Jean Grey is one of the oldest Marvel super-heroines that's still active in modern comics. The only older character I can think of is Sue Storm. In her 50-plus years, I don't think any character has had a more dynamic life. She's changed names, teams, love interests, mortality status, and allegiances more times than I can count. And along with most of those changes came new looks. I've been a fan of a lot of them, but this original look is right up near the top. It reminds me of a random Sunday in the mid-nineties when I found a near-mint copy of X-men #15 at a flea market for 5 bucks. I must have read it a dozen times. One of my greatest finds ever. So, yeah, I'm pretty nostalgic about this costume and I'm super glad to get a decent Legends figure in this style. There was a pre-Legends ToyBiz figure in this costume from 1998, but this one is vastly superior. Luckily the All-New X-Men comic featured the original team displaced in time and made these suits popular again. Let's check out Jean below!
I was very hesitant to get this figure. The boxset was pretty pricey at somewhere around $80, the paint apps were iffy, and other Legends figures were starting to use far superior bucks.. so right out the gate these figures seemed dated. I assumed I would pick her up on eBay eventually.. but two years later that never happened. Then on Saturday when I was in New York for Toy Fair, I left the show to spend a few hours visiting different toy shops in the city. To my surprise, I found her loose in an anime store for $10. And I had just been talking about needing her about an hour before I found her. The coincidence was kind of eerie honestly.
Time for a Comparison Pic!