Despite being a classic foe of one of Marvel’s biggest super hero teams, Sauron is pretty sparse in the world of toys. He’s had three to date, and one of those wasn’t even technically a figure of him. I’ve actually already looked at two of those three, just in the last year, in fact, and I’ll be looking at the newest addition today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sauron—or should I say Dr. Karl Lykos (Marvel’s Sauron), as he is fully named on the box—is the Build-A-Figure for the second Deadpool-themed series of Marvel Legends. I don’t know that Sauron and Deadpool have aver had any notable interactions, but if it gets me a Sauron figure, I’m certainly not going to complain. The figure is 7 1/2 inches tall with a 12 inch wing-span, and he has 33 points of articulation. There’s a lot of very unique types of articulation, especially within the torso, where a combination of ball-joints gives him a very wide range of very smooth movement. He’s also got an articulated jaw, just like the old 5-inch figure. Sauron is sporting an all-new sculpt, and what a beauty it is. There’s amazing texture work all throughout it, detailing his craggly reptilian skin quite nicely. He’s quite accurate to what we tend to see of Sauron in the comics, but it’s got this nice real-life feel to him as well. It’s the kind of detail work that really calls back to when Toy Biz was doing figures like Man-Thing, and that’s a definite plus. It’s great to see that Hasbro can pull off this sort of work when they put the effort in. But of course, even the best sculpt can be marred by a sub-par paint job. Fortunately for Sauron, he gets one of Hasbro’s best offerings in this arena. His skin features some quite subtle highlight work, which helps to keep him from looking too bland with all those large patches of the same color. The paint also properly lines up with all of the sculpted details, including the various pouches on his belt, and all of his teeth. No missed applications here, which is always quite nice to see. His wings are molded in a partially translucent plastic, giving them the proper stretched skin appearance. There’s quite a nice fade-in front he solid green to the translucent, which helps to really sell it all as one thing. Sauron has no accessories, but given the size of the sculpt including the wings and such, it’s definitely acceptable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Being only a moderate fan of Deadpool, I wasn’t really sold on this whole second series of figures, but as soon as Sauron was shown off, I knew I wanted to build him somehow. Fortunately, Max from All Time was really only interested in the Deadpool figures, so we were able to split a set, and I got myself a Sauron. And boy am I glad I did, because he’s easily one of the best things Hasbro’s every offered from their Legends line. He’s really, really well done, and a fantastic offering for a character that’s not likely to see another release any time soon.