Black Widow (Natasha Romanova, Marvel Prime)

She may have started out as a KGB spy but he soon turned her efforts to working for SHIELD becoming their greatest agent. Introduced in Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)  by Stan Lee and Don Hecks, Natasha Romanova (or Romanoff) was raised by Russia’s Red Room cell into being their greatest spy. As a child she was rescued by Captain America and Wolverine. She trained in espionage as well as being a talented ballerina and her body was enhanced which slowed down her aging. She later met Bucky, who was being used as the Winter Soldier and began a long relationship with him. She was later sent to spy on Tony Stark, who the Russian believed could turn the tide of the Cold War. She tricked Hawkeye into helping her but eventually fell in love with him and defected to the West. She soon joined SHIELD.

Black Widow teamed up with many heroes over the years, including a long romance with Daredevil, Iron Man and flirting with Cap. After a brief stint in the Avengers, he helped formed the short lived team of the Champions. She would also be one a number of Avengers team, even leading it for a while when Onslaught had “killed” the rest of the team. She was later recruited by Iron Man and Ms. Marvel (Danvers) to join the Mighty Avengers. She later infiltrated the Thunderbolts run by Osborn, when she pretended to be Yelena Belova (the other Black Widow).  She later rejoin the Avengers as a member of Cap’s Secret Team. She later was forced to defect SHIELD when she was framed for being a double agent but cleared her name. She has recently believed to have been killed by the evil Steve Rogers.

Black Widow always been a strong fan favourite thus has had a load of figures over the years. TB release on in their series 8. Hasbro ran a fan poll in which they showed a number of figure that people choose to be released, which Black Widow won second place. It not only came with a Winter Soldier figure but there was a variant with her in her grey 80’s costume. It would be years later after Hasbro focused more on her MCU appearances, but they then released not one but 2 figures, one in the Vintage Line and another in the upcoming Riders sub-line.


Haves

Classic01

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Vintage Wave 1 Black Widow

  • Background:
    • Having defected and retired from being a spy, Natash grew tired of the boredom. She decided she would began again as a hero and design a new costume to show this off. This costume with become her signature deign to which all that came after it would be based off of.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are a Black Widow fan then this is a most as it is her most signature costume. It would also would for many of her earlier team (and alot of later ones). However, this is part of the Vintage line, which was focus more for MCU collector, and was the only “new” figure for that line so it might be hard to find.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Grey Suit02

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Toy-R-Us Exclusive Marvel Legends 2-pack Wave 3 Black Widow with Winter Soldier (Variant)

  • Background:
    • During the 80’s almost all of Marvel’s character had a redesign.This is one that Black Widow wore for most of the 80’s and the 90’s. It is also the costume she wore during the Resurrection of Elektra storyline in Daredevil.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While this is an iconic costume, it was part of a extremely rare figure and is now a bit expensive. Unless you are a huge Black Widow fan, then I say not to try and track it down.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. With high call for a Black Widow solo movie, maybe this could be used in that wave as a comic version.

Neo-Classic03

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Toy-R-Us Exclusive Marvel Legends 2-pack Wave 3 Black Widow with Winter Soldier

  • Background:
    • Black Widow had tried to build a new team of Avengers after it was believed that the old team had been killed by Onslaught. However, she was forced to stop after being threaten to be sue by the Maria Stark Foundation. This cause her to become extremely stress and when the heroes returned, she quit the team. She would later return to being an agent of SHIELD with a updated classic costume.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • The same as the grey suit, this was part of a hard to find 2-pack (though alot easier to find, then it’s variant). You could probably find it going cheaply now with the release of the Vintage and Riders wave.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. One a new updated body.

VS Weeping Lion04

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Riders Deluxe set Black Widow

  • Background:
    • In Mark Waid’s most recent Black Widow storyline, Natasha was framed for being a double agent and was force to deflect and flee from SHIELD. She later was blackmail by the criminal Weeping Lion and learned that the Red Room, now know as Dark Room, was still up and running. She worked to stop the program and prevent an assassination of the US President, clearing her name.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This or the vintage wave is the ones I recommend getting. While the vintage wave is cheaper, this one will come with a really nice bike as well as being a more updated costume for her.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

NEEDS:

Below is a gallery of costumes that still need to be made. Click on the image to see chances of it being made. Please note that this is my personal opinion and not fact. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.


Teams

THE AVENGERS

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