Ever since Kurt Busiek and George Perez restored the team to its former glory during their outstanding run (read the first chapter here: The Avengers by Kurt Busiek & George Pérez Omnibus Volume 1), Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel aka Warbird aka Captain Marvel has become one of my favorite Avengers.
In its ongoing effort to tone down the sexiness and more risque costumes of its female characters, Marvel Comics gave Carol a new outfit for her solo series Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More that’s far more likely to attract female readers. That it’s also far easier to convey to the big screen for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie is a bonus.
Hasbro has done an admirable job in keeping up with the constantly changing era of costumes, Captain Marvel’s new look was brought to figure form in The Allfather wave. I appreciated that Hasbro also updated the classic black attire for more old-school fans who would complain that all these here today, gone tomorrow costumes get these great figures while the classic looks are stuck on outdated bodies. Let’s see if Captain Marvel soars.
Packaging: I’ve written this a few times in the last few months, but the ML packaging is one of my least favorite on shelves. The black and red color scheme kinda bleeds together with nothing to make it stand out. Fortunately, we get a nice window to see the character and its BAF piece, essential to protect against swappers and thieves.
CM shares this package with Scarlet Witch so she only has one drawing on the side and gets an equally generic bio write-up. Hasbro clearly assumes collectors are the ones mainly picking up this line and are already well familiar with the characters.
Likeness: One of my favorite aspects of CM is that Carol is confident without being obnoxious and carries herself like one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. The head sculpts reflect that personality as both expressions convey that swagger just right.
I really like how the masked head has Carol’s faux hawk peeking though. That’s a really unique costume design and it was faithfully captured here. Carol also has her trademark side sash fasted to the side by a button with her logo, which is detailed nicely.
Given the nature of the line it’s probably not realistic to expect, but I wish the studs on CM’s gloves and boots were sculpted on instead of painted.
Scale: Unlike wave mate Scarlet Witch, CM is scaled more in line like an average sized woman. You’d expect it since they’re using the same base body, but I appreciated that the Warbird version is the same height as the Captain Marvel figure.
Paint: All I’m not sure if it’s the plastic or the paint used, but CM’s unmasked head is a little shiny. I wasn’t a huge fan of Carol’s eyes slightly looking up as a I prefer the straight ahead look. I suppose in Carol’s case, I’ll just imagine she’s rolling her eyes at some idiotic statement from Hawkeye.
The linework on CM’s costume is sharp and the paint itself doesn’t have a lot of overspray or sloppy applications save some red run-off into the right wrist.
Loki, The Wrecking Crew or Ultron weren’t the biggest problem for Hasbro, but mastering yellow paint applications. On a number of figures, including CM, the yellow wasn’t strong enough and the base color of the figure peeked through.
Articulation: If I’m remembering the various body molds correctly, Captain Marvel uses the newer Moonstone buck originally utilized in the Thunderbolts set. It’s a great female superheroic mold that retains the femininity without making the figures feel flimsy and frail.
The figure has:
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (hinge and swivel)
- wrist (hinge and swivel)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: CM gets a welcome assortment of accessories in addition to the BAF piece with her unmasked head. As CM goes into battle both ways this was almost a necessary option and I’m glad Hasbro didn’t choose one over the other.
Additionally, CM has a small translucent “energy blast.” It fits on the fists a lot better than some of those types of clip- and plug-on pieces and I found myself keeping it on more often than I expected.
Hasbro deserves a lot of credit in giving customers more for the $20 price tag. While oil prices have dropped and the cost of these figures hasn’t reflected that with any type of decrease at least with the Marvel Legends line, we’re getting more to justify those costs.
Also, CM is essential if you’re building the King Thor figure. Included is his head, red cape and axe.
Worth it? Hasbro really does the best job of giving customers their money’s worth. With an alternate head, energy blast and vital pieces for the BAF, Captain Marvel is easily worth the $20 and now she’s available for $15 making for an even better deal.
Rating: 9 out of 10
One of my favorite Marvel figures not only managed to get one exceptional figure this year, but two. CM is one of the standout figures of the wave even with some slight paint issues
Where to get it? Amazon.com currently has the figure available for a terrific $15 price tag: Marvel Legends Infinite Series Maidens of Might Captain Marvel 6 Inch Figure
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