Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch Action Figure

Written by Dan Hickman • Toy Editor

Shang Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings Marvel Legends

In the interest of pure transparency, the only figure I originally intended to buy from this line was the Marvel Legends A.I. Armor Iron Man. Then Mrs. ToyBox and I went on a date night last night to dinner and to the movies. She treated me to Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

That was when I realized the error or my ways and knew I had to add the figures from this movie.

If you’ve not yet seen it… GO NOW!!! Stop reading the review, go see the movie, then come back and finish.

It is THAT good!

In the MCU, Shang Chi was trained from a young age to be an assassin for his father’s deadly Ten Rings organization.

Running away to carve a life for himself, Shang Chi soon finds that he must confront the past he’d hoped to escape from as he is drawn back into his father’s plans.

Shang Chi, along with his friend Katy and his sister, Xialing must use every ounce of their training and skill to battle the Ten Rings and save Ta Lo from the Dweller in the Darkness.

Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch

As always, the first and most important question we must ask is… Is the Marvel Legend Shang Chi figure worthy of the coveted Triple A sweep?

With that in mind lets dive into his Accessories, Appearance, and Articulation.

The Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings wave features the Mr. Hyde Build a Figure and Shang Chi comes with Hyde’s left leg along with three pairs of hands in various martial arts poses and his staff from the film.

I really enjoy the fact that Hasbro has this wonderful tendency to pack multiple hands with the martial arts practicing figures.

At least, they’ve done so with this Shang Chi and the Demogoblin BAF wave Comic Book appearance Shang Chi.

I am always pointing out that I’d like to see Hasbro add more goodies to the figures and I’m happy with what was in this package.

The different hands lend themselves to multiple looks for Shang Chi and allow him to hold his staff securely.

I like the staff too, although, it would have been much nicer to see some red highlights on the ends of the staff, to more closely emulate the dragon scale appearance from the movie.

Otherwise, the staff looks nice. It has a silvery paint to it which, thankfully, doesn’t scrape or become marred when putting the staff in his hands.

All of the hands are painted identically, which is good when swapping them out on the figure.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the accessories accompanying my Shang Chi.

Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch Action Figure

As I’ve described the accessories, let’s move on to the figure’s actual appearance.

I am really impressed with the attention to detail and the screen accuracy that this figure carries.

However, with that being said, there are some gripes that I have with the paint applications on my figure. Shang Chi’s face and hair are incredible and very finely detailed.

Once again, Hasbro’s movie accurate facial scanning technology has done an excellent job and the applications are very impressive.

Moving down to his red jacket though is where we discover some concerns.

The red is a beautiful deep color with black trim paint applications applied over it. For the most part, the trim paint is well done.

However, on mine, the fine black lines on the front of the jacket, over Shang Chi’s chest are very poorly applied.

They are broken with many red spots showing through, which was exceptionally disappointing to me.

The rest of the trim detail is very solidly done and the black has a really nice gloss to it.

It’s just incompletely applied on the front.

The legs are molded in black and look very proportionally correct to the figure.

There’s nothing really outstanding about them, they look like comfortable martial arts pants should look.

Lastly the shoes are very reminiscent of the soft Kung Fu style shoes that we’ve seen in so many martial arts movies.

What I really like most about them is the white trim on the sides and soles of the shoes.

This is so neatly applied and mine was very consistent and very opaque.

I was happy that no black showed through.

The sculpting on this figure is also sensational.

The dragon scale jacket is textured consistent with how it looked in the movie.

Both front and back are equally sculpted to reflect the costume and you can certainly tell that the artists working on this figure were diligent in their craft.

Aside from the issues I had with the paint trim application, I do like how this figure looks and am pleased with the accuracy with which it represents Shang Chi.

It looks like Shang Chi is rounding second.

Can he get safely to that all important third A… Articulation? Let’s hope so.

Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch Action Figure

Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch

Martial Arts figures, as a general rule, MUST BE highly articulated. Shang Chi is no exception.

That’s not to say I didn’t have some problems at first, but the old hair dryer trick helped alleviate my fears.

His head will look up and down nicely, turns side to side and has terrific wobble to give him some “tude.” The shoulders raise out to amazing T poses, actually just a bit higher than the T itself and will rotate 360 degrees.

Unfortunately there is no butterfly joint at the shoulder, but still, the movement is unhindered and easy to use.

He has an upper bicep swivel, double jointed elbows that really bend in tightly and each pair of hands hinges and turns.

He has a deep diaphragm cut which allows a fantastic range of motion forward and back which gives Shang Chi some outstanding fighting stances.

His waist pivots easily and his legs can split incredibly wide for superior kicking poses.

His knees are double jointed and here’s where I ran into trouble.

My right knee was super tight and even after heating loosened it… it still sticks on me.

I’ll keep working on it though until it moves more freely.

He has an upper thigh cut which swivels nicely and both ankles hinge up and down and pivot very well.

You can very easily get Shang Chi into some great, dynamic martial arts poses to fight your other figures.

I’m looking forward to posing him with Iron Fist and my Hand Ninja.

Triple A completed, but with some minimal reservations.

Review: Marvel Legends Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch Action Figure

Review: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Shang Chi 6 Inch

The Marvel Legends Shang Chi movie figure is a joy to have.

Yes, I’m biased because I really, really liked the movie. (It has leapt into my top five favorite marvel films!)

That being said, this figure definitely holds his own on my shelf and looks top notch when standing with my other MCU Legends.

At the price point of $20, ditch those ten rings and grab yourself a Shang Chi.

He easily earns a solid 4 out of 5 toyboxes in this review.

You can find him and preorder many of the new Marvel Legends figures, at Big Bad Toy Store.

Thanks for checking out the toybox and, until next time… Geek Out!

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