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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?

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Spider-Man Kingpin BAF assortment

I know the title puts the Kingpin right up front, but we’re going to take a detour first. If you recall, last week we did a bit of a preview of the ML Target exclusive Captain Marvel (Starforce) figure. Today, we’ll start with a look at the actual figure.

Captain Marvel (Starforce): As I said before, the notion of exclusive figures that bring a value-add past a simple outfit swap is great. Granted, completists might want the green outfit, given its prominence in the film. But the inclusion of all the separate pieces (head, hands, scarf, bandolier, rifle) that allow you to convert the figure into Doctor Minn-Erva just really stands out. It enables Hasbro to essentially offer an extra character in the same package as a headliner character that the stores will want. Moves like this, along with things like the Shadow King and Lilandra heads, just elevate the line.

Now Comes the Days of the Kingpin . . .

When this assortment was announced, I was genuinely excited. There are some characters here that I’ve wanted for years in ML form that FINALLY made it in. There’s a fairly new villain that I was surprised to see included. And of course, Mr. Fisk. Let’s go.

Silver Sable: FINALLY, indeed. This is a drop-dead excellent figure that should have been made years ago, but I’m glad that it happened on the back of the constantly improving sculpting that Hasbro brings to the line. This is top-notch.

Black Cat: I wasn’t quite as into this one because honestly, I was satisfied with the previous versions. However, I think this turned out great, and I’m glad to have it. A lot of attention was paid here to the hair and to the “fur” portions of the outfit. The whip is also nicely done, as is the wrapped segment arranged as a belt.

Night Thrasher: Back to the FINALLY portion of the program. It’s kind of mind-boggling that we never got the founder of the New Warriors before now. The accessories are great; while the staff portions pre-existing, the backpack and skateboard are new. The board even has working wheels. I took a shot with the original Nova and Vance Astro from the GOTG2 assortment because that’s as close to the original New Warriors as we have right now. I certainly hope that Speedball, Firestar, and Namorita are in the cards down the road.

Puma: I’ve always dug Puma. The ML line can only benefit from diverse characters like Thrasher and Thomas Fireheart here, and I genuinely like that hybrid human look. The figure nails it and gets the flourishes like the feather fetish and necklace right. The increased articulation present in most Legends works a great benefit in the figure, as it affords some very character-appropriate posing. Big winner, kids.

Red Goblin: I didn’t expect Red Goblin this soon; in fact, that might be some kind of page-to-Legend record. But man, they did another great job. And that tail! Honestly, it’s a little crazy that this exists already, but damn if they didn’t prove that it should exist just by making it exist. Well done.

Symbiote Spider-Man:I’ll be honest; I’m pretty take it or leave it with this one. It’s kinda neat of its own accord, and it looks good, but I doubt I would have gotten it were it not for the BAF piece. Still, if you don’t have a black costume Spidey, this is a solid get.

Spider-Man (Six-Armed): I know that there were some early complaints about the torso from some fans online, but I have to say that this looks quite good in person. The arms are surprisingly poseable, given the torso size, and I’m glad that the new torso sculpt also gives us the ability to have Doppelganger Spider-Man later in the year. This version of Spidey wasn’t super-high on my list, but it’s cool to see and it’s a worthy entry, given its place in the comic’s history.

Before we get to the big guy, here’s a quick rundown of which piece comes with whom:

Heads: Symbiote Spider-Man
Torso: Puma
Right Arm and cane: Black Cat
Left Arm: Silver Sable
Right Leg: Red Goblin
Left Leg: Night Thrasher
The Six-Armed Spidey does not include a BAF piece.

The Kingpin (BAF): I mean . . . just look. This thing is outstanding. The alternate heads were a fine idea (one smug, one angry), and it’s just . . . massive. I took a picture of the recent Defenders boxed set Daredevil for scale. It’s just awesome. And I’m looking forward to turning him into the Shadow King in the near future. Yeah, I’m a giant X-Men fan from way back, so that’s happening.

Overall, this is a pretty great assortment with strong character choices, pleasant surprises, and a whale of a BAF. These are available on Hasbro Pulse right now and should be hitting retail around you at any time.

How about you? Thoughts, questions, discussions? Let us know.