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Review : Marvel Legends Xialing, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings


The first wave of MCU figures from Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings was relased by Hasbro in April 2021 as a direct follow up to the movie's first Teaser Trailer. Xialing is a new character to the MCU and arrives in the standard Legends packaging with a gold and grey colour pallet for the Shang-Chi MCU figures.

The side illustrations are just that rather than movie stills, and on the back of the box we get just a snippet of background information witout any significant spoilery information.

"When her estranged brother Shang-Chi suddenly shows up in her life, Xialing must choose between the solitary life she's created for herself or join her brother in the fight against the Ten Rings"

Xialing is played by Meng'er Zhang. The likeness on the figure is not 100% nailed on, with the face - and nose in particular - a little long. The application of face print tech does enhance the sculpt with some subtle shading to give definition to the cheeks on what is such a smooth complexion to begin with.

The costume for Xialing is very similar in style to Shang-Chi with a fish scale textured top in light grey over which is an intricate web of black lines. All of this is painted impeccably without any significant faults or errors.

Xialing is armed with a Rope Dart weapon, and this is cast in a wound position with a red arrowhead painted on one end and the same colour of weight at the other side. The piece can be carried or can be slung over Xialing's shoulder as we saw in some of the promo images.

She is also provided with three pairs of hands. A palm flat 'Hand Saber' pose, a pair of fists, and a pair of crane / hook posed hands. There is also a fourth right hand that provides a gripping option to hold the Rope Dart. These all interchange neatly.

As a female Marvel Legends body, Xialing does have a lessor articulation count of 16 points of articulation with the slimmer female Legends arms still struggling for a workable double joint. Xialing is pin-less in the joints which helps the overall aesthetic, while everything moves and works as it should. With a foot stand, she can perform more dynamic poses, such as standing leg strikes.

Xialing is another well-presented figure with good sculpt, decent enough likeness, and good articulation. The weapon is a little bit disappointing, but the varying Kung-Fu hand options to provide some excellent display options.

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About Me : As a child of the 70's and 80's I grew up in a golden age for action figures and in my youth bought and sold myself through collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe (Action Force) and M.A.S.K. while also dabbling in He-Man, Transformers and Ghostbusters. Roll forward and I am now reliving that Youth with the action figures of today and am a collector and fan of the larger 6-8 inch figures from my favourite movie and TV licences - including the ones mentioned above, but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who and the Aliens. I launched The Mephitsu Archives in 2015 with a view of creating a UK focused site or these figures where fans can pick up the latest action figure news, read reviews and get information on where to buy their figures and what is currently on store shelves. I hope I am delivering that to you guys...


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