THANOS, IRON MAN MARK L, & DOCTOR STRANGE
MARVEL LEGENDS — MARVEL STUDIOS: THE FIRST TEN YEARS
Despite being the central piece of the Tenth Anniversary celebration for Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War was initially absent from the dedicated line of MCU figures from Hasbro, due largely to the initial MCU line figures hitting at the same time as the initial Infinity War offerings. It wasn’t completely left out though, coming in right at the end with a boxed set based on the film. So, what thrilling new, untouched characters did we get? Well, none, actually. New looks? Again, no. So what’s the point? I’ll get to that.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Infinity War set is item 10 in the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years sub-line of Marvel Legends, and contains Thanos, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange, meaning it’s a set entirely based on the battle on Titan. All three figures in the set are slight reworkings of prior figures.
As the central character of Infinity War, Thanos’ presence in this set is rather sensible, I suppose, though it is perhaps a little undercutting to the people that went to the trouble of actually building the Build-A-Figure. This figure is a reworking of that one, reviewed here. As I noted the first time I reviewed it, it’s an okay sculpt overall, but not without its issues. Fortunately for this figure, a couple of those problems have been addressed. The figure comes pre-assembled, so the issues of falling apart don’t occur. Additionally, his kind of gassy looking expression has been replaced with two different heads. The first has a simple grimace, while the second has an angry teeth-baring expression. Both are much better suited to Thanos than the one included to the BaF, and look like pitch-perfect recreation of his look from the movie. Additionally, his gauntlet hand is a new piece; rather than the fist of the prior release, this Thanos’ hand is in an open gesture, which feels like a more classic Gauntlet pose. I actually like this a lot more than I’d expected to, and it adds a lot to the figure’s posing options. Lastly, the paint on Thanos has been changed, to better match the film. The skin in particular is a lot nicer looking, being lighter, more lively, and flatter in its finish. The rest of the paint is a bit brighter, slightly more contrasting, and just generally more exciting to look at.
IRON MAN MARK L
As cool as Iron Man’s armor was in Infinity War, none of the figures really captured the full extent of said coolness, his Legends release included. This one doesn’t really fix that, but let’s see what it does. He’s a re-working of the Thanos Series Iron Man, which is the same suit, so I guess it makes sense. I actually liked that one a lot, despite it not being completely film accurate. This one swaps out the torso for a new one, which loses the mid-torso joint, but in exchange gains a light-up feature on his arc reactor. It’s gimmicky and somewhat restricting, but it’s still pretty fun. This Iron Man includes the same accessories as his predecessor, extra hands and blast effect pieces. No cool nano creations or anything, which is sad, but not a huge surprise.
Despite his decently sized role in the film, Doctor Strange was actually not featured in the Legends line-up for Infinity War. As such, this figure goes back to Strange’s figure from his solo outing, reviewed here. This figure’s actually pretty substantially changed compared to the other two figures in the set, since the initial figure was based on early designs, rather than his final film look. This one amends that, with a new head, cape, and right forearm. The head sports a much better likeness of Cumberbatch, especially his disheveled self from the movies. The new cape also captures the proper shaping of the movie much better, plus it actually pegs into his back this time, so it doesn’t shift all over the place like the original. The new forearm has the Time Stone effect sculpted on it. It’s a little warped on mine, but still looks pretty cool. It’s not removable, and there’s no standard forearm to replace it, so you have no choice but to have him using it. That’s really the only flaw against this figure. Strange’s paintwork is also a bit different from the last release. The most major change is the printed face, which certainly looks more lifelike. He also changes up the overall color scheme of his costume, following Thanos’ lead by making the overall design brighter and more contrasting. Doctor Strange is packed with a spare left hand, as well as another magic effects piece, which looks a little odd in conjunction to the Time Stone effect.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this set was unveiled, I will admit, I was quite underwhelmed, since I had the original releases of all three figures and all. It didn’t really matter, though, since it never really showed up around me. Or so I thought. The set showed up at Super Awesome Fiancee’s store, and was actually there long enough to get decently clearanced. Being the ever-supporting Fiancee that she is, she of course bought it for me. I knew going in the Strange was going to be my favorite, and that proved true. I didn’t anticipate how much I was going to like the Thanos figure, who is just across the board an improvement to the BaF. And, while Iron Man may not blow his predecessor away like the other two, I actually like the light-up feature a fair bit, so I’m happy enough to have him.