With Age of Apocalypse, X-Men writers got to play out a long-imagined what if scenario with Jean Grey. She had a rougher edge like her Black Queen/Dark Phoenix presentation and was paired up with Wolverine instead of Cyclops. I’m glad Hasbro released Jean Grey in the same wave as Weapon X as it’s the one squad that could be completed in one shot.
Packaging: I like the uniform look of the packaging from the background image of Apocalypse and the vibrant art by David Nakayama. Hasbro missed an opportunity to explain the whole Age of Apocalypse story with the bios as this one is very basic.
Likeness: Jean has one of the more radical departures from her classic 90s attire. Hasbro actually sculpted the top of the corset in a nice surprise. I like the turtleneck and wide shoulder pads with the bunched up sleeves. It’s a cool look.
Jean’s head sculpt is also very nicely done with the shorter layered haircut. I think I see some similarities with this headsculpt and the previous Jean Grey figure.
Paint: Jean’s wacky face paint was very clean despite a portion stretching across her left eye. The paintjob is inconsistent. The corset line isn’t painted properly and there’s a random splash of red on the chest area. The mid torso red is lighter than the waist portion, which seems due more to the paint adhering to one part better than the other.
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Scale: Jean Grey is the regular height of an average female, which isn’t that significant since she wasn’t around many of the other X-Men women in this time period.
There’s nothing in the standard ML female articulation scheme that is hard to accomplish with this figure.
Jean Grey has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: It almost seems like Jean is the accessory in this package setup, but she does come with two of the biggest parts of the Build-A-Figure Sugar Man with the head and torso bottom.
Worth it? Jean Grey is $20 and considering how massive the BAF parts she comes with it’s hard to say she’s not worth that price.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Jean Grey is an essential member of this AOA wave and complements the Weapon X providing for one team in the AOA universe with an exceptional figure only held back by some lackluster paint work.
Where to get it? This wave is still weirdly hard to find online. I’ve read reports of collectors finding it at Target and Wal-Marts. For now the better option is probably getting her from Entertainment Earth, Amazon or Dorkside Toys.