Packaging - **
Functional. I much preferred the clamshell used during the Classics days
than this card-and-bubble, but I suppose with a more kid-orientated
direction the line needed brighter packaging.
Wow! I wish I could give this more than 4 stars! Virtually everything about
this figure is perfect! The body is much better defined than the previous
DD, being more bulky and less slender. This is a dead ringer for the
Daredevil from the comics and the articulation blends extremely well. The
only problem is the face sculpt - I much preferred the angry sneer from the
first figure. But it's a small gripe, and doesn't really detract from the
Paint - **1/2
The only paint apps on this figure (excluding the accessories, which I'll
come to later) are the DD logo on the chest and the face, along with a
darker wash all over the body. The wash works well, and the logo is crisp
and clear, but is slightly off centre, although this has been the case in
every figure I've seen.
The face is a different matter however. On my
figure the paint is extremely sloppy, leaving the edge of the face
unpainted. There's also a weird pink on the lower lip with makes DD look
rather... Feminine. It's nothing I can't fix, but I shouldn't have to.
ToyBiz aren't known for their great paintjobs, so I guess I wasn't expecting
much, but it's still rather annoying.
Articulation - ****
THE best articulated Daredevil figure ever. I'll try and list everything
(apologies if I miss anything...): ball jointed shoulders and hips, bicep
and upper thigh twists, double knees and elbows, forearm and waist cuts,
head side-to-side, wrist, neck, ankle and feet pivot, new joint to allow the
arms to extend upwards fully and mid torso pivot. That's 36 points total!
The only things missing are the side-to-side ankles and joints in the hands,
although the hands are like that for the (sigh) action feature. If only
every action figure moved like this...
Accessories - ***1/2
DD comes with his trademark billy club and a superb rooftop/flagpole
base that contains the action feature. The club is great, flexible yet able
to hold DD (if he's hanging from it), joined by a cord roughly 8" in
length. The only problem is it's white - in the comics the billy club is red
(although DD has used a white club before). But the best piece is the base -
the sculpting is great and the paint is perfect. It's wall mountable,
there's 3 pegs to hold Daredevil and a pole to swing from (with handles to
hold onto), but therein lies the problem: The pole is designed to turn,
spinning DD around in an acrobatic action. The feature works well, the pole
is strong enough to hold the figure and the figure can actually grip well
enough to stay attached. But I don't want a big ugly string hanging down. I
managed to remove it with ease, but I'd rather it not be there.
Value - ***
I picked this up at Toys R Us for £7.99 GBP. That's decent, considering a
Masters of the Universe figure with hardly any articulation and inferior
sculpting weighs in at the same price. In the US the figure should be in the
Overall - ****
This is THE best Daredevil figure ever made, and one of the best figures I
own (and I own a lot!). The few minor faults are far outweighed by the...
Well, the perfect ness of the figure. You can't begin to appreciate the
beauty until you hold it in your hands and play with it. And the good news?
The body used for Daredevil is the new standard ToyBiz model for their
superhero figures. In the coming months we're going to see Silver Surfer and
Mr. Fantastic in the Marvel Legends line and Archangel and Cyclops in the
new X-Men Classics line using this body, amongst others. Great news for
collectors and us big kids alike...
Where to Buy:
Targets, Toys R Us and Wal-marts are all getting them in.