I’m not sure what to think about Hasbro’s ML reboot. I like the majority of the figures so far, but it seems like an afterthought in the toy aisle. Only one nearby Walmart carries it. Target & TRU still have their pegs, but they’re only getting in refresh cases of series two.
Series three is just barely starting to hit the stores now. Instead of a build-a-figure, these figures come with those cool hexagon stands. I really do like these stands and how they interact with each other, but they’re not a great substitute for an extra figure. They also don’t encourage me to buy the rest of the wave, so the only figures I had to have were Doctor Doom and his white Future Foundation variant.
If you were collecting during Hasbro’s first go at Marvel Legends then you’ll probably recognize this Doctor Doom. Sculpt wise, this is the exact same figure that originally popped up in the Fantastic Four wave a few years ago. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Doom’s last Marvel Legends incarnation had a really terrific design, and I think he’s one of the best Doom figures ever made.
Doom hasn’t changed much over the years, and this figure does a great job of showing off that iconic look. The sculpting on the armor is particularly impressive to me. They did a great job of making them look like actual armor plates, and not just arms and legs painted silver. There are even seams and connector bolts where the pieces would fit together.
Sometimes Doom is left with an unfortunate miniskirt look because of the design of his tunic. But again the sculptors did a great job here by making the piece look like normal fabric and not giving it any billowy or wind-swept looks. Doom’s cape is a separate plastic piece with its own great folded fabric design. It’s also hiding the two jetpack ports on his back, which is a great little addition.
Doom’s mask and face are probably the most detailed areas on the whole figure. The mask itself has a very iconic, almost Kirby-esque feel to it. The different levels to his face are all sculpted like separate plates being held together by tons of rivets. There’s even that metal thing in his mouth.
Underneath the mask, Doom has a bald and scared up face. But even with this melted look, Doom has a fantastic cocky and sinister smirk that fits the character perfectly. Continue to page 2…