Last night I reviewed the Marvel Select Moon Knight figure and tonight I’m taking a look at the first couple of Moon Knight offerings, including the ToyBiz 10 Inch Moon Knight figure. The first Moon Knight action figure was the Marvel Gold Moon Knight. He’s a pretty rare figure for his time, but never amounted to much because of his awkward body shape, crappy belt and plain design.

Just a couple years later Toy Biz would use this same idea to create an even better figure and I’m focusing more on that here. Although this figure was sold under the banner of Marvel Universe, I’m not going to refer to is as that, since I’ll be reviewing the much more mainstream Hasbro Marvel Universe Moon Knight later in the week.

This figure isn’t getting the full review treatment, instead this is more of a spotlight segment. The figure follows the same format as the Marvel Gold version of Moon Knight. Which is a cheap repaint of a very basic buck body. However instead of the thick wide body that the Marvel Gold version sports, this one has a thin medium build.

The 10 inch Moon Knight is vastly superior to the Marvel Gold figure. Toy Biz was just starting to put better articulation on their figures and this guy came out in the mid to late 1990’s. He was the first real Moon Knight readily available in stores. I remember being miffed that he was so big and that they never released a smaller version into their 5 inch line.

My brother got this figure for me, a birthday I believe many years ago. He gets major props for that and I’ve held onto this guy ever since. All his details are painted on, but he’s a pretty good approximation of Marc Spector even with the soft goods cape. It works better here than it did on the Marvel Gold figure. If Toy Biz had went the extra mile and made a sculpted belt or even a Ninja Turtle style rubber fasten-on belt this guy would still be a knockout.

The 10 inch figure features a cut neck, cut shoulders, hinged elbows, t-crotch, hinged knees and rocker ankles. That was pretty good articulation for the time and as much articulation as a DC Infinite Heroes figure now! In fact this guy follows the DC Infinite Heroes model of having everything painted on and a cape. He even came with NO accessories, just like Mattel’s current 3 3/4 line!

Moon Knight’s simple design allows him to make for a simple figure. Although this old Toy Biz 10 inch figure is dated and out of scale with pretty much every toyline, he’s a fun throwback and certainly the best of the early Moon Knight figures.

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4 Responses to Focus On: Moon Knight’s First Toys

  • Wes says:

    Nice quickie review (though I think I got confused; I was expecting the werewolf given the previous entry 🙂 ) — and like you, I find myself wishing a smaller version of this slimmer Moon Knight had been released. He’s wearing white, which is total win! And I find the cloth cape quite charming.

    Seems like rocker ankles would be useless on a figure with no lateral hip movement or thigh swivels, though. What’s up with that?

  • Haha, sorry to confuse you. I was just tying the Werewolf story into Moon Knight week plug. I don’t own the Werewolf by Night figure… But I might toss in a werewolf figure review before it’s all said and done.

  • Oops and I forgot, no idea why they gave him ankle articulation. I mean, I guess I’m glad they did but I couldn’t even really find a use for it in taking pictures.

  • Wes says:

    Ahhhhh, I think I see. Usually when I read “rocker” ankles I think of the side-to-side ankle articulation rather than the normal hinge, which is why I was a bit confused. But yeah, even an ankle hinge is largely useless on a figure like this! I’ve kind of been able to get some walking/stalking poses out of Jakks WWE figures, but you can only go so far before they tip over.

    Looking forward to more Moon Knightiness!

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