Mezco Toyz One: 12 Collective Moon Knight ReviewJose Lopez
Mezco Toyz loves to do variant versions of their figures in the One: Collective 12 line. After all, why sell one version of a character when you can sell two or three? Usually, the variant is released after the regular edition, but with this Moon Knight figure, it didn’t quite happen that way. While the one we’re discussing today is the character in his classic all-white outfit, there was an earlier release with his more modern, black and white costume, labeled the “Crescent Edition”. Having been released during San Diego Comic-Con of last year, it had quite the head start. That said, I feel like that turn of events only ramped up my excitement for this more traditional take on the vigilante. Let’s dig in.
Sometimes decried as merely Marvel’s Batman analogue, Marc Spector is actually quite an interesting and unique character. First appearing in 1975 within the thirty-second issue of Werewolf By Night (that explains the moon angle), the superhero was initially a patsy tricked by a group of villains intent on capturing the titular Werewolf. After having some success in the title, the character graduated to several short stints and guest appearances in other character’s titles and anthology comics before finally getting a series of solo books all his own. Moon Knight gets superhuman powers like strength and speed from the Egyptian God, Khonshu, although some people think he’s just a person suffering from multiple personality disorder. Whatever the cause for his superheroic persona, Moon Knight is a force for good in the Marvel Universe.
Simplicity is key and that has never been truer than with this simple, white and black packaging design for Mr. Knight. The crescent moon symbol, which the hero also wears on his chest, surrounded by stark white tells you all you need to know regarding which variation of Moon Knight you’re likely getting with this purchase. On the back we get the requisite promotional images of the figure and the accessories that you’ll find inside. As usual, Mezco Toyz packaging is sturdy and collector-friendly, easily replaced once removed. The plastic trays and wrapping keep everything secure and safe from damage.
In the comics, Moon Knight’s original white costume was pretty basic with little to no detailing or ornamentation. Obviously, Mezco wanted to add some more visual flair to it while not losing what made the original so appealing in the first place.
The bodysuit is tailored very well, avoiding the sort-of saggy crotch that some other figures in the line have suffered from. There are vinyl applications affixed at various areas that imply a type of body armor while doing the double duty of giving the suit some form. The crescent moon logo on his chest sits nicely, though it flares out at the tips a bit, so I’d be careful to not snag his cape when handling him.
The cape is fairly thick, which surprised me. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but it’s sturdy and has a pleather-y texture on the outside. The thickness of the cape mixed with how they decided to attach it to the outfit is far from ideal, in my opinion. Wrapping it around his neck area causes it to bunch up. I feel the need to fuss with it more than I probably should in order to pretty up how it sits.
It’s in the sculpting that this figure truly shines and earns high marks from me. Continuing onto the sculpted parts of the outfit, the boots and wrist gauntlets are exceptional. The subtle design adds a bit of decoration yet still appears solidly utilitarian for a vigilante that does need plenty of protection. There are a number of nicks and slashes added in the sculpt that give them a used, lived-in feel as well as allowing for the black wash to liven up the pearl white paint job.
The belt continues the design aesthetic. The logo on the belt buckle of my figure appears to be backward, as the moon is on the opposite side as his chest logo, though this might be intentional. There are also tiny claws affixed to the length of the belt, giving the illusion that they’re removable but they are indeed sculpted.
Moon Knight comes with 8 interchangeable hands and they’re all great, featuring some sculpting on the top of the hands that make them feel of one piece with the gauntlets. Along with a pair of fists, gripping hands and grabbing hands, there is a pair designed to appear as if he’s wielding the claws from his belt. I absolutely loved that little touch. Also, on the pair of fists, there are some small spikes sculpted into the gloves, insinuating that these are gloves the hero uses when things tend to get a bit violent.
There are two hoods included, one full and one dropped. While I would have preferred a fabric hood of the same material as the cape, I completely understand the thinking behind the decision to go the sculpted plastic route. Moon Knight’s hood shape as it appears in the comics is quite specific and iconic. Getting a fabric hood to cooperate would have been difficult if not impossible.
Mezco gives a decent enough go at matching the texture of the hood to that found on the fabric cape. They go a bit overboard, though, which has the opposite effect of what they were intending, I imagine.
The dropped hood is quite nice, though has the same problem with the sculpted texture. This is obviously less noticeable in this lowered position, so I find that I prefer this option. Both hoods are quite annoying to snap into place. There is a small rim around the figure’s neck that the hoods should line up with, but I had problems doing this successfully.
The two interchangeable head sculpts are the highlight of the release, in my opinion. What could have been a fairly boring masked head gets plenty of subtle detail that shines through. The combination of wrinkles, folds, and texture accentuate what looks to be a determined grimace under that mask.
As much as I love the masked head, the partially unmasked option is my favorite. Revealing the pissed-off, beaten-up face of Marc Spector, this head tells a tale by appearance alone. Obviously, our vigilante has had a rough day. I also appreciate the pulled-up sculpt of the mask, which gives a fresh look to something we’ve seen before. Usually unmasked heads are completely devoid of the actual mask, while this one shows Spector possibly pulling his mask up for just a second to catch his breath.
You’d think there isn’t much to say about the paintwork on an action figure colored all white and, well, you’d be right. That said, there is plenty of solid work here despite the singular palette. The pearl white on the “armored” bits pops in hand and the black wash on everything succeeds in bringing out the magnificent sculpted detail. The baby blue of the masked head’s eyes gives the figure an almost supernatural vibe when coupled with all of the white. The half-masked Marc Spector head is perfect, using understated points like faint beard stubble and a black eye to really tell a story about what the hero must go through every night while protecting the innocent.
This figure does just as much right as he does wrong in this category. While you get about what you’d expect in terms of the range of movement in the double-jointed knees, the hips, and torso, you’re going to be disappointed in the elbows and ankles. The ankles have little to no forward or sideways pivot thanks to the design of the boots. Additionally, the elbows seem to be single-jointed, though their lack of full bend may be attributable to the design of the gauntlets and how far they go up the arm. Either way, a character like Moon Knight should get more than 90-degree bend on his elbows. The hood is another issue, causing some difficulty when trying to pose the head and neck due to its size and shape.
In addition to the aforementioned interchangeable hands, heads, and hoods, Moon Knight comes with several cool weapons. Unified by their silver and white color motif, the weapons match the hero’s style nicely.
Keeping the brand strong, Moon Knight, of course, has a sort of-Moonarang in the shape of a crescent moon. He also comes with some nunchucks, a staff, and a Nunchuk/grapple hook hybrid. Both the nunchucks and the hybrid weapon have a chain linking their parts together, and the two and the staff all have silver spikes on the edges.
Included in the package you’ll also find the traditional Mezco stand and poseable arm, along with an accessory bag to keep them stored nicely. Another add-in is a set of white cape clips that can be used to pose the figure’s cape in dramatic fashion. I have found these cumbersome and annoying in the past with other figures like Batman, so I probably won’t be using them. It is nice of Mezco to include them, though.
In The End
Some minor disappointment with articulation and the hoods aside, I enjoyed this Moon Knight immensely. The sculpt work was exceptional and I really enjoyed swapping out the different accessories. The Marc Spector unmasked head is a favorite and this classic look for the character is right up my alley. Heck, I enjoyed this guy so much I may look for a deal on the “Crescent Edition”. All in all, a solid offering from Mezco Toyz.