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Corsair

X-Men Legends
by yo go re

Daddy's home!

Cyclops' world is forever changed when Starjammer captain and cavalier space pirate Corsair reveals he's Christopher Summers, Scott's long-lost father.

He didn't really "reveal" it as much as he "admitted" it: not sure whether the X-Men could trust this guy who'd basically come swinging in the window like Errol Flynn, Phoenix gave him a quick mind-scan, so she was the first one to know their relationship; as she prepared to sacrifice herself (not the famous time, a different time), she told Corsair to watch over the at-the-time-unconscious Scott, explaining who they were to each other; months later, being chased by a Shi'ar ship, Corsair crashed on Earth at the X-Mansion, and while he was unconscious, Cyclops rifled through his belongings (our hero, ladies and gentlemen!) and found a locket with pictures of Scott and Alex, plus their mom. Then the space spiders attacked.

Like too many recent Marvel Legends, Corsair is remarkably large. You can tell, because we're remarking on it. Like his son, he's meant to be 6'3", but this figure is more than 6½" tall. As soon as you get him out of the box (and the cardboard tray, and the paper bag), he instinctively looks the wrong size. The toy is built on a version of the new too-tall body, though just the arms and legs. Yes, they went to the trouble of molding an entire new torso just for Corsair: the collar of his shirt needed a place to glue in, and the shape of the abs is different from Vulcan's.

The gigantic head is very true to John Byrne's artwork, though honestly Corsair didn't have a mustcahe like this until much later. Considering how large the body is, it really takes some doing to still make the head look too large on it. Making him look like James Coburn? Good idea. Making his giant head this giant? Bad idea. Bad, bad head. So big.

The design is a mix of different eras. Most of it is the Dave Cockrum original, with the black going all the way down his ribs and the thigh-high boots with the pointy fronts, but the yellow symbol on his chest is the way Jim Lee drew it in the '90s. Both of those had a blue headband, all the way through - the red one, like this toy? Didn't show up until the 2010s. He should have fancy details on his gloves, but the budget for sculpting one-time-use gloves was probably eaten up by all the plastic needed to inflate his head.

Because he's a space-pirate, Corsair gets a sword and a pistol. The sword we've gotten before, but the gun is new. It looks like a high-tech blunderbuss, which is a cool choice. Is it from the comics, or an original design? Couldn't say. Either way, it's a good thing. The sword can tuck into his sash belt, and the hands that hold the weapons (as opposed to the fists, the other set he has) have the hinges aligned so they can point forward. Between that and the extra chest hinges, you can really make him feel like a dynamic swashbuckler.

Corsair also includes the right arm of Ch'od, this series' Build-A-Figure.

Christopher Summers is the ultimate divorced dad: he's got a new place to live, a new girlfriend, every interaction with his kids (there are, what, five Summers brothers now?) is super awkward because he doesn't know anything about them anymore, he dresses like an idiot... if the Starjammer is the Shi'ar equivalent of a Camaro, he'll have the whole set! He hasn't had an action figure since 1994, though, so this is an update we needed. Just wish the proportions were better.

-- 07/12/23


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