MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“An Eternal with the power to project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands, Kingo over the centuries became enamored with the idea of fame.”
Alright, we’re back with the Eternals reviews. Let’s jump right in, shall we? Today’s focus is one of the later additions to the group, though, unlike Phastos, Kingo is still a proper Jack Kirby character. Introduced in Eternals #11, the Kingo of the comics had taken up as a Japanese film star, with an interest in samurais, which was signified by the fact that he looked like a samurai. For the film, Kingo is portrayed by Kumail Ali Nanjiani, so his backstory is adjusted and he is now a Bollywood star, with the whole Samurai thing removed. He’s loosely used as the film’s comic relief, but I emphasize loosely, since he’s also decidedly one of the team’s most capable fighters.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kingo is figure 5 in the Gilgamesh Series of Marvel Legends. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is pretty much the same as Ikaris’s, apart from the hips being ever so slightly more restricted, due to the longer skirt piece. It’s generally a good set-up. The mid-torso is still really restricted, but the neck movement is at least a little bit better on this one. Kingo’s sculpt is all-new, and it’s similar to the others, while also having a slightly different build, as Kingo is notably a little slimmer than Ikaris and Phastos (though he’s certainly no less jacked, as Nanjiani had one hell of a fitness regiment during filming). The head’s likeness of Nanjiani isn’t terrible. It’s a little bit more caricature than some of the others in the set, but it’s at least quickly recognizable, and it certainly has more expressive face than, say, Phastos, which I do appreciate. The paint work on Kingo is generally pretty solid. The application is overall pretty clean, and is more on point than Ikaris. There’s still a little bit of bleed over on a few spots, but it’s nothing too terrible. The face is again more on the cartoony side in its detailing, with the eyes in particular looking rather goofy. Again, given the choice between this and the general blandness of Phastos, I’ll take this for sure. Kingo is packed with two sets of hands, one pair fists, the other in “finger gun” pose, complete with effects pieces. I do wish the effects were removable from the gun hands, but other than that, it’s nice that at least one of them gets effects. Kingo is also packed with left arm and hands of Gilgamesh.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kingo is another character I knew very little about going into these figures, but he did look nifty enough. Ultimately, he was a character that the film did a lot to sway me on, so I was quite happy to have grabbed him after the fact. The figure is defintiely one of the more cartoony offerings here, but that also means he gets a little bit more character than some of the others, which makes him a good bit more distinctive. That plays out well for him.
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