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“A lieutenant of the Black Order, Proxima Midnight serves Thanos in his quest for power.”
Okay, so I’ve actually seen Infinity War now. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. No, really, I can’t actually discuss beyond that for fear of spoiling…everything. If you haven’t yet seen it, please do so immediately.
Infinity War was largely built on assembling all of our favorite heroes, but it did have a few new faces, most of them as part of Thanos’ support team, The Black Order. The Black Order are a new addition in the comics, showing up during the 2014 Infinity event. They’re sort of Thanos’s equivalent to Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. So far, only one of them’s gotten the Legends treatment, and it’s Proxima Midnight, who I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Proxima Midnight is figure 3 in the Thanos Series of Marvel Legends. She’s the second of the specifically movie-based figures in the assortment and the first of the Black Order to join the line (Cull Obsidian will be joining her in the next assortment). The figure stands 7 1/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She’s not quite as mobile as some of the others in this set, but she’s still pretty posable, certainly posable enough to mimic the character from the movie. Proxima’s film design isn’t too far removed from her comics design. All the basic design elements are the same; the movie design removes some of the more stereotypically “comic super villain” elements, while also adding some more texturing and such. I like the head gear from the comics design a little bit more, but I do think the movie made the overall thing a little more visually interesting. Proxima gets a brand-new sculpt, and while I do like it overall, I do have to admit, she feels a little bit like a step back compared to some of the more recent MCU offerings. Comparing her to the Guardians Vol. 2 offerings, some of the details feel a little soft, and the articulation isn’t quite as well worked-in. Still a solid sculpt, just not quite as good as the phenomenal work Hasbro was putting out last year. Proxima’s paintwork is fairly decent. The application is all pretty clean, and the colors match up well with what we see of her on-screen. She doesn’t have the printed face like the more human characters, but given her CGI creation in the film, this doesn’t exactly rob her of her realism. Proxima is packed with her spear (perfect for being caught by Captain America) and the torso of Thanos. Given she’s the largest single-packed figure in the set, it’s actually quite impressive she comes with the biggest piece of Thanos, and it means her box is rather on the hefty side.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After getting Cap from Super Awesome Girlfriend, I began my hunt for the rest of the series. I actually didn’t have to search for long, and ended up coming across most of the set while running an errand at Walmart. I wasn’t certain about picking her up, but finding them mostly in one go got me sort of pumped, so home with me she came. She’s alright. More consistent than Cap, though perhaps not quite as exciting or fun. I think she’ll standout better once we have more of the Black Order.