Marvel Legends have had a series of ups and downs in the recent past. With the packaging changed and no inclusion of a collectible comic book and a price hike that’s almost double from when they offered such things I find it amazing that the action figure line is still thriving. Let’s be honest – the entire line has seen some better days – the recent offers of the BAFs are not that exciting. The Odin BAF was very disappointing and the Ultron BAF was underwhelming as well. The Groot BAF was surprisingly awesome – even if most of the figures featured in the series was not very desirable. I didn’t even bother with the Iron Monger or Mandroid. They aren’t terrible but they weren’t all that impressive either. Should I even bother getting into the Hobgoblin (that should never had been a BAF in the first place)?
The most recent series, though, have made most of my collector friend’s ears perk up. It started with the Rhino that came with the Spider-Man series – a BAF that rivaled the previous “best figure” from Marvel Select. The Rhino even came with a change-o-head – a modern and a classic (I’m so partial toward the classic I don’t even bother with the modern) and while it’s far from a useful accessory it’s still nice to see Marvel offer choices.
The Hulkbuster Iron Man series was the first Marvel Legends line that I actively sought out in a long time! The promise of a substantial and humongous Hulkbuster figure proved too much for me to stay away. Most of the figures weren’t appealing – although they were very nice – I was only interested in Thundra, Valkrie and the good Doctor. I had to barter, promise and even threaten (not really but it sounds good) to acquire the rest of the pieces to complete this huge behemoth! It’s a fantastic figure – certainly worth picking up if you can get a good price but this one gets pretty pricey! There are some minor tweaks I would have loved to make – especially the flat red paint – but it’s not enough to make this figure any less desirable.
Now, onto the newest BAF, the Absorbing Man! This is the latest Spider-Man ML series to line the pegs and it features some fantastic figures – never mind one of the better Absorbing Man figures ever made! As it compares to the figures before it – let’s visit it one by one – The Absorbing Man from the Hulk Transformations line is a great figure – where the BAF trumps it is in size – and size only – because the sculpt, paint and accessory (the size of the wrecking ball he comes with) is all pretty great.
The Hulk Classics Absorbing Man figure is very rare, very cool and extremely expensive on the secondary market. It’s also one of the cooler figures ever made of the guy! All except the size it might’ve taken the top spot. The scale really doesn’t knock it off the top of the list though – but another figure like this on card or in package and the Hulk Classics Absorbing Man might be knocked off the peak.
The Marvel Legends Absorbing Man from the Hulk line is a decent figure – all but the made model head they chose. He just looks too handsome! Can you imagine this villain getting into a fight and screaming “Not the face – hit me anywhere but the face!” Not to mention the size of the ball and chain is on the small side.
The Absorbing Man also comes with a change-o-head – one without a transforming look – and it is great but I am sticking with this one… unless I can find another body without paying a premium. It also has an extra arm (normal) and another (transforming into wood). Totally worth the pick up if you have the chance! The only thing I’d change is ball and chain to have a loose chain rather than a sculpted, solid chain.