MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Remember on Wednesday, when I reviewed Nakia? And I mentioned not knowing a whole lot about the character? Well, that goes double for today’s subject, Okoye. I know she’s played by Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead….and that’s really about it. And, of course, as the Build-A-Figure, there’s no packaging bio for me to fall back on. A quick glance at her very short Marvel Wiki entry tells me she’s another of T’Challa’s body guards, so there’s that. Now she’s got a figure, and I’m reviewing it here today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Okoye (not “Okay” as my spellcheck keeps insisting) is, as noted above, the Build-A-Figure for the recent Black Panther-themed series of Marvel Legends. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. Construction-wise, this figure is very similar to the Nakia figure, which is sensible given their similar employment. It’s worth noting, though, that she has a completely unique sculpt, which I will admit was rather a surprise to me. I had really expected some shared parts here, but I’m glad Hasbro went for screen accurate over economical. I was a little disappointed to find that Okoye’s articulation was a bit more restricted than Nakia, especially at the elbows. That said, she’s still very posable. It just makes getting her spear in both hands a little more difficult. Fortunately, her sculpt is just as strong as Nakia’s, delivering a very detail-filled sculpt that really looks like what we’ve seen of Okoye from the promos. Her head has a pretty solid likeness of Gurira, which I think is a lot stronger than any of McFarlane’s attempts with their Michonne figures. You can really tell who this is supposed to be. I also like that they’ve given her a stern and serious expression that still manages to avoid having her look too much like a mannequin. I think the paint plays a big part in that too. Okoye has the face printing again, and she’s by far the best example I’ve seen. There’s also some really sharp work on her head tattoos. The rest of the body is also pretty decent, though I do wish there were some sort of accent work on her wrist bracers; they look a little goofy with just the straight gold plastic. Build-A-Figures being accessories themselves, they don’t tend to be too heavy on extras. Okoye does include her spear, though, which is certainly a plus, and essentially puts her on par with the rest of the assortment.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I don’t really know Okoye, I wasn’t initially sure I was going to complete this Build-A-Figure. Of course, before I knew it, I’d ended up with all but two of her pieces. Tim offered me his Killmonger piece, and I found Panther in fairly short order, so there we go. As with Nakia, it’s a figure I wasn’t really expecting anything from, but one I’m actually rather happy with. And, for those of you keeping track at home, this is the second Build-A-Figure of a character I don’t know that Hasbro has managed to get me to complete. I think I’m just too easy a target at this point.