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Kid Omega

X-Men Legends
by yo go re

...Taliesin?

Omega-level telepath Quentin Quire, inspired by the attempt on Professor Xavier's life, joins the mutant nation Krakoa's new secret defense team, X-Force, as Kid Omega.

Quentin Quire's origin is simple: writer Grant Morrison concocted the most insufferable, unlikeable, off-putting, smug, attention-seeking pantload of a person imaginable, made that his entire personality, and then later invented Quentin when he was writing New X-Men. The character also appealed to Frank Quitely's strengths as an artist, in that he could be dropped into outstanding layouts very easily, but was also monstrously ugly. Of course, unlike every other character he draws, Quire was meant to be kind of ugly, it wasn't just bad Quitely art: he had a crush on Sophie Cuckoo, but she found the little creep repulsive; rejected, he lashed out, starting a riot at the school and declaring himself a villain. Quention Quire: the character who dares to ask "what if Peter Parker were a school shooter?"

Getting his ass repeatedly kicked made Quentin realize that maybe full-blown villainy wasn't for him. He was still a self-centered jerk, just not gleefully sociopathic anymore. And comics working the way comics work, the more heroic he got, the less ugly he became. By now he's actively choosing to be be a hero, so the toy's face is not hideous. He's growing into his looks. Something we all hope to one day be true.

Hasbro has opted not to do Quentin's most famous look, shorts and a T-shirt under a secondhand sport coat. Which is honestly a shame, because it's going to be a while before people forget about that one. It's like when somebody tries to change Nightcrawler's costume, and it never sticks. That's what he wore when he began helping instead of hindering the X-Men, that's what he wore as a member of Kate Bishop's West Coast Avengers, and that's what he'll be wearing again at some point in the future. But for now, his X-Force uniform.

Amazingly, this is a different body. Quentin has a slight frame, but even still, you'd expect them to use that same one they use for everything, right? Or maybe Spider-Man's? The teen body? Nope, some First Appearance Spider-Man they did last year? Size-wise, it's between the Teen and Spidey bodies, meaning it's already a better choice for a shared mold than the other one they released recently. It's very muscular, of course, but still "small" by comicbook terms; I'm afraid it will be judged harshly, since it has to stand next to literally scores of characters who all use something bigger and meatier while being considered "plain," but it's encouraging to see Hasbro being willing to make a new body smaller than before, instead of constantly bigger.

This new mold has swivel/hinge ankles, swivel shins, pinless double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, a hinged waist, balljointed chest, swivel/hinge wrists, pinless double-elbows, swivel biceps, swivel/​hinge shoulders, pectoral hinges, hinged neck, and balljoined head. That's great stuff! And thanks to the simplicity of Kid Omega's costume, we can really appreciate the details of this new mold just by itself, rather than how well the costume has been re-created.

Quentin tried a couple different costumes when he agreed to help X-Force, but what he settled on was a full black bodysuit with a few pink lines around the wrists, upper arms, and ribs. The line above his waist bulges up ont his chest and back to form a stylized Ω symbol, and there are actual Omegas on both shoulders. Originally, Quentin's needed to wear glasses, but now that the X-Men are living on Krakoa and can tweak themselves when they resurrect, he eventually asked that his eyesight be fixed. Now he just wears the psychic projection of glasses, to maintain his look - on this toy, that means a translucent pink pair of frames that plugs into the bridge of his nose. Hey, it works! He's still got his alt-right floppy mohawk thing, because why should he have to change when they're the ones who suck? His natural hair color is a plain brown: the pink is just him dyeing it.

Much like Psylocke uses her telepathy to create swords, Quentin uses his to create guns. Though he does generally create shotguns or other real-world weapons, he's not limited to that; so this figure comes with the same Cable revolver we recently saw with Silvermane, molded this time in translucent pink. So it seems like psychic energy. The figure has fists or hand open to hold the gun, but the open hand doesn't have the trigger finger extended.

Despite being a brand-new set of molds, Kid Omega includes the largest part of this series' Build-A-Figure, Ch'od's torso.

This isn't really the version of Quentin Quire anyone would have chosen for his first action figure (or his second, or maybe even his third), but Hasbro did a good job on it, and, if nothing else, it'll always be remembered for introducing a new body.

-- 07/08/23


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