Wasp (Marvel Universe Infinite Series)

October 12, 2015 | By More



I am not exactly sure how much is coincidence and how much is actual planning when I see Hasbro producing figures for second-tier characters way in advance of they becoming relevant due to a mention or an appearance in any of the Marvel movies.


Wasp (9)One such character, for me, is Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a Wasp, who had an action figure produced as part of the early waves of the re-branded Marvel Universe Infinite Series, back in 2014.


Wasp uses the same body mold we saw earlier with Jubilee although it also has a few newly tooled pieces for the torso and head.


I think the face sculpt for Wasp is quite pretty and the rubber wig piece glued on top of the head looks actually very nice too. The torso had to be modified are due to the need of having a couple of ports to attach the included wings onto the back of the figure.
Wasp (6)Overall, I think the upper torso piece is not quite the right size for the body. Wasp comes off looking odd-proportioned; with freakishly long legs and a conspicuously small ribcage, a trait further accented by the separation of her shoulders.
Wasp’s wings are articulated at their base, featuring an injection molded hinge as well as a round peg that allow them to be posed in a variety of ways. The overall articulation model for Wasp goes like this:



Wasp (3)• Hinged peg neck.

• Pegged hinge shoulders.

• Pegged hinge elbows.

• Swivel wrists.

• Floating torso.

• Ball jointed hips.

• Upper thigh swivels.

• Double hinged knees.

• Upper calf swivels.

• Hinged peg ankles.

• Rocker feet.


Despite the weight of the wings, I found out that Wasp is capable of standing up unassisted with very little problems, thanks to the firmness of her joints.


Wasp (8)Since this is a modern version of Wasp, her color scheme is very simple, consisting mostly on a bright gold design applied over black plastic. The overall result is quite striking and even though the edges on some areas of the costume are not quite as sharp as I’d expect, the face paint is applied very neatly.


Wasp comes with only one accessory, a smaller, two-piece version of herself, painted in the same color scheme. The mini Wasp accessory had already been issued with an Avengers multipack, but the sculpture is generic enough to need only a new coat of paint and a new wing mold o pass as a miniature modern Wasp.


I am not going to lie. To this day it still takes some effort to overlook the odd body proportions on this Wasp figure, but the bulk of the wings helps to distract the eye just enough to accept the overall look.

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Errex Score: 79/100

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I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Nowadays, I still collect pretty much anything that catches my eye.

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