The recent Man-Thing BAF wave of Marvel Legends is also known as the Netflix Wave. Primarily because it consists of Netflix versions of several characters, namely, Daredevil, The Punisher, Elektra and Jessica Jones. The wave also includes some comic characters though, mostly ones that make sense. Bullseye and Blade are both sort of in the same “street level” department as out Netflix heroes. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I almost wonder if this is sort of a secret preview for some possible future shows from Netflix. Bullseye is too much of a Daredevil staple that I would be incredibly surprised if he doesn’t show up for Season 3, for example. Could a Blade Series be int he works? Maybe a Man-Thing movie?
This iteration of Blade is particularly nice because his design works pretty well as both a comic book and a potential MCU Blade figure. He isn’t based directly on any particular live action Blade (Wesley Snipes or Sticky Fingaz), but he looks like he’s a normal human enough to fit in with an MCU display. Contrast this with, for example, Bullseye from this same wave, who sort of works but has those slightly exaggerated comic features that make him stand out a bit from all of the realistic MCU designs. I only really bring up the MCU at all because this is the “Netflix Wave” and this is full of MCU designs.
The figure itself is… ok-ish. I actually have a few issues with the body design. For starters, his chest is huge. By chick I mean, his upper chest. It’s almost comically oversized even by comic standards, because it looks so disproportionate next to his lower body. Blade definitely feels like he’s been skipping leg day quite a bit. His bare arms also look a little funky and are full of really ugly joints. A lot of figures get away with the ugly joints by hiding those parts with armor or some sort of suit, but because it’s just bare skin, they really stick out. His shoulders are particularly weird in places, they remind me a lot of Cable, where the shoulders are almost set too low to look human. His sword scabbard/bandolier is also fits oddly, it doesn’t really have any good place where it feels right and it’s generally pretty loose all around. The sword works well in it and the basic idea is there, I just kind of wish it fit his body better.
These design issues are kind of a shame because otherwise the paint and sculpt are pretty great. The heads both look really good and his chest armor and legs all are nicely done. I feel like some better choices on the arms would have really helped this figure come off less weird looking. I almost wonder if there was some thought to giving him a coat at some point as well, since putting the new figure int he old Wesley Snipes Blade’s coat goes a long way to hide a lot of the flaws.
Overall, while Blade is not a terrible figure, he’s not without his flaws. Blade’s time kind of feels like it’s come and gone though and he’s kind of a niche hero, so chances are there isn’t going to be another Blade release in the Marvel Legends line anytime soon. I will say, as much as I like the old Toybiz Snipes Blade, comparing the two, the new one feels more solid and poseable overall, so he is a good upgrade. Giving him the old coat helps as well, if you have one floating around.