Unboxed: Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame SetOctober 22, 2017
Bandais Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set delivers a movie-accurate depiction of the Marvel Cinematic Universes Sorcerer Supreme thats as superbly crafted as it is authentic.
Inspired by the dimension-spanning action adventure, Doctor Strange, which hit theaters back in 2016, Bandais figure is a welcome addition to the companys ever-expanding lineup of Marvel superhero collectibles, which includes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and others.
Bandais Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set offers a wealth of captivating features. Unboxed, the roughly six-inch tall figure is immediately impressive on its own. The faithfully realized sculpt (comprised of ABS, PVC, and PET components) is brought to life with a colorful exterior thats painted with masterful detail and precision. While the Doctors molded outfit and accessories are mostly fixed and irremovable, the back of the Cloak of Levitation is both detachable and articulated, which helps extend the posing options.
The Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set comes with dual swappable head sculpts with portraits that capture the look of actor Benedict Cumberbatch with remarkable accuracy. The figure also comes with five pairs of interchangeable hands for a variety of positions for alternate display.
Typical of pieces in the Bandais Tamashii Nation catalog, the S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange figure is sturdy, well balanced (remaining upright without a figure stand or additional support), and thoroughly articulated with joints spread throughout the body, resulting in a gratifying assortment of dynamic display options. The cost of such extensive articulation is that without being hidden beneath a fabric costume, the numerous sculpted joints are unavoidably conspicuous and wind up detracting a bit from what is an otherwise authentic presentation.
The Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set is truly distinguished by its trappings. Unsurprisingly, the set comes with multiple molded simulated fire accessories as well as four mandalas of light (two green, and two orange translucent discs of varying diameters), which may be affixed to the figures palms and wrists.
Bandais Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange & Burning Flame Set released in June 2017 at the manufacturers suggested retail price of 6,480 JPY (~$60 USD). Marvel superhero collectors looking to add the superb action figure set to their collections can find it at retail in Japan, or for a range of prices online.