It's not a big deal, but the cardboard insert in the bubble for the figure read "Bucky" instead of "Black Widow." So I put off opening that particular figure hoping that one day it'll be so rare I'd make a million off it.
But in the meantime, I went out and snagged another fig of our fave Russian spy and cracked it open.
While it may not be the figure with the most eye-catching costume or the character who's the popularity contest winner, the Black Widow turned out to be a surprisingly good figure. And it was the simplicity of the sculpt that made it so...
Like: Her clean sculpt. Nothing obstructing joints except on her head, where her trademark flowing red locks limits the swivel despite the ball joint.
A clean sculpt means less tooling and detail, but in this case Black Widow doesn't need it because she's the ultimate spy/killing machine--she's supposed to be efficiency personified. A clean sculpt also means here original articulation goes unhindered, which brings me to my next "like"...
Like: Her articulation. It's befitting of a superspy. While she's made of the standard Marvel Universe female body, it does seem like this is her body, as if it were made for her in mind. Where certain characters might look a tad spindly with this sculpt (Enchantress, perhaps even Storm), it seems to fit Natasha Romanov here pretty neatly, so she looks sleek but at the same time dangerous.
In fact this is the good thing for Hasbro and customizers alike--the female MU body is pretty much clean, while the head is easily popped off. It makes it easier for Hasbro to do new figures but equally, it's easy meat for newb wannabe cuztomizers like myself or veteran ones who won't really have to take apart the figure.
Like: The head sculpt. First off, they got the hair right. It's the right shade of red-brown. The face is rather expressionless but this works for the character as a cold blooded killer/spy.
The eyes and the lips are also really well done and when you put her side by side with someone similar looking like Jean Grey, she still has a distinctively different look. Both their face sculpts are pretty much the same, but the eye and lip color is different. Natasha's got darker eyes and even slightly more tanned skin. Of course overrall, Blakc Widow's face is painted better as a figure from a newr wave should be compared to an older one.
Dislike: That other than the
An accessory is all well and good, but I think in this case two handguns would've suited her better. One: she's a spy and is all about being silent and sneaky but deadly. So she wouldn't be inclined to lug a damn M-16 around. Two: two guns are a very large part of what made Sienna Miller look really sexy in GI Joe:Rise of Cobra. And three: Two hand guns have been cool since time immemorial. Ok, maybe not that long, but just since Chow Yun Fat sported them in the classic Hong Kong gangster flick "A Better Tomorrow." Yeah, go ahead and YouTube it up. ;)
Poseability: 8/10 - Black Widow's best feature. She's almost as good as Attack on the GI Joe Pit Baroness but lose out slightly because I feel the Joe figures were better constructed overall (in terms of things like metal ball-joints and harder plastic) except when it comes to the head sculpt. Now we all know how much of a failure the Baroness' face turned out to be...
Still, Black Widow is similar to Baroness in that she's got unrestricted joint movement. Also, her softer hair makes it much easier to rotate the head. Too bad she doesn't have small holes in the sides on her legs like Baroness does nor the guns to go along with it. That would've made this figure awesome.
Fun: 7.5/10 - I always like my figure poseable and well balanced for their poses. But that's proven to be a problem for most of the female figures I have--they're so slim and their feet have to be small enough to be in proportion that they can hardly balance without a stand, let alone on one foot as lots of great poses require. That's not a huge problem with the stand or if you're putting her side by side with Nick Fury or Tony Stark, both of whom, along with movie Natasha/Scarlett Johansson, are slated to be released in the Iron Man 2 Movie line somewheer down the road.
And that's the other plus point of having this figure: if we don't see the IM2 line figures (as toys which come at the end of lines tend to be rare for some reason), then we'll at least have this figure, which fits is nicely with the IM2 line
Overall: 7.5/10 - A fair score for a fairly good figure which had the potential to be a lot better. Still, Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow is one of the rare few female characters to appear in the Marvel Universe line so far. The fact that's she's single carded and comes with her own file and stand makes her more appealing than Secter Wars two-pack Enchantress and Storm. But by the same token, since she was sold as a single figure, more could've been down to make sure they got the best and more accessories.