Captain America: Civil War is my favorite Marvel movie, but I’ve got a minor complaint. Scarlet Witch didn’t spend a second in the swanky New Avengers costume she debuted at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Fortunately, Hot Toys came through with a limited edition New Avengers Scarlet Witch figure. Unless Scarlet Witch shows up in Avengers: Infinity War with a headpiece and cape, this’ll likely be my default version.
Packaging: The default Age of Ultron packaging isn’t especially interesting, but Scarlet Witch gets a very nice personalized presentation.
The box features a silhouette of Scarlett Witch as opposed to the traditional picture of the figure. I actually prefer this to the regular edition package. The various shades of reds is also a nice touch.
Likeness: Elizabeth Olsen has an almost doll-like face with big almond sized eyes, narrow nose and high cheekbones. Getting her likeness down and not making the figure look so much like a doll was a challenge. In the end, Hot Toys did an excellent job.
The likeness is an improvement over the regular AOU version, which is a result of the flowing, rooted hair. It features the lighter highlights Scarlet Witch had at the end scene and it looks a lot better than the straight dark brown. My biggest concern is the curls in the hair gradually getting loose over time.
Scale: Hot Toys has been great about keeping the scale consistent with the characters. Scarlet Witch is short in the films and that’s reflected with the figure. Olsen is 5’6” compared to the 6’ Chris Evans and 5’10” Jeremy Renner.
Paint: As usual, the Hot Toys paintjob comes down to the head sculpt. Scarlet Witch is another Hot Toys home-run. The female figures are especially tricky to get the paint details just right. In the movies, the actresses aren’t slathered in makeup, but have just enough to bring out their features. That’s reflected nicely with the figure. The work on the eyes is amazing as they have a lifelike quality to them. That’s what I want to see for this price range.
Outfit: Essentially, this is a jacket style outfit with enough design elements to reflect a superhero costume. I really like the design in particular the two hanging folds up front that visually recall the comic book version headpiece. The black gloves over the jacket sleeves are sharp while the black pants compliments this streamlined costume.
There’s no stitching issues and the various layers of the jacket look terrific.
Articulation: As you might expect, the jacket restricts some movement, but not nearly as much as I dreaded. The leather pants hinder kneeling poses to the point I’m leery of trying to pose her too deeply.
But as a magician/telekenetic, the hand and head poses are far more important. I wish SW had a bit more range in the head to allow her to look up higher, but that’s my only gripe on that front.
Scarlet Witch has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Scarlet Witch gets a decent amount of accessories, but not as many as I’d like for the price point. There’s six hands: a pair of relaxed hands; a pair of red translucent hands to simulate her power effect and a pair of gesturing hands with red translucent fingertips.
The hands pop on and off easily enough. I still wish Hot Toys including separate pins for each hand to make that process easier.
Additionally, she comes with two translucent power effects. They’re fine and suggest her power use well enough. I do wish the instructions were a little clearer as to how they’re supposed to be positioned on her hands.
Worth it? If you missed out when she was on Sideshow Collectibles you’re going to be paying more than the average $224 price. I suspect that will come down once the Civil War version comes out. As much as I like the costume design paying the current online prices of $325 is a little steep.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Where to get it? Sideshow Collectibles has sold out of its allotment of the figures meaning eBay is the more likely route at this point.
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