MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Back in the early days of Marvel Legends, Thor figures weren’t the most common things to crop up. He did manage to get two figures over the course of the Toy Biz days, but the early run of Hasbro only added one more, due to him being dead for a while at the time. Since the return of Legends, his figures have been more of the modern persuasion; our last classic Thor was 12 years ago. Fortunately, Hasbro’s paying tribute to a lot of classic designs, courtesy of their celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary, and Thor got in on some of that classic love.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Thor is one of the two widely released single-packed “80 Years of Marvel” Legends figures, shipped in solid cases of himself. As noted above, this Thor is the classic version of the character, and is designed to match up with the Walmart-Exclusive Cap from earlier this year, being loosely patterned on Alex Ross’s illustrations of the main trio of Avengers. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Thor is sporting an all-new sculpt, and it’s a sculpt that, more than anything Hasbro has done in this line, feels like it’s specifically designed to replace the Toy Biz Giant Man Series Thor, which was the pinnacle of Toy Biz Thors. It makes sense, I suppose, since for most collectors, that’s the figure this one’s going to be directly competing with anyway, given just how long it’s been since our last classic Thor. Whatever the case, this sculpt is very, very nice. It’s clean, and bold, and captures the appropriate aesthetic of the classic comics design, while still managing to work in some smaller details on the costume to help sell it as an actual cloth costume, and not just something that’s painted on. In particular, I really like the seam running down the center of his tunic, as well as the wrinkles in his tights on his legs. Those add some nice realism to the figure. Unlike every comic Thor since the ROML release, this one doesn’t feel oversized when compared to his compatriots. He’s still got some bulk on him, but he’s not inhuman in scale. Thor’s got a sculpted cape, which Hasbro’s gone with a dynamic flow for. It continues the pleasant trend of Hasbro turning in some really solid capes; it’s got enough pose to it to be fun with action poses, but not enough to look too weird when he’s just standing at attention. It’s also not too overly heavy, so he can stand alright on his own. Thor’s paintwork is very similar in styling to the Cap figure, as you might well expect. Application is clean and crisp, and all of the important details are covered, but it’s worth noting that the colors are ever so slightly subdued when compared to other “classic” figures. It’s certainly not a bad look, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Hasbro had a more classically hued re-release in mind somewhere down the line. Thor is packed with Mjolnir, which like its user is an all-new, far less ridiculously sized sculpt. The length of the handle surprised me at first, because I’ve become accustomed to the longer handles we’ve been getting, but this actually works pretty well, and I love how “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” looks on the face of it. In addition to the hammer, Thor also has two different left hands, one in a fist and one in open gesture. It’s definitely a lighter selection than I’d expected based on the other two he pairs with and his higher price point, but I suppose it’s the sizing that’s supposed to make up for that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As beautiful as he was, I never found the old Walmart Thor, nor was I much of a fan of the version that preceded it. My Legends Thor was the armored one from the Blob Series, until he was replaced by the Marvel Now variant a few years ago. I liked that figure a lot, but he wasn’t a classic Thor, and my Avengers have been skewing more and more classic all the time. This figure finally makes classic Thor readily available again, and I have to say, he’s a very nicely rendered version. Definitely the nicest Legends Thor out there, possibly just the best Thor figure you can get. I do wish he wasn’t so light on accessories, but that’s the only thing I can hold against him.