Greatest Battles 2-Pack: Daredevil and Bullseye

For a while there Bullseye and Daredevil were very hard to find figures.  With a Daredevil variant and a Bullseye variant included in some cases over the last 12 months, that has been alleviated a little bit.  With that though, it feels like we are being played with a little bit here.  While it’s nice to be able to grab both of these great characters, Hasbro has decided to give us fantastic revisions of both characters….significantly improved revisions.  Read on and / or scroll to the bottom or check out a summary of our new rating system HERE.

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We have ourselves the usual Greatest Battles packaging.  Two figures, Daredevil 132, and the Greatest Battles logo.  Nothing unexpected or stand-outish here.

Daredevil

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I’m sure we all remember the Secret Wars Daredevil figure from the 80s.  To me at least, it’s one of the most memorable I’ve ever had, all in bright shining red with the DD logo.  That was kind of a classic paint job, but this is better.  We have a nice deep red, excellent looking shadows, a very defined DD on the chest in a brighter red than the dark red of the rest of the body.  There is also excellent shadow detailing on the head around the horns.

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The first mold of Daredevil was serviceable.  It made a good figure, but nothing special, I was just happy to have Daredevil.  With this 2-pack release though we have a Daredevil mold that is full of win.  Built off of the 2011 ‘Cyclops’ mold, this is a far sturdier bulkier Daredevil, must more accurate to my impression of him from the comics.  The height seems better here as well.  Every other Daredevil I’ve gotten my hands on seems shortish and generally hunched.  GB DD has perfect posture and a big stick (more in accessories).  We get the fully movable ankles, spinning at the calf, bending a the knee, and the fantastic swivel thighs.   Daredevil spins at the waist and torso, and DD has the additional joint under the head for extra neck movement.  The arms spin at the wrist, bend at the elbow, spin at the bicep and have the ball / hinge shoulders.

Character Likeness

Hasbro has it now, and they know it.  They have been putting out figures this year with some swagger.  This figure absolutely bashes the target to make a pitch perfect Daredevil.

Accessories

Daredevil comes with his standard billy club.  It’s kind of a little fat around though.  He has a holster on his left leg.  Trying to put the club in the holster is a little bit weird as the club comes out well above his waist making the way the arm wrests with the club holster a little odd.

Overall

This is an outstanding figure, an outstanding representation of the comic counter-part and will absolutely be replacing previous Daredevil iterations in my display.  I absolutely love this figure.

Grade

Displayed front and center  (5 out of 5)

Bullseye

Bullseye is bat$hit crazy.  In order to capture his likeness in figure form, that crazy needs to be represented flawlessly.  Read on to see how Hasbro did this go round.

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We are in another position of having quite a bit of basis for comparison with Bullseye with a light blue and dark blue version already well circulated in the retail pool.  This version of Bullseye is a solid black.  However, there are hints of blue all over the areas that should be a nice pearly white which makes not so much sense.  Otherwise, the lines are nice and clean and the black paint is well applied.  Why the blue tints though?  They definitely have to be intentional and it just doesn’t make sense.

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We have another figure built on the 2011 ‘Cyclops’ mold.  As far as movement just read the Daredevil articulation section, it’s exactly the same.

Character Likeness

We have kind of a polar opposite in terms of character accuracy here as compared to Daredevil.  While I appreciate the darker color, there are a lot of unforgiveables here.  Not the least of which is the target on his head.  It seems like someone got circle happy and what we have on this figure is just not what the Bullseye head target logo looks like.  It’s two thick circles and a dot in the middle.  As well, the head shape, while looking a little bit more crazy and sinister than the original releases doesn’t appear to be as accurate to say, Daredevil 290 (comic cover).  Granted, on that cover BE is a dark blue.  Still…I don’t like it.  Add that to the weird blue tints on the white, character likeness hurts.

Accessories

Bullseye comes with something to shoot and something to throw.  A hand gun (holster on leg), and a dirk (holster on back belt).  The gun fits well in his hand but the dirk is a little small which causes him to drop it…in fact that’s what happened now and when I’m done writing this I’m going to have to scour the couch to make sure the dog doesn’t eat it.

Overall

Using the 2011 mold there was a good opportunity for Hasbro to make a 10 figure here and put Bullseye to bed with a definitive version.  I feel like they just missed the mark here a little (pun intended).

Grade

Displayed but buried in the back (2 out of 5)

Overall 2 Pack

Where Daredevil shines Bullseye sours.  Though it’s a mixed bag I think it’s still an absolutely worthwhile purchase, if at least to get the definitive MU Daredevil into your collection.

 

 

 

Rating System: Each figure will be reviewed under the following categories:
Packaging
Paint
Articulation
Accessories
Character Likeness
OverallEach figure will then be given an overall grade out of 5 levels:
Displayed front and center – Perfect score
Displayed but more to the side – Second best, nothing wrong with that
Displayed somewhere I might see it – Displayed, it’s good, I like it, not as much as others.
Displayed but buried in the back – Not all that great, but no other options for this figure
Stored* – It’s really not worth displaying. 
*This will be caveat-ed, if the figure is excellent but is being moved out in favor of a better version of the same character, this will be explained.

 

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