I’ve only recently started getting into the Marvel Universe line by picking & choosing a few figures here and there. It doesn’t seem like there’s been much new recently, but Hasbro has been keeping things interesting by refreshing a older figures with new pieces or decos, so I snagged a couple for review.
First, I should say that, as a DC Collector, I’m rather jealous of Hasbro & Marvel’s ability to move units. I know that we DC Collectors get so frustrated with Mattel over the distribution of the line, but I always fear that if the figures were just a little more plentiful, we’d be in pegwarm city (and keep in mind, I’m in the Midwest, not a big coastal city). Other than a few Iron Men or Multiple Man piling up, Hasbro seems to be able to crank out several cases to stores without too much concern. And while I hope Warner Bros’ renewed focus on the DC properties will turn that around in a few years, I’m rather jealous that the MU line has high enough sales to be able to mix redecos into refresher cases to keep some excitement in otherwise boring cases.
While we’re in a slightly longer gap between waves twelve and thirteen, Hasbro has been shipping out Marvel Universe refresher cases with some much needed reissues and a handful of the aforementioned redecos: a darker Daredevil & Ronin, Warpath in his X-Men togs, a phasing Vision, and a Dark Avengers Ms. Marvel. I’ve seen them all but the Ronin, but I was only motivated to pick up two so far: the Ms. Marvel & the Vision.
I can’t say for certain what motivated me to pick up Ms. Marvel. This version isn’t the familiar Carol Danvers, but rather Karla Sofen – her “villain replacement” featured during Norman Osborne’s tenure running the Avengers. I’m not really familiar with Moonstone (Sofen’s villain identity) other than that she seems to like to watch people die while also seemingly being prone to switch sides at opportune times for the plot. I don’t mean that entirely facetiously; it’s just that she occasionally works with heroes despite having a rather high body count. You’d think that would be a problem for the heroes.
Anyway, for most of 2009 Sofen was Ms. Marvel, even taking center stage in the solo title. The figure is roughly accurate to those appearances, though Sofen did wear thigh high boots in some of the art. I might’ve liked to see that here since it would help differentiate her from the classic Ms. Marvel already in the line.
If you have the classic Ms. Marvel, there’s not much new to see here. Below the neck, the sculpt is entirely reused and the only differences are in the materials or paints used: she’s tanner overall, the symbol is gold instead of yellow, and the white/blue highlights are (thankfully) gone.
Above the neck, she features the hair piece of the modern Ms. Marvel atop a new head sculpt. Of the three MU Ms Marvels (I need to get around to picking up a modern one), I think this is the best head sculpt. I happen to be a big fan of white eye slits in masks, but being able to see the character’s face with well painted eyes helps this figure stand out from the other two.
The paint is pretty decent for the figure. There is some dark blue slop around the boots and at the waist, but otherwise the lines are crisp. The gold symbol better fits with Captain Marvel and isn’t washed out over the black areas like my original Ms Marvel. The paint on the face is surprisingly well done for the scale. The only paint I really had a problem with was on the hair. The orange wash is just too heavy leaving the figure as more of a strawberry blond than was probably intended.
The articulation is okay, but I’ve been spoiled by some of the newer figures and Ms. Marvel seems rather lacking as a result. She has a waist joint – which is a joint I wish more figures had, but the lack of bicep and thigh cuts limit her poseability. She features ball-joints at the head (limited), shoulders, hips (limited), and ankles, hinged elbows, swivel waist, and double hinged knees. She can get into some good poses, but I do miss those extra swivel cuts found on the new figures.
Ms. Marvel also included two energy projections. They slide over her hands and are pretty snug.
Again, I can’t say why I bought this figure for certain. The overall figure is decent, but her basic sculpt and articulation are limited by her being mostly a repaint of a 2009 figure. The advancements the line has made simply aren’t present in her. On that note, it’s a little odd that while Hasbro opted to give her a new head sculpt, they didn’t update the packaging in any way (which indicates this is a Carol Danvers figure) or even include the now standard issue base. For a second, I thought I’d misplaced it, but 2009 figures didn’t have those, so neither does this one. It makes sense, but it’s also odd.
Anyway, the figure is still a decent MU figure and if you’re planning on putting together the Dark Avengers or are just a big Captain Marvel fan, you’ll be needing her. Continue to Vision…
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Vision & Dark Ms. Marvel”
Excellent review and dio pics. I REALLY need these two, especially Phasing Vision as I didn’t find him anywhere last year. I LOVE clear figures and Vish here has always been one of my favorite Avengers. Congrats on finding him at retail!
Thanks, Clutch! I don’t know what it is about clear figures, but I do love ’em so…
I’ve still got the ML “phasing” Vision (aka Jolly Rancher Vision! LOL), but I do think the “solid” MU Vision might still be hanging around up here? both Wash and Onion WMs reset their toy areas and clearanced these and DCUC out (but noy the pegwarming IM/Spider stuff. wtf?), but I’ll look again if you really want him?
also, I think I’m totally moving down there if y’all are able to get all this stuff I can’t find, despite having the same distribution warehouse in St James. WTF??
also, I’ve only been cherry picking this line, as well. Trying to keep to the 6″ format and the fact these are up to $9 now. yeah, PASS.
Wow, thanks to that Capt Matvel/Cape picture I’m now going to have to go and find one of these – like I needed anything else to break the budget this month. Don’t review anything else cool until April ok?
I can’t make any promises, but I’ll try.
Phasing capes are all the rage… LOL
That Vision figure is totally sick. I’m really jealous that you were able to get one of those.
Hopefully, he’ll show up a bit more plentifully! Vault ran across one at Target and I found this one at Wal-Mart.
That Vision is pretty nice. You don’t usually see a translucent figure with colors so close to tranaparemcy. I love the hard candy look of others, but this has a more effective ghostly look.
Marvel Universe continues to improve with better paint and more ambitious and obscure ideas. I only wish they’d bury some of the early sculpts that were very average for a company that has mastered this scale in its other lines. For example, in the close-up photo it looks to me like Ms. Marvel’s lower torso may be spun around backwards. I’ve gotten one or two of the females like this and the piece doesn’t have much form to it so you don’t even realize it at first until you spin it back yourself. It’s tougher to tell by photos, of course.
I assumed the softer ridge on the abs was her front and the sharper one on the back the spine, but I could’ve been off. LOL
I do agree on burying the older sculpts too. The upcoming Cap line looks so great that I’ve happily skipped any figure likely to get a release there because I know it’ll be better.
Man, I wish I could find this guys!
Good luck on your toy hunts!
Thanks to your review, I went ahead and picked up the phasing Vision that I found the other day!
He’s pretty cool, like I said I love that he’s got such subtle coloring like he really is nearly transparent. The red of the face doesn’t quite over one side on mine, but this is about the only figure where such a paint goof doesn’t matter. It’s extra nice since I never saw the regular vision. Funny that this repaint wave is full of characters I never saw the first time around, like Thunderbird and Jean Grey.
I saw the Ms. Marvel a while ago, but didn’t want it after getting the other 2 who I’m not crazy about. It’s a shame, since this one is better than either of those I think.
Looking again, I don’t think the torso is backwards there. I guess the point is that even if it was it would be tough to tell! They could stand to upgrade that body and make the elbows ball joints. Jean Grey’s got ball elbows and mostly an entirely unique and slightly better female body…with a pin head and no neck. Ugh.
Not been too up on Dark Ms. Marvel, To me she seems like a minor head swap at best plus I would much rather have a Moonstone that looks like her Thunderbolts appearences.
Phasing Vision is the bane of my existance (along with Death Archangel). I can never find either one anywhere, Will probably get them eventually but no new MU since Christmas here due to Iron Mans and Namors clogging the shelves. Oh well.
We got a few of the variant cases and then nothing here. Good luck with your search for Vision, I’ll keep an eye out for ya!
And agreed on Marvel, I was okay with her, but she could’ve been better.
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