It seems like every other Marvel Legends wave has them. That one figure that a lot of people buy just to get the BAF part. This time around, that seems to be poor Tiger Shark’s lot in life. I kind of get it, there are a ton of characters out there more important than Tiger Shark that collectors would like on their shelf, but I for one love these back-bencher releases. Such a huge part of lines like Marvel Legends is about universe building for me and that means that if it’s a good figure and a character I know, I’m happy to get them. If Legends were a more limited line, I might take issue about Todd here taking up one of those precious slots, but Legends seems to be going strong and right now I think there will be plenty of time to get to everyone.
There’s the packaging. You’ll note that this is still a self-proclaimed “Ant-Man” wave, which doesn’t make a lot of sense with some of these releases. I tend to just refer to these waves by whoever the BAF and since I toss the packaging, Hasbro could call it whatever they want. Tiger Shark comes with one of Ultron’s arms and he’s just chomping to get out of there, so let’s rip this open and check him out.
One time Olympic swimmer… now part man, part shark (and with a little bit of Namor’s genes rattling around in there) Tiger Shark looks every bit as ridiculous as his name would suggest and man do I love it. The costume relies entirely on a painted buck, giving Tiger Shark his distinctive orange suit with metallic purple boots, gloves, and a jagged stripe running down his torso. Unfortunately, the paint job on this guy isn’t all it could be. The orange paint on the torso appears to be over some rather dark plastic, which bleeds through, particularly at the seems, and there’s some scrapes and scratches here and there. Also, the orange paint doesn’t match the orange plastic as much as I would like… same goes for the purple.
What Todd lacks in crisp paint and sculpted detail in the body he makes up for with a pretty spectacular head sculpt. His purple mask includes a prominant fin running down the middle of his head like an aquatic mohawk. And those teeth! He’s bearing a full set of vicious, jagged pearly whites that really give him a lot of character. A little mold flashing on the head continues the trend that Tiger Shark’s QC isn’t up to this line’s usual standards.
I can’t place the last time we saw this buck, but it sports some pretty good articulation, as well as a hole in the back, presumeably for a cape worn by its last user. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, swivels in the biceps, and double hinges in the elbows. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have rotating hinges in the ankles, swivels in the thighs and tops of the boots, and double hinges in the knees. He has a swivel in the waist, an ab crunch hinge in the torso, and neck with both hinge and ball joint.
So, Tiger Shark has a few more cosmetic issues then I would have liked, but nothing too terrible. He’s far from an A-lister and as such he may be lost on some collectors who would have rather seen Ultron’s right arm bundled with a more recognizeable or prominent character. To each their own. I’m always happy to add more villains to my Marvel Rogues Gallery and when it comes to crazy cats like Tiger Shark, I say the more the merrier. Now maybe we can get that Namor, Hasbro? Or how about a Baron Mordo to round out The Offenders?