I’ve been given enough of a heads up that I’m probably going to dislike this House of X Marvel Girl figure. It’s too bad as this should have been an easy multi-use figure that works as both a Neal Adams era Jean Grey and a modern House of X Marvel Girl. But maybe it’s not as bad as everyone’s made it out to be…
Packaging: I really do love the extra effort to add the Krakoan language on the front. And the two-tone dominant color scheme with the red and white accents allows for an attractive eye-catching packaging.
I really like the artwork from Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia as it showcases Jean in action nicely. The bio explains Marvel Girl’s role in establishing their new sanctuary.
Likeness: On her own Marvel Girl looks great…mostly. The head sculpt is the highlight of the figure with a terrific flow of her hair cascading down her shoulders in a way that really evokes the modern hairstyle.
The mask looks great as well and her eyebrows are even sculpted. Jean’s expression is calm and focused. It’s amazing to think back to the days when female figure head sculpts was a major weakness for the Marvel Legends line. That is certainly not the case now.
Sculpting on most of the outfit also turned out very nice. Her top is sculpted allowing for better depth/separation of the shirt and skin for paint work. The gloves are a bit baggier and flare out more than the older attire. Like the Wolverine figure, Jean’s belt has some nice texture details.
It was disappointing that her boots weren’t sculpted. Since they’re yellow anyway, sculpting them would have helped make for an easier visual transition from skin to fabric.
In an odd choice, Marvel Girl reuses shoes so her ‘boots’ show the sculpted line work of the shoe. That’s such a puzzling choice since there actually are options without the shoe sculpt.
Paint: So far not so bad. The paintwork here is also very well done. Maybe Jean’s hair could use a red wash to darken it up a little, but her hair tends to have more of an orange red look in the comics so going with a darker orange was the safer bet than the harsh red used with the Jean Grey three pack figure.
The shades of green and yellow seem just right, but again I was most impressed with the work with the mask and the eye slots in getting the eyebrow detail down and the nice and steady work with her eyes.
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Scale: Ok, time for the elephant in the room. Marvel Girl got hit with a shrink ray as she’s way too short. Most artists portray her as just a little shorter than Cyclops.
This version is more like Marvel Teen Girl as she looks like a teenager next to the adult versions of the other characters.
This is an uncharacteristically awful job of scaling as Jean looks ridiculous next to every House of X character and the previous Jean Grey figures.
Articulation: Maybe Marvel Girl’s issues could be salvaged if it were limited to the height, but her articulation is also significantly hindered and not at the levels of which you’d expect from a female figure in 2021.
She’s got a single-jointed elbow with limited range and her neck movement is not surprisingly restricted from the hair.
The disappointment continues with the torso, which lacks the usual chest cut and instead has a semi-floating waist articulation point. Moving it too much left or right throws off the aesthetics so it’s not a very useful joint.
As Marvel Girl is more of a gesturing hero, bicep swivels would be a big help here, but she doesn’t have the standard articulation so there was little reason to suspect she’d get the rare bicep joint.
Her skirt significantly reduces any lower leg movement. The thigh swivel helps in keeping Jean standing as she tends to fall over if you don’t have her in the ideal spot. In this case her double-jointed knees are pretty worthless since you can’t do anything with her bending knees since she can’t sit or get into a kneeling position.
House of X Marvel Girl has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Marvel Girl doesn’t get the typical mental energy effects, but has the welcome option to switch out for gesturing hands. I appreciate them not being the default and only set and they’re appropriate for Jean.
She also gets a Krakoan flower plant, which the X-Men use to set up their smaller bases throughout the planet and beyond. The detail work on this is impressive and the paintwork is crisp.
Finally, she’s got the right leg for the Build-A-Figure Tri-Sentinel from the presumed future of the X-Men.
Worth it? Target had a buy 2, get 1 free sale on figures including pre-orders so I got the entire wave with that awesome deal. Getting each figure for $13.33 worked out to Black Friday prices so it’s hard to complain.
Rating: 4.5 out of 10
From the waist up the House of X Marvel Girl is a terrific figure, but the articulation and scale issues combine to make this a disappointment.