The paintwork comes in and finishes off the look well too. The red paint on black plastic is weak in places, but not sloppy. The sash molded in red and painted black works great to balance everything out. The head is also painted well with the grey temples and the long mustache is handled well too.
Articulation works great since this buck has basically been perfected. This is the basic buck again so ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, waist, calves & thighs; double-hinged knees & elbows; and an ab crunch to finish everything off. Everything works well and you can pose Strange fighting off evil forces in a variety of ways.
Strange also comes with two accessories, the spell-cast energy effects included with Scarlet Witch are present again here. And since they were designed with both figures in mind, they work well here too. The only thing I would’ve liked to see is some removable hands. For too long, Spidey suffered from specific hand syndrome until more recent releases gave him the ability to have open hands & fists. Dr. Strange needs the same love. He’s always stuck doing his thing and it’s gotten kinda tiresome. What I really don’t understand is why there’s just not a library of alternate Legends hands at this point. It would make sense and reduce costs. Also having swappable hands would make snapping the spell-casts on that much easier.
Overall, this is definitely a great figure. The more recent look is well captured and the figure details are well executed. There’s no knocking it as far as I’m concerned. I’m just not sure I need it. Maybe it’s because I’m not as hardcore a Marvel fan or that I collect a lot more than Marvel Legends and don’t have room for multiple Stranges? I know there are fans of this costume out there – just as I wanted (& got) an Electric Superman in Classics. I want those folks to get their due, but I also know that the chances of this figure staying in my collection would’ve been vastly improved were Hasbro to have done their usual great job on his classic look.
I’ve gotten old I suppose. At least young me is still in there advocating that this figure should exist instead of turning into one of those old curmudgeons who just want what they want or think they deserve something different than what is. I’ll take my ball home and get some solace in that.