Spectrum…Photon…Pulsar…Captain Marvel…Monica Rambeau. This character has gone by many names in the last 35 years, but one thing she has not been called is an action figure…until now. Marvel and Hasbro has finally gotten a clue and has created an action figure for a character that has gone through 4 different names (including their namesake, Captain Marvel), a billion different hairstyles and costumes and has finally gotten some of the limelight she deserves.

When Hasbro first announced a Monica Rambeau/Spectrum action figure, I was excited. Then I got depressed because I learned it was going to be an SDCC 2017 exclusive. Then I got a little more hope when I learned it was going to be a Toys R Us SDCC exclusive – every Toys R Us exclusive has been made available to me at some point.  When I missed the original preorder on Toys R Us site, I was a little deflated, but I knew it would be back. After awhile, I was able to pick one up and it is even now available in select stores at a discounted price!

After all of that drama, did this Spectrum figure meet my expectations? Let’s check out the review…

 

 

 

Packaging

The packaging is actually kind of crazy big, but it has to be to house six new figures…which if you think about it is almost a full Marvel Legends wave (minus the Build-A-Figure). In actuality, I don’t think Marvel has ever put more than two female characters in a Marvel Legends wave (please correct me if I’m wrong) so having six brand new FEMALE Marvel Legend figures is a big deal, and what’s even a bigger deal is that one of them has long deserved to be an action figure.

The box is great for collectors…a drawing of the characters on the front and a posed shot of the characters on the back. The front of the box is velcroed shut, and when opened, you get another drawing of the characters on the inside door along with their multi-lingual bio-blurbs, and the figures themselves presented in a window display. There’s nothing special with how they are placed in there, but to me, the packaging will be nice to keep if you have the space or if you find yourself buying a second box.

Anyway, great packaging and a break from the normal Marvel Legends packaging. I would say that as a downside, it is a little big and cumbersome, which could lead to storage issues.

Packaging Score: 9 out of 10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

 

 

 

Accessories

Quick section…while some of the figures like Sif and Elsa Bloodstone come with weapon accessories, Spectrum, who is an energy based superhero comes with exactly…none. Which is surprising because it seems that Hasbro have been packing every color of energy blasts with all of their magic-wielding and energy based superheroes…you would have thought it would be easy to pack one or two of those in.

Luckily, I had a Polaris figure just sitting around and one re-accessorizing later, Spectrum now has an energy blast.  I know I probably have one or two packed away somewhere that I won’t use, so sooner or later, this figure will be displayed with an energy blast.

However, I had to supply my own blast for this photo shoot and review, so with no accessories, I will give 2 points for having such a cool, kind of non-removable trench coat as kind of an anti-accessory.

Accessories Score: 2 out of 10 ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

Sculpt/Likeness

I am actually pretty pleased with the sculpting of this figure when compared to the character’s likeness in the comics. Well done on the translation from page to “3D” model. Many props go to the sculpting of the ‘locks, but we know Marvel has had practice when making Brother Voodoo, so this is just another great effort.

There are a few misses in terms of paint. While most of the paint application looks decent, there are some spots where the sloppiness has caused one or two spots. Since I ordered this online, I did not get to pick which figure I thought was the best painted, so I have to live with the mistakes. Another thing that they did not get quite right are the painted eyes. They are not as bad and noticeable as the eyes on the Misty Knight figure, but they are drawn on slightly crooked to one another.

Like I mentioned before, the likeness is pretty spot on, but I did notice something that I didn’t notice before today…it seems that different artists have drawn Spectrum to have different variations of her costume. In some pictures you will see Spectrum’s costume design have many points on the starburst in the center. Some variations you may see fewer points. I think what we see here is fairly accurate to what most draw in the comic, so no taking away points for that.

Sculpt/Likeness Score: 7.75 out of10 ★★★★★★★¾☆☆ 

 

 

 

Articulation

This figure has a respectable 24+ points of articulation. While nothing to write home about, it is a decent amount of articulation. Even though it only has fewer points of articulation than I’m used to in a 6″ figure, this figure can be posed more than most, even some that supposedly have 30+ points of articulation. I liked the freedom to pose the figure the way I wanted. The figure can even almost look all the way up which I always feel like is a must for “flying” figures (from any company).

I love the freedom of the double-hinged knees and hinged wrists…makes for some good poses. It always reminds me why I like Hasbro figures over Mattel and DC Collectibles. They make it look so easy!

Articulation Score: 9.25 out of10 ★★★★★★★★★¼ 

 

 

 

Some Final Thoughts…

 

Honestly, I was pretty indifferent about this figure, even though I had a high anticipation for it. I can’t believe it took someone 35 years to put out a figure, but I guess better late than never…I guess.

I now need to dig in my box and pull out the rest of the Mighty Avengers…at least the ones they have made I own. Let’s see…Spectrum and She-Hulk with this box set, Luke Cage, Blade, White Tiger…almost there! Need an updated Falcon figure and…BLUE MARVEL! When the hell is that figure coming out? They have made three or more Sentry action figures but we can’t get one Blue Marvel figures, aka the man who knocked Sentry out?!

Back to Spectrum. I’m really glad this figure was made. It is a great addition to the growing number of Marvel figures and to the Black Action Figure website.

7.0 Good

Pros

  • Good packaging
  • Good sculpt
  • Good articulation

Cons

  • Splotchy paint
  • No accessories like energy blasts
  • Must buy in a set of six figures
Packaging 9
Accessories 2
Sculpt/Likeness 7.8
Articulation 9.2

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  • D Jones (Oviedo, FL)

    Thanks D as always. What are the other black figures from SDCC 2017 and years past.

  • D Jones (Oviedo, FL)

    Also, can you come out with a yearly ( I know this is work) list of black figures that came out for that year. If possible, give an anticipated next year release of figures. Who makes them and where they may be purchased. Always appreciate your post.

    • thamenacing1

      That is actually a really great idea! I’ll try and start that this year! Maybe put a year review together in December and in January/February (usually after the New York Toy Show) put out a list of anticipated figures. Thank you for the idea!

      BTW, is your wife still willing to do an interview? I know I missed the window for February, but through my busy schedule, it’s been in the back of my mind of things I still need to do.

      And also, I always meant to ask if you and your family are okay during this hurricane season? I know you’re near Orlando, I just don’t know the extent of those hurricanes in the state of Florida. I hope you and your family are okay and doing well…

      • D Jones (Oviedo, FL)

        Thanks. Yes she is. We are fine. We evacuated early to Atlanta. Waited until storm passed. Power out for three days. Schools were out for 1.5 weeks. Lots of debris. Biggest thing is we and most everyone alive.

        Thanks for checking. You might find this interesting. My collectibles insurance is through USAA. one week before the storm they sent me an email stating that they would pay for both the transport and secured storage facility I’d needed. I thought that was great proactive thinking on insurance company.

        • thamenacing1

          Wow, good to know! My insurance is through USAA too and hopefully I will never need it, but it is nice to know they will come through like that…

  • Tim Kinnie

    Damn I def need her but dont want to spend all of that on the other figures… anyone know where I can find her cheap?

    • DJ Jedi

      Ebay’s pretty much the only game in town at the moment unless you wanna hold out hope that you find the entire box set on clearance at a Toys R Us (not likely, considering it’s an SDCC/TRU exclusive that includes a number of odd/in-demand female characters that are not likely to be reissued anytime soon). The good news is that the price for a loose Monica Rambeau is averaging in the low $20s to mid-$30s on ebay as of this posting. Well worth it.

  • DJ Jedi

    For those keeping count, this latest addition brings the WOC in the 17yr history of Marvel Legends not named STORM to a grand total of 5. (WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!)

    Misty Knight
    Kamala Kahn
    Ashley Barton
    White Tiger
    Monica Rambeau

    Word on the street is, there’s an upcoming Shuri figure(!!!!). And if you’re the type to mix and match your movie figures on the shelf all willy nilly, there’s Valkyrie from the Ragnorok wave that just hit shelves. But for the most part, pickings are still quite slim on the non-white female front. I’ll take what I can get, though. This is a major win for my collection. Considering how much ML loves cranking out Iron Man figures, I’m holding out hope an Iron Heart should be coming our way in the near future (fingers crossed).

    On another note, I gotta admit I haven’t been too geeked about all the hoops one has had to jump through to get a lot of black MLs lately. Monica is part of 6 figure box TRU exclusive set that retails for over $100 if you can find it in the wild (I had to cop mine loose off of ebay). Upcoming Luke Cage re-release is part of a Defenders exclusive box set that’ll probably retail for about the same, or more. Valkyrie is part of a Thor Ragnorok 2-pack. The most recent Black Panther was a (f**k) Walmart exclusive. So was movie Falcon. Sam Wilson Cap was part of a TRU exclusive 3-pack. War Machine was part of a Civil War 2-pack.

    Noticing a pattern here? Can a brutha just walk into a store, buy the ONE figure I want, and keep it pushing? End rant.

    • D Jones (Oviedo, FL)

      DJ Jedi, I have been writing sideshow cillectibles every month on the first day for almost two years asking, demanding, begging for them to make any African-American female figures (I love storm. I do want more storm. HOWEVER, I WANT all the others also). We need a coordinated national writing campaign to all of these manufacturers. One that is persistent and highlights are dollars are green and spend as well as anyone else’s