MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Katy, Shang-Chi’s oldest friend, is free-spirited and fiercely loyal.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hit theatres two weeks ago today, after a few delays, as with all of the Marvel slate right now. The tie-ins all hit back in the spring, closer to the film’s original release date, but, hey, at least they hit in the same year. For the Legends side of things, there were four figures in the main assortment, with one additional one as an exclusive off on its own. Said exclusive is Katy…sorry, *Marvel’s* Katy, Shang-Chi’s best friend, portrayed in the film by Awkwafina. Katy serves as the film’s everyman, experiencing the weirdness in much the same way as the audience. She also serves as a nice subversion of the usual Hollywood trope that all Asians know kung-fu, since she’s the one character in the main cast without any real fighting experience. She’s also just pretty entertaining, so I’m all about it. Anyway, here’s her figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Katy is a Target-exclusive Marvel Legends release, meant to coincide with the main tie-ins contained in the Mr. Hyde Series. She started showing up at Targets right around the same time as the main assortment, and actually seemed to show up in pretty decent numbers, at least from my experience. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 28 points of articulation. The articulation on Katy is notably restricted by both the skirt and her longer hair, as well as the general design of the sleeves. In general, she’s just not a super agile figure. Of course, she’s not a super agile character either, so I suppose it sort of works out. This figure presents Katy in her attire from the film’s climactic battle sequence. It’s a get-up that’s not quite in line with what she wears for most of the film’s run time, but it’s also not just basic civilian attire, and it means she matches up with Shang-Chi and Xialing’s figures, since they’re also in the final battle attire. Generally, it makes a lot of sense, and I totally see Hasbro’s angle here. It’s a decent sculpt. Maybe not as optimized for posability as it could be, but the likeness on the head’s probably the best of the four from the movie, and the detail work on the outfit’s texturing is really strong. The paint work on Katy is pretty decent. It’s mostly pretty basic, but there’s some rather impressive detailing on the collar and belt, matching the floral pattern from the movie. Katy is packed with a bow, a quiver, a separate arrow, plus two combined arrows meant for filling the quiver, plus, best of all, Morris, the crew’s little animal guide to the supernatural spirit world. There’s probably one other character who might have made more sense to pack with Morris, but that character was far less likely to get a figure, so Katy’s not a bad second choice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with the other Shang-Chi figures, not knowing much about the characters when the toys actually hit made Katy sort of a weird sell. Since she was an exclusive, and as such didn’t just fall into my lap the way the others did, I wasn’t quite as quick to pick her up. That said, Target wound up putting her on a rather deep clearance rather quickly, which meant she was under $7, and there’s not really any Legends I’d pass at that price. She didn’t do much for me prior to the film, but after the fact, I was very glad I picked her up. She’s a decent enough piece, and fits nicely with the rest of the movie figures.
Even from the earlier previews she reminded me of Mulan…now they have this small creature…even more so