Saturday, August 4, 2018

Marvel Legends - TYPHOID MARY!

Venom Legends: Wave 1 (Monster Venom BAF) - Typhoid Mary - Hasbro 2018

Of all the recent Marvel Legends releases, I can honestly say that Typhoid Mary was easily the one I was least excited about. When I was a young comic book reader in the 1980s there was a certain aesthetic for bad girls that was hard for me to get on board with. While my narrow-minded juvenile mind wasn't exactly demanding that my villainesses be vixenish bombshells like they tend to be today, I still had trouble with outlandishly punkrock characters with fishnets, facepaint, and scribbled hair. It was actually a common aesthetic at the time. Off the top of my head I can think of Batman's Magpie and Mime, Zarana in the GIJoe comics, Callisto in X-Men, and of course Typhoid Mary in Daredevil. As an adult I look back and see how these characters were a product of the time and truly appreciate them - impractical shoulderpads and all. But that growth to acceptance was a slow process. But thankfully she got this wicked makeover in the 2013 X-Men series, not that she needed it. Let's check her out!

Despite her historic name, Mary (in the comics) has nothing to do with viruses or illness. Instead she has telekinetic and pyrokinetic powers along with agility and fighting skills. Although I kind of wish she had powers like her character did in the Elektra movie.

I have two slight complaints about this figure so I'll get them out of the was quickly. Firstly, hair strands on action figures never look as good as intended. Her stylish strand looks like a hotdog.  Secondly, her jacket prohibits her arms from falling nicely to her sides. That's all. Otherwise she's terrific.

I love this figure. Like I mentioned before, Mary was the figure I was looking forward to least of the nine (!) Marvel Legends ladies that have come out in the last month. But after having her in person my tune has changed. I love that she retains so many details of her original design: the half-painted face, the fishnets, the leather, even the shoulderpads - but all in a modern interpretation.

Typhoid Mary comes with a sword with a wrap-around (removable flame piece). I'm not sure where this piece originated but we just saw it with Psylocke.

Typhoid Mary comes with the Left Leg build-a-figure piece for Monster Venom.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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