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Catalog Concept Drawing (1997)
Catalog Photo (1997-98)
"Victor Von Doom was a brilliant, if arrogant scientist, studying alongside Reed Richards. But when he was caught in a horrible accident, Doom was driven over the edge. Covering himself in armor, he became Doctor Doom! Ruler of his homeland of Latveria, Doom will not be satisfied until he has taken over the entire planet. Using the vast resources at his command and the incredible technologies he has created, Doom faces off against his old nemesis, Reed Richards, now the leader of the Fantastic Four."
The comic cover represented here is none other than THE FANTASTIC FOUR #5. It really is the first appearance of Doom so his placement in this series is authentic. However, he had a rough path getting here.
Initially slated to be in the first series, Doom was bumped when the assortment was trimmed to four figures. As one of Marvel's premiere villains, many fans felt that Doom outranked the Green Goblin and should have been given the slot. However, a little patience was all that was needed.
The original catalog photography showed Dr. Doom in what appears to be molded plastic armor, a real chain for the cloak and a leather-looking belt. However, the actual production figure was created using a "slush molded" rubbery armor. The most significant observation with this armor was that while it allowed for movement, the figure could not hold the arms and legs in the bent position. Perhaps future figures that might employ this technique can address this issue by having the pieces be modular and surround the joints.
Even with that slight criticism, the molding of the figure and costume design are dead-on. He's big, he's menacing, he's gonna kick your butt!