Hope’s paint is also good for the most part. The coloring on her face is just right, so she doesn’t have that heavily applied makeup look. Her bracers and cape are molded a dark brown, but painted with light brown highlights to show a worn and dirty look. Her armor bits have a tarnished silver shine to them. Her body is molded in an almost metallic green and decorated with a yellow “V” pattern. The isn’t consistently straight and the yellow does fade off in certain places, but this is the only real paint issue I’ve had.
This is a body we’ve seen before, so there’s no real surprise with articulation. Her head is on a ball joint. Her shoulders, elbows, wrists, and ankles are all swivel/hinges. I guess you’d call those odd joints on her hips a swivel/hinge also, but I’m not entirely sure. I’m also not really sure what you’d call her chest joint. It’s kind of like an ab crunch, but doesn’t allow for as much movement. Last but not least, her knees are double hinged.
Aside from her clothing bits that are removable, Hope also comes with a decent sized rifle of some sort. Hope learned how to fight and survive from Cable, so it makes perfect sense that her weapon of choice is a humongous gun. Her figure can even hold the gun pretty well, which can sometimes be in question with the smaller hands on female figures.
Hope’s Build-a-Figure pieces are Terrax’s head and huge axe. I don’t think I’m going to be building Terrax, but both pieces look good from what I can tell. I particularly enjoy giving the axe to Hope. I think Cable would approve. One thing I was surprised to see was a small instruction pamphlet inside the package. On one side are the instructions on how to build Terrax, while the other side relates a specific story about the character. Apparently each of his six pieces comes with a story summary and the name/number of the book it came from. This is a fantastic way to help promote the Marvel Universe to kids and fans alike. Good going Hasbro.
I found Hope at Toys R Us, where each figure was about $18. They’ll probably be a couple dollars less if you can wait for them to pop up at Target or Wal-Mart though. I’m pretty happy with my first new Marvel Legends figure. I can’t afford to be a completist with this line, even though I’d like to. But I’ll definitely be picking up my favorite characters.