THE DEMON — DEMON KNIGHTS
DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE TOYS)
“Jason Blood, once a mortal man who lived centuries ago, was bound to Etrigan after the Demon was summoned by none other than the wizard Merlin. Jason was rendered immortal and granted the ability to swap places with his demonic counterpart upon saying the magic words. Though Jason has tried many times to exert his will over Etrigan while he is transformed, the Demon is too powerful to be completely contained. Still, more often than not, Etrigan, despite his nature, is interested in the greater good—even if his motives and methods remain suspect.”
It seems quite a mistake at this time to craft a bio that features no rhyme. Could it really be that hard, I ask of you, to describe the character in a way that rings true? I suppose I’ll have to try my own hand, and see just how the words may land. Behold the figure in front of you, which I must now rightly review. It is a creation of McFarlane Toys, and they frequently avert my joys. The DC line is often off the mark, due to its focus on the Knight who’s Dark. This Man of Bats often leads the sales, but it’s not only his stories from whence each toy hails. In this toy’s case, he’s more obscure, but a fan favorite you can be sure. He’s brought forth with the proper chime of the summoning words that are a rhyme. Gone, gone, the form of man, rise the demon, Etrigan!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Demon who’s of Demon Knights inflection is from McFarlane’s DC Multiverse collection. The time in which this figure was done was the early part of 2021. Demon Knights of the New 52 was the version that they chose to do. It seems to me to be quite odd to not launch the character with a more classic nod. But although it may be on the verge of odd, it could also just be Todd being Todd. Although the design might not quite ring true, at the very least, he’s something new. The figure stands just over 7 inches tall and his articulation is 35 points counted in all. To the line’s other figures his movement matches, although it’s not without its own little scratches. The ankles could be more secure, to keep him from falling to the floor. The figure’s sculpt is one that’s completely new, and is really one that gives what’s due. The character’s look is well reflected, and texturing is well perfected. The figure’s head is my favorite piece, and really catches the character for this release. The figure’s paint is well applied, and certainly feels as though they tried. The color scheme is different there, then what he’s usually known to wear. It’s very definitely a lot of silver and grey, which not the most eye catching, I have to say. Still, it’s true to the source, so it’s only fair to let it run its course. The Demon has amongst his cares a stand and sword, which are his wares. His sword is hard for him to hold, and takes tricky wedging into his hand’s mold.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Demon’s a character I greatly enjoy, and so I’d like to have him as a toy. His costume choice is not my preferred, but still my interest was not deterred. Getting the figure was no real chore, I just waited for his arrival at the store. In the end, the figure’s fine, which seems the curse of this whole line. Even when it’s at its best, it struggles rising above the rest. The Demon’s cool, that much is true, but as always, odd choices still come shining through.
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