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“Mere moments after his escape during the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki is apprehended by the TIME VARIANCE AUTHORITY (TVA) and arrested for his crimes against the ‘sacred timeline’”
After the back-to-back extravaganza that was WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we had a little bit of hiatus, before jumping into the next show, Loki, which follows the alternate timeline version of the God of Mischief that escaped during Endgame. As of this writing, I’ve only seen the first episode of the show, so I don’t know exactly where it’s going to be going, but I do like the look of things. Loki is the show with the least toy coverage at this point, with only one version of its main character on the market (though Owen Wilson’s Mobius was just revealed to be getting a Target-exclusive figure as well). I’m going to be taking a look at that one today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Loki is figure 3 in the Disney+-themed assortment of Marvel Legends. He’s patterned on his appearance in the show, specifically his garb while working for the TVA…or at least that’s what I assume this is. So far, we’ve seen his Avengers gear, and the prison jumpsuit. But this looks right for working for the TVA, so I’m going with that. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Loki is built on the updated suit body first used for Nick Fury. It’s slightly taller nature makes it a better fit for Hiddleston, and it’s honestly just a little better proportioned, so I get the desire to re-use. Unfortunately, it does have a few details, most notably the sculpted shoulder holster, which don’t match up with Loki’s look from the show. The holster is totally hidden, of course, but it’s a weird choice leaving it there. Loki gets a new head, tie, and jacket piece. The head is probably our best Hiddleston Loki to date from Hasbro. It’s still not spot-on, but it does feel at least a little bit closer. I think not trying to contend with any removable head gear really helps there. The jacket and tie are nice enough pieces; pretty basic, but they do what they need to. The paint work on Loki is definitely on the brown side of things, which matches to the show aesthetic. The face print really works here, but there are otherwise some sort of odd choices. The neck line is uneven and doesn’t follow the sculpt, and the belt buckle is just totally different than what’s sculpted (probably going for something more accurate to the show). It’s also weird that the holster is left totally unpainted. Like, I know it’s not supposed to be there, but not painting it doesn’t magically make it less obvious that it’s there. Loki doesn’t get any accessories of his own, but he does get Redwing, the backpack, and the flight stand for Captain America, so that makes up for it a little bit, I guess.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Going into this assortment, we knew there would be a Loki, but exactly which of the looks from what we’d seen in the trailers was still up in the air. I will admit, when this one was shown off, I was a bit letdown. From the looks of things, this may end up as his most prominent design on the show, but it’s hard to say it’s very visually interesting, and clearly most prominent isn’t as important as best visual when it comes to the rest of the assortment. Loki’s not a bad figure, and I do at least like his new head sculpt, but he definitely feels like the weakest of the bunch.