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REVIEW: MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 9 BULLSEYE
By Thomas Wheeler

Most super-heroes either have one arch-foe, or a whole bunch of them with a decent degree of prominence. Sometimes, it can be both. Superman has quite a few enemies, but Lex Luthor tends to stand out. Batman has lots of loons running around Gotham, but few are more dangerous than The Joker. The X-Men have Magneto. Captain America has the Red Skull. Spider- Man has numerous enemies, and here is where the varying degrees of prominence can come into play. Depending on who you ask who Spider-Man's most vicious enemy is, you might hear Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and/ or Venom in response. Sometimes there's even a turnaround. While Doctor Doom is certainly the Fantastic Four's greatest enemy, he's been known to pester other super-heroes, as well.

Some might say that Daredevil's greatest enemy is the Kingpin. But this mountainous mobster businessman is generally far too busy and far too above such mundane matters to actually engage in fisticuffs with the red- garbed hero. For a real physical challenge, the kind of knock-down, drag- out fight that are a distinct staple of comic book adventures, the answer to who Daredevil's deadliest foe is, would really have to be the man called BULLSEYE.

Think about the comparison between the two. Daredevil is a blind man who through a sort of "radar sense" and a phenomenal amount of intense physical training (and probably a certain amount of unadmitted dumb luck) is able to bound across rooftops in the less fashionable sections of New York City and deal with crime and the occasional super-baddie.

Bullseye, on the other hand, can see just fine. So well, in fact, that between that and a good amount of intense physical training and practiced skill (and probably a certain amount of unadmitted dumb luck), is a former soldier turned mercenary and assassin for hire that can use almost any object for a weapon and almost never misses. This is a man who in the midst of a meeting of mobsters, picked off an annoying fly with a paper clip and a rubber band.

Granted, Daredevil hasn't been the only person Bullseye has bothered. He skewered Daredevil's girlfriend Elektra once (she got better), has both teamed up with and opposed Deadpool, and during the "DC Versus Marvel" mini-series, popped up in the Batcave, took Robin hostage, tried to use Batman's own batarang against him, and found out the hard way that there's worse things than having Daredevil for your enemy. Like threatening Batman's sidekicks.

Bullseye can be a bit nuts sometimes. He's obsessive about Daredevil, and has been portrayed in the pages of Deadpool as seeing himself as a murderous "artiste" who can kill with just about any object handy, and the more -- flamboyent he can be about it, the better. In that particular storyline, he was throwing taxi parts at Deadpool and the target he was trying to protect.

Bullseye is an interesting addition to the Marvel Legends line-up, especially since the only Daredevil figure in the line so far was one based on the movie, which was somewhat lacking in the articulation department.

Bullseye is pretty much a straightforward figure. In other words, a fairly typical human in a bodysuit, with overall standard proportions. The figure has a decidedly impressive 44 points of articulation, rather high even for a Marvel Legends figure. Bullseye is outfitted with a black outfit with white trim, designed to resemble -- well, a Bullseye target.

If there's anything lacking about the figure, it's a lack of weapons. Granted, whatever money might've been available for accessories was no doubt shifted to the Galactus parts. But if they can give Professor X his wheelchair, and War Machine a decent amount of extra hardware, I really don't understand why they couldn't've given Bullseye something. On the other hand, given that he's known to be able to turn anything at hand into a weapon of some sort, perhaps they couldn't decide what to give him. Better keep him away from your paper clips.

There's a variant "chase" figure of Bullseye, too, not quite as the green Hulk variant. The clase version of Bullseye has a different head sculpt (maybe that's where the accessory money went), where instead of a scowl, he has a nasty open-mouthed leer, almost a grin, on his face. That's pretty ironic considering the number of times he's gotten his teeth kicked in. Deadpool even made a joke about his dental work one time, and at least one molar went flying when Batman decked him. Poor guy can't even seem to keep his choppers when he runs into someone from the other company.

Bullseye's hardly the most prominent character in this assortment, but the character does have a fair amount of history in the Marvel Universe, and the action figure, as one would expect, is excellent. Daredevil fans will be especially appreciative, although I would expect this to possibly cause an increase in requests for a non-movie, better-articulated Daredevil figure in the Marvel Legends line, and I would tend to agree with those requests.

As part of the GALACTUS Series, Bullseye comes with the Left Leg Segment of Galactus. The other figures in this series include Deathlok, Dr. Strange, Professor X, Nightcrawler, 1st Appearance Hulk, and War Machine. I'm recommending the entire assortment just on the basis of Galactus, a review for which should be available soon as of this writing.