MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO (HASBRO)
“A mercenary bound to the ancient spirit, Khonshu, Moon Knight fights to win the spirit its due!”
Ohhhh! Every day I wake up, then I start to break up, lonely is a man without love! Every day I start out, then I cry my heart out, lonely is a man without love! …you see, it’s clever, because that’s the song that Stephen wakes up to in Moon Knight, and…umm, I’m using it to start my review. Fun, right? Look, I’m just thrilled to be here, really. Moon Knight’s mainstream, you guys. I got Moon Knight socks the other day! Moon Knight socks, you guys! And there’s so many Moon Knight toys. We had this small selection, and now, it’s just so much more, and I’m all about it. Moon Knight’s been shown on the card art for Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Retro line since the line began, but he’s just now finally made it into the line. And I’m pretty excited about that too. Let’s check him out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight is part of series 7 of Marvel Legends Retro, alongside Amazing Fantasy Spider-Man, Nova, Firestar, and repacks of Cap and Iron Man. He’s one of two figures double-packed, the other being Spider-Man. Moon Knight’s on Spider-Man’s level. That’s crazy. I’m so here for it. As with the rest of the line, Moon Knight comes packaged in a beautiful retro throwback package, with lovely unique card art and graphics, all of which you must utterly destroy to open the figure. That’s right, I destroyed this art, just for you guys. I sure hope you appreciate that! After being aggressively torn from his packaging, the figure stands just a hair over 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is the same as the Cap I already looked at from this line, which is the classic 5 POA set-up with the addition of swivels on the forearms. The boots are still separate pieces, but they’re also still glued in place, so there’s no extra movement there. Moon Knight’s construction uses the same core body as the Cap figure, so he adheres pretty closely to the line’s own established style. He gets his own unique head and cloak pieces. The head’s a very basic full-face mask, which I feel like we’ll see more use of as the line continues. The cloak is quite an impressive piece. Still more on the basic side, but that perfect classic Moon Knight look. The paint work on this figure is generally pretty basic, but I appreciate the slight change-up in tones of white for the belt and symbol, as well as the rarely used red eyes in reference to the original Moon Knight #1 cover. The only thing I don’t really care for is the rather obnoxious brown production code printed on his inner right thigh; the odd color makes it kind of stand out, but it’s at least in a spot you won’t see most of the time. Moon Knight doesn’t get any accessories. I’d have liked maybe a staff or moonerangs, but accessories are at a minimum for this line in general, so it’s not majorly surprising, especially since he’s got the cloak.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like I said in the intro, Moon Knight’s been on the card backs for this line since the beginning, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for his proper announcement since. I was very excited when he was finally shown off. Obviously, he’s just a basic figure. I’m not expecting him to break the mold or do anything crazy. And I still have my slight reservations with this line as a whole, as I did when I reviewed Cap. But I’ve also kind of mellowed on things a bit there, and I’m honestly just super thrilled at another Moon Knight. Perhaps the luster will start to wear off once there’s a ton of Moon Knight stuff everywhere for a prolonged period of time, but for now, I’m just really happy about it all.
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