MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“Victor Von Doom is bent on complete world domination. As Doctor Doom, he applies unlimited resources to square off against his arch nemeses, the Fantastic Four!”
A few times on this site, I’ve discussed Victor Von Doom, who under the monicker of Doctor Doom, is the truly the greatest villain in comics. He’s well-rounded, intriguing, knows how to monologue, and is just thoroughly evil, through and through. He’s also a fantastic choice for an action figure, but thanks to the wonkiness surrounding the rights on both he and his greatest foes the Fantastic Four, he was rather absent from such things for a few years. He returned to Marvel Legends in style earlier this year with a really strong figure as part of a wider FF assortment this year. But, that apparently wasn’t enough for Doom. No, he needed to outdo the cursed FF in raw numbers, so he snuck in a second figure, as part of Hasbro’s ongoing Retro Collection initiative. I’m taking a look at that figure today!
THE FIGRUE ITSELF
Dr. Doom is a standalone Retro Collection offering for Marvel Legends, no doubt as a pre-cursor to a proper FF assortment. Like Deadpool and Grey Hulk last year, he comes in a white shipper that goes around the retro-style card, suggesting he was at one point intended for some sort of convention release. Given how those two were dropped even without a global pandemic going on, though, it’s also possible that Hasbro just planned him as a Fan Channel offering from the start. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s pretty much identical to the standard release Doom from early this year. It was a pretty spot-on sculpt, and my favorite by far from that assortment, so I’m certainly not complaining. He ditches the more modern of the two head sculpts, sticking only with the more retro one (my favorite of the two anyway), and also adds a soft goods collar to the mix to change things up just a little bit. Also aiding in changing things up a bit is the new paint scheme. The standard release had a more subdued palette, more in keeping with modern appearances. This one pumps up the saturation and makes him a much brighter figure, more in line with the old ‘90s figure, which this one is of course looking to emulate. It really works, and while I certainly didn’t dislike the prior colors, I do really think that this scheme gives the figure an extra pop, and gives him some new life. It really works for me. The other change-up for this guy is the accessory selection. Obviously, he drops the head and the Build-A-Figure piece, and keeps the alternate hands and the pistol. He gains a pair of books (using the same mold as was included with the Retro Beast figure), the Ultimate Nullifier, two magic effects, and two blast effects (which can be used on the jets on his back). It’s a pretty killer accessories set-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was really happy with the prior Doom figure, and I didn’t really see myself as being in the market for another one this quickly. When this one was shown off, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go for him. Upon seeing him in person, though, I really couldn’t turn him down. The changes made to this figure are really strong, and make him a sufficiently unique variation of the character. Now I’m going to have a really hard time choosing between the two variants…