Welcome to the second part of this Thunderbolts Trifecta! Yesterday we checked out the packaging and Luke Cage, today we’re pushing on with Ghost and Judith Chambers. Let’s start with Ms. Chambers. Wait… who? Exactly. I’m guessing that Hasbro didn’t have the rights to the name Satana, because even being the Marvel Comics whore that I am, I had no idea who Judith Chambers was when she was first announced as part of this set. It wasn’t until the figure was first showed that it became obvious that we were dealing with The Devil’s Daughter herself.
Satana certainly is easy on the eyes. She dons her skintight black outfit with vertical cut out to showcase all her evil goodies. The costume is achieved entirely from the deco as opposed to original sculpting. What we’re dealing with is essentially a black buck with some flesh paint. That’s not a complaint, mind you, I really like this female buck, for reasons we’ll get to in a bit, and the figure works great right down to her spooky, “I’m gonna hex you up” fingers. The ensemble is all tied together with an excellent sculpted cape, which is removable if you pop the head off. I can’t place Satana’s body as a re-use, so maybe it’s one of their new ones? Either way, I’d like to see it used more often in the future.
The head sculpt is quite good. I was a little worried about Hasbro’s female head sculpting skills after the pinch-face debacle with poor Viper, but Satana is quite beautiful and sports some pretty solid paintwork. The hair is soft plastic so as not to inhibit the neck articulation too badly.
Speaking of articulation, I’m happy to say that Satana uses a female buck that is a vast improvement from the likes of Madam Masque, Viper, and Hope Summers. Those were all fine figures, but they lacked some POA’s that I consider rather crucial. Satana has a ball joint in the neck, but no hinge. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders and hinged at the elbows. There are swivels in the biceps and her wrists have hinges and swivels. Her legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and feature swivels in the thighs and hinges in the ankles. She has no waist articulation, but she does have a ball joint just below her bosom. The points are all really solid on this figure making her lots of fun to pose.
Next up is Ghost. Ghost is an awesome character that I’d love to see a lot more of. Truth be told, he’s one of the main deciding points on me buying this set and I can still hardly believe we have a figure of him. There was virtually no chance that we were ever going to see him as a stand-alone release and quite frankly I think his existence justifies this set, even if he is built off the old Bucky body.
Ghost is cast entirely in translucent plastic, which was a no brainer for this figure. I know some people lose their shit over translucent figures. I’m not one of those people, but even I can see the beauty in it when it’s used appropriately and that is certainly the case here. That’s not to say there aren’t any paint apps. Hasbro used some smoky paintwork for his hands and feet, the torso harness is painted, as are the filters on his gasmask. He has gold painted Thunderbolts logos on his shoulders, and best of all he has two creepy red eyes that work wonderfully with the clear plastic.
Ghost also comes with a cool little surprise: Two heads! You can swap them out just by popping them off the ball joint. Yes it’s cool, but it’s also frustrating because they’re both fantastic and I can’t decide which one I want to display him with. Yes, these are First World problems. I am aware.
Articulation! Yes, Ghost is built off of an older Bucky figure, but the articulation isn’t much at odds with what we’ve been getting. The head is ball jointed with no hinge. The arms have ball joints in the shoulders, double hinges in the elbows and swivels in the biceps and gloves. The legs have ball joints in the hips, double hinges in the knees, swivels in the thighs and hinged ankles. Ghost can swivel at the waist and has an ab crunch hinge. Lovely!
Satana and Ghost are exactly the kind of figures that I look for in an Exclusive set. To most they aren’t “must own” releases, so if you don’t want to invest the time or expense in hunting these down you’re collection isn’t going to suffer any major holes for it. On the other hand, I can’t help but get excited about being able to put these characters on my shelf. Hasbro did a wonderful job bringing these two characters to plastic and they are definitely great reasons to pick up the set. I can’t say I’m all that familiar with Satana as a character, but her figure certainly looks great. Getting a figure of Ghost, on the other hand, is a very welcome treat. Tomorrow, we’ll wrap this up with a look at Moonstone and Crossbones!