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Marvel Legends Spider-
Man: Hobgoblin Series Daredevil Review

“No, I don’t want to hear your excuses — and Yes, I’m here to kick your face in.”
– Daredevil.

Oh, I’m cheating a little bit on this one, aren’t I? This would be funnier (to me, at least) if Daredevil had still never been an Avenger, but Bendis finally ruined that joke a few years ago with a brief stint. I suppose that helps my case today though as Daredevil was, in fact, briefly an Avenger. Anyway, I figure this review is still somewhat topical as we’re just coming off that awesome Daredevil show on Netflix. I’d love to see some figures from that show, but I will happily wait until we see a little further into season two and get some possible future costume tweaks incorporated before the design sees plastic.

Daredevil, the figure, is yet another iteration of “how many times am I going to buy this guy”. I don’t just mean in the the old Secret Wars lines or that really cool 5” one in the Spider-Man line… Tank Attack, I think? No, I mean in Marvel Legends. I bought the very first grimaced one in Spider-Man Classics like fourteen years ago. I upgraded to the update in Series 6 even though I’m still not sure it was better. I upgraded to the still not quite right Face-Off version. And I bought the Hasbro version – which was probably the best… until now. I think.

The latest Daredevil is built on what has quickly become “The” buck for Marvel Legends. I know some folks prefer a more extensive buck library, I don’t begrudge them that, but I think back to Super Powers & Secret Wars, and there’s a familiar comfort to a line having a little more visual homogeneity. It just works when it comes to most superhero costumes. Daredevil is no exception.

The buck itself is just fantastic. It’s comparable to that DCUC buck that ran from one end of the line to the other. It’s got good proportions and looks sharp. If I had to nitpick, I’d say the elbow cutouts for the double hinge are a little too deep, but I like the range of movement. The articulation is the other half of what makes this a great buck – nothing I want is missing: ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, & calves; double-hinges at the knees & elbows, and the ab crunch. Everything works pretty well. I wish the ratchet in the ab crunch was a little less rigid and the hips a little tighter, but this buck is a ton of fun to pose. Particularly when it’s Daredevil. He’s up there with Spidey in the great poses department.

So what makes this buck Daredevil? Well, just a few bits really. The add-on belt and thigh harness for the batons are some softer plastic add-ons. They both work, though the belt on mine never quite stays where I want it. And then there’s the head sculpt. Easily the best DD head sculpt yet. No more grimace, slight amusement, or passive disinterest. Finally, determination! It’s a great look. I just need a new Punisher for him to stare down… Continue to Page 2…

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11 comments to Marvel Legends Spider-
Man: Hobgoblin Series Daredevil Review

  • 3B

    I’m with you on the previous DDs. I think this is the 4th or 5th one I own, but it blows the rest out of the water. Fingers crossed for a yellow repaint! And armored!

  • God help me, I’d buy an entire armored wave: DD-armor, Cap-armor, Spidey-armor, Thor-armor…There’s got to be a couple others. Maybe a suited Tony Stark for balance.

  • Ha, Goo! Might as well though right since there’s soo damn many of those armored looks to capture for all time in palstic.

    Gotta’ get this one, even though I like the Face-Off version just fine thank you.

  • Walgreens is supposed to be getting an ML Daredevil wave: http://news.toyark.com/2015/03/27/marvel-legends-daredevil-wave-coming-to-walgreens-156254
    Hopefully it’ll include armored Daredevil, Typhoid Mary, Echo, Gladiator, Mandrill, Ikari, & Stilt-Man.

  • It may be a moot point, as I haven’t seen a DD and am not holding my breath for one, but from what I’ve seen in pics, I think I like the previous Hasbro ML Daredevil better. The build was a bit more athletic, less beefy, in a way that suits the character better. It also has more sculpted detail. Wit ha logo like DD’s that’s a big point towards making the logo look any good. The boots and gloves were also sculpted to look like leather or something more substantial, versus the two-tone tights of this figure.

    Of course, as big of a DD fan as I am, I might end up getting the new version if I ever see it (plus I do want to build the Hobgoblin figure).

    I’m with you on hoping that some tweaks are made for the TV suit in season 2. I was so jazzed for the big reveal, and didn’t spoil myself before watching the show, but that was a let down. It was so generic and blah. Take off the horns, you wouldn’t even be able to identify it as Daredevil. They should have at least kept the neck and shoulder area all red, instead of making it half black (with shiny metal buttons. Those were distracting). And why’d they spend half the season hyping up that Gladiator had developed a way of making body armor that looked and moved like fabric if the final costume was going to end up being the same immobile blend of nylon, leather, and plastic that’s been the norm since the first X-Men movie?

  • Just from the look, I think those batons are the same as what Hellcat has. If they are, the black plastic seems to be a tad more firm. I gave them to my Black Widow because she ain’t got no firearms. And it kinda sorta gives her the ‘Age Of Ultron’ look.

    I don’t really care for Daredevil but man, I think I’ve got the bug now. Might need to get him.

    Noisy, did you snag the S.H.I.E.L.D. 3-pack? It’s decent. All I need now is a movie Thor and Hawkeye.

    And of course a whole Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set… 🙂

  • Brainlock

    yup, my Hellcat’s batons are a bit firmer, and that seems to be the general consensus for those who have both. many have already traded them around, or at least she gave hers up to DD.

    This buck is nice for DD, but I still say that Batroc could have been beefier. I seem to recall him drawn a bit more muscular in the handful of appearances I read of his?

    as for favorite DD, the unmasked Matt head is great, but I still kept my TB SMC version (with rooftop base) in my display after the Nemesis wave DDs hit. Decent sculpt and hit the right shade of red for me.

  • J. Lee

    This is the one fig of the wave I have not seen here. On my get list though. A fun review indeed.

  • Mark

    Great looking figure….very tempting to get.