MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Part of a group of young mutants, Dani Moonstar has the ability to conjure illusions based on her enemy’s deepest fears.”
Debuting in 1982, the New Mutants were an attempt to go back to the “troubled youngsters” angle of the original X-Men pitch, which had been since lost in the main book. Included in the team’s five-member founding line-up was Dani Moonstar, who initially went by the alias of “Psyche”, before switching over to “Mirage”, and then ultimately just going by her own name, because if you’ve got a name as cool as “Dani Moonstar” maybe you don’t need to try to make it cooler. Dani was ultimately written out of the book before it’s conclusion (though she was at least lucky enough not to be killed on her way out, which was more than could be said for poor Cypher and Karma), and that meant she wasn’t folded into X-Force, so she didn’t take off quite the same way that Canonball, Sunspot, and Wolfsbane. However, she’s still got some things going for her, such as a Marvel Legends figure. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Dani Moonstar was released in late 2019/early 2020, as part of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. She was initially a Walgreens-exclusive figure, and followed in the store’s trend of getting female X-characters as their exclusives. Earlier this year, she was offered up for a fan channel release as well, making her generally more accessible. Yay! The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She’s built on the Phoenix body, with newly sculpted parts for her head, forearms, and boots. Dani is based on her mid-00s team suit design, from after they’d relaunched the New Mutants in light of most of them not being dead anymore. It’s an update on their original black and yellow costumes, in turn based on the original X-Men designs. It’s a pretty basic design, but not a bad one from a team stand-point. Technically, there should be a few more character specific elements for it to be properly customized to Dani’s look from the comics, but there’s a decent reason it’s not: because this figure’s designed to be more than just Dani. She includes two extra heads, as well as two extra sets of hands, which allow her to be displayed as her team-mates Karma and Wolfsbane, also in their mid-00s team suits. The heads are pretty nice pieces themselves, and the overall appearance works out way more convincingly than, say, the Lilandra head included with Mystique, so there’s more out of the box value here. In terms of paint work, the figure’s overall pretty basic. The work on the suit is nice and clean, and the individual heads all feel sufficiently distinct from each other in terms of how they handle the palette and themes of the characters. In addition to the whole extra set of head and hands for the two separate characters, Dani does also get a couple of accessories of her own, namely a bow and a single arrow, which both appear to be new pieces, as near as I can tell. She has a little trouble holding the arrow, but it’s still a good look overall.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m generally not a huge New Mutants fan (though I’m all about Cypher and Warlock), so I wasn’t in a hurry to get this particular release. That was probably for the best, because it was never all that numerous around these parts. I think I saw it once, while driving between locations for work, and I just wasn’t feeling it enough to grab it at the time. That being said, when she was just at All Time, and I was already grabbing a handful of other figures that came in that day, Dani was harder to pass up. She’s a decent figure, if perhaps not quite as impressive as more uniquely designed figures. Still, it’s a cool concept, and her being a 3-in-1 is certainly a nifty prospect.