In Cap2, Widow sports her more traditional long, straight hair instead of the short cut from Avengers. Hasbro took the opportunity to give us both versions for our displaying pleasure. I love it. I was planning on using the shorter, Avengers head, but I’ve found that I actually like the long, straight hair better in person. (Though to be fair, I need to peel for the short hair and re-glue it a little lower on her forehead; that may change my perception). With the great head sculpt, cool details, and more realistic proportions, this figure actually feels more like a little Hot Toys than a run of the mill Marvel Legends. Just great sculpting work – so much so that I might be asking for Hasbro to redo a few of those Avengers figure this well.
I’m going to say the figure could use a just a tad more articulation, but there is a lot of good stuff going on in here too. The one-piece ball on the neck has decent range (though it works better with the shorter hair. There’s also ball shoulders, elbows, hips, and inverted ankles, double-hinged knees, the ab crunch, and swivels at the wrists & thighs. Everything works great and there are a lot of good poses to be had thanks to the leg articulation (though the smaller, heeled feet had her falling over more than a few times during the shoot). I would like a little more in the arms. I could love without bicep swivels, though I love them so, but the swivel wrists did take away from the figure a bit. As a martial artist and gun user, Widow would really benefit from having some injection-molded ball-joints on those wrists. I love that they’re swappable, but I’m not sure I like the tradeoff.
The paintwork was sharp on my Widow. There’s a lot of plastic molded in the right color (thankfully including the head), but the painted on details are nicely done throughout. The zippers, belts, logos, and the face details are all crisp and that really helps sell the figure and its realistic sculpt.
In addition to the alternate head, Widow also included the aforementioned second set of hands. You get two open hands and two gripping hands. I like all four, so it’s hard to choose, but I’ve found it’s fun to lace the fingers of the two open hands together and let her stand that like she’s not listening and waiting to talk.
We also get this funky gun. I don’t know if it’s the Cap movie or not. Either way, it just doesn’t look right with the figure, so it’s off to the extras box. Edit: Duh! It’s for the Mandroid!The crummy thing is that I have to track down two pistols for Widow as Hasbro chose to mold her pistols into their holsters. Ugh! Hasbro, you were so close to locking down a great figure all around, but molded weapons are a cardinal sin of toymaking. So close! The other weird, but interesting thing on the figure also includes those holsters They should be connected to the belt, but that’s problematic on an articulated figure, so Hasbro chose to have the straps for the connection there, loose, and pointing straight up. It looks a little weird at first, but I quickly just got over it as I’d rather have the hip articulation functioning well.
Finally, we also get the big hunk of Mandroid torso. I like it. I didn’t want to drop $60 at Target today, but I will likely, eventually, pick up Cap & the Winter Solder from the film to complete the Mandroid. I might wait til I actually get to see the movie though and make sure I want to be reminded of it every time I take in my Marvel Collection (I probably do). Ultimate Green Goblin isn’t going to be so lucky.
Overall, this is what I’m talking about when I want to see toy companies rise to the challenge of making awesome girl figures. It’s been tough in recent years, Mattel has made a mockery of the female MOTU buck (I hope those ankles are fixed before Entrapta and her giant hair comes out) and some of the worst DCUCs were the ladies, but things are looking up if you look elsewhere. DCC has always been better about making the Women of DC. The Joes put out some great ladies in their last few releases. And Hasbro – Hasbro has killed it this year with Black Widow & Black Cat. – In totally different ways, Black Cat is a great comic-based figure while Black Widow is a great mini-representation of the film character. That’s a great sign. Maybe if figures like these don’t sell, can’t sell, than maybe I’ll take back what I said about outdated thinking. As for me though, I’m not sure what Guardians of the Galaxy figures I’m getting, but if Hasbro keeps hitting this level? If Gamora is this good? She’s a lock. And I can’t wait to see who Hasbro tackles next.
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