#1968: Grey Gargoyle

GREY GARGOYLE

MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)

Dr. Paul Duval discovers his ability to turn his body to stone and becomes the transmuting mercenary, Grey Gargoyle!”

Amazingly, this is *not* the first time I’ve reviewed a Grey Gargoyle figure for this site.  I say “amazingly” because there actually aren’t that many to chose from.  In fact, his only other straight figure is the ’90s Toy Biz one I’ve already reviewed.  Even more amazing?  I have no particular attachment to the character, and yet, here I am, reviewing both of his figures.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Grey Gargoyle is figure 5 in the Kree Sentry Series of Marvel Legends.  It’s a Captain Marvel-themed series, but Gargoyle is kind of the odd-man out in that regard, being the only figure contained here that has almost no ties to the Captain.  He began as a Thor foe, then moved on to Iron Man, and finally just became a more general Avengers foe, but it’s not like he ever really fought *any* of the Captain Marvels.  My money’s on easy parts re-use being the primary reason for his inclusion here.  The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation.  He’s built on the Reaper body, which seems a decent choice for the character.  I suppose an argument could be made for giving him a more chiseled appearance, but that would require an all-new sculpt, and I don’t think that would have ever been feasible for a character like Gargoyle.  He gets a new head, left hand, feet, and add-on for his cape, as well as Prowler’s belt piece.  The head’s definitely the star piece, with a wonderful maniacal grin, and proper blocky features.  The rest of the new parts are all pretty standard stuff, making for a figure that meets expectations for the line.  Gargoyle’s most interesting feature is really the color work.  It’s not really paintwork, because most of it’s done with the plastic, which is semi-translucent, and features all sorts of little flecks and variations in color.  The end result is a figure that does a respectable job of capturing the look of someone who’s made out of stone. He doesn’t have any accessories of his own, though I can’t really say what he could of come with.  He does still have the head of the Kree Sentry figure, which I’ll be looking at later in the week.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

As I noted when I last reviewed a Grey Gargoyle, I’m not particularly a fan of the character.  I certainly don’t *dislike* him, so I was down for picking up the figure when he was shown off.  While perhaps not the star figure of the assortment, Grey Gargoyle is a solid addition to the line, and does some interesting things with the design.  Now I kind of want to track down a Dreadknight to round out my ’90s Iron Man rogues.

I picked up Grey Gargoyle from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s still available here.  And, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.

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#0821: Grey Gargoyle

GREY GARGOYLE

IRON MAN (TOY BIZ)

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Iron Man is really not a guy with the greatest gallery of rogues. Characters Batman and Spider-Man are as much defined by their amazingly entertaining foes as they are by their own personalities. And while they may not be quite as defined by their villains, even the likes of Flash (who has my personal favorite rogues gallery), Captain America, Daredevil, and the Hulk make out pretty well. But Iron Man? Yeah, his best foe, hands down, is himself, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for others. So, his foes tend to be a lot more forgettable than those of other heroes. Take for instance, Grey Gargoyle. He’s French, and he’s made of stone. He can also turn other people into stone. That’s really all there is to him. He’s never had a defining story, and he’s not really out there enough to be memorably kooky. So, he’s just there.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

GreyGargoyle2Grey Gargoyle was released in the first series of Toy Biz’s Iron Man line, based on the cartoon from the 90s. He got himself a slot in the line by being one of the Mandarin’s many flunkies on the show, but even there he was mostly forgettable. The figure is 5 ¼ inches tall and has 8 points of articulation. He has one of the more unique sculpts than this line, depicting his actual chiseled nature.  The look is somewhat simplified, at least in terms of what he looks like in the comics, so as to better match the animation model from the cartoon. There are a few odd choices, though. First off, there’s the collar for the cape, which, for some reason is attached to his torso, despite the rest of the cape being a separate piece. There’s also the somewhat odd choice to remove the elbow movement from the right arm, to facilitate his (ill-conceived) action-feature. What is said action feature? When you pull his right arm back, it springs forward. This is supposed to facilitate a throwing action of some sort, but it doesn’t really work. Gargoyle’s paint is really simple. He’s mostly just molded in grey, with a tiny bit of slightly different grey for the mask/mustache, and two different blues for the gloves and the innards of his cape. What’s there is cleanly applied, but, like the rest of this figure, and the character himself, the paint is rather unexciting and forgettable.  Grey Gargoyle included two bits of stone, supposedly to be thrown by the action feature, as well as one of the weird ID badge thingies that most of the line included.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Grey Gargoyle was NOT amongst the Iron Man figures I owned growing up. In part because the first series was mostly gone from stores when I started collecting, but also due to my lack of any real interest in the character. I ended up buying him from the House of Fun, while attending the most recent Philcon. Mostly, I just got him to put towards completing the set. Truth be told, he’s actually a well put-together figure, and very true to the character. He’s just not terribly exciting….