Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Marvel Legends - STORM!

Uncanny X-Men #275 3-Pack (Storm, Forge, and Jubilee) - Hasbro 2023

When I first started reading superhero comics in the 80s, I was always consistently and predictably drawn to team books with matching costumes. The New Mutants were the most accessible example and grabbed the majority of my attention, but I also loved Sun Devils, Atari Force, and Challengers of the Unknown. And honestly I'm still a sucker for that aesthetic. I always equate the X-Men with this matching uniform design, but in actuality, they almost never sport a unified look. They wore their original matching costumes for four years from 1963-1967, and then they wore unique individualized costumes for 24 years until Uncanny X-Men #275 in 1991. In this issue, the X-Men were in a transition period. The X-Tinction Agenda storyline had just ended and the launching of X-Force #1, the new X-Factor roster (Polaris!), and the splitting of the X-Men into blue and gold teams in two different titles was just a few months away. All the memorable iconic 90's mutant moments all happened within a few short months in 1991.

But for a brief instance before everything shifted, everyone wore these matching yellow and gold outfits -- reminiscent of the original 60's costumes, but distinctly 90's. In early 2023, Hasbro released two 3-packs, and a single-carded Wolverine (in the Vintage line) that quickly completed the roster from that iconic gatefold cover of Uncanny X-Men #275.

If you're wondering about Storm's short haircut, it's because just a few issues before, she was a shaven-headed, brainwashed soldier of Genosha. It's actually pretty amazing growth for just a few months.

Storm comes with three sets of hands, including one with electrical effects.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are the three X-Men #275 ladies together: Storm, Psylocke, and Jubilee.

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 is Storm with her box-mates, Jubilee and Forge.


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