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Marvel Legends Series 1 - 2002

The first of many Marvel Legends series started off with some of their bigger characters. The line was more aimed at collectors and featured highly detailed and sculpted figures, much like the 1st two series of Spider-Man Classics were. This series would go over very well with collectors, more so than ToyBiz thought. This series paved the way for more series just like it to come out with a wide variety of characters. While this line featured bigger names like Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk, we also got Toad. Dr. Doom was originally scheduled to be the 4th figure in the lineup, but had some production problems, so they threw Toad in at the last minute.

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Captain America

Captain America is probably the second best figure in the line, only second to Iron Man. This figure, like Iron Man is super articulated and has a very detailed sculpt. The only more detail they could have added was to sculpt the scales on his armor rather than just painting them on, but that is a small complaint. His shield comes with straps on the inside so you can attach it various places like his arm or put it on his back.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: Sheild, Flag, Tank base, Tank base wall

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This Hulk is actually not one of the better Hulks made in my opinion, despite being a Marvel Legends figure. The figure is much larger than the others, which is a very nice touch considering many Hulk figures were not that much bigger than anyone else. The figure did have two variants, one with bendable fingers and one with molded fingers, which came later. The bendable fingers made it look like he was clapping all the time, so they redid the hands. The figure is not as articulated as other Marvel Legends either, which is unfortunate. Still, it is not a bad figure.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: Smashed wall base, Smashed wall

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Iron Man

This is probably one of the best looking Iron Man figures made. The figure features a very high level of articulation as well as a removable mask. This figure is the one that got me into Marvel Legends, as it is such a great figure. The figure base is a large Stark Enterprises sign, which is a nice touch. The great thing about this Iron Man figure is that it could be remolded into other versions of Iron Man armor that he did use, though it could create a lot of variants. The armor that this one is based off of is his first version of the red and gold armor.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: Mask, Stark Enterprises base sign, Stark Enterprises base bottom

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Night Armor Iron Man

This Iron Man is just another repaint of the normal version, only this time is nice and dark blue like his Stealth Armor was. Physically, nothing is different other than the color.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: None

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Shiny Iron Man

This Iron Man is simply a shiny version of the normal version. It's the chase figure for this series. Not much else is different.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: None

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A lot of people wonder why Toad made it into the first series. Well, there is a reason for it. This Toad figure is actually a leftover from an older two pack from the X-Men movie line that featured a movie version and a comic version of the character. A Wolverine two pack was released and a Toad one was scheduled to, but never did. They did not change much on the mold, so there is not as much articulation as most of the other figures in the line. The reason he was included without much retooling is that Dr. Doom was orginally to be included, but wasn't ready. So, a quick substitute was needed. Toad would become a chase figure later on, as this line would get re-released later, but only Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk would get released.

Figure ability: Articulation
Accessories: None

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Last edited by Seril on 2010-07-14 00:00:00

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