Friday, August 7, 2009

Slash Attack Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was not a very good movie. I tried watching it twice, and I was so bored I stopped paying attention a third of the way in. The only worthwhile thing the film gave us was the revised Dr. Doom design, which at least tried to approximate the character's original look from the comics.

So that explains why I got this figure. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer toyline was in a 5" scale, as opposed to the 6" scale most other Marvel movie figures are made in. However, the figure is tall enough that you can put it in a 6" Marvel movie toy display with a little fudging.

The sculpting is decent, but not spectacular. The face is the main weak point; instead of looking like a metal mask, it makes Doom look like a Terminator endoskeleton of David Bowie. In addition, the hood sits too high and doesn't cover the head properly. The neck joint on my Doom is a little loose, so more often than not you end up getting a good look at the figure's round forehead. Articulation is decent on the legs, but above the waist it isn't the best. I feel like Hasbro should've worked some wrist or bicep articulation into the arms. The figure has a pullback waist action feature, so it's not bothersome. The energy axe looks pretty cheap though.

The last wave of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was pretty hard to find. Thus it was marked up on the secondary market (I got it for like 12 dollars at a comic shop in Los Angeles). The figure looks fine as a display piece, but I wouldn't recommend paying through the nose for it. Get a Marvel Legends Dr. Doom figure instead.

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