MARVEL LEGENDS — MARVEL STUDIOS: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
“An avid loyalist to the Kree whose family was killed by the Kree-Nova War, Ronan agrees to a partnership with Thanos in order to take down the Nova Corps on Xandar once and for all.
Sent on a mission by Thanos to recover the mystical entity known as the Orb, Ronan discovers that the target he seeks is in fact an all-powerful Infinity Stone. Ronan uses the stone to destroy the Nova Corps’s fleet, but is ultimately destroyed by his own greed when the Guardians of the Galaxy take the Orb back and use it to entirely obliterate him.”
I *almost* posted the Thor review today. How foolish I was. It’s okay, I’m looking at another tall, hammer-wielding dude from space, Ronan the Accuser!
The first Guardians had decent Legends coverage, but with quite a sizeable cast, there were more than a few notable missing players. The Vol. 2 figures got us Yondu and Nebula, but the team’s main antagonist wasn’t quite so lucky. Fortunately, he got in on this anniversary business. Lucky him!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ronan is entry 6 in the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years sub-line of Hasbro’s main Marvel Legends line. Like Red Skull, he’s one of the three standard single-release offerings (Mark VII Iron Man is the last of the three). Ronan stands 7 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The figure is sporting an all-new sculpt, patterned on Ronan’s design from the movie. The sculpt, not unlike Ronan’s design from the movie, is not without its quirks. The biggest of these “quirks” is to do with his head piece and shoulder pads. They are done here as one single piece, connected to the top of his head. This has the unintended side effect of giving Ronan a very strange appearance should you decide to move his head, as his shoulder pads will be traveling with it. It’s a very odd choice, but in the defense of this figure, it seems to be firmly rooted in the actual costume design, since Lee Pace wasn’t moving his head much in the movie either. At least this way he still technically has all of his motion unencumbered, right? Apart from that, the sculpt is actually pretty strong. The texture work on his costume is nothing short of astonishing, capturing all of the various textures of his costume from the movie. It also captures his rather imposing build, which means he looks appropriately menacing next to the rest of the Guardians. If I had one other complaint about this figure’s sculpt, I’d say it’s the way the mid-torso joint’s been worked into the sculpt. It’s a little bit obvious and slightly cumbersome. The other articulation is worked in fine, though, so I can’t complain. Ronan’s paintwork is overall pretty decent. Not quite a subtly handled as some of the other recent MCU figures, but a bit of a step-up from the original Guardians offerings. His eyes are really purple, signifying that this is a post-stone-powered Ronan, which makes him the best for fighting all of your Guardians. Ronan is packed with his hammer, suitable for accusatory purposes. It matches up with Ronan’s powered-up eyes, featuring the power stone mounted on one side. It’s a shame yesterday’s Red Skull didn’t come with the Tesseract, since we could have assembled a bunch of the stone. Oh well. Ronan himself feels a little bit on the light side, with just the one extra, but I don’t know what else he could have gotten. I suppose his larger size makes up for it a bit.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve always had a soft spot for Ronan, so I was a little bummed when he was left out of the assortment for the first movie (it didn’t help that I had missed out on the comic-based Ronan Legend from a few years prior). Needless to say, I was delighted when he was announced to be part of this line, and was definitely at the top of my list. Fortunately, Super Awesome Fiancee had my back, and grabbed him for me from my work. Ronan may not be a perfect figure, but he’s a very good one, and one I’m very, very happy to finally have in my collection.