Thursday, September 23, 2021

Action Figure Review: Darkstar from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro


   Today I'm checking out another figure from the recent Iron Man themed Marvel Legends Series with the Ursa Major build-a-figure series and this time it's Darkstar. I'm going to flat out admit that I have no idea who Darkstar is. Apparently she's been part of the Winter Guard, the Soviet Super-Soldiers, the KGB, and the Champions of Los Angeles. I'm familiar with a couple of those groups but I'm just not familiar with Darkstar. No disrespect to the character (who has been around since 1976) but I only bought this figure to complete Ursa Major. This is one of the very few Marvel Legends figures I've ever purchased to complete a build-a-figure but at the time I picked her up it was more expensive to purchase Ursa Major's torso by itself than it was to just buy the figure. Still is, too. Let's check out Darkstar after the break...


The Facts:
 Height: 6 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: 6 interchangeable hands and the three piece torso for the Ursa Major build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars

The Positives:
* Darkstar is a pretty basic Marvel Legends figure: Basic body that we've seen multiple times, a painted on outfit, and a new headsculpt. I'm sure there are plenty of fans of this character who have been waiting for this figure for years and if I had a better knowledge of the character I'd probably be more excited. That being said, she fits in just fine with the rest of your Legends and the paintwork is neat and clean. That's a real feat when you're talking about black and yellow, too. She does look quite sharp.

* Laynia Sergeievna Petrovna Krylova, AKA Darkstar, has a nice headsculpt. She looks tough, determined, has a steely gaze, and great hair. The paintwork is excellent here. There's even some subtle drybrushing on her hair to bring out the detail and add some depth.

* Darkstar has a basic body sculpt and all of the standard articulation is here. These are always really fun, really well articulated action figures and you should be happy with Darkstar's range of motion.
* Darkstar doesn't come with any true accessories for her to use but she does have six interchangeable hands: A pair of fists, a pair of gesturing hands, and a pair of standard grips. They swap in and out easily so you should have some nice options when posing her.

* Originally there were only two figures I wanted from this series: Ironheart and Ultron. When I saw Ursa Major, however, I knew I was going to be picking up some figures I hadn't planned on buying. Ironheart comes with Ursa Major's right leg. I'll get around to reviewing the giant bear as soon as I can ( I have him completed and he's awesome!). Darkstar comes with the torso which is split into three pieces: The front, back, and a extra fur piece for the neck.

The Negatives:
* The left side of Darkstar's torso looks really funky. Like something happened with the mold or the plastic. It's kind of odd looking. Like something got deformed or melted.

   Darkstar is a Good figure, which means I'm giving her a solidly average rating. There's nothing truly wrong with the figure (well, other than the weird warped side on my figure) but she doesn't stand out, either. I picked her up to build Ursa Major and I imagine many other folks have done the same. She's probably the most boring figure in this series which to me has a few boring figures in it. They can't all be winners but that doesn't mean that Hasbro didn't give this figure a good effort. Maybe if she has some sort of effects piece or something showcasing her Darkforce energy constructs? That would have probably elevated her quite a bit.
This is the first figure of Darkstar I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)
Enchantress (Mystic Rivals)
Nico Minoru (Mystic Rivals) 
The Punisher

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Tony Stark (A.I.)

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher 
Punisher: War Machine

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde
Omega Sentinel



  1. They should have given her a Darkforce power effect instead of some of the hands.

    1. Yeah, something extra was definitely needed to spice her up a bit. I ended up selling mine off after writing the review.


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