Well, after having the new Hasbro ML figs and having time to either warm up to them or realize they are crap I can finally have an opinion.
First impression is that although these are decent figures they are not Marvel Legends.
Aesthetically, these don't really fit in with the TB figs. They are just too different. It's like comparing DC Direct to DCSH, at first glace it works, but upon closer inspection it's just, well...off.
The first wave ... bad tidings when the first batch contains a repaint.
Graded on a scale from 1-10.
Planet Hulk - OK I see the need for this character, but giving us a repaint was a cheap way to kick off a new and shiny license. A good mold and nice new pieces, but I feel it was cheesy to use this mold. 6.5
Banshee - Big head, no collar, yellow molded parts are greenish, yellow paint and yellow fleshtone are virtually inseperable. 5
Emma -No as bad as some claim, still not really in scale with the TB ladies-no other comments on this, everything has been said. 7
Herc - Good mold, bad wrist and terrible color on the skin. Chester Cheetah, son of Zeus. 7
Beast - Good mold, although a little small. Great paint on this too. 9
Iron Man - Eh, could have been better, but could have been worse. Tony is a great example of why these don't fit with the TB figs, none of them had vac metal. This really sets him apart from other Iron Man figs ...and not in a good way. 7
Annihilus - Pink...PINK and green, wings are flimsy, collar doesn't really lock down and he has a balance problem. 6
And as far as the rest of the Hasbro Marvel stuff...
Spidey Signature - Why? These are a rehashed concept from a failed (although hit and miss at the time) line from 1996. With the vast improvements in articulation since the 90's, I fail to see why they chose this format. To capture the Mego crowd? Well, listen up, these ain't Megos folks, and they never will be. The value of Mego toys is the nostalgia, not the characters, Hasbro you can't recapture nostalgia for a 35 yr old product with a cheap imitation.
Spidey Origins - A whole line of repaints. With the GREAT stuff that TB was pumping out at the end, this is a huge letdown. The Venom is a repaint of a 6 yr old figure. All the Spideys aren't any of the really great TB molds, and the rest are bleh...(except Iron Spidey, I guess at least it's a new costume!)
Superhero Squad - Good little chibi figs, but they don't replace Spidey and Friends.
Icons - I think this line is really hit and miss, even when TB had them.
Ghost Rider - ToyBiz molds, they look like TB and play like TB, I like them and wish Hasbro would use this formula on the rest of there Marvel Lines.
Aren't they going to reduce all the movie lines to 5 inches soon? Consistency anyone?
Heroes - A whole line of repain...wait, didn't I already use that line?
Repaints of 6-inchers that will transition to 5-inchers, great way to make a consistent line!
Magneto - No resculpting, although he looks cool I ain't buyin.
Cap - WHY? Again, what is it, 4th time for this mold?
Cyclops - This ain't Ultimate Cyclops!
Wolvie - Wait a repaint of the brown Wolvie into a Astonishing Wolvie when there is already a SPECIFICALLY SCULPTED body type for an Astonishing Wolvie? HUH?!?
Iceman - Ok good concept but, without a new specific headsculpt it ain't Bob.
So, they ditched great lines for repaint lines. They killed:
X-men - which was AWESOME!!!
Fantastic Four Animated - Which looked great
Spidey and Friends - A great line for kids and collectors
A really good Spider-Man Line - for a really bad Spider-Man line
Superhero Showdown - Cool figs at a good size
I don't know.
I see how Hasbro treated the Star Wars property around the release of the Phantom Menace and how in took several years for the line to recover.
I see the way Hasbro treat TF fans with repaint after repaint and terrible distribution on new stuff.
I guess I'm hopeful, but wiser to really expect any better. I've been collecting too long (26 yrs out of 33) to be anything but highly skeptical of Hasbro and their tactics.