Marvel Legends Rescue figure review – Build-A-Figure Smart Hulk wave
Rescue is one of those characters I wouldn’t have to have in my collection. This is definitely one of those cases where a strong Build-A-Figure sold me on a figure. Now that I have the Marvel Legends Rescue figure in hand, I’m pretty happy to add it to the Iron Man display.
Packaging: This is the standard Marvel Legends packaging setup with the more painterly setup with the card art. Rescue’s bio focuses more on the character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the comic version features a red and white/silver color scheme.
Likeness: Rescue turned out very nice. Like most of the movie armored figures, there’s an impressive amount of sculpting to incorporate all of the various paneling. That’s a bit more impressive considering Rescue is a female figure. Hasbro’s sculptors maintained the female form within his armor setup.
In Avengers: Endgame, the action was so chaotic it was hard to appreciate all the detail in the armor. That’s one of my favorite aspects of the Hot Toys figures, which allow me to see the detail I never notice on the big screen. At this scale it’s even better. I like the design of the armor with the edges pointing inward and the vent holes in the gauntlets and backpack.
Paint: The paint job is probably my favorite part of the figure. I love the color combination of metallic blue and gold. It’s a nice contrast from the normal armored color scheme and the pearlescent blue really pops. There’s some silver accents and some lighter blue for the arc reactor effects. Everything came out very sharp.
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Scale: Rescue is scaled appropriately shorter than the Iron Man and War Machine figures. At least Rescue gives me another MCU figure for the collection for better comparisons…at some point.
Articulation: Rescue surprises again with some great articulation even for an armored character. Naturally there’s not a ton of back and forth in the torso joint to maintain the armor integrity. I didn’t mind the missing waist articulation that much here.
I can’t complain about my usual gripe with the female figures as Rescue actually has bicep articulation. While she has wrist articulation, the gauntlets limit much of their up and down repulsor blasting style posing. Rescue does have great range in her arms and knees as well as good hip/leg movement thanks to the ability to turn the hip joint wider. I had a lot of fun posing her.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Here’s the one category I wanted a bit more. The obvious omission is the lack of a Pepper Potts head sculpt. That’s been the norm for armored figures and to another extent, more figures with masks as of late. It’s not like Hasbro doesn’t have permission for Gwyneth Paltrow’s likeness since it was included in the Mandarin three-pack set.
Alternate hands, specifically repulsor firing, would have been nice as well.
Rescue does come with two backpacks. One is the basic closed version. The other — and one I’ll likely display — is the opened wings version. It looks more dynamic and the silver flaps on the inside open up as well. It’s a welcome extra.
Additionally, Rescue comes with the torso of the BAF Smart Hulk. If you’re like me, you probably cobbled most of the figures in the wave and realized you did kinda want to build Smart Hulk after all.
Worth it? I paid $20 for Rescue thanks to a sale at my local comic book shop. You can get her now for under retail and she’s definitely worth getting at the $16-$17 range.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I thought I was going to resent having to buy Rescue, but she was a surprise sneaky great figure and a standout of my MCU collection.
Where to get it? This wave is still available at some Targets, Wal-Marts and GameStops. If you strike out, just go the Amazon or Entertainment Earth route.