Marvel Legends D’Spayre review – BAF Rintrah wave

I always appreciate when Hasbro rolls out a lower-tier villain or hero for our Marvel Legends ranks. D’Spayre was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne so he’s hardly got a chump pedigree. He’s battled a number of A-listers like Spider-Man, Hulk, Cyclops and Doctor Strange.

The latter made his inclusion in the Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness wave all the timelier. But D’Spayre was also the main villain in the Cloak & Dagger TV series. It’s always cool to get a versatile villain capable of taking on multiple heroes.

Let’s see if D’Spayre is a pleasant surprise or the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Packaging: This is the standard Marvel Legends packaging although the front looks a bit barren without a movie/comic book logo. The package and side art shows a pretty cool hideous take on the character.

Here’s a case where a strong bio would help since he’s the kind of character that’s gonna send a lot of folks to Google…or just not pick up the figure since there’s no useful information on the package.

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I always think if nothing else it’d be helpful for parents to know who villains fights. Was it that hard to add a mention of Doctor Strange or Spider-Man?

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Likeness:  Since he was created in the late 70s, comic book artists have done a few modifications to make D’Spayre look more intimidating. Most of that had involved losing the more Skeletor-style look and making it look like his mouth is partially sewn shut.

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Given his shtick of preying on nightmares and despair, this works for him.

And it definitely works for the figure. The sculpting on the mouth is incredible. The eyes and furrowed brow are also super intense and sell the whole nightmare terrorizer motif well. This isn’t the usual clean ML head sculpt and conveys the perfect emotion for this character.

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His cape has also lost its pristine presentation. Now it’s in tatters with rips along the oversized collar, frayed edges and holes throughout.

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This is a unique cape setup and is also very nicely executed. It even has a textured pattern on the inside.

D’Spayre uses the Sunfire body, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites for standard size characters that don’t need excess articulation.

Paint: D’Spayre’s original outfit was black with blue shading and a white cape and gloves.

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The blue shading is gone, but the rest is intact. The gloves have a flame-like trail as they go up his forearm.

This was tough to get perfectly crisp thanks to trying to get the white not to bleed the black through although from a reasonable distance it looks fine.

D’Spayre’s head could have just more white paint applications as portions of the white look faint and there’s a significant amount of missing paint in some areas.

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Scale: D’Spayre clocks in right about the same height as Doctor Strange though he’ll be looking up at fellow nightmare-creators Dormammu and the Marvel Select Mephisto.

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Articulation: D’Spayre’s cape does create some limitations although he is able to do what I really needed from him.

 

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His knee joints seem like they could get weak over time though.

 

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D’Spayre has:

  • neck
  • ball-jointed shoulders
  • bicep
  • elbow
  • wrist
  • wrist hinge
  • torso
  • waist
  • hip
  • thigh
  • knee (double-jointed)
  • ankle

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Accessories:  D’Spayre isn’t exactly loaded with accessories. Since it’s removable, I suppose we can count the cape — sorta, but I’m reluctant for parts of a character’s costume.

You will need to pop the head off to get the cape on. This prevents it from being too loose and not staying on, which is very helpful compared to some other figures.

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He does come with swappable grasping hands. They’re well done and I prefer them over the default fists since they’re more fitting for the character.

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Finally, he has the right leg of the Build-A-Figure Rintrah.

Worth it? D’Spayre is at the standard $22.99 price tag. Thankfully, Target had a sale so I could avoid paying too much for a figure likely to be on deep discount by the end of the year. He’s a nice addition to the villain collection and his versatility in terms of who he’s fighting makes him very useful.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

I’d love for D’Spayre to have a little something extra to enhance the value, but the head sculpt and cape detailing make him a solid addition to creating a more diverse villain shelf.

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Where to get it?  D’Spayre has been one of the few members of the BAF Rintrah wave I haven’t seen on pegs with any consistency. You can grab him easily enough online from Amazon, Entertainment Earth and Target.

As an Amazon Associate and Entertainment Earth affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

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