MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Possessing vast magical knowledge and skills to call upon, Earth’s Master of the Mystic Arts steps onto the battlefield.”
Since wrapping up the rather epic and sprawling events of the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to moving somewhat in the direction of more of a general Marvel Team-Up kind of vibe, with solo outings not actually being quite so solo. In respect of this, No Way Home doesn’t just feature Spider-Man, it also features another Steve Ditko creation, Doctor Strange, in a role that’s at least prominent enough to justify him getting coverage in the tie-in toy line. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Doctor Strange is figure 3 in the Armadillo Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the last of the movie tie-in figures in the assortment, and our first proper MCU Strange since the Infinity War three-pack release back in 2018. Despite the rather constant adjustments that happen to costumes within the MCU in order to justify new toys, it appears that Strange’s look has effectively remained the same since the first film. So, this is just another take on that. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. This Doctor Strange continues the trend of the other all being some form of re-work of the first MCU figure. This one is, notably, the most re-worked. He shares the legs with the first release, but that’s it. Everything else is new. The head is certainly the best Cumberbatch likeness we’ve gotten to date. I had liked the IW version a lot, but this one’s just a bit better. He also seems to be just a touch cartoonier, meaning he fits in well with the What If…? figures we just got. The new arms remove the pins on the elbows, which is a nice, if minor improvement. The new torso isn’t drastically different, but it’s more accurate, as is the skirt piece, which also features a separate piece for the belt now. It’s all topped off with a cape that *might* be the same one as the IW version. There are minor changes in the exact shaping, which might actually make it new, or might just be slight mold variance. Either way, it’s a nice piece. His paint work is generally pretty basic. A lot of the color work is molded, but what paint is there is solid, especially on the face. Strange is packed with three sets of hands (the two sets of hands included with the first MCU Strange, as well as two all-new effects hands), the Eye of Agamotto (re-used from the prior releases), and the head to the Armadillo Build-A-Figure. I really love the new effects hands.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The IW Strange was one I already I didn’t know that I needed, but that I was very happy to get once I had him. When this one was shown off, I was really of the same notion, that I didn’t really need him. I still love the IW release, but this one’s just another improvement, across the board. The likeness is better, the new body sculpt is strong, and he’s got the best accessory selection we’ve gotten yet for a Strange figure. This guy’s surprisingly good.
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