Friday, May 26, 2023

X-Men: The Animated Series - STORM!

Marvel Legends - X-Men the Animated Series (VHS) - Storm - Hasbro 2022

I think one of the best things about X-Men: The Animated Series is that it finally exposed Storm to the world. Sure, Ororo Munroe has been a major player in the X-Men comics for 17 years already and had several high-profile (to me at least) animation appearances in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and Pryde of the X-Men. But it wasn't until her 1992 television debut that kids were running around the playground impersonating her. She's a great character for emulation with her commanding voice and elemental power, and add her calm demeanor and maternal vibes and you have an all-around icon. There have been a few great attempts at creating a toy representation of 90's animated Storm, but this one is easily my favorite so far. The cel-shading and voluminous hair is a relatively simple change from that last attempt in 2019, but it makes a huge difference. The X-Men VHS line is likely over, but hopefully some Spider-ladies get this treatment, too. Let's check out animated Storm below!

Here are all my VHS boxes so far. Unfortunately they are slightly larger than an actual VHS cassette, but they look awesome on my movie shelf anyway.

Storm's only accessory is an alternate pair of lightning hands.

I didn't have a chance to iron her cape yet, so it's pretty wrinkly from the packaging. I highly suggest layering a buffer cloth or heavy paper between the iron and the cape if you try this, otherwise the paint details will turn gummy and peel off.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are some of the modern Marvel Legends Storms together. From Left to Right:  Marvel Now Storm (2015), Vintage Series 90's White Costume (2019), X-Men #275 Box Set (2023), Animated Series VHS (2022), and Morlock Mohawk Storm (2018). Accidentally excluded are First Appearance Storm and Black-Suited 90's Storm.

And here are the four X-Men the Animated Series VHS ladies together: Jean GreyMystiqueJubilee, and Storm.


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