While Toy Biz dabbled into making Marvel Legends of Age of Apocalypse, Hasbro has enthusiastically tackled the assignment giving us multiple waves and deluxe figures from the classic X-Men story. It made sense for the second wave to include one of the more pivotal characters in the saga — Magneto.
The X-Men’s archenemy attempted to reform a few times in the past, but AOA showed just how effective Erik could be as the leader of the X-Men had he been in that role from the start.
This was before every X-Men writer wanted to make Magneto a good guy and it was a fascinating take on him. Mafex also released its take on AOA Magneto so the goal for Hasbro here was to prove its version was just as good for a fraction of the cost.
Let’s find out if this take on Magneto is attractive or repulsive!
Packaging: There’s not a lot of changes with this from the first series. I dig that the X-Men logo is done in the AOA font.
In an appreciated bit of package continuity, Hasbro once again had David Nakayama provide the artwork. Nakayama does great work of course as he captures the essence of the character so well including a clever take on the darkened silhouette when Magneto is wearing his helmet.
The bio could have explained AOA better simply by adding “In an alternate timeline” to explain the difference in Magneto and the rest of the characters in general.
Likeness: This figure is mainly a reuse of the Family Matters three-pack Magneto, which was a solid choice as that was a fitting and appropriate mold for him. His gauntlets are different as the slots are gone and they’re longer coming up to his elbow.
Another change is the boots, which are also more solid with the slots raised instead of “cutting” into the boot section.
The biggest difference is the cape setup. One major advantage with the Mafex figure is it actually includes a cloth cape allowing you to drape it around him like Magneto typically appeared in the comic. Hasbro keeps it flowing back, which makes sense. The cape collar is also different with a comic accurate rounded segment and shoulder pads underneath the cape.
Magneto’s head sculpt is very well done. His ponytails are very nicely executed and there’s a stoic determination on his face, fitting for a guy used to constantly taking losses to Apocalypse and his crew. There’s no peg for the cape to plug into the hole in his back.
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Paint: The paint matches up just fine with the FM Magneto. My figure only had some paint issues with the purple hair bands spilling over onto the white hair. Otherwise, very solid paint work especially with the chrome on his collar studs.
For whatever reason, Hasbro gave Magneto red underwear instead of his traditional purple trunks. Apparently in a newer comic that revisited the AOA, Magneto had red tights, but again it doesn’t make sense to use an alternate look over the main one people expected.
Scale: Magneto is regular height although he’s taller than the FM Magneto due to the taller boots.
Looking at the two I wouldn’t complain if Hasbro did a Retro Magneto to include taller boots.
Articulation: The FM Magneto’s cape was a little annoying as the plug kept popping out.
Dropping that actually helps the cape movement and presentation although I do wish the cape had some pliability to wrap around Magneto like he was frequently depicted in AOA.
While he has double-jointed elbows, the gauntlet restricts that to some degree.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Magneto comes with an alternate helmeted head. The odd thing is the helmeted head is smaller than the other one. In most of the comics, his face was completely darkened with only the whites of his eyes showing. This is another point for the Mafex version.
One way this setup could have been acceptable would have been if Hasbro simply had the helmet as a separate piece so Magneto could hold the helmet when he’s not wearing it. As is, you get this creepy visual.
He also has a set of swappable fists and the smaller effect trail accessory.
Loathe though I am to call for a reuse of the energy burst effect it would have been a better choice.
There is no Build-A-Figure piece for Magneto. Maybe this would have been the ideal figure to include a younger Blink head sculpt?
Worth it? Magneto is hovering at the $18.99 price point. That’s solid especially since he lacks a BAF piece.
Rating: 9 out of 10
It really doesn’t help that Mafex just released a superior version with a cloth cape that can drape around
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