SECRET STRIKE LOKI
THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER (HASBRO)
“Loki prefers to test his wits against his enemies. Coercion and mischief are his tools for victory.”
If nothing else, this dearth of things to review right now does give me an excuse to dust off my old randomized list of old things to review, which I haven’t made nearly enough use of in recent years. Gosh, remember when I would reference that thing on the regular? What strange times are upon us. Well, the randomized list has pulled a figure from 2011’s Thor film for me today. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Secret Strike Loki!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Secret Strike Loki was part of the first series of Hasbro’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger line, which was designed to tie-in with the film. He was the standard Loki for the line, based on the character’s slightly more dressed down appearance from earlier in the film, specifically the younger Asgardians’ trek into the realm of the Frost Giants. It’s a more unique look compared to the others, plus it was the one from early promotional work, so I guess it worked alright, even if it did lack that awesome helmet. The figure stands 4 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. As I mentioned when I reviewed Axe Attack Thor, this line was one of the last movie lines from Hasbro before they started cutting articulation, so this guy actually has quite a bit. Perhaps too much, maybe; his legs can be a little bit of a fiddly mess with all the joints, and keeping him balanced can be a little tricky. It’s not terrible, though. Loki’s sculpt started off as a unique affair, but had gotten a full repaint by the end of the line (dubbed “Sorcerer’s Fury”) and had also been scavenged for parts by his hard to find, fully armored varian. This sculpt is a pretty decent one, truth be told. The likeness on the head isn’t a perfect match for Hiddleston or anything, but I’d say it’s at least as good as the Hemsworth likeness on the Thor figures from this same line. Loki’s slight frame does seem a little bit exaggerated by this figure, as well, but it adds to the general styling of the line, and means he can slot in alright with the comic-based stuff Hasbro was producing at the same time. The paint on Loki is generally pretty decent, matching up with what we see in the film. There’s one pretty glaring issue, though. For some reason, they decided to mold his neck joint in the green that makes up his torso, rather than matching it to the fleshtone of his head. Seems like a pretty silly choice to me, and it means that he looks pretty off from a lot of poses. Loki includes two unique small blades, as well as the gimmicky “Secret Strike” thing, which starts out as a ridiculously large sword, and then splits off into two tonfa-style things. Yeah, I don’t get it either.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this Loki and a standard Thor the first time I saw them at retail, which was prior to seeing the movie. I was pretty excited for it, and wanted at least the pair of them. Little did I know that they would be all I would see at retail for, like, the next three years or so? Man, these guys sure were persistent. Loki’s really not a bad little figure, though, and I still do like him, even if he’s not my preferred look for the character.