As a toy collector, I often find myself dipping in and out of different toy lines, depending on how my mood takes me. One such line that I often find myself dipping into is Hasbro’s Marvel Legends collection.
I started collecting Marvel Legends way back in 2002, when the figures were produced by ToyBiz. I remained with the line quite solidly for seven years, buying every new figure I could get my hands on.
However, due to me running out of display space, as well as a desire to collect other lines, I parted ways with my collection back in 2009. Almost overnight, I stopped collecting Marvel Legends, and sold everything off.
Although I waved goodbye to my Marvel Legends collection, and turned my attention to other toys, I still keep an eye on all the new releases that come out. Every once in a while, if one catches my eye, I will consider picking it up.
Case in point: The Marvel Legends Tigra ‘the Feline Fury’ figure, which has recently started to appear in comic shops in my neck of the woods. She popped up in my local Forbidden Planet store a few days ago, and once I saw her on the peg, she had me transfixed.
Now I should point out that I am not the world’s biggest Tigra fan. In fact, if I was to compile a list of my 50 favourite Marvel characters, she wouldn’t appear.
If I was to compile a similar list of my favourite Avengers/West Coast Avengers characters, she probably would appear on that list, but that’s mostly because I would struggle to name 50. I’m sure I would be able to get there eventually, but it would take some time, as the Avengers aren’t my go-to team.
So, if Tigra isn’t a favourite character of mine, then why did she grab my attention? Simple: She looked great on the peg.
Tigra has been released in retro-style packaging, similar to the old ToyBiz Marvel Superheroes figures of the 1990s and this is something which always makes me pay attention. A number of Marvel Legends figures have been released in this style of packaging, and as someone who adored anything ToyBiz in the ‘90s, this artwork will forever pull at my nostalgia strings.
So, it was the artwork that initially got me to take a closer look at the figure. What kept me interested was the figure itself.
You can’t see this quite so well in my pictures (apologies – I have crappy lights at home), but when viewed in just the right lighting, Tigra boasts a vibrant colour scheme. Her main colour is orange, and under good lights, her paintwork really pops.
Based on the vibrancy of the paint job, as well as that little nostalgia nudge from the box art, I decided to pick her up and take her home with me. Favourite character or not, this figure called to me, and sometimes that’s just how things go.
Years ago, I used to be quite precious about the packaging on toys. If they came in retro-style boxes I would find it difficult to crack them out of the blister card, because I didn’t want to ruin the cool aesthetic.
These days I’m not so precious, so once I got Tigra home I opened up the box to let her out. Yes, I still felt somewhat strange about ruining the box art, but hey, I’m more of a loose-figure collector these days, so I soon got over it.
Once out of the box I needed to decide how I wanted to pose and display Tigra. This figure comes with multiple points of articulation, as well as removable parts.
In terms of the articulation, Tigra has ankle, knee, thigh, and upper leg movement, along with joints on her wrists, elbows, upper arm, and shoulder blades. She also has articulation under her breast bone, her neck, and some movement in her tail.
Most of this movement is pretty good and allows for interesting poses. However, be warned, due to her hair being quite large and fixed, this does limit some of the movement in her head.
With regard to the head, this is one of the removable parts. Tigra comes with two heads, that can be swapped out, along with two sets of hands.
The default head is a calm-looking Tigra face, with her hair falling straight down. The alternate head is wilder, with an expressive angry face and hair to match.
As for the hands, the first set are fingers spread out wide. The second set are clenched fists.
To replace the parts, you need to pull the hands/head out of their respective sockets. However, I do advise being careful with this, and also having a little patience, so to ensure you don’t break the figure.
This may just be my figure, but it took me a fair bit of fiddling to replace Tigra’s head. Getting the default head off its peg was not an easy job, and neither was fitting the new one back on.
Will I be replacing the heads on a regular basis? No, I will not. These figures aren’t cheap, and I’m not convinced they can take multiple attempts at being pulled apart.
Once the head was switched out, I created the pose I wanted, ready for display. Unfortunately, this is when I discovered that Tigra is not built for displaying the way I wanted.
This figure is top heavy. The head, the boobs, her not-so flat feet – these are all elements that prove problematic when trying to pose the figure. And the tail does not help the situation either.
While Tigra’s tail doesn’t cause issues with her balance, it also doesn’t solve the problem. The tail is a bit too short, so can’t be used to help steady the figure.
Tigra can be posed on a shelf, without the need to prop her up, but the pose isn’t necessarily the one I would like. I must admit, I found this to be somewhat frustrating.
Moving away from my frustration for a moment, so I can focus on something more positive, this is a good-looking figure. As previously noted, the orange colour scheme looks vibrant, and works so well when combined with the dark grey ‘cat’ markings that appear up and down her body.
Tigra utilises a fairly limited colour palette, but this is a benefit. Less is certainly more, and the focused colour scheme works for this particular figure.
Overall, Tigra is a good Marvel Legends figure, and I’m glad I picked her up. However, she doesn’t quite hit the high marks, because of the posing problems. I like to be able to pose my figures however I wish, without the fear of them toppling over, and this is something that seems almost impossible with this one.
I also feel that this figure is a little too flimsy in places. While there’s every chance that I can swap her removable parts out as many times as I wish, that first attempt worried me somewhat, and I’m simply not convinced it is worth taking the risk.
But those issues aside, she looks dynamic, her colour scheme is strong, and she boasts a lot of movement. As Marvel Legends go, I like her a lot, and am happy to add her to my collection.
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