SKURGE & GRANDMASTER
Thor Ragnarok hit the big screen last week. After being more than a little underwhelmed by Thor’s last solo cinematic adventure, I was definitely hoping this one would be a marked improvement. Having seen it, I’d say it most definitely succeeded on that front. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still very, very good. There were a quite a few new characters introduced in the movie, and several of them were real standouts. Two of my favorites are the two I’m covering today, Skurge and Grandmaster!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Surge and Grandmaster are one of the Walgreens-exclusive sets for the Thor Ragnarok tie-in series of Marvel Minimates. They’re something of an odd pairing, truth be told, seeing as the two don’t ever once interact or even participate in the same segments of the plot line. That said, I’m hardly going to complain, since I like both characters.
In the comics, Skurge was at first simply known as “The Executioner.” He was the right-hand-man to the Enchantress, and a key piece of the original Masters of Evil. Definitely an important player, so his inclusion in the film was definitely something I was very much looking forward to. Throw in that he was played by Karl Urban, a personal favorite, and you’ve got a real winner. His design in the film isn’t too far removed from his comics incarnation, which means this figure can pretty well serve as either version. The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the usual body, with add-ons for his chest cap and bracers. The add-ons are new to Skurge, and are pretty decent overall. The torso piece could probably be a little tighter to the body, but it looks decent enough. His paintwork is decent enough. It’s not super vibrant, but that’s true of the movie design, and it’s in keeping with what we’ve seen of the Asgardians in the MCU so far. The details are all pretty crisp and clean, and his face looks passably like Karl Urban. Accessories are easily this figure’s biggest failing. He gets a clear display stand and nothing else. Not his axe, not even his twin M-16s, which DST already had the molds for. It’s more than a little disappointing.
Grandmaster of the comics is one of the Marvel universe’s Elders, and he’s actually a little bit on the boring side. In the movie, he’s Jeff Goldbloom, essentially playing himself. That works out pretty well for…well, everybody. He too is built on the standard base body, with a unique upper left arm (taken from the TMNT Foot Ninja), as well as add ons for his hair and jacket. The pieces are decently handled, and look pretty sharp. They translate the film design pretty well, which is pretty great. His paint work is nice and colorful; the Grandmaster has one of the more vivid designs in the film, and that comes through here. The likeness of Goldbloom is pretty spot-on as well, which is a definite plus. Like Skurge, Grandmaster’s only accessory is his clear display stand, but that’s a bit less annoying in his case, since there’s not as much in the way of obvious extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this pair at the same time as the last two sets I reviewed. By-and-large, I was holding off on the Ragnarok merch until after the film’s release, but these two in particular called to me. As they ended up being two of my favorite parts of the movie, it’s safe to say I don’t regret my purchase. Sure, it’s annoying that they don’t really have any accessories, but the ‘mates themselves are pretty solid.