Fans of Netflix’s comic book shows can realise the dream of having a tiny plastic Krysten Ritter, Jon Bernthal or Charlie Cox on their desk this fall, when Hasbro releases its Marvel Knights series of six-inch Legends figures. And who doesn’t want to build a Man-Thing?
Just like the Marvel Netflix-verse, the Marvel Knights line of comics started off showcasing lower-profile characters like Daredevil, Elecktra and the Punisher. The focus was less on maintaining comic continuity and more on telling powerful stories. Hasbro’s upcoming Marvel Legends figure wave celebrates those characters and the television shows they spawned.
Four of the six core figures in the wave are lifted directly from Marvel’s Netflix shows, including a pretty amazing Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter has a very unique face, and this is about as close as you can get in a six-inch sculpt without bumping the price point way up. Plus I love those boots.
Next we have Charlie Cox as Daredevil. The suit looks nice, but the face could use more stubble. Maybe some bruises? You know what would make it perfect? A spitting blood action feature. Poor Daredevil gets beat up so hard.
The problem with making a Punisher action figure that looks like Jon Bernthal is that every single Punisher figure in existence looks like Jon Bernthal. If you pull a string on this figure’s back he mutters the story he used to read his daughter and everyone cries. Not really. I can dream.
Finally we have Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Daredevil’s third love interest in two seasons of television. Yeah, I am counting Night Nurse as a love interest. She’s fine, Elektra. Didn’t really like her character in the show, but this is her, ripped arm muscles and all.
The final two figures in the wave aren’t from the show. That’s good for Elektra in particular, because one of them is Bullseye, AKA the guy who murdered her in the comics. This figure comes with a masked head and his crazy bald guy look, which is downright terrifying.
And finally we have Blade. Blade of course had several movies and a television show. He hunts vampires. He is so badass. Is it the shades? It might be the shades.
As with all six-inch Marvel Legends waves, each figure comes with pieces to assemble a bigger toy. In this case, it’s Man-Thing. It’s a Giant-Size Man-Thing. That joke will never get old. You might think he’s a Swamp Thing ripoff, but both characters debuted in 1971 within months of each other. Great minds burn at the touch of the Man-Thing.
Look for all six figures in the Marvel Knights wave of Hasbro’s six-inch Marvel Legends line this fall.