Line Marvel Universe
Series/Wave Series 4 Wave 18 #010
Packaging artwork for Wave 18 is drawn by Marvel artist Ed McGuinness. Figure is displayed nicely in the plastic shell. Card back features Rocket Raccoon as this Wave’s mascot and shows off more figures from Wave 18. Back of the card also has a small bio on Beast. More nice packaging for the MOC folks.
While Beast didn’t get the Secret Avengers variant I hoped for, he did get a packaging variant. The first release Beast is upside down in the packaging and the later releases are right side up. There are no differences with the figures. Packaging variants… glad I don’t really collect MOC.
An 100% entirely brand new sculpt in the Marvel Universe line! Large build, which makes sense considering Beast is a large character. Minimal detailing on the jumpsuit (torso and pants), slight lines for seams. Fantastic sculpting on the arm and feet fur, this is definitely a hairy Beast indeed. While some may not scare for the “Cat-Beast” look, it looks fantastic as a head sculpt. Beast looks like he’s thinking about science or some other important matters. Overall, this is a great sculpt and it’s great we finally got something new. With how Hasbro re-uses sculpts, it will be interesting to see what new characters they can make from Beast’s parts.
Simple but effective paint job for Mr. McCoy. Jump suit is black with the painted on X in yellow. Jump suit seams and gauntlets are painted in a slightly shiny gold. Beast’s fur is cast in blue instead of painted which gives him a slightly dulled but uniform look. Only issue with the paint is there was some extra white paint around his neck, luckily I was able to rub most of it off.
Beast features an Astonishing 25+ POA. Double-hinged knees. Hinged feet & elbows. Swivel-hinge ankles, wrists & shoulders. Swivel neck, bicep, torso, thighs. Ball-jointed head & hips. Only lacking waist articulation, you’ll have a blast putting him in any number of poses. From what I have seen, if you try hard enough to can get Beast to stand upside down on one hand. I couldn’t do it without him falling over.
Nothing to see here, just a small piece of cardboard with a comic cover printed on it. Which is also known as a “collectible comic shot”.
Comic Book Accuracy
Nope it’s not the first appearance Beast or even the classic werewolf-like Beast. It’s Cat-Beast! Thanks to a secondary mutation during Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, Beast became a giant adorable kitty cat. This figure reflects his full on cat-ness. Beast started wearing this costume with the 25th issue (I think?) of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3, it was an update on his previous jumpsuit that left his chest exposed. In the earlier issues of the Heroic Age’s Secret Avengers, Beast wore an updated version of this costume. There were A’s on the gauntlets and a large A on the jumpsuit instead of an X. Overall it’s a modern comic-accurate Beast that can fit in with your Secret Avengers or your Astonishing X-Men.
While some may dislike the look of Cat-Beast, it shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is a pretty solid figure. Beast may be lacking the A on his chest, i’ll be adding him to my Heroic Age Secret Avengers. Speaking of which, Hasbro needs to hurry up and release Nova and the Ant-Man/Moon Knight 2-pack. Whether you’re a fan of the Avengers, Defenders or the X-Men, i’d recommend adding Beast to your collection.
After the long drought since Wave 17 was last released, I really didn’t feel like waiting for retail. I pre-ordered all of Wave 18 from ToyWiz and it arrived days after it was released, excellent service. Wave 18 is just starting to hit retail so you can start checking all the usual stores.