By Hervé St-Louis
July 31, 2006 - 12:12
Dr Strange is easily recognizable because of his moustache, white temples, blue tunic, yellow sash and long red cape. Traditionally, his cape is adorned with gold patters around the edges. In some drawings, the lining continues around the cape’s collar that connects at the Eye of Agamotto, the medallion Dr Strange sports on his chest and which provides him with part of his powers. For the figure, the lining is limited to the edge of the cape’s opening and the spot parallel to Dr Strange’s neck.
Although his cape makes his look imposing, without it, Dr Strange looks puny and just like a regular man with leotards. In particular, his legs are thin, giving him the look of a bodybuilder who neglects to train his lower body. As Dr Strange is not supposed to be a super muscular hero, it works, although it makes him look less impressive. The articulations are well hidden in the sculpt, although on my figure, the neck joint wasn’t painted in flesh tone. It was left in black. Not a good thing.
Dr Strange is a short figure smaller than many Marvel Legends action figures. I don’t mind this as the character is an aged man and not everybody in the Marvel universe should be 6 feet (or six inches tall) and super buffed. Yet he fits nicely with other Marvel Legends action figures.
Dr Strange has 30 articulations depending on how you count his shoulders’ joints. He has ball joints’ mechanisms at the shoulders connecting to a round plate inserted as his armpits. In other Marvel Legends action figures, this plate offers added shoulder flexibility and movement. With Dr Strange it doesn’t add much. He has other articulations at the biceps, the elbows, the forearms, the wrists, the palms, the waist, the thighs, the knees, the claves, the ankles, the toes, ball joints at the hips and neck. His elbows and knees have double articulations.
Besides the cape, Dr Strange has no prop. It would have been cool to have a detachable Eye of Agamotto that could fit the collar of his cape. The package also comes with the right arm of the Galactus 16-inch action figure.
Like all Marvel Legends action figures, Dr Strange comes in a clear plastic bubble pack that must be opened with scissors. I advise parents to open these packs for their children as the shards of plastics from the packaging can cut and hurt kids.
Dr Strange costs about $8 in most large surface retail stores. Prices vary at specialized Internet stores. Buying this figure as part of a full case is cheaper. However, you may be stuck with unwanted doubles.
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