I remember reading a Shang-Chi comic decades ago as part of my initial foray into Marvel Comics. As a fan of the David Carradine Kung-Fu series on syndication, Shang-Chi stood out. Eventually he took more of a backseat to X-Men, Avengers and the Fantastic Four and was one of those cool characters whose time seemed to have come and gone.
He enjoyed a bit of a resurgence as part of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers squad recently and with a Marvel Studios film under production, Shang-Chi is poised to become another billion-dollar grossing breakout character. Naturally it made sense for Hasbro to get a jump ahead of the presumed movie line with a comic book version for the Marvel Legends line. Can we kick it with this review? Yes, we can.
Packaging: Shang-Chi is slotted into the Spider-Man wave as that wave is as good as any. That means Shang-Chi gets the red accent colors and his comic title Master of Kung Fu. The packaging shows off all the accessories neatly.
Interestingly the side portrait doesn’t feature Shang-Chi wearing a similar outfit to the figure, which is a rarity for Hasbro. With a character like Shang-Chi, the bio could go a long way, but Hasbro went with a basic sentence. After the movie this won’t matter as much.
Likeness: Shang-Chi has a stern headsculpt and he looks focused and ready to take out any clowns foolish enough to come after him.
While there are some instances where Shang-Chi didn’t have a shirt, his more common look features a gi or at least a shirt. At least he didn’t skip chest or abs day as he looks absolutely ripped.
His pants look to be originally sculpted and have some nice detailed wrinkles and flares out just above the ankle with a sculpted cuff.
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Paint: Most of Shang-Chi’s paintwork is covered with colored plastic. The most intricate paintwork is with the pants cuff. There’s nothing wrong on this of course as it’s just a function of his attire.
Of course, I expect the movie outfit to be much more intricate. This is fine for this attire although if I wanted to be a little picky, I’d say the blue on his belt could be a tad brighter.
Scale: Shang-Chi is standard height. He typically operates on his own so it’s not like I’m gonna complain if he’s taller than Captain America.
Articulation: For Shang-Chi, the articulation is key. He is the master of Kung Fu after all.
Fortunately, Hasbro made sure his articulation is on point with butterfly shoulders and great clearance on his arms and legs. You should have a lot of fun posing him.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Shang-Chi is loaded. He’s got a slew of hands: a chopping left hand, a set of fists, a set of gripping hands and a set of tiger style hands (yes, I even looked it up to be sure).
He also comes with a pair of nunchucks. In lieu of actual chains, they’re positioned differently with one straight and the other bent to convey some motion.
The handles have some nice detailing and as always, I wish the chain could be painted in a way that it doesn’t look like a toy and more like actual metal links.
Additionally he comes with the torso of the Build-A-Figure Demogoblin figure.
Worth it? Shang-Chi has been the tricky figure to track down in this wave. As such, his figure is the highest in demand right now going for double retail online. That said if you find him in stores, grab him quickly.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Shang-Chi is going to have at least one more figure, but for a comic version, this seems like the one to track down.
Where to get it? The Demogoblin wave is out in full force at retail right now. He’s going to be the hard one to find regardless if you spot the wave at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, GameStop or even Best Buy. You can also try your luck at Amazon or Entertainment Earth.