Yes, Marvel Legends are back, and with them comes a great character that I have come to like a whole lot and that I’m afraid Marvel is dangerously, stupidly close to killing, vaporizing, or eliminating in some way.
I don’t just like Hope Summers because she’s a redhead. That would be ridiculous. I like her because she’s a petite redhead.
Ha! Just kidding. I like Hope because her story is fucking cool and because she gave Cable a purpose and I always secretly, deep down inside, really liked Cable.
But Cable died saving Hope (except he’s all better now and declaring war on the Avengers, which I would love to be reading except Ed McGuiness is doing the art and I cannot stand Ed McGuiness) and she ended up leading her own team of mutants. Until her title got cancelled, anyway. Now she’s playing with the big boys on Cyclops’ team in Uncanny X-Men. There’s actually kind of a weird, flirty thing going on with Namor that’s pretty hilarious because Hope is the one that initiates it. Those saucy redheads.
First Glance: Hope is a visually strong character anyway, so Hasbro had a good starting point. And it looks like they’ve definitely hit this one out of the park.
Sculpt: Like Constrictor, Hope uses her gender’s basic buck from Hasbro. This buck eliminates the waist swivel in favor of a joint just under the chest and I totally agree with that decision. The waist swivel has always been problematic on figures, more so on females, what with the hips. The higher joint is unobtrusive and basically allows for the same mobility, leaving much nicer lines on the lower torso.
The rest of the points of articulation are nicely worked into the form. Ball joints at the neck, shoulders, hips, wrists, and ankles. Double jointed knees, pivot elbows, pivot ankles. There are also swivels at the top of the gloves.
Hope’s head sculpt is absolutely awesome. The hair has a lot of form and does not interfere with the movement of the head very much, even with the big scarf thing. Her face is very distinctive and the sculptor really worked the character’s determination into the figure.
The additions to the basic female buck make all the difference in the body. Hope has armor/wrappings on her wrists and calves. They have a great shape and look and do not interfere with the figure’s movement. The scarf/cape thing looks really good, as well. It fits nicely on the figure and despite being somewhat bulky does not interfere with movement.
My only real issue here is that Hope cannot quite hold the giant, two-handed rifle that she comes with. You can just barely manage to make it look sort of okay, but she can’t properly grip it with both hands.
Design: Hope has a very nice paint job. The metallic green costume looks great and the yellow striping is solid and tight. The extra pieces – her forearms, calves, and scarf – have very nice textures and clean apps. Her hair looks very good and has a nice mix of colors to create cool-looking, highlighted hair. It’s not just a solid chunk of red. Her face is excellent as well, with the eyes and lips placed accurately and very subtle shading that doesn’t look to made-up.
Accessories: Packed in with Hope are Terrax’s head and axe (which comes in two pieces), her rifle, and a one sheet page that is a portion of a story meant to make you give a crap about Terrax.
Terrax’s pieces look nice, but I still don’t give a crap about him. I kind of wish his axe had a little paint detail, but I do think it’s pretty great that Hope can hold it, because she looks super cool doing it.
Hope’s rifle could also use a little more detail, but it looks fine.
Packaging: Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the new packaging. The art looks a bit simple and generic. Granted, that might have been a good way to go to preserve the uniformity of the line, but maybe you want to use something a little snazzier. But the graphics on the package are very eye-catching and the size and colors do stand out at retail.
Overall: This is a great figure. Not as perfect as Hasbro’s Rachel Grey, but very, very good. I can’t give her a perfect score because of the rifle thing, but I wish I could.
4 out of 5
Time will tell, but Hope may end up being my second favorite Marvel Legends figure. Rachel Grey is my first. And not because they’re redheads. At all.