Moon Knight Week continues with a look at the Marvel Legends version of Marc Spector. It’s Moon Knight Marvel Legends style! This is a figure that I spent a fair amount of time trying to track down but did eventually find at a Toys R Us. I’ve kept him on card for several years now but I’m busting him free of his plastic prison for you! See how special Moon Knight week is?

This figure came out a short while after the Marvel Select version of the Moon Knight came out. It’s one of the few times that a Marvel Legends version came after a Marvel Select version. Marvel Select has a nasty habit of putting out a version shortly after a Legends version. Regardless, this figure fits in well with all 6 inch lines. So how does he match up with the Marvel Select version and is he the definitive Moon Knight? Read on Moon-a-maniacs.

Packaging:
No matter what you think of Marvel Legends (Many fans believe it’s the greatest toy line, like ever) you have to agree that the packages are pretty lame. Don’t get me wrong, they’re perfectly serviceable and keep the figure safe but they aren’t attractive in the least. They’re a very ugly packaging that surely failed to attract Moms, Dads and Kids at mass market.

If I was tasked with the job of designing a package that did everything right but did it in the most bland way possible, this would be it. It is a basic clamshell with twist ties. It all works well enough and Moon Knight’s cape is shoved through the back of the inner shell. Unlike a lot of figures though, his cape comes out easily. Inside is a comic, the figure, accessories and dio stand. The back of the package works as a piece of a diorama backdrop and it also has Moon Knight’s brief bio and stats. That I do approve of.

Articulation:
This is where I differ from most people, but this figure has too much articulation. I’m one of the few who believe that a lot of Marvel Legends just had too much in the way of joints and this figure is a shining example of that. Using the “Bullseye” body, so named because it started with Bullseye, this figure features like 9 million points of articulation.

Let’s see if I can even count it all, ball jointed head, ball shoulders, these weird should in shoulder joints, swivel below the shoulder, double hinge joint elbows, swivel wrist, FOUR count em four jointed fingers on each hand, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball legs, swivel thigh, double hinge joint knees, swivel ankle, rocker ankles, and hinged upper toe area.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy lots of articulation, but it’s just overkill. In trying to pose this guy I find myself struggling a bit because so many joints are moving at once. I think Moon Knight should be articulated well. He needs to be able to move, but some of these joints are a bit overkill.

That said, if there is a pose you want to put this guy in, he can do it. I really like the articulated fingers and that’s a really nice touch here. While I think he might have too much articulation, it doesn’t really interfere with the sculpt too much and that’s a real positive. Plus he can stand up straight which makes him superior to the bow legged Marvel Select version.

Sculpt:
Although this guy is a reuse of the Bullseye body he has plenty of new sculpted parts. Head, boots, hands, belt. It makes for a very impressive Marc Spector look. You’d be hard pressed to ask for much more out of a Moony figure. There is no sculpting of ridges, details or veins like the Marvel Select version but I actually think it looks better that way.

The boots, gloves and belt look as good if not better than the Marvel Select version. In fact I slightly prefer them. The one area of sculpting that this guy really suffers though is the chest. Because this body was used for another figure there is a deep pectoral gap. This causes the crescent moon placement on his chest to be off center. At first I thought this was just on my figure, but no, it’s on every figure.

Toy Biz really should have modified the mold to have a raised moon on his chest to cover up the middle. It would have taken this figure to a whole other level. When it comes to the chest, the Marvel Select one wins. As far as the rest of the paint goes, it’s pretty minimal but it’s effective.

He doesn’t have a wash which is odd for a Marvel Legend, but he is cast in a bit of shiny plastic. He’s a dark gun metal color and the variant is shiny silver. Why not a white version of the figure? Beats the hell out of me. As much as Marvel Legends loved to wash their figures, you’d think a white one with a paint wash would be a no brainer.


A tale of two Moon Knights.

The head sculpt is really nice and I prefer it to the Marvel Select version, however the cape obscures most of it. Without his cape this guy looks EXACTLY like Zen the Intergalactic Ninja. Speaking of the cape, that’s the biggest downfall of this guy.

Although the cape is a nice sculpt, it forces him to always be hunched over. Moon Knight does hunch over a lot, like Batman, but the figure is constantly forced to look that way and you can’t fix it. I actually prefer the sculpt of the cape to the other version but the hunching issue really hurts it. It’s also got a hole in the back for those weird Marvel Legends action stands which I’m also not a huge fan of.

I give Toy Biz credit for not just reusing Doctor Doom’s cape or a similar one… But I did a quick swap of him with Doom’s cape and he actually looks WAY better with the Doom style cape. I see what Toy Biz was going for, but it ultimately failed. Moon Knight seems a bit more like the crypt keeper than anything with that cape on.

Accessories:
Although he could never live up to the awesome Khonshu statue that the Marvel Select version gave us, he does come with some nifty stuff. First he comes with his staff which was missing from the Select version. It’s nothing to write home about, but bo staff’s never are (Sorry Donatello!).

He also includes a pair of nunchucks which he’s been known to use. They fit nicely on his back with a handy little rubber holder. They are a bit big, but still nice. He doesn’t come with any throwing Moon discs though. However the Marvel Select versions fit just fine in his hand if you have both.

The Marvel Legends Moon Knight also includes a comic, which is always nice. Unfortunately it’s a pretty average comic that not only ends with “To Be Continued…” but shows very little of Moon Knight himself. It’s an old Team Up issue with Spider-man that doesn’t really give you any indication of what Moon Knight is about. In fact if this comic was all the Moon Knight you knew, you’d completely feel he was a Batman ripoff. Why was the Marvel Legends comic selection so often shitty?

As I mentioned before the back of the package is a dio backdrop and it’s a nice look into the Moon cave and the Moonwing, as it were. There is a little stand for that as well as a piece of Modok, since this is part of the Build-A-Figre Modok wave. It’s an uninteresting piece of a odd character so I’m not going to review it. Modok being a prime example of Toy Biz wasting articulation. Still all these accessories are nice.

Additional Notes:
For Marvel Legends collectors this is a great figure. For other collectors he’s certainly worthwhile. I may use a few of these guys for custom figures before it’s all said and done. As much as I’d love to say this is the “perfect” Moon Knight figure, it just misses the mark.

Value:
I think I paid about $13 for this guy originally. I know that people have said ML retailed for less than $10 but I know I paid more for him at Toys R Us. He goes for around $15-20 on the secondary market now and he’s worth that if you’re a fan of the character.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 5
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 10
Accessories – Bo Staff, Nunchucks, Comic, BAF Part, Dio Backdrop
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

Despite all the articulation, I’m knocking a bit off on him because the articulation doesn’t bring him above his glaring problems. The misplaced Moon is a real bummer and the cape more or less relegates him to a handful of convincing poses. If you jerry-rig a different cape for him out of an old Doom cape or maybe a Taskmaster cape, then do something with his moon sigil he’d be about perfect.


MOON KNIGHT!

This is still a really great figure and if you had to choose between the ML or the MS versions, I’d probably point you in the direction of this one. It’s a close call, but he has more potential, even if it’s squandered.

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2 Responses to Marvel Legends: Moon Knight Figure Review

  • Wes says:

    Great review, Newt! I think I agree about the excess of articulation, but it’s the finger joints I’d probably nix — they’re cool and all, but gripping hands would’ve allowed Moon Knight to hold his weapons more securely. I’m not a huge fan of the wrist and toe hinges either.

    And I’d actually never noticed that the moon is off center! So I guess for casual fans who aren’t all that observant, this is like a 9/10 figure. 🙂

    P.S. I bloody love the ML packaging. 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    I really like your Moon Knight action figures, but wondered whether or not you had a bust of Moon Knight? I know that I have seen these before in the comic book stores (which there was a limited 2,500 made – and now some places are selling them for as much as $125.00). Wasn’t sure if I was going to be picking that one up or not.

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