Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Alpha Flight - SNOWBIRD!

Marvel Legends - Alpha Flight Boxset (Amazon Exc) - Snowbird - Hasbro 2019

I think Snowbird just may be the most memorable member of Alpha Flight for me. Similar to characters like Thor and Valkyrie, Snowbird is actually a deity (the demi-goddess Narya specifically) that is living on Earth under the guise of a mortal. Her presence in the comics was mysterious and creepy. Her black eyes and her cold countenance is a recipe for intrigue. and the fact that she can transform into any animal of the north just adds to her allure. As a kid, animals were my obsession, so any character with animal-based powers was a natural draw - let alone the ability to become almost any animal. Her appeal must have been universal among fans, because she actually has a decent amount of merchandise. But this is the first Legends-scale figure released (and she had been of my wishlist for a long time). I actually just read that John Byrne created her years before he even entered the comic industry, making her technically the original member of the group! Let's check out the long-awaited Snowbird below!

I love this figure. I really do. But whenever I get my hands on such an anticipated character, I'm going to be nit-picky. I have two issues. Firstly, her colors seem too bold. The blue on her outfit is typically portrayed as a light sky blue and her skin is usually very pale. The contrasting shades on this toy look really good (especially with the rest of her boldly-costumed teammates), but it's quite a difference from her comic look. Secondly, the way her cape meets her neck is not great. I know it's just an engineering issue, but I wish it looked a little better.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is my Snowbird collection. From Left to Right:  DST Bust (2005), HeroClix (2013), Eaglemoss (2010), Marvel Legends (2019), ToyBiz (1998), Minimates (2012), HeroClix (2004), and the Bowen Bust (2006). (NOTE: I updated the Snowbird Character Spotlight from a few years ago).

And here is the whole Alpha Flight Team so far (the six figures from this box set plus Sasquatch and Guardian from different 2019 waves). From Left to Right: Guardian, Vindicator, Sasquatch, Puck, Snowbird, Northstar, Shaman, and Aurora.


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