I am currently not reading any Hulk books, let alone the current Red She-Hulk book, so the doings of Red She-Hulk is rather lost on me at the moment. That’s not to say I won’t pick some up in a collection when I get through my current stacks. I bring it up only because I tend to prefer my She-Hulks to be green and named Jen, not Betty or Lyra. Nonetheless, those are the two characters holding this slot in the Hit Monkey wave. But familiarity with the character or not, besides having the monkey parts I need, this looks like a great figure, so let’s check her out.
Yup, this package is all about variants that never happen. Betty shares a card with a hypothetical Lyra “Savage” She-Hulk release. At least this one makes a little more sense than the Protector/Iron Fist card, but it doesn’t make me any happier about it. And “Marvel’s Hulkettes?” Ugh, really, Hasbro? Please, don’t. She-Hulk comes packaged next to the torso and legs of Hit Monkey as well as her Savage Sword. This package is pissing me off, so let’s get rid of it.
Yeah, like I said, I don’t have to be reading her book to see that this is one great looking figure. In addition to some new sculpting, She-Hulk makes use of the newer female Legends body and that’s a wonderful thing. The plastic feels great, with no soft or mushy hinges. The joints are tight and the figure has a nice balance, which makes her fun to fiddle around with and pose. Her costume is simple enough and comprised of a black and purple one piece with a plunging neckline to show off her hulkettes. Ugh, you see, Hasbro? You’ve got me doing it now! I really like the red plastic used for her skin, and believe me when I say it’s far more vibrant in person than in my poorly lit photos.
While the boots are just painted on, our girl does have some original sculpts for her fingerless gloves. One is fisted and one is sculpted to hold her accessory. I’ll argue that both should have been sculpted to hold her sword, but then again, what’s a hulk figure without a fist for smashing?
The portrait here is excellent in that she’s quite beautiful, and I really dig her huge sculpted mane of hair. On the flip side, it seems like maybe the expression could have been angrier? I don’t know, having not read the book I could be off base there, but from what little I know, this head sculpt looks like it might have suited Jen Walters better than Red She-Hulk. Either way, it is a damn fine sculpt.
Red She-Hulk sports some excellent articulation. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, swivel at the biceps, have hinged elbows, and swivels and hinges in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, swivel at the thighs, have double hinged knees, and hinges in the ankles. Her head is ball jointed and she has a ball joint just under her chest. The only problem with articulation here is that her hair limits her neck ball joint to the point where you can’t really get her to look up.
As already mentioned, Betty comes with her Savage Sword. I don’t know much about it except that it was designed by Tony Stark and blessed by Odin, so it must be pretty bad ass. It’s a very nice accessory and includes some metallic red paint to match her skin, because even She-Hulks have to accessorize.
One of the great treats of lines like Marvel Legends and DC Universe Classics is when a great figure motivates me to seek out the character in their fiction. I really love the way this figure turned out and it very well may get me to seek out some Savage She-Hulk books. Sometimes you need to suck it up and buy a figure you don’t want for those BAF parts, but this clearly is not one of those cases. And yes, it would be cool if the Lyra variant actually sees the light of day, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Even if it does, Hasbro is likely to do something crazy with it and make it part of a Previews Exclusive like they did with that wave of Wolverine Legends.