MARVEL’S MOON KNIGHT
MARVEL LEGENDS — 3.75 (HASBRO)
“A vision in an Egyptian temple leads Marc Spector to don a silver shroud and become the crime-fighting hero, Moon Knight.”
Moon Knight is one of the many Marvel heroes who began his career as an antagonist. First created as a foe for Werewolf By Night, Moon Knight proved popular enough with readers to earn his own title, and in the process has become arguably better known than the character he was created to fight. He was a fairly basic costumed vigilante to start with (he frequently found himself used as off-Batman); his only notable twist was that he had two secret identities, a wealthy playboy and a cab driver, neither of which was actually his original identity. Which, for those keeping track, is a whopping four identities. Eventually, it was decided that all these identities were actually due to Marc possessing a multiple personality disorder (which may or may not have been caused by the Egyptian God Khonshu’s influence on him). You see, Marc isn’t pretending to be Moon Knight, or Steven Grant, or Jake Lockley; he *is* those people. They’re all still very similar to Marc at their core, but each uniquely different in abilities, temperament, etc. He’s definitely a fun character when handled right. Above all, though? He looks cool, and that makes for a good toy.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight was released in the first 2017 series of the smaller-scale Marvel Legends line. It’s sort of an oddball assortment of characters, but that’s honestly the best chance of getting made that Moon Knight ever gets. The figure stands a little over 4 inches tall and he has 19 points of articulation. Moon Knight is sporting his most recent costume; it’s got a lot in common with earlier Moon Knight designs, but with the usual streamlining we see on so much these days. There are also crescents. A lot of crescents. Because the moon. I’m generally a fan of this look, and I certainly like it more than some heroes’ modern designs. He’s built on the most recent male base body, with a unique head, forearms, and shins, as well as an add-on piece for his cape and chest armor. The base body is a good fit for Moon Knight. It’s actually a first, I think; his base bodies have tended to be a little off on prior figures. The new pieces are all pretty solid. I wasn’t crazy about the head sculpt at first, but as I’ve had the chance to mess around with the figure and see it from different angles, it’s really grown on me. It should be noted that it really looks best when viewed somewhat from above, rather than the upward facing angle most of the promo shots show it in. The hood and cape both have a really awesome knitted texture going on, which helps to keep the figure from getting too monotonous, while still managing to not look overdone like some texturing at this scale can. Moon Knight’s paint work is pretty straight forward black and white for the most part. The application is all pretty clean; there’s some slop here and there, but nothing unacceptable for the scale. I do like the presence of both flat and pearlescent white; it helps to differentiate between the armored bits and the cloth bits. Moon Knight includes no accessories, which is a real letdown given the amount of money these things retail for. At least give him his staff!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
March was a pretty hard month for me in terms of purchases, so I swore I wasn’t buying any figures for the entirety of April. Remember how I said I swore I wasn’t buying any figures in April? Well, it turns out my friends and family are all big fans of loophole abuse. Tim and Jill came down for a visit in mid-April, and I spotted this guy while we were out and about. I looked at him, but ultimately put him back. Of course, Tim saw me empty handed and demanded I show him where the figure was and then proceeded to buy it for me. Because they’re all a bunch of no good enablers, that’s why. One of these day’s I’ll pay them all back. Literally. Like, with money. Or other goods.
I wasn’t initially sure about this figure, given that he was being released in such close proximity to his larger scale figure in there main ML line, but the timing of the releases worked out so that he hit right as I was really wanting a Moon Knight figure. It’s for the best really, because if they’d been released at the same time, I’d have skipped this guy, and that’d be a real shame, because he’s actually really cool. Here’s hoping the large figure’s even better!