Leader was a character that wasn’t screaming for an Hasbro Marvel Legends update (cough Banshee cough), but as Hulk’s other archenemy he’s definitely a guy Hasbro could stand to upgrade.
Packaging: This wave has a mix of blue and red accents. I love the package art with a very happy Leader thriller that another plan is coming to fruition. The bio isn’t very informative as it doesn’t even mention his rivalry with The Hulk.
Likeness: Toy Biz knocked out Leader late in their run as part of the acclaimed Face Off two-packs. By that standard it was a great figure and even came with a variant featuring Leader’s scrotum-esque head design.
Leader has had many designs over the decades, but they all follow a pretty simple setup. Hasbro went pretty classic with their take albeit with some slight shortcuts. The comic design has a separate collar piece while the suspenders and shoulder pads are separate pieces.
That’s a lot of compromises from the source material and if I really was invested in this particular look I’d probably be annoyed by the various alterations. Regardless I like the Toy Biz costume a little more as it’s got some more interesting aspects like the shoulder pads and collar piece, the gauntlets and boots.
Every Leader has to have an exaggerated head and this one has a terrific one with the elongated forehead complete with veins and wrinkles. Leader has a calm expression and looks slightly perturbed. I wouldn’t mind more of a maniacal smile like the package art, but this is fine. The harness piece is pretty good and Hasbro did add layers to the shoulder area to try and simulate the comic visual somewhat.
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Paint: One advantage this version of Leader has over the TB version is the bright colors. TB used a dark wash, which muted the orange significantly. Hasbro went with bold colors, which really helps the figure pop. Leader’s green skin isn’t the same shade as The Hulk, which is a nice touch. The hairline is solid with just a few missed lines.
Scale: Leader shouldn’t be a giant, but his gamma radiation should give him a height boost.
That’s countered by one of the slender bodies. If anyone knows which one let me know. This fits for Leader and is smart part selection from Hasbro.
Articulation: Leader is no fighter and is more of a behind the scenes villain. He’s got all the necessary range of movement you’d want from him.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Seemingly like most of the characters in this wave, Leader lacks any accessories. He really could have come with an alternate head with the wider forehead.
He comes with the right leg of the Build-A-Figure Abomination. The minimal accessories is easier to swallow if you’re building him since he’s massive and has a ton of detail. I don’t think that’s a great trade-off though considering the accessories we’ve gotten with recent waves and the standard BAF.
Worth it? I got Leader for $20, the usual rate for the line. I could see him getting discounted By the holidays, but I rarely play that game. This is a good price if you’re building Abomination, but not the usual great deal otherwise.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Minor changes from the comic book attire aside, this is a really nice upgrade to the Leader and a worthwhile pick-up from the earlier Toy Biz version.
Where to get it? This wave is starting to show up at retail. I’m not quite ready to start doing figure runs yet so my purchases since March have all be online. You can grab Leader from Target, Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth and Amazon.