I’m just a few days out from seeing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and I’m hyped. This also marked good timing for the arrival of my Master Mordo Marvel Legends figure. I’ve got tons of questions and steering far away from any potential trailer spoilers.
Let’s see if this figure is good enough to be the master or make me want to make all my magical figures disappear.
Packaging: This is the standard Marvel Legends packaging with the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness logo prominent. I love this logo and it looks nice and ominous. The artwork features promotional art from the film, which is fine.
The Marvel Legends team tends to write better bios for the movie characters since they can be intentionally vague to avoid spoilers. Mordo’s is another effective one with a nice bit of foreshadowing.
Likeness: Mordo has seen some rough times since the events in the first Doctor Strange film. He’s got scars along his forehead and is rocking long dreadlocks and a thick beard.
The head sculpt is pretty close to nailing Chiwetel Ejiofor’s look, but the paintjob on the eyes kinda throws it off and his jaw/cheekbones seem too wide. I like the sculpt of the dreads with the left side flowing over his shoulder and the rest in the back.
It’s kind of the norm now that Hasbro does a stellar job of knocking out the intricate MCU outfits. The only catch is if Hasbro got early designs that aren’t accurate to the film version.
From the images I’ve seen so far, Hasbro translated the costume and look of Mordo spectacularly in this scale. Of course, the Hot Toys version is going to be insane, but on the 6″ level? This figure is fantastic. There’s a number of layers, panels and wraps throughout the attire.
Mordo’s robe is open wider than it seems in film stills. This allows Hasbro to create better range of motion in addition to showing off more detail. The outer tunic has patterns and linings that aren’t immediately apparent from a distance. His belt also has intricate detailing and paneling as well as his sling ring carefully attached.
His arms have wrappings that slant down while leading to smaller wrist gauntlets. The lower portion of the outfit features swaying slits. This is helpful so it doesn’t impede articulation.
Paint: Master Mordo gives Wong a run for his money in terms of complicated paint design. Just like Wong, the work is nearly perfect.
I love the work on Mordo’s forehead scars. There’s one small stray mark of dark gold on the right robe.
Hasbro painted Mordo’s eyes looking slightly up. This makes him look a little bored and disinterested, completely losing the focused intensity of Mordo in the promo shots.
Scale: Ejiofor is 5’10”, the same height as Benedict Wong’s Wong. Both are looking up at Benedict Cumberbatch’s 6′ though not by much. And I’m still working on getting my Doctor Strange figure for those wondering.
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Articulation: Master Mordo’s robe doesn’t hinder too much of his movement, which is appreciated. He won’t be able to sit down for a proper spot of tea properly, but otherwise you can re-enact most of his actions from the film.
As we’ve seen with a few figures lately, Mordo has the disc-style elbow joint. It provides as much range as the double-jointed setup though in some poses it looks a little weird.
Master Mordo has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Master Mordo comes with a crossbow. At least I think this is intended to be his as he doesn’t actually use it in the movie. It’s wonderfully detailed with an ornate handle and looks tremendous.
He’s also got two sets of swappable hands — fists and clutching hands.
Additionally, he’s got a small staff. Maybe I’ll get more details after seeing the film? It’s got great detail along the handles and lighter brown portion.
Finally, he comes with the right arm of the Build-A-Figure Rintrah. In addition to the default clutching hand, Rintrah has a swappable fist. That’s a welcome inclusion as the BAFs typically don’t have much by way of extras.
Worth it? Master Mordo is typically $22.99, but an online retailer had a massive Marvel Legends sale where I was able to grab him for $7.99.
There’s no way that’s not an excellent deal and a throwback price to the original wave of Toy Biz Marvel Legends. At that price, the value for this figure skyrockets.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
While I wish the eyes had more intensity, it’s hard to beat a $22.99 figure with this level of unique sculpting and detailing for $7.99.
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