“All we’ll ever need is each other. Absolutely, that’s true, my dear brother. But if you’d stop being so cynical for one second and take this chance with me…we might finally find ourselves a place where we belong. With the Avengers.” – Scarlet Witch, to Quicksilver in Avengers Origins: The Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver.
A little cheat here for Avengers week, I have a huge backlog of reviews lately and want to throw some quick one-page reviews with a few pics to help cut through the backlog. For Avengers Week, I’m going to take a brief look at a comic-based Avengers character with a much-awaited apology figure, Scarlet Mitc… I mean, Scarlet Witch.
Yeah, we, finally, finally have a Scarlet Witch. A good one. Ten years ago, Marvel Legends released Wave 11. It was an odd wave – the recently created (and amazeballs idea) Build-A-Figure was dropped for a wave so each figure could have a mini-vehicle. The wave had some great figures like Hulkbuster & Taskmaster, but there was a lot not good – Wonder Man used a terrible buck with a rough texture. First Appearance Thing was more like a last appearance. Ultron was a dog, and then wasn’t. And Scarlet Witch? Well, the female bucks weren’t so great back then. Her face sculpt wasn’t the best and a 5 o’clock shadow in the paint department… well, you get the idea.
So we waited. I was 24 when I still bought the figure (oh, the shame), but I had to wait until I’m 34 to finally get a good Scarlet Witch figure. And this is a good figure with just one glaring annoyance. I have a terrible time getting her to stand. I can get her to stand on my display, mostly in a wide stance balancing on her cape. But when I first opened her on the table and again in these pics, it was a nightmare getting her to stand up. I either went completely pose-dumb or there’s issues with the figure. I’m going to blame it.
Overlooking that I was poseblind during this photo session, I still love this figure. Hasbro has really made a concentrated effort to have the girl figures be not crappy these last few months and they’ve nailed it. Scarlet Witch is no exception. Her soft knees could be stronger and her cape not so heavy, but she is so many light years ahead of the ten-year old v1 figure, that I’m still happy.
The sculpt is great. Her body largely draws from the previous upgraded female bucks used in the line, but everything works here. There are some minor costume details like the boots and gloves that might be mismatched, I’m okay with all of it. The only costume disappointment I have is the bare skin on her shoulders. For some reason, I’m a big fan of her wearing the full pink catsuit underneath her red bodysuit. I don’t know if it’s unique or just sexy, but I don’t find the bare skin here better. The figure looks great to be sure, I just miss those pink shoulders.
The best part of the figure is easily the amazing head sculpt. We’ve come a long way from Mitch! The figure almost has an Adriana Lima quality to it in some angles, so there’s no doubt that the sculptors were trying to get this one right. And they did. On top of the solid sculpt, pretty much everything else is nicely done. The paintwork solid – the mid-thighs were the pink paint is over the red plastic is a little prone to scratches, but it’s a nitpick on otherwise good paint throughout.
Articulation is strong throughout, ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps & thighs; double-hinge knees; and the ab joint. On my figure, the knees are soft and a little warped which is causing me grief while the cape is on, but she stands pretty well with the cape removed, even with the heels.
Finally, Scarlet Witch included these two great hex accessories that clip onto her wrists – I usually pull the hands off and peg them in between, but they work either way. They look fantastic. They’re perfect accessories for her and they really complete the figure.
Overall, this really is the figure we’ve been waiting for all these years. For me, she’s one minor costume detail and some tougher legs away from being perfect. I’m not the world’s biggest Scarlet Witch fan (maybe the movie will change that) and I often questioned why I even bought Scarlet Mitch all those years ago if it were such a terrible figure (she was kinda rare too). I ended up selling it pretty quickly. I don’t question why I bought this one. It’s a great figure. She’s going to look sharp in my collection for years to come.
I would like to know when we’re getting a movie version though. Very little merchandise on the twins front so far…
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