Convention Exclusives are getting harder and harder to come by in recent years. I remember even a just a few years ago lazily logging onto Hasbrotoyshop a month or so after ComicCon and casually deciding whether or not to pick up some of the exclusives. This was the case with Sunfire, Ka-Zar and Shanna, and the Pink Prime Arcee at least. But lately it's become a ruthless sport of screen refreshing and speed typing. I'm horrible at that game. Luckily I have made a few real-life toy friends who totally help me out (thanks again, Carl!). Medusa is the Queen of the Inhumans, a prehistoric race that lives on the moon. I've read my fair share of comics starring the Inhumans and I always view Medusa as having a cold, detached, royal demeanor.. only to contradict herself by being fiercely protective and maternal. This action figure was a long time coming. I see Medusa as an underused A-list Marvel heroine with criminally few representations in plastic. At least we got this beauty. Let's check her out below!
The gigantic Thanos Imperative boxset included Blastaar, Black Bolt, Starlord, Gladiator, and of course Medusa.
Overall I think this figure is great. The major detractors are some paint flaws and the fact that she can't stand at full attention due to the weight of her hair. If her hair were an inch longer it could serve as a built-in figure stand. All of these photos are propped up.
As much of a pain as it is, the hair sculpt is undeniably gorgeous.
The exposed neck joint is a bit outdated. I can't remember the last time I saw it used honestly. A hidden ball joint would have been a better solution in my opinion.
You can get her into a lot of great action poses by having her squat just enough so that her hair props her up.
Here are a few more modern images of Medusa from the comics.
While Medusa's paint flaws aren't really too noticeable in these pictures, trust me when I say that her costume looks very sloppy. From what I can tell, the metallic purple portions have a silver base coat with a purple coat on top. These edges aren't perfectly matched so you see silver lines at the borders. She also has some random paint rubs and the purple on her right thigh seems about to chip off a pea-sized chunk on my figure.
Time for a Comparison Pic!
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