Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Action Figure Review: Heist Nebula from Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro


   Ready for another Marvel Legends review in this mini marathon? My second pick up from this series was the What If? inspired Heist Nebula from the episode "What if? ...T'Challa became a Star-Lord?" Why is she called Heist Nebula? I'm assuming it's a reference to the plot to steal the Embers of Genesis from the Collector, Taneleer Tivan. It's kind of a weird name for the figure, especially since Hasbro hasn't released a Nebula figure since 2017 as far as I'm aware, so it's not like it'd be confusing due to having multiple figures of the character on the shelf. Anyways, I picked this figure up for a couple reason. One, it's a figure based on a Karen Gillan character, so there's that. Number two, though, I think she makes a decent comic based Nebula for my shelf. No, she doesn't look exactly like any of the comic versions of Nebula but the style of the figure really does blend nicely with the standard comic based Marvel Legends figures, more so than the excellent MCU version from 2017. Is she worth picking up? Let's take a look and find out after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: Pistol, 4 interchangeable hands, and the robe, cape, waist, and torso of the Watcher build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars

* Heist Nebula is on the left while the 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 Nebula is on the right. The characters look fairly different but they do share the same lower body and lower torso. it makes sense since Nebula's costume in What If? is pretty similar to her MCU outfit, but the colors are brighter and a bit simpler, befitting What If's? animated style.

The Positives:
* I love the purple of Nebua's outfit and how it looks against her blue skin. It's an impressive looking figure! The costume is nicely detailed although the simpler paint apps of this version, matching the What If? animation style, don't highlight those details as much. She looks fantastic, though, and really pops out on your shelf in the same way that the other classic, brightly colored Legends figures do.


* In What If? Nebula actually seems to have a semi-healthy relationship with Thanos (who isn't too bad of a guy) and thus she hasn't been experimented on much. She does have some cybernetic implants but those aren't visible here as they're hidden under her hair. Heist Nebula has yellowish-blonde shoulder length hair and a more pleasant, less ready to kill you at the drop of a hat, facial expression.


* Her boots are really cool. They're the same boots as the previous Nebula figure had but they're still really detailed with lots of buckles and such. I wish I loved in a world where it was socially acceptable to wear space boots and such everywhere.

* I sometimes get tired of talking about the articulation on Marvel Legends figures because it's always so good and pretty consistent. She doesn't have some of the newer joints but everything she has works and you'll have no problem getting her into most poses you could want. Hasbro makes great figures that are durable and suitable for fooling around with that you don't have to worry about breaking.


 * Heist Nebula has four interchangeable hands: A gesturing right hand, two pistol grip hands, and a left handed fist. They swap out easily and give you some nice options for posing her.


* I really like this little snub-nosed laser pistol Nebula carries. It's a cool little piece that seems like it's made for close encounters.



* When she'd rather be kicking you than blasting you Nebula can store her blaster in the holster on her right hip. It fits in there well and looks fabulous. Way to go!

 * Nebula comes with four pieces for the Uatu the Watcher build-a-figure. She has the robe, the waist/ lower torso, the upper torso, and the cape that extends up behind his head (which I have attached in this picture). I'm not planning on building Uatu (I've already sold off the pieces) but it's kind of crazy how much of him Nebula comes with.

The Negatives:


* The back of the figure has a lot of detail but almost no paintwork. It would have been nice to have a couple of the straps painted.

   Heist Nebula really impressed me. Yes, she reuses a lot of the previous figure, but it works and the color scheme and cool blaster pistol are just really appealing. She's a fun figure and since we haven't seen Nebula over and over in action figure form it's nice to get another version of her. While I'd love to get a true comic version of Nebula some day in the future I'm very happy to have this one on the shelf for now. She's gets a Great and a 1/2 from me and so far is my favorite of the three What If? figures I've picked up. I originally only wanted Captain Carter and Heist Nebula from this series but I ended up picking up one more when I saw it in person. Who is it? Check back soon!



 Looking for more of Nebula? Then check out my review of the Marvel Legends GOTG vol. 2 Nebula.

For more Marvel Legends Series figures check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde
Omega Sentinel


  1. Replies
    1. She did turn out fantastic. I still would like a comic version of Nebula from Infinity Gauntlet but this figure will nicely fill in the gap for now.

  2. I've been selling off most of my Doctor Who figures over the years but I'm definitely keeping both of my Amy Ponds. She was definitely the best.

  3. I have my Amy's and a couple monsters left mixed in with my horror stuff. And yes, the Super7 stuff is really pricey. I'm awfully tempted by the G.I. Joe Ultimates, though, even though the original cartoon is definitely not my preferred Joeverse.

    And yes, we do call them fanny packs or belt bags. Over here fanny is a less crude term (often used by older women) to refer to the butt.


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