If ever there were figures from the Marvel Universe line that needed redos, it’s Daredevil and Bullseye. Both characters were in the inaugural series of Marvel Universe figures, and both figures were complete crap. They shared the same body with mediocre articulation and awful proportions, and the paints were terrible (especially on Bullseye). We’ve had repaints of both those figures in the line and a cool-looking Shadowland Daredevil, but this Comic Pack is the first attempt at really doing these characters justice. And do them justice it does–and then some!
Yesterday I reviewed the Quicksilver and Wonder Man Comic Pack, which contained two all-new characters in the Marvel Universe line, but still failed to really impress me due to outdated molds and horrible paint applications. Today I’ve got the Daredevil and Bullseye Comic Pack, which contains two previously-released characters that desperately needed to be redone and improved. I usually don’t get excited for Comic Packs that contain no new characters, but said Comic Packs usually don’t feature such substantial upgrades to both characters either! Although this two-pack contains characters that already had figures released a couple years ago, the final product is so outstanding that it just may be the best item released in the entire Marvel Universe line.
First and foremost, these figures feature some of the most amazing articulation I’ve ever seen in Hasbro’s 4″ scale. Daredevil and Bullseye again share the same body mold, so it’s no surprise they have the exact same phenomenal articulation as well. The mold used for these figures is the incredible Jim Lee Cyclops mold, which is absolutely my favorite mold in the entirety of the Marvel Universe line. Each figure has an amazing 27 points of articulation including: ball-jointed head, hinge neck, ball-jointed upper torso, swivel waist, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-jointed knees, swivel calves and double-joined ankles… WITH ANKLE ROCKERS!!!! Forgive me while I “squee” with excitement. My love affair with ankle rockers is well-documented throughout my Toy Reviews Archives, but they’re supplemented here with every other bit of flexibility you could ever ask for. They can look all around, bend, sit, crouch–whatever yo want. With this crazy amount of articulation, there is nothing you can’t do with these figures and no pose you cannot achieve.
Daredevil and Bullseye each come with two accessories. Daredevil has a long billy-club that can be broken into two smaller ones. Bullseye includes a silver pistol, as well as a throwing knife (kunai). Both figures’ hands are perfectly sculpted to hold their accessories snugly. Even better, though, is that both figures have unique belts with holsters for their weapons! I was stunned when I realized Bullseye had a working holster on the rear of his belt to hold his kunai in addition to the holster on his side for his gun. Daredevil has an equally thrilling holster on his side that can hold both halves of his billy club! I was truly amazed by how well the engineering and design was for these figures. This is reminiscent of all the great working holsters we’ve been getting in G.I. Joe over the last year, and a very welcome surprise.
In many cases poor paint ruins Marvel Universe figures, but in this instance brilliant figures are made even better by great paint apps. Bullseye is a proper black instead of the horrible faded grey we saw on the first figure. While his costume is full of thin, circular lines that it would have been easy for the paint department to totally screw up, but instead I think they did a pretty killer job of applying them exactly right. The light blue paint wash over the white areas of Bullseye add depth and complete the figure beautifully. Daredevil is the iconic red that he should be, with a dark wash over the red. This is a little controversial as some people feel the dark wash takes away from the figure, but I’m not one of those people–I think it enhances it. I’ve read a multitude of comics over the years where Daredevil is inked with a lot of black detailing, and I think this is a fine replication of that portrayal.
The included comic book is Daredevil #132, which features a couple showdowns between Daredevil and Bullseye. I’ve read a ridiculous number of Daredevil vs. Bullseye stories over the years, and this was not one of the best or most memorable. It’s alright, but certainly not one of the better issues spotlighting this rivalry. Bullseye is wearing a slightly different costume with covered eyes in the comic, and I’m really grateful Hasbro didn’t feel the need to replicate that look here and ruin the figure. Thumbs up to Hasbro for getting a comic book into kids’ hands with this set, even if it’s not necessarily the comic I’d have picked.
Zippo! Ordinarily I’d complain about paying $20 after tax for two 4″ action figures and a comic book I don’t want, but if all Comic Packs were the quality of this one I would do so with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
The Daredevil/Bullseye Comic Two-Pack was released in the third series of 2011 Comic Packs. This series had terrible distribution at retail, and I’ve literally only seen the set once at retail. Luckily, unlike the Quicksilver/Wonder Man set, this set is scheduled to ship in a decent number of assortments in 2012. I found this set at Target for $17.99 + tax, so that may be your best bet right now. Online options are more varied:
Amazon has the Daredevil and Bullseye Comic Pack in-stock right now from various sellers with free shipping at right about retail price, but prices and availability change rapidly on Amazon so you’ll need to click through for the current specifics.
Ebay is always a great option for hard-to-find action figures like this Daredevil and Bullseye set, as you can often snag a deal and get the figures for cheaper than you’d pay buying them from an online store, as well as find loose individuals of the figures from the packs. You can check out all the current listings for Marvel Universe Daredevil and Bullseye on ebay directly by clicking here!
BigBadToyStore stocks virtually every Marvel product Hasbro releases each year, and have sets of the Wave 3 2011 Comic Packs including Bullseye/Daredevil and Wonder Man/Quicksilver, as well as cases of 8 packs from the Wave 3 2011 Comic Packs for $119.99.
Overall: This Daredevil/Bullseye Comic Pack is, quite frankly, fucking awesome. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with this set. The flexibility of these figures is ludicrous, the paintwork is great, the accessories are fun and have working holsters–there are the perfect Bullseye and Daredevil figures. Absolutely perfect. The figures in this Comic Pack raise the bar very high for what I want out of the Marvel Universe toy line, and this is without question the best Comic Pack I’ve ever purchased from the line. This set earns the highest possible recommendation and is an absolute cannot-pass.