While Doctor Strange has been in theaters for a little while now, this wave of Legends is still topical for me, as I just got around to seeing the film for the first time a few weeks ago. I don’t want to turn my blog of toy ranting into a blog of movie ranting, but I’ll just say that I liked Doctor Strange, but I did not love it. It was certainly enjoyable and I think they did a pretty good job with the character, but it was probably my least favorite MCU release so far. As negative as that may sound, it’s worth noting that I’ve loved them all, so taking last place in this case is nothing to be ashamed of. With that having been said, I’m kicking off this wave with the figure in the assortment that I identify the least with Doctor Strange… The Enchantress!
Enchantress is one of the “Mystic Rivals,” sharing her slot in this wave with Nico Minoru. As a result, her name does not appear on the front of the package, only the back. There’s no actual Doctor Strange branding on this package, but you get the same orange colored side panels, which feature some really nice character art of both Nico and The Enchantress, one on each side. As always, these window boxes are collector friendly, but I’m about to shred this thing to pieces and pitch the remnants.
Behold! The Enchantress! This lovely lady uses the exact same body as The Scarlet Witch, back in the Allfather Wave, but it totally works and so I won’t hold that against her. I will, however, hold anything else against her, if she’s up for it, because she’s quite the knock out. The bulk of the outfit is achieved through paint. You get black leggings that end in high-heeled boots. Her rather iconic ring patterns are painted on the fronts of her legs in metallic green. Her painted top is dark green and her painted arm bracers are metallic green to match those leg rings. The paint on this figure is very sharp and clean and the colors look great.
The newly sculpted piece for her outfit consists of a soft plastic green skirt with a gold painted belt. The skirt is designed so as not to hamper her hip articulation. Her hands are the same ones used for Scarlet Witch as well, giving her those wonderful spell-slinging fingers.
I really dig the portrait here. The paint work on her lips, eyes, mascara, and eye brows is all nice and clean. She has a wonderfully slight smirk on her lips, which gives her a little extra personality. Her tiara is sculpted onto her hair, and the hair does its best to not inhibit the neck articulation too badly. My figure does have a weird scar above her chest that looks like came out of the molding process. It’s not a big deal, but worth mentioning. I thin it looks a bit like a battle scar.
Since they share the same body, the articulation here is identical to Scarlet Witch, but I looked at her a long time ago, so I’ll do the rundown again. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels in the thighs. The ankles are hinged and have lateral rockers. There’s a ball joint just below the chest and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed. The hinges are all strong and tight and she’s surprisingly easy to stand, even with those heels.
Enchantress comes with the same magic effect parts we saw with Scarlet Witch. Actually, we’ve seen these several times since as well. They seem to be Hasbro’s favorite accessory, based solely on how many times they’ve recycled them. This time they’re cast in a wonderful neon green plastic, which practically glows under a good light source.
I was absolutely thrilled when Hasbro revealed Enchantress would be in this wave, not only because I love the character, but because for a brief time it looked like she would be a limited release. She was originally included as part of the 2016 SDCC Exclusive Marvel Legends boxed set and that made me very angry collector. While I was pretty confident she’d eventually see a retail release, they don’t usually follow too soon after the exclusives. Fortunately, Hasbro showed pity on us fans who don’t like hunting exclusives, or paying through the nose for them, and the lovely Enchantress got a wide release after all. She was definitely one of my most anticipated figures in this wave and I think she turned out great.