Here we have Cyclops for Puck BAF Wave from 2013 and Cyclops from Brood Queen BAF Wave further back in 2007. Both costumes are from the Astonishing X-men comic series, with Astonishing Cyclops first drawn as per the 2007 Cyclops figure, then later on drawn as per the 2013 Cyclops figure above further down the series.
Figures from Hasbro from 2012 (which is also marked as “Return of Marvel Legends”) onward have the updated body mold which is more aesthetically pleasing and proportionate.
You can see from both the front and back pictures of the figures that the Puck Cyclops definitely looks better, in terms of body proportion and also head sculpt.
The left hand of the Brood Cyclops has a weird sculpt. It’s not a fist, and not an open palm either.
The ‘Bucky Cap’ mold of the Puck Cyclops makes it taller than the Brood Cyclops. The height difference is actually important as it compares better with all the newer Hasbro Marvel Legends.
You can see that the foot of the Brood Cyclops looks elongated. The updated joints on the Puck Cyclops, especially the ankle rockers and thigh joints, are definitely good upgrades.
I also prefer the Puck Cyclops’ head sculpt. The curvy visor of the Brood Cyclops makes it look less fierce looking in my opinion. Looks like a ribbon too. Heh.
One thing to take note about the Puck Cyclops is the bleeding silver paint from the visor to the cheeks. It is a common occurrence across all the Puck Cyclops that I have come across, and it is a matter of trying to pick the one with less bleeding of the silver paint. If you only come across one of it, then its not much of a choice for you.
The Brood Cyclops seems to have the same bleeding silver from the visor too, but I haven’t come across other Brood Cyclops figures to know if it is a common thing.
Cyclops (Puck BAF Wave:
+ Better body mold (Bucky Cap mold)
+ Better head sculpt
+ Better joints and articulation
– Need to look out for silver bleeding paint job below the visor
Cyclops (Brood Queen BAF Wave):
– Scrawny looking
– Elongated feet
– What’s up with the bent fingers on the left hands (why not do a proper fist?)
Puck BAF wave Cyclops if definitely better, but if you are a ‘completist’ and have to get all costumes for Cyclops, then you can try to find both if you don’t already have them. Actually, even with the difference in height, if you know how to pose figures during toy photography, you can still make the Brood Cyclops look ok.
I’m keeping both of them. Heh.