I know it's the trendy way to be and it probably just makes me sound like some annoying hipster, but I really do prefer my toys "old school". I'm earnestly trying to like the new-fangled ways with the posing and muscles and strange sleek outfits but aesthetically I just prefer my action figure pretty simple.
Thank goodness then for today's action figure: Dr. Octopus!
While this guy has an old school look about him, he was actually constructed recently in the Marvel Legends line (this is actually my third Marvel Legends review - Ryan is quite obsessed with them). Sure he still has the articulation and what-not, but his old-timey outfit sure agrees with me.
Thank goodness the good people at Marvel Legends didn't try to hip him up for the 21st century crowd like those Spiderman The Movie people did.
No offense Alfred Molina, but here is who should have been playing the mad scientist:
Hollywood - I will be awaiting your offers for casting agent.
I also have big news for the good Doctor. I have found your long lost daughter!
You might think with all the crazy tentacles that this figure would be hard to stand on his own. Somehow the toy geniuses have used some mad scientist worthy physics, however, and he is counter-balanced quite well. I only wish his extra limbs could hold him up off the ground without the aid of our prop stick.
I give credit to the sculptors for his man boobs and beer gut as well. Somehow he still comes across a bit too ripped in the thighs for me, though. With all his assisted walking techniques I'd guess that his leg muscles haven't had reason to bulk up for many years.
For all his bullying and evil scheming, I have found the Doc likes nothing better than a good knock knock joke. Here he is after I just told him one of my specialties:
For his friendly sense of humor and for his daring to keep his bowl haircut in 2008, I give Doc Ock four tentacles. (Duh - did you really expect anything else?)