Bandai Tamashii Nations have released images of their new SH Figuart, a Doctor Strange figure inspired by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The figure captures the likeness of Benedict Cumberbatch, who will reprise his role in the upcoming Marvel sequel. Cumberbatch stars alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams.
Despite entering the MCU as a skeptic who laughed at the notions of magic and sorcery, Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) has proven to be potentially one of the most powerful figures in the cinematic universe. Across his time on-screen he has mastered transportation via sling ring portals, astral projection, duplication, altering and looping the flow of time, and bridging the many realities across the vast multiverse. Under the direction of Sam Raimi, Strange may see his power escalate further in Multiverse of Madness, with Doctor Strange 2‘s first trailer teasing new variants of Strange that could explore his potential. Now, Bandai Tamashii Nations hopes to bring some of the Master of the Mystic Arts abilities to fans at home.
Shared by Doctor Strange 2 Updates on Twitter, Bandai Tamashii Nations have unveiled their new figure of the Marvel hero, which captures his new classic comic-inspired outfit in the upcoming movie. The figure is highly detailed and articulated, with a detailed portrait that captures Cumberbatch’s likeness and 15 interchangeable hands. The figure also features various spell effect pieces, such as Strange’s familiar circular magic shields, as well as the dragon spell he projected in the film’s first trailer. Even the figure’s Cloak of Levitation is a soft-goods piece that features a bendable wire that allows it to be posed independently. The figure is slated for a May 2022 release at a price of 7,920 yen, which converts to approximately $69 USD. Check out Doctor Strange Updates’ tweet below.
Bandai Tamashii Nations follows Hasbro’s previously revealed Doctor Strange line, which gave fans their first glimpse at Stephen’s new outfit, as well as his fellow sorcerers. The wave of Marvel Legends figures features Strange himself, Wong wielding an unidentified sword in a new purple and yellow outfit, a crossbow-wielding Baron Mordo (Ejiofor) complete with his long hair, and America Chavez (Gomez). The build-a-figure for the wave is the green minotaur-Esque sorcerer Rintrah, who has since been featured on other pieces of merchandise. Hasbro has also teased alternative looks for Strange himself, as alongside the main wave will be a deluxe figure of the hero titled Defender Strange. Inspired by a more modern costume, Defender Strange features a red and black costume, with Strange tying his hair in a ponytail. The figure also features a portal inspired by his sling ring abilities.
While other merchandise merely hints at the multiversal elements, SH Figuarts latest offering offers a better look at Strange’s abilities. While What If..? showed a fallen Doctor Strange absorbing creatures so that he could manifest their abilities, the effects seen in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer seem to be an energy construct, indicating that the main MCU Doctor Strange hasn’t turned like his animated counterpart. While its role in the film has only been teased, the spell effect makes SH Figuarts’ action figure a standout addition to any fan’s collection.
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