#2436: Mar-Vell



“The powers of flight, superhuman strength and stamina make Mar-Vell a celebrated warrior.”

First introduced in 1967, Kree captain Mar-Vell took on the moniker of “Captain Marvel” pretty much exclusively so that Marvel could lay claim to the name, which Fawcett Comics had lost control of years prior.  He was a modestly developed character, and helped to really launch the cosmic side of Marvel’s comics line.  Perhaps most notably, however, the character faced his own mortality and eventual death in Jim Starlin’s Death of Captain Marvel, and has subsequently remained one of the few comics characters to truly stay dead (though many writers have found ways to bring Mar-Vell back under very specific circumstances that wouldn’t keep him back long-term).  Mar-Vell found his way into Legends form during the Toy Biz days, but hasn’t seen a release since, even with all of his successors accounted for.  Fortunately, that’s changed.


Mar-Vell is part of the Gamerverse-oriented Abomination Series of Marvel Legends, which is one of this year’s Avengers assortments.  He’s officially only called “Mar-Vell” on the box, no doubt to avoid any brand confusion as Marvel continues to push Carol as the true Captain Marvel.  Honestly, I don’t think it matters all that much, so it’s cool by me.  The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation.  Mar-Vell is built on the Spider-UK body, with the Nega Bands from last year’s Genis-Vell, and a brand new head.  The body is a good match for how Mar-Vell was classically depicted, and is just one of my favorites of Hasbro’s current stock.  The only downside is that the Nega Bands, which were sized to the Reaper body, are kinda loose on this guy.  I’m planning to stick something in there to help them stay in place a bit better, but it’s a little bit frustrating.  I do quite like the new head sculpt, which captures Mar-Vell’s rather ’70s ‘do pretty darn well, and gives us a nice, clean-cut hero look on the face.  Mar-Vell’s paint work is fairly decent overall.  The metallic blue looks really slick, and the application is generally all pretty clean.  There are a few fuzzy spots on some of the transitions on mine, but nothing too noticeable.  Mar-Vell doesn’t get any accessories of his own, which is too bad.  A couple of effects pieces would have been fun.  He does get the right arm to the Abomination Build-A-Figure, though, which is a pretty sizable piece.


The Toy Biz Mar-Vell is definitely one of my favorites of that era, but he was starting to show his age.  If there was one thing I regretted not seeing in last year’s Captain Marvel-centric assortment, it was a proper classic Mar-Vell update.  I was very happy to see this guy crop up here, and he was definitely my most anticipated of the set.  He’s a fairly basic figure, but he’s a solid update to the prior version, and a great addition to my ranks of Captains Marvel.

Mar-Vell was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys.  If you’re looking for Marvel Legends, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.

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