MARVEL UNIVERSE (HASBRO)
Countdown to Avengers: Age of Ultron: 11 days remaining.
So, sure, the Avengers count on the “Big Three” of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, but they’re really only as good as their second tier characters. Now, what’s interesting about today’s focus Black Widow is that she hasn’t technically had a very long run with the team. She’s really only been a member for a few short spots of time. Now, to be fair, she’s been around since almost the beginning, as sort of an honorary member, and she’s an important motivator for for a few members joining and sticking with the team. So, really, she deserves the spot, she just hasn’t taken advantage of it. However, she’s a permanent member in the movies, and that’s what counts to most people.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Widow was released as part of Series 7 of Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line. The figure was actually released just prior to the character’s first film appearance in Iron Man 2, so it was actually pretty timely. The figure is roughly 3 ¾ inches in height and features 19 points of articulation. She’s ostensibly based on the “classic” Black Widow appearance, with a few more modern touches here and there. The figure is built on Hasbro’s first MU female buck. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s probably the best of Hasbro’s initial bodies for the line. Of course, that’s sort of faint praise, and it certainly doesn’t make it a GOOD body, just better than the others. Viewed as a whole, the body isn’t bad, but a piece by piece analysis brings out the worst of the issues. The torso is rather squat, the arms are too short, the legs are a touch too long, and the hands are enormous. Plus, there’s the really questionable choice of articulation in the middle of the torso. So, yeah, it’s not really a great starting point. In addition, Widow features a brand-new head, as well as add-ons for her belt and Widow-Stingers. The head sculpt is okay, but nothing of any note. It’s really generic, and doesn’t have much detail at all. I suppose the hair helps identify who this is, but this head could ultimately be just about anyone. The belt and stingers are probably the best things about the figure. They help to hide some of the issues present in the base body, and they actually do have some rather nice detail work. The paint on this figure is… well, it’s there. Not much more can be said about it. It’s clean and well applied. The bluish sheen on her body suit is a nice touch, but the silver for the belt and stingers is an unfortunate choice, as it robs the figure of some much needed variance in color. Widow was packed with a big machine gun (which isn’t really her style, but that’s what you get with re-use) and a display stand with her name on it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I purchased Black Widow from my local comic book store. They had just gotten this and the preceding series in stock. At the time I was slowly moving to collecting this particular scale, so I decided to pick up Widow. I remember being at least a little excited by the figure at the time, but that was before there was really a wide selection of Black Widow figures. Ultimately, this figure is alright, but what really kills it is that it’s just rather boring. Which is probably one of the most damning thing that can be said about an action figure.