Toying Around Reviews - Marvel Legends Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Marvel Legends Sandman Series
For today's review we will be taking a look at Kamala Khan verison of Ms. Marvel from the Sandman Marvel Legends Series. Ms Marvel is one of 7 figures you need to collect in order to complete the Sandman build-a-figure. The other figures in the line are Green Goblin, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man UK, Black Costume Spider-Man, Marvel's Jackal, and Marvel's Shocker.
The Marvel Legends Series is a Mid-Tier toy line that both collectors and non collectors alike would be interested in. With multiple scales ranging from 4 inch to 12 inch and a good mix of detail and articulation, these figures tend to look good both inside and outside of the box.
If you are not familiar with this Ms. Marvel lets give you a little break down. Khan is a teenage Pakistani American from Jersey City, New Jersey with shapeshifting abilities, who discovers that she has Inhuman genes in the aftermath of the "Inhumanity" storyline and assumes the mantle of Ms. Marvel from her idol Carol Danvers after Danvers becomes Captain Marvel.
Khan made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) before going on to star in the solo series Ms. Marvel, which debuted in February 2014.
Before we open this, let's take a look at the packaging.
Ms. Marvel comes packed in the stranded Marvel Legends Series box. You have the Sandman wave logo at the top with the Legends Series logo displayed right below. Ms Marvel is clearly displayed in the middle through large window that showcases the figure as well as her accessories. This gives great visibility for collectors that may not be opening it. On the bottom of the box you have her Ms. Marvel logo.
On the left side of the box we get some nice art work of Ms. Marvel
On the back of the box you have a promo shot of the figure at the top with a small bio. Below you have a picture of the Sandman Build-A-Figure along with pictures of the rest of the figures in this wave.
#1 Green Goblin, #2 Spider-Man 2099, #3 Spider-UK, #4 Ms. Marvel, #5 Black Costume Spider-Man, #6 The Jackal, #7 Shocker
Flipping the box to the right side now you see we get the same Ms Marvel art work that is on the left side.
Outside of the Box:
Let's open the box and take a closer look at the figure.
When we first look at Ms Marvel we can see that she is dressed in her costume she has been in since she hit the comic book pages. The figure has a decent head sculpt and the hair is done to make it look like its blowing around a little in the wind.
She has the lighting bolt going down the middle of her dress done up in a metallic gold paint. The bottom part of her dress along with her scarf is done in a soft almost playable plastic.
Part of Ms. Marvels powers are that she can stretch her skin and limbs, IE: Mister Fantastic. To mimic that the figure comes with extra long arms, the right arm is more of an open grip, while the left hand is a closed punching fist. We also receive the torso section for the sandman build-a-figure.
How can we pose Ms.Marvel? Lets find out!
Ms. Marvel's articulation includes the following:
Hinged Ball Jointed Head - allows you to swivel the head 360 degrees and tilt the head back and forth
Ball Hinged Shoulders - gives the arm 360 degree rotation and also the ability to raise and lower the arm
Singles Jointed Elbows - this allows for a 90 degree bend at the elbow
Swivel Hing Wrists - allows you to turn her wrists in a full 360 degree circle while also bending them up and down.
Midsection Joint - this cut lets you to be able to turn and bend the figure.
Ball Jointed Legs - with this it allows the legs to move out to the side along with some front and back motion, the skirt doesn't limit you to much on the movement.
Upper Thigh Swivel - the leg can rotate around a full 360 degrees.
Double Jointed Knees - joint allows you bend the leg itself all the way back to the butt of the figure
Boot Cut - lets you swivel the boot around 360 degrees
Hinged Ankles with rockers - The ankle hinge allows you to bend the foot front and back, the rockers allow you to rock the ankles towards the outside and inside of the legs of the figure
Lets see how Ms. Marvel stacks up next to some other figures.
Ms Marvel stands a little under 5.5 inches tall.
For some size comeparison we have Ms Marvel standing with her idol, Captain Marvel and another young female Spider-Gwen from the Marvel Legends line. We also have her with some of her Avenger/Champions teammates, Kid Nova and Miles Morales Spider-Man also from the Marvel Legends line.
What are Baby Huey's scores for the figure?
Paint Job: 3/5
The paint detail on the figure is well done. Being as its only a few colors, it's pretty hard to mess up. The Gold Hasbro used pops in contrast to the flat color of the blue. This paint job would have scored higher. But poor quality control missed a little gold blotch just under her right arm.
Figure Sculpt: 2/5
This sculpt is a great representation of Ms. Marvel. The hair detail that give it the look of blowing in the wind was a great touch. The pliable plastic that was used on the scarf adds to the feel of the character. The only real downfall of the figure is with the extra hands that come as accessories. There isn't any articulation, when they really could have used it.
Posing / Durability: 1/5
Posing this figure is very painful to say the least. The legs feel very soft and almost gummy like. This caused issues when trying to get the figure stand on it's own. Tight joints on this figure combined with the gummy legs just made it an overall nightmare. With the softer plastic used on the legs I do question on how well this will stand up over time.
Overall Score/Final Thoughts: 2.5/5
I was very happy to be able to add Kamala Khan to my Avengers collection. However, as I stated previously, her legs are a big problem for me. With her main power in the comics being the ability to shape shift, I am happy to have the extra arms as accessories. The lack of any articultaion really hurts her in trying to get her into more dynamic poses.