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by yo go re

*Stereo MCs' "Connected" starts playing*

Real Name: Olivia Colomar
Age: 30
Occupation: Hacker
Affiliation: Talon, Los Muertos (formerly)

Sombra is one of the later characters introduced to the game, so she doesn't get a fun little alternate name (other than "Eggplant"), so we'll just call her Acid Burn. When it was revealed she was from Mexico, fans began to speculate that she was the grown up version of the girl from Soldier:76's story video, but that girl had a mom, while Sombra was an orphan. Plus, the timeline doesn't seem to match up. So sorry, people who want everything to be connected narratively, it turns out there's more than one Latina in the world.

Sombra's got a haircut that may be a generic "future" look, like the silly stuff dreamt of in old sci-fi publications, but it may have utilitarian roots instead: like, her whole thing is hacking computers, and the shaved side of her head seems to have some tech printing there: is it so odd to imagine that she somehow got a functioning circuitboard tattooed onto her scalp, allowing her to interface with computers directly from her mind? Now that we have said it, it must be canon!

Even if there's a reason for the hair, she still dresses stupid. She wears a short-sleeved purple coat with silver accents, over top of a bright blue... dress? Second coat? Long shirt? Something. There are pink sleeves poking out of the purple coat, leading to purple gloves. She has what appear to just be leggings that smoothly become shoes after her gigantic ankles, fading between blue and pink at the bottom, then break harshly via stripe to black at the top. Good thing one of her abilities is to turn invisible!

Hasbro really went all-out with the articulation for this line, which is why it's such a shame it failed. Sombra has a balljointed head, hinged neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and wrists, a balljointed chest and a hinged waist, balljointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, and swivel/hinged ankles. The swivels that allow the feet to tilt to the sides feel slightly stuck, just like the feet on the Marvel Legends teen girl body - is there something about making feet at this size that means the ankles have to be sketchy?

Sombra's accessories include her fully automatic machine pistol, the translocator beacon that allows her to teleport, and a translucent pink piece that fits onto her fingers and is meant to represent her "hack" ability, which stops enemies from using their abilities to prevents health packs from doing them any good. While the energy that comes out of her hand (in the game) is indeed pinky-purple, the stylized "digital skull" effect that shows it's complete is usually reddish-orange - something that would have required some very complex molding to do here. They could have made the eyes in the skull hollow, though.

Although she's one of the bad guys, working for Talon instead of for Overwatch, Sombra isn't necessarily "bad" herself - she uses her hacking to target those she feels are harming innocents, all while gathering power and resources to hunt down the minds behind the global conspiracy she stumbled onto when she was just a girl. Sombra is not as interesting a design as some of the others, so I mainly got her because it was exciting to see her on the shelf that day. Now that I'd be able to get her at clearance prices, she'd be even more appealing.

-- 07/18/20

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