Marvel Universe: Captain Marvel & Ms. Marvel by Hasbro

[Ok, one last update for what has become a Marvel/DC Week. I’ve still got a lot of this stuff to get to, but I’m going to take tomorrow off and then come back on Monday with a promise to give the Marvel/DC stuff a rest for next week. –FF]

It’s what we like to call a “two-fer” today. Why? Well, just because. I’ve had this pair sitting in my new pile for a while, even though neither of them are new releases. A long while ago, I checked out the modern version of Ms. Marvel, but this classic version has become all the more relevant since the second season of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Let’s give them both a quick looksy…

Marvel Universe packaging and nothing new here. Both figures feature some pretty solid character art on the card and both look great in their bubbles. They obviously come from different waves as the SHIELD emblem is different. Ms Marvel includes the Top Secret SHIELD files envelope and collector card that I used to love getting with these figures. Captain Marvel doesn’t have the envelope or card, but he does come with the more practical figure stand.

Captain Marvel is as simple an MU figure as you can get. His body relies almost entirely on a painted buck for detail. Thankfully the paintwork on this figure is excellent. The blue and gold on red plastic looks great and there’s virtually no slop or bleeding to speak of. The gilded starburst emblem on his chest stands out very nicely. The head sculpt is definitely one of Hasbro’s better efforts, and all in all this guy looks like a shrunken down version of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Captain Marvel from their initial stab at that 6” line. And yes, that’s a very good thing.

Captain Marvel is based on one of the older bucks of the line, and that means the articulation isn’t what we’ve been seeing in some of the newer figures that have come since. You get ball joints in the head, shoulders, and hips. The arms feature hinged elbows and swivels in the thighs and wrists. The legs feature double-hinged knees, along with hinges and swivels in the ankles. The torso has a ball joint that serves as a swivel and ab crunch.

And that brings us to Classic Ms. Marvel. She was a variant in her wave, sharing the slot with the Modern Ms. Marvel. Both figures use the exact same body, with the only sculpting differences being the head and the inclusion of a red scarf, around Modern’s waist and around Classic’s neck. The new head sculpt features her shorter hair and older style mask. I have no problems with the sculpting work here, it looks great, but the flesh tone plastic looks waxy.

The paintwork on Ms. Marvel is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s applied very well and escapes all of the horrible slop and bleeding that plagues my Modern Ms. Marvel figure. The red plastic looks good and the yellow starburst pattern feels more appropriate then going with the gold paint used on Captain Marvel. So what’s the problem? Hasbro went with blue paint highlights on the black parts of her costume. It doesn’t look so bad to the casual eye, but if you inspect the figure under any kind of really good light, it looks downright awful.

Speaking of downright awful, Ms. Marvel suffers from some really dated articulation. You get ball joints in the neck, shoulders, and thighs. The arms feature hinged elbows and swivels in the wrists. The legs have double-hinged knees and hinges and swivels in the ankles. The torso has the same ball joint as Captain Marvel. At the very least, this figure is screaming for swivels in the biceps, but the lack of the same in the thighs is really frustrating too.

In the end, I’d say these figures are fairly solid, but far from great. Captain Marvel strikes me as the better of the two. Yes, he’s lacking some points of articulation, but the head sculpt is spot on and the paintwork is good. Ms. Marvel really screams for better articulation, and the blue highlights in the black parts of her costume remind me of some of that terrible first run of Comic Packs that Hasbro did for Star Wars. Still, I do like her better than my Modern Ms. Marvel, but considering that figure’s issues, it isn’t exactly high praise.

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