MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Dr. Paul Duval discovers his ability to turn his body to stone and becomes the transmuting mercenary, Grey Gargoyle!”
Amazingly, this is *not* the first time I’ve reviewed a Grey Gargoyle figure for this site. I say “amazingly” because there actually aren’t that many to chose from. In fact, his only other straight figure is the ’90s Toy Biz one I’ve already reviewed. Even more amazing? I have no particular attachment to the character, and yet, here I am, reviewing both of his figures.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Grey Gargoyle is figure 5 in the Kree Sentry Series of Marvel Legends. It’s a Captain Marvel-themed series, but Gargoyle is kind of the odd-man out in that regard, being the only figure contained here that has almost no ties to the Captain. He began as a Thor foe, then moved on to Iron Man, and finally just became a more general Avengers foe, but it’s not like he ever really fought *any* of the Captain Marvels. My money’s on easy parts re-use being the primary reason for his inclusion here. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Reaper body, which seems a decent choice for the character. I suppose an argument could be made for giving him a more chiseled appearance, but that would require an all-new sculpt, and I don’t think that would have ever been feasible for a character like Gargoyle. He gets a new head, left hand, feet, and add-on for his cape, as well as Prowler’s belt piece. The head’s definitely the star piece, with a wonderful maniacal grin, and proper blocky features. The rest of the new parts are all pretty standard stuff, making for a figure that meets expectations for the line. Gargoyle’s most interesting feature is really the color work. It’s not really paintwork, because most of it’s done with the plastic, which is semi-translucent, and features all sorts of little flecks and variations in color. The end result is a figure that does a respectable job of capturing the look of someone who’s made out of stone. He doesn’t have any accessories of his own, though I can’t really say what he could of come with. He does still have the head of the Kree Sentry figure, which I’ll be looking at later in the week.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted when I last reviewed a Grey Gargoyle, I’m not particularly a fan of the character. I certainly don’t *dislike* him, so I was down for picking up the figure when he was shown off. While perhaps not the star figure of the assortment, Grey Gargoyle is a solid addition to the line, and does some interesting things with the design. Now I kind of want to track down a Dreadknight to round out my ’90s Iron Man rogues.
I picked up Grey Gargoyle from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s still available here. And, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.