Review (Clearance): Marvel Legends: The Black Queen
When I first noticed that there was a Toys R Us exclusive Black Queen figure, I was a bit amused. It was nothing exceptional, mind you, but I am a fan of The Dark Phoenix Saga, and the head sculpt didn't look too bad.
Still, there was no way I was paying retail price for her - if memory serves, she started out around eleven or twelve bucks.
But time went on and her price began to fall. From eleven to nine; to six; to five; and - finally - to two dollars and fifty cents. That was the magic number. I handed over my money and brought her home to see if she was worth what I paid.
The Black Queen is made by Hasbro.
The first shock I received upon pulling her free from her packaging was that her legs are horribly warped. This is mainly an issue with her articulation, as we'll discuss below, but it also hurts the basic appearance. As in, the legs are so deformed, you can tell at a glance.
Packaging and Extras: +2
The packaging is actually quite attractive. I like the rounded shape and the exterior comic art. In some ways, it was better the figure. And yet, I still threw it away.
I do want to mention that the packaging had a lot of panels and layers. It wasn't too bad getting it off, but I do have to wonder if some of that wasn't to conceal problems with the legs.
Play and Display: -2
And there go those points again. I'll explain why in a moment, but first I wanted to mention that I've invited a guest, Catwoman from Mattel's DC Superheroes (now called DC Universe Classics, and anyone who claims these are separate lines is a filthy liar). Let me point out that, based on suggested retail price, these should be comparable.
An action figure should be able to stand up like Catwoman: personally, I don't think that's too much to ask.
Moreover, there are several missed opportunities, places where articulation could have been easily added but was instead left out. Places like her gloves, where a cut could have been placed... but wasn't.
For failing to provide the expected level of articulation and for being incapable of standing or even leaning, I'm subtracting two points from her final score.
Price Tag and Final Analysis: 3
If memory serves, the original price tag on The Black Queen was eleven dollars. If you think this figure is worth that, you haven't been paying attention. Of course, I didn't pay eleven: I got her for less than a quarter of that amount.
And you know something? I still don't think she's worth it.
Let me make a couple of amendments to that. First, I can only review the figure I've got: I don't know whether the leg and joint problems are endemic or if they're limited to my figure. But there were a lot of problems. Even if I wound up with a bad example, I'm betting the better figures are only marginally so.
In addition, at this price (or lower), she may be worth the money for customizers. Her head sculpt isn't that bad if you're willing to repaint her, and I'm sure there are customizers out there who would be happy enough with the body. Plus, like I said before, the cape is pretty nice. If you can think of something to do with it, it might be worth the cost of the figure - especially if she keeps getting cheaper.
I wasn't expecting to love this figure, but I was surprised with just how bad she was. At the very least, I anticipated liking her better than the 'Diamond' White Queen figure I picked up for 99 cents, and, you know something? Emma Frost is the better of the two. All things considered, that's kind of pathetic.
I want to add as a closing thought that these are not the norm for Marvel Legends. I've got some excellent figures from this line going back years, but these are sub-par.
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