Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Series Doctor Strange. This updated version of Strange was one of my must haves when I saw this wave initially. Let’s take a look and see if it lives up to my expectations.
Figures in the Series
- Hulkbuster (Build-A-Figure)
- Marvel Now Iron Man Black & Gold (Right Leg)
- War Machine (Head)
- Blizzard (Upper Torso)
- Dr. Strange (Left Leg)
- Vision (Upper Torso)
- Valkyrie (Right Arm)
- Thundra (Left Arm)
- Character: Doctor Strange
- Manufacturer: Hasbro
- Series: Hulkbuster
- Dimensions: 7″
- Recommended: Ages 4+
- MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $21.99
- Part Number/SKU: 630509310937
- Buy it on Amazon
Articulation – ★★★★☆
Hasbro likes the Bucky Cap mold, and I can’t say I blame them. Certainly the look can get a little old over time, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Dr. Strange figure uses quite a bit of the Bucky Cap mold and this is a big help in the articulation department.
Total POA’s = 32
- Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
- Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint with really good up and out motion. Strange can raise his arms above his shoulders nicely.
- Bicep: Peg Joint which is nicely molded to follow the natural bicep look. No complaints here.
- Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide about 90 degrees of bend. The sculpt of the gloves as well as the biceps hinder the articulation here. It would have been nice to get a little more bend here.
- Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
- Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
- Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a good forward kick motion, though backwards is hindered by the skirt piece. In this respect, the look of the skirt piece is really nice, so I can live with the articulation issue here. The right leg is hindered a little less so it’s not too bad.
- Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. No major issues with this joint, or the look.
- Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees provides the expected bend capability. You’ll get nearly 145 degrees rotation.
- Shin: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint at the top of the boot. This is a functional joint, though probably not necessary as the other joints in the lower body all work. I’m not going to complain though.
- Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for excellent backward motion and quite good forward motion. The ankle rocker is a nice addition as well.
- Body – There are two joints in the torso. The Hinge Joint in the torso/abdomen works very well. The Peg Joint in the waist provides standard rotation.
- Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down, side to side, and even good tilt action. Based on what I’ve been seeing online and with my figure as well, the disc joint in the neck is quite loose.
Mold – ★★★★☆
We already know how the Bucky Cap mold looks. They did a really good job of it, so let’s just focus on the pieces that are unique to this figure. First, the head sculpt is a really great likeness to the version of Dr. Strange I prefer. The detail work was really well done.
Highlights of this figure are the head sculpt and the skirt piece. Both were well executed. I’m not sure if they re-used the forearms from any other figure or not, but they look really nice. They do hinder the elbow articulation, but not enough to bug me a lot.
Paint – ★★★☆☆
There is zero shading/dry brushing on this figure. That doesn’t mean the figure wasn’t painted well, it just doesn’t have as real a look as it could. There’s two primary colors, black and red that make up the paint app on Dr. Strange. Overall, they did a good job with the paint apps. They continued the chest/abdomen paint into the joint some which is nice when you arch the figures back. They didn’t go all the way so you wouldn’t see the design break, but enough. The lines are clean throughout the figure.
A few more details would have been great in the boots but otherwise most of the paint is sufficient. The paint work they did on Strange’s head was very well done and supports the sculpt very well. His hair could have used a little bit of that dry brushing, though not dry brushing the entire figure would put the head/hair look off a bit. The grey sides look a little cruddy up close, but at a short distance it looks good.
Accessories – ★★★☆☆
Strange comes with two magic circle bursts in a neon green. These are recycled bursts that I believe we’ve seen with at least the Scarlet Witch (I don’t have her yet). They look nice and attach to Strange’s arms relatively well. I don’t find them overly appealing, but it is nice to have something. Perhaps we could have gotten the Eye of Agamotto or the Book of the Vishanti. Both of which would have been a little more fun.
It would have been great to have an extra set of hands as well. You’re pretty much forced to pose your figure casting a spell with the hands he has. This could have easily come with fists or gripping hands.
Packaging – ★★★★☆
Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.
Overall Rating – ★★★★☆
In all, this figure is a welcome addition to my collection. If you’re lucky to grab the Astral (clear) version of this figure in one of the way over priced exclusive sets then you’re bound to have a lot of fun taking pics of the two figures together. This is a must have for any Marvel fans so don’t pass this guy up.
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