With Hasbro’s latest wave of Spider-Man Marvel Legends finally making their way across the country, Marvel Comics first Muslim super-hero, Kamala Kahn (aka Ms. Marvel) is making her action figure debut on store pegs.
Created by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, Kamala Kahn made her Marvel Comics debut as Ms. Marvel in “Captain Marvel” #14 in August of 2013. A Pakistani teenager who hails from Jersey City, Kamala developed her powers when she was exposed to the Inhuman’s Terrigen Mists that were released onto the world. Realizing her Inhuman lineage, Kahn took up the then-recently vacated mantle of Ms. Marvel when she discovered that she could change her shape (including the ability to extend her arms and legs).
Part of the Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Sandman Build-a-Figure line that includes Green Goblin, Spider-Man 2099 (in his new duds), Captain Britain Spider-Man, Black-suit Spider-Man, Jackal and the Shocker, Ms. Marvel’s look comes right from the pages of “Ms. Marvel.” According to her creator, Sana Amanat, Kamala’s costume is based on “Shalwar kameez.” A traditional Indian outfit, the Shalwar kameez consist of a body shirt (kameez) and pants (shalwar), with Ms. Marvel wearing a blue body shirt and red pants.The figure features Ms. Marvel symbol as a gold inlay across the torso. She also sports gold piping around the shoulders and the trim of her body shirt. One of the nice touches of the figure is Kamala’s scarf; it’s got gold designs on the front and the back of it.
Kamala comes with two alternate “extending” arms with oversized hands. When you’re swapping the arms out, don’t be like ya boy, and pull out her hands thinking that the “extending arms” actually fit at the wrist. They don’t. I mean, they do fit. But, that’s not where they belong. No, actually the elbow hinge comes out of her upper arms. And that’s where her extended arms are meant to go.
If I’m being nitpicky here, Kamala looks older than she’s supposed to. Her face looks more like a woman’s than a kid’s face. Maybe it’s the hair sculpt. Maybe I’m just being picky. In my defense, though, I did preface this statement saying I was being “nitpicky.”
Ms. Marvel also comes with Sandman’s torso, if you’re into the Build-a-bearFigure thing. I’m not a completist, so I hardly ever bother with the BAF. But, it certainly looks good enough.
Depending where you live, Ms. Marvel should be hitting brick and mortars as these words hit your peepers. She retails for approximately $19.99 (once again, depending where you get her). All in all, Hasbro did a fairly righteous job recreating Ms. Marvel. If you’re a fan of the character, you’re definitely not gonna want to miss out on her.