In my Mordo review, I noted that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance was one of my favorite parts of Doctor Strange. While a movie’s supporting cast is certainly important (and Doctor Strange probably had one of the MCU’s best supporting casts so far), you’ve got to have a good lead to make it truly work. Fortunately, Doctor Strange had a very strong lead in Benedict Cumberbatch, who got just the right mixture of bombast, pomposity, arrogance, and a tiny bit of genuine likability, which made Stephen Strange a great centerpiece for his self-titled movie. I know some people were hating on his American accent, but I actually didn’t think it was that bad. For some reason, the trailer’s opted to use the one or two lines where he slips up, which seems unfortunate. Regardless, I look forward to seeing more from Cumberbatch’s Strange in future films. In the mean time, here’s one of his action figures!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Doctor Strange is the fifth figure in the Dormammu Series of Marvel Legends. It seems a bit odd for him to be nearer the end in the numbering, especially since the Astral variant of this figure (which he shares his packaging, name, and bio with) is figure 1 and the comic-Strange is 2. Seems weird to me. Also, for a character who’s still being introduced to the masses, his bio is the painfully short, painfully generic “The Sorcerer Supreme combats evil using many forms.” Like, his actual name isn’t even mentioned. What’s up with that? Honestly, I’m probably making a bigger deal out of all of this than I should. It’s just packaging. What about the figure? Well, he’s 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. He’s an all-new sculpt, albeit one that is mostly shared with the Astral Doctor Strange. It’s a very nice sculpt, definitely among the best of the MCU sculpts Hasbro’s put out. There’s a lot of really nice layer work on his various costume pieces, as well as some really cool texturing, especially on the tunic. The head sculpt presents a pretty good likeness of Cumberbatch, though he’s a lot cleaner looking here than he is for most of the movie (by the time he’s fully geared up, he’s taken a bit of a beating). At the very least, I feel like his hair should be a bit messier. That being said, disheveled isn’t the easiest thing to translate into sculpted media. Both the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamoto are both removable pieces. The Cloak is nicely sculpted, but seems just a bit on the thick side for me. It doesn’t ruin the figure, but it does make posing him a little more difficult. The Eye is a nice enough piece, but it’s hard to get it to stay in place, though the Cloak being on top of it helps in this regard. Strange’s paintwork is pretty solid. It’s certainly clean, though, as with the head sculpt, it’s a bit cleaner than he was in the movie. Also, like Mordo, Strange still lacks any sort of accent work, but, unlike Mordo, he’s got enough distinct colors present that he’s not too drab looking. Strange includes two sets of hands in gripping and spell-casting poses, as well as a magic shield thingy, and the left leg of Dormammu. The hands are fun (and I’m always appreciative of extra hands). The shield looks cool from the front, but is a bit silly from behind, since he’s just holding it with a dinky little handle.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found Strange at the same time as Enchantress (after not finding him when I got Mordo and Iron Fist). I wanted him, but wasn’t 100% sure I was going to get him right then. Of course, then Super Awesome Girlfriend intervened and insisted on buying him for me (to be fair, the TRU trip where I found him was at the end of a rathe rough week for both of us, and she apparently feels better when she buys people stuff). I’d say he were my favorite figure in the series, were it not for the other there figures I have from this series being really, really good too. I don’t know that I can fairly pick a favorite.
And that’s it for the Dormammu Series reviews. It’s worth noting that there are four more figures and a Build-A-Figure, but they’re largely very similar to prior items I’ve already looked at, with Astral Strange being mostly the same as this one (with the obvious change in coloring), Comic Strange being pretty much the same as the HB Doctor Strange (just with an added cape), Brother Voodoo being a slightly tweaked version of the SDCC version, and BAF Dormammu being largely the same as the Dormammu from that same set. The only unique figure I haven’t looked at is Nico, who is actually in Super Awesome Girlfriend’s collection, so it’s up to her to review that one.