Its the fifth day of FigureFan held hostage by Marvel Legends. Today, we’re checking out another of the baddies from the wave: Klaw. Yes, he’s packaged as Marvel’s Klaw as I’m guessing this is another instance where Hasbro didn’t have the rights to the name for the figure and tacked Marvel’s in front of it. Hey, it makes more senese than calling him Autobot Klaw, eh? Klaw is yet another figure in this wave that was previously released in 3 3/4″ format as part of the Marvel Universe line, and one that I actually don’t own, because I somehow missed that Secret Wars pack. Right, let’s check him out.
Paaaaaaaackage Shhhhhhot! I’m running out of things to say about the new Marvel Legends packaging, so I’ll just reiterate that I still like it a lot. Klaw comes with the left leg of Terrax, which is a bit surprising, since he’s the smallest figure in the assortment. I thought he would come with the torso. The character artwork is ok, but not great. I do like the way they got his sonic emitter arm into the portrait on the card, since it is his trademark feature.
Out of the package and wow, this figure is seriously underwhelming. Klaw uses a fairly slight body style, which doesn’t bother me too much. Klaw is sometimes drawn a lot bulkier than this, but the body works well enough for me. What’s not so great is just the near complete lack of original sculpting and paintwork on Klaw’s body. The body is molded all in red plastic with a pair of terrible jaggy purple shorts painted onto him. God, I hate these shorts, or more particularly the heavy outline jagged edges. I’m fine with painted costumes, but this just looks outlandish and fake, particularly when displayed next to other figures in the wave.
There is, however, some original sculpting at work here. Naturally, the head sculpt is new and I like it quite a bit. The eyes and mouth are rather creepy and suits the character well. The other unique piece is his sonic emitter on his arm. It features some nice panel lines and detail work.
Klaw sports decent articulation. You get ball joints in the neck, shoulders, and hips. He has double hinges in the elbows and knees. His ankles and wrist are hinged and swivel. He swivels at the waist, and he features the ab crunch hinge in the torso. Overall, I’m pleased with the poses I can get out of him. I think its likely this will be a heavily reused body in the line, and I’m perfectly fine with that.
So, Klaw is not a stellar figure, though its possible he may grow on me. My only real issue with this figure is the way Hasbro chose to execute the paintwork for the shorts. In another line it might have worked better, but the realism at play in all the other figures of the wave just make Klaw seem a bit out of place. Maybe the biggest problem I have with Klaw is the price point. $17.99 for this figure, Hasbro? No way, no how! I don’t hate him, but I’m not going to count him as one of the wins for this initial assortment. And if we’re keeping score, Hasbro, that’s three out of five.
Tomorrow… Steve Rogers!!!