Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Captain Marvel Part 2
Greetings, Graphic Policy Readers! Today we’re exploring the rest of the Marvel Legends Captain Marvel assortment that’s current in release. Before we cover the other four figures, I want to take care of a couple of points that I should have covered in Part 1.
Until I hear a better title or actual technical term, it’s worthy to point out that the packaging is now fitted with a plastic shield overlay that’s presumable meant to make it harder for shoplifters to remove BAF pieces from the box. I took a picture of the Genis-Vell figure specifically to show the shield in action. I think that this is a fine idea, and Hasbro didn’t raise the figure price for the addition.
Captain Marvel Redux
I realized that I failed to include a packaged picture of the “Gooseless” Captain Marvel figure, so I’ve added that so you can get a good look. Here’s a picture of that figure with the alternate “mohawk helmet” head as well. The one-footed flying pose is courtesy of my son, Kyle, who said that he could get her to stand on one foot. So, well done, kid.
The Other Captain Marvel
Again, the straight-up, no BAF Captain Marvel is labelled “Captain Marvel” on the package. Oddly enough, so is this one. Of course, the distinction is that this one comes with a) a BAF piece, and b) Goose. This CM also has a bomber jacket and a different hairstyle. Of all the figures in the assortment, this one is the only sort of bum note. Now, bear in mind, it’s a very well-sculpted figure and Goose is awesome, but, in my mind, Goose could have come with the regular CM and this figure could have been swapped out for a Maria Rambeau or another member of the Kree Starforce. However, I do believe that this figure will be in demand because a) the bomber jacket lock is admittedly cool, and b) Goose.
The press materials for the film and the IMDB page continue to play coy with Jude Law’s role, but the figure goes for it. Until I see differently in March, this is definitely Yon-Rogg, antagonist and key figure in Carol’s origin. Initially solicited as Starforce Commander/Leader, the package is indeed labelled “Yon-Rogg.” By any standard (okay, mine), this is a GREAT figure. He’s got just a great sci-fi look between the outfit, the metallic paint ops, and the blaster. You could have peeled this guy right out of the pulps, absent any connection to Marvel, and it would look great. And yet, it’s not the best one in the group.
Hands down, the best in my opinion is Genis-Vell. The look of the figure comes from the 2003 series by Peter David and ChrisCross, and it’s captured just superbly in Marvel Legends form. The starfield application looks incredibly neat, the armor pieces have a solid finish, and the yellow blaster is great. This is another striking looking figure that just screams classic science-fiction. I’d venture that a few collectors will pick this up simply for the look before even connecting a desire to own the figure to its Marvel history or Captain Marvel grouping. It’s that well-done.
Kree Sentry BAF
A Jack Kirby robot? Yes, please. The Kree sentries debuted in Fantastic Four #64 in 1967; since then, they’ve popped up across the Marvel Universe, including a crucial appearance in Annihilation: Conquest, and have shown up in animation and video games, as well. The really BAF captures the Kirby spirit; its presence in this wave was the thing that put me over the top from “interested” to “Yep; I’m buying those.” It’s substantially bigger than the rest of the figures, too, which is a quality that I enjoy (but don’t always require) in a BAF. If you’re going to make a big guy, the BAF is the place to do it.
For the record, the BAF piece pack-in dispersal is:
- Nick Fury – Right Arm
- Captain Marvel (with Goose) – Left Arm
- Yon-Rogg – Torso
- Talos – Left Leg
- Genis-Vell – Right Leg
- Grey Gargoyle – Head
- The “standard” Captain Marvel with extra head and hands does not contain a BAF piece.
What do you think, readers? Do you like these as much as I do? Who has picked these up and wants to talk about it? Sound off in the comments, and thanks for reading.