Good news for Marvel figure collectors here in sunny Singapore, Hasbro’s 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite Series Wave 2 has just hit local specialty hobby shops. I have already declared my love for all Marvel villains in my earlier review of the Grim Reaper figure from Wave 1, so it’s really no surprise to see me gushing over the Whirlwind action figure in this latest wave.
In this new wave, we also got a bearded Thor, Red She-Hulk as well as reissues of Yellowjacket, Steve Rogers, Beta Ray Bill and a very eye-catching, oversized Death’s Head seen recently in the pages of Iron Man. As for Whirlwind, yah, I know he looks more than a little goofy with that huge helmet but there’s a lot of Marvel history underneath that green hard hat. He’s a mutant who’s born with the ability to spin and move at great speeds. Besides starting out as a jewel thief, he was also a stalker who became obsessed with the female Avenger known as the Wasp. There was a controversial Avengers issue when things got pretty kinky with him dressing up hookers as the Wasp, and then assaulting them but the less said about that the better.
Whirlwind’s also a regular member of several prominent Marvel villain groups including the Masters of Evil, Lethal Legion and Thunderbolts. The whirling dervish may not be one of familiar big bad guys like Doctor Doom or Loki but the fact that he has fought almost every Marvel hero is why he’s my first pick from this new wave.
As for this 3.75-inch figure, I just love the colors. The comic accurate green and silver grey are exactly what readers have come to expect. Excellent paint job and who could resist those cute little wrist buzz saws!
As you can see from the photos, it’s quite a poseable fun action figure. Although we have a typical chest pivot so we can mimic his infamous whirling action, there isn’t a whist swivel which I thought was rather strange.
In case anyone is wondering, you can’t remove the helmet. It’s just a bullet-shaped headpiece and you can’t turn it either. Frankly, I would really be surprised if it’s an actual helmet and there’s another headpiece under it. But the paint job on the eye and mouth slits are amazing as there are no over spilling onto the helmet.
The overall sculpting is good, I like it and I want to applaud Hasbro for putting out a lesser-known character like Whirlwind. Definitely a welcome addition to anyone who wants to start his own Masters of Evil membership drive. Hope you guys like some of scenes below including Whirlwind in spinning action mode!