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Diamond Select - Marvel Select - Apocalypse Action Figure

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Along with the new heads, there’s also a new open left hand for holding stuff, and a new skull for it to hold. Apocalypse looks diabolically evil holding a human skull aloft with his merry, laughing head. Sweet new accessories. The prospect of never getting an AOA Magneto, Cyclops, Rogue, Sinister, Sabretooth or Gambit from Hasbro is definitely depressing. But if we were only going to get one more character (for now), it really needed to be (and is) Apocalypse himself. How’d he turn out?

That is a lot of new pieces added on to make this feel unique, and I applaud Hasbro to going to all this effort. I was skeptical, but they made it work. Entertainment News International (ENI) is the #1 popular culture network for adult fans all around the world. The various colors and shades of blue on this figure have a perfect sheen to them and are dead-on accurate to how I remember them from the vintage comic books. The yellow on the forearm protectors pops wonderfully, and all the colors are precisely what I wanted. The deco itself is also neat and cleanly applied. Perfection. Overall: This is a painstakingly difficult figure to attach an overall review score to, because this X-Men Legends AOA Apocalypse figure is going to look amazing on my shelf and a real visual highlight of the Hasbro X-Men Age of Apocalypse series lineup.

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I wouldn’t have thought it was possible, but all those extra pieces added on legit make this look and feel like an authentic take on the alternate universe design. The thing about this toy that evokes more rage from me than I would have thought imaginable is AOA Apocalypse’s cape. It’s a nice flowing sculpt, but it is heavy–and unfortunately, the pegs are soft and weak, resulting in them popping out of the shoulder pads basically every time I go to pose or move him. It is infuriating, and led to me taking the cape off altogether for some of my review photos (something I never wanted to do).

That said–when I actually want to pose or move this figure, the add-on collar and especially the cape are constantly fighting me and popping off and out of place. Many curse words were uttered trying to get this mutant into dynamic poses, only to have them ruined by the rubbery cape pegs popping out.

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From a purely aesthetic standpoint, this figure is an overwhelming victory. But if you want to play with him, things become a little less impressive. While the boots and forearm protects are perfect new pieces, the add-ons from the shoulders and up are more problematic.

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