When the lineup for the first 2016 Marvel Legends Captain America series was revealed, I was dead certain that Mockingbird, Bobbi Morse, was destined to be the hottest figure in the wave. As things ended up, Taskmaster stole that honor and became the most sought-after figure in the assortment… but not by much! The Marvel Legends Mockingbird figure is selling for a couple bucks above MSRP right now on the aftermarket–and it’s because she’s worth it!
Bobbi Morse may not be a household name (except in households that watch “Agents of Shield” or where many Avengers comics are read), but she’s one of the few female Marvel Legends 6″ figures in recent years to pioneer a new mold!
The sculpting work on this new mold is really terrific, and we get some of the most detailed boots (if not the most detailed boots) I can recall seeing in the Legends line. Seriously–the boots are the star of the show here (although the “buttoned” torso is no slouch either).
As is necessary to replicate the look from the comics, Mockingbird’s mask/glasses are made of transparent yellow plastic that you can see her eyes through. The paint apps on the eyes are 95% perfect on mine, which I think is pretty good, and the overall aesthetic of the translucent lenses is a positive one.
With all of the buttons on this figure’s torso and the fact that Mockingbird’s color scheme combines white with dark blue, I was prepared to be let down by the paint applications. Gratefully, that’s not the case–like the eyes, I feel like the Hasbro factory got the paint apps here 95% right, with very few uneven lines or missed paint spots. In other words–she looks good!
The 6″ Mockingbird Marvel Legends figure comes with two accessories (besides the Red Onslaught torso), and they’re the ones that all fans of the character would expect: a pair of batons. These were an essential weapon to include for Bobbi Morse, so I’m very pleased that they’re present.
We saw these batons originate with Daredevil at the start of 2015 and appear several times since. While there has been some iffy quality control with the sticks previously, they seem to be hardier and less bendy this time out (though still a more overly large and clunky looking).
Articulation-wise, Mockingbird is a very solid figure. Not every point of articulation you could want is here (more on that momentarily), but the articulation that is present is adequate to get Bobbi into plenty of dynamic action poses.
She can’t quite do the splits, but the Mockingbird Marvel Legends 6″ figure can still throw a mean karate kick.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite there. For whatever reason, Hasbro left out the double-jointed elbows, swivel biceps and swivel calves that are becoming uniform for the male figures.
In addition, even though the “batons” accessory was only introduced last year, I feel like it’s already been done to death. The plastic here is less warped than we usually see for this weapon, but the “connecting” baton peg continues to annoy me.
Overall: The 6″ Marvel Legends Mockingbird figure comes ever-so-close to perfection, but misses the mark by molecules mostly because of a few odd missing points of articulation. Even so, Hasbro put a ton of work and effort into this newly-tooled mold and it shows. It’s not quite perfect, but if you’re even a little bit of a fan of the character, this Mockingbird action figure absolutely deserves your dollars and a spot in your collection.