Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Daredevil

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hobgoblin Daredevil figure. I’ll be honest up front; I love this figure. It’s probably one of my favorite. Not because of anything super special, he’s just a really solid figure, and I love Daredevil. Let’s take a closer look, hopefully with an unbiased eye.


Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Daredevil
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Hobgoblin
  • Dimensions: 6
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $19.95
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509281121
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★★☆

Daredevil is almost entirely made up of the Bucky Cap mold, which provides us with a lot of really solid articulation. I’m not really sure why I’m not giving him all 5 stars, I just didn’t think I should, since there are some figures out there by Hasbro that go beyond even this figure. Let’s take a closer look and see.

Total POA’s = 32

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that provides good range of motion above the shoulder as well as out and swivel.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint that is contoured to the shoulder nicely to conceal the joint.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints allow for nearly an entire bend in the elbow.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. Both joints operate as expected with a swivel and wrist curl.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint allows for excellent forward kick, though backward motion is only decent. Outward motion is very good, though the splits are out of the question.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint provides full rotation capability, though the shape integrity is not maintained throughout the rotation. Paint is not affected by this.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees provides a good amount of bend beyond 90 degrees, but not close to a full bend in half. I really don’t expect that on a male figure anyway.
    • Shin: Peg joint at the top of the boot. This joint is not entirely needed, but still somewhat functional at times. The cut joint does provide some odd surfaces when you swivel this joint.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has a Pin/Hinge Joint as well as an Ankle Rocker Joint. Very good forward and backward motion of the ankle as well as a fully usable ankle rocker.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge Joint in the torso area provides a good ab crunch as well as a very good back arch.
    • Waist: Peg Joint provides full 360 degree rotation of the waist.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint allows for excellent up and down motion. Side-to-side motion is fully functional though there is almost no head tilt.

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Mold – ★★★★★

Hasbro made a good choice with the sculpt they chose on this Daredevil figure. The physical build is pretty close to that of the comics. Most of the sculpt, as I noted previously is recycled from other figures. I think the only unique piece is the head and possibly the holster for his batons. There’s really not a lot wrong with that in my book. He looks really good.

They did a really good job with the head sculpt which is nearly dead on for the likeness. I don’t have much else to ask for on the sculpt of this figure.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

Daredevil wears red. There’s no way of getting around that, but a little bit of shading would go a really long way to break up some of the red in this figure. Yes, they did go with a lighter red for the boots and gloves. That lighter red comes out as orange more, which is accurate in some comics, but it doesn’t translate as well in real life. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the figure, and even like the paint, I just would have loved to see some shading.

The paint is only somewhat clean looking. There are spots where the orange is just too thin so you can see the darker red showing through. There are also areas, namely in the DD emblem on the chest that look worn off.

These issues aren’t show stoppers, but certainly deserve noting and losing some stars for.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Daredevil comes with his signature clubs/batons. At first glance, these things are really nice. They even connect to make a much larger stick of some sort. Here’s the problem I have with them. They’re made of a soft, almost foam rubber like material. So they never really stay straight. They’re easily bent, and I assume, could easily crease if you accidentally left something on one. They look nice, but you need to be careful how you pose the figure so you can hide the hold that is used to peg the other baton in to make that longer staff.

I also am finding the holster mounted on his leg should have been glued in place. The shape of the leg, and the positioning of the holster straps just makes it inevitable that the thing is constantly going to be falling down his leg. This gets pretty annoying as you try to pose the figure.

Another change I would have loved to see would be a string that connects the two together. I’d take that over the ability to make a longer staff. In all the comics I remember, his batons are usually connected by a cable of sorts. That would have been cool.

I shouldn’t complain so much. They could have given us nothing, and I’m grateful for what we got. There were just a few things they could have changed to make the accessory that much better.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall this Daredevil figure gets a 4 our of 5. It technically is on the weaker side of some of my standards, but for some reason he’s still one of my favorites. It’s likely because it’s Daredevil, but that’s ok. There may be better DD figures out there, but I don’t have them. This is my first in my collection thus far. I don’t know if I’d say he’s a must have, but pretty darn close.

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Comic Review: Daredevil | Vol. 2 (1998-2011)

Daredevil, Vol. 1Trade Paperbacks in this Series

My Series Rating: ★★★

This was such a great series. The first 8 issues that Kevin Smith wrote were superb. There was a slight drop to the story for me when Kevin left, but the story still kept up enough to keep me interested. By the time we got to the Shadowland event, I was so hooked on this series I never wanted it to end.

The series really took a dark turn in the Shadlowland event which was a fun twist from the typical Daredevil stories I’m used to. Not that Daredevil is this happy go lucky story in the first place, but it just struck me as to the sheer darkness of the story line. As you can see, this series made it pretty deep with a total of about 133 issues. The art is a delight and the writing by both Kevin Smith and Brian Michael Bendis is superb for the majority of the series.

I highly recommend this series to anybody who loves Daredevil and especially to those who are on the fence. There’s good character development and a great plot with some sub plots mixed in as well. You’re also going to get exposed to a lot of other superheros in the Marvel universe such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Misty Knight, White Tiger, etc. If you’re thinking of buying all the issues in this series you’re gonna drop some cash, namely on the first 8-10 issues, so the trade paperbacks listed above might be the better bet to get you going.