MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Fast feline reflexes and a prehensile tail make Marvel’s Tigra a dazzling force to be reckoned with.”
How are you guys holding up with all these Marvel Legends reviews? Ready for something slightly different? Well, umm, the Legends aren’t going anywhere…just yet. But, Marvel’s Merry Mutants have had their time to shine, so why not take a quick focus shift over to the Avengers side of things. Today, we go for a more obscure selection, Greer Nelson, aka Tigra. Greer, in her original super persona “The Cat,” is notable for being part of Marvel’s initiative to create super hero comics that would be more aimed at female readers, and would also feature at least one female creator per book. The Cat actually had two, with Marie Severin handling the art duties and Linda Fite taking on the writing duties. The series was sadly short-lived (as were its compatriots Night Nurse and Shanna The She-Devil), lasting only four issues before being cancelled due to low sales. Greer was revamped in 1974, now as Tigra, under Marvel’s monsters banner. Following that, she made her way to the Avengers, notably serving as a founding member and long-term fixture of their West Coast spin-off. She’s not been a stranger to action figures, though it’s been a little while. She’s gotten one more, courtesy of Hasbro, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Tigra is the most recent release in the Retro Collection sub-branding of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. She follows up closely on the Hercules figure, and is likewise a Fan Channel-exclusive one-off release. She slipped in right at the end of last year. This marks Tigra’s second time as a Legends release, following up on Hasbro’s own release of her from the Nemesis Series, way back in 2009. The line’s certainly come a long way since then. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and she has 30 points of articulation. The last Legends Tigra was saddled with the articulation typical of the line’s worst era, which was a real shame. Thankfully, this time around she’s hitting during perhaps the line’s best era from an articulation standpoint. She’s got a really impressive range of motion, as well as double joints on both the elbows and knees. The elbows and knees are also using the pinless construction, allowing for a much better appearance aesthetically. Tigra is sporting an all-new sculpt, and a pretty strong one at that. There are two head sculpts included here, one more feral and dynamic, and one more calm and human. Both are impressive, but I definitely find myself more drawn to the dynamic sculpt. The body sculpt is clean, with a balanced set of proportions, matching up with her usual depictions in the comics. There’s some great attention to detail, notably there are even little tufts of fur at a few key points, which really sells the whole cat lady thing pretty effectively. The color work on this release is a vast improvement on the last one. Tigra is supposed to be orange…you know, like a tiger. The first one was really more of a pale orange/yellow, but this one is the more appropriate vibrant shade. The paint work on her is clean, sharp, and well applied, making for quite an eye catching look. Tigra is packed with two sets of hands, one in fists, and the other in a claw-bearing pose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
A combination of an early love of West Coast Avengers, as well as being one of the few people on the planet to actually like United They Stand has given me quite an appreciation of Tigra as a character. I went out and spent a rather high amount (at the time, anyway) for the last one, and I was always disappointed by how lackluster it wound up being. This one is a much, much better release, and I’m really glad to have gotten a figure that seems to really give the character her due after all this time.
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