Super Articulate: Marvel Legends Captain Marvel Part 1
Greetings, Graphic Policy Readers! It’s good to be back in action figure coverage land; thank you for having me. Today, we’re taking a look at a part of the Marvel Legends Captain Marvel “Kree Sentry” assortment, but first let’s play a bit of catch-up with one exclusive that came out last year.
Marvel Legends Thanos (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
This guy was supposed to be out in spring of 2018, but many people reported him as impossible to find. Frankly, I didn’t find one in the wild and only recently picked it up on eBay. However, prices seem to have come down now with the arrival of the film Thanos BAF from the Avengers assortment, the equivalent Thanos from the Marvel Studios 3-pack, and the re-offering of a Thanos BAF in the “Best of” wave that’s just been shown. For my part, I have the film BAF (it’s great) and the earlier Thanos BAF from a couple of years back; I just wanted to pick this up for the classic comic colors and the comic-style Infinity Gauntlet.
I can see where people might not have been super-excited for this outside of scarcity, but I really like it for the comic feel. The figure comes with an alternate left-hand (for Gauntlet or No Gauntlet action) and two heads (one grim, one smiley; I like the psychotic smiley). My recommendation is that you should try to pick it up if you’re into the original comic story, but you can probably live without it if you’re not a completeist or if you’re mainly into the films.
This makes a nice segue into the Captain Marvel discussion in part because the Captain Marvel wave has two exclusives associated with it. One is a “Binary Captain Marvel” that will be at Wal-Mart, and the other is a “Starforce Captain Marvel” (green costume) for Target. The Wal-Mart exclusive reflects that powered-up aspect of Carol with some energy attachments and paint enhancements. The Target version, however, includes a number of interesting accessories, including a Minn-Erva/Doctor Minerva head and a scarf that allows you to effectively change the character. I’m down for the Target piece because I’m interested in putting as full of a cast as I can on the shelves; this worked for me with the Black Knight, in that I got a second one so that I could part an original helmet version on my Masters of Evil shelf.
Marvel Legends Captain Marvel Assortment
Today, I’m looking at exactly half of the figures that comprise the assortment. I’m saving the Kree Sentry BAF for the next time. The overall composition of this wave is interesting, as it’s the first time in memory that you get two distinct versions of the same female hero in one grouping. Granted, she’s the title character of the film, but I think it’s a good move on the part of Hasbro.
The basic Captain Marvel figure is well done. It includes the increasingly common alternate head and hands; in this case, you either have Carol in her helmet or without. I somewhat prefer without, and that’s partially given to the fact that I display my earlier, comic-based Marvel Legends version with the helmet. Overall, the likeness isn’t bad; it’s a little stronger in the other Captain Marvel figure. However, it’s still a solid figure and the metallic paint op is quite cool.
This one’s going to be quite popular based on the fact that it’s a) young Sam Jackson, and b) it comes with Goose in captive mode. It’s easy to theorize as to what’s up with Goose, but I’m going to save that and just focus on the figures as they are. Honestly, it’s hilarious that “Captive Goose” is sculpted with a raised nape on his neck so that the Fury figure can grasp it. The Fury itself is an incredible likeness. I wish that it came with an additional accessory, but the pistol is fine. It’s another solid figure.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the figure itself, but Talos is fairly plain. No accessories past the BAF piece is just a strange choice. It is, however, a well-sculpted figure, and it’s always good to see some classic Marvel aliens making their way into the toy line. Talos marks the fourth Marvel Legends Skrull, if you count Super Skrull from the FF Classics, plus the Skrull from the Kree/Skrull two-pack of yore and Skrull Elektra.
It’s about time. I am ALWAYS down for classic Marvel villains. He’s an interesting choice for a comic-based figure for the wave; I’m guessing that association with Captain Marvel comes from that Avengers cover from issue #191 of the original series. Two things that I like in particular about the Gargoyle are his hilarious facial expression and his crazy feet. This guy is, pun intended, rock solid, and a worthy addition to the broader canon of Marvel bad guys.
Next time, I’m going to cover the other three solo figures and the Kree Sentry BAF. Also, I want to hear from you. Who’s picked these up already? What do you think? Do you have requests? Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you soon.