CAPTAIN MARVEL & RESCUE ARMOR
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Hasbro did their best on giving us the most thorough line-ups possible when it come to the Infinity War and Endgame casts, but given the sheer size, there were of course a few that wound up slipping through the cracks. The purpose of the Infinity Saga line seems to be equal parts getting figures out that were missed, and fixing ones that weren’t quite right the first time around. Today’s focus goes for a bit of both, as well as serving as a nice representation of some of the film’s own internal representation of the franchise’s female heroes during the big climactic battle, all rolled into one package. So, without further ado, and before I rack up too many pissed off commenters, let’s look at Captain Marvel and Rescue!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Captain Marvel and the Rescue Armor are the first of the two-pack portion of the 10-piece Infinity Saga sub-set of Marvel Legends. This particular pairing is an Amazon-exclusive. This set is one of three items from the line to be based on Endgame, which does seem like a lot, but, of course, it’s a rather jam-packed movie, isn’t it?
Given that she had gotten her own assortment devoted to her, and that all the promo material showed her in a costume that was largely unchanged from her solo film appearance, it really wasn’t a shock that we didn’t get a proper Endgame Captain Marvel at the time of the film’s release. That said, the inverted color scheme on the costume, as well as her fancy new hair style were both changes I really liked to her look, and ones I was hopeful to see in toy form at some point. Here we are at some point. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, she’s largely the same figure as the one from her solo outing. It’s generally a pretty solid starting point, it’s not terribly far off from Larson’s build when she’s playing the character, and the broad strokes details line-up with her suit from the film. Some of the smaller details aren’t *quite* right, but given how brief this look’s appearance is, and how small those details are, they don’t generally feel too out of place. My figure does wind up with one notable QC issue, which is that she’s got two left forearms. Just my luck. Regardless of QC issues, Carol gets a new head, as well as a new sash piece add-on. The new head is a very nice piece, and definitely has Hasbro’s best Brie Larson likeness to date. It’s a marked improvement on the solo film figures, and is just generally a pretty good match. The sash is a pretty basic piece, but does a lot to change up the sculpt just a bit more. The biggest change-up is the paint, which is sporting her inverted color scheme from the movie. I find this to be a lot more appealing, and more classically “Captain Marvel” like, so I’m definitely a fan. I also kind of dig the change to the flat colors vs metallic. It’s not a huge shift, but I think it works. Carol is packed with three different sets of hands (fists, flat, and relaxed) and Stark’s nanotech version of the gauntlet, this time just meant for holding.
Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor was notably *not* absent from the Legends tie-ins for Endgame when it was released, but, similar to the War Machine from that same assortment, getting her out that close to the film’s release resulted in some inaccuracies and some stripping of more film relevant accessories. This release serves to address some of that. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and has 31 points of articulation. At her core, this figure’s sculpt is the same as the one from the main line release. It wasn’t a bad sculpt at all, so re-using it feels like a pretty good call. I liked it the first time, and I still like it now. The first set of changes are in the form of paint. The standard release wasn’t far off, but there were some small tweaks to the final film design, which have been reflected here. The overall color scheme has also been toned down slightly, which looks a bit truer to what we see on screen. The biggest changes are in the form of accessories. She still gets both versions of the back-pack, but now she also gets two additional head sculpts, one with the face plate up, and the other with the helmet entirely removed, as well as some extra attachments for the open back pack to showcase her nano gear a little more, and also a pair of blast effects. It’s a shame we didn’t get any extra hands mixed in with all of that, but I’m not going to be too greedy on this one. The new parts add a lot to a figure that I already really liked.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Today’s review is a significant one for me, on two counts. Today would have been mine and Jess’s second wedding anniversary. It is also the first one I’m spending without her. Jess’s encouragement of my collecting was a prominent piece of our relationship, and it was something that she maintained up to the end. When this set dropped online, I was pretty excited, and made mention of it to her. Then things got serious, and my mind moved onto more important matters, and I wasn’t really thinking about toys. After Jess’s passing, I discovered that she had ordered this set for me, the very day I’d mentioned it to her. And so, three months after her passing, its arrival marked my final gift from her. It’s something of a bittersweet moment. It’s a set I very much wanted, and one I’m very happy to have. Jess absolutely adored the moment with the female heroes assembling in the film, so this set was already bound to remind me of her. She was always so thoughtful and caring, even in her darkest moments. And because of that, she gave me this one last gift. But I know that it’s the last one. And I wish it weren’t. And I wish I could tell her how much it means to me. But I can’t. All I can do is take solace in the fact that she loved me, and she knew I loved her too, and that was why she worked so hard to take care of me, even after the fact. So, now I have one last testament to just how Super Awesome of a Wife she really was. Thank you for everything, Jess.