It took me much longer to get into the Avengers compared to the X-Men and Fantastic 4. I regularly started reading them right at the time the Masters of Evil invaded the mansion so completing the MOE has been a priority for me. It’s taken a while, but we finally got one of my major wants in Marvel Legends form with Grey Gargoyle.
Grey Gargoyle is one of those multi-purpose villains as he’s clashed with Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, the FF and of course the Avengers. One of my favorite Grey Gargoyle stories involves him clashing with the Avengers on his own. He battled a classic team including Ms. Marvel/Warbird/Captain Marvel, which explains his inclusion in the Captain Marvel wave just fine for me.
Let’s see if this figure is stone cold or destined to stay a statue in the back of the display.
Packaging: Hasbro has basically run out of accent colors to play off the black packaging. The Captain Marvel wave has a mostly purple color scheme with a bright yellow insert. The Grey Gargoyle portrait looks cool and conveys the stone man appearance of the character.
The bio is fine as it summarizes the character perfectly. I still think Hasbro should add a line about who the villains typically fight to help parents out. If they know this guy fights Iron Man and Captain America, it might be an easier sell.
Likeness: I’m so glad Hasbro went with the creepy smile for Grey Gargoyle. That’s one of his signature elements and a smiling gargoyle makes for a nice contradiction. The flattop hairstyle and domino mask also look great.
I like how Hasbro pulled off the cape as he wears it somewhat like a robe. Depending on the artist, the collar portion either sticks up higher or is situated like the figure. My preference is the former, but this isn’t wrong.
Grey Gargoyle gets clawed hands and feet that I think are new. I’m pretty sure Hasbro used them again with the recent Beast figure.
Besides the semi-floating belt, that’s about it for this guy. I don’t get bent out of shape when Hasbro does smart reuse or easier characters like this in waves. He’s a semi-necessary villain and he’s not the kind of character that needs a dedicated body.
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Scale: Grey Gargoyle uses the Grim Reaper body. It’s the wider, thicker one that works best for him. Maybe Hasbro could have gone bigger for him, but then we’re venturing into too many new parts territory. Besides, he’s bigger than the standard figure and that’s all I care about.
Paint: To convey a stone look without just painting him grey, Hasbro added various colored speckles. It works in selling that stone/granite illusion and helps to make him stand out some.
The mask and hair get a darker shade of grey although I’m curious why Grey Gargoyle’s teeth would be white. Random comic book question, I guess.
The lines for the gloves and boots are fine and the choice of blue works nicely.
Articulation: Grey Gargoyle is kind of a grabby and punchy villain and this figure handles all of those needs with no problem even with the cape.
Grey Gargoyle has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Grey Gargoyle doesn’t need any accessories so this isn’t a big deal that he doesn’t come with anything specifically for him.
He does get the head for the Build-A-Figure Kree Sentry. While undersized, I’m starting to get more interested in getting this guy.
Worth it? You can get him now for $17. That’s a fair price for a character that could potentially go for lower by November.