Super-Articulate: Making the Majestrix (and Infamous Iron Man!)
A while back, I wrote about the Walgreens Exclusive Mystique. If you recall, that figure came with a couple of alternate heads, including one of Empress Lilandra Neramani, Majestrix of the Sh’iar Empire. This was part of the recent Hasbro/Marvel Legends trend to include accessories that enables the assemblage of new characters that aren’t otherwise available. Another example is the extra Reaver head included with Skullbuster, or the Shadow King head packed with Professor X that fits the Kingpin BAF. It was pointed out pretty quickly, both by observant writers and Hasbro staff, that the Silver Sable figure from the Kingpin wave would make a great body for a custom Lilandra (particularly given the resemblance to her costume and looks we’ve seen for Lilandra, such as the cover to New X-Men #122. I decided to take a crack at that myself.
I picked up an extra Silver Sable on eBay. My first step was remove the head (it just pulls off, of course) and the various holsters, straps, and belts. The thigh holsters and harness are easily removed; I decide to clip the belt because I had another use for the parts later, but you can remove it by other means. With the basic headless figure in place, I added the Lilandra head. I decided to keep the small blaster, but I filled the “new” figure’s other hand with a trident that came with the Namor from the ML Ronan wave from 2007. I felt like that trident was appropriate as it has a decorative look that I would associate with other staffs that Lilandra’s held in the comics. Also, I have that Namor with my Invaders team display, and he never really used the trident in those comics from my youth. For the cape, I took a remnant from some craft fabric that my wife had; it’s got bit of a shiny, satiny look and feel, so it was that sort of sci-fi weight to it. I eyeballed the cut-size based on the Black Knight cape, and then I wrapped the top a bit before clipping it in the back. And THAT became my Lilandra figure. As Bob Ross says, you can do yours any way you want it, but I was pretty happy with how mine turned out. Good on Hasbro for coming up with clever ways to expand the universe of characters.
Speaking of expanding the universe, I finally got ahold of the Walgreens Exclusive Infamous Iron Man. Infamous Iron Man was a 12-issue series that ran in the wake of Civil War II from the team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. In the book, Doom takes over for then-dead-A.I.-Tony Stark to try to help the world. As such, Doom combines his traditional look with one of the modern Iron Man looks. The result is a pretty cool figure. The extra head is Vic’s unscarred face (a result of Secret Wars, etc.); the figure also comes with extra hands and four power effects. This is definitely a figure that’s cooler in person. I like the cape sculpting, and the standard head is great. You can vary the power effects with the multiple attachments (as you can see in the photo of one “smoldering” hand and one “shooting” hand). It’s typically solid Marvel Legends work, and I dig it. If you haven’t found one yet, keep an eye out; incidentally, I’m hearing that the Walgreens Exclusive Emma Frost (in black, new sculpt) hits soon, so be prepared.
SDCC is right around the corner. What do you hope to see?