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Marvel Legends

This article is about the action figure line of Marvel characters. For the video game formerly titled "Marvel Legends", see Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. For the comic book see Marvel Legends (comics)

Marvel Legends
6" Action Figure Toy Line
Toy Biz : 2002 - 2006
Hasbro: 2007 - 2008
Marvel Legends is an action figure line based on the characters of Marvel Comics, initially produced by Toy Biz, then by Hasbro. This line is in the 6-inch scale.

History

The Marvel Legends line is a spin-off of the Spider-Man Classics line also produced by Toy Biz. At its inception in 2002, the Marvel Legends line took over the clamshell packaging and the included comic book that had shipped with the Spider-Man Classics line. The first Marvel Legends series included representations of the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and the Toad.

Beginning January 1, 2007, Hasbro was the new license holder of the rights to produce toys and games based upon the Marvel Universe, while ToyBiz was renamed Marvel Toys. The new Hasbro packaging did not include a comic.

Chase figures

From the beginning, the Marvel Legends line has used the "chase" concept to introduce figures based on less popular or recognizable characters. These got their nickname by being shipped in fewer quantities than the rest of the figures, thus causing collectors to chase after them. Eventually, rather than entirely new figures, the chase concept was limited to variations (such as an alternate head or a different color scheme) of a figure released in that same series. These figures became high in demand by collectors.

Build-A-Figure

In 2005, Toy Biz introduced the "Build-A-Figure" (referred to as a "BAF" in the collector community) to the Marvel Legends line, starting with series 9. Each figure in the series was packaged with a piece of a larger figure — in the initial case, a 16-inch tall figure of Galactus. A consumer who bought each figure in the assortment would then have all the complete components to assemble a character unavailable in individual packaging.

The concept was re-employed in the tenth Toy Biz series, where each figure was packaged with a piece of a mutant-hunting robot known as a Sentinel. Additional BAFs would include Apocalypse, Onslaught, Giant-Man, Mojo, MODOK, Annihilus, Blob, Brood Queen, Nemesis, Red Hulk, Sandman, Ronan the Accuser, Fin Fang Foom, and Ares.

With the release of the Giant-Man BAF, Toy Biz packaged smaller parts with each character, requiring 10 figures to be purchased to create the BAF (including one of the variant figures).

Starting with the Onslaught BAF and continuing with the Mojo and MODOK BAFs, Toy Biz returned to the six-piece formula. Hasbro continued the six-piece formula with the Annihilus BAF in its first series, and temporarily moved to an eight-piece formula with the Blob BAF in its second series, but will switch back to the six figure format in series 4.

Toy Biz

Series 1

NOTE: There are three versions of Iron Man in this series. There is also a variant Hulk with straight fingers. Each of the figures also contains either a comic or a poster foil. Some are English and some are Canadian packaging.

Series 2

  • Dr. Doom (with Fantastic Four vol. 1 #247)
  • Doombot (Chase)
  • Human Torch (w/o 4 on chest, with Fantastic Four vol. 1 #233)
  • Human Torch (with 4 On Chest)
  • Namor (with Savage Sub-Mariner #67)
  • Thing (with Fantastic Four vol. 1 #263)

NOTE: Neither version of the Human Torch is a variant. Human Torch was originally distributed with the 4 on his chest, but some collectors asked for the 4 to be removed, since it would be more comic accurate. So as a running change, later shipments had the 4 removed. At the beginning, the figure with the 4 was plentiful, but as time went on, it became more common to see him without it, and eventually it became rare to see him with the 4.

Series 3

NOTE: There were several running changes to the Daredevil figure(with or without beard), but no true variants.

Series 4

  • Beast (with X-Men #3)
  • Elektra(with Daredevil vol. 1 #176)
  • Gambit (with X-Men #4)
  • Punisher (White or grey belt) (with foil print or Punisher War Zone #1)
  • Goliath (re-released Avengers #1 Toy Biz (Non-Legends) figure with Antman and Wasp, Chase)

Series 5

Series 6

  • Punisher (Movie)
  • Cable (with Cable #73)
  • Cable (Brown Costume, Chase)
  • Deadpool (w/ Doop pack-in) (with Deadpool #3)
  • Juggernaut (with Uncanny X-Men #13)
  • Wolverine (Brown Costume) (w/ Ogun base pack-in) (with Uncanny X-men #213)
  • Phoenix (Green costume) (with Uncanny X-Men #101)
  • Jean Grey as Dark Phoenix (Red costume - Chase)
  • Wolverine Unmasked (Chase, Series III re-release with Legends VI packaging)

Series 7

Series 8

NOTE: The early shipments of ML8 had a paint error on the Captain America figures. The Ultimate Captain America was supposed to have grey paint on his pants, while the Classic Captain America was not. When the toys were first released, these paint apps were reversed. A running change later corrected the error.

Series 9 (Galactus Series)

This line introduced what would become a long standing feature of the Legends line until plastic was deemed to expensive: Buying the full line would result in a Build-A-Figure that towers over the rest, marking the inauguration with Fantastic Four enemy Galactus.

  • Bullseye (with Galactus' left leg and Daredevil vol. 1 #132)
  • Bullseye (Gritting Teeth, grey costume, Chase)
  • Hulk (First Appearance, grey, closed mouth) (with Galactus' left arm and Incredible Hulk vol. 1, #1)
  • Hulk (First Appearance, Green, teeth bared, Chase)
  • Deathlok (with Galactus' upper torso and Deathlok vol. 1 #3)
  • Doctor Strange (with Galactus' right arm and four selections from Strange Tales)
  • Nightcrawler (with Galactus' lower torso and poster book)
  • Professor X (with Galactus' head and Uncanny X-Men #117)
  • War Machine (with Galactus' right leg and Iron Man vol. 1 #281)

NOTE: In some cases the Canadian release of the figures were packaged with a gold-foil enhanced mini-poster (with art by Jae Lee), instead of a comic.

Series 10 (Sentinel Series)

Continuing the tradition, this line introduces a Sentinel figure, and from hereafter, nearly every Build-A-Figure would be lifted from the X-Men villains roster. To complete the robot, only Mystique or Omega Red needed to be purchased, as both have the same piece.

  • Angel (with Sentinel's left leg and Uncanny X-Men #5)
  • Angel (Light Blue Costume, Chase)
  • Black Panther (with Sentinel's right arm and Avengers vol. 1, #87)
  • Black Panther (alternate necklace/belt, later release)
  • Cyclops (with Sentinel's left arm and Uncanny X-Men #201)
  • Cyclops (X-Factor Costume, Chase)
  • Mister Sinister (Blue neck - initial release) (with Sentinel's right leg and Uncanny X-Men #243)
  • Mister Sinister (White neck - later release)
  • Mystique (with Sentinel's torso and poster book)
  • Omega Red (also with Sentinel's torso, and X-Men #7)
  • Spider-Man (First Appearance) (with Sentinel's head/upper torso and Amazing Fantasy vol. 1 #15)

Series 11 (Legendary Riders Series)

This line would do away with the Build-A-Figure temporarily, instead packaging the figures with a vehicular accessory (except for Hulkbuster Iron Man).

  • Iron Man (Hulkbuster) (with Iron Man vol. 1, #305)
  • Scarlet Witch (with Avengers vol. 1 #187. Varying rarity.)
  • Taskmaster (with Avengers vol. 1 #196)
  • Thing (First Appearance) (with Fantastic Four vol. 1 #1)
  • Ultron (with Avengers vol. 3 #22)
  • Vengeance (with Ghost Rider vol. 2 #39)
  • Wolverine ("Days of Future Past" Logan, black t-shirt/green pants) (with Uncanny X-Men #141)
  • Wolverine (Logan, younger/white t-shirt/blue pants, cowboy hat, Chase)
  • Wonder Man with Yellowjacket sidekick (with Avengers vol. 3 #51)
  • Wonder Man (translucent purple "Ionic" version, Chase)

Series 12 (Apocalypse Series)

This line brings back the Build-A-Figure, this time, X-Men villain Apocalypse. His parts would come in two colors, traditional blue or new black.)

  • Bishop (with Apocalypse's lower torso and Bishop #2)
  • Bishop (alternate bald head, Chase)
  • Iron Fist (original green costume) (with Apocalypse's right leg and Iron Fist #8)
  • Iron Fist (red costume, Chase)
  • Hulk ("Maestro") (with Apocalypse's left arm and Captain Marvel vol. 3, #30)
  • X-23 (black costume, straight hair) (with Apocalypse's head/upper torso and Uncanny X-Men #451)
  • X-23 (purple costume, wavy hair)
  • Sasquatch (with Apocalypse's right arm and Alpha Flight vol. 1, #10)
  • Sasquatch (All-white Snowbird (Narya) version, Chase)
  • Wolverine (Astonishing X-men) (with Apocalypse's left leg and Astonishing X-Men vol. 3, #6 comic)
  • Wolverine (Astonishing X-men, Unmasked, Chase)

Series 13 (Onslaught Series)

This time, the figure is yet another X-Men villain, Onslaught. This figure's size was reduced to be nearly the same height as basic Legends figures due to rising plastics costs.

  • Abomination (with Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #25 and left arm of Onslaught)
  • Abomination (melted face, Chase)
  • Blackheart (includes Wolverine/Ghost Rider/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness and left leg of Onslaught)
  • Green Goblin (with Amazing Spider-Man #122 and right leg of Onslaught)
  • Green Goblin (Unmasked, Chase)
  • Lady Deathstrike (includes Wolverine #77 and upper torso of Onslaught)
  • Loki (includes Journey Into Mystery #116 and right arm of Onslaught)
  • Loki (alternate Crown of Lies head, Chase)
  • Pyro (includes Daredevil vol. 1, #355 and lower torso of Onslaught)

Series 14 (Mojo Series)

Mojo, an interdimensional villain (for the X-Men) marked another somewhat scaled-down size for the bonus figures.

  • Baron Zemo (With Avengers vol. 1 #6 and Mojo's head and upper torso)
  • Baron Zemo (Unmasked, Chase)
  • Falcon (With Falcon #1 and Mojo's stomach/lower torso)
  • Falcon (Modern costume, Chase)
  • Iron Man (First Appearance) (With Tales Of Suspense #39 & 40 and Mojo's back tentacles)
  • Iron Man (First Appearance, gold variant, Chase)
  • Longshot (With X-Men vol. 2 #10 and Mojo's lower, right side mechanical legs)
  • Luke Cage (With Luke Cage #1 and Mojo's lower, left side mechanical legs)
  • Luke Cage (Black and Silver variant, unreleased)
  • Psylocke (With Uncanny X-Men #258 (cover art from #467) and Mojo's back/lower torso)

Series 15 (M.O.D.O.K. Series)

M.O.D.O.K., an Avengers villain, was the focusing figure of the line. This figure was also another case of plastics' rising cost.

  • Beta Ray Bill (with Thor #337 and MODOK's hover base)
  • Captain Marvel (with Captain Marvel #25 and MODOK's control panel)
  • Genis-Vell (Captain Marvel variant, chase)
  • Iron Man (Thor-Buster Armor) (with Iron Man vol. 2 #64 and MODOK's right arm)
  • Destroyer (Iron-Man variant, chase)
  • Moon Knight (with Marvel Team-Up #7 and MODOK's left arm)
  • Moon Knight (silver costume variant, chase)
  • Spider-Woman (with MODOK's head and Spider-Woman #1)
  • Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter variant, chase)
  • Wasp (Black costume) (with Avengers #195 and MODOK's legs)
  • Wasp (Shoulder length hair, red costume, Chase)

Hasbro

Series 1 (Annihilus Series)

After Hasbro gained the rights to produce Marvel toys, the company continued with the theme of smaller figures as the bonus one, in this case, Annihilus, a Fantastic Four nemesis. Also, Hasbro's new molds eliminated finger joints, a mainstay of the Toy Biz era, and the comic book pack-ins. Annihilus pieces came in a pastel color for his armor, and later, a more comic-accurate version.

Series 2 (Blob Series)

The Blob series marked a return to X-Men villains.

  • Quicksilver (with Blob's left arm)
  • Quicksilver (Green 1st Appearance Variant, chase)
  • She-Hulk (with Blob's upper torso)
  • Lord of Asgard Thor (with Blob's head)
  • Ultimate Wolverine (with Blob's lower torso)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand Jean Grey (with Blob's right arm)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix variant, chase)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand Juggernaut (with Blob's hands)
  • Xorn (with Blob's left leg)
  • Yellowjacket (with Blob's right leg)
  • Yellowjacket (Gold Variant, chase)

Series 3 (Brood Queen Series)

Brood Queen was the focus of this series. Toy Biz retained the focus on smaller Build-A-Figures.

  • Black Knight (with Brood Queen's legs)
  • Bucky (Golden Age) (with Brood Queen's tail)
  • Captain America (Golden Age) (with Brood Queen's legs)
  • Cyclops (Astonishing) (with Brood Queen's head)
  • Danger (Astonishing) (with Brood Queen's wings)
  • HYDRA Soldier (With closed or open mouth variant) (with Brood Queen's front leg)
  • Marvel Girl (Rachel Summers) (With powered-up variant) (with Brood Queen's torso)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand Colossus (with chrome paint variant) (with Brood Queen's front leg)

Series 4 (Age of Apocalypse Nemesis Series)

Holocaust, an X-men villain from an alternate timeline who was trapped in the "real" one, is the focus of this line. Rising plastics costs, after this line, will lead to Build-A-Figures only being exclusive to store chains, and the eventual cancelation of the lines to prepare for Fury's Files, a 3 3/4 inch focusing line.

Spider-Man Trilogy Sandman Series

Sandman is the focus of this movie-based line.

  • Dr. Octopus (with Sandman's right arm)
  • Green Goblin (with Sandman's leg)
  • Mary Jane Watson (with Sandman's torso)
  • New Goblin (with Sandman's head)
  • Sandman (with Sandman's left foot)
  • Spider-Man (Black) (with Sandman's leg)
  • Spider-Man (Red & Blue) (with Sandman's right foot)
  • Venom (with Sandman's left arm)
  • Sandman (Build-A-Figure)

Fantastic Four Ronan the Accuser Series

Technically not Marvel Legends, this Fantastic Four-focused line included Ronan the Accuser, another casualty of plastics cost.

  • Dr. Doom (with Ronan's cape)
  • Invisible Woman (with Ronan's torso)
  • Human Torch (with Ronan's right leg)
  • Mole Man (with Ronan's left arm)
  • Mr. Fantastic (with Ronan's hammer)
  • Namor the Sub-Mariner (with Ronan's right arm)
  • Silver Surfer (with Ronan's left leg)
  • Thing (with Ronan's head and helmet)

Hulk Series 1 & 2 (2008)

The two lines, which shipped at once, form the first towering Build-A-Figure in many lines, that of Marvel villain Fin Fang Foom.

  • Hulk (_The_End:_The_Last_Titan appearance) (with Fin Fang Foom's right wing and arm)
  • King Hulk ("World War Hulk" appearance) (with Fin Fang Foom's tail)
  • She-Hulk ("Savage" appearance) (with Fin Fang Foom's head and neck)
  • Skaar, Son of Hulk (with Fin Fang Foom's upper torso)
  • Wendigo (with Fin Fang Foom's left wing and arm)
  • Savage Grey Hulk (classic green hulk variant)(with Fin Fang Foom's left leg)
  • Doc Samson (with Fin Fang Foom's lower torso)
  • Absorbing Man (with Fin Fang Foom's right leg)

Two-Packs

Toy Biz: Face Off Series

The "Face-Off" series was first released in mid 2006. Each set included two 6" scale figures, a base with background, and a reprint comic.

Series 1

  • Captain America vs. Red Skull (includes Captain America #32)
  • Captain America (unmasked) vs. Baron Strucker (variant)
  • Daredevil vs. Kingpin (includes Daredevil vol. 1 #171)
  • Daredevil (unmasked) vs. Kingpin (angry face, black suit)
  • Hulk vs. Leader (modern) (includes Incredible Hulk vol. 1 #115)
  • Hulk (screaming) vs. Leader (classic)

Series 2

  • First Appearance Wolverine vs. Sabretooth (includes Wolverine #10)
  • First Appearance Wolverine (screaming) vs. Sabretooth (screaming)
  • Iron Man (Modular Armor) vs. Mandarin (includes Iron Man #311)
  • War Machine vs. red-costumed Mandarin (variant)
  • Punisher (classic) vs. Jigsaw (Punisher costume) (includes Punisher #36)
  • Punisher (modern) vs. Business Suit Jigsaw (variant)

Hasbro Two-Packs

Wal*Mart Exclusives

Series 1

Series 2

Boxed Sets

Urban Legends

X-Men Legends

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four (variant set)

Spider-Man & The Sinister Six

Spider-Man: Fearsome Foes

Young Avengers

NOTE: Includes a comic book, Young Avengers #1

Marvel Monsters

House of M

  • Hulk (House of M version: bald, aboriginal body paint)
  • Iron Man (House of M version: giant gun, energy packs on back)
  • The It (The Thing as seen in Fantastic Four: House of M, red-orange color and hunchbacked)
  • The Inhuman Torch (Kristoff Vernard, as depicted in the comicbook series, Fantastic Four: House of M)

Exclusives

Wal*Mart Exclusives

Toy Biz

2005 - Fantastic Four Box Set

2006 - Giant Man Series
This Wal-Mart exclusive built the largest Build-A-Figure for the entire line, Avengers founding member Giant-Man. This series was found internationally in the UK and other stores, such as Woolworths. and Canada's Toys R Us .

  • Age of Apocalypse Weapon X (Wolverine) (with Weapon X #1 and Giant Man's right foot)
  • Age of Apocalypse Weapon X (burnt face Variant) (with Giant Man's left hand)
  • Age of Apocalypse Sabretooth (with Astonishing X-Men #3 and Giant Man's left foot)
  • Ant Man (with Marvel Premiere #47 and Giant Man's right arm)
  • Captain Britain (with Excalibur #1 and Giant Man's right leg)
  • Kitty Pryde (with Astonishing X-Men #4 and Giant Man's upper torso & head)
  • Havok (with Uncanny X-Men #97 and Giant Man's left leg)
  • Sentry (with New Avengers #3 and Giant Man's left arm)
  • Sentry (cut hair or bearded/long haired variants; Sentry would ship in a tan-and-blue uniform that was later corrected to a brighter yellow-and-blue color. Both hues have been used in the comics.)
  • Warbird (with Avengers Annual 10 and Giant Man's lower torso)
  • Thor (with Thor vol. 1 #351 and Giant Man's right hand)

Hasbro

Ares Series
A Wal-Mart exclusive, this line focuses on formerly obscure Marvel character Ares.

  • Crossbones (with Ares' left leg)
  • Guardian (with Ares' lower torso)
  • Heroes Reborn Iron Man (with Ares' helmet and swords)
  • Human Torch (semi-translucent variant) (with Ares' left arm)
  • Kang (with Ares' upper torso)
  • Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) (with Ares' right arm)
  • Vision (with Ares' right leg)
  • Ultimate War Machine (with Ares' head)

Target Exclusives

Hasbro

Red Hulk Series

Target exclusive, this line focuses on a new, evil version of Hulk, the Red Hulk.

  • Adam Warlock (with left leg of Red Hulk)
  • Silver Savage (Silver Surfer in "Planet Hulk" gladiator gear) (with right leg of Red Hulk)
  • Spider-Man (Symbiote costume) (with left arm of Red Hulk)
  • Spiral (With gold accented variant) (with head of Red Hulk)
  • Union Jack (with torso of Red Hulk)
  • Wolverine (Classic yellow and blue "tiger stripe" costume) (With black "X-Force" variant) (with right arm of Red Hulk)

Toys R Us Exclusives

  • Diamond Emma Frost (clear plastic version of HML Series 1 figure)
  • 25th Anniversary Wolverine (silver version of ML Series 6 figure)
  • Black Queen (Madelyne Pryor, Emma Frost body repaint)

Diamond Exclusives

  • Ultimate Wolverine (blue costume)

Hasbro Toy Store

San Diego Comic Con Convention Exclusives

Hasbro 2007

  • Stan Lee (with removable clothing, revealing Spider-Man body; includes interchangeable Spider-Man arms and legs, Spider-Man and Peter Parker heads)
  • She-Hulk (interchangeable pieces; converts from lawyer suit to Fantastic Four uniform)

Hasbro 2008

  • The Silver Surfer (Re-issue from ML5 with metallic paint job and nonmagnetic surfboard)
  • Ka-Zar, Shanna and Zabu Box Set
  • Fin Fang Foom (complete set of eight figures in a unique box)

Comic Exclusive

  • A Marvel Legends Flatman "figure" was included as a joke cut-out in the GLX-Mas special. It featured "infinite" points of articulation and three action phrases (to be said with one's own voice).

Icons

The "Icons" series includes 12 inch articulated figures of various characters from Marvel. The Toy Biz Icons each came with an "Evolution of an Icon" comic sized book including a history and stats of the character as well as artwork. These books are not included in the Hasbro Icons.

Toy Biz

Series 1

Series 2

  • Hulk
  • Hulk (Grey variant)
  • Venom
  • Venom (Unmasked variant)

Series 3

  • Beast (gray fur)
  • Beast (Variant, blue fur, labcoat and glasses)
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man (Unmasked variant)

Hasbro

Series 1

  • Thor
  • Wolverine (Toy Biz series 1 repaint)

NOTE: This is a new color variant of Wolverine's current New Avengers/Astonishing X-Men costume.

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

  • Daredevil
  • Daredevil Variant
  • Nightcrawler

Series 6

  • Colossus
  • Phoenix
  • Phoenix Variant

Prototypes

In October 2005, pre-production promotional material for Series 13, "Bring on the Bad Guys," was leaked to the Internet. These materials depicted a seventh figure, Crimson Dynamo, and also advertised that each figure in the series would come with a supplementary "henchman" generic figure. However, soon after the leak, Jesse Falcon, from product development at ToyBiz, announced that neither the Crimson Dynamo figure, nor the "henchman" pack-ins, were slated as part of "Bring on the Bad Guys" series.

Similar preproduction rumors surfaced for Series 15, which initially included the characters Quicksilver and the Mandarin. According to Jesse Falcon, studies were run to explore the possibility of a "Build-a-Vehicle" Quinjet.

At the Comic-Con International in July 2006, non-articulated, one-inch X-Babies pack-ins, which were ostensibly planned for the Series 14, were displayed alongside a Thunder Frog (Thor turned into a frog by Loki) and Forbush Man (Marvel's unofficial mascot, a character from the Not Brand Echh! humor book). The display also included several henchmen.

Henchmen

  • AIM Agent
  • Doombot
  • Hydra Agent (a new, more articulated sculpt of the Hydra Agent was released in Hasbro Marvel Legends series 3.)
  • Hand Ninja
  • Hellfire Club Soldier

X-Babies

  • Colossusus (Colossus)
  • Creepy Crawler (Nightcrawler)
  • Shadowkitty (Shadowcat)
  • Shower (Storm)
  • Shugah (Rogue)
  • Wolvie (Wolverine)

Mitey 'Vengers

  • Captain Amerikid (Captain America)
  • Hawkey (Hawkeye)
  • Iron Ace (Iron Man)
  • Thunderson (Thor)

Related Lines

Toy Biz had several lines of toys which are related to Marvel Legends in that the toys are Marvel characters, often exhibit comparable articulation, and are similar in scale. With the exception of Spider-Man Classics, which actually pre-date Marvel Legends, these lines do not include comic books and do not ship in the same clamshell packaging. The figures in these related lines also usually include some sort of "action feature," sometimes limiting their articulation and ostensibly intended to make the toys more appealing to children.

Several popular characters (usually villains) that have not appeared under the Marvel Legends brand have made appearances in these lines, and thus are usually the most desired among collectors. These include most of Spider-Man's rogues gallery, as well as some of the Hulk's, Fantastic Four's and X-Men's.

  • Fantastic Four Classics (two series, canceled)
  • Hulk Classics (two series, canceled)
  • Spider-Man Classics (two series, canceled to become simply Spider-Man)
  • Spider-Man (19 series, canceled)
  • X-Men Classics (three series, canceled), several new sculpts of both completely original costumes and previously unproduced costumes with repaints of existing figures scattered throughout.)

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