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Kingpin

Hawkeye
by yo go re

Better be careful if you're ever near him and Deadpool's girlfriend at the same time.

One of the most powerful criminal leaders in New York City, Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin, rules the underworld with a signature blend of cruelty and charm.

So Hawkeye was already a great show even before Kingpin showed up and blew everybody's minds - you have to remember, Hawkeye was airing at the same time No Way Home came out, which meant that Marvel had things timed out so perfectly that Kingpin re-entered the MCU on Wednesday, and Daredevil re-entered on Thursday. Like, dang, man, that's some clockwork-like precision! In hindsight, everybody who loved Daredevil on Netflix should have been able to pick up the hints Hawkeye had been dropping, but officially folding the Netflix world into the "real" MCU was a welcome step. (Of course, it would have been less impressive if they hadn't tried to ignore the various TV shows in the first place.) (Other than Inhumans, that needed to be erased as fast as possible.)

Kingpin was played by Vincent D'Onofrio, aka the first live-action Marvel Thor. It's one of the best comicbook film castings there is, right up there with Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, or Ron Perlman. Guy's a teddy bear in real life, but absolutely dominates the screen as Kingpin. The likeness is terrific, but the skintone plastic Hasbro chose for him is too desaturated. He looks ill.

Like Jon Favreau, D'Onofrio is just an average, normal-sized dude, so he uses the same body as that figure. His chest is new, because he doesn't wear a necktie over his shirt, and his coat is new as well, because nobody else at this size has yet worn theirs with even a single button done. Obviously a human actor will never be as massive and intimidating as the comicbook Kingpin, but Marvel's done a great job of making Wilson Fisk look like a humongous brute who could easily smash people with his bare hands.

Daredevil took three seasons to put Fisk in his traditional white suit, but with a reason: just as Matt Murdock's costume as Daredevil evolved as he found himself, Fisk didn't dress like "The Kingpin" until he was the Kingpin. It was his origin story just as much as Matt's. By now, though, he's definitely the guy, so this version gets fully classic colors: white coat, black shirt, and purple pants. You can't go wrong with purple pants.

Having a closed jacket means Kingpin's chest hinge is pretty pointless, but the rest of his joints are all right there for the using: swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel/​hinge wrists, double-hinged elbows, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge shoulders, and a barbell neck. The figure has either fists or hands open to hold his single accessory: his familiar diamond-topped cane, a new mold specifically for this figure. It fits better (read: is held tighter) in the left hand than the right, but neither of them are meant to actually rest it on the ground like a real cane would.

Kingpin doesn't have any pieces for this series' Build-A-Figure, the Hydra Stomper, but he doesn't need them. It's enough to get a fuming Wilson Fisk, to stand across from Matt Murdock whenever those No Way Home figures finally come out. And hey, bonus points for not putting him in a Hawaiian shirt.

-- 11/25/23


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