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Mythic Legions
by yo go re

It's time to bring the hammer down.

As one of the three remaining children of Necronominus himself, Malleus is true underworld royalty. Serving as the ear of Necronominus until his master's return, he serves as judge, jury, and executioner to any who pose a threat to his father's teachings. A deeply devout follower of his father's word and scripture, Malleus quickly dispaches those who diverge from the path that has been chosen for his congregation.

Now, come on! I get that it's a joke on his name, but being "the ear of Necronominus" is just about the least-impressive title imaginable. The Mouth of Sauron, the Hand of the King, even someone's "one good eye"... those are bodypart names to inspire! Being someone's "ear" just makes it sound like Malleus is lurking around Mythoss' beauty salons, collecting to all the latest gossip. Dish, girlfriend!

Malleus is looking quite nice in his rough armor. While his breastplate is the usual style (because until Series 2 hips, there only is one kind of breastplate), he gets the sharp, angular boots and gloves, and has the skirt to match. Oh, plus the scooped collar with the spikes coming up off it. Seriously, how does someone dedicated to collecting rumors end up dressing in armor that looks like it would cut you to pieces if you stood next to him? Varys on Game of Thrones wears plain, soft robes so no one pays too much attention to him and he doesn't make noise when moving around, but Malleus looks like he cobbled his armor out of rusty pitchforks.

That may be the wrong analogy, because his armor isn't rusty at all - it definitely looks weathered, but it's more like a patina than rust. More of a greenish tint, you know? It's a nice color, and unlike ones normally seen on action figures. This is accented by black, or at least dark grey, and there is some silver brushing all over to make it look like he's got some slight wear or battle damage going on. He's wearing a green lointcloth, with painted shadows on it, but that raises a question: obviously it was done because the Mythic Legions figures all draw from the same parts pool, but why would a skeleton need a loincloth? What would it have that was worth concealing?

Malleus' bones are more yellow than Tibius' were - like that figure had been bleached by the sun, while this one is fresh from inside a body. Ew. Weirdly, his teeth are still a vibrant white. Well, not "white," but certainly brighter than the rest of him. Is he continuing to brush and floss while scourging the non-believers?

His articulation is shared with all the other Mythic Legions figures, meaning it's good, it doesn't break, and it can all be pulled apart to allow you to build your own toys however you want. Also, his skull head is the one with the hinged jaw, so he can scream at his enemies!

Although he comes with the short sword and a leather strap to fit around his chest, his weapon(s) of choice are a pair of the modular axes. Yes, a complete pair. This guy is serious about chopping! The axes are mostly silver, with dark grey and green-gold accents near the blades, plus a bit of rusty or bloody weathering on them. With the axes and all his articulation, it's fun to imagine him doing some Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter-style flourishes. Matching the rest of his wicked armor, he comes with the sharp shoulder pads, as well.

It may seem like Malleus is functionally identical to Tibius, since they're both just armored skeletons, but the different pieces used and the unique colorscheme make sure Malleus stands out.

-- 05/13/17

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