It’s another quiet week on the Marvel toy news front, which means it’s the perfect time to cross another figure off the list of remaining 2017 Marvel Legends reviews! Today, let’s take a look at the last one of the Netflix Marvel Legends: Elektra! Despite being shortpacked, Netflix Elektra is readily available for about 16 bucks shipped online. Is she as big of a winner as the rest of the Netflix-based Legends?
While Elektra is as classic as Daredevil supporting female characters come, her solo series and action figures have always floundered at retail. So would Hasbro take a risk and put her out in Marvel Knights Legends Wave 1…?
They did, and I’m glad–because she’s great.
I always say that the head sculpt is the make-or-break aspect of any action figure of a live-action character, and Hasbro has totally nailed that facet here—twice over, in fact! We get both an unmasked Elektra head and a head with red mask over her lower face, and both look terrific. I prefer the face mask personally, but I would say both are very well-done.
While Marvel Legends Elektra’s skin-tone isn’t quite right, I think an excellent job was done with the hair, eyes, nose and eyebrows of both heads. The texture and paint wash on the hair really brings it to life and makes it feel realistic, and the portrait is close enough to Elodie Yung that it doesn’t jar my senses.
Elektra’s costume is pretty simplistic, but Hasbro captures all of the important details necessary to make it look authentic, including the seamline down the sides of her pants and the bunchiness of her red “turtleneck”.
She has the usual female arm articulation shortcomings (which I’ll discuss in a bit), but also features ball-hinge neck/shoulders/elbows; ball-jointed hips and upper torso; swivel thighs; double-hinged knees; swivel-hinge wrists and hinged ankles with rockers.
All of the articulation present works well, and I love the massive range of motion that the hips get.
You get four accessories with the 6” Elektra figure: the Man-Thing Build-A-Figure piece, the awesome interchangeable head (either one), and a pair of sais. This is a very respectable bounty of accessories for a $20 figure, and I appreciate that Hasbro painted the handles on the sais and didn’t leave them all grey.
While I’ve certainly seen female Marvel Legends with far more limited arm articulation (poor Jessica Jones!), the ball-jointed elbows and lack of any kind of biceps joint are a real bummer for the Elektra Netflix figure. In addition, the sculpting on the upper arms on Elektra just looks wrong, which is a real shame since they’re so noticeable. The arms are the one major shortcoming of this figure.
Also, I’ve noticed that Elektra’s sais are made of a rubbery plastic that warps easily. While not as apparent as Hulk’s limpy hammer, I do wish these were made of as high-quality plastic as the figure itself is here.
Overall: Oddly enough, while I don’t have any great love for Elektra in the Netflix Daredevil series, it turns out that I’m pretty keen on her action figure. Both heads are excellent, her hip articulation is outright outstanding, the quality-control on Elektra is high all-around, and I just really dig this figure. Her sais are a bit too rubbery and I’m never satisfied by the lack of double-jointed elbows and swivel biceps in female figures, but this Marvel Legends Netflix Elektra figure is otherwise another huge winner.