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Though in many ways calling back to the classic Infinity Gauntlet, Avengers: Infinity War did offer a few newer concepts as well. Included amongst those new concepts were the members of the Black Order, Thanos’s generals from the Infinity event. In the comics, the name of the big bruiser was “Black Dwarf,” but for the purposes of the movie, he’s Cull Obsidian…in theory. His name’s never spoken on-screen. I suppose he could get named in a deleted scene or something. He still managed to get a figure out the deal, which I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cull Obsidian is the eponymous Build-A-Figure for the Cull Obsidian Series, the second Infinity War-themed series of Marvel Legends. Though not as unquestionably perfect as Thanos was in the first series, he’s still a pretty solid choice, being one of the few other “large” character designs in the film. I suppose they could have gone for the new Hulkbuster armor, but I’d much rather get a new character out of things. Cull is the second member of the Black Order we’ve gotten in Legends form, following the Thanos Series’ Proxima Midnight figure. The figure stands 8 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Cull’s figure is sporting an all-new sculpt, based on his design from the film…in theory. For whatever reason, despite the other three members of the team maintaining the same basic design for pretty much the entirety of the pre-production process, Cull Obsidian’s design went through some pretty major changes on the way to the final film. Unfortunately, since action figures have a somewhat lengthy production process, this means this Cull Obsidian figure ended up based on an out of date design. He’s a bit more savage, and less armored than his film counterpart, and ends up looking a little more like his comics counterpart (though even that’s not a perfect match). It’s not Hasbro’s fault that design changed, though, so I guess the best that can be done is to just look at the sculpt on its own merits. I have to admit, it’s actually pretty solid. The head’s my favorite part, being the part that ends up the most accurate, but also the part that sports the sharpest detail work. The rest of the sculpt is also pretty nicely detailed, though the arms and legs are noticeably softer on the details than the head and torso. The articulation would probably be worked in a little smoother, especially on the arms and the mid-torso joint. Nevertheless, it’s a sculpt that’s quite impressive as a whole. The paintwork on Cull is pretty decent as well. There’s some nice, subtle accent work on the skin of the head and torso. Sadly, this doesn’t continue beyond those sections. I mean, it’s not horribly jarring, but it’s slightly frustrating. Though he’s a Build-A-Figure, and therefore an accessory himself, Cull does still get an extra. It’s his hammer…in theory. You know how Cull’s design changed? Yep, well that extends to the hammer as well. It’s more of a pickaxe sort of a thing in the final film, and asymmetrical in design. Here, it’s a perfectly symmetrical, very squared-off hammer. Also, he can only hold it in his left hand, despite being a righty in the film. Odd.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Cull isn’t a majorly prominent character in Infinity War, but I liked him well enough in the film that I was looking forward to this figure. Additionally, I was actively interested in 5 of the 6 figures it took to complete him. Wasn’t much of a stretch to get him completed, really. Despite his not being accurate to his final film design, I do actually like this figure quite a bit, and I think he’s a more exciting Build-A-Figure than the Thanos that preceded him. It’s just a shame he’s not screen-accurate, since a second chance at him seems rather unlikely.
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