Marvel Legends Sister Grimm (Nico Minoru)
I mentioned last week when talking about Dr. Strange, that there was only really one other figure in the wave I cared about picking up, and it was Nico Minoru. Also known as Sister Grimm. She was originally part of the Runaways crew, their leader actually, but she’s moved on to other endeavors in the Marvel Universe.
She basically uses magic by way of her mother’s staff. The figure is solid looking though not without it’s issues. I also believe it may all be original tooling, not too many Marvel character share the design ascetics of “Gothic Magical Girl”. I mentioned some issues. She comes with an alternate “Magic infused” glowy arm. Pulling the normal arm off was a pain, I was worried I might break it. She also has some issues with her staff, or, more accurately, the tremendous weight of the staff + (removable) effect part and it’s effects on her little girly wrists. Basically, she has a hard time keeping it upright, at least mine does. It just wants to rotate the wrist downward.
Otherwise she’s a slick figure, nice paint apps, nice articulation, nice design. I wish we’d get more of these “plain clothes” sort of characters and figures.
Figma Motoko Kusanagi
I had given up hope of ever getting this figure. I wanted it, then I sort of hemmed and hawed on getting it, and it sat on my Amazon list for ages around a price I was willing to pay. Then I waited too long, and next thing I knew, it was going for $100+. I should probably get better about browsing Japanese retail sites, since they can sometimes be cheaper for import figures but for now I mostly stick to US retailers online. Anyway, I went searching for information on a different Figma Motoko and came across this one, on a different site, for around what I originally wanted to pay. So I decided to just go for it.
I don’t buy a ton of import figures, but I’ve been getting more in recent years. I have only one other Figma, which is the Samus Aran figure. Of the two major companies, I prefer S.H. Figuarts over Figmas, they seem a little more solid and run a little less price wise. Anyway, like many imports, The Major comes with a variety of accessories and alternate hands and faces, including an alternate set of boobs. The Boobs actually seem identical to each other, so I’m not sure the point in the second set but whatever. She also has 5 pairs of hands, 3 faces, two hairs, a stand and a couple of guns.
The design is nice, it seems to be a design closer to Ghost int he Shell Stand Alone Complex than the original movie (which I’m more familiar with). Her knees are a little ugly in a lot of poses but everything else works fine. She’s also a lot shorter than I had originally expected. I’m not sure she is quite “1/12th” scale but it’s close enough that I can live with the height difference.
Also, as a bit of a teaser for next week or maybe two weeks, I expect to have a couple of more Japanese Imports, coming in, one is already sitting in my Pile of Loot over on BBTS waiting for the second to be ordered.