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Captain Marvel
by yo go re

Look, it's Yon-Rogg, the character who is definitely Yon-Rogg and not at all Mar-Vell!

Leader of the Starforce team, Yon-Rogg is a hero among the Kree and a key asset to the Supreme Intelligence in the war against the Skrulls.

If you're wondering why we've now made this joke twice, it's not because we're uncreative, but because as soon as it was announced Jude Law was going to be in Captain Marvel, scores of fans decided the only character he could possibly be was Mar-Vell. This was not based on any evidence or inside information, but rather on the fact that no one could name a single other male character Captain Marvel interacts with - ie, the same unassailable logic which made everyone dead certain that Rachael McAdams would be playing Clea in Doctor Strange. Anyway, the simple misogynists who are already trying to downvote a movie that hasn't opened yet (for "totally legit reasons you guys I swear!") are clinging to the idea that Jude Law as Mar-Vell is the movie we "should" have gotten.

What does this figure have in common with the Wild West and with Xena? They're all completely Lawless. Jude Law may be playing the "mystery" character, but he certainly didn't sign off on likeness rights, judging by the fact that Yon-Rogg is wearing a finned helmet that only reveals the lower half of his face, and there's no alternate head for him.

Yon's body is a fully new sculpt, which means plenty of tiny details for his armored Starforce uniform, from the star in the center of his chest to the odd, oversized gauntlets he wears (which are absolutely in no way the MCU's version of Captain Marvel's Nega-Bands, no sir!). Additionally, his belt is a separate piece floating around the waist. This isn't a perfect execution of the costume, though, because the helmet and the feet both end up looking too big for the body, like they were scaled wrong when the steel tools were cut, and the paint on his thigh armor stops where it crosses the joints; it's colorful beneath, and plain above. It's quite odd. The uniform is black and (swirly metallic) green, which seems to owe more to Genis-Vell's look than to the classic Kree uniform.

Despite the ovoid head and clunky Frankenstein boots, Mar-Vell Yon-Rogg has the usual Marvel Legends articulation: head, neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, chest, waist, hips, thighs, knees, boots, and ankles. The shins are nice, since the upper edges of the boots come up over the joint, making them look more like something the character is wearing than a molded part of a toy. The shoulders wobble in their sockets, too. He's armed with a silver space gun, but not whatever that blue thing was the Minimate had. The mystery continues!

He's also got the largest part of the Build-A-Figure, the Kree Sentry's entire torso.

If you've never heard of Yon-Rogg, well, you and everybody else. Not exactly a name brand character, is old Yon-Rogg. He's basically the Sinestro to Captain Marvel's Green Lantern: a veteran member of the same military group, got pissed at the young upstart recruit, and turned into a vengeance-crazed villain because of it. He's the closest thing Mar-Vell had to an arch-enemy... other than "cancer," of course. It's possible Marvel's pulling a bluff, and that the character will be revealed as Mar-Vell in the movie, but on the other hand, no they're not. Whoever he turns out to be (Yon-Rogg), this is a surprisingly disappointing figure for Hasbro, with parts that don't look like they go together, paint errors, and the lack of adequate accessories. He's damn lucky he has a BAF piece.

-- 03/04/19

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