Today’s the last day for the Hulkbuster wave’s single-figure reviews (I should probably take some Hulkbuster pics before the morrow…) and having processed through so many modern or recent looks this week, I think I need to accept something about myself… at least when it comes to recent development in comics.
I like change. It’s been fun in comics because it’s been temporary. When I was younger, I would get so annoyed at the people who got all bent out of shape over Electric Superman or Azbats. They were wasting their time & energy; things were always going to go back if they’d just wait. On the toy front, though, it kinda sucked. These temporary looks (some successful, some not – they weren’t all great) never really got toys. Well, if you followed DC, you didn’t get any toys at all and later you didn’t get any non-Batman toys. The idea to make the Metal Men or the Doom Patrol is still fairly recent (& seemingly already gone). Anyway, if you liked temp costumes, you had to get out your paints.
When the hyper-articulated 6″ trend started, Legends & Classics were write there in the title, but the lines thankfully blended new & old. (Strangely, I got my Electric Supes, but never a good Classic Supes?). DCUC was Super Powered up & Marvel Legends stuck (mostly) to iconic looks, but they veered modern now and again. For DCUC, it was manufactured. It was make Geoff Johns version or don’t get it all. For Marvel, I assume it’s more organic. We already have had a classic Vision, a Classic Valkyrie, a ton of Classic Iron Man, and even, yes, a Classic Dr. Strange. The comics go on marching on and it just makes more and more sense to do these guys in newer costumes even if they’re already old by the time they hit shelves?
When Marvel Legends came back around to Stephen Strange, did they need to go to the classic well one more time and give us a superior figure (as they no doubt would have)? Or do they need to do this new look to keep us interested? I honestly don’t know the answer. I want Hasbro to replace so much of what Toy Biz did. I mean, what Toy Biz started was Legendary and revolutionary. But a lot of those old figures haven’t held up. I’m happily snapping up new versions and selling the old (but the old ones for go for $, so I know my opinion isn’t the only one). I think I’m finally starting to lean towards classics, iconic costumes only for more collection. I know. I feel terrible.
I do still like this newfangled Dr. Strange figure, so don’t think I’m knocking it out of dislike. It’s a great design and well captured by the figure. It uses the basic buck again, but the add-on piece to get the sash and long robe looks sharp. The new, mottled forearms look good and, of course, we get those classic Dr. Strange hands. It’s a great figure and topped off by a snazzy Strange head sculpt. Continue to Page 2…