MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES
Well, it’s a little late, but here’s my Ultron Build-A-Figure review! I actually had most of this review ready to go a few days ago, but, as I mention in my Orion and Onigumo review, computer issues left me without access to the lovely photos I’d shot for this. So, I had to shelf it for just a little bit and work with figures of which I did have pictures. Fortunately, I was able to get my computer issues mostly sorted out, so we’re back in business! Yay! So, he’s my review of yet another Ultron. I know, it’s a real change of pace.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ultron is the Build-A-Figure for the Ant-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. At face value, that might seem a little odd. I mean, this is the movie version of Ultron, who’s in no way related to Ant-Man. Wouldn’t he have made more sense as the BAF for the last series of Avengers Marvel Legends? Well, yeah, he would, but I can kinda see why Hasbro went the way they did. First of all, it gave them more time to get the details on Ultron accurate to what was seen on screen. It also gave the Ant-Man series, which had to be something of a hard sell to retailers, more of a hook. And, seeing as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, created Ultron in the comics, there’s at least a little bit of a link. So, as I noted above, this is the movie version of Ultron; specifically, it’s his Ultron Prime look, which was his main body for the majority of the film. It’s kind of an important look. The figure is 8 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. This is the first of the Ultron figures from the movie not to feel horribly undersized next to his fellow figures, and that’s actually a pretty big deal. Ultron also gets a sculpt all his own, though, to be totally upfront, it’s not quite as good as it could be. A lot of that has to do with how the articulation has been worked in, which is to say very clumsily. It’s forgivable on the arms and legs, but the fact that the ab-joint doesn’t follow the sculpted detail lines feels inexcusable. Also, the hands are kinda weirdly posed, which is annoying. In fact, the hands in general feel less detailed than the rest of the figure, almost as if their unfinished. He’s got webbed fingers for crying out loud! However, complaints aside, there’s more than a few things to like about this sculpt. The head is very well detailed and captures Ultron’s distinctive movie look very well. They’ve chosen a more pondering expression, which some people don’t like, but I think it works for the character. Ultron’s sculpt is also a fair bit closer to the on screen design than prior attempts, and manages to get pretty darn close. Like the sculpt, paintwork is something of a mixed bag here. Not in the usual sloppy Hasbro paint apps way, either. No, everything’s clean here, it’s just…inconsistent? I don’t know how to put it. The figure is molded in a dark-ish grey, with silver painted over it. The thing is, the silver is rather heavy in some areas and completely absent in others, with no real area between. It’s jarring to say the least. Also, many of the red sections feel like they were tacked on at the last minute, and don’t line up with the sculpt at all. As an accessory himself, Ultron includes no pack-ins. I can’t really think of anything to give him, so I guess that’s fair.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
If you’ve been following the Ant-Man Legends reviews, you can probably figure out where this guy came from. I picked up all but Giant-Man from my local TRU, and then ordered Giant-Man online, thereby getting myself an Ultron. How about that? This is the movie Ultron I was most looking forward to, and it’s not wrong to say he’s the best we’ve gotten. That said, he still has more than a few flaws, which prevent him from being quite as cool as he could have been, which is certainly a letdown.