Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: Marvel Legends 2012 Series 1 – Klaw

Marvel Legends is back, and better than ever. Well, is it better than ever? With the first wave just starting to hit, it might be a little early to make any judgments, but it’s definitely off to a good start. The first wave of Marvel Legends includes Klaw, so it’s time for a review. The claw chooses who will go and who will stay! Oh wait, wrong claw.

We most recently saw a Klaw as part of the Marvel Universe Secret Wars comic packs (packed with yet another Cap). To start out with, I have to say, I’m really digging the new packaging. No more painful clamshell to try to crack into, vibrant colors, great image choices, just an all around win. Openers will appreciate the new packaging and carded collectors will enjoy the updated design.

With a larger scale comes more detail, which is always nice. Overall, there’s really not a whole lot you can do with a character like Klaw. For the most part, he’s a standard male figure in a colorful unitard with some boxer briefs over it. They achieved that look, and the rich coloring makes Klaw look like he just leaped off the comic pages. The detailing on the face looks great. He’s constantly yelling, but the sculpt and paint are great. He’s called Klaw for a reason, and that big vibranium-powered sonic converter he calls a hand looks legit courtesy of a great mold.

 As far as articulation goes, the new Marvel Legends line delivers well, and Klaw fits the mold. There’s not much to review here, it is standard for the line articulation. The knees look a little awkward, but they function well. Klaw is missing right hand articulation, but he’s also missing his right hand, so I think we can give that a pass. My only real complaint is that the torso articulation is fairly loose, which can make it a little difficult for him to stand up.

All in all, Klaw looks nice and evil, just like he should. He moves well, he looks great. If Klaw is an indicator of what the new Marvel Legends line is going to be like, then we’re in for some great figures. So far, the QC on this line seems great, so hopefully that continues. It would be a shame to see another Marvel line fall subject to backwards joints, poor paint apps, and the like.

 Klaw and the rest of the new Marvel Legends line are just starting to hit brick and mortar stores, and can also be found online at BBTS and other quality online shops.