MARVEL SELECT (DST)
Did I mention that I liked Daredevil Season 3? <checks back to my last Daredevil-related review> Yes, yes, I did. Well, it bears repeating: I really liked Daredevil Season 3. After being somewhat let-down by all of the post Luke Cage Season 1 offerings from Netflix, I was very happy to see a return to what I’d loved so much about Daredevil‘s first (and the majority of its second) season. It’s not a huge change for Daredevil to come along and surprise us all with its quality, though, since Season 1 did the same thing back in 2015. It was such a surprise, that none of Marvel’s usual licensees had actually gotten the licenses for any proper merchandise. In the case of both Hasbro and DST, their first DD product wouldn’t come until a fair bit after the show’s second season had hit. I looked at Hasbro’s version of old-horn-head back when he was new and was of mixed opinions, so I decided to finally get around to giving his main competition, the Marvel Select release, a try.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Daredevil was released as a standalone offering as part of Marvel Select‘s 2017 line-up of figures, hitting in the fall of last year. Matt’s sporting his proper Daredevil gear from Season 2 of the show, which is, admittedly, the more distinctive look. That said, I’m personally still holding out that someone (other than Minimates, that is) will give us Matt’s all-black number. This figure was originally solicited with his damaged Season 1-style helmet from after his run-in with Punisher, but by the time he hit shelves, he was actually sporting his proper Season 2 mask, thereby making him distinct from his Legends counterpart. That was actually a pretty smart move on DST’s part. The figure is on the shorter side of the Select scale, standing 6 1/2 inches tall, and he sports 30 points of articulation. The height’s sort of a curious thing, because it means he’s not really in-scale with anything else from his own line, but he *is* kind of in-scale with Legends. It’s not a perfect match, but he’s less than a quarter-inch off from the proper Legends release, so it’s very fudgable. The sculpt is unique to this figure, and it’s reasonable. It feels a little bit like the antithesis of the Hasbro figure. The build is certainly less wonky, and the overall appearance is more balanced and appealing, but he loses the really nice texture and small detail work of that figure, and while the articulation is certainly usable, it’s not very well worked into the sculpt. The prototype shots and even early test shots with the new head sported a pretty solid likeness of Charlie Cox, but something was lost in the production process, leaving the figure to look a good deal more generic. He still looks reasonable from the right angle, but head-on’s a real killer. His paintwork is mostly rather straightforward. The blacks and reds aren’t the most eye-catching, but they’re a fairly decent match for his show appearance. The face suffers the same trouble that most figures with that sort of stubbly, “I haven’t shaved in a day or two” look suffer, where the quality varies widely from figure to figure, and it always looks kind of sloppy. My figure looks reasonable enough, but after what Hasbro’s been doing with such things on their recent face-printed figures, he’s a little out there. Matt is packed with his billy club, which can separate into two (surprisingly differently-sized) pieces, as well as a spare set of gripping hands to hold them. There’s also a display stand modeled after a warehouse or something, and an articulated stand to assist in more dynamic poses. The articulated stand is great in theory, but less so in practice, as the joints are too weak to hold Matt up, meaning he’s still got to be more or less balanced to begin with. Still, it’s better than nothing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
DST’s Daredevil hit at a bad time for me to pick him up, so I didn’t, and I just never had the chance to double back around and get him. I finally grabbed him a couple of weeks ago during Cosmic Comix‘s “Biggest Sale of the Year!”, because I’m still coming down from that Season 3 high, I guess. I was hoping for a figure to replace the Legends release, but I’ll be honest, I knew getting into this that that likely wouldn’t be the case. This figure addresses some of the Legends figure’s flaws, but trades them in for some of his own, resulting in another figure that’s shy of being perfect. Oh well, maybe Mezco’s got the answer…