Diamond Select Marvel Gallery Doctor Strange PVC Diorama review
By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, Diamond Select have done it again. Keeping in their fine tradition of high quality, affordable figures, Diamond have sent us a Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange. Is this piece worthy of the title Master of the Mystic Arts, or should it be banished to Dormammu’s Dark Dimension? Read on to find out, true believers.
By now, you should probably realize that I dig the boxes Diamond products are shipped in. Without fail they’re attractive pieces on their own, made of sturdy cardboard and covered in nifty artwork. Strange’s box is no different, with deep, calming blues, speckled stars, and a swirly galaxy on the back. It’s not as unique as, say, Captain Marvel’s, but it’s still pretty neat.
Cool as they are, though, we’re not paying for the box, but what’s inside, and friends? Strange here cuts a striking figure.
This is a comics accurate doctor through and through, decked out in the iconic suit that the late Steve Ditko designed. I love how simple and clean the color scheme is, with each hue complementing the others. The yellow of his belt sash and gloves looks great against the blues of his tunic, and the stunning reds of his Cloak of Levitation serve as a brilliant backdrop for the figure.
Strange’s head is nicely sculpted with an open-mouthed expression, likely meant to evoke the invocation of some sort of spell. The wrinkles of his forehead and grey at his temples are nice touches, showing that Strange is a man who has seen his share of action. A pair of semi-transparent yellow-orange rings are at his fingertips, which are neat little “mystic arts” features that add to the strange tale the figure is telling.
Strange is perched atop a base that resemble the Eye of Agamotto, and the coolest detail by far is the fact that the cloak is what’s attached to the base, not his feet. Yes, good old Stephen Strange is levitating above the Eye, which is a really cool effect. Kudos to Phil Ramirez for the inspired sculpting.
On the figure I received, there are a few points where the paint application is a tad sloppy. I absolutely love the gilded edging on the Cloak and the Eye of Agamotto on Strange’s breast, but there’s a little bit of red poking through here and there. That could just be on account of the figure being part of an older production run, with some of the paint fading over time.
Other than those minor quibbles about a few cosmetic defects, I absolutely adore this piece. It’s constructed incredibly well, with the Cloak set firmly in the base. Even though it’s made of PVC and a bit of plastic, this figure does not feel or look cheap at all. The creative posing is great, and the molding on the ripples and folds of the cloak in particular is simply stunning. Strange himself looks really cool, “floating” and preparing to cast some sort of spell, and the wide berth of the Cloak of Levitation makes the figure look huge on the shelf.
Strange can be purchased from Diamond directly and retails for $45. Like their other Gallery figures, that’s a hard deal to beat to get a high-quality, attractive piece for your collection.