As far as X-Men team opponents go, it’s The Marauders and The Hellfire Club for me. While I’m still waiting on more Marauders, Hasbro has made a huge dent in my Hellfire Club wish list with the San Diego Comic Con set and today’s feature — the Hellfire Club guard.
Like any group filled of debaucherous members, the Hellfire Club can’t be bothered to get their hands dirty with all their problematic issues and use their shock troop goons to handle their light work. Let’s see if this guy is ready to join the elite or submit his resume for AIM or Hydra.
Packaging: This is as basic as it gets with a small, slender box with a nice image of a squad of Hellfire Club guards ready to get pummeled by the X-Men.
I do like the artwork though and kinda wish the full image was on the back. Continuing this streamlined packaging, the guard is packed in a plastic baggie, which is just fine with me.
Likeness: My favorite aspect of this figure is the head sculpt. It has that blank mask that just looks creepy. While I like the all-black slots, there’s something more unnerving about seeing eyes underneath the mask. I wish Hasbro would implement that more with Iron Man figures.
There’s nothing else unique about this figure, which is fine as it makes sense for this kind of basic army builder and doesn’t need the extra flare of sculpted gloves and boot lines.
Paint: I’m less harsh on army building paint jobs because if it’s not great, it gets shuffled off to the back. No problem with most of the figures have nice and clean red line work and the blues pop.
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Scale: The Hellfire Club guard doesn’t need to be towering over Colossus, but it’s nice they can look down on Wolverine for all of 30 seconds before he claws them down to his size.
Articulation: You know the deal with the Bucky Cap mold at this point. It works very well for soldiers and makes for easy posing — whether on offensive or getting sliced by Wolverine.
The Hellfire Club guard has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: The Hellfire Club guard comes with a blaster. They didn’t seem to have a standard gun, which makes sense when your opponents could range from the X-Men to the Avengers or Fantastic Four. It’s cast in a bluish grey. That’s fine and better than going with a flat black, which wouldn’t fit their motif.
He also has a smaller gun, which will be nice to help break up the ranks a little instead of everyone having the same weapon.
Worth it? I really appreciate Hasbro’s approach to Marvel Legends army builders as they pare down accessories and offer the figures for a lesser price. For $15 a figure it makes army building a lot more affordable and gives me a lot of incentive to quickly build up a legit squad.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I love a good army builder and the Hellfire Club guards fit the bill oh so well. I’ve got five with another two or three coming with the next batch. That price and quality makes this an easy recommendation.
Where to get it? These guys are a Hasbro Pulse exclusive that promptly sold out for the first batch. Hasbro has the elves hard at work on reinforcements with another assortment available now on pre-order for a March release.