ENCHANTRESS – MYSTIC RIVALS
The Enchantress? I thought I wasn’t looking at any more of that Suicide Squad stuff! Oh wait, that’s the *other* Enchantress. Yes, the Enchantress is one of those times that both DC and Marvel overlap on a character’s name, thereby providing immense confusion for all those non-comics readers out there. Marvel’s Enchantress appeared first (in 1964, two years before DC’s), and has generally been the better known of the two characters, which makes DC’s version of the Enchantress being the first one to grace the silver screen all the weirder. Neither version of Enchantress has ever been all that lucky in terms of action figures; up until this year, there was exactly one figure out there of the Marvel version, and that was it. Fortunately, she seems to be lucking out this year, with two figures already out and another on the way (curiously, DC’s Enchantress is still left out in the cold, as perhaps the only major member of the Suicide Squad cast left unreleased). I’m looking at one of those figures today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Enchantress is the seventh figure in the Dormammu Series of Marvel Legends. She’s officially titled “Mystic Rivals,” a name she shares with Runaways’ Nico Minoru. This is our second Legends version of Enchantress this year, following the figure included in Hasbro’s SDCC-exclusive “The Raft” set. The two figures are very similar in construction (it’s really just the arms and paint that are different), which has led to a bit of contention amongst the fanbase, some of whom feel exclusives should not be released. Of course, a whole other section of the fanbase was upset that she was an exclusive in the first place, so I don’t know. Personally, I’m happy to have gotten the second release (and, as someone who owns two of the other SDCC figures being re-released in this series, I don’t really see the problem with reissues on popular enough characters). The figure is about 6 1/2 inches tall (a bit on the small side compared to our other Asgardians from this line) and has 26 points of articulation. The SDCC Enchantress was built on the Scarlet Witch body from the Allfather Series, with a new had and skirt piece. Obviously, Hasbro’s desire to reuse the Scarlet Witch base is what’s caused her to be slightly under-scaled, and, if I’m totally honest, I don’t mind all that much. She’s still pretty suitably tall and imposing, and I think it would have been a little weird for her to be as hulking as, say, Valkyrie. The new head is quite nice, and does a pretty suitable job of capturing Enchantress’ typical look. I really like the slight sneering grin, like she’s up to something. Very in character. The skirt is a decent enough piece, though it’s a little bulky, and sort of exaggerates the smallness of her waist in comparison to her hips. On this version of Enchantress, the Scarlet Witch arms have been swapped out for the arms from the new female base body (seen on Phoenix), which I find to be a much nicer set of arms than the prior ones. I’m glad they made the switch. The paint on Enchantress marks another change from the SDCC version. The SDCC one was a bit more subtle, with everything being a slight variation of green, and an overall metallic sheen on the costume bits. For this figure, the belt has been changed to yellow, and the base green is now darker and matte in finish. Thanks to slight variations in coloring over the years, both figures are more or less accurate, so it really comes down to personal preference. The quality of the application is very clean on this figure. In general, the Dormammu figures are some of the best painted Legends we’ve gotten from Hasbro, which is a definite plus. Enchantress includes a pair of the Scarlet Witch spell casting effects, this time in a bright yellowish-green, as well as the torso of Dormammu.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back when the SDCC set hit, I had contemplated trying to track down the Enchantress from the set, since she’s kind of an important character. But, within a week or so, this figure was confirmed as being part of this set, which certainly made my life a whole lot easier. I didn’t find her with my first find of this series, which was a little disheartening, but when I found the set again at my new local Toys R Us, she was right there with them, and I happily snatched her up. I really like how this figure turned out, and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay the big bucks to get her!