MARVEL SUPER HEROES: SECRET WARS (MATTEL)
When you’re talking Marvel Super Heroes action figures (or really action figures from the big two in general. Or even just licensed action figures in general), the first major blip on the radar was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line. That line gave us our first figures of a number of Marvel’s best known characters. However, there were a number of characters who found themselves left out of the whole action figure thing until the second blip on the Marvel action figures radar, Mattel’s Secret Wars line. One such character was Daredevil, a character who has recently come into a fair bit of popularity on his own.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Daredevil was released in Series 2 of the Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars line. This was his very first action figure, but it’s kind of amusing to see him crop up in this line, given that he wasn’t present for the actual comic series it was based on (don’t worry, he was in good company; none of the Series 2 figures but the Symbiote Spider-Man were from the comic). One presumes that his presence in the line over any of the many characters who were actually there has more to do with his relative lack of new pieces than anything else. The figure is roughly 4 1/2 inches tall and has the same 5 points of articulation that all of the other Secret Wars figures had. Daredevil uses the standard male body, with only a unique head sculpt to set him apart from the rest of the line. It’s a pretty good sculpt, though the neck does seem just a touch too long for the body. Still, the actual head is a pretty good rendition of ol’ Hornhead, so I can’t really complain. Also, like Spider-Man, Daredevil’s already rather simple design means he’s not a bad fit for the admittedly doughy base body. Daredevil, like so many of the other figures in this line, relied heavily on paint, and, just like all those other figures, he’s also rather letdown by said paint. I mean, it’s not awful. They molded him in a decent red, and what’s there is pretty sharp. The problem is, what’s there isn’t all that much. He gets the logo, his lower face, and then the front third of his belt, the front quarter of each boot, and the outward quarter of each glove (which is inexplicably up at his elbow). Why they only gave him part of each glove and boot is beyond me, and it ends up looking really strange. Couldn’t they just finish those lines? Or, if they were really being that cheap, just leave those lines off entirely? Also, just like his companions, Daredevil’s paint is very prone to wearing off, as you can tell by the state of my figure’s nose. Daredevil was packed with his usual billy club, and, of course, the weird holographic shield thing that every figure in the line had.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Geez Ethan, for someone who swears he’s not trying to collect this line, you do seem to have quite a lot of them, don’t you? Yeah, weird voice in my head, I do. This one’s not my fault, though, I swear. This is another addition to my collection courtesy of my Super Awesome Girlfriend, who bought him for me from Yesterday’s Fun over the summer. I gotta say, as many issues as there are with this figure, I really find myself liking him. And really this line in general. Yep, I think I’m gonna end up with this whole line. Crap.