I had a whole other review planned out for today, but best laid plans go awry easily when you make a minor toy haul from Toys R Us. Not only did I discover the first wave of Transformers Prime, but also the new Marvel Legends!
With the demise of the DC Universe, I’ve found myself drawn more and more to Marvel lately. Journey into Mystery has become one of my favorite monthly books, and I’m getting more and more interested in characters like Steve Rogers and Hope Summers. Not to mention X-Men vs. Avengers, that’s going to be hard to stay away from. Now the return of Marvel Legends is just fueling my interest even more.
Before I get into the figure, I just want to talk about the packaging a bit. Normally I don’t care much for packaging, but I actually like what Hasbro’s trying to accomplish here. The layout and font of the words screams at you from the package, just like those old 90’s comic book covers. I’m also still impressed that Hasbro commissions an original piece of art for each figure on their respective box. These things are entirely unnecessary, but they sure do make for a great feel. I actually took time and studied the box before ripping it open and tossing it.
So I decided to pick Hope Summers as my first new Marvel Legends figure. Not only is she an interesting, and fairly new character to the Marvel Universe, but Hope is also the first female figure of the new line and she looks pretty damned good. One of my biggest gripes with the old Marvel Legends is their persistent inability to produce an attractive looking female figure.
But in the last few years Hasbro has produced a new female “buck” body that has well sculpted proportions and decent articulation. It’s this body that the Hope Summers figure uses, with a few exceptions. I’m pretty sure her shin pieces are entirely new, with the greaves sculpted on. I don’t know if we’ll be seeing them again, but they’d be perfect for warrior women like Sif or even an armored up Valkyrie. I’m sure you hard core fans could think of a few more.
Hope’s wrist bracers and tattered cape are made from the same sturdy but still flexible plastic. I’m particularly fond of the worn and torn look of the sculpts. These pieces do a great job of giving her a battle-ready look, but they can also be removed if you’d rather her look different. Her hands pop off easily at the wrists, while her head can be taken off of the large ball joint atop her neck. A very nice feature, whether it was intentional or not.
Hope’s head sculpt is what really makes this figure stand out. She isn’t the prettiest female figure I’ve ever seen, but her face is definitely attractive and has its own personality. I’m sure this is also aided by her windblown hair, which has a very nice flowing shape to it. It really looks like it was sculpted specifically from a drawing. Continue to page 2…