MARVEL HERO MASHERS
Hasbro’s Hero Mashers lines are kind of an odd thing. They’re incredibly gimmicky, and as actual figures they don’t really have much to offer an adult collector. For a kid, I’m sure they’re awesome, but I think it’s safe to say I’m not in their target demographic. So, it’s a bit hard for me to explain why I keep buying them. A toy addiction is a serious thing, folks. Let’s look at one I bought a while ago and have been putting off reviewing for far too long, Ant-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ant-Man is part of the mid-2015 assortment of Marvel Hero Mashers. He was undoubtedly released to coincide with the Ant-Man movie released last summer. He’s part of the basic figure assortment, which means he’s at the lowest price-point is somewhat minimal on extras. The figure is about 6 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation. Like the Star Wars line’s Darth Vader, Ant-Man’s shoulders are just simple cut joints, not disc and pin joints like prior Mashers. This is a slight letdown, but I’ve moved on. At least they look the same aesthetically. Design-wise, Ant-Man actually uses the second Eric O’Grady Ant-Man design for his costume choice. The only real difference between the classic Ant-Man look and this one is the presence of the shoulder pads, which make hiding the shoulder plugs a bit easier. That’s probably why they went with this one. His sculpt is pretty standard for a human Masher; he’s rather jagged and squared-off at the edges, and his proportions are on the cartoony side. If I had to guess, I’d say he probably uses some previously used parts for most of the body, since none of his specific costume details have been sculpted in. That’s fine, since Ant-Man’s usually a “re-use a body” sort of a character. The head is definitely a new piece; it’s not my favorite Ant-Man head, and I feel it compromises the helmet design a bit too much to adhere to the style, but it fits well enough and doesn’t look terrible. Ant-Man’s paint is pretty decent; the colors are nice and vibrant and there’s minimal slop and bleed over. He certainly fits in with what we’ve seen before from the line. Ant-Man includes a pair of giant ants, which both have handles, making them look like weird bug guns.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked Ant-Man up waaaaaay back in August, while Tim and I were out hunting for Nerf Rival stuff. He was at a Walmart where we stopped, and I thought he looked sort of cool. Plus, he’s an Ant-Man figure, and I don’t tend to pass on those. So, why the six month delay in reviewing him? Well, to be totally honest, he’s a perfectly decent figure, but he really didn’t “wow” me in any capacity. He’s a fine toy, but I feel more and more that Mashers just aren’t for me. Now, if only I could stop buying them…