MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
As superhero movies have begun to feature larger and larger casts of colorful heroes and villains, sadly the toys that tie-in with those films have become smaller and smaller. When it comes to the MCU, ever since the first Iron Man (which really only has like, what, four figures you really need to make? And two of them are essentially the same sculpt), no movie has really gotten a full-lineup, especially not in the 6-inch scale most collectors prefer (Avengers did eventually get there, but only after a few years and additional movies). Age of Ultron came pretty close, giving us the six basic Avengers and Ultron Prime, but the three newest additions to the team were sadly left out. Hasbro’s put quite a lot of effort into getting as many figures as possible out of Civil War, including Scarlet Witch, one of the characters who got left out of the larger Age of Ultron product. I’ll be taking a look at her today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Scarlet Witch is the first figure in the Abomination series, which is the latest series of the Captain America-themed Marvel Legends. She’s this series’ resident movie tie-in, and appears to be the last of the Civil War-based Legends, unless Hasbro pulls a surprise out of their sleeves, but that seems unlikely at this point. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Scarlet Witch features an all-new sculpt, based on her Civil War design. It’s my favorite of the three looks we’ve seen her in so far, so I’m pretty happy about the costume choice. This figure may actually have one of my favorite MCU sculpts (really, only Panther is better, and his was reeeeeaaaaaally good). There are a few small details that are a little off (the shoulders on the coat should really be a little more squared off, but that change probably has more to do with better range of motion than anything), but the overall figure is very accurate. The head’s easily got one of the best likenesses of any of the MCU Legends; there are a few angles where it’s ever so slightly off, but there’s really no denying that this is Elizabeth Olsen. Also, I rarely talk about hands, but the hands on Wanda are pretty phenomenal; they’re perfectly posed to replicate her “spellcasting” look from the movies, and look awesome in a ton of different poses. Hasbro’s been trending upwards in terms of paint application, and Scarlet Witch definitely benefits from this. Slop and bleed over is minimal, and the colors match pretty well with the onscreen design. The face in particular is not only very clean, but also has degree of life to it, which a lot of the MCU figures haven’t quite gotten. If there’s one downside to this figure, it’s the accessories. She includes two effects pieces for her hands, which aren’t awful, but don’t really look much like how her powers manifest onscreen, and are just sort of a general step down compared to the effects pieces included with more recent figures. She also includes the head of this series’ BAF, Abomination.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is a figure I’ve been waiting for since Hasbro first showed it off earlier this year. I’ve yet to see this particular series turn up anywhere nearby, and on top of that, Wanda’s by far the most sought after in the set. Her price online was pretty high for a while, but she finally came down to pretty much retail on Amazon, so I ordered her there. I really like this figure a lot, and I’m very happy to be able to add her to my MCU collection. Between her and Panther, I have high hopes for future MCU Legends.