Hasbro debuts another new mold in their Marvel Legends “Hit Monkey” wave with the Hyperion figure. Does the new figure deliver or is it one you should pass on? Join us as we take a detailed look in this review to see for yourself.
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This figure incorporates the same standard packaging Hasbro has been using for all their Marvel Legends figures since last year. The top and back features comic art of both Hyperion and the running change variant Sentry figure which have been dubbed the “Conquering Heroes” for this wave. The art is done by comic book artist Clayton Crain. The figure is clearly displayed on the front of the card so you can get a good look at it before purchasing. The front also features some art for other figures being released in the wave, but you can’t really see that until you open the figure and remove it from the packaging.
The back, along with the before mentioned comic art of the characters, shows the other figures you need to get in this wave to complete your Hit Monkey Build-A-Figure.
Until Hyperion recently showed up in the new Avengers comic, I knew very little about him and am not a huge fan. That said, the sculpt on this figure is one of the best Hasbro has done to date for the Marvel Legends line. Scale, proportion, appearance and articulation seem to be near perfect on this one. I even like how they sculpted the cape in two parts which I had not liked in early images I saw. The sculpting on the face is fantastic and is really hard to distinguish from what you see in the comics. The musculature is well defined and looks really nice. My only complaint is I wish Hasbro could have incorporated the character’s current costume from the Avengers comic instead of the older one.
This is another area where I think the figure really shines. I really like the use of the hinged joint in the neck which lets you put the head almost completely back which works great when you are putting him in flight poses. The legs are attached with ball joints. The figure also has double-jointed elbows and knees, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel-hinged shoulders, and an ab-crunch joint that clicks into place to keep the figure set in the position you want. It also has swivel biceps, waist and boots along with ankle rockers.
The figure uses a glossy red paint with yellow on the body portions of the costume. A nice detailed Hyperion symbol is painted on the chest. The cape and boots use a yellow incorporating just a hint of reddish wash . The arms, neck and face use a very realistic skin tone colored paint while the hair is a brownish red color. Finally, the little circular caps that attach his cape to the body use a metallic yellow which sets them apart just enough from the rest of the cape. I could not detect any noticeable paint flaws on my figure. Hasbro really did a good job with this one.
Hyperion comes with a removable cape that actually attaches to the figure in two different parts. This was done so that it would not prohibit movement of the figure when posing him. The only downside to this design is that sometimes the part of the cape that attaches to the figure’s front right shoulder can sometimes rise up looking like it’s not actually attached. It pushes back down though. When you consider the trade-off of this minor flaw for the mobility of the design, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. The figure also comes with the arms and weapons portion of the Hit Monkey Build-A-Figure which we will go into more detail about in a separate review.
This figure is really great in different kinds of flight poses. It’s too bad Superman isn’t a Marvel character, because this sculpt and articulation would work really for a Man of Steel figure.
As I mentioned before, Hyperion isn’t a character I have seen too often in the comics until recently so I am not that familiar with him, but this is a really well made figure - possibly the best figure Hasbro has done since they took over the Marvel Legends line.
Score: 5 out of 5