ONE:12 COLLECTIVE (MEZCO)
I am nothing if not a creature habit, which in this case means not only am I going to steal the joke I used in yesterday’s review, but I’m also going to steal the joke I use in every review of Moon Knight. Why? Because I’m reviewing MOOOOOOOOOOOOON KNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT, that’s why. See, it’s Moon Knight, and, uh, I have to do that. Only way to be sure. Moon Knight’s had a bit of a hiatus on the action figure love since he somehow managed to get two separate figures from Hasbro in the same year back in 2017. With a show on the horizon, I imagine prospects will be changing, but in the mean time we get to hold ourselves over with a little something courtesy of Mezco, who have just added Mr. Spector to their One:12 Collective line. Is the figure unabashedly awesome? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Moon Knight is an early 2020 release for the One:12 Collective line. He was first hinted at during last year’s Toy Fair and was supposed to arrive late last year, but got pushed back a few times. He’s here now, though, which is all that really matters. There are two versions of Moon Knight available. The one in this review is the standard regular retail version, but there was also a con-exclusive “Crescent Edition” released last year, which gave us a slightly more modern version of the costume. The standard release gives us Mezco’s take on Marc’s classic all-white attire. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he’s got over 30 points of articulation.
Like most One:12 figures, Moon Knight gets two different head sculpts, though unlike a lot of the ones I’ve looked at, they’re actually quite a bit different from each other. The one he comes wearing is definitely the standard. It’s sporting his usual full face mask, and rather than the usual comics mask that’s devoid of all detail, this one puts a lot of effort into making it look like a real, fully cloth mask. There’s some stitching up at the top, and plenty of wrinkles and folds within the brow, to help showcase an intense expression beneath the mask. Unlike most renditions of Moon Knight in plastic (including the Crescent Edition variant of this very figure), the fully masked head is all white like the rest of the suit, instead of the usual black. It’s a different look than I’m used to, and I’m not sure if I prefer it to the black mask, but a little variety is far from the worst thing. In order to prevent the eyes from getting lost in all of that white, they’ve been tinted blue, which actually makes for quite a striking appearance. The second head gives us a partially unmasked version of Marc, with the mask pulled up off of his face. It’s certainly a unique appearance, and the unmasked face bears a resemblance to Tobias Menzies, at least to my eye. Hey, it means he looks like a real person, which I certainly count as a plus. I also really dig the rough and ragged appearance he’s sporting there. Very classic Marc. The two heads included here do offer up a nice variety, but I do sort of wish we’d gotten the basic head in black as well, just for the extra options. Still these two are nice.
Moon Knight is built on the mid-sized male body, which is a respectable choice for him given his usual depictions in the comics. As is the usual case for this line, it’s a mixed-media set-up, perhaps even more so than some of the others I’ve looked at. His construction is really most similar to the Ascending Knight Batman, with the costume primarily being a spandex jumpsuit, but with a bunch of rubberized sections designed to make it look like he’s wearing segmented body armor, but also laid out in such a way that the armor looks like it could be dynamic lighting on a more basic jumpsuit. Like Batman, the moon crescent symbol is a plastic piece, which plugs into the torso and helps to keep the whole suit in place. The boots, belt, and gauntlets are also sculpted plastic pieces, which follow the stylings of the suit for a slightly more armored and modernized take on the character’s classic design. They look pretty solid, but I do wish there were a slightly better range of motion on the figure’s ankles. The cloak is a two-piece affair, with the hood(s) being hard plastic, and the cape part being cloth. There are two options on the hood; one up and one down. They both are tailored more to one of the two heads, but can work with either. The cape itself is probably my least favorite part of the costume. I just don’t care for the pleather exterior, and I feel like it’s not going to hold up over time. Also, I’m not really big on the idea of Moon Knight’s cape being a leather like material. It makes sense for Batman, but given Moon Knight’s desert based origins, leather doesn’t really jibe with the general aesthetic in my mind.
Moon Knight has one of the best accessory compliments of the One:12 line-up. In addition to the previously mentioned extra head and hood, he also includes four sets of hands (fists, gripping, open, and holding moon discs), a staff, nunchucks, a bladed nunchuck, a large moon blade, a display stand, and a contraption for displaying his cape dynamically. I do have to laugh a little to myself that Hasbro gave us the smaller moon discs as separate pieces, but Mezco had to mold them to a set of hands. Otherwise, it’s quite a nice selection of extras, and really sells the more deluxe nature of this particular figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Unlike a lot of the One:12 items I’ve picked up, I did no waffling on this particular figure. I knew I wanted him from the start, and I stuck right to it, from the time he was shown off to the time he arrived in hand. I gotta say, Moon Knight’s the sort of figure that really benefits from this style of figure, because there’s a lot of room to mess with the core of the design and have fun with it. And someone definitely had fun on this figure. I’d be hard pressed to say this figure would do much for someone who’s only a moderate fan of the character, but if you love Moon Knight, this guy’s worth your time.