Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Action Figure Review: Wong from Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Hasbro


   Like most folks I am incredibly excited about the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and while I don't usually pick up MCU based figures, I decided that I really needed Wong. Wong has been around in the Marvel comic since 1963 but I don't think we're going to get a comic based Marvel Legends figure of him anytime soon. Fortunately his portrayal by Benedict Wong in the MCU is excellent and I'm way more familiar with the film Wong than I am with the comic Wong, so I'm more than happy to have this version on my shelf. Wong's been a fixture in the last few MCU films so it's about time he got a figure, right? This version is based on his look in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where he's the new Sorcerer Supreme. Let's take a look at Wong after the break and see how he turned out...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/8ths inches

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

Accessories: 3 swappable hands, 2 swappable spell hands, sword, and the left arm and two left hands of the Rintrah build-a-figure.

Non-Scalper Price: $23 dollars

The Positives:

* Wong looks pretty impressive with robes that really stand out more than his previous wardrobes. They're really colorful and I love the design. The sculpt is excellent and there's a lot of detail here that shows off the different fabrics that make up Wong's outfit. If there's anything reused here I'm not seeing it, but I'm not an expert in that kind of stuff for Marvel Legends.

* The headsculpt is excellent, too. Isn't is pretty impressive how far headsculpts and likeness have come in the past few years, especially with the advent of the facial printing technology. There's no doubt as to who this is and the expression captures Wong's humorless personality brilliantly. 

* Overall the articulation is really good, particularly in the upper body. That's the most important, too, because the double hinged elbows really help to make Wong expressively pose his arms in creating chakras and such. The balljointed waist, neck, and head also allow for a lot of nuance in his poses. His legs are inhibited by his robe a bit, but I'll get to that in a moment.

* Here's a close-up to show off all of the detail in Wong's outfit. I love the padding on the waistcoat and the "embroidered" details on his tunic. The paintwork really is pretty neat and clean here and definitely elevates the figure above many other Legends on the shelf right now.

* Here are two other really cool little details. The device that Wong and the other wizards, like Doctor Strange, wear on their knuckles is attached to his belt. It's pretty small but has a gold paint app on it. Secondly, what's with the really cool bracer? Is that a blade or something tucked in? I doubt it but it looks really cool and detailed.

* Wong has five interchangeable hands, but only three of them are regular hands. He has a right handed grip and a pair of very cool gesturing hands. These swap in and out easily and he looks great using these for a number of poses.

* The other two hands feature magic effects. I'm guessing these have been seen before but they're new to me and they look really cool molded in translucent plastic. 

* Wong also comes wielding a sword. That's pretty cool, right? I'm curious to see how this factors into the film. It's a nice sculpt with a uniquely shaped blade and an ivory handle. 

* This series features the pieces to build Rintrah, a green, minotaur like being that I'm not familiar with. He does appear in the recent trailer, though. Wong comes with Rintrah's left arm and two hands, one open and one making a fist.

The Negatives:

* My only negative is one I mentioned above: Wong's lower robe is pretty limiting on leg articulation, so he kind of just has to stand around. There are no slits or cuts to expand his range of hip motion other than what you see in the front.
   Wong turned out really well. He was the only figure from the series I was looking for and while I would have been pretty happy just to have a Wong in my collection getting one with some pretty cool accessories to boot was pretty welcome. He's a really fun figure and I'm definitely not disappointed with him. He's a Great and a 1/2 easily. With the price of Marvel Legends jumping up quite a bit lately I'm definitely becoming far more selective in who I purchase but Wong is a no brainer. A cool figure of a cool character with some fun extras. 


   This is the first figure of Wong I've reviewed. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:

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: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Hologram Iron Man
Stealth Iron Man 
Tony Stark (A.I.)
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher 
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Punisher: War Machine
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer
Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)
A.I.M. Scientist Supreme
The Hood
Lady Deathstrike  
Red Skull

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)
Scarlet Witch
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)
Captain Carter  
Doctor Strange Supreme
Heist Nebula

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