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Review : Marvel Legends Doctor Strange, Astral Form


Doctor Strange, Astral Projection, was released in 2016 as part of the Marvel Legends wave to coincide with the release of his MCU movie. The wave mixed three figures from the film along with comic book versions and a comic book BAF of the films "big bad", Dormammu

 

Packaging 3/5


Doctor Strange is packed in the standard black scooped side Legends box with an orange hue design used across the figure backing, the name plate and down each side with the image of Doctor Strange facing off against his enemies.


The box front uses the MCU movie logo at the base of the figure window, with the Legends logo at the top. The box was used on both the standard Doctor Strange and this Astral version and both figures are pictured on the reverse of the box with the briefest of text about the Sorcerer Supreme.


"The Sorcerer Supreme combats evil using many forms."


nb : My review copy did not come with the BAF part, or I believe the correct tray insert. The box is however as the figure was released, shared with the standard Doctor Strange figure.

 

Paint & Sculpt 2/5


The Astral Projection figure is essentially cast in a pink hued white plastic to replicate the scenes when the Doctor is on the Astral plane. This means the details in the head and the likeness to Benedict Cumberbatch are a little harder to see, but on closer inspection you can see what a good sculpt this is and that the likeness on the standard figure is lost more in the sculpt.


Fully translucent figures rarely work as they expose the joints and working within, so this solution is a compromise. The plastic is pearlescent, which helps the overall effect, but perhaps the colouring should have had a more yellow tinge than pink? There is virtually no paint on the figure, save the white applied to the eyes which looks possessed.


When you look at the scenes in Doctor Strange where they visit the Astral plane, I think it would have been nicer to try some level of colour to the base white pearlescent. On screen the Astral versions of the characters are not white like a ghost, rather they retain some colour and are more translucent. It would have been interesting to see if Hasbro could make that work - a bit like the Force Ghosts in Star Wars Black Series?