MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, Malekith the Accursed uses dark magic to bring vengeful destruction to the universe.”
Oh hey, look, it’s—*snore*….Wuzzat? Oh, must have dozed off for a second there. Sorry, this happens when I have to talk about *yawn* Malekith. He’s sort of a walking snoozefest. Okay, that’s not entirely fair. He’s a walking snoozefest in The Dark World. This here isn’t movie Malekith, it’s comic Malekith, who is at least slightly more interesting, even if he is just sort of Loki-lite. At the very least, his design is far more exciting, and thereby more ripe for translation into an action figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Malekith is the second of the two comics-based figures in the Cull Obsidian Series of Marvel Legends. This figure is actually just a slight tweak on the Malekith included in the SDCC 2017-exclusive Thor set. The ease of creating this figure is probably what got him the slot, since this is otherwise a pretty new-tooling-heavy assortment. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Malekith’s build on the Reaper body, which seems appropriate, given the overall larger stature of most of the Thor-themed characters. He uses the bracer-sporting forearms first introduced on Namor, which follow Malekith’s comics design pretty well. He’s also got a brand-new head, plus add-ons for his collar/shoulder pads, his skirt, and his belt. The head’s actually a pretty nice piece. The main head and the hair are separate pieces, allowing for some more depth, and there’s a great mad grin on his face, which feels right for the character. The hair’s a bit restrictive, but otherwise looks pretty nice. The new add-on pieces fit pretty well on the body, and help to differentiate him from all the others on this same base body. The collar is a little floaty, but the hair helps to keep it in place most of the time. The pleated nature of the skirt means that hip movement is thankfully left mostly un-hindered, which is a plus with designs like this. Malekith’s main change from the SDCC release is paint. The SDCC release was a darker, black and red combo, based on more recent appearances, whereas this figure opts for his classic more predominately red design. The differences between the two are incredibly minor, just like last year’s Enchantress. It’ll mostly come down to personal preference. Malekith is packed with a big blade, which his hooked at one end, and serrated down one side. It’s doing a lot of damage is what I’m getting at here. He also includes the arm of the Build-A-Figure Cull Obsidian.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I mostly just got Malekith because I wanted to complete Cull Obsidian, so I didn’t have any real expectations of him. I’m actually pretty happy with him in the end. Sure, he’s not gonna wow me like Black Knight, but I chalk that up to not really being that much of a fan of the character.
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