MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“When her estranged brother Shang-Chi suddenly shows up in her life, Xialing must choose between the solitary life she’s created for herself or join her brother in the fight against the Ten Rings.”
Shang-Chi himself is not the most prominent character in the Marvel arsenal, yet at least, so by extension, he’s not got a ton of associated characters, and certainly none of major note. Making matters worse is that whole “not licensing the Fu Manchu” thing, which hinders that character, as well as some of the peripheral characters. Originally, Dr. Fu Manchu had a daughter, Fah Lo Suee, who was renamed to Zheng Bao Yu when Fu Manchu became Zheng Zu in the mid-00s. More recently, another daughter of Zheng Zu, Esme, has been introduced. It would appear elements of both have been combined for the purposes of the upcoming film, resulting in Xialing, Shang-Chi’s sister, and Wenwu’s other child.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Xialing is figure 3 in the Mr. Hyde Series of Marvel Legends. She’s the third of the four movie-based figures included, and is also the first figure with no direct comics counterpart. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and she has 26 points of articulation. Like Wenwu, Xialing’s articulation scheme feels a little more refined than Shang-Chi’s was. She’s aided somewhat by the fact that, like most female Legends figures, she doesn’t have the double elbows, meaning she doesn’t have to worry about the exposed pins on the joints anyway. The range of motion on this one’s pretty strong, and she’s got a lot of really good posing potential, which I certainly dig. Xialing’s sculpt is an all-new offering, based on what I presume is her main look in the movie. So far, we haven’t seen a whole lot of her, but she’s been sporting this look the whole time, so it tracks. It’s a decent design, and matches up pretty well with her brother’s design, so the thematics are definitely there. The texture work and intricate detailing on her tunic is quite sharply rendered, the proportions are nicely balanced, and she’s got a pretty decent likeness of actress Meng’er Zhang. In terms of paint work, Xialing is fairly monochromatic, but it works. The slightly pearlescent finish on her tunic is a nice look, and the black accenting is quite cleanly and sharply applied. I also found the face printing on this figure to be the most lifelike of the three unmasked MCU figures included. Xialing is packed with seven hands (R/L fists, R/L flat, R/L crane pose, & R gripping), a rope dart, and the torso for the Mr Hyde Build-A-Figure. The hands are again a fantastic addition, and I do get a real kick out of her also getting fists, when poor Shang-Chi did not.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I know nothing of Xialing, and next to nothing of the various characters she’s based on, so I had very little to go on with this figure initially. Pretty much it was just a general feeling of “hey, she looks pretty cool.” After messing with this whole set of figures, she doesn’t just look pretty cool, she *is* pretty cool. She’s probably my favorite of the movie figures in this set. I definitely like how this one turned out. Now, to see if I feel the same way about the character in the movie!