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The Marvel Legends 6" (six-inch) action figure line began in 2002 and was originally started by the Toy Biz company, later being produced by Hasbro. It is not to be confused with the 3.75" line made by Hasbro beginning 2009, called Marvel Universe.

History

The Marvel Legends line was originally intended to be a spinoff line from Spider-Man Classics, but soon became widely popular and massive in span. 16 series were made by Toy Biz, and in 2007 Hasbro bought the Marvel license, producing the line for a few years before it was cancelled. As of January 2012, Hasbro is currently producing the Return of Marvel Legends line.

Build-A-Figures

Toy Biz originally included a comic or mini-poster as well as a display stand with each figure. Beginning with Series 8 (and later in Series 11 and 13), they also began including a Marvel Origins trading card with each figure.

Series 9 (the Galactus series) started a whole new craze, including a piece of a larger scale action figure with each figure in a series. Build-A-Figure (or BAF) allowed the collector to build an 18-inch action figure that wouldn't normally be able to be sold due to packaging size issues. This trend seemed to be a big hit, and continued in Series 10 (the Sentinel series). However, for unknown reasons, it stopped in Series 11, instead including a type of vehicle relevant to each character rather than a BAF piece. In Series 12 it was back again with a 16-inch Apocalypse figure.

Other BAF figures include Giant Man (Wal*Mart series),Onslaught, Mojo, and M.O.D.O.K..

When Hasbro took over the license in 2007, they started right away including new Build-A-Figures. Series 1 contained Annihilus, 2 contained Blob, 3 contained the Brood Queen, and 4 contained (Holocaust).

Variants

Early in the Toy Biz run, (series two), a variation or 'variant' of series one's Hulk was released. It included a torn shirt that wasn't included with the original.

However, another variant didn't surface again until as late as Series 6, where variants of Cable, Phoenix, and Series 3's Wolverine were released.

Since then, almost every series has contained at least one variant or 'chase figure' (for example, the Series 5 Red Skull is not on the back of the Series 5 packaging). Some series released a completely different character as a variant. For example, Series 15 Thorbuster Iron Man's variant is the Destroyer from the Thor comics, and Captain Marvel's variant is his son, Genis Vell.


Toy Biz History

Spider-Man Classics

This was the line that started it all.

Series one featured a Classic Spider-Man, Symbiote Spider-Man, Man-Spider, and Venom. Series 2 featured a First Appearance Spider-Man, Daredevil, a First Appearance Daredevil variant, Battle Ravaged Spider- Man, and Rhino. There were also 2099 and Scarlet Spider exclusives.

Marvel Legends

The Toy Biz Marvel Legends line ran for sixteen series, with releases ranging from extremely popular characters like Captain America and Iron Man to niche and fan-favorite character like Deathlok and Vision.

Series 1

Series 2

  • Doctor Doom
  • Human Torch
  • Thing
  • Namor
  • Doombot (variant)
  • Thing (with tranchcoat)
  • Human Torch (with 4)
  • Hulk (with ripped shirt variant of series 1)
    • NOTE: The Human Torch originally had the "4" on his chest but fans were unhappy so they took it off. As time went on the "4" became more rare.

Series 3

  • Wolverine
  • Thor
  • Ghost Rider
  • Magneto
  • Movie Daredevil
  • Wolverine (unmasked variant re-released in series 6)
  • Daredevil (with 5'o clock shadow)
  • Daredevil (with beard)

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Variants

  • Cable (brown pants)
  • Unmasked Wolverine (series 3 re-release)
  • Dark Phoenix

Series 7

  • Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)
  • Apocalypse
  • Hawkeye
  • Silver Centurion Iron Man
  • Vision
  • Wolverine Weapon X
  • Goliath re-release

Variants

  • Ghost Rider (during transformation)
  • Phasing Vision

Series 8

Variants

  • Storm (with mohawk)
  • Black Widow (Yelena Belova)
  • Captain America (regular)
    • NOTE: Ultimate Captain America was supposed to have gray pants but the variant and it were switched. The problem was later corrected.

Series 9: The Galactus series

Variants

  • Green Hulk variant
  • Bullseye (gray costume, gritting teeth)
    • NOTE: This is the first series in the Build-A-Figure line, or BAF to the fans. Each action figure contains a piece of the giant figure.

Series 10: The Sentinel series

Variants

  • Cyclops X-Factor
  • Angel X-Factor

Series 11: The Legendary Riders series

Variants

  • Wolverine (young with cowboy hat)
  • Wonder Man (Ionic)
    • NOTE: Originally ToyBiz cancelled Scarlet Witch although she was on the back of the series 11 package but later, she was released in limited numbers.

Series 12: The Apocalypse series

Variants

  • Wolverine (unmasked)
  • X-23 (black costume)
  • bald Bishop
  • Sasquatch (white fur)
  • Iron Fist (red costume, opened mouth, cut on head)
    • NOTE: the purple X-23 was announced as the variant, but was shipped to stores in larger numbers and in non-variant cases.

Series 13: The Onslaught series

Variants

  • Unmasked Green Goblin
  • Crown of lies Loki
  • Melted face Abomination

Series 14: The Mojo Series

Variants

  • Iron Man gold
  • Unmasked Baron Zemo
  • Silver shirt Luke Cage (unreleased)
  • Modern Falcon
  • Xtreme Psylocke (unreleased)
    • NOTE: the two variants for Luke Cage and Psylocke were not released before the series stopped shipping to stores, but a few rare carded samples have shown up on online auction sites

Series 15: The M.O.D.O.K. series

Variants

  • Wasp (red)
  • Wasp (blue) (unreleased)
  • Genis Vell (Captain Marvel variant)
  • Silver Moon Knight
  • Arachne (Spider Woman variant)
  • Destroyer (Iron Man variant)

Exclusives

These figures/boxed sets were only available at one certain store, like Wal*Mart or Toys"R"Us.

Toy Biz 2005 Fantastic Four Boxed Set

  • Heroes Reborn Mr. Fantastic
  • Heroes Reborn Invisible Woman
  • Human Torch (partially flamed)
  • Trenchcoat Thing

Toy Biz 2006 Giant Man Wal*Mart exclusive series

Variants

  • Wolverine variant
  • Bearded Sentry
    • NOTE: The Weapon X variant is needed to complete the BAF. A variant of Havok in his modern costume was planned, but never produced.

Toy Biz Boxed Sets

The boxed sets were a boxed group of figures that pertained to each other, like the Fantastic Four or the Young Avengers.

Urban Legends

  • Daredevil
  • Elektra (White costume)
  • Spider-Man
  • The Punisher

X-Men Legends

  • Unmasked Wolverine
  • Beast in labcoat
  • Gambit
  • Magneto
  • Rogue

Fantastic Four

  • Mr Fantastic
  • Invisible Woman
  • Human Torch (partially flamed)
  • Thing
  • Franklin Richards
  • HERBIE
  • Dr Doom

Variants

  • Translucent Human Torch
  • Translucent Invisible Woman
  • Mr Fantastic in lab coat

Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six

  • Spider-Man
  • Black Cat
  • Doctor Octopus
  • Kraven
  • Electro
  • Venom

Spider-Man: Fearsome Foes

  • Spider-Man
  • Rhino
  • Vulture
  • Carnage
  • Lizard

Young Avengers

  • Patriot
  • Asgardian
  • Iron Lad
  • Hulkling

Marvel Monsters

  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein's Monster
  • Werewolf by Night
  • Zombie

House of M

  • Inhuman Torch
  • The It
  • Hulk
  • Iron Man

Toy Biz Icons

The Icons were lines of two or three 12-inch figures that were iconic in Marvel Comics.

Series 1

  • Wolverine
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man

Variants

  • Unmasked Wolverine
  • Unmasked Captain America
  • Gold Iron Man

Series 2

  • Hulk
  • Venom

Variants

  • Gray Hulk
  • Unmasked Venom

Series 3

  • Beast (Gray Fur)
  • Spider-Man

Variants

  • Blue Beast with labcoat and glasses

Unmasked Spider-Man

Face-offs

The Face-offs were a hero and one of his or her worst enemies in a two-pack.

Series 1

  • Captain America vs Red Skull
  • Hulk vs Leader
  • Daredevil vs Kingpin

Variants

  • Unmasked Captain America vs Baron Von Strucker
  • Screaming Hulk vs Classic Leader
  • Unmasked Daredevil vs Black Suit angry Kingpin

Series 2

  • 1st Appearance Wolverine vs Sabretooth
  • Classic Punisher vs Jigsaw
  • Modular Armor Iron Man vs Mandarin

Variants

  • Screaming Wolverine vs Screaming Sabretooth
  • Modern Punisher vs Tuxedo Jigsaw
  • Modular armor War Machine vs Unmasked red robe Mandarin

Fantastic Four, Hulk and X-Men Classics

These series were pretty short running. Fantastic Four only ran for two series, X-Men ran for four, and Hulk ran for two.

Fantastic Four

Series 1

  • Thunder Launch Thing
  • Human Torch with the Impossible Man
  • Mr Fantastic
  • Transforming Super Skrull

Series 2

  • Twist N Slam Thing
  • Transforming Johnny Storm
  • Invisible Woman
  • Kang
  • Dragon Man

Hulk

Series 1

  • Superposable Savage Hulk
  • Smart Hulk
  • Abomination
  • Joe Fixit

Series 2

  • Gamma Hulk with Bruce Banner
  • Absorbing Man
  • War Hulk
  • Mecha Hulk with Gremlin

X-Men

The X-Men figures sort of ran in two lines.

Line1 Series 1

  • Tiger Stripe Wolverine
  • Cyclops
  • Gambit
  • Archangel
  • New Wolverine with Sentinel

Line2 Series 1

  • Stealth Wolverine
  • Ninja Wolverine
  • Armor Cyclops
  • Stealth Beast
  • Magneto
  • Archangel
  • Gambit
  • Storm

Series 2

  • House of M Wolverine
  • Angel
  • Stealth Cyclops
  • Tech Gear Beast
  • Juggernaut
  • Phoenix

Series 3

  • Cyclops
  • Ultimate Nightcrawler
  • Iceman
  • X Treme X-Men Rogue
  • Avalanche
  • Ultimate Sabretooth

Hasbro

Hasbro received the Marvel license in January 2007, but they released a few things early.

Legends over

The new Hasbro logo

Series 1: Annihilus series

  • Banshee
  • Emma Frost
  • Hercules
  • X3 Beast
  • Planet Hulk
  • Ultimate Iron Man
  • Annihilus
    • NOTE: Planet Hulk was originally released with two green arms. A running change to paint the left arm silver brought the figure more in line with the appearance in the comics.

Series 2: Blob series

Variants

  • Yellowjacket variant
  • X3 Dark Phoenix
  • Original Green Quicksilver

Series 3: The Brood Queen series

Variants

  • Black Marvel Girl with tattoo on back
  • "Backwards" black Marvel Girl (packaged backwards and limited to 500)
  • Yelling (open mouth) HYDRA Agent

Series 4: The Nemesis series

  • Black Bolt
  • Astonishing X-Men Beast
  • Tigra
  • Daredevil (First Appearance)
  • Tim Bradstreet's Punisher
  • Nova
  • BAF:Nemesis (Holocaust)

Variants

  • Black Bolt Blue variant
  • Daredevil Red Variant
  • "Crossbones" Punisher

Spider-Man movie

  • Spider-Man
  • Black-Suited Spider-Man
  • Mary Jane
  • New Goblin
  • Sandman
  • Venom
  • Green Goblin
  • Doc Ock
  • BAF: Sandstorm Sandman

Fantastic Four

Hulk

The Hulk line contained 2 series with one BAF: An enormous Fin Fang Foom!

Series 1

  • Absorbing Man
  • Doc Samson
  • King Hulk
  • The End Hulk

Series 2

  • Gray Hulk
  • Son of Hulk
  • Savage She-Hulk
  • Wendigo

Exclusives

  • Diamond Emma Frost (Toys"R"Us exclusive)
  • Silver 25th Ainniversary Wolverine (Toys"R"Us exclusive)
  • "Black Queen" Jean Grey (Toys "R" Us exclusive)
  • Limited Edition Silver Surfer (Wal*Mart exclusive)
  • Cannonball and Domino 2-pack (Wal*Mart exclusive)
  • Cable and Marvel Girl 2-pack (Wal*Mart exclusive)
  • Movie Silver Surfer (Target exclusive)
  • Blue Ultimate Wolverine (Diamond exclusive)
  • Stan Lee/Spider-Man (San Diego Comic-Con/HasbroToyShop.com exclusive)
  • Fantastic Four/Lawyer She Hulk (San Diego Comic-Con/HasbroToyShop.com exclusive)

Hasbro's Return of Marvel Legends (2012)

RoML

Series 1

  • Thor (Heroic Age)
  • Constrictor
  • Iron Man (Extremis)
  • Ghost Rider (Modern Danny Ketch)
  • Hope Summers
  • Commander Steve Rogers
  • BAF: Terrax

Variants

  • Iron Man (Extremis) (Stealth variant)
  • Ghost Rider (Modern Danny Ketch) (Orange flame variant)
  • Commander Steve Rogers (Electric Shield variant)


Series 2

  • Thunderball
  • Captain America (Bucky Barnes)
  • Madame Masque
  • Dark Wolverine (Dark Avengers outfit)
  • Drax (Annihilation)
  • Spider-Man ("Big Time" Stealth suit)
  • Fantomex (X-Force outfit)
  • BAF: Armin Zola

Variants

  • Piledriver (Variant to Piledriver) (comes with variant BAF piece)
  • Madame Hydra (Variant to Madame Masque) (comes with variant BAF piece)
  • Dark Wolverine (Dark Avengers outfit) (Unmasked varinat)
  • Spider-Man ("Big Time" Stealth outfit) (FF variant)
  • BAF: Red Skull Armin Zola
    • Note

Every variant character will come with a different part to build a different BAF.

Exclusives

  • Thor (Thunder variant) (2011 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive)

Hasbro Icons

Series 1

  • Origins Wolverine (Modern style brown/yellow)
  • Thor

Series 2

  • Dr Doom
  • Punisher

Series 3

  • Human Torch
  • Silver Surfer

Variants

  • Partially flamed Human Torch

Series 4

  • Magneto
  • Astonishing X-Men Cyclops

Series 5

  • Nightcrawler
  • Daredevil (Yellow/Red variant)

Series 6

  • Phoenix (Dark Phoenix variant)
  • Colossus

References

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