It’s Friday, and that makes it Day Five of my push to get through the entire Captain Marvel-themed wave of Marvel Legends before the end of the weekend. It sure feels good to be talking about a brand new wave for a change, because next Monday it’s back to digging through that pile of old and unopened Legends in my Toy Closet. Yesterday, I looked at the first comic-based figure in the wave, Genis-Vell, and today I’ll check out the other one, Dr. Duval… aka The Grey Gargoyle!
In case you missed it, Hasbro has changed up the window boxes a bit by now making the window a cover over the tray, rather than integrated as part of the box. Does it matter? Not to me! These boxes go right in the trash, because I have no room to keep them.
Originating all the way back in the 60’s Grey Gargoyle is one of those rare characters to pick a look and pretty much stick with it. Hell, even when he’s shown up in animation, his appearance remains rock-steady. And from neck to ankles, this figure makes use of a grey generic buck with some speckling to achieve that stony look. His clawed feet are new sculpts and they use a glossy blue paint with black stripes to make up his boots, and the same deco is painted on his hands and forearms for his gauntlets. And what else can I say, other than it works really well. It may not be the most convincing stone effect on an action figure, but it certainly gets the job done. And when coupled with that bright blue, this figure looks surprisingly good!
Additionally, Grey Gargoyle features a sculpted cape, which has a high collar, under-the-arm rings and pegs into his back. It features the same grey and speckled finish as the rest of the figure. I think it looks great from the front, but not so hot from the back.
The head sculpt is excellent and features plenty of personality. Hasbro loves to go heavy on the cheese with the villains, and that’s pretty evident here. Gargoyle has a big toothy grin, a thin mustache and a domino-style mask. On the downside, the head has a glossy finish to it, which is at odds with the matte stone look of the rest of the figure. Not really a deal-breaker, but it does mess with the stone illusion a bit.
Once again, I’m going to defer the articulation talk, because there are no surprises and no issues here. Gargoyle has lots of poseability and he’s fun to mess around with. Furthermore, the cape is short enough so as not to really mess with his range of movement. Also, there are no accessories here, other than the BAF part. I guess that’s fair enough, because off-hand I can’t think of anything to include with him.
If I’m being honest, I think there are quite a few better choices for this slot in a Captain Marvel wave, but that doesn’t mean I’m not happy about getting this figure. One of the things that I love about Legends is Hasbro’s willingness to dig deep on villains, and I think Grey Gargoyle is another fine example of that, even if he’s more likely to wind up displayed on a Thor shelf, than with any of my Captain Marvel-themed figures.