|by Chooch on June 22, 2012, 05:46:51 PM
By KCekeda, Andy, JQ, and Hyperion
It was the largest induction of new members in the Legion's history, and the most diverse. A non-humanoid, an energy being, an ever-persistent applicant, a legacy, and a familiar stranger. These are the last Legionnaires to join before things got weird:
Ganglios of Hykraius is one of few of his species to explore the worlds beyond their Great Mother Ocean. His travels led him to the Legion Academy where he trained in the use of his telepathic and telekinetic powers, which eventually gained him membership in the Legion as Tellus.
An independantly thinking dissident from the dimension Teall, ¥Δ□ was chosen by the hive-mind of his energy-based race to pilot an exploratory craft, which he appropriated in order to escape from his dimension into ours. Using his power to inhabit and manipulate inanimate objects, Quislet as he now called himself stopped an attack on the Legion during tryouts and was inducted as a member.
Rejected by the Legion due to lack of control over his cold-generating powers, Brek Bannin of Tharr founded the Legion of Substitute Heroes which he led for many years and gave him the opportunity to refine his powers. When the Subs disbanded he tried out for the Legion again and the 18 year age limit rule was waived to allow Polar Boy to finally become a Legionnaire.
After recovering from a gang of extortionists' low-grade nuclear attack in which his mother was killed, Pol Krinn of Braal decided to follow in his brother Cosmic Boy's heroic footsteps, training at the Legion Academy and finally joining the Legion as Magnetic Kid.
At first believed to be a resurrected Supergirl in disguise, Sensor Girl was admitted into the Legion solely on Saturn Girl's recommendation, along with Magnetic Kid, Tellus, Quislet and Polar Boy as part of the largest new member induction in it's history -- only fitting, since it was later revealed that she was really Princess Projectra of Orando, who had been part of the previous record holding induction. Thus only four new Legionnaires joined yet again, along with Projectra and her expanded powers to defy the limits of the senses and to affect the senses of others.
Hyperion: Tellus is one of my most wanted, mainly because he's so "un-human". I always felt he most lived up to the intergalactic promise of the Legion. Original look, not the 'toss out everything about the character' nU version.
kcekada: Tellus is probably best reserved for an oversized spot in the sub, but we'd probably see a lot of bitching and moaning. Shame, because he's more deserving of an oversized spot than Rocket friggin' Red.
JQ: The nU version really downplays his "fish" aspect, with him walking around and using his hands all the time. A figure would need to have hands with fingers, but closed in a fist and rotatable so he can stand on his knuckles. A flexible tail like on the Movie Masters Nautkeloi would be awesome. Speaking of Green Lanterns, here's where you cross-sell: include swappable accessories so he can be displayed as the Green Lantern of Hykraius that we've seen.
kcekada: Quislet is an easy pack-in -- if the 4H are up to making it. Don't need him/it?, but seems to be an easy gimme.
JQ: I would love a Quislet figure with an opening access hatch, and a short swirling energy base, maybe flexible, so that he can be displayed as simply flying or using his power when placed atop the object of your choice!
Hyperion: Quislet is a perfect pack-in, ranking right up there with the Emerald Eye, but they really need to give them both separate stands. The idea of tying them to a prime character the way they handled Skeets would really destroy the feel of both of them. Quislet would become an appendage and the Eye would be really limited.
JQ: When I think of Polar Boy I think of his original costume, and in gray not purple -- but unless the other Subs are made, his success at finally joining the Legion needs to be celebrated in action figure form. I wouldn't mind a removable helmet or alternate spiky-haired head though.
Hyperion: Polar Boy was a great evolution of the character, but the way they presented his arrival at the trials, announcement of the dissolution of the Subs (Instead of him just stepping up for a tryout. What if he'd failed again? Where would he have gone? What happened to the rest of the Subs?) and acceptance was really really ham-fisted. They could have written so much more about the Subs trying to step up and help out the Legion during the crisis and getting a shot at the team as a result. I wish they'd go back to this character attitude and costume versus the spike-haired creepazoid they're currently writing.
kcekada: Polar Boy would be nice, but again, not necessary for me. I actually like his modern look, but this is the version to be made if anyone ever wants to do it.
kcekada: Well, I'll just use my DC Direct Cosmic Boy (great sculpt, despite limited articulation) if I ever feel the desire to include Pol in a Legion lineup. It's doubtful. Maybe if they had given him something better to wear than Rokk's hand-me-downs.
Hyperion: Ok I suppose. I kinda liked Magno being a Legionnaire and thought they really flubbed his handling. Pol could have been a better character, but he was sooooo 'reader intro' and didn't get a chance to be a character.
JQ: What they said. As a figure he'd be best in a box set of these five or just available for re-use from a Legion Founders set. Comic-wise I'd like to see him resurrected from his sacrifice in that magic portal, and take on one of Cosmic Boy's purple reboot costumes.
Hyperion: Sensor Girl versus Projectra? Does it matter? I liked the snake version as I said before because I could understand why they made the change to a snake-person.
kcekada: If I had to choose between Cockrum Projectra and Lightle Sensor Girl, there really is no choice at all. Cockrum trumps Lightle every time (for me). I think Sensor Girl would be a cool variant, but I doubt we'll ever see Legion variants -- even that red/purple Cham that matty acknowledged would be a good idea.
JQ: I want a Cockrum Projectra and a Lightle Sensor Girl. Though the "Who is Sensor Girl?" reveal was a bit shaky at first the two identities have been successfully portrayed and accepted since as distinct. Actually with her expanded powers and her identity still being secret to the general public as far as I know, Jeckie could conceivably act as both entities on occasion just to maintain the illusion!
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