MARVEL’S GOLD (TOY BIZ)
“Moon Knight possesses superhuman strength. His strength varies with the phases of the moon, being the strongest at full moon. Moon Knight is an experienced fighter (used to be a boxer, marine and mercenary). He’s also skilled in the use of a great variety of weapons.”
Another Moon Knight for you, Konshu!!!
Hey, look at that, it’s another Moon Knight figure. It’s been just over a month since the last Moon Knight figure, so why not have another one, right? Three years of reviews without a single Moon Knight, and I’ve gotten three of them in the last four months. What are the odds? Ah, who cares? Let’s just move onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight was part of Toy Biz’s 11 figure Marvel’s Gold line, which was a sub-set of their 5-inch Marvel line available exclusively through specialty retailers. The line made use of entirely re-used parts, and was notable for giving figure debuts to several cult favorite Marvel characters, including the esteemed Mr. Knight here. This figure stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. Moon Knight was built on one of Toy Biz’s Hercules figures from their Legendary Journeys tie-in line, which was itself a slight re-tooling of X-Men’s Gladiator. It’s a slightly odd choice for Moon Knight, truth be told, and makes him a fair bit bigger than he’s usually depicted. I personally would have preferred the Daredevil or Archangel bodies, both of which were frequently used pieces in this line, and I feel would have better summed up Moon Knight’s usual look. Not helping matters on the oversized body front is the head, which is just a standard Spider-Man head. There’s really nothing wrong with the head itself, but it’s really small when compared to the body, which only emphasizes the puffiness of the base. To aid in fully transforming this figure into Moon Knight, there are also two cloth add-on pieces, for the cloak and the belt. The pieces are slightly goofy looking, but the cloak does at the very least help to sort of mask the size differences between the head and the body. It takes a little bit of work, but you can actually get the cloak to look pretty nice if you try. In terms of paint, Moon Knight is actually pretty solid. He’s largely done up in this great pearlescent white, which looks super slick, and then there’s black line work for his costume details. It’s all pretty sharp and looks pretty polished for a straight re-paint. Moon Knight included no accessories, which is a slight bummer. At the very least, his staff would have been nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I always wanted this figure growing up, but the Gold Series’s distribution was rather spotty, resulting in lots and lots of certain figures, and next to none of others. Moon Knight was one of the ones I never saw. I’ve kept an eye out over the years and ended up finding him at the Factory Antique Mall (America’s Largest Antique Mall!…in case you didn’t know) just this past summer. Amusingly, I found him while I was still desperately searching for the new Legends figure. In light of more recent Moon Knight figures, this one maybe hasn’t aged so great, but the 5-inch scale is kind of my jam and I’m super pumped to finally have this guy in my collection. You can never have too many Moon Knights, right?