Psylocke managed to avoid just coming off like a watered down version of Jean Grey. The light purple hair and big sleeves helped. Then she got this cool armored outfit, but it wasn’t until she was transformed into a Hand ninja that her popularity soared. As a member of the Blue X-Men squad, Psylocke is part of the iconic roster for many X-Men fans. Let’s see if Hasbro delivered an equally iconic job on her figure.
Packaging: You know the package set up by now, the gold and black really helps the X-Men figures stand out in the package especially if they’re wearing blue like Psylocke. The side portrait is OK, but the artist for these hasn’t drawn them in really classic poses. The bio is only confusing if you don’t know the comprehensive backstory of Psylocke. It’s as generic and simple as usual, but even less helpful this time.
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Likeness: Putting the Hasbro version next to the Toy Biz figure and this really isn’t a contest. The big question is if this truly matches up to the ideal classic Jim Lee take on the figure. I think on that criteria, the figure misses the mark. I really liked the ponytailed look as it helped make Psylocke more unique.
As usual, I would prefer that Hasbro sculpts these outfits. With a costume like Psylocke’s, the paint is asked to do too much. I know her costume is essentially spandex, but the painted on look doesn’t work for me. I’m not sure if Hasbro was going for the Jim Lee take on Psylocke, but with the Cyclops, Rogue and now tiger-stripe Wolverine, going more of that route seems like the better choice instead of a vague any era version Psylocke.
The headsculpt is pretty good. I can actually see the attempts to give Psylocke more Asian features. The promotional photo version benefited from better paintwork, but looked older. I really think the ponytail sculpt would go a long way towards capturing the iconic Psylocke look.
Scale: Fittingly, Psylocke is shorter than Storm and about the same height as the regular female figures.
Paint: Going along with my earlier complaint about the sculpting, the paintwork has to handle all the fine lines and details of the costume.
For the most part, that work is fine although the crotch area has some blue fading onto the skin and some of the wrap linework is uneven. It seems like Hasbro skimped on some of the leg wrap patterns as they appeared on Jim Lee’s version of the character. In this sense, the Toy Biz figure is far more accurate to the ideal Psylocke.
Also, I wish that Hasbro went with the traditional fingerless gloves that Psylocke rocked in her earlier Hand appearance.
I think Hasbro tried to give Psylocke a different skin tone, which is a nice subtle move. I got the original black haired version, but shortly after managed to find the running change version with purple hair and a more metallic costume. I really regret not getting a picture of the original black haired version before returning it.
Articulation: Hasbro appeared to incorporate some better engineering with Psylocke as she’s got a better range of motion than most female figures. While she doesn’t have a bicep articulation joint, her elbows and hips have more clearance so she can strike better poses. I was very impressed while posing her.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Hasbro didn’t skimp out on this category giving Psylocke all of her necessary accessories. First is her psychic dagger, which she would plunge into her opponents’ heads to give them a mind zap.
She also comes with her butterfly psychic affect when Psylocke would use her powers. This also attaches easily enough on most regular sized heads so you can simulate Psylocke telepathically communicating with others.
Finally, she has a psychic sword wrapped in psychic energy. All of these effects are done in a translucent pink and fit nicely.
Additionally, Psylocke comes with the left leg of the Build a Figure Apocalypse.
Worth it? I got Psylocke for $20. That’s not the sale price and judging by the pattern of previous X-Men waves, she’ll likely be half of the price by February. I’m too impatient to play the waiting game though so I’m fine with getting her now.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Besides my preference for a ponytail look and a sculpted outfit, Psylocke is another winner from what’s been a very strong series overall.