It’s going to take a mighty special figure to knock the X-Men Legends Rogue out of the top spot for best 6″ female figure. Ever since Hasbro revealed her at last year’s San Diego Comic Con collectors have been eager for the upgrade. And she does not disappoint.
Packaging: There’s no big difference than the usual Marvel Legends packaging, but the gold tint really works well. The side art is terrific as it really captures Rogue well. Broken record time – Hasbro really should do more with the bio than one sentence.
Hasbro is on top of things with the figure and accessory presentation. No chance of collectors missing someone swapping out the figure or accessories.
Likeness: Hasbro’s overseas partners deserve a raise as this figure looks pretty close to the prototype. I’m sure if I nitpicked I could find some discrepancies, but this is an outstanding translation from first reveal to the shelf version. This is a pretty head sculpt. Hasbro has typically stuck with neutral expressions for characters, but given their recent track record I’m curious how a smiling Rogue would have turned out.
Rogue required some extra tooling for her jacket and boot tops. The sculpting is solid bringing Jim Lee’s best costume design to figure form perfectly right down to the hanging belt. The boot cuffs are cleverly executed allowing you to lower and raise them as needed. But if it’s an issue for you, they can be glued down easily enough.
The flowing hair and headband actually works well with Rogue.
Scale: Rogue isn’t a dainty character despite her Southern upbringing and figure exudes power. She’s just a little shorter than the recent Captain America figure and the same height as the Bucky buck figures. Rogue isn’t an Amazon so that seems about right.
Paint: As we saw earlier with the Hellcat and Spider-Woman figures, getting yellow paint applied evenly can be a challenge. Rogue doesn’t have such issues and the yellow is nice and consistent. There’s even a little metallic sheen to the green. I never got the sense that it was a shiny material from the comics, but it’s a nice looking effect providing a little extra wow factor.
Only Rogue has managed to pull off the skunk hairstyle. The white flows into the brown nicely and doesn’t look like it was a painted on afterthought.
The only slight complaint is the eyes seem to be a bit too wide. I think repainting them would help them look like she’s looking straight ahead better, but it’s not a significant problem. Just more of a ‘hey, that looks a little off.’
Articulation: As the Blue team’s powerhouse, Rogue needed smooth articulation to battle against Omega Red, Magneto and company. Rogue probably would benefit from a swivel ball jointed shoulder as well. Her hair doesn’t restrict side to side movement as much as I anticipated, but up and down is pretty limited.
- elbows (hinge and swivel)
- wrist (hinge and swivel)
- knees (double-jointed)
- ankle (rocker)
Accessories: Rogue wasn’t a character I was expecting an accessory yet Hasbro added one to seal her status. She comes with a separate right hand referencing Rogue’s method of stealing powers.
Thanks to the glove collars easily coming off it’s an easy look to simulate. This wasn’t something essential, but it’s a nice bonus. Beyond that, Rogue comes with the left leg of the Build-A-Figure Juggernaut.
Worth It? When the execution is this solid of a highly-demanded popular character $20 feels like a great price. Rogue is going to be the character that’s probably going to make you abandon the hunt and buy a set online. It’s a better option than trying to find her lower than $30. I don’t think there would be a lot of buyer’s remorse either way, but getting the best deal is always preferable.
Rating: 10 out of 10
This is Rogue in her most iconic attire. Hasbro already has the Jim Lee Cyclops coming in the next wave
Where to get it? Rogue is one of the hardest to find figures of this wave. I’ve seen her at Toys R Us, Target and Gamestop. She’s one of the figures you’ll need to buy now to prevent frustration later on. Don’t want to endure the Online HasbroToyShop, Entertainment Earth and Amazon.com all have her in stock.
The X-Men have been somewhat neglected with Hasbro until this wave. I recently reviewed Havok, but other ML reviews include Spider-Woman, Nuke, Stryfe, Hellcat and the Guardians of the Galaxy box set.