Sideshow Ms. Marvel Premium Format Statue Review


I've never really been a fan of the character Ms. Marvel. It's not that I have anything against her, per se, it's just that she's never really been on my radar in terms of characters I follow in the Marvel universe.

But I'm generally not one to pass up a good-looking Sideshow statue, especially one of the premium format editions, so way back in February I pre-ordered the exclusive edition, then last week I got an offer to receive one of the "early" shipments Sideshow had received.

I got the statue yesterday and immediately discovered just what that early shipment meant: my statue was #008 out of 750. Of all my Sideshow products, I don't think I'd ever received one before that was numbered in the single digits, so it's pretty cool having this one. Then again, the production number doesn't really mean much in the long run when you're displaying the figure. It's all about how the figure actually looks, and this one looks good.


As with all of Sideshow's premium format statues, Ms. Marvel has cloth clothing, though in her case, it's only the leotard and the sash. That's a little disappointing, but when you think about it, what else on Ms. Marvel could have been cloth instead of sculpted? Sideshow always goes with sculpted boots/shoes on the female premium format figures, and Ms. Marvel's boots extend all the way to her mid-thigh. Her gloves could have been the same kind of faux-leather used for Emma Frost's cape or Mystique's pants, but they wouldn't look nearly as good as they do sculpted.

The red sash comes "unassembled" as it were, and there are no real guidelines on how it should be placed on the statue. I tried to do my best to match it to the picture on the box, but some extra guidance would have been nice (if entirely unexpected from Sideshow, which has never included assembly instructions with its figures). The sash isn't just flat cloth; there's some soft wire in it which allows you to pose it, adding an element of action to what is a relatively static pose.

Ms. Marvel stands atop an Avengers logo base, which is much more impressive in person than it appeared in the imagery. It's much deeper than the Mystique base, and about the same circumference. There's a nice color-fade effect int he logo itself, and the underside has a good design, plus it's sufficiently padded to prevent slippage.

The head attaches to the body via magnets, as has become common for Sideshow statues. The exclusive edition has two head sculpts. The first (shown to the right) is the one that comes with the standard edition. The paint job on the eyes is particularly good, and this sculpt provides a head-on look at the entire figure. The alternate head provided with the exclusive version has the more classic "white eyes" Ms. Marvel look, but aligns everything so the head is looking off to the left of the figure. Plus, with the way the hair is styled on the exclusive head, it gives the whole thing much more of an "anime" look, which I'm not sure I like. I think I'll be sticking with displaying the figure with the standard head for now, though it's nice to at least have the option of switching them out.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the Ms. Marvel Premium Format Statue, but that's not a surprise given the general quality of Sideshow's offerings. It's not quite as impressive as the Emma Frost, but it's right up there with Mystique, and just because of its sheer size it stands out from the many comiquettes I have (seriously, my living room looks like a Marvel female hero staff meeting at this point), thought if I'm being 100% honest, it's not even the best statue I've received this month. That honor goes to the Psylocke comiquette, which has the advantage of having a really impressive pose, something that can't be said about Ms. Marvel.

Comments

  1. Hi
    Just a question.....can Ms.Marvels cloth costume be removed completly?

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