MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Blinded as a young boy and imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero ‘Daredevil’”
This past Friday saw the release of The Defenders, Marvel’s big team-up series formed out of their four Netflix TV series. It’s an event several years in the making, so it’s pretty cool to see it finally hit. No doubt in an effort to tie-in with the show’s release, Hasbro has just put out their first series of Marvel Legends based around the four shows. Earlier today, Super Awesome Girlfriend took a look at Punisher from that line, and I’ll be having a look at my personal favorite of the Defenders, Daredevil!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Daredevil is figure 1 in the “Man-Thing Series” of Marvel Legends. The series takes its cues from the “Marvel Knights” banner which has served as the basis of the shows so far. The set’s made up of four show-based figures and two comic-based, with a comic-based Build-A-Figure. Obviously, DD is one of the four show-based. The figure stands a little over 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s got an all-new sculpt, based on Matt’s costume from the end of Daredevil Season 1/very beginning of Season 2 (the mask is the giveaway; it’s the original, more angular design). The sculpt is 100% new to this figure, though I wouldn’t be shocked to see a lot of it turn up again in some capacity, should Hasbro decide to do a Season 2 version. The sculpt is, surprisingly, a little bit of a mixed bag for me. Given Hasbro’s recent track record, I was expecting them to knock this one out of the park, but they haven’t quite managed that. As a whole, I’m happy with the work that’s been done. The surface details are all great. The detail work on the costume is awesome; the texturing is top notch, and the details look to have been lifted right from the on-screen costume. It’s the proportions of the figure that throw things off. My biggest issue is with the shoulders, which just seem too far set out from the rest of the body, giving him this odd sort of tortilla chip thing. They just always seem to be sitting slightly the wrong way. The torso’s also a little flat, but my other main issue is with the head. As with the rest of the body, the surface details are great, and he even has a decent resemblance to Charlie Cox…if Charlie Cox were a bit wider than he is in real life. Not heftier, or fatter; just wider. It honestly looks like the head got slightly squished. Which is a shame, because if it were just a little slimmer, it’d be a spot-on sculpt. As far as the paint work goes, DD is pretty decent overall. The Netflix figures have the same printed faces seen with Ragnarok Loki. For Matt, this is really just limited to the lower half of his face. The printing on mine is actually slightly skewed to the left of his face, which makes him look just a tiny bit off. It’s not terrible, but I did notice it upon close examination. On a figure with more proper placement, I’m sure the details look great, though. The rest of the figure is the traditional paint methods, which are fairly cleanly applied. They did miss applying the black details to the front of his mask, around his eyes. It’s not super awful looking (since the design of the cowl means that part of the mask catches shade naturally), but it does make me wonder if they were maybe working from the Season 2 design for the colors? [EDIT: after looking through some images of the costume, it looks like the front of the mask was left unshaded in Season 1, and the black was added at the start of Season 2, making this figure definitively a Season 1 DD] Matt is packed with his signature billy clubs (which are finally a new mold; thank you show accuracy!), as well as a pair of fists, and the head of the BAF Man-Thing. I’m a little surprised by the lack of an extra head, either unmasked or Season 2, but I guess that might have been a bit much for a figure that was 100% new sculpt.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been anxiously waiting for this figure pretty much since I finished Daredevil Season 1 back in 2015. When he was finally announced, I was ecstatic. While still on the look out for the freaking Homecoming Series (which I finally finished finding just yesterday), I ended up finding this guy and Punisher at Power Comics in Myrtle Beach. He’s not perfect. I was a little bummed about that, truth be told. But, over the course of writing this review, I messed around with him some more, and I’m content with him. Of course, now I’m tempted by the DST version coming later this year, to see if that one’s better…