MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The Dora Milaje are an all-female special forces group prepared to defend the Black Panther and the people of Wakanda at all costs.”
What good is a toyline without some army builders? You know, it’s usually the bad guys that get the army building fun, but every so often the good guys get the chance to get in on the game too. Not super frequently. Though prominent players in Black Panther, we didn’t get very much toy coverage at all of the Dora Milaje, Panther’s squad of body guards. We got their general, Okoye, as a Build-A-Figure, and Nakia in one of their uniforms, but that was really it. Fortunately, it’s Hasbro’s aim to fix that issue in spades.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Dora Milaje is figure 6 in the M’Baku Series of Marvel Legends, and I do believe has the notoriety of being our first proper MCU army builder in this scale (unless we’re counting the Hydra heads that came with Red Skull). The figure stands 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. Like the CW Black Panther in this assortment, the Dora Milaje is heavy on the parts re-use; from the neck down, this figure’s sculpt is identical to the Nakia figure from last year. Given a) it’s the same suit, and b) that was a pretty fantastic sculpt, you’ll hear no complaints from me on that front. The body is still one of the best bodies out there in terms of posability, and I’m still very impressed by what Hasbro was able to pull off with it. In order to keep things fresh, and further facilitate the whole “army building” thing, the Dora Milaje includes not one, not two, but three all-new head sculpts. The first sculpt (seen in the photo at the top of this review) is particularly notable, because it’s actually a named character. Yep, that’s Ayo, the head of T’Challa’s security, and the Dora Milaje with the most appearances under her belt, showing up in Civil War, Black Panther, and Infinity War. The head sports a solid likeness of actress Florence Kasumba, and seems to really get that stern expression of hers down. The other two heads don’t appear to be any particular members (at least not ones I could spot when I re-watched the film in anticipation of these reviews), but are rather meant to check a few different boxes, in order to fill up the ranks a bit more quickly. I really like the calmer of the two; there’s a very lifelike quality to it, which helps it fit in very well with the rest of the more recent MCU stuff. The teeth-baring one, I’m a little bit less of a fan of, because I think it just looks too cartoony when compared to the other two sculpts. Still, it’s certainly not a bad offering. Though the Dora Milaje figure may be using the same body as Nakia, the paintwork on it has been greatly improved. There’s far more detailing, especially on the red sections of the uniform, and, as a whole, the figure just looks more finished. Nakia wasn’t bad, but this is better. In addition to the two extra heads mentioned above, the Dora Milaje includes a spear, Nakai’s hoop blade weapons, and a smaller bladed weapon, as well as the last piece of M’Baku.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
With all of the other figures shown off for this line-up, the Dora Milaje was one that kind of slipped under my radar. I already had Nakia and Okoye, so I had my bases covered, I thought. But, I wanted M’Baku, so why not give this figure a shot, I thought. Well, I’m very glad I did, because this figure takes everything I loved about Nakia and builds on it, making for a downright awesome figure. And, we got an Ayo figure out of it to boot. Pretty nifty if you ask me!