Sculpting - ***
The sculpting is reasonably good, but each
figure comes up just a bit short in one way or another. For those
unfamiliar with Marvel Legends, these are done in a 6" scale, and
should fit in pretty well with any other line in that same scale.
enough, I think I like Nova the best. It doesn't look anything like
Fillion under the mask, but then, none of the figures look like exact
matches with their actors, and this is a technically a comic book version. I do love the suit design and detail though,
and his overall design creates the least interference with his
articulation. Sadly, the very soft plastic (they are VERY soft this
time) effects the star on his forehead, making it too easy to end up
bent and misshapen in the package. You'll be able to fix it over time,
but right out of the pack he'll look a little weird.
me to the only part of his design I don't like - the big super nova
star on his forehead. How does this thing not make him cross eyed?
Paint a symbol on the helmet? Great idea. Make one that looks like a
dead starfish glued to his forehead? Not so good.
Iron Man has a unique look here,
with some very funky shoulder armor. Have no fear, they can be popped
off and on pretty easily.
The chest detail is particularly
cool, and I don't remember the arc generator ever looking quite so much
like a daisy.
suffers from the same problem all Marvel Legends ladies do - skinny,
gangly limbs. The sculpt and articulation don't work together
particularly well either, making it tough to find a pose that she can
She is pretty, but not as unique
looking as on screen.
She should be drop dead gorgeous, but as you can see in stills from the
film, the funky cheek bones and ridges over the eyes give
her an almost alien appearance -they didn't even try to
sculpt this. Wimps.
Overall the figures are
reasonable, but not exceptional. Too many short cuts on the sculpts,
and not enough attention to detail.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint work is very nice, but it should be considering the price
is particularly well done, with very clean eyes and makeup. She is
surprisingly realistic too - she's obviously a toy in a macro photo,
but from a distance looks much better than most figures in this scale.
Even the reddish tinge to her hair works.
They do slop it up a
little on her costume, but it's not terrible work. Likewise, Nova and
Iron Man have the occasional spot of bleed or sloppy cut line, but
overall the work is clean and neat.
I really like the eye popping
color of Nova's suit too, which could have ended up corny, but instead
looks pretty bad ass. Drop the silly starfish, and this would be a
great looking ensemble.
Articulation - Nova, Iron Man
***; Gamora **1/2
biggest problem here is not the number of joints - all three are
reasonable. But the plastic is almost rubber, especially on Iron Man
and Nova, making them feel cheap and susceptible to damage.
have all the usual Marvel Legends joints, including a ball neck, ball
shoulders, cut biceps and thighs, double pin elbows and knees, cut
waist, ab-crunch, pin and rocker ankles, and ball hips. I was a bit
surprised that none of them - not even Gamora - had any wrist
articulation. EDIT: I'm told Nova does, but mine seem paint stuck. The
soft plastic throughout makes it risky to break them free.
She also lacks the cut waist,
and her ab is not a
crunch, as it can only turn and tilt very slightly. She has the ball
neck (less restricted by the hair than I expected), ball shoulders,
ball/pin elbows, cut thighs, double pin knees, and pin/rocker ankles.
The hips look like balls, but are much more restricted than other
figures, and make it difficult for her to take deep stances.
fact, it's hard to get her to even stand for more than a few seconds.
The small feet don't help, but the overall design of the articulation
just isn't very compatible with the figure's center of gravity.
Iron Man and Nova have one other area of articulation - their shoulder
armor. As I mentioned, not only can you move Iron Man's, but you can
easily pop it off and on again. Nova's isn't supposed to come off, but
it does move up and cleanly out of the way of even high arm poses.
Accessories - Gamora ***; Nova,
Iron Man **1/2
figure comes with a part for Groot, the Build-A-Figure. My
standard score for a figure with just the BAF part and nothing else is
**1/2, hence this score for both Iron Man and Nova.
Gammie gets a
bit better score because she comes with her funky interstellar looking
sword. Unfortunately, she can't hold it particularly well in either
hand, but futz with it enough and you'll eventually get it to stay.
That's what they make poster tack for, isn't it?
Fun Factor - ***1/2
I gave the first three the full four stars here, but the softer plastic
on Nova and Iron Man, along with Gamora's inability to stand on her own
very well, knocks the overall play value down a half star. They're
still fun, but a smidge more frustrating than the earlier three.
Value - **
Twenty dollars each? Double ouch. While I'm
happy to still be getting Marvel Legends, particularly movie based
ones, and the BAFs are always a nice addition to the collection, the
price point is really becoming a killer.
Things to Watch Out For -
soft plastic can make some of the joints particularly susceptible to
breaking or ripping. I thought this was particularly true for Iron
Man's elbows, but you'll want to take some care across the board.
Overall - *** (*** out
I'm looking forward to this
movie quite a bit. Yes, it's going to be really silly, but from what
I've seen so far, they do the humor right. They don't take themselves
too seriously, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you're
going to have a talking raccoon, you better not take yourself too
The figures aren't quite as nice
as I'd hoped,
although they are pretty consistent in terms of the Marvel Legends
brand. I'm betting Gamora ends up on the Poppies ballot for best female
in this scale, simply because the head sculpt is so attractive, a
rarity in the female action figure world. Nova and Iron Man may end up
critical to your collection...or they could end up forgotten.
than review Groot with the other six, I decided to pair him up with the
Green Goblin BAF from the Amazing Spider-Man ML series, and Mandroid
from the Captain America series. Since I never covered either of the
earlier BAF's, and I know we'll be discussing them come Poppies time, I
figured I'd kill three birds with one stone. Look for that next week,
after my SDCC coverage.
Which reminds me - this will be
review for about a week, as I'll be covering the 2014 San Diego Comic
Con. I'll have my photo coverage here,
and I'll let my Twitter followers know right away when new photos go
up. It should be an interesting Con!
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ***
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Nova, Iron Man ***; Gamora **1/2
Accessories - Gamora ***; Nova, Iron Man **1/2
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - ***
These are just starting to hit in force at major retailers, like
Target, Toys R Us and Meijers. Expect to pay $20 each.
I recently covered the first half of this wave, including Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord and Drax.
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