MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The Sleepwalker is the guardian of the Mindscape, apprehending beings that invade the sleeping minds of humans.”
In contrast to other characters, Doctor Strange isn’t quite enough to anchor a whole series of figures himself. No, he needs to fall back on some support. Remember how the Guardians of the Galaxy needed Iron Man? And then how Black Panther needed Iron Man? And then when Shang-Chi needed Iron Man? So, did they pair Strange up with another Iron Man? No, don’t be ridiculous. Clearly, Hasbro needs more star power. Star power that only Sleepwalker can deliver. You don’t know Sleepwalker, you say? Okay, you know what, yeah, that’s fair. I mean, I know Sleepwalker, and even I’m not entirely convinced I actually know Sleepwalker from moment to moment. But, um, there’s this figure. So, that’s cool.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sleepwalker is figure 6 in the Rintrah Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the second of two comics based figures, the other being D’Spayre, who I opted not to grab. This marks Sleepwalker’s very first figure, which is a pretty big deal. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Sleepwalker is built on the Bucky Cap body, a base that is officially on its last legs, with its replacement already on the way. I guess it’s nice to still take it our every so often and make it feel special…you know, before it…uhh…goes to that special farm upstate? Sleepwalker has had a build that’s fluctuated a bit over the years, sometimes very large, and sometimes very skinny. This mold splits the difference, which is probably the best call. Sleepwalker gets a new head, forearms, shins, and add-ons for the belt and the wraps on the thigh. He also re-uses the cape from Hobgoblin. The whole thing is a pretty solid set-up. I particularly like the head sculpt; that alien quality really sells it. Sleepwalker’s color work is pretty simple for the most part, with the vast majority of the colors being molded. Really, the only paint is on the head, and that works pretty nicely. Otherwise, he’s fairly bright and eye-catching, in proper early ’90s fashion. Sleepwalker is packed with two sets of hands (fists and open gesture), and the right leg of the Rintrah Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Sleepwalker is exactly the kind of quirky one-off character I love seeing show up in these line-ups, so he was actually at the top of my list for this particular set. The figure is ultimately a rather by the numbers affair, but that’s exactly what he needs to be, and he winds up being a really fun figure. Honestly, I’m just psyched to have a Sleepwalker figure at all.
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