THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With super squirrel powers and help from her three squirrel friends, the astonishing Doreen Green battles the baddest baddies in the universe!”
When she originally appeared in 1991, I don’t think anyone expected that Squirrel Girl would become a character that had *multiple* action figures, but here in 2020, we live in a world where that’s totally a thing. Not only is Squirrel Girl a Marvel Legend, but she’s even based on her solo comic series…because again, that’s totally thing. I guess in a comics world where Deadpool tops a lot of people’s lists, another irreverent hero isn’t the worst thing to be, allowing for the previously incredibly niche Doreen Green to find a nice little audience. Hey, if it gets me a Squirrel Girl figure, I won’t complain. Okay, I’m gonna complain a little, but there’s more context to it than that. Let’s just jump into the review.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Squirrel Girl is a little difficult to slot into one of Hasbro’s already established sub-sets of Legends assortment themes, so for this release they opted to bump up her accessory component a bit and place her in the fifth assortment of the “Legendary Riders” sub-line. This release opts for Doreen’s redesigned costume from her 2014 solo series, and, if I’m honest, that did take the wind out of my sails ever so slightly on this figure. I don’t *hate* the design, mind you, but I can’t really say it’s my favorite, and being a fan of the character largely from her time with the Great Lakes Avengers, I was sort of hoping for that look. That said, this look has had a fair bit of coverage, and it’s current, making it a wise choice from a marketing standpoint. That won’t stop me from hoping we get the other costume down the line, though. The figure stands about 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Squirrel Girl uses the Spider-Girl body as a starting point, but ultimately only ends up using the lower arms and mid legs from that figure. Everything else is new, and for the most part pretty nicely rendered. The multi-part costume looks sufficiently like real clothes, and the tail is actually sculpted in such a way that it doesn’t make her impossible to stand on her own, which is certainly a plus. I’m not sure why the opted to give her two open gesture hands when she’s meant for a vehicle, but at least they aren’t fists, so you can at least fake that she’s holding those handle bars. The head is the part of the figure I take the most issue with. In part, this is due to the head having to adhere to the modern design, meaning it gets the headband with the ears, which I’m not big on. Beyond that, though, she also runs into some issues of trying to adapt a cartoony design into a realistic figure. They’ve tried to replicate one of her goofier expressions into a real-world look, and the end result is…well, it’s weird looking. Max described it as looking “like she just smelled a fart” and I can’t really argue with that assessment. It’s not the worst thing, but it’s just odd looking. I think something a little tamer, or perhaps even a head that just actually went a little cartoonier would make for a better final product. The paintwork on Squirrel Girl is pretty solid. They make the shades of brown and grey that make up most of her look not totally drab and boring, and the application is all nice and clean. There’s also some pretty decent accenting going on, which we don’t tend to see much of these days. I can certainly appreciate that.
Squirrel Girl has a multitude of extras, the biggest being her scooter, which lets her fit that whole “Riders” theme of the line. Like Black Widow and Deadpool, it’s not an item by which she’s really defined, and is more an excuse to fit her into this assortment. That said, it’s not completely out of the ordinary for the character, so it’s not the worst thing. It’s 4 inches tall by 5 inches deep, and it’s got working wheels. Sculpturally, it’s the same as the scooter that was included with Deadpool last year, just with a basket added to the front to hide the DP symbol that was on the front. It was a pretty solid sculpt the first time around, and it is still cool here. I do have to chuckle a little bit to myself about looking back on that old review, where I noted that DP scooter had less re-use potential than Widow’s bike, given that the scooter has been used twice now, and the bike hasn’t. Oh well. This is honestly the better vehicle sculpt. This iteration of the scooter keeps its removable horn for the handlebar, which is a fun little piece. Also included in this set are three different squirrels. Presumably, the one with with bow is supposed be Tippy Toe (though she should be grey for true accuracy), and the other two are Monkey Joe and Mr. Lieberman, though which is which is really your call. The three can all fit into the basket on the front of the scooter, though depending on your configuration of them, it can be a little snug.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been of mixed emotions about this set since it was shown off, and I’m still of mixed emotions after getting it in hand. With that said, the final product is better than I’d expected it to be, even after looking at it in package. This Squirrel Girl may not be exactly the one I wanted, and I may not be jumping up and down for joy at getting it, but it is better than nothing. I’m still holding out hope for her other costume down the line (since they can re-use a number of this figure’s new parts), but until then, I suppose this one is fine.