Wave 2 - Blob Series
BAF Piece: Upper Torso
The Blob Series reviews continue and this time with a bang with easily the highlight of the series, She-Hulk. However, the dark shadow of alternative or lacking articulation looms, can this bring doom to what could have been a perfect figure?
Ah She-Hulk, whether she's a character you've been dying to get for years or just a character you recognize. I can almost guarantee you're going to want to buy this figure. Nice sculpt, paint, surprisingly tall and actually pretty. Well executed and well designed but some people just can't stand any sort, shape, form, existence whatsoever of limited articulation. So is She-Hulk like a Marvel Select --a pre-posed statue-esque figure if you will?
Hasbro still producing the same beautiful package scheme as the first wave of Marvel Legends, The Annihilus Series. It still looks great, it still looks fresh and it still makes me that much more happy to buy the figure. All the color and illustration choices look great here. Nothing stands out as poor design or choices in illustration.
Sculpt / Design
She-Hulk is easily the highlight of this wave due to the incredible sculpt and design. I'm going to say that yes, She-Hulk is pretty, the likeness is actually an attractive looking sculpt with just the right touch of realism. This is a milestone for a female Marvel Legend figure. The hair is sculpted to match her more modern or current look not all big and 80's, but wavy, flowing and draped over her shoulders very natural and realistic, however, a caveat is that the hair hinders any real neck movement horizontal or vertical. Arms and legs are all nicely sculpted and smooth and the arms, although different and less articulation (depends on how you look at it) does actually look a little nicer, more smooth, more natural. Aside from the exceptional job on the face and hair, I particularly favor the sculpt on the costume. It really does look like it's a bit puffy, padded sorta like a parka jacket and then more of a skin tight texture on the back. The whole piece is nicely sculpted on there and not just painted on like we've seen so many Marvel Legend ladies in the past. She-Hulk's thighs actually have some nice bulk to them as well as overall shape, something that had often gotten overlooked in the past. Did I mention she's HUGE? I'm not a scale um, critic, but she really stands out (pun not intended) I mean, just look at the photos, she's as tall as Hulk and taller than Hercules. I take away one point what could have been a perfect score due to a lack of detailed sculpt to the hands and fingers and what the heck are those funny lines in the shoulders (where they meet the upper arm)? Ultimate Wolverine from this series has them too. They just look out of place and wrong.
Paint / Color
There have been a lot of Hasbro Marvel figures that I've been disappointed in the flesh tone either by color and/or type of plastic used. I don't know if it's higher quality products or just the fact that she's green but I like She-Hulks arms legs and face. They don't look cheap they don't look lacking of a paint application, all of She-Hulk's flesh parts look good. There isn't much of a paint job to be done here on She-Hulk but of what was applied, I applaud a top-notch job. Shoes could have benefited from a little bit of a wash but are sufficient as they are white with gray soles. Even though there are no fingernails sculpted in to the fingers, subtle silver is applied there for fingernail polish, nice little touch. The costume, hair and face is where this figure excels for this category. The costume features metallic purple sides, looks perfect. She-Hulk's hair is drybrushed for a slightly frosted look and I'm so glad that they didn't skip this step. Eyebrows, eyes and lips seem to all be the right colors and executed very well.
Let's get this out of the way - She-Hulk has no cut bicep swivel. She-Hulk can only bend her arms at the elbows 90 degrees. She-Hulk features no waist or torso rotation. She-Hulk does however feature ball-joint head, shoulders and true ball joint hips, double jointed knees, double function ankles, elbows and wrists. Just like I mentioned in my last review with X3 Jean Grey, admittedly Hasbro's new articulation scheme for the arms on the ladies looks nicer, replaces the bicep swivel with the elbow swivel but leaves us with an unacceptable range of motion in the elbow hinge at 90 degrees or less. I cannot pose she-Hulk into a proper flexing biceps pose, I can't make She-Hulk's hands reach to her face. A little bit of give and take in terms of articulation as of late from Hasbro's Marvel offerings. Hopefully as time goes on Hasbro will find a happy medium. All other points of articulation work well except for the neck due to the hair being in the way. I am still happy to report no stuck or glued joints that require freezing the figure to avoid breakage.
She-Hulk could have come with some goofy accessories but they would be just that. I'm happy with a build-a-figure upper torso piece for the Blob.
She-Hulk is a lot of figure compared to most. Nice packaging, includes a Blob piece. She-Hulk is a great addition to the 90s Avengers team(see last pic in gallery) if you have some of those figures.
Sculpt / Design: 9
Paint / Color: 9
Overall: 47 out of a possible 60
This Marvel Legends She-Hulk figure still feels like an action figure despite a point or two less articulation than we've been used to in Marvel Legends. Would I like those features back? Yes. However I'm not reviewing what could've been, I'm reviewing what is, and everything else here is top-notch. This is a great figure and I have a feeling that she will be one of the harder ones to find in Marvel Legends Wave 2 - The Blob Series. Not so great elbows is about the only thing this figure doesn't have going for her and some out there prefer a cleaner look to funny pegs and bulbous ball joints.
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