Welcome friends, to another Marvel Monday, as I continue my trek through The Watcher Wave of Marvel Legends! Yes, I really am this far behind! This assortment is largely inspired by the Disney+ What If? series, which didn’t really hold my interest the first time I tried to watch it. However, in the interest of being a good host, I’ve been trying to re-watch some of the episodes before checking out the corresponding figures, but I can’t say the results have been all that much different. I just don’t think these Disney+ Marvel series and I are ever going to click. But, let’s press on and have a look at what Hasbro is calling Heist Nebula…
Yeah, I should have paired Nebula up with T’Challa Star-Lord when I reviewed him, but I didn’t have enough time to cover two figures that week, so they each get their own chance at the spotlight. The Heist part of her moniker refers to Nebula’s scheme to steal The Embers of Genesis from The Collector in the What If T’Challa became Star-Lord episode. As I said last time, the episode plays with some cool ideas, also has some real dumb ones, and once again it was a struggle for me to really stay interested. A lot of the OMG, STAR-LORD, YOU’RE THE GREATEST got old fast and I actually laughed out loud when Nebula first showed up looking like a recolor of Jessica Rabbit. Anyway… Nebula comes with the body and some other costume parts for The Watcher Build-A-Figure, which was remains my main motivation for buying this wave.
If there’s been one running theme in my reaction to the figures in this wave, it has to be the colors. They’ve all been such beautifully colored figures, and Nebula here is no exception. It may seem like a strange thing to start out with, but dammit, the purple of the outfit, the electric blue shade of her skin, and the bright blonde hair, all just make for such a striking deco. I think these figures look a lot more vibrant than most of the characters did on screen, and that’s a good thing! The sculpt is excellent, giving us lots of little details and textures in the costume, making this figure look like she would fit right in with the MCU or modern comic Legends releases. Which is odd, because they went in the exact opposite direction with Star-Lord, making him mostly smooth and stylized. But I’ll swing back to that at the end.
The portrait looks absolutely fantastic when viewed with the naked eye, but the hair has a lot of issues when you punch in close with the camera. There’s a lot of weird blemishes to the paint, and quite a bit of mold flashing. Still, these aren’t problems outside of extreme closeups, so I’m fine with it. Obviously, they were going for a stark contrast from the borg-ified version of MCU Nebula, and it works pretty well, although I’m pretty sure Sue Storm wants her MILF hair back. The hair is sculpted separately from the head to give it some nice depth, as it covers her left eye entirely. As for the face sculpt, I absolutely love the shape of the nose, and the lovely little smirk they gave her. Very pretty!
The articulation is a return to the standard female form, which is a bit disappointing after the proper double-hinged shoulders and bicep swivels we got with Captain Carter. As a result, she only sports 90-degree flex in those elbows. It’s not like I really thought that was going to be a running change, but hey a collector can hope, right? Everything else in the articulation is fine, except for the feet, which do that weird thing where the heels aren’t attached to anything, as the hinge is further up the foot and at the front of the ankle. These can make getting the right manipulation of the ankle difficult for some poses, and it’s just weird. Nebula comes with two sets of hands, one pair of gun-toting hands, one left fist, and one right hand with splayed fingers.
Yup, two gun-hands, but only one gun, which is kept in a functional holster on the right hip of her gun belt. The gun belt looks great, but it rides up when you put the figure in wide stances, which tends to happen when a piece like this is sculpted separately to float on the hips. I dig the futuristic sculpt of the gun, but the trigger guard is so narrow, she can barely get her trigger finger through it. At first, I thought it might have been squished, but I think that’s really how it’s supposed to be.
Heist Nebula is a gorgeous looking figure, with just a few areas presenting opportunities for polish and improvement. But I think the biggest issue for some people who are enthusiastic about this Wave may be the jarring difference in style between this one and Star-Lord. When checking out Star-Lord, I mentioned that he was so stylized that he felt like he belonged in a different line entirely, and I think that’s super apparent when you put these two figures together. And yet, they’re pulled from the same episode and animated in the same style. Still, overall I love what they did here, and while I’m not sure where she’ll end up in my Legends display, she’s a welcome addition to the collection!