MARVEL UNIVERSE 10-INCH (TOY BIZ)
“Returning from a journey to his Kree homeworld, Captain Marvel arrives on Earth to find New York in a panic. Fighting a division of shape-changing Skrull soldiers, the local military are retreating and only the Super Heroes have managed to hold the invaders back. Joining together with the mysterious Moon Knight and the X-Men’s Wolverine, Captain Marvel is able to use his powerful nega-bands to blast the Skrull cannons to dust, and send them retreating back to space.”
Hey, do you know what’s coming out today? I mean, it’s not anything big, I suppose. Just a little show with some nobody launching today. What’s it called? Oh yeah, MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON KNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT! Yes, that’s right, today marks the first episode of the Oscar Isaac-led Moon Knight dropping on Disney+. I’m beyond stoked, in case you couldn’t tell, and in honor of such an awesome occasion, I’m going to be taking a look at one of my back catalogue Moon Knight figures, whilst I wait for the inevitable Legends treatment from his newest design. This time, we jump back to the very humble beginnings for Moon Knight when it comes to action figure coverage. Time to see how far we’ve come!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight was released in 1997 as part of Toy Biz’s Marvel Universe 10-Inch line, in a precariously themed assortment that also featured Captain Marvel and Cosmic Wolverine (aka Wolverine in a space suit), both of whom are mentioned in the above wacky packaging text scenario. The figure stands 10 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. He’s based on the 10-inch Silver Surfer body, itself a larger scaled version of the 5-inch release. By this point in the line, the right arm had been retooled to remove the odd turntable-spinning hand, so that it now had a more standard elbow joint and a hand for gripping. The head is the standard Spidey head. It’s perhaps a little skinny for Moon Knight, but given the general look and feel of the figures in the line, he works to be what he needs to be. It’s also nice, because it gives him the extra ankle joints, which are certainly helpful for the character. It’s all topped off with a cloth goods cape, which is sort of goofy looking, but it also looks the part given the rest of the line. Moon Knight’s paint work is pretty solid. In order to mix things up a little more, he’s using the white and gold color scheme from Moon Knight’s tenure with the West Coast Avengers. It’s not his usual go-to, but it’s notably unique in the toy world, since it’s not been used on any figures since. The application is pretty clean and sharp, and it looks the part.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It was this figure that served as my very first introduction to Moon Knight as a character, though, despite that, I didn’t have that one as a kid. I remember seeing him at retail, and be intrigued by the character, but by the time I had any idea who he was, the figure was long gone. The 10-inch figures aren’t the most frequently found figures these days, but I found quite a selection of them at a comic book store, called Collector’s World, near where my family spends their vacation, just a few years ago. They have sadly closed down in the last few years, but I was at least able to get this Moon Knight that way. He’s super goofy, but he’s exactly what I’d want out of this type of figure, and I’m never one to shrug away another Moon Knight figure.