#0539: Daredevil

DAREDEVIL

MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve made it most of the way through Netflix’s new Daredevil series, which premiered last Friday.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting this particular series, with a sense of cautious optimism.  Sure the MCU’s been pretty great so far, but Daredevil’s last foray into live action didn’t exactly go well.  I’m happy to say I really enjoyed the series, and I look forward to seeing more from this particular cast of characters.  Daredevil also happens to be a part of the latest round of Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures, no doubt to capitalize a bit on the show.  So, let’s have a look at the figure, shall we?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

DDML2Daredevil is part of Series 2 of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures.  Unlike the others in the series, Daredevil isn’t actually a Spider-Man character.  That said, the two do interact quite a bit and they share a few villains (like the Kingpin) and other supporting players.  Also, there’s a fairly consistent tradition of ol’ Horn-Head being released in Spider-Man-related toylines.  Tradition!  The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and sports 32 points of articulation.  Daredevil uses the Bucky Cap body that Hasbro loves oh so much, along with a new head and add-ons for his belt and holster.  The Bucky Cap body is a pretty strong sculpt, and it offers the appropriate build and range of motion for the character, so it’s an excellent choice of body.  The head seems to amalgamate the styles of some of the many Daredevil artists from over the years, but the heaviest influence definitely seems to be Chris Samnee, aka the guy who’s been drawing the character for the last several years.  It’s a strong sculpt with a really intense, determined look, which works very well for the character.  It also continues the trend of moving away from the identical face-ness of the male head sculpts, which is always a good thing.  As far as paintwork goes, well, Daredevil certainly is very… red.  Exactly how to convey said red varies from figure to figure.  Hasbro’s opted for a simple two-toned look, which is really quite effective.  Mostly, he’s just molded in the appropriate red, but there is some additional paint for some of the lighter reds and the flesh tone.  Overall, the work is decent, if not fantastic.  His gloves are a little sloppy, and his logo could stand to be a little sharper.  Also, the flesh tone doesn’t quite line up with the sculpted lines of the mask, and there’s a spot of wear on the tip of his nose.  Daredevil comes armed with his standard billy-club (the same as the one included with Hellcat, but in white this time) and also includes the left arm and pumpkin bomb of Hobgoblin.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Hey, remember how I got all of those Marvel Legends from Big Bad Toy Store?  So, yeah, Daredevil was one of those.  I know, shocker, right?  Well, Daredevil was easily the figure I was looking forward to the most from this particular series.  The character’s last figure was quite a while ago, and he was in dire need of an update.  Plus Daredevil’s just plain cool.  In hand, the figure isn’t the most masterful figure Hasbro’s released of late, but he certainly lives up to expectations, and that’s never a bad thing!

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