The recent series of Marvel Legends Retro Collection: X-Men figures has had some real winners in it and today I'm checking out the second figure from the series I picked up: Spiral. Spiral fits in well with recent releases as she's been in love with Longshot, was modified by Mojo, and upgraded the Reavers. She's been a pretty significant player in the comics, was part of some of the Marvel vs Capcom fighting games, and was released in the vintage Toy Biz X-Men line. She was also released back in Hasbro's early Marvel Legends days as part of a Target exclusive series of figures, but this one is a huge improvement, as would be expected fifteen years later. With multiple weapons and six articulated arms, Spiral is a figure that I expected might have received deluxe pricing, but she didn't. She's sold at the regular (still kind of high) retail price of $25, but she definitely seems worth it. Let's take a look at Rita Wayword, better known as "Ricochet" Rita or Spiral, after the break...
Height: 6 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders (x6), swivel biceps (x6), double-hinged elbows (x6), swivel/hinge wrists (x6), hinged neck, and a barbell jointed head.
Accessories: 5 swappable hands, 4 katanas, boardsword, and axe.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
* Spiral is really just one of the most impressive looking Marvel Legends figures I've seen lately. Her body looks fantastic and there's clearly lots of newly sculpted parts here that show off not just her muscles and figure but also the wrinkles and bunching of the material of her outfit. There even seems to be a hint of shading to bring out the details. The belt isn't removable, but it is a separate piece with lots of little pouches sculpted on it. I'll talk more about Spiral's six arms shortly, but the sculpt really bends together nicely with everything flowing nicely.
* Spiral's helmet isn't removable but it looks excellent and nicely frames her face. Her eyes are eerily white though everything else about her face looks normal. Good face printing here, especially on her lips and her eyelashes.
* Flip her around and you can see Spiral's long, flowing white hair and the back of her helmet. It reminds me of the Shredder's helmet, which is pretty cool.
* Spiral is sporting some firry cuffs on her boots. Long, furry cuffs, to be precise. They hang down from just below her knees to the tops of her feet, giving her an even more unique appearance.
* Besides having six fully articulated arms, everything else is articulated just like you'd expect on Spiral. Everything moves quite nicely and has a great range of motion. About the only part of her body affected by inhibited movement is her head, which doesn't move quite as well because of her long hair. It's not horrible, though, and I think her appearance definitely more than makes up for a little loss of motion.
* Spiral doesn't come with any alternate hands for her right arms but she does come packaged with two additional hands for her left arms, allowing you to swap things up a bit. For the cybernetic arm there is an expressive gripping hand and a fist and for the basic arms there are two gripping hands and a gesturing left hand for her magical spells. Everything swaps in and out easily.
* Spiral also comes with six blades to fully arm her. First up is a pair of katanas. These are surely reused from previous figures but they work just fine with her and have a paint app on the handles.
* The next two katanas are painted the same, but they're actually a bit longer and straighter than the previous two swords, which were shorter with more curved blades.
* Two shake things up a bit Spiral comes with a broadsword that we've previously seen with Angela. It's molded in a darker gold plastic with a dark brown handle. It's quite a nice sword and I'm glad to see it used here.
* Last up is another of Angerla's accessories reused. This time it's one of her axe-like blades, which looks like it'd be a wicked weapon for up close encounters.
This is the first figure of Spiral I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Retro Collection reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Retro Collection by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Retro Collection: Fantastic Four by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Retro Collection: Spider-Man by Hasbro