The Outback X-Men were my real introduction to the X-Men so I have a soft spot for that squad. Toy Biz and Hasbro has never really shared my appreciation for that team though as we’ve yet to complete that team in the Marvel Legends scale. We got a big boost with the release of the Dazzler figure as part of the Uncanny X-Men Vintage wave. Let’s see if this version shines.
Packaging: The fun of this vintage line of course is the cool throwback carding. Making orange the primary color was smart with Dazzler and helps the figure pop. The bio is generic and as usual I think it’s silly not to mention she was a longtime member of the team as well.
Likeness: Dazzler has two major iconic attires and Hasbro has now knocked both of them out superbly. The first was the Disco Dazzler in the Build A Figure Warlock wave. Some people were annoyed Hasbro didn’t go with the Outback look first, but it’s finally here and patience paid off.
This look is directly from Dazzler’s attire in Pryde of the X-Men, the animated special that was intended to set off an X-Men cartoon. Yeah right, like anyone would watch an X-Men cartoon. The attire would also be further immortalized in the X-Men arcade game.
For the most part Dazzler didn’t really stick with this attire in the comics instead ditching the jacket and headband for an outfit with constant alterations like a bare midriff and long sleeves. Given the lack of a consistent look, going with the more mainstream look that still works for the Outback era, this design choice makes a lot of sense.
I like the stern expression Dazzler has as it looks like she’s focusing and concentrating. Dazzler was a pretty powerful mutant and like Cyclops has to avoid using too much of a punch or risk significantly damaging an opponent. The figure uses the top half of the Rogue figure and smartly uses slender legs to better reflect Dazzler’s physique.
I’m not a fan of both hands having the gesturing pose, but it makes more sense than fists since Dazzler was more of a range fighter.
Paint: Dazzler’s paintjob is very nicely done. All of the smaller details like the starbursts on the chest and right shin as well as the red stripe around the left leg are spot on. I really like the metallic sheen used on the starbursts.
She also has a light wash in her hair to further bring out the hair sculpt as well as some eye shadow something that’s not always the norm with Marvel Legends female figures.
Scale: Dazzler seems scaled just right as well although it’s another reminder how Storm really is out of whack scale-wise.
Articulation: Dazzler really needs to be able to “point and shoot” so her articulation isn’t as frustrating as some female figures that lack the bicep cut. I find the missing double-jointed elbows to be more annoying in this instance.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: There’s not much here. Dazzler gets the energy effect A that Hasbro overuses for this line. This was a case where a multi-colored version would have gone a long way since her powers show off more like a kaleidoscope than a solid color.
I really wish Hasbro had gone with an alternate shooting hand like the Bullseye figure as that was a regular way she pinpointed her powers.
Worth it? Without the BAF piece and basic accessories, Dazzler really isn’t worth the standard $20 price tag. I found her for a little under thanks to a price match, but you can get her now for under $17.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Besides a more fitting hand sculpt and better accessories, Hasbro did a great job on this Outback Era Dazzler. Now it’s time to start filling out more of that roster.
Where to get it? The X-Men Vintage line has been clearanced out in a lot of stores and if you’re lucky you might find one for under $10 at Wal-Mart. Failing that go with Amazon.com. Or order the full X-Men vintage wave at a discounted price now from Entertainment Earth.