As the Marvel Mondays are winding down - I assume I'll be done around October, after the Kenner guys and some others I want to finish up - it's time to go to Cyclops. The retro Kenner-style figure looks like he did in the 1980s, with the hood on his head, the visor, and some slightly silly boots. Scott Summers delivers the goods, mostly, by making the most out and not bucking the system. Or absolutely bucking the system. It's a system of bucks, with new heads, boots, and sometimes hands so Hasbro can keep reusing the same body. Low price point toys are less and less of a priority for Hasbro as they publicly declare their love for the money of adult collectors, so $10 toys - and let's be honest, this probably should have been $8 - are probably something we won't soon see again.
Scott uses the "wide body" which was used for Captain America, Loki, Falcon, Black Panther, and others. That means he has a peg hole in his back. The figure has the red belt, the yellow "X" buckle, the yellow boots with a little more meat on the top, and the yellow gloves. The colors match up nicely, and he has his trademark visor. Aside from the swivel wrists and separately-molded shoes, I'd say this is extremely convincing as a retro-style action figure.
Despite having no accessories, he looks cool - the swivel neck lets you aim his optic blast at evil mutants, plus he can stand and sit without much of a fight. It's a reliable, mostly sturdy figure - you could pull the fists out if you really felt like it. I doubt he's going to impress anybody, but he gets the job done.
While it would be neat to have an arm posed so he could put his hand on the visor, that's not what this line aspired to deliver. It's a charming (and incomplete) version of the X-Men that, in another market, would be something I'd love to keep collecting. Hasbro has a new 4-inch line for the delayed X-Men '97 on shelves right now (check your local stores), and you may find those to be a superior product at a lower price. With more articulation. And accessories. It is, notably, also not a complete team - I find that to be a problem across the board in any new collectible toy line, but those of you who need complete mutant power are probably buying 6-inch X-Men in Marvel Legends anyway. By himself, Cyclops is good - but as part of a collection, or a cheap lot on eBay, he's amazing. Kudos to Hasbro for having put this colorful line out as long as they did.
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