We have quickly reached November 4, 2016 and with it comes a new Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe best known for the Iron Man, Captain America, and Avengers movies. And of course with new movies we get…more stuff we feel compelled to collect. Just kidding…sort of.
Of course we get new action figures based on the characters from the movie. This time around, we get Doctor Strange character Karl Mordo played by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor known for a whole bunch of movies that I bet you can’t name off the top of your head but as soon as you see him you’ll be like “I know that guy!” Movies like “Children of Men,” “American Gangster,” “The Martian,” and of course my personal (non)favorite, “12 Years a Slave” (we really didn’t need another slave movie).
Karl Mordo is best known as Baron Mordo in the comic books…a known arch-enemy to Doctor Strange. It appears in this movie that they’ll at least start off as reluctant “buddy cop” friends (a la “Lethal Weapon”) who work together to right some wrong. It won’t be until I see the movie (tonight in 3D IMAX of course…thank you Damien for the Fandango gift card) that I will know his true role.
At any case, Hasbro has provided us with a new figure to add to our growing collections. How does the figure compare to what we’ve seen so far of the character? Let’s take a look…
Another Marvel Legends packaging. By now you should realize that I’m giving the packaging for most Marvel Legends the same score because they are pretty much the same overall. Window display with character identification on the front. Nicely posed shot of the figure on the back along with the rest of the figures in the series and a shot of the Build-A-Figure. Nothing new.
I guess it is worth mentioning that there are eight distinct figures in this wave, meaning each case only contains one of every figure. Now Karl Mordo isn’t well known and I’ve seen his figure slowly becoming a peg-warmer, but I’m hoping after the movie comes out that that status will change and he may be hard to find. So if you can get your hands on him, it’s okay to do so. Amazon currently has him for around $16, so a value at that.
Another added statement…Hasbro has done pretty good getting these figures out a month or so before the movie. I think that helps with the buzz around the movie. That hasn’t always been the case with them and to see them step up their distribution game has me feeling good towards future purchases.
Anyway, as mentioned in my Brother Voodoo review, this series has a goldish-orange highlight on the packaging that makes it stand out.
Packaging Score: 7.5 out of 10
This action figure comes with what seems like a shit-load of accessories…until you realize that 3 out of 4 of the accessories are meant for the Build-A-Figure in this wave, the demon lord Dormammu.
I would like to believe that in the movie, Mordo is a fellow sorcerer as well as Doctor Strange…so I would have liked to have seen some type of magic effect included with him. Maybe like a warp ripple where we could insert our own pics to make it look like they are going to different places…but that would be too fun. I would probably have chosen a pic of a strip club to insert into it…wouldn’t that be fun for Mordo and Strange?
I digress. We get the wooden staff for Mordo. Maybe it is the Staff of All-knowing, or the Staff of Ass-Kicking or something like that. I won’t know until I see the movie. Maybe it’s just a regular bo-staff. At any case, this his only accessory and I will score it as such.
Accessories Score: 5 out of 10
I have a slight problem with this…only because the figure on the back of the packaging looks very much like Chiwetel Ejiofor, but you can tell that image was heavily Photoshop to add detail and shadows that the actual action figure severely lacks.
So is the likeness there? The outfit is on point and sculpted well. The detail and the paint application on the outfit is nearly flawless to my eye. but the head is lacking in detail. I can almost see an artist being able to add some needed detail to the face to make it an almost exact likeness of the actor (which is great for a $20 action figure). Unfortunately, I do not have that skill so I can only see the actor’s likeness at certain angles and even then if I squint my eyes sometimes. It’s not bad, but the figure’s head is roughly generic compared to what we see on the packaging.
Other than that, I do really like the sculpting, even of the non-detailed head. So the score will reflect the lack of details, but over all I feel pretty good about this figure.
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 7.5 out of10
This figure has about 28+ points of articulation, which of course is pretty great for a $20 figure, although has quickly become the norm and standard for a Hasbro Marvel Legends figure. One thing to note of course that with plastic clothing comes some hindrance in articulation. Which means that even though the legs are articulated well, the robes that drape down over them will always prevent the full range of motion for that articulation. The right leg is not so bad, but with the left leg, you can almost forget it.
Nothing else to mention really. Love that neck hinge in the Marvel Legends figures that allows a head to look up and down. Other than that, pretty standard stuff for a Marvel Legends figure.
Articulation Score: 8 out of10
I really can’t wait to check out the movie. When the movie was first announced, I was pretty skeptical on it coming out well. The first trailer (which I saw in the IMAX theater) slowly started to change my mind. That second trailer pretty much did it for me and now I’m sold. I can’t wait to check out this movie tonight (of course, full review this weekend).
Can’t hate too much on Marvel. Even though we have some waves that feature no persons of color, we get this wave that features not one but two out of eight figures that are Black characters. To me, Hasbro and Marvel are on a roll of getting these figures out there and getting them known. I like to think that this just brings more awareness to these characters. Almost like Black Panther and Falcon did with their debut in the Captain America movies…
Marvel Legends figure made? Check. Now I’m just wondering if we’re going to get this character as a Hot Toys figure. If so, they have one sold already…
Let me know in the comments below what you thought about this figure. I didn’t happen to mention it but in the comic books, this character is traditionally White…do you feel the race change hinders or helps this character overall? Hit me up…