So, I lied. Okay, not lied, but I did change the schedule. I have in-hand the Kingpin assortment, but didn’t have time to take on the whole thing. I’m pushing that to next week. What I also got, which is relevant to your interests, is the new Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends Mystique. Let’s talk.
Mystique: First and best thing, the ML Mystiques are arriving at Walgreens locations across the country and in solid numbers. And the bonus? There’s a sale on (which appears to be chain-wide) with Marvel Legends for $13.99 until March 30th. That’s a solid deal! I picked up mine and got a bonus $2 off at the register which we’d apparently earned on our Walgreens card. So I had that going for me, which is nice.
As to the figure itself, this is top-flight work. This is a Great. Figure. I feel like the team really nailed the look of Mystique from the Claremont-Byrne days. It’s also a not-so-coincidentally great time for the figure to be released since a) she first appeared in the pages of the Carol Danvers Ms. Marvel book in the 1970s, and b) Mystique once again figures into the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film.
The figure comes with three heads: regular, shapeshifting-into-Rogue, and Shi’ar Empress Lilandra. The head sculpts are superb, Lilandra in particular. There’s a popular trend forming already of collectors getting an extra Silver Sable and replacing the head with the Lilanadra for a completely “new” figure. Some have gone so far as to do the boil-and-pop method to remove the Sable belts and enhancements for a cleaner look; I’ve also seen spare capes (like the Black Knight cape) added. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making Mystique Mystique; as Bob Ross said, it’s your painting.
If you have the original ML Mystique and you’re happy with it, that is totally fine. If you missed that one, this one is just about perfect. It’s a great pick-up no matter how you display it.
Target Captain Marvel (Starforce): The Target Exclusive ML Starforce Captain Marvel is available to order online right now. I am absolutely getting this one to turn it into Dr. Minn-Erva with the included head, hands, scarf, and other accessories. Doing the figure in this manner was a GREAT idea. I would have passed without the means to turn it into a secondary character. Mine isn’t due to arrive just yet, but I’ll have pictures when it does. For now, you can place your own order. If you have a Target Red Card, you can get 5% off if you use it when you place your order online.
Okay, kids, that’s all we’re doing this week. How do you feel about Exclusive figures? It’s been my experience that the Walgreens figures aren’t hard to find, but that the Walmart ones are a giant pain in the ass. Target lands somewhere in the middle. Thoughts? Do you buy second copies of a figure if you can turn them into a different character? Let’s talk.