I’ve been looking forward to this Marvel Legends Colossus and Juggernaut 80th anniversary set since it was revealed. This hits me in my nostalgia sweet spot as it references one of the early titanic tussles of the New X-Men team as they tangled with Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut. Note to Hasbro: I will not be opposed to buying a Banshee and Black Tom set in case you’re wondering.
Packaging: The 80th anniversary box goes heavy on the black with some subtle red accents. It’s not the most eye-catching, but the size helps it stand out on. The sides look cool with three panels of Colossus and Juggernaut in action.
I love the back as it really stages it like a clash of two major heavy hitters. With the upcoming Nightcrawler we’re one character away from re-enacting this cover. Dear Hasbro, anytime in 2019-2020 you’d like to dish out that Giant-Sized X-Men Storm, a lot of us will be your absolute bestest friend for what it’s worth.
For the grief I give Hasbro about the bios, these are both pretty good with power summaries and a good explanation of their character all in one sentence. It is possible!
Likeness: My Toy Biz Colossus has been living his best marionette shelf killing life for a while as he can barely maintain poses without knocking everyone else over. I was ecstatic to replace him with a version that looks more like my ideal version of Pitor Rasputin.
I’m kinda at a loss for complaints here. This is the Colossus I’ve wanted in my Byrne-era X-Men team. He’s tall and like the excellent Marvel Select figure has the chest piece sculpted on with appropriate stretches in the fabric. All of the lines in his metallic form are sculpted and Hasbro followed Dave Cockrum’s style guide and kept all of the musculature. OK, I did manage to find something that could have been improved somewhat. There’s an abruptness to the forearms and wrists that could have been hidden with larger gauntlets. It does give a somewhat stubby appearance.
There’s so much dedicated sculpting here I’ve gotta imagine Hasbro is going to re-release this mold at some point — maybe in the 80s punk version costume or shirt free Outback era attires? The neutral expression is perfect for Colossus and definitely the way to go with one portrait.
Like Toy Biz, Hasbro went a little hybrid with the attire giving Colossus the X in the belt like the Jim Lee update. The Lee version had longer gauntlets, had capsules around the belt and ditched the yellow tips of the boots for reference.
To be totally greedy now, I’d love for Hasbro to crank out a de-powered Colossus with his magical blue pants appearing.
Juggernaut is basically the same figure as before so I’m not going to has as much fresh insight with him. One change is his helmet is smoothed out from the original version, which was my one complaint about the BAF figure.
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Paint: Colossus’ paintjob is so smooth even the yellow came out fine. That’s a rarity. The belt is a little sloppy with the red bleeding into the gold trim. According to Cockrum’s master file the gold should be the same yellow as the boot tips and chest piece.
Colossus really shines (sorry) with the metallic silver. It’s not dull grey, but bright silver giving him a shinier expression more in keeping with the comic.
Juggernaut got a brighter more comic book accurate paint job. I don’t recall a ton of stories where he had his eyes whitened out though so while I appreciate making a totally different paint scheme, I would have preferred the old eyes painted.
Scale: Juggernaut and Colossus are both on the taller side and are rightfully taller than most figures in the display. Colossus is shorter than Hulk and taller than other bruisers like The Thing and Thor.
Articulation: Colossus hits all of the necessary poses I’d want from the X-Men’s heavy hitter. He’s not normally an arms crossed kinda guy, but that’s about the only pose I couldn’t do well including the Fastball Special.
The only thing with Colossus is his torso/knees are a little loose so I’ll need to tighten his joints up so he can maintain poses better.
I was very impressed with Juggernaut’s articulation scheme from the BAF and this is no different on that end. He’s massive and can be posed in some dynamic ways you might not expect from looking at him.
Colossus and Juggernaut have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Colossus comes with two fists. An alternate head sculpt with maybe a yelling battle ready or smiling expression would have been nice.
Juggernaut gets most of the goodies in this set as he comes with one outstretched left hand and a clutching right hand. He also has an alternate beat down head sculpt and a battle damaged helmet. This isn’t the standard torn off look for the helmet before the big psionic attack, but I like it.
The beat down head has a ton of character and shows Cain looking really pissed off although he should still be immune from having a black eye, right?
Worth it? This set was $60, which seems a few dollars high until I broke it down. Colossus is basically an 80th anniversary figure like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America and his extra size and dedicated sculpt warrants the $25 price tag.
Juggernaut was a former Build-A-Figure, which by itself would be more than $60 and his extras wouldn’t really be possible in the current BAF setup.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Colossus is pretty much perfect besides the stubby forearms and loose joints. Juggernaut is excellent although I’d prefer the old filled in eyes. This is some classic X-Men goodness. Now bring on Storm, Banshee and Black Tom while we’re at it Hasbro.
Where to get it? I got this set from GameStop, which has been great about stocking new Marvel Legends figures. The set has also popped up at various Targets and will be available shortly from Amazon, Hasbro Pulse and Entertainment Earth.