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"One of the most powerful telepaths on the planet, and a founding member of the X-Men, Jean Grey's life was forever changed when she merged with a powerful cosmic entity to save her teammates. Calling herself the Phoenix, Jean found she had awesome new powers and almost limitless strength. But when a member of the Inner Circle began brainwashing Phoenix for his own uses, he unleashed the insane power of the Dark Phoenix. Obsessed with her own power, Dark Phoenix proved unstoppable, even against the X-men."|
From the classic X-Men storyline, the cover represented is THE UNCANNY X-MEN #135. Just a couple of issues later, the Dark Phoenix would meet her end in one of the most famous comics of the modern era. Of course, revisionist history being what it is, Jean Grey is now alive and well again. But that's neither here nor there.
Of all the figures in the second series, Dark Phoenix made the most changes from the prototype photos. Originally, the prototype was simply a redone Storm. The final figure is a vast improvement in the facial sculpt and hair.
The costume was changed to gold accents whereas the prototpe was shown with the comic-inspired yellow accents. Interestingly, this is the second time this switch in color has been made for Dark Phoenix. A member of the FAO Schwarz exclusive Dark Phoenix Saga four-pack and then repackaged separately for Kay Bee stores, the Dark Phoenix five inch figure also featured the gold color.
This figure is basically crying out for the obvious (and easy) variation: A regular Phoenix in familiar green and yellow costume. Fans can only wait and watch to see if Jean Grey makes another appearance as the Phoenix, perhaps as a store exclusive or other alternative method.