I barely remember reading a Cloak & Dagger story that came printed in back half of a Spiderman comic book.
I do recall that I did not care much for it either, as the plot was extremely dated although the powers of the titular duo were also rather bizarre.
While Dagger‘s ability was pretty straightforward (projecting blades made of light), Cloak’s was much more sinister, as he simply absorbed his enemies into the darkness of his cape, never to be seen again.
Despite being rather obscure duo, Hasbro decided to make figures of them to go in the last wave of figures from Marvel Universe Series 5. Both Cloak & Dagger are supposed to be available as running changes as long as this wave is shipping, but depending on where you live one or the other may be the more difficult to obtain.
Locally, the one that’s been arriving at stores is Cloak. For this character, Hasbro used the slim male body mold, with just the cape and the hooded head as completely new sculpted pieces.
The cape piece is sculpted full of texture, and is shaped as if the fabric was moved by a gust of wind or by the wearer’s own motion, The head also shows the same type of texture in the hood part, but the face is completely generic.
Articulation is the same we have seen on characters that use this body mold, which means Cloak has:
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Upper biceps swivel.
• Hinged elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Double hinged knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
Unfortunately, the cape restricts the range of movement at the shoulders, and the weight of it also limits the number of stable poses Cloak can adopt.
Cloak comes with no accessories, which is well and good considering that none of his hands is actually shaped to hold anything.
The paintjob on Cloak may be his most interesting trait. The body and the inside of the cape were left unpainted, and the face was painted brown with just a darker wash applied to provide some shading. The outer side of the cape and the hood were both decorated with deep blue lines running vertically, providing a fairly psychedelic pattern.
The fact is, that even with the number of joints in this figure, the articulation is of very little use, to the point that it would probably had made more sense to simply have the cape and head pieces glued together and packaged as an accessory with a fully articulated Dagger, but even at it’s worst, Cloak still provides a fairly decent body that could be used for custom work.
Errex Score: 70/100