As you’re reading this, I’m somewhere (hopefully not lost) in South Dakota on vacation. Vault’s got the reigns this week, but I didn’t want to leave you guys without a Marvel Legends review (or get too far behind)! How about Drax today? Should be interesting since I know nothing about him…
One of my favorite things about the BAF/C&C is that it can push collectors outside of their comfort zone. Let’s face it, as collectors we sometimes are the pickiest of picky eaters. We prefer one company’s product over another regardless, we reach an age where little quality product can be produced to our liking, we have a laser-like focus on what we enjoy and tend to stop venturing outside of it.
For most of us, that simply wasn’t the case when we were young – we liked new things, we wanted to find out about the guest starring character, we didn’t roll our eyes when we had to buy an issue from another title to finish the story. We kept right on buying comics and action figures, but some of us left a bit of that open-minded innocence behind.
There were always completists and “cherrypickers”, but the BAF changed the geography between them a bit. For me, I will always tend towards completism with DC (there’s that favoring one company over another), but Marvel Legends proved to be a real challenge. I had to have that Sentinel. Giant Man was too cool not to build. And yet, to build them I had to buy all figures of characters that I had almost no clue who they were. To some that was annoying (& cost prohibitive to boot), but I tried to view it like an opportunity to learn about the new characters. Omega Red, Sentry, & Ms. Marvel are all characters that I bought figures first and learned to love their characters second.
I mention all this, because that is precisely the case with our man Drax here. I’ve made no secret that I’m buying this wave for Arnim Zola. I want Bucky & the Wrecking Crew, I’m unopposed to Fantomex (though he should be all-white), but I haven’t got the first clue about Drax, Daken, & the Madames.
I’ve read Drax before – I dabbled in Annihilation, but couldn’t keep up because I didn’t have the money to spend on that many comics at the time and Marvel books went before DC books did. Drax was a main character in Guardians of the Galaxy, but thinking back – I couldn’t tell you anything about him from that book. He was a badass, that’s about all I recall. So it was off to Wiki and Comicvine for this review.
What I found was actually interesting – I didn’t even know he was human. Drax was formerly a dude named Arthur that was minding his own business on a family drive when Thanos blew up his car. Arthur and his wife died (his daughter survived and became Moondragon, I’ll have to read up on that later), but Arthur was later resurrected and given the sole purpose of destroying Thanos. This tends to be a full-time job in comics because characters never die (and that’s particularly true of Thanos). His original costume is actually pretty swanky and I’d love to get that as a figure, but in recent years he’s taken on a more Fast & Furious appearance which how I found him in Guardians of the Galaxy and is the look Hasbro went for with this figure.
They captured the look with mixed results. They used the same back as they did for Steve Rogers (did we ever decide, is it FO Punisher?) with a few new add-ons, namely the lower legs and feet, the hands, the belt, and the head sculpt. It kinda works, but the buck does have some sculpted fabric details on his bare skin chest (oops) and it creates some odd disparities like his pants being super-tight on his crotch and thighs and then loose below the knee. And, like Steve, I just feel he’s too scrawny. Mattel has a slightly wider, brawnier second male buck (though the 4H unfortunately sculpted it to be uneven) and I think that’s something Hasbro should invest in. I think the limbs look great, but the torso just needs a little more width/brawn to it. Continue to Page 2…