This one took some time to complete largely because the prices of the Spider-Man figure that came with the heads for the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure Kingpin were ridiculous. When Hasbro revealed more of a cartoon deluxe Kingpin figure, I shifted course to complete a Build-a-Figure Shadow King.
Since he was more of a bonus thanks to the Shadow King head included in the Professor X set, I’m not going to judge this too harshly for lacking a perfect translation from the comic version. I’m just happy that I didn’t spend the time building Kingpin for nothing. Let’s see if he can get into my head.
Packaging: As normal we just breeze on by with this category. Nothing to see here folks.
Likeness: Shadow King has a few distinct looks. One is the full on shadow demon type persona and the other is his human host Amahl Farouk. The latter is the basis for most of the figure — or at least why he was such an easy fit for double use out of this BAF.
In most of his portrayals he wears an open shirt without a tie allowing for his chest hair to show (the villain!). Besides that, the body makes for a smart choice for the character and the suit mold really won’t get a lot of extra use.
Hasbro decided a guy with small glasses and a top hat wasn’t sinister enough and upped his portrait to show the demonic side with fanged teeth and red eyes.
In a standalone Shadow King figure I would prefer two head sculpts, but this is a smart choice. The expression is very well done and captures the sinister nature of the character that’s adept at playing mind games.
Scale: I thought Shadow King was more of a normal size guy, but he was more of a Kingpin-size behemoth. Most standard size figures will be looking up and he can stoop down to harass Professor Xavier.
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Paint: Most of the paintwork is done with the excellent work on the face with the grey and black wash. The work on the mouth is sharp and his eyes have a dark shade of red with black highlights. There’s not much else in terms of paintwork beyond the purple tie and handkerchief. Maybe if I’m feeling bold I’ll paint the shirt magenta to add a bit more color?
Articulation: Shadow King is a thinker, not a fighter — at least on this plain. Given the right size chair, he could reasonably sit down. His jacket is made of a lighter plastic to allow for easier movement. He’s not a character that needs a ton of articulation, but what is here is more than serviceable.
Shadow King has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
Accessories: Shadow King “comes” with a cane. Actually this is more the staff for Kingpin, but it’s another example of convenient planning. This makes sense for Shadow King too. Side note, you ‘d be amazed how many times I’ve had to stop myself after writing Shadow Thief instead of King.
Worth it? Right now, this isn’t too expensive a figure to track down since you’d need to spend around $100 to build the figure and another $15 or so for the head. That’s not as bad as some BAFs and that number will likely go down further after the Vintage Kingpin is released.
Rating: 9 out of 10
As a bonus to a Build-A-Figure this was a great pack-in. If only the shirt was a lighter color and he had an alternate head that would push him to an even higher score.