MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
The Thor abides. Sorry, was that too goofy? I couldn’t use my usual “Happy Thor’s Day” gag for this one, so I was trying something else out. I won’t let it happen again.
In a film with a lot of closely guarded secrets and spoilers, Thor’s transformation during Endgame’s five year time jump is arguably a fairly minor one, but it was nevertheless one of the most closely guarded elements of the film, with nary a hint of its existence present anywhere in the marketing. We were led to believe that Thor would spend the three hour film continuing his Ragnarok look. This made the depths of his depression and the toll it took on him all the more surprising when it occurred on-screen, in many ways far more properly capturing the feel of what it’s like in real life when someone you care about similarly deals with a serious case of clinical depression. But, lest we get too serious here, it also let Chris Hemsworth continue to be a bit of a goofball. It proved a pretty popular incarnation of the character with audiences, and there’s been some sizable demand for him in toy form. Perfect time a Marvel Legend.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Thor is the Build-A-Figure for the third Endgame-themed assortment of Marvel Legends from last year. Officially, he’s just titled “Thor”, rather than the more commonly accepted “Bro Thor,” since it appears the second Pop is the first official use of that name. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. He’s sporting a brand-new sculpt, seeing as we haven’t gotten a chubby guy in sweats out of the line previously. The figure represents Thor at his most Dude-liest, with pajama pants and bathrobe. Not exactly what you would think of for adventuring garb, but it’s what Thor wears during the film’s big time heist nevertheless. The sculpt does a solid job of capturing Thor’s dressed down appearance, with some really nice detailing on the various parts of his attire, such as fully detailed crocs, and some very effective layering on his sweats and robe. He’s also got what’s probably the best Hemsworth likeness we’ve gotten so far; admittedly, there’s more character details to help sell the appearance this time around, with all the hair and the bushy beard. It’s even further helped on the second included head, which also adds his sunglasses to the mix. Whatever the case, it’s still my favorite Hemsworth Thor head we’ve gotten so far. The paintwork on Thor is decently handled; for the most part, it’s just large swathes of color, but he does get the face printing, as well as the plaid pattern on the pants, which keeps things pretty interesting. Though an accessory himself, Thor makes out alright on the extras front, with the previously mentioned extra head, a second left hand with the time gizmo Tony invented, and an all-new sculpt for Stormbreaker.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
He’s a Build-A-Figure, and I just spent a week reviewing the figures that built him, so where I got this figure seems pretty self-explantory. When the first round of Endgame product was so Quantum Suit heavy, I was assuming our first LegendsThor would be an inaccurate team suit figure, like in other toy lines. The complete lack of Thor in the first two assortments did give me hope that we’d see at least a proper final battle Thor. Getting full-on Bro Thor was a pleasant surprise, and the final figure is the definite highlight of the assortment that builds him. I’m now hopeful for that final battle look to round things out.
This assortment of Legends was certainly more singularly focused than some from last year, with all of the figures being movie-inspired, rather than our usual mix of figures. Thor’s the definite star overall, with Iron Man being the standout of the singles. Heimdall is certainly a welcome addition to the line, and a solid figure to boot, and even Valkyrie and Iron Patriot are valid re-dos of the characters. Vision doesn’t offer much to people who already have the two-pack, but then not everyone does, so a re-issue is acceptable, if not incredibly exciting. Cap is unfortunately a slightly out of date figure, and just not really the version of the character that should have been in this assortment. As a whole, it’s a focused, if not incredibly exciting assortment.