Sunday, June 12, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Hand Ninja from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro


   I've reviewed the Foot Soldier previously, so it's about time I got around to reviewing The Hand Ninja! The Hand is a clan of ninjas that pester the Marvel Universe with their ninjutsu skills and their mystical abilities while serving the evil demon, the Beast (not Hank McCoy). They make a great foe for a variety of your Marvel Legends heroes and are obviously an army builder. The Hand Ninja was released in the Stilt-Man series of figures that kind of tied in with Enter the Spider-Verse back in 2020 and was definitely designed to be an army builder. Each ninja came with the legs for Stilt-Man, but the legs were able to stack so you could make Stilt-Man as tall you wanted. I didn't build Stilt-Man (I actually didn't end up with any figures from that series until last month) but I still applaud Hasbro's decision there. They've since released The Hand Ninja in black/gray as a Hasbro Pulse exclusive but I've never been able to acquire that one in stock. This guy's actually a bit easier to find than that one, though I scored mine in a trade recently. Let's take a look at The Hand Ninja after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, hinged waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ lateral pectoral hinges, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and balljointed head.

Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands, sheathe, sword, 2 kama, and the legs for the Stilt-Man build-a-figure.

Year of Release: 2020

Original Retail Price: $20 dollars

The Positives:

* The Hand Ninja is a simple ninja figure wearing red. While Hasbro has since reused this mold for the Hasbro Pulse exclusive The Hand Ninja in gray/ black, I believe that this sculpt was completely new for this figure. His outfit is simple but well sculpted with lots of folds and wrinkles on his ninja-yoroi. He's got a cool belt, too. The red colors used look good here, particularly because of the usage of two different shades to add some variation while still keeping him all clad in red. Like a red ninja, but not those Red Ninjas.

* The headsculpt is generic enough to make for a solid army builder with the focus on the hood (a separate, but not removable, piece) and the form fitting balaclava. His eyes are sort of greenish but not in a normal way. Like in a mystical way, kind of like Spawn.

* The Hand Ninja has really cool tabi boots that complete his look. Very well done. If you want to learn more about tabi boots, check this out. I was looking for the names of these particular types of footwear and found this.

* The articulation on this guy is pretty par for the course for Marvel Legends, so it's excellent. He actually has the newer features, too, like the balljointed mid-torso and the lateral pectoral hinges. He's sturdy, poseable, and read to give your heroes a run for their money. Eh, what am I talking about? Daredevil, Black Widow, or Wolverine could eat this guy for breakfast.

* Two pair of hands are included, too. You've got some gripping hands and some grappling hands for combat. They swap out easily and do add a nice bit of variety to the figure.

* The sheathe included with the figure has a really nicely sculpted buckle on the front with some shuriken only partially visible as they're tucked in to the belt.

* The Hand Ninja's sword is a pretty simple piece that fits the figure well and stays securely in his hands. Silver blade, black handle. What more could you need?

* The sword fits snugly into the sheath so it's always close at hand when The Hand Ninja wants to reach out and cut someone.

* He also comes with two kama for some up close combat. They look pretty wicked and very sharp.

* Remember, you also get the Stilt-Man legs with this guy if you buy him new.

The Negatives:

 * The only fault I've found with this figure is that there are some black smudges on the plastic. It's not just paint slop, though, as it doesn't scratch away.

   The Hand Ninja really turned out well. Yeah, he's a couple years old by now, but if you missed out on him he's definitely worth trying to track down if your villains need some help. The sculpt is really good, the articulation is fantastic, and he has a nice assortment of weapons. I'm not planning on amassing multiples of these (though I know plenty of folks have) but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the Hasbro Pulse black/ gray clothed The Hand Ninja. This is an Epic figure that's a lot of fun to play around with and pose.

This is the first The Hand Ninja I've ever reviewed on the site. 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: Doctor Strange

Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 
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
Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor

Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro (2017)
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

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