“I’ve defended and avenged… fought the incredible and the mighty… and carried the worthy to their great reward… I am Valkyrior… Brunnhilde, shield maiden of Asgard… I am Valkyrie! “ – Valkyrie. Valkyrie #1, Vol. 2 (Nov. 2010).
Ever feel like Hasbro is trying to crush you with figures to review? No, that’s probably just me? Well, how about at least figures to buy? No sooner does BBTS ship out my Ant-Man wave, then is HTS bein’ all “we got Hulkbusters” (and, not to be outdone, BBTS just dropped the “Rhino” is here bomb, I’m used – and when does HTS have their SDCC exclusives up? Oh yeah…).
Anyway, I’m swimming in Marvel figures over here and so despite just doing an Ant-Man week and reviewing the rest of the Marvel Ant-Man wave last week, we’re going to double down on some Hulkbuster Wave reviews this week and bring back the old Marvel Two-A-Days!
I figure I’d start with Valkyrie because she’s the one that I’m the most conflicted about. On paper, if you told me the list of names included in the wave: Movie War Machine, Blizzard, NOW! Dr. Strange, NOW! Iron Man, Thundra, Vision, & Valkyrie – I would’ve told you that Valkyrie was my big want. I’ve always had an affinity for the characters and I’m not really a huge fan of the Valkyrie figure we got from Hasbro a few years ago. In practice, I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of this one either, though for entirely different reasons.
Valkyrie, the character, is kinda difficult to explain. Calling her a female Thor isn’t really apt (and besides we have one of those now), but she does share similarities with him. She is the Asgardian Brunnhilde, and like the early Thor, her “power” was given to various humans to wield over time. And, also like Thor, she has since appeared simply as herself in more modern comics. This works out for me as to how I view the two figures we’ve gotten. The first Valkyrie figure is more reminiscent of her time with her powers channeled by one of her human hosts while the figure is undeniably Brunnhilde.
The biggest part behind that reasoning is her immense size. Clocking in at 7”, Valkyrie continues the trend of the Asgardians and some of their villains being much bigger than our average Marvel heroes. I’ve tended to be okay with this. Thor looks great that big. The Wrecking Crew, while out of scale to be sure, look great fighting him on the shelf. Valkyrie continues that trend. I’m a little less enthused here because I’m not used to seeing her this way and she doesn’t tend to hang with Thor, but I’m not going to get hung up on it. She’s a good size and I like the variety she brings to the shelf.
Her sculpt itself is mostly good and captures her most recent look in Secret Avengers. I like the new head sculpt and hair, though I wish they blended together better at the seam between them. The long braids are well sculpted and angled out to hang over her, uh, chest. Both the upper & lower torso are new as well to get the basic costume details right. The arms and legs are reused from She-Hulk. The arms are my only complaint on the sculpt, the forearms are just too narrow – they’d be too narrow for nearly any character, let alone one the size of Valkyrie. Continue to Page 2…