Doctor Doom is one of my favorite Marvel characters. He’s such a great villain with a completely unique moral code to match his hatred for the Fantastic Four. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the kind of villain capable of taking down heavy hitters like Silver Surfer and The Beyonder by himself. Hasbro released a Dr. Doom a while back when they were just kind of getting rolling with Marvel Legends again, but Victor Von Doom definitely needed an upgrade. Let’s see if this one gets the job done or if he’ll play second fiddle again to Richarddds.
Packaging: I’ve loved the portrait art for Doom here and ironically he’s the one member of the wave who mentions the Fantastic Four specifically his rivalry with the team.
All of his accessories are prominently displayed and you can check for any issues with the paint job with no problem.
Likeness: Doctor Doom looks every bit as impressive as one of the 80th anniversary figures. The presentation is just as great. Hasbro added some extra flourishes to the costume like a laced up tunic, a more intricate belt and double cords connecting the gold clasps.
Similar to Thor, Hasbro sculpted the cape slightly raised to allow Doom to be positioned with his arms up. His skirt is longer than the standard classic version.
The armor pieces have a bit more flair with chain mail on various parts and looks sensational.
I’m still not the biggest fan of Hasbro’s cape plug setup, but it does make it easier to see his rocket packs underneath.
Additionally, Doom has a working holster with a removable pistol. This is ideally how Hasbro should do every holster.
Hasbro opted to give us two head sculpts — one with a more modern mask and hood sculpt and the other more of the classic look with far more rivets and bolts.
Honestly, if we’d just gotten the modern sculpt I would have been fine with this take, but with the old school version, I doubt I’ll use it.
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Paint: There’s not a ton of paint requirements for this guy. The inside of the mask came out very clean.
Impressively, the only area that needed a little bit of extra attention was the gold clasps and cords as there’s green on the bottom portions. There seems to be some sort of silver pearlescence on the armor that gives them a reflective sheen.
Scale: Doom is a guy in a suit of armor so it’s fine that he’s taller than a regular guy. He’s definitely still going to be looking up at The Thing, but he’s a little taller than Mister Fantastic.
Articulation: Doom has great articulation even with the longer skirt.
There’s slits to the side allowing for some reasonable split motion.
Doctor Doom has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Beyond the classic head sculpt, Doctor Doom comes with a set of fists. I do wish Hasbro included a single pointing hand to simulate Doom using a fraction of his powers to take out an opponent.
Additionally, he comes with the left leg for the BAF Super Skrull.
Worth it? Doctor Doom was $20 and thanks to him being double packed it’s not a big deal of him doubling up in price. He’s basically like getting one of the 80th Anniversary figures for $5 cheaper and with a BAF part.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Despite the longer skirt, which doesn’t impact anything beyond aesthetics. In all matters that are important this is an amazing figure that should be a part of every Marvel Legends collection.