Hela is one of the first characters in comics to ever inspire awe in me. In the 1980s I was obsessed with the New Mutants and Hela made a few memorable appearances in that series. She is the Queen of Hel (the Norse underworld) who often tried to extend her rule over Valhalla. She is the daughter of Loki and frequent foe of Thor. In the New Mutants, she became entwined with Danielle Moonstar when Dani became a Valkyrie during the Asgardian Wars. Her appearances were villainous, creepy, and impressive. She made quite a memorable impact on me - looming in the clouds over her armies of the dead. Now we get to add her to the growing list of amazingly unexpected Marvel Legends characters in our collections. Of course this figure makes me want an Enchantress, Sif, and female Thor in Legends scale more than ever. With Thor: Ragnarok in the theatres in 2017, we might actually see a few of these. Here's hoping for more Norse ladies! Let's check out Hela in detail below!
The Book of the Vishanti packaging is out of this world. It is designed to look like Dr. Strange's actual book of spells. The first few pages are thick cardboard showing art of the characters within and brief bios written in script. Then underneath the pages, all the actual figures are nestled in a red-flocked plastic tray for easy removal.
My one complaint is the cloth cape. A sculpted cape with dramatic folds would have been nicer.
Hela's only true accessory is her sword (which is identical to the comic-style Gamora's sword). But her two larger antler-like headpieces are removable, as is her shoulderpad-and-cape piece which attaches to her back with a peg.
She really is a gorgeous figure.
Here are some images of Hela from the comics.
The other members of this exclusive box set include an astral projection Dr. Strange, Dormammu, Brother Voodoo, and Magik. All are fantastic figures. As a group, they make great use of translucent plastics in really awesome ways.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with her pack-mate, Magik.
And the whole 5-pack Book of the Vishanti gang.