Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Series Valkyrie. At a glance, this figure looks really nice. I usually have to cringe when I see a female action figure simply because I feel they’re inappropriate, but this figure meets my appropriate meter. Let’s take closer look.
Figures in the Series
- Hulkbuster (Build-A-Figure)
- Marvel Now Iron Man Black & Gold (Right Leg)
- War Machine (Head)
- Blizzard (Upper Torso)
- Dr. Strange (Left Leg)
- Vision (Upper Torso)
- Valkyrie (Right Arm)
- Thundra (Left Arm)
- Character: Valkyrie
- Manufacturer: Hasbro
- Series: Hulkbuster
- Dimensions: 7″
- Recommended: Ages 4+
- MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $12.23
- Part Number/SKU: 630509310906
- Buy it on Amazon
Articulation – ★★★☆☆
I find I’m disappointed in the articulation on a lot of the female figures from Hasbro and I’m not entirely happy with the Valkyrie articulation. It’s not horrible, but there are the typical issues that I have with the articulation that Hasbro just hasn’t addressed. I’ve also had a really tough time getting Valkyrie to stay standing. The joints have been a bit loose in her knees and she winds up falling down unless I just stand her straight up. She’s a little too top heavy.
Total POA’s = 28
- Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
- Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that provides a really good amount of outward motion. You can get her arms up above her shoulders without the need to spin the ball joint if you just want her raising her arms out. This is great. Standard swing motion.
- Bicep: Peg Joint which is nicely molded to follow the natural bicep look. There are no issues with this joint as it has full rotation capabilities.
- Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint in the elbow that provides less than 90 degrees of bend. This is my first issue with the Hasbro female action figures. There’s enough plastic there that they could do double jointed elbows, so why don’t they? It just makes all the female figures somewhat less desirable and that to me is not good. Wake up Hasbro!
- Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
- Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
- Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Forward and backward motion is pretty good if you combine the thigh cut joint and do some maneuvering.
- Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. There are no paint match up issues with this joint, though the sculpt does look a little off when you use this joint. In the end, this joint serves a lot of function so I can’t worry too much about the look of this joint.
- Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints allow the knees to bend pretty much all the way in half which is awesome. Most of the male figures don’t have this capability because of their bulk. I’ve come to expect this in the female figures so good job Hasbro.
- Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for excellent backward motion and forward motion. The ankle rocker is a nice addition as well, though a peg joint would have been nice as well to allow for a some side to side since there was no shin joint. This figure is very tall and a little top heavy so the extra capability to move the foot to get just the right balance would have helped.
- Body – There is one joint in the torso. This seems to be a double ball joint just below the breast. They actually did a good job with this joint. Normally on the smaller figures I don’t like the double ball torso, but this one has a decent enough ab crunch and good back arch. Even the side-to-side crunch is pretty good. Full swivel also.
- Head: A single Ball Joint which gives you a pretty limited amount of motion. This is the other area that really bugs me. Why can’t the female characters have the Pin/Hinge joint as well. I get they’re running out of plastic for a female character, but I be you could do it, or try a double ball peg then. Anyway, you get ok side-to-side action, though the hair will cause you a little issues. Practically no looking up without pulling the head nearly off and ok downward motion. Again, tilting the head will likely require the head to start popping off the joint. Not horrible, but I’m just getting tired of this lack of articulation in my lady figures.
Mold – ★★★☆☆
Overall, the sculpt of this figure was really well done. She’s a little tall for the Legends scale at nearly 7 inches. That would put her at 7 feet tall. The bio on her says she’s not quite that tall so Hasbro got a little overzealous. I’m ok with that, but it got a little hard to look past at first.
Aside from the odd height, the rest of the figure is sculpted very nicely. There’s good detail, though I would have preferred a little more texture to the figure. I get these lady superheros are usually wearing spandex of some sort, but maybe her shoes or boots could have been a little rougher.
Her hair is probably the highlight of the figure. Those long braids should look great and they don’t hinder the head articulation too much to make a big deal of it.
It would have been nice if her wrist gauntlets were sculpted instead of just painted on, but the sculpted belt is really nice.
My biggest complaint with the figure is not with the look of the sculpt, but the top heavy aspect of it. It’s really tough to get her into any good action poses because I’m constantly battling her penchant for tipping over. Of all my figures, she’s fallen off my shelf the most. I may wind up just throwing her on a flight stand and calling it good if I can’t get her to stay.
Paint – ★★★☆☆
This figure looks nice, but there just isn’t a lot of paint detail. The paint app on mine is clean enough, but there’s just nothing much going on in her costume. It’s a gloss black top to bottom aside from her flesh toned arms and the things on her chest and just below. The highlight of an otherwise boring paint job is the belt and her head. They did a really nice job with the paint detail in her hair to give her some shading and the belt was done clean with some nice silver highlights of the buckle and buttons.
I’m not disappointed, but I’m a little under whelmed.
Accessories – ★★★☆☆
Valkyrie comes with her sword Dragonfang (awesome name). From a distance, this thing is really cool. It fits her hands really well, she can hold it in both if need be, but there’s no real paint detail. There’s no washes or discernible dry brushing. It’s pretty much, gold hilt, silver blade. They did it clean, but it could have been a little better.
Packaging – ★★★★☆
Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.
Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆
I wouldn’t say Valkyrie was a disappointment, but she also wasn’t a big wow factor for me. She looks great, but in the end, she just doesn’t have as much of what I was looking for. She turned out to be pretty average. I don’t know if I could say she’s a must have for your collection, but you won’t be disappointed if you do get her. Just don’t get your hopes up that she’s going to wow you in any way.
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