MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Hope van Dyne gears up signature stingers and high tech wings as the buzz worthy hero, Wasp.”
Wasp has perhaps been one of the MCU’s most prominent missing heroes. She was attached to the pre-MCU version of the Ant-Man movie, and then even appeared in initial drafts of 2012’s Avengers (before Iron Man 2 introduced Black Widow, who would take her place in the roster). There were even numerous rumors of her playing a larger part in Ant-Man, but Janet Van Dyne was ultimately relegated to a brief cameo via flashback. It was super cool, but not quite what some fans were hoping for. Fortunately, the film’s stinger (no pun intended) hinted at Janet’s daughter Hope taking on the role, and this year’s sequel is taking that to heart, even elevating her to a full-fledged deuteragonist. Perfect time for her to get some action figure love!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wasp is the last single-packed figure in the Cull Obsidian Series of Marvel Legends. She completes the two-figure Ant-Man & The Wasp subset started by Ant-Man, obviously. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 31 points of articulation (those wings help pull her ahead of her partner). Wasp is based on her design from the movie, of course. It’s not quite the design we were shown in the first film’s stinger, but it’s not terribly far removed either. It incorporates a lot of elements of the black and gold outfit that Jan wore for a while in the comics, but mixes things up by throwing in some reds and blues to keep her a little more visually interesting (and, I’d imagine, to also further distance her from Yellow Jacket’s design from the last film). It also adds a helmet, similar to the one Scott’s sporting as Ant-Man. All-in-all, it’s actually a pretty solid design, which nicely distills Wasp’s many designs over the years into one striking look. The figure’s sculpt is all-new, of course, and is about on par with yesterday’s Ant-Man figure. Actually, I’ll take that back. This sculpt does one better on that one by including translucent plastic for the lenses of her mask and including her eyes beneath. That’s an awesome touch, and it makes me wish even more that Ant-Man had also included it. The paintwork on Wasp is pretty solid stuff. The application is all nice and clean, something I know never to take for granted with a Hasbro figure. All of the colors are pretty bold, and the reds and golds stand out well from the dark blue that makes up the base body. The eyes beneath the mask are likewise clean, and well defined. I also really dig the translucent plastic on the wings. Wasp includes an extra unmasked head, which sports a fantastic likeness of Evangeline Lily, as well as two sets of hands in both fists and flat-handed configurations, and a spare back-pack without the wings deployed. It all adds up to a figure that gives you quite a few display options, thus making up for the fact that she doesn’t have as many figures as her co-star. Wasp is also packed with the last piece of Cull Obsidian, his head. That’s important, I’d say!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This incarnation of Wasp has no prior figures, so she has nothing to live up to in terms of direct comparison, but after the awesome Ant-Man figure from this same assortment, she definitely had a bar set to clear. Fortunately, she buzzed right over it. Ant-Man’s pretty awesome, but there were a few small flaws with that figure that this one corrects. What’s more, it’s just really cool to finally have an MCU Wasp figure!
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