Marvel Legends action figures have become extremely popular with Marvel and toy fanatics, but some of the figures are better than others.
When it comes to Marvel Legends, it’s hard to know where to start. With a line that spans two companies, nearly twenty years, and hundreds of action figures, determining the best figures of all time is difficult, especially when the best is always just around the corner.
But with a few criteria in mind, a list of the best starts to formulate. Figures separate themselves from the pack by having the most highly detailed and accurate sculpts, sensible and functional articulation, and most of all, that feeling that this is the character come to life.
While not technically part of the main Marvel Legends line, Dragon Man was available as part of the adjacent Fantastic Four Classics Toy Biz line back in the early 2000s. As an extensive review at The Fwoosh makes clear, he remains one of the best Marvel action figures produced in any line.
A giant in terms of scale, he towered over other figures as he should have. His sculpting is on par with figures today, and the articulation is good, though not great. Overall, Dragon Man is an amazing figure that stands the test of time.
Black Panther (MCU)
A huge reason for the raging popularity of Marvel in the last decade or so are the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the better reviewed films in the franchise is Black Panther, and his action figure represents everything that’s great about the line: he looks like Chadwick Boseman, he looks like he jumped out of the screen, and he looks awesome on any collector’s desk.
Black Panther is one of the most successful comic-to-film adaptations when it comes to his costume design, and that is on full display with this figure.
Rogue is one of the most popular X-Men, and it makes sense that when Hasbro went back to making X-Men figures in 2016 after a brief hiatus (that had nothing to do with any Fox or Disney animosity), she was among the first in the line.
Rogue has had a few figures over the years, but this is by far the best, capturing her classic 90s look, body type, and softness in her likeness, which helps round the edges of one of the toughest characters in comics.
Hela (Two Pack)
This outstanding version of the MCU Hela is another example of how the movie-based figures are pretty much just the actors shrunk down to a six-inch scale. Cate Blanchett is realized in all her campy, evil goodness in this figure, which comes with alternate heads and hands to recreate different scenes.
The figure came in a two-pack with Skurge, celebrating Thor: Ragnarok. A single version preceded it, but this one is superior, and besides, no one can go wrong with a miniature Karl Urban in their army.
Proving Marvel Legends just gets better and better, this version of Doctor Doom is a new release for 2020. There have been a number of different takes on the Latverian ruler over the years, including some decent ones in the Toybiz era, but none hold a candle to this beauty.
Doctor Doom captures the classic look of the character with incredible detail in his armor. He also comes with an alternate head to change things up a bit for fans. For anyone looking for the best version of the Fantastic Four’s all-time greatest villain, this is it.
These are some of the best action figures of Marvel.