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It's been two weeks since the Iron Man figurine graced our shelves.

And during those two weeks I noticed a large number of broken fingers and wonky faces throughout various newsagents. Now we move on to issue two, and all eyes are on whether the quality will improve as the price increases.

Happily, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Black Widow seems better painted than Iron Man and the figurine bears a much better resembelance to Scarlett Johansson. That's not to say it is perfect, but it is certainly better. It's harder to tell in these 2D photos that the figurine looks like Black Widow - but trust us when we say that in reality when viewing the 3D model it does actually look like her.

A better likeness

For those unaware, the Marvel Movie Collection is Eaglemoss Collections' brand new figurine collection. Over the course of 60 issues you can build a collection of 1/16th scale figurines based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe together with a short magazine detailing more about the character and the film the character is dressed from.

As with most partworks collections, this collection started at £3.99 for issue one and this issue is £6.99. Subsequent issues will cost £12.99 every fortnight.

One of the unique selling points of the collection is that the figurines are meant to have an 'incredible likeness' to the movie characters. Looking around at the copies of Black Widow in the store today, there seemed to be a fairly varying selection of face shapes to choose from. It was hard to tell if it was the figure mould or if it was the way the hair was painted, but it appeared like some of the faces were thinner than others. No figures in-store were missing any body parts.

The figure we chose had some strange spotting on its face and had really thin arms which seemed disproportionate to the rest of the body.

Black Widow on the left is as advertised, Black Widow on the right is as purchased

The rest of the figure is well built and reasonably well painted, but unlike the first figurine there is much less detail to paint incorrectly. The way the hair has been painted is a little disappointing, but roughly matches the original advertisement.

Standing alongside Tony Stark, Black Widow is slightly shorter with much thinner arms.

The jury is still out with the Marvel Movie Collection figurines. On one hand, this figurine is much better quality than the previous one but on the other hand the price was double what it cost for issue one.

Issue 3 comes with Captain America and will be the true test at £12.99. Based on the two so far, the figures just don't seem to feel like they should cost quite as much as they will do.

We've given this figurine the same score as issue one because although it has a better paint job it also costs twice the price as issue one.

6
  • This figure features a much better paint job
  • Well sculpted figurine
  • Not as well crafted as advertised
  • Paint job is still not excellent
  • Natasha has really thin arms

Marvel Movie Collection - Black Widow was reviewed from a purchased retail copy.

Andrew Smith @andismith

Andrew is a LEGO geek and an avid collector. When he has some spare time he loves to indulge in a video game.

  • Character:
    Black Widow
  • Price (uk):
    £6.99
  • Purchase:
    Buy online

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