Marvel Legends (The Watcher Wave): Heist Nebula by Hasbro

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!

Marvel Legends (The Watcher Wave): Zombie Captain America and Zombie Hunter Spidey by Hasbro

It’s another Marvel Monday, and I am continuing to work my way through the What If? inspired Watcher Wave! And just in case I don’t manage to squeeze in all three reviews this week, I’m doubling up today with a look at both figures from the Marvel Zombies episode. I decided to actually try to watch these again before reviewing the rest of the figures, and while I thought this episode had a strong opening, I still wound up wandering away from the TV to do dishes, scoop cat litter, or otherwise keep me occupied. For a 30 minute show, that’s not a great endorsement, but I don’t think it was all bad.

Hasbro gave us two figures in the wave based off of this episode, and I can’t help but think they should have just made this episode the entire wave. Or at the very least, I think Zombie Wanda should have been included over Zombie Hunter Spidey. At the very least we could have got an Ant-Man head in a jar with Cap, since he doesn’t come with a BAF part, but I’m guessing Hasbro predicted he would sell just as well without one.

And it was a pretty good call, because this is a fantastic figure! All the zombies in the episode looked really cool, and Hasbro really nailed it when bringing this creepy Cap to action figure form. Despite the animated style, there’s plenty of great detail here, both in the costume, and in his damaged zombie bits. There’s a ton of new sculpting here to depict Cap’s traditional MCU-style outfit tattered and shredded. He’s got one boot on, and the other ashen foot bare with the scraggly bits of the pants leg hanging down. Likewise, his left sleeve is torn off at the shoulder. All the distress to the uniform looks great!

But what really looks exceptional are the gaping holes in his legs, where you can see clear through between the tattered uniform and his exposed bone. That is so cool!!! There’s some blood and meat hanging around these wounds, and you also get a bit of exposed ribcage peeking out of the hole under his left armpit. There’s some blood spray around the wound and some more spray on his bicep and shoulder. I also dig the yellowed tint of the usually white area around his abs. Beyond that I dig the sculpting on his belt and shoulder harness, and the gold paint on his chest star and the rest of the fixtures. This is just an amazing sculpt, with some damn nice paint to back it up.

And the head sculpt is no slouch either! You can see through torn sinews in his jaw, which is a very nice touch. His mouth looks to be sculpted from a separate piece and stuck into his undead maw. The helmet also looks like it’s sculpted separately from the rest of the head, giving it some nice definition, and I love his broken chin strap just hanging down in the breeze. His pupiless eyeballs look appropriately spooky and there’s blood splatter on his chin and neck. Simply fantastic!

And since even undead super soldiers need their trusty shield, Cap comes with his. It’s red, silver, and blue colors still shine, but like its bearer, it’s been splattered with blood for a nice effect. The interior has the usual double strap to slip his rotting arm through. This is an absolutely fantastic figure, and my only minor gripe is that they didn’t make it so you could pull him apart at the waist. Probably asking a bit too much, but it would have been cool nonetheless. Let’s move on to Spidey…

Zombie Cap is a tough act to follow, and while this version of Spider-Man isn’t as impressive, it’s still a surprisingly nice figure. We get what is essentially an animated-style version of the MCU Spidey Suit, and it looks really nice! I want to say this is most like the suit from Homecoming, but to be honest, he’s had so many in just three films, that it’s hard for me to keep track. Either way, I love the coloring here, with the bright red and pale blue, interspersed with some heavy black borders. The sculpted web design doesn’t have a wash to bring it out, but that might have been to give it more of an animated look. He does have some weathering to the suit, I guess to signify his tribulations through the zombie apocalypse. These don’t look bad, but I could have easily done without them entirely.

You get both a masked and unmasked head included. The unmasked portrait is a decent animated approximation of Tom Holland. It’s not bad, it’s not exceptional. Maybe I’m spoiled after the Peggy Carter portrait.

The masked head is also somewhat unremarkable, but certainly not bad. I dig the extra big eyes, but the lack of wash in the webbing sticks out here. This head on my figure was also a really tight fit on the ball joint.

The lack of the extra crunches in the shoulders here is unfortunate, as I’ve come to expect those with my Legends Webheads, but that’s not to say that otherwise the articulation is anything but exceptional here. You do get two sets of hands: One pair of fists and one pair of thwippy hands. I really dig the pronounced webshooter bracelets on this figure, even though it’s hard to line them up with the thwippy hands all the time.

And Zombie Hunter Spidey does indeed come with Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation. It looks like an entirely new sculpt, as it fits the figure very well, despite not actually pegging in anywhere. This was kind of a blink and you miss it moment in the episode where the Cloak landed on Spidey’s shoulders, which makes for an odd reason to make the figure. Then again, I was doing other things while watching, so maybe I missed something.

For a wave based on a show that I really don’t care much about, I confess that these figures have been really good. Zombie Cap features some fantastic sculpting and paintwork, and definitely has me craving some more Marvel Zombies from the episode. As for Spidey, I wasn’t convinced that putting him in Strange’s cloak would make me want this figure, but to be fair, it’s a very nice effort even without the Cloak, and I’m glad to have him!

Marvel Legends (The Watcher Wave): T’Challa Star Lord by Hasbro

Sorry, for crapping out on Friday content last week. At this point it would probably be best to assume I’m going to be missing a day here and there until I start feeling like myself again. Anyway, last week I started in on The Watcher Wave of Marvel Legends with Captain Carter, and today I’m going to check out T’Challa as Star Lord!

As I mentioned last time, I couldn’t get into the What If? series on Disney+, which these figures are based on. I had it on in the background while I was cleaning up around the house, and there were only a couple episodes that inspired me to sit down and watch for a while. I honestly thought the T’Challa Star Lord episode had some interesting ideas, but it still didn’t keep me hooked for the whole thing. Did I mention that I mainly bought this wave of figures for The Watcher BAF? Well, Captain Carter turned out great, so let’s see if the same can be said for T’Challa here.

So, straightaway, I’ll say that I like the stylized look of this figure. Captain Carter’s design works fine in with my MCU or comic based figures, but with T’Challa here, there’s no mistaking that this is intended to be an animated, or at the very least stylized comic-based figure. The limbs are a little over-contoured, and the whole figure has a clean and shiny vibe about him that screams modern animation. I also dig the colors here. The purple vest with gold accents looks very sharp, and contrasts nicely with the gray suit and brown high boots. The whole costume design is pretty damn cool, and has a polished futuristic vibe that I think works brilliantly. It’s definitely a departure from Peter Quill’s rough-and-tumble look. Unfortunately, all of that also makes this figure feel like a one-off, but I’ll discuss that more at the end.

Likewise, the portrait is an animated style through and through. I love it when viewed from the front, but in profile, I think they exaggerated the contours a bit too much. Even still,, it’s a well put together sculpt with some very clean paint, and I’d say the good definitely outweighs the bad here, and this is a nice animated homage to the Chadwick Bozeman likeness.

You also get a second head, with T’Challa wearing the Star Lord helmet. The helmet is clearly based on the MCU design worn by Peter Quill, with the main difference being the purple lenses in the goggles, which match the figure’s coat, and the gray and gold matching the rest of the outfit. It looks pretty snazzy.

You only get one set of hands here, and they are sculpted to hold the included pistols. These hands are pretty big, and they make me wish Hasbro had included a pair of fists with the figure as well. Come to think of it, I also wish the figure had tabs on the hips to holster his pistols like the Peter Quill figure had. Like the helmet, the pistol sculpts are based off of the MCU designs carried by Quill, and these too have been treated to a purple, gray, and gold paint job to accessorize them with his outfit. And once again, they look very snazzy!

I like the way this figure turned out, but it really doesn’t have a place in my collection, and I probably would have passed on it if it weren’t for The Watcher’s noggin being included in the package. I think Hasbro did a fine job here, but with the heavily animated style, he’s just going to look out of place on whatever shelf I put him. Indeed, he looks like he’s from a different action figure line completely. Hell, I couldn’t even think of any other figures to put him with, as I usually do a group shot at the end of the review. I kind of wish they had bridged the aesthetics gap a bit more with this figure, like they did with Captain Carter, but then I think a lot of what makes this figure as interesting as it is would have been lost. In the end, I suppose I’ll just group the What If? figures together in a corner and them all hang as a group.

Marvel Legends (The Watcher Wave): Captain Carter and Captain Carter in Stealth Suit by Hasbro

In case you missed the memo, Marvel Mondays are back, and today I’m digging into The Watcher Wave, which came out forever ago! But that’s pretty much going to be the running theme here on Mondays, as I try to get caught up on opening figures that have been sitting around here, and decide if I’m going to keep going with collecting Marvel Legends, or call it a day. And because I’ve been missing a scheduled review here and there, I decided to double up and check out both versions of Captain Carter!

As the packaging suggests, this assortment is inspired by the Disney+ animated What If? series. I recently put this show on in the background while I was doing things around the house, but it never caught my interest enough to want to sit down and actually pay attention. The name is self-explanatory, as it’s inspired by the What If? comics that mixes up continuity and… well… asks the question What If? Duh! Captain Carter’s episode was focused around Peggy Carter taking the Super Soldier Serum and becoming Captain Carter (I guess there was already a Captain Britain in this reality?) and Steve Rogers adopting more of an Iron Man visage with The Hydra Stomper armor. The regular flavor release of Peggy came with some Watcher BAF parts, and we also got a Stealth Suit version that was a stand alone release, but still got the What If? branding. Let’s go with regular Peggy first!

Holy hell, this is an amazing looking figure on almost every front. I’m not sure if Hasbro was actually going for an animated look here, but I think it works pretty well either way, and I wouldn’t be opposed to displaying this Peggy in with my other MCU figures. A lot of that is tied up in the portrait, but let’s look at the body and costume first. Peggy is sporting a beautiful dark blue body suit, with tall brown boots, belt, shoulder straps, and gloves, and The Union Flag painted rather boldly on her front upper body. You also get some red striping on her shoulders and upper legs. The colors here are so vibrant, and overall look really nice. The Union Flag is actually part of the sculpt, and while it could have been painted a little sharper, it certainly doesn’t look bad. Some nice flourishes in the sculpt include the flared bottoms in her boots, and the little pouches on her belt. There’s also a lick of silver on her shoulder harness and her belt buckle.

Coming back to the portrait, there’s definitely an animated twist to it, especially in the somewhat simplified hair. Still, I think the rest of the sculpt could work as animated, comic, or even MCU, as there’s certainly a Haley Atwell likeness there. There’s a bit of unsightly mold flashing on the hair, but other than that this is an absolutely gorgeous head sculpt, enhanced with some solid haltone printing for the eyes and mouth. I’d go so far as to say this is one of Hasbro’s prettiest female sculpts, but it probably doesn’t hurt to have Atwell’s likeness to work off of. I also dig her high collar, which just looks really sharp!

And what’s this? The figure actually has the standard Marvel Legends dude articulation in the arms. Gone is the rotating hinge elbow, and in its place is a proper double-hinge paired up with a bicep swivel. I can’t begin to relate how happy I am to see Hasbro finally make this leap for the ladies. It looks fine, and I hope to see more of this going forward, assuming I’m still collecting these figures. Otherwise, Captain Carter does make use of a ball joint under her chest, rather than the ab-crunch hinge we see in the males, but otherwise she has all the usual points of articulation and is a very fun figure to play around with. On the downside, her left hand is sculpted so that it can hold her shield by the rim, and they wound up giving her a big monster hand. And the hand doesn’t even actually hold the shield, because the grip is too far open! Talk about an epic fail! I really wish, they had included a left fist to swap this one out, but it’s not a big enough issue to ruin the figure for me.

Of course, Captain Carter comes with her trusty shield, and this is a beautiful accessory. You get a really cool design based on the Union Flag with some crisp red, white, and blue paint. Everything is super glossy, giving the shield something akin to a shiny new car finish! The interior of the shield has two sculpted brown straps to slide the figure’s arm through. It works pretty well, and the giant monster hand will pop off to help get it through. On the downside, there is no way to attach the shield to the figure’s back, which is one of the trade-offs of not using the old peg and clip system. OK, let’s move on to Stealth Suit Carter!

The Stealth Suit version is a quick repaint with no new sculpting at all, and yet the fresh coat of paint really makes this figure stand out on her own. It seems to be going for the look of Captain America’s MCU STRIKE Suit and it’s definitely a cool design! You get a darker blue body suit with the Union Flag on her chest painted in silver. The red stripes on the shoulders are also changed to silver, while they are omitted altogether on her upper legs. The boots are now black with brown straps and silver buckles, and the gloves are now painted to be fingerless. And yup, you still have to deal with a giant monster hand here too.

The head sculpt is exactly the same, although this figure has been spared some of the mold flashing at the top center of her coif. It’s possible the hair here is just slightly darker, but even if that’s the case, I’m sure it’s just a natural variant from production, rather than being intentional. Good gosh, I just love these portraits! They are breathtaking!

The shield is now painted in silver and light blue, which looks very nice, but to me the double cross in the center no longer really resembles anything inspired by The Union Flag without the familiar red, white, and blue. I actually wound up getting this Stealth version before the regular release, so it’s tough to say whether I would have still picked up this figure had that not been the case. Probably not, as the regular release is definitely my favorite of the two, but I’m not regretting getting them both either.

And it goes without saying that either figure looks absolutely smashing with the HYDRA Stomper! I was always going to be all in on this wave for The Watcher BAF, but even if that weren’t the case, I still would have picked up this Captain Carter figure. And yeah, that’s saying a lot, since I didn’t really follow the series much at all, and I remember almost nothing about this particular episode. Although I guess we did get a look at her in the MCU in the otherwise dismal Multiverse of Madness! Whatever the case, I’m thrilled to add both Peggy figures to my shelf!

Marvel Legends (What If?): The Hydra Stomper by Hasbro

In case you missed the memo, I’ve replaced Marvel Mondays with Mythic Legions reviews, so that’s why you’re seeing a Marvel Legends review on a Wednesday! Now, since it’s out of the regular Monday rotation, that means there’s no guarantee that I’ll be doing Marvel content every week, but I wasn’t about to go cold turkey straight out of the gate, was I? Today I’m checking out The Hydra Stomper, which is a single oversized Deluxe release, that is tethered in spirit to the proper What If? Wave, which I’ll be tackling soon enough. My guess is that this guy was a little too big to do as the Build A Figure, which is why Hasbro gave that honor to The Watcher. Hey, it all works out in the end.

While What If? can refer to the funnybooks, this Wave seems to be more specifically tied to the recent What If? animated series on Disney+. Nope, I didn’t watch it, I just can’t get into these Marvel Disney+ Series, but I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying the figures. The Hydra Stomper is a suit of armor made by Howard Stark for Steve Rogers in a reality where Agent Carter became the Super Soldier. Yeah… I think I got that right. Anyway, let’s suit up and dive in!

Oh man, this is a big and meaty figure! I absolutely love the design here, which has a primitive look similar to Tony Stark’s Mark I armor. It also has a wonderful WWII military-style finish, which includes a uniform coat of matte olive green paint, along with some brown panels down on the feet, and some white stenciled military markings. There’s also a pale blue panel on the front in place of what would be the Arc Reactor in our reality, but in this case offers a window to the Tesseract power that drives this particular suit. The sculpt isn’t what I would call hyper-detailed, as it tends to favor smooth vacant spaces instead of a lot of complex panel lines, but there are some nice flourishes here, like the rivets and vents. I also really dig the grab bars that run up the left leg and along the left side of the torso to help Steve climb into this behemoth.

There’s a lot more detail present on the massive jet pack, which pegs into the back and includes hinges on each thruster tank to reposition them away from the body. The cables and supports all look pretty convincing and I dig the scorch marks painted along the the thrusters themselves. I would have liked a little more weathering like this on the figure as a whole to make it look more worn and realistic, but I suppose the simpler paint job is more in tune with the animation style of the series. One gripe about the jetpack is that it’s rather heavy and the peg isn’t substantial enough to keep it plugged in all that securely. It will stay put if I’m just repositioning the figure, but if I get into any major re-posing, it is apt to fall out.

The head gives me more of that Mark I armor vibe, with the squared off eyes and the bars over the mouth slit. You get more grab bars on the shoulders for lowering into the torso compartment, and there’s a rather stout antenna rising up over the left shoulder. A white star and the C-15 registry on the chest adds nicely to the military motif.

As a stocky, well-armored figure, the articulation here doesn’t always offer the best range of motion, but all the points are there, and I’d say that the figure has about the same level of movement that one might expect from the real suit. The shoulder plates are hinged so they don’t get in the way of the rotating hinges in the shoulders too badly. The hips are capable of some nice wide stances, with lateral rockers in the ankles to accommodate them. The elbows can’t quite do 90-degrees, but they come close. Balancing this big guy can be a bit of a challenge, especially with the jetpack on, but he’s still lots of fun to play with.

In terms of weapons, the Stomper has them built in to the right forearm. I imagine these were showcased in the series, but since I didn’t watch it, I’ll presume that one is a machine gun and the other is maybe a flame thrower? Sure, why not? Let’s go with that!

The Stomper comes with two sets of hands, one pair is for clutching and grabbing and the other is a pair of fists for punching… and more punching.

Finally, you get a pair of effect parts to peg into the jetpack to make it look like he’s flying. These pieces are a little understated, but they work well enough. I was hoping they were sized so as to double as weapon fire, but they are only designed to fit into the thrusters and will not plug into the weapon muzzle. Given a choice, I actually would have rather had an effect part for the gun.

The Hydra Stomper is a cool and fun figure by every possible measure. I think a little paint weathering would have gone a long way to make him look a bit more premium, but it’s absence is by no means a deal-breaker for me enjoying this figure a hell of a lot. When I first took this guy out of the shipping box, I was a bit taken back by just how big he was! After playing around with him for just a bit, I couldn’t wait to dig out my Hydra soldier pack and have him give them a good stomping! Hell, he can even make quick work of the Hydra Heavy Soldier, and that is by no means a small figure! I can’t even imagine how big the Hot Toys version is going to be, but imagine I will have to, because I’m not going to pony up the cash for that beast. We’ll no doubt see this figure make an appearance here again when I get around to reviewing the Agent Carter from the What If? Wave!