Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Today we have part one of a two-part preview article for the Marvel HeroClix: All-New X-Men Fast Forces Pack release, which coincides with the Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men set, releasing next week.
All of the figures in this Fast Forces come in at a svelte 50 points; easy for team-building with a wide range of options. All five of the original X-Men are represented and have the All New X-Men and Past keywords, the X-Men team ability and a trait; Time Locked, that prevents opposing characters from using Probability Control on attack rolls either made by or targeting themselves.
Leading off the new adventures of yesterday’s X-Men as they encounter today’s matured X-Men we have Cyclops, the team’s natural leader.
Cyclops sports almost a full dial of Leadership to help boost your team’s action total. Defensively, he starts with Energy Shield/Deflection to keep him safe from return fire as he snipes from 7 Range away before switching to Willpower. What makes him interesting, and perhaps more dangerous than his dial suggests, is his special speed power, Precise Optic Blast, that lets Cyclops use Force Blast normally or, if he has no action tokens, he can use it as a free action which allows him to choose the direction of knockback any time he knocks a character back for any reason.
Up next on the Marvel HeroClix: All-New X-Men Fast Forces roster we have the brains and brawn of the team, the Beast.
In addition to the keywords he shares with his other original X-Men brethren, Beast is also a Scientist. With a high movement value and Leap/Climb, Beast can get into position to tie up your opponents and keep them busy with trying to breach his high close combat defense value with Combat Reflexes and Perplex, and perhaps hold out to deal some big damage with Close Combat Expert.
Lastly today, we have the team transportation, Angel.
Angel is pretty basic with the Flight ability, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Sidestep but his second trait, Swooping In, suddenly makes these X-Men surprisingly unpredictable on the tabletop. For the cost of a power action, Angel can move half his speed value and either he or a friendly character with the All New X-Men keyword that he carried can make a close attack— this essentially gives him a full dial of Charge or the ability to drop a teammate off to make the punch instead of him.
That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Stay with us as we finish up previewing the Marvel HeroClix: All-New X-Men Fast Forces Pack, and watch out for upcoming team building articles highlighting the Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men set. Remember to sign in or sign up on the WizKids Info Network to find local tournaments, including the Uncanny X-Men Pre-Release tournaments, going on now at select venues.
Until next time, perplex up your defense and pull your tokens!