MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“An honored warrior, Valkyrie uses her strength and skill to defend Asgard.”
I started my first Valkyrie review on this site with a comment that I “sure hoped Valkyrie would get her due” and get to be in the focus…given that her action figure numbers have doubled and she’s been in two major motion pictures, I guess she finally did. Can I get a resounding “yay”? In 2017, when she made her first cinematic appearance in Ragnarok, she was fortunate enough to get a Legends release of one of her two looks from the film. It was a pretty decent figure, but the scaling was a little wonky, and it was only one of the two looks. When the other look appeared in Endgame, that gave Hasbro some leeway to get around to that other look, and give us a second version of the MCU’s Valkyrie.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Valkyrie is another figure from the “Thor” Series (commonly referred to as the “Bro Thor” Series) of Marvel Legends, which was the third Endgame-themed assortment of 2019. She’s wearing her proper Valkyrie armor, and that means the figure is pulling double duty, giving us Valkyrie not only as she appears in Endgame‘s final battle, but also Ragnarok‘s. The figure is about 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. This Valkyrie is a completely new sculpt from the last one, which is sensible. The two costumes don’t really have much common ground, and that one was a little bit up-scaled (like a few of the Thor figures have been). Also, while the Tessa Thompson likeness on the first figure was solid, this one is even better. It’s amazing how much better Hasbro has gotten at capturing a likeness in just two years. The hair is a separate piece (as has become the new normal), and hangs fairly naturally; the situating of the braids over her shoulder also helps to preserve her neck articulation, which is always a plus. The rest of the body sculpt is a pretty decent offering; they’ve managed to capture the details of the armor quite nicely, and I certainly appreciate how well they’ve integrated the various overlays in order to keep the depth of the real design. Her cape has a nice sort of dynamic flair to it, which I prefer to the totally flat cape of the prior release. My only real complaint is that my figure has a hard time staying standing; I don’t know if that’s going to be an across the board thing or not. Valkyrie’s paint work is all pretty solid. The face print is definitely one of the better ones, and the rest of the color scheme has some nice pop to it. I think she’s technically supposed to have some war paint on her face, but it’s a fairly small detail. Valkyrie is packed with the same sword and sheath combo as before, though it feels like it scales a bit better this time. She also includes the leg of the Thor BaF.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I can’t say I had an undying need for this figure. I was happy with the previous one, at least at the time it was released. Of course, I wasn’t going to turn this figure down either. After getting her in hand, now I feel even better about having her, because she’s ultimately a lot nicer than the prior offering, and makes for a strong addition to the growing Endgame ranks.