Marvel Comics’ character depth makes their movie universe so much fun. Despite the absence of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men there’s still more than enough quality characters to keep the excellent movies coming. Doctor Strange is about to become the next household name so I figured now was a good time to start breaking out my Doctor Strange related offerings from Hasbro. We’re gonna kick things off with his standalone figure from the Build-A-Figure Hulkbuster wave.
Packaging: Everything is on full display with the Marvel Legends packaging scheme. That’s my favorite aspect of the line and it’s definitely appreciated since it cuts down on getting burned by swappers. The BAF Hulkbuster had a fairly generic Marvel Legends designation so there wasn’t any special color scheme.
Strange shared a package with The Vision so he gets one drawing on the side and a barely counts kind of bio write-up.
Likeness: This outfit is based on Strange’s modern attire when he briefly lost the title of the Sorcerer Supreme. I’m not a big fan of switching out costumes, especially when the original is so classic like Strange’s traditional outfit, but this is a good update. I’d still prefer the blue and yellow figure, but I won’t complain about this attire choice too much.
This is one of the rare times when Toy Biz wasn’t going to get beat out with its head sculpt. It’s not a situation where the Hasbro version is awful — more that the Toy Biz take so perfectly captured the character.
The gauntlets are an original sculpt and look great. I also really like the implementation of Strange’s flared out tunic, which gives that subtle cape appearance. The conjuring hands were a nice touch. Hasbro left out the high collar Strange wore with this outfit, but that was inconsistent from artist to artist. Still, it would have helped give the costume stand out.
Scale: Strange is just a regular guy so his figure reflects that staying right within the expected height compared to his New Avengers and Defenders allies.
Paint: The outfit is pretty simple with a basic black color scheme and red accents. Getting the chest design was the most crucial aspect and it was done flawlessly. There’s some minor overspray with his gold amulet, but costume wise that’s about it.
The head takes an overall hit with spotty applications around the eyes and a bad blend of the graying temples.
Articulation: It’s nice to know going in exactly what to expect from a line’s articulation scheme. Doctor Strange is no different from the other characters since Hasbro’s refocus on the Marvel Legends brand. Strange uses the Bucky body, which has some consistent minor challenges in terms of balancing and a little looseness in the joints. Nothing major, but he’s not as sturdy as I’d like.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: In a fitting bit of reuse for a magician, Strange gets the same hex bolts that came with the Scarlet Witch figure. Hasbro spruced them up a bit casting them green instead of pink. It’s a fun effect and one that’s useful for a magic based character.
Additionally, Strange comes with the left leg of the massive BAF Hulkbuster Iron Man figure.
Worth it? The HB Iron Man is thicker and more substantial than a lot of the other BAFs. Just from the heft of the parts it, this feels like it could conceivably be more than the standard Marvel Legend. In this case, paying $20 feels like a win. Right now you can grab him for $16 an even better deal.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
I’d go much higher with an overall better painted head sculpt. For a modern Strange, this is a solid option even if it lacks the visual pizzazz of the classic blue color scheme.
Where to get it? Walgreens still has a lot of the Hulkbuster wave in stock and I’ve seen a decent amount at Gamestop. Want to skip the gas use? Amazon has the figure now for $15.97.