Review: Marvel Legends Nemesis Series Daredevil

Review: Marvel Legends Nemesis Series Daredevil

Tom - May 12, 2009

Package Description
Somersaulting through the night air in a costume woven from the scraps of his murdered father’s boxing robe, DAREDEVIL seeks just one thing – justice. He scans the night-shrouded city with his phenomenal radar sense, and listens for the well known heartbeats of his father’s killers, men who walked free from a courtroom brought and paid for with mob dollars. Rendered fearless by the loss of everything he loved, he is a leaping, spinning form, defying death with every move. No man is a more natural acrobat or athlete, and few are his equal in martial arts. His discipline is so strong that even as his soul rails in torment, his heart maintains the still quiet of a master fighter.

Appearance 9/10
Daredevil has the same sculpt as the Ronan Series Human Torch. The sculpt has its advantages. The proportions are good, and the paint application is very clean. The muscle lines and wrinkles in the uniform are also well defined and help add a lot of texture. The biggest problem though is that the sculpt is small compared to Toybiz or other Hasbro 6” figures. He should stand as tall as figures like Spider-Man or previous Daredevil versions, but he is proportionally smaller, and it is noticeable when he is standing next to other figures. Fortunately, however, it is not noticeable in action poses.

This is the best looking Daredevil figure so far in terms of joints and proportions. There are no wide gaps of ugly ball joints. Stylistically too he fits in with other Toybiz and Hasbro figures. The skin tone is a little ghostly, but the facial expression is perfect. The only problem with the design is that a single “D” on the chest would have been nice for Daredevil’s true first appearance. Overall this is a great looking figure, even if the costume is ugly.

Articulation 9/10
Daredevil has standard articulation, featuring ball jointed shoulders, hips, and wrists. The arms have excellent range of motion. The head has no problem turning but can look a little awkward from the side. The legs bend less than ninety degrees at the hip. Balance is good, but swivel ankle joints would still have been preferable.

Poseability 9/10
Daredevil can do some great dynamic poses. For an agile character though, Daredevil could have benefited the most from swivel ankles and hips that could bend more than ninety degrees. Nonetheless he can do some great fighting poses as I tried against Electro. He looks good with other first appearance figures too, and will look great on the shelf. If the hips and ankles were like Toybiz figures, then he would be perfect.

Final Judgment: 27/30
This Daredevil sculpt is probably the best we will ever get, and there’s not a whole lot of room for improvement. To be frank though, the costume is ugly, so unless you’re a Daredevil fan, it may be worth it to just buy the variant red Daredevil.

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