MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Since she donned the Mark 42 armor in Iron Man 3, there’s been a real underlying desire to finally see Pepper Potts suit up as Rescue, her armored identity introduced in the comics in 2009. Fortunately, the MCU paid things off in Endgame‘s final bout, giving us Pepper in all her armored glory. Toy companies have jumped right on the design, and a couple of figure offerings are already on the slate. One of the first to hit shelves is the Legends offering, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rescue is officially figure 1 in the Hulk Series of Marvel Legends, and is the second movie-based figure includes here. She’s also our second movie Pepper (following the IM3 variant from last year), and our second Legends Rescue (following the Marvel subscription incentive figure). The figure is just under 6 inches tall and has 31 points of articulation. Rescue is a brand new sculpt, and seems to be a reasonable recreation of the suit as it looked in the movie, which is certainly an improvement on the usual pre-production influences we tend to see on the MCU armors. There are some spots where the design could be a bit more streamlined relative to the film, but by and large, it’s a solid sculpt. There are some slight limitations to the articulation on the arms, especially the wrists, but for the most part the figure’s movement is also quite well implemented and doesn’t require breaking up the sculpt too much. There are two different back pieces included, one with the “wings” deployed and the other more compact, allowing for a variety of looks. While the deployed version is my preferred, and certainly the more dynamic of the two, having the option is nice. The colors on Rescue represented a notable change up from the comics, where she’s rocking red and silver. Here she has a indigo and light gold combo, which I really dug in the movie, and I think looks really slick on the toy. The addition of the incidental details, like the labels adds a nice finish as well. Beyond the interchangeable backpacks, Rescue’s only extra is the torso to the Hulk BaF. It’s too bad we couldn’t get a Paltrow head, or maybe some extra hands, because she feels a little light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Rescue is definitely a design I walked out of the theatre wanting as a toy. I definitely wasn’t alone, and it’s great that Hasbro was able to turn it around so quickly. There are a few small issues with this figure, mostly having to do with the accessories, but overall I’m quite happy with the final product.