GAMORA – DAUGHTERS OF THANOS
“Though each chose their own path in the wake of their father’s rise to power, these skilled assassins forever share a familial bond.”
Thanks to the vast majority of the characters being introduced in the last film, Guardians Vol. 2 actually had the chance to go back and add a little bit more to each of its main characters. While the overarching story of the film is still rather centered on Peter and his relationship with his newly discovered father, the film still managed to have a nice little arc for each member of the main team. As much as I enjoyed Zoe Saldana’s performance as Gamora in the first film, it was really nice to see her get to do more than just be serious and intimidating this time around. Her move from cold killing machine to level-headed-only-sane-man of the team certainly made her quite a bit more likeable, and I absolutely loved her scenes with Karen Gillan’s Nebula. While her last Marvel Legends figure was decent at the time, I was anxiously awaiting another stab at the character, which Hasbro was more than happy to deliver.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gamora is figure 2 in the Mantis Series of Marvel Legends. She’s listed as “Daughters of Thanos” on the packaging; it’s a name she shares with Nebula, and I think this is probably the most sensible that one of these shared name deals has ever been. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Gamora’s based on her new Vol. 2 design, which is probably my favorite of the redesigned looks. None of her looks from the first film really stuck with me, but I dig the cavalier, sort of adventurer/pirate thing she’s got going on in the sequel. The figure’s sculpt is an all-new endeavor. I was actually a pretty big fan of the last Gamora sculpt when it was new, but I have to say that this one completely blows it out of the water, in every capacity. You know how much I loved the Star-Lord sculpt, right? Yeah, this one’s definitely on par with that. She has a little trouble standing. That’s my entire list of complaints, and even that one’s downgraded from the last figure. From top to bottom, this is an awesome sculpt. The head is a spot-on recreation of Saldana’s likeness, of a quality that rivals even Hot Toys. Her implants are sculpted this time, instead of painted, with definitely adds a lot. The hair is not only well detailed and well shaped, it also manages to not be anywhere near the articulation-killer it could have been. There’s some slight limitation, but it’s hardly as bad as we’ve seen in the past. The proportions on the body are solid, and make her look more or less like a real person, which is always a plus. The details on her costume are really sharp, and really capture the complexity of the pieces. I like that the bottom of her jacket has a little bit of flow to it, keeping it from being too rigid, but also avoiding going too crazy. Gamora’s paintwork keeps the good vibes going; like Rocket, she’s got the new face printing technique, which looks super nice here. The shade of green used for her skin tone is nice and vibrant, and definitely more accurate than the last figure. The hair also gets the subtle change in color down pretty well, and manages to not look too goofy. There’s a little bit of slop on the edges of her shirt, but that’s about it, and it’s really minor. Gamora is packed with her signature sword (which she can actually hold this time!), in bot extended and compact forms, as well as the Star-Lord-annoying gun from the opening fight scene (which, fun continuity fact, is the same gun that Rocket steals during the prison break in the first movie), and the leg of Mantis.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Gamora was at the top of my list of wants from this series. I already liked the re-design, but I saw some early in-hand shots of the figure that just looked fantastic. It’s actually her fault it’s taken me so long to get the rest of this series, actually. I’d seen every other figure in the set at least once, but Gamora was always gone, so I kept holding off. Seeing her at the TRU a couple weeks ago was what got me to break down and buy the whole set. I really liked the old Gamora when she was new, but this one’s made me realize that figure’s flaws, and is really just an amazing figure in her own right. If you only buy one Legends figure this year, buy this one. She’s so worth it.