MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Jennifer Walters mutates into She-Hulk, a massive, muscled green hero with boundless strength and the will to do good.”
Introduced in 1980, She-Hulk is notable for having Stan Lee involved in her creation, quite a while after he was contributing to the Marvel day-to-day stuff. She was originally created, as many distaff counterparts are, in order to secure a copyright so that no one else could. In true Marvel fashion, though, she became much more than that, and came into a fanbase all her own, divorced from her cousin Bruce’s base almost entirely. With a Disney+ series on the horizon, she’s ramping up with the merchandising, including getting yet another Legends release quite recently.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
She-Hulk is a stand-alone Fan Chanel-exclusive Marvel Legends release, much like the run of them we got at the end of 2019. She’s in the standard style packaging, just without the Build-A-Figure part. This figure’s definitely most inspired by the character’s earlier appearances, while she was still in her “Savage She-Hulk” days, hence the more mainline Hulk-esque tattered clothes. The figure stands 7 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She’s built from the same bank of parts as the Super Skrull Series Hulk, which is sensible enough. It was an all-new sculpt, and I can definitely understand Hasbro wanting to get some more mileage out of it. It’s not a pitch-perfect match for any of the specifically She-Hulk looks, but it’s close enough to work. It’s also just a very nice sculpt, so I’m not gonna knock seeing it another time. She’s got a new head sculpt, which is notably calmer and more composed, in keeping with the majority of She-Hulk’s appearances over the years. It’s not bad, though it does feel maybe a little bit bland for my taste, at least when compared to the previous sculpt, which was very dynamic. Fortunately, if you preferred that sculpt, it’s also included here, so you’re free to swap them out as you please. In addition to the extra head, the other change-up for this figure is the color scheme. She shifts from the greyer tones of her more recent Hulk appearance, to a more classic green-skinned look. It gives her a little more pop, and I quite like the overall tone of it. To fit the overall bolder coloring of the green, her tattered shirt switches to a proper white (in place of the off-white of the original), and the pants are now black (instead of bluish grey). She ends up losing a few of the smaller details, like the weathering on the pants, and the gamma scarring, but overall it’s a nice classic design. She-Hulk is packed with two sets of hands, in fists and open gesture, same as the prior release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I quite liked the Hulk release of this mold, but it was, admittedly, not my preferred version of the character. I was definitely hoping for the proper green, and that’s what we got here. I think the mold works really nicely in these new colors, so I’m down for that. The new head’s still not my go-to look for the character, and I’m eternally holding out for that more proper John Byrne She-Hulk, but until then, I do rather like this one. It’s a step in the right direction.