MARVEL UNIVERSE (HASBRO)
“No one, not even Moon Knight himself is really sure whether he’s actually the avatar of the ancient god Khonshu, or if he’s just crazy. It is without a doubt that he is stronger than the average man, and a far superior fighter to all but the best. He has devoted himself to Khonshu, acting out the Egyptian god’s agenda of revenge against criminals from one end of the world to the other.”
For Day 2 of the Post-Christmas reviews, I’m returning to one of my very favorite review subjects. Yes, it’s none other than MOOOOOOON KNIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! Sorry, I can’t help but do that at least once per Moon Knight review. Contractual obligation. So, yeah, Moon Knight’s a personal favorite character of mine, and one of those characters that I make a concerted effort to track down whenever he shows up in action figure form. He’s got one of those designs that just usually makes for good toy. And today, I’m looking at another!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight was released in the fourth assortment of Marvel Universe in 2009, during the line’s inaugural year. He was the 27th figure numerically in the line. As seems to be frequently the case for the character, the assortment that spawned Moon Knight was sort of an odd-ball selection of characters. Fun fact, though, the assortment also included Blade, a character that was essentially Moon Knight’s equivalent in the Tomb of Dracula books. Anyway, Moon Knight’s seen here in his classic all-white attire, which we actually haven’t gotten in proper figure form since. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. Moon Knight is built on the body that initially belonged to Daredevil. It was one of two mid-sized male bodies introduced during the first year of the line, and, to be fair, it’s definitely the better of the two. Of course, given that the other one is one of the worst bodies from the line, that’s perhaps faint praise. As I mentioned when I first reviewed this body (when it was Vision), it’s an okay body overall, but the biggest flaw is that it looks like he’s missing a row of abs. His torso’s just too short. On the plus side, it poses well, and it’s certainly very playable. He has a unique head, cape, and belt to help complete that Moon Knight look. The belt is a little soft and ill-defined, but the head and cape are really nice pieces, and I find them to be stronger than even the more recent version of Marc. As with the Vision parts, I can’t help but wish we could have seen these parts on a stronger base body. Moon Knight’s paint is, as you might expect, quite monochromatic, but kept from being too drab with a nice selection of grey and silver accenting on the white portions of the costume. Moon Knight was packed with his staff and a single crescent dart. Both are pretty cool, but the staff’s definitely going to get more playtime from me, since he can’t really hold the dart.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back when this figure was first released, I held off, in part because I was less of a Moon Knight fan than I am now, and in part because he was supposedly going to be re-packed later down the line in a two-pack with an Ant-Man figure. When that pack never materialized, I found myself with no Moon Knight, and eventually settled for the more recent small-scale Legends release. I ended up getting this guy this year as a Christmas present from my friends at All Time Toys, because that’s just how they do. There are certainly some dated aspects of this figure, but I’m overall quite impressed by how well-crafted he is. If nothing else, he’s certainly a lot of fun to play with!