One of the things I wanted to do during the pandemic was knock out some of my long delayed figure reviews, but with a new Marvel Legends wave coming out every other week that’s been tricky. I finally decided to carve out some time and get to one very delayed review with Typhoid Mary.
Way back when I originally drafted this review, Iron Fist Season 2 just aired on Netflix if that gives you any indication how long this one has been in the works. Let’s see if I’m of two minds about Hasbro’s take.
Packaging: Hasbro has stuck with a black and accent color scheme packaging for years, which makes the shift to a white and black setup very striking. Mixing things up further, the side portrait features much more color than the normal.
The back is the traditional setup. The bio isn’t bad although Hasbro should probably explain the connections to certain characters. Parents might be interested that Typhoid Mary is a Daredevil foe instead of how she fits in with Venom’s universe.
Likeness: Hasbro almost always skews modern for the first take on characters. I wasn’t reading Daredevil at the time, but I always thought the heavy 80s influence made Typhoid Mary a really unique looking character. Her original costume is very dated though so I get why Hasbro went with a more modern look.
It helps that Mary’s modern outfit is equally eye-catching. I can’t help but see Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal in the head sculpt. It’s the eyes and somewhat sinister smile.
The hair is a little too normal for me and doesn’t quite capture Mary’s personality. This is more of an issue with the source material though so no fault of Hasbro’s sculpting.
The jacket is flared out, but the armored shoulder pads are included. Hasbro opted against the mesh shirt and just went with the bustier. The belt is nicely done with some great detailing. Typhoid Mary wears a unique outfit that doesn’t allow for a ton of reuse, but Hasbro thankfully didn’t take any shortcuts in capturing her look right down to the choker’s buckle.
Scale: Mary is the about the same height as the Elektra figure and a little shorter than Daredevil, which seems to be the right size for her.
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Paint: Paint wise, Typhoid Mary is a bit more intensive than some other figures. Her iconic two-tone face is done pretty well with some white splatter on the regular side.
I like the bright shade of red used for the lipstick as it really stands out. Even more impressive, Hasbro added some eye shadow, which came out very nice. I’m curious if Hasbro will do this more often with the female figures.
The white bustier is decent with just a bit of paint lumps. While it can’t look as good as if it was sculpted, Hasbro did a nice job with the fishnet left leg. The pattern came through without any skimping at random points.
Articulation: As usual, Hasbro needs to enhance the female buck a bit more for maximum articulation. Mary can hit most of the poses you’d consider for her even though there’s some restrictions thanks to the shoulder pads.
She can handle deep spread leg poses for sword defenses. I still wish we could get a bicep swivel and double-jointed elbows.
Typhoid Mary has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Typhoid Mary comes with a sword with a fire trail. I’m pretty sure this is all reused from the Marvel Legends Psylocke figure, but it shows off her power and is a sensible reuse.
Mary also comes with the left leg of the Build-A-Figure Monster Venom.
Worth it? At $20, Mary is the standard price of all Marvel Legends. That’s not a problem as she has a lot of dedicated sculpting requirements and a BAF piece to justify the costs.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
I still think I’d rather gotten that completely insane 80s style version, but this is a decent consolation prize. Mary seems a bit more limited with the arms than I’d like yet I really ended up liking this figure more than I expected.
Where to get it? I found the full BAF Monster Venom wave at Target. If your stores prove frustrating she’s currently available on Hasbro Toy Shop and you can always go the Amazon.com route as well.