I love Walgreens. They get me. No, not because of their 2 for $3 deal on bottles of soda or their Nice! Peanut Butter Pretzels (though I love those), it’s because they do these exclusives with Hasbro – and they pull the ideas for them right out of my head. Prototype Boba Fett? On target. Agent Venom? Awesome. Emperor’s Wrath Vader… well, I’m still looking for that one. But I did find my favorite one this weekend: First Appearance Daredevil!
Like the regular Daredevil before him, this is a figure I’ve bought over and over – all the way back to the original Spider-Man Classics figure in 2001. (I always wanted the ToyFare exclusive of the cool 5” Daredevil, but never got around to it). And like the regular Daredevil, after 14 years, I finally feel like I have “the one”, the last FA Daredevil I’ll ever need. Right?
This figure is a straight repaint of the fantastic Hobgoblin series Daredevil. It features what’s basically become Hasbro’s main buck. This is good because it’s got strong proportions and the articulation functions for a lot of figures giving the line a nice aesthetic overall. Specific to Daredevil and reused here is the great head sculpt along with the belt and leg sheath for his batons.
As is the case with reuse, the articulation is completely carried over and that happens to work out as well since it’s got just the right balance: ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; double-hinged knees & elbows; swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, and boots; and the ab crunch. Everything comes together well and it’s fun to get Daredevil is plenty of great poses.
The colors really needed to be top notch on a full-on repaint and thankfully it is. What mostly helps this is the articulation. The cuts are all in great places for the costume and it allows the figure to be mostly molded in the right yellows, browns, or reds. That left paint is just a few areas like the gloves (brown paint on yellow plastic, good) and the boots (yellow paint on brown plastic, not so good).
The D logo is clean for the most part, but the muscle depth did raise the difficulty. The face is painted well – one nice touch I really appreciated was a dark brown line over the top of the eyes. It really enhances the definition there and helps to fake a nice shadow across the eyes despite all the bright colors. Continue to Page 2…