Review: Marvel Legends Dum Dum Dugan & Chaste Ninja

Review: Marvel Legends Dum Dum Dugan & Chaste Ninja


Tom - July 14, 2009



Appearance 9/10
Dum Dum Dugan
The Shield agent body is a reuse of the Face-Off Punisher body with some new straps on the torso. The body is a good choice for a couple reasons. First it is more buff than the standard Bullseye body which is nice to have in an army builder military group. Secondly it puts him at about the same size as the Hydra soldier. While the Hydras seemed to tower over the standard Marvel Legend, Dum Dum Dugan can look a Hydra soldier straight in the eye. The only stark difference between them is that the head on the Hydra soldier is huge compared to Dum Dum, but in a battle scene that could easily be overlooked. As for details, the Shield logo is printed on great, with no visible problems. Hopefully there will be good quality control on these figures and smudging of the logo will not become a problem.

Stylistically Dum Dum looks less toyish than some of Hasbroís recent offerings, including the Hydra soldiers. He looks perfect next to Toybiz legends though, even without a paint wash. This is thanks to the body sculpt which has an uneven texture all over the figure, which is perfect for the uniform look. In contrast the white straps look a little bland because they were molded white. However the overall appearance is really dependent on the blue, as the thin white straps become more of a division between blue areas than a color scheme. The head sculpt is excellent for Dum Dum, having different textures and capturing his likeness perfectly for plastic form. Overall this is a superb interpretation of the Shield agent, and is much more worthy of army building on that basis than the Hydra soldier.

Chaste Ninja
The Chaste Ninja sports the same body as Ronin and the Hand Ninja. While the figure does look like a Ninja, the figure is not comic accurate. The robes of Stone, one of the Chaste Ninjas, were much more plain and completely white. Iím happy to be getting Chaste Ninjas at all though. As is the black and white is a nice color scheme and will probably contrast nicely with the dark red of the Hand Ninjas. The black helps add some texture but he still stands out a little bit from Toybiz Marvel Legends. Nevertheless he looks excellent next to Daredevil or fighting Elektra.

I was expecting the ninjas to be a little taller, but he stands at a decent height and has good proportions. Thereís a lot of paint slop and marks on my figure, but I think itís the exception and not the rule. On the shelf heíll look great fighting Hand Ninjas, and the white really helps him stand out. The white color is a little dull though, but Hasbro was probably trying to avoid a bright plastic appearance. Overall the figure will do a nice job as a Chaste Ninja, but I would be interested in seeing an all white version

Articulation 9/10
Shield Agent
The articulation is standard, featuring double pinned knees and elbows, pinned abdomen and swivel waist. His legs can go up about 90 degrees at the hips. He gets full range of motion in all his joints except that his arms canít sit completely at his sides. Some more range of motion in the torso would have been nice but is not really necessary. His hands open and close, and are both molded with trigger fingers. The pistol on his chest and knife on his boot are both removable.

Chaste Ninja
The jacket over the torso severely limits range of movement. The shoulders still manage to get most of their range of motion because of the openings of the jacket. The hips do not get all of their range of motion, and in addition the abdomen joint cannot move very far. The rest of the figure features a mixture of ball joints and pinned joints. The head can look down but not up, and looks to the side easily, but at a slight angle.

Poseability 9/10
Shield Agent
The Shield agent is very easily posed due to the great range of motion and articulation. The only problem this figure has is the rifle tends to slip out of his hand. With a little effort heíll hold onto it, but this figure is great for the many dynamic poses he can do. From crouching to fighting this figure looks great, and heíll look even better when posed with multiple Shield agents.

Chaste Ninja
The Chaste Ninja is a bit harder to pose. In particular the crouching poses necessary for a ninja are hard to achieve. It may be possible though to trim the skirt a little bit to allow full range of motion in the legs. He does look great holding his weapons though, and a group of them will look great. He canít do everything I want a ninja to do, but he can do enough.

Final Judgment: 27/30
Both figures are great, but the Shield agent and Dum Dum Dugan definitely came out on top. The Chaste Ninja looks good but lacks comic accuracy and the ability to crouch. The Shield agent however has all the articulation and poseability I could ask for. Both figures are good buys even without other agents or ninjas to stand next to. By themselves they can be Dum Dum Dugan and Stone. With other sets they can be a Shield squad or the Chaste Ninjas. Both possibilities are good.
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Comments...

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Grog - 2009-07-27 @ 11:52 pm

Anyone else notice the hands on Shield Agent/Dugan are from the ML4 Punisher?

TomTom - 2009-07-18 @ 5:32 pm
But there are still figures that were shown at the SDCC last year and that I haven't found in two-packs yet, and they are:

Invisible Woman

Human Torch

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Dugan

Female S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter

Male S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

Iron Man Stealth Armor

Anyone have any information on these? Please let me know, the internet is my only way of staying on top of the news.

All of those you mentioned are variants of other figures in the series, with the exception of Invisible Woman/Human Torch. That set has been delayed.

IMYOURMASTER - 2009-07-17 @ 11:50 pm
Is this two-pack being sold already? I live in Portugal, so I'm very far away from the action you guys get over there. I haven't find any of these one ebay.

The only new two-packs I've found on ebay are:

Super Skrull and Kree Soldier

Nick Fury and Hand Ninja (Red)

Iron Man and Female S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill

But there are still figures that were shown at the SDCC last year and that I haven't found in two-packs yet, and they are:

Invisible Woman

Human Torch

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Dugan

Female S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter

Male S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

Iron Man Stealth Armor

Anyone have any information on these? Please let me know, the internet is my only way of staying on top of the news.

No the 2 packs are not selling yet. When ever you seen a small amount of the figures for sale in Hong Kong months before they are to go on sale it is because factory workers steal the figures and put them on ebay. That is why there are so few and they are so expensive. All the figures you listed including Torch and Sue have already been sold on ebay.

TCCB - 2009-07-17 @ 11:18 pm

Is this two-pack being sold already? I live in Portugal, so I'm very far away from the action you guys get over there. I haven't find any of these one ebay.

The only new two-packs I've found on ebay are:

Super Skrull and Kree Soldier

Nick Fury and Hand Ninja (Red)

Iron Man and Female S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill

But there are still figures that were shown at the SDCC last year and that I haven't found in two-packs yet, and they are:

Invisible Woman

Human Torch

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Dugan

Female S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter

Male S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

Iron Man Stealth Armor

Anyone have any information on these? Please let me know, the internet is my only way of staying on top of the news.

shadowboy_2099 - 2009-07-17 @ 7:45 pm
I hope Hasbro uses theat Punisher mold for future retooled figures. Looks tall and buff. Deadpool anyone???

I must agree with this. I'd been hoping for quite some time they would retire the Bullseye mold in favor of this one. This body looks more balanced and the musculature in the legs actually match that of the body.

Good call.

Ya, Bullseyes body was perfect, for, well, Bullseye, cus he had textured boots, and gloves, and part of the white collar covered his chest, and it worked just fine.

Figures like Nova and Quicksilver are just dissappointing, they even look "blocky"

EldestSon - 2009-07-16 @ 2:26 pm

Hasbro really needs to fix the knees on their figs. I'm tired of my figs standing like chicks who are trying to keep from peeing themselves.

monron999 - 2009-07-16 @ 6:17 am
I hope Hasbro uses theat Punisher mold for future retooled figures. Looks tall and buff. Deadpool anyone???

I must agree with this. I'd been hoping for quite some time they would retire the Bullseye mold in favor of this one. This body looks more balanced and the musculature in the legs actually match that of the body.

Good call.

shadowboy_2099 - 2009-07-15 @ 8:09 pm

I hope Hasbro uses theat Punisher mold for future retooled figures. Looks tall and buff. Deadpool anyone???

tarot - 2009-07-15 @ 2:14 pm
What are the caste ninjas? good guys?

Chaste Ninjas are basically the mortal enemies of the Hand who fight on the side of light. They were lead by Stick (Daredevil's old blind mentor) and were responsible for training Elektra before she was kick out and joined the Hand.

(link)

shokker - 2009-07-15 @ 8:09 am

chaste ninja is horribly painted. he looks like a toy i can get for a dollar. you should add gold around the armor. even the white power ranger had gold on him and it looked prefect :tongue: . if i get this fig then i need to repaint it. love dumdum, he looks good enough.

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