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Marvel Legends Upgrades

Throw your mind back, back, way back to the distant days of 2007, when Hasbro got the Marvel license from ToyBiz in a five-year deal. At the time fans were worried about what that meant for the future of Marvel Legends, but we learned soon enough that the line would continue (mostly) unabated. And so it did, for a few years.

Eventually Hasbro switched its focus from the 6" scale figure to the 4" scale Marvel Universe, so between 2009 and 2012, all we got for 6" figures were a few store-exclusive multipacks. But then Legends came back and we've been rolling deep ever since.

However, there was a distinct jump in quality between those early figures (especially once Hasbro ran out of ToyBiz sculpts to use and had to start making their own) and in recent years, a lot of releases seem to be "redos" of those early releases. So we decided to make a checklist of all the first Hasbro Legends, and whether or not there's a better version available yet.

Series 1
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Banshee 2023
Beast (movie) X
Emma Frost 2023
Hercules 2019
Hulk (Gladiator) X
Iron Man (Ultimate) X
Annihilus X
Series 2
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Jean Grey (movie) X
Juggernaut (movie) X
Quicksilver 2019
She-Hulk 2017
Thor 2011
Wolverine (Ultimate) X
Yellowjacket X
Xorn X
Blob 2023
Series 3
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Black Knight 2019
Bucky X
Captain America (WW2) X
Colossus (movie) X
Cyclops 2023
Danger X
Hydra Soldier 2013
Marvel Girl X
Brood Queen X
Series 4
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Beast (mutated) X
Black Bolt 2014
Daredevil (yellow) 2015
Nova 2021
Punisher 2013
Tigra 2022
Holocaust X
Target Series
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Adam Warlock 2018
Silver Savage 2018
Spider-Man (black) 2017
Spiral 2023
Union Jack 2019
Wolverine (standard) 2018
Wolverine (variant) 2012
Red Hulk 2020
Walmart Series
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Crossbones 2020
Guardian 2019
Human Torch 2017
Iron Man (Reborn) X
Kang 2021
Scarlet Spider 2016
Vision 2018
War Machine (Ultimate) X
Ares 2017*
Fantastic Four
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Dr. Doom 2020
Human Torch 2022
Invisible Woman 2017
Mole Man X
Mr. Fantastic 2022
Namor 2018
Silver Surfer 2018
Thing 2022
Ronan the Accuser 2023
Spider-Man Movie Series
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Doc Ock 2024
Green Goblin 2023
Mary Jane Watson X
New Goblin X
Sandman 2023
Spider-Man 2023
Spider-Man (Symbiote) X
Venom X
Sandman (BAF) X
Hulk Series
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Absorbing Man 2016
Doc Samson X
Hulk (Classic/Green) 2010
Hulk (The End) X
Hulk (King) X
Hulk (Savage/Gray) 2023
She-Hulk 2017
Skarr X
Wendigo 2019
Fin Fang Foom X
Exclusives
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Emma Frost (Diamond) X
She-Hulk X
Stan Lee 2020
Black Queen 2020
Ka-Zar X
Shanna X
Zabu X
Sunfire (AoA) 2020
Walmart Two-Packs
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Cable 2016
Marvel Girl 2021
Cannonball 2019
Domino 2018
Two-Packs Series 1
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Captain America 2019
Nick Fury X
Elektra 2018
Elektra (Skrull) 2023
Ronin X
Mr. Fantastic 2018
Thing 2018
Wolverine 2023
Forge 2023
Two-Packs Series 2
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Hand Ninja 2021
Nick Fury 2016
Kree X
Skrull 2020
Maria Hill 2022
Iron Man 2019
Two-Packs Series 3
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Hand Ninja (White) X
Dum Dum Dugan X
Invisible Woman 2017
Human Torch 2020
Sharon Carter 2016
Iron Man (Stealth) 2021
Two-Packs Series 4
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Black Widow 2018
Black Widow ('80s) 2020
Winter Soldier 2020
Deadpool 2016
Warpath (X-Force) 2020
Deadpool (X-Men) 2020
Warpath 2020
Valkyrie 2015
Hulk 2019
Spider-Man Origins
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Demogoblin 2020
Iron Spider 2022
Spider-Man 2099 2015
Spider-Man Classics
Character Have they been redone?
No Alt. costume Yes
Juggernaut 2017
Tarantula 2023
Venom (Mac Gargan) X

Some of the figures, even after the return, were still a little rough and could use improved versions, but that's where we're splitting it for now. And there are a few that might belong in the "maybe" pile if you're feeling very forgiving - does the Iron Man Mark 47 armor count as Ultimate Iron Man? is Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk a replacement for "Planet Hulk" Gladiator Hulk? - but we know there are fans who are sticklers for that sort of thing, so we didn't count them.

So, by our count, that's 136 figures from the first Hasbro go-round, and there are 44 of them that have yet to see any sort of update - so about a third. And most of those come from movie lines, so don't expect them to be redone any time soon. Many others come from the very start of Hasbro's line, which is surprising since they're the ones who need it most! Ares got an *asterisk because his "update" was the same mold with minor paint changes.

The big winners, though, are the Target-exclusive series and the first and last two-packs, because they're the only ones to have seen all their characters get at least some kind of update. And the orginal Spider-Man Origins line is the only one to have its noteable characters all get modern toys in the same costumes.

So there you go, Hasbro: your mission, in addition to continuing to put out new characters, is to keep plugging away until you've removed all the red and yellow from this list.


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