Sleepwalker is a welcome character in the Marvel Legends ranks. One of a number of lower tier but fun ’90s creations, it’s always good to get a brand new, never-been-done figure in the line.
Sleepwalker is basically a part of a Dream Police that became a superhero, manifesting through the mind of a sleeping Rick Sheridan. He’s strong, can fly, has mental abilities like the ability to rearrange matter, and an inability to carry a successful comic book series.
Sleepwalker the figure is a good one, but not a great one. I don’t intend that to be me pooping on the figure, but I do have a slight niggle. The only thing I feel is holding it back is stature; it really should be on a large-yet thin body to better evoke Sleepwalker’s inhuman 7-foot frame. I’m sure over the years there have been instances of him being drawn smaller, but my memories of him—yes, I bought a handful of issues of the comic when it first came out—is that he dwarfs the people around him. It adds to his touch of menace.
But I doubt anyone is expecting them to devote an entirely new sculpt to such a niche figure. As it is, it’s on the Bucky Cap body, a body that is going to be phased out fairly soon. Opinions about this are no doubt opinionated.
Despite many saying that the Bucky Cap body is outdated, I think it’s still a pretty decent looking one considering it’s almost ten years old. There is a huge quality difference in a body sculpt/articulation setup from 2003 to 2013, but the gap is nowhere near as large between 2013 and 2022.
The new parts that were sculpted for Sleepwalker work very well for him. The wrapped hands and legs look like they could get a decent amount of reuse in a handful of other characters, and the head/hood combo is leagues better than what was given to the character actually named Hood. I’m very glad whenever they opt to do a separate hood and cape instead of having it all be a useless shell. The ability to turn Sleepwalker’s head around and not have the hood remain pointing forward adds a ton of personality.
You know the Bucky cap body, so you know this articulation scheme. It has the…what were they initially, Carnage feet?… whatever the new feet that were added to the Bucky cap body to replace those smaller booted feet.
I like the face sculpt. It evokes the alien quality of Sleepwalker along with his stoic quality.
The paint is very minimal. Outside of red for his eyes, it appears that everything on this figure was cast in the appropriate color. The red didn’t exactly nail their targets on my figure, but it’s in the ballpark.
He comes with two pair of hands: one pair of gesturing and a pair of fists. That’s probably my favorite combo of hand options.
Despite my quibbles with his size, I do like the figure. I think I’m mostly glad that another character that debuted in his or her own solo comic series got a figure. I’ve said it before, but if you headlined a comic, you deserve a figure.
We’ve gotten a Sleepwalker and Darkhawk…could Slapstick or Terror Inc. be far behind?
Don’t answer that.