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Did I hear somebody say I should do more Moon Knight-themed reviews? I’m pretty sure I did. I mean, it was probably me. I probably said that. And it’s my site, so that honestly carries more weight than anything else. So, more Moon Knight reviews. It tracks. I’ve looked at quite a number of Moon Knights, but I’ve never looked at any of his supporting cast. In my defense, that’s because they’ve never actually made figures of any of his supporting cast. Can’t blame me for that. It’s okay, though, because he’s got a TV show under his belt now, which gives an excuse for things around him to get extra focus. And what good is Moon Knight without the deity he serves? So, let’s check out Khonshu, you guys!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Khonshu is the Build-A-Figure for the series of Marvel Legends bearing his name. It’s all Disney+ themed, but it’s curiously an assortment without any Moon Knight figures in its line-up, much like how the last assortment had a What If…? Ultron without any What If…? figures. It almost feels like maybe the two BaFs should have been swapped, but who knows exactly what was going on behind the scenes there. Whatever the case, we got him, and I built him, so here he is. The figure stands 8 3/4 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is a little bit restricted compared to other recent offerings, making him feel a little more like a figure from a few years ago than one from the line’s current run. This is generally a design thing, since the layout of his look doesn’t quite allow for full motion on everything. Khonshu largely just stood around in the show, so it’s certainly not the end of the world. Khonshu sports an all-new sculpt, which adapts his fully formed deity look from the show, which is itself patterned on Declan Shalvey’s redesign for Khonshu from the 2014 run. It’s a distinctive look, and a more visually interesting concept that “Moon Knight but with stereotypical Egyptian gear added”, so it’s one that works well both on the screen and in figure form. The sculpt, which is courtesy of sculptor Rene Aldrete, does a quite nice job of capturing his model from the show. The detailing is pretty nicely rendered, and the star piece by far is definitely the head, which captures the distinctive shaping of the skull. Since Khonshu’s head is just floating over his body, with no actual neck, in the show, the sculpt has to get a little bit creative there. It’s a little bit of a compromise, but it’s what you kind of have to do here. The sort of wisp-y structure is still visible, but it’s woven into the rest of the sculpt well enough that it doesn’t mess with the overall flow. Khonshu’s color work is actually quite an impressive set-up. While the standard Moon Knight just relied on sculpted texture work to carry itself, Khonshu actually gets quite a bit of accenting on his wrappings, giving them a much dirtier, worn-in look, with a similar touch on head, albeit with a slightly different look to more suggest bone. It’s really nice, and sells the sculpt very well. Khonshu is packed with his staff, which, like him, has to be assembled, since it comes in two pieces.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was thrilled beyond belief that the Moon Knight show existed, and the further thrilled that we got the two Moon Knights from the show. And, sure, I wanted more, but I certainly didn’t expect it, because, again, just thrilled about what I’d already gotten. Since Khonshu wasn’t bundled in with the two Moon Knight figures, I wasn’t really expecting to see him quickly, so this was a pleasant surprise. He’s a very nice figure, and honestly, he’s probably the best Build-A-Figure this year.
This assortment kind of feels like the MCU equivalent of the Bonebreaker series, given how oddball and kind of off the wall the character choices are. Khonshu was my primary reason for getting the set, of course, and is ultimately my favorite piece. That said, the singles are all pretty decent themselves. Red Skull is the best of the singles, though he’s just a minor tweak on a prior figure. Howard and Classic Loki are both figures with flaws, but they wind up being a lot of fun regardless. Zombie Scarlet Witch is pretty by the numbers, but still solid, and He-Who-Remains isn’t thrilling or anything, but he does what he needs to. Jimmy Woo winds up as the kind of underdog success for this round. He doesn’t look like much, he doesn’t seem like much, but he’s quite fun. All-in-all, this is a very balanced series. No one really jumps ahead of the pack, but no one’s really a bad offering, either.