Dr. Doom, perhaps the greatest villain of the Marvel Universe, finally makes his way to Hasbro’s 3.75” Marvel Universe figure line via one of their Secret Wars Comic 2-packs. Also included in the set is a figure of the Absorbing Man and a miniature Wasp figure… well, it’s more of a piece of plastic than an actual figure.
The set includes a reprint of the classic Marvel Secret Wars issue #10 comic book and a few accessories for each figure. Dr. Doom comes with a gun while the Absorbing Man comes with his classic ball and chain.
First off, this set is nice because it actually includes two unique figures that haven’t been released previously on single card. Most of these 2-packs tend to come with at least one figure (with minor changes) that was already released in the Marvel Universe line.
Though neither figure is bad, Dr. Doom is definitely the nicer of the two figures. He is very detailed for a 3.75” figure and has a good amount of articulation giving him decent pose-ability. He has double-jointed knees and ball joints in the shoulders. The only real downside to the figure is that he does not come with a usable holster for his gun, and he also doesn’t hold his gun very tightly. In fact, it tends to fall out of his hand quite easily, but then does Doom ever actually use that gun anyway?
Doom’s cape is removable, and you will find rocket thrusters on his back for him to fly. I also like the detail on the mask. You can see in the eye slits, almost making it appear as if the mask is removable (it is not).
The Absorbing Man is a fairly decent figure as well. My only real complaint is that the paint apps used on his right side to give the impression that he has absorbed metal is a bit… well, cheap looking. It looks like….well, it looks like it was painted on.
Like Doom, the figure has pretty good articulation, but unlike Doom, he does a better job of holding his accessory, the wrecking ball on chain.
The Wasp figure, as I mentioned before, isn’t much of a figure and really is more an accessory than anything. It has no articulation and very little detail. In fact I am not really sure what the point of it is; the Wasp is not really featured in the comic accompanying this set. Since this is more an accessory than a figure, all I will say is I hope this isn’t the only version of the Wasp we see for the Marvel Universe line.
Overall, I have to say this probably is my favorite 2-pack out of all 12 sets Hasbro has released for its Secret Wars line and just going back and re-reading the comic is a lot of fun in its own right. To me, the original Secret Wars story is one of the best Marvel Universe crossover-type stories ever done, and to this day I can sit down and enjoy reading it. Look for this set along with the other 11 Secret Wars Comic 2-packs from Hasbro on shelves now. Check out hi-res images of both figures in our GALLERY below.
Final Judgement 4/5