It’s my first review up for S.T.R.I.P.E. Week and I thought I’d kick it off with the surprisingly cool figure of Magog. Although this figure is technically based on a newer character, the original design was one of the more interesting 90’s creations.
David Reid was a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, and the great-grandson of Franklin Roosevelt (something that always seems to get mentioned). While recovering artifacts that were looted from the National Museum of Iraq, he touched a fragment of the Third World being known as Gog and received plasma energy powers. Lance was also raised from the dead by Gog, being recreated in the Supreme Being’s image. This is the character that the figure is officially based on, but I actually prefer Magog’s original incarnation.
Born in the pages of one of the greatest Elseworlds stories, Kingdom Come, Magog was the symbol for everything that was wrong about the new “extreme” superheroes of the 1990’s. Magog wasn’t afraid of taking the law into his own hands, and doing what Superman and the older generations of heroes wouldn’t. His first major action was to kill the Joker, an act that society approved of at the time. But ten years later he would be condemned by those same people when his Justice Battalion unwittingly caused a nuclear blast that destroyed Kansas. With millions dead on his conscience, he surrendered to Superman and the authorities and began a self-imposed mission to atone for his sins.
Magog is actually a pretty amazing figure, which didn’t come across to me in his preview pics. The reason why I’m so impressed is because I’m pretty sure he’s a 100% new sculpt. I’m assuming they have plans to reuse his legs and arms in the future, but it’s still nice to see a basically new figure so close to the end of the line.
Magog’s sculpt is classic Horsemen goodness. The character’s got bulging muscles with sculpted metallic armor running down the left side of his body. His right side is covered by a giant shoulder bad, which is a separate piece that’s been glued on. But what’s not a separate piece is the underlying strap. It’s even sculpted onto his abs. Magog also has new puffy pants with sculpted on straps, while his boots go all the way up to the knee with an interesting padding design. Even his right bicep and hand look new to me.
The painting on this figure is also surprisingly nice. I really like the contrast of dark brown and gray against the shiny gold on his body. Continue to page 2…