It's pretty rare when I'm totally caught off guard by an action figure hanging on the pegs. Especially when it comes to the big toy companies like Hasbro and Mattel. But yesterday I stopped in Target before work (I'm desperately seeking the Cheetah and Sinestro Imaginext set) and I did a doubletake when I saw this figure hanging next to the Marvel Legends. My immediate thought was "Oh, they're expanding that Guardians of the Galaxy Animated line to include the whole MCU." But there is a distinctive scale difference so this wave is a new thing all-around. This Black Widow isn't the most amazingly-sculpted figure ever, but at a price point of $7-8 it's pretty nice. I'm all about seeing a good mix of collector-quality figures and regular retail figures on the shelves, especially when they are decently articulated, sculpted, and priced. Hopefully we see a lot more figures like this in the future. And kudos to Hasbro for including a female in the first wave (of only 4 characters). Let's check out Black Widow below!
So in researching other potential non-collector figures that might be sneaking up on me, I found this image of Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 02 due in February. Also, this may just be a hunch, but this is listed on EntertainmentEarth as a 6" series, and then it seems like Wave 01 is being rereleased in March - but listed as a 6" wave. In my mind, the GOTG Animated wave is distinctly a 5"series and the EE listing is just making a generalization of the scale, but there's a slim chance the figures will be rescaled to match this Avengers series. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Black Widow has seven points of articulation: a Ball-Pegged Head (which pops off too easily), Ball Jointed Hips, and Hinge-and-Swivel Shoulders and Elbows. No waist, knee, ankles, wrists, etc.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here is Black Widow (5.5") with Gamora (just under 5").
And with 2015's Total Heroes Wonder Woman.