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“Scott Lang suits up as Ant-Man with a specialized suit engineered by Pym Technologies that lets him blast into any battle, big or small.”
Ant-Man was a film that sure took its sweet time making its way to the big screen, but its sequel, Ant-Man & Wasp seems to have had a much easier time of it, being released just three years after its predecessor, and without any notable production issues. Like the first film, it would appear this sequel will be serving as a little bit of a breather, following the much heavier Avengers: Infinity War. The first time around, Ant-Man got its own series of Legends, which hung around for a bit. This time, Hasbro’s rolled the Infinity War and Ant-Man & Wasp figures into one more generically “Avengers” themed assortment, which seems like a pretty smart move. Up first, the guy who’s name is first in the title, Ant-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ant-Man is part of the Cull Obsidian Series of Marvel Legends. Though the theme is more Infinity War, the first Ant-Man assortment had Ultron as the Build-A-Figure, so Ant-Man being part of an assortment that builds an Avengers foe isn’t without precedent. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. This Ant-Man gets an all-new sculpt, based on his design from the upcoming film. It appears that Ant-Man’s suit has been tweaked yet again, giving us something that’s sort of a midway point between his solo and Civil War designs. It’s definitely my favorite of the the three we’ve gotten so far, and seems to preserve even more of the classic comics design than we’ve seen in previous costumes. Unlike both Ant-Man and Giant-Man, this figure appears to actually be pretty darn close to the final film design, at least from what we’ve seen in the trailers. At the very least, the helmet’s quite accurate, which is a tremendous improvement over the first figure. His body also lacks the overall scrawniness of the Giant-Man figure, which is another plus. Even without comparing it to the prior figures, the texturing, the layering, and the overall proportions of the sculpt are just really strong, and make it a definite standout. If I have one complaint, it’s that I miss the visible eyes from the Giant-Man figure. That would have added an extra kick to this already strong sculpt. The paint work on this guy is also pretty strong. The costume has a lot more red this time around, which I certainly prefer to all that black from the first design. The application is all pretty solid, with only minimal bleed over. I’m not super crazy about the swirly molded silver plastic on the helmet, but fortunately, all the other silvers are painted. Ant-Man is packed with an extra, unmasked Scott Lang head. It has a decent likeness of Paul Rudd, but that grin is definitely more caricature than realism. I mean, I prefer it to another bland expression, and I’m glad Hasbro tried something different, but I’m going to be keeping this one helmeted. Also included is the leg of the Build-A-Figure Cull Obsidian.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I made the most of it at the time, I was always a little let-down by the first film’s figure of its main character. Sure, it’s not a terrible figure by any stretch, but there are more than a few inaccuracies. Hasbro was just in a very different place when that figure was released, and this guy definitely shows that. I didn’t know quite what to expect from this guy, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I got him in-hand. A stand-out figure in an already very strong line-up. If not for Black Knight’s presence in this series, I think Ant-Man could have been top-dog.
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