Ahhh…the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy! This has a special place in my heart…fantastic movie…and the first complete Legends set I ever bought. A lot of people are working their way through the roster with the movie characters, but I figured let’s break the norm and go to Nova! (or Kid Nova). I haven’t read the comic in ages, but this guy has been making waves, and they did bring Rich Rider back…considering DC has a ton of Green Lanterns and Flashes, Marvel can get away with this…but let’s talk toys here!
So let’s talk about this…this is on the teen body like the Ultimate Spiderman…but it isn’t the same it seems. The head peg is larger, so you can’t use the Ultimate Peter Parker as an unmasked head. Getting that out of the way, this guy took a half minute to grow on me. He is simple, but a LOT of molded detail. This includes the Nova disks and the “V” lines. I believe all the gold is painted as well. Very impressive!
The love is a full 360 on this guy. Hasbro has really stepped up their game from back when the first Guardians figures came out.
Articulation is just fine, as is Balance.
Plus in flight poses he has just the right amount of neck articulation.
As far as accessories…you get this guy. This little thing. This…this…oh I don’t have any clue to be honest. Probably a character from the comic…but this is a static piece! If anything it needed a peg hole in the back or even a display stand of his own. I can’t use this for photography, have him stand up for a display, nada! I would have liked some alt hands or even those over used effect parts.
I mean I found this at the flea market the other day, I think it was from a Palpatine figure…but man it makes a world of difference!
Speaking of worlds of difference…here is Nova compared to his predecessor. Wow..just..wow…the joints are so much better, not gummy…the solid star doesn’t warp out of place…as cool as Rich Rider is, alas that figure did NOT age well.
I REALLY like this figure though. When I first opened him up I was all “That’s it?” After a bit if posing though I really took a shine to him. Plus he looks great with his fellow Champions. Speaking of, I do have to say, this body would make a GREAT younger Cyclops.
I give Nova here a strong A-, if he had more accessories that would have bumped up the grade. Hasbro is killing it with the QC and paint as of late, which if you break out the older stuff you will see. I look forward to opening a few more Guardians…and Xmen…and what ever Hasbro can throw at us!