AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (HASBRO)
All of our favorite heroes are back for Infinity War…okay, most of our favorite heroes…amongst our favorite heroes, many of them are—right, I’ll come in again.
Today, I’m looking at the latest figure of Black Widow, a character who has far too often been left out of the whole merchandising thing. For Infinity War, Hasbro looks to be making a conscious effort to avoid that, with two figures already out and a third one on its way. I’ll be looking at one of those first two today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Widow is part of the first series of the basic Avengers: Infinity War line. This figure gives us Widow’s brand new look for the film, which, despite her prior looks all being just slight variations on the same basic design, is actually kind of new and different. This time around, she’s sporting a look based on the second main Black Widow from the comics, Yelena Belova. It’s mostly the blonde hair that informs this. Supposedly, she’s changed her hair color while on the run after the events of Civil War. The figure stands 5 1/4 inches tall and she has 11 points of articulation. It’s the same articulation scheme as we saw on Cap (and before that, Shuri and Star-Lord). Her sculpt is actually quite good. The proportions are well-balanced, the head has a pretty solid Scarlett Johansson likeness, and the level of detail is almost on par with what you’d get from a Legends release. My only real nit with the sculpt is that only one of her hands is in a gripping position, which limits her posing potential slightly when it comes to her weapon. Even her paint is pretty decent. It’s still rather on the basic side, but her face in particular gets some really clean work. Certainly cleaner than what we saw on Cap yesterday. Widow is packed with her staff, which is sadly only in its full assembled form. No separate batons, but I guess she couldn’t hold them anyway. There’s a rather obvious peg on it, where the Infinity Stone is meant to attach. Not the smoothes way of handling that, but I guess it’s not awful. Widow’s included stone is the Power Stone, which is the only one to be doubled-up in the first assortment (it also comes in the Rocket/Groot pack). Giving her, rather than a bruiser like Hulk, the Power Stone is certainly an interesting choice. I wonder if it means anything.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Widow is actually kind of the figure that sold me on this line. I saw her in the store and I really liked her, and almost bought her on the spot. That said, she was actually one of the few figures in the set I did *not* pick up from Toys R Us. They were all out, so I ended up finding her at Target the next day, rounding out the set that way. She’s actually a pretty good figure. I’m curious to see how much the Legends release is able to improve on her.