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Nico Minoru

Review – Marvel Legends – Dormamu Wave – Nico Minoru

Runaways isn’t a Marvel series I ever really expected to get any Marvel Legends from.  I kind of doubt we get too many more from this “team” either, all of them are kids and a lot of them essentially just have plain clothes costumes, which Marvel Legends doesn’t really do too often.  I may be completely wrong though, there is a new TV series coming this fall.  It kind of seems like a fluke that we got Nico Minoru aka Sister Grimm.  She does sort of fit in with the Doctor Strange wave, since the figures are all “Magic themed” for the most part.

Marvel Legends Nico Minoru (Sister Grimm)

So, I like this figure, for it’s uniqueness.  It’s definitely a different looking design for a Marvel Legends, you don’t get too many “goth girls” in this line.  The look does a good job of capturing the idea of the character.  I have to say though that the idea is about all you really could capture here.  Like I mentioned above, most of the Runaways are just kids in street clothes, and they don’t really have regular outfits.  So the look isn’t super specific to Nico Minoru, but it fits who she is.

Marvel Legends Nico Minoru (Sister Grimm)

The bigger gripe I have here is the staff, which doesn’t quite look right for her Staff of One.  For starters, it’s not particularly Staff shaped, it’s about half the length it really should be.  The head also isn’t really proper either, the ball should be part of the staff and outside of the circle.  I believe at some point she got a new staff, but I’m not positive on that, but it’s possible that this design is based more on the design of a second Staff.  Still, It feels like a pretty glaring error since the Staff is essentially the center of her abilities and is part of who her character is to such a degree.  It would be like making Captain America’s Shield a star or something and painting it all red just because.

Marvel Legends Nico Minoru (Sister Grimm)

The staff also is way too heavy for the figure to hold well, especially with the included magic effect attached.  The effect looks cool for sure, but her arm joints just aren’t strong enough and the weight just pulls the wrist downward most of the time.  This is something that could have been alleviated with a longer staff too, since the base could be balanced against a lower surface to keep things upright.

Marvel Legends Nico Minoru (Sister Grimm)

Nico Minoru also includes a swapable purple magic arm, which is pretty cool.  All around this figure seems to have a lot of original tooling as well, chest, the boots, the skirt all seem to be unique, though maybe it’s just very clever use of paint on existing molds.  I believe it’s the same shorter girl body that is used for a lot of Spider Girls otherwise, but if it is, it doesn’t seem prone to the awkward posing that body seems to have normally.  She looks fairly natural in a lot of poses.

All in all, I really like this figure.  I just hope it means maybe getting a few more members of the Runaways team in the future.

Weekly Wednesday Haul: Japanese Girls Edition

Marvel Legends Sister Grimm (Nico Minoru)

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

Ghose in the Shell Figma Motoko KusanagiI 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.

imgp1251Pretty standard fare.

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.