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Review: Marvel Legends King Valkyrie from Thor: Love and Thunder


 

We left Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie as the ruler of New Asgard at the end of Avengers: Endgame and she will return in Thor: Love & Thunder with the title of King Valkyrie, sporting a new look armour and cape - a combination of the black and white armours she sports in Thor: Ragnarok. How King Valkyrie fits into the overall narrative is as yet unclear.


This review is written ahead of the movie release and is done so only with the information to hand via the packaging of each figure and the teaser trailer from late April 2022. I will update these reviews once the film has been released. This review may contain minor spoilers but only in the context of any information provided on the package or visually on the figure.


The Love & Thunder King Valkyrie uses the standard Legends box with no specific accent colour and rather a strong use of the blue through red scheme we see in the movie logo from the box front. The name King Valkyrie is significant to the conversation between Thor and Valkyrie at the end of Endgame. The two side panels carry a mirror image of an armoured Valkyrie and this is repeated again on the reverse. Beneath this is the checklist for the Korg BAF and to the side of the image is the background text which does give us a little bit more info as to the context of her role in Love & Thunder.


"When a dangerous new visitor threatens the livelihood of New Asgard, King Valkyrie is forced to take up her sword once more to defend her people."


Valkyrie is an entirely new sculpt for her updated Love & Thunder look. This new armour retains aspects of the two different armours she wore in Ragnarok with a jet black base and contrasting crisp gloss white panels across the chest area and into the smaller skirt. Like Thor, she sports circular silver panels down the chest panels and at the fastening section of her cape. Further detailing on the sculpt includes straps and ringlets on the legs - although these are sadly unpainted. The dagger you can see in her right boot is a sculpted piece only and cannot be removed.


All of the paint is neat and well applied. There is also a good level of coverage from the white considering it is over a black base. The only issue is on the two white panels on the shirt piece which do go a bit murky at the end.


Valkyrie is wearing a bright azure blue cape, cast in plastic and fixed on Valkyrie's shoulders. It features a more dynamic shape as though blowing slightly in the wind which adds character vs the static capes we sometimes see.

The head is a new sculpt of Tessa Thompson and the overall likeness is good, but like Star-Lord from the same wave it looks better from certain angles - particularly the side rather than from face on. The photo-real face print is applied to the eyes and lips to enhance the realism.


The hairpiece features a lengthy braised section that runs the full length of Valkyrie's back. Within this are sections of blue braid, while the overall finish is simply left as the base colour for the hair and with no added paint decor.