MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Empowered by the Eternal Flame, the demon Surtur rises from the ashes to unleash his fury upon Asgard.”
As I discussed on Monday, Thor: Ragnarok is really the only one of the Thor films to truly get a proper spread of figures in Legends form. In fact, it’s really got one of the better spreads of any of the Marvel films, since we’ve gotten the whole principle cast, as well a a couple of the notable supporting players. Despite how thoroughly covered the film has been, Hasbro decided they just weren’t done yet, so we’ve got yet another figure to look at! I suppose it’s really only fair that in your tie-in toys for a movie called Ragnarok, you include Surtur; he’s kind of important to that whole thing, really.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Surtur is a mass-release part of the Infinity Saga sub-set of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line. He’s at his own price point, above even the usual deluxe price point. Hasbro definitely seems to be using this line to explore some more flexible price points. The figure stands just shy of 13 inches tall measured from the top of his horns, and he has 31 points of articulation. Surtur’s a pretty sizable guy in the movie (he actually grows in size as his powers increase, so there’s some variation there), and the figure does what it can to replicate that. He’s technically a few inches too short for even his smallest size in the movie. That said, he’s way larger than any of the other figures from the set, so the effect still works out. His articulation scheme is generally pretty good for a figure of this sizing, though it has some notable restricted spots. The shoulders don’t have a ton of up and down, due to how they’re designed, which is definitely the biggest issue with the figure. Slightly less of an issue, but still a bit of an issue, are the hips, which, at least on my figure, are a little sticky when it comes to posing. They feel like they should have some sort of a drop hip set-up based on the way they move, but there’s not one there, which does give me some pause about the long term durability of the figure’s pelvis. Otherwise, it’s decent set-up, and he’s even got the pinless elbow and knee set-up. Surtur’s sculpt is all-new, and it’s a pretty solid matchup to how he was depicted in the film. There’s quite a bit of sculpted texture work going on, which gives him that appropriate molten skin appearance that the film gave him. The head sculpt opts for an angry, shouty sort of expression for him. It’s perhaps a little more limiting in terms of what sorts of poses he can go into, since it doesn’t really fit the lounging about version of the character seen earlier in the film, but we don’t have throne or anything for him anyway, so it makes him a better end of the movie Surtur, I guess. It helps that it’s quite a nice sculpt. It’s very dynamic, and looks more unique compared to other, more neutral expressions. Surtur is molded in a translucent orange plastic, in order to aid in that molten appearance. The shade of orange shifts a bit on the actual flame parts, going from more of a red to a yellowish hue, as they get nearer the edges, which looks fairly convincingly like actual flame. There are large patches of darker paint, not actually dry brushed, but designed to simulate such an effect. It works pretty well. Surtur is packed with two sets of hands (gripping and a open gesture/fist combo), as well as his sword, which is almost as tall as he is. Getting a picture of him holding it was no small feat, let me tell you. I suppose it would have been nice to also get maybe his crown, separate from his head, as it’s seen in the film, but since we don’t even have a proper opening scene Thor, its applications might be a bit limited. The sword and hands are pretty useful directly to this figure, at least.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s hard to say I’ve been heavily campaigning for anything more from Ragnarok, since it did get a good selection of figures and all. Moreover, I figured Surtur’s size would be his undoing anyway, since even scaled down he’s a hard sell. This guy being shown off earlier this year was a bit of a surprise to be sure, but certainly a pleasant one. The figure has some issues, especially when it comes to the articulation, however the sheer size and detailing on him is enough to make him a worthwhile purchase. And hey, here’s another Ragnarok figure!
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