best X-Men villain of the 90s, Onslaught did have a pretty cool look. He’s got that Magneto on steroids look down great. Hasbro sculpted all of the individual armor plates to give him that threatening visual.
Scale: Onslaught was a 90s creation where scale seemed to shift from panel to panel and whoever was drawing him each issue. That said, I won’t be as tight a stickler for his scale since it varied so often. Onslaught stands taller than the average figure and has an impressive imposing stance. I’d keep him away from the HML Thor though so he doesn’t feel tiny.
Paint: Hasbro didn’t break the budget with Onslaught’s paint job. Most of the figure is molded in the respective plastic so it doesn’t have that metallic look we’ve seen in figures like Machine Man. I’m fine with that compromise though since Onslaught is going to be more of a back of the display type character.
Articulation: Onslaught is one of the stiffer BAFs we’ve seen from Hasbro. The shoulder pads, back shell and abdomen armor placement hinders some of his mobility. Considering he was more of a preening, menacing type character that was more about intimidation than actual physical combat, that’s not an issue for me.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: If you’d like to consider it since it’s removable, the back shell is an accessory. I’m more appreciative of Hasbro providing two display options with the Onslaught and Red Skull head. I wouldn’t mind Hasbro tossing in additional BAF accessories across other lines. The heads swap easily enough so you can switch the look if you prefer modern or classic version.
Worth it? To get the full figure, you’ll need to get the entire Captain America wave plus Kitty Pryde making him more expensive than the standard BAF. He’s worth it for me especially since I wasn’t ‘stuck’ with any of the characters to build him.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Onslaught isn’t the most dynamic of the Hasbro 2016 BAF offerings, but it’s a well done figure of an X-Men villain. At this point in the line, it’s hard to complain about adding to those ranks.