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…