In contrast with our Best of 2010 post, Talyn and I each had a few different picks for our best action figures of 2011, so we decided to split it up this time around. I’ll get us started with the choice I included in the Fwoosh Staff Best of 2011 post – the Hasbro Marvel Universe Sentinel.
I worried last year that I’d be typecast as the Marvel guy, and I’m playing to role again with my pick of the Marvel Universe Sentinel. I never thought anything would ever rival my love of the Sentinel that Toy Biz released as a Build-A-Figure way back in Marvel Legends Series 10, but Hasbro’s version of the mutant killing robot stacks up pretty well.
The two are right about the same height, but the newer model is bulked up some, giving it more satisfying proportions. It’s also got a more classic look, while the BAF is styled specifically after the futuristic Sentinels in Grant Morrison’s final arc in New X-Men, Here Comes Tomorrow. And on top of that, Hasbro’s version has the light up eyes and chest, and the voice chip that sounds just like you’d expect a Sentinel to sound.
This would have dominated completely if it had the superior torso and hand / finger articulation that Toy Biz managed to cram into the BAF. And I’m still not sure where the purple and silver color scheme comes from (my best guess is from when the Avengers fought Sentinels in Avengers 104, way back in 1972.) Hasbro wanted a variant to distinguish its exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con, but I would have liked to see the classic purple and blue more widely available.
A lot of folks believe that Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends really hit its stride with the Sentinel series. I’m hoping that Hasbro’s Sentinel is the lead-in to a strong relaunch for Marvel Legends this year.
You can pick up the Marvel Masterworks Sentinel 16″ Figure and the Marvel Masterworks Sentinel 16″ Figure – Repaint Version at AFP sponsor Big Bad Toy Store, and I’ve seen the Marvel Universe Masterworks Sentinel at Amazon.com go for some great prices too.