Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marvel Legends X-Men Series Havok

Marvel Legends X-Men Series
Presenting the Havok from the Marvel Legends X-Men Juggernaut BAF series.

To the uninitiated, this is Alexander "Alex" Summers AKA Havok, the younger brother of Scott Summers AKA Cyclops. Singer's X-Men movies reversed their ages.

Marvel doesn't really seem to know what to do with Cyclops-lite. Havok and Polaris have actually been described as a 2nd tier Cyclops and Jean Grey

For more about Cyclops, click here.

Waaaay back in the 80s, we remember an Alex Summers who was pretty much useless because he was so afraid that his plasma blasts would maim or kill anyone he used them against - which is true, Havok fires plasma (Ironically Sunfire and hey! The Human Torch - have no such qualms), not concussive force (Which is what his brother Cyclops  fires).  As a cosmic powered entity (Again like his brother Cyclops), suffice to say he's pretty powerful.

So Marvel had to gloss over that period and allow him the ability to keep hitting people with his plasma blasts.

We should probably mention that the heat he generates can fuse the ground into glass, and when Marvel retooled him, they gave him the ability to use his blasts to propel him into the air (Yes, Havok can "fly")


Since then Marvel has sent him to another dimension (Cancelled), had him lead a government X-Team (Cancelled), led a team of X-Men that included the Juggernaut, two team members having a pedophilic relationship, and a gay guy (Cancelled).

Marvel's last assignment for Havok was to put him in charge of the Avenger's unity squad - with Captain America basically facepalming himself with every decision Havok makes (Which eventually leads to Havok's horrible disfigurement (Two-face rip-off), his marrying the Wasp - yes, he married the Wasp (And had a kid too, which was lost in time) a love- story that Marvel seems to want to forget - the near destruction of Earth and Havok becoming so jaded he joins his brother CyclopsHavok has yet to reappear in the Marvel Universe.

His blister pack simply reads: "With control and precision, Havok processes cosmic energy to send plasma waves blasting from his super-charged body." That's a cop-out to his 80's dilemma.

Marvel Legends X-Men Series
Marvel Legends Havok

FIRST: Like Rogue, Havok uses a tried and tested body - something that some people are actually complaining about, and yes, it gets boring, but hey! It works!

This mold is so successful, the modern Cyclops with that stupid X on his face also uses it. This is also the modern version of Havok - before he lost half of his face - and was the last uniform he was seen wearing as the leader of the Uncanny Avengers.

The only thing fresh would be the face sculpt which comes with a very solid "punch me here" jaw.

SECOND: He comes with a wonderful pair of energy manifestations. We're glad that they didn't reuse the manifestations used by the Scarlet Witch and Dr Strange. These are quite accurate descriptions of his powers, and if you have a bit of blue-tack, you can attach a manifestation to his chest instead - since Havok is known to fire off from there.

A bit of trivia: the size of the circular glow off Havok's chest reflects the amount of power he currently has stored.

He actually harmlessly releases excess cosmic radiation when he's "full" which actually sounds dangerous. However, he has been known to lose control and need release. In Uncanny X-Men #219 (1987), the X-Men mentally manipulated Havok to keep him away (See? Even the X-Men don't want him). They were coming out of the Mutant Massacre and felt that Havok would just become another target for the Reavers - ironically because he insisted on coming to the aid of the X-Men, his girlfriend Polaris was possessed by the mutant Malice and became one of the most destructive Reavers ever.

As a result of the manipulation, Havok started to have nightmares where the X-Men attacked him - which they did. One particular nightmare resulted in this - the near death of Polaris who was sleeping beside him:

He actually grew to resent how Dazzler and Longshot were welcomed onto the team with open arms, but the X-Men actually fracked with him.

As you can see, it's a decent body sculpt:

Add the energy manifestations, and let Havok cry Havok!

Marvel Legends X-Men Series
Marvel Legends Havok

Marvel Legends X-Men Series
Marvel Legends Havok
Yes, Havok can kneel:

As mentioned, you can opt to attach one of the energy manifestations to Havok's chest - it's light enough that you only need a small bit. You can't even see it:

And you can combine the two:

Marvel Legends X-Men Series


FIRST: The character. Honestly we feel that Havok would be a bigger character if he were not Scott Summers' brother. He's definitely a far more charismatic leader than Cyclops who's a big jerk. Marvel seems to go out of it's way to make Havok look stupid.

SECOND: The body sculpt really is boring and there isn't quite much to generate interest for this character - unless you are a Havok fan. Happily he's not as bad as boring as the Marvel X-Men Series Iceman figure.

Proof of how boring he is is the fact that the Marvel Legends X-Men Juggernaut BAF series Havok is available on Amazon for US$ 13.10 (Roughly PhP 629 plus shipping). This particular Deadpool was borrowed from a friend here in Fairview and set him back around PhP 1,200 (Roughly US$ 25)

Maybe not that Cyclops is going to be killed, Havok will finally come out of his shadow.

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