MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A Kronan warrior on the planet Sakaar, Korg is forced to compete in the Contest of Champions. When he meets fellow warrior Thor, he allies with the Asgardian to escape Sakaar and defeat Hela.”
Remember on Tuesday, when I was discussing Ragnarok‘s new characters, who were of varying importance and seriousness? Well, hey, here’s Korg. Not super important, I suppose, but certainly a good time, thanks to director Taika Waititi’s delightfully charming performance as the character. He returned as the character for Endgame, and is now coming back once more for Ragnarok‘s sequel, Love and Thunder, which looks to be giving him an enhanced role. I for one am very much in favor of this, as I absolutely love Korg. And now I’ve got another Korg action figure. Let’s see if I love that too.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Korg is the titular Build-A-Figure for the Korg Series of Marvel Legends. It marks his second time as a Legend, following the Ragnarok version from the two-pack. This one is based on his upgraded attire from the new movie. It’s a little more personalized, since he’s not a gladiator anymore. There’s some fur, and a bit more color to it, making it a little more visually interesting. The figure stands just shy of 8 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Korg is built using a number of shared parts from the previous version of Korg. It’s sensible, what with him being the same character, and the first version being a pretty solid piece of work and all. This one keeps most of the arms and torso, as well as the feel, with a new set of legs, overlay for the torso, and head. Generally, it’s a pretty nice selection of new parts, matching well to the quality of the original parts. The head’s not super different, just with a slightly different expression. This one’s a little more serious, though still not too serious, because, you know, it’s Korg. The new legs notably give him actual pants. That’s a nice improvement for him, I guess. What’s not so much of an improvement is the hip movement. He can’t actually get his legs to sit straight down for a standard standing pose; he’s always got to be low-key spreading his legs. The figure’s color work is fairly decent. The design allows for a brighter, more eye-catching look than the last one. The application of the paint is pretty clean, though there’s not a ton going on in the way of accenting, much like with the rest of the assortment. On the one hand, it’s a bit of a bummer, but on the other, it means there’s not a lot of mismatched shading, as can happen on some Build-A-Figures. Korg is packed with his mace-thing, which appears to be the same piece as included with the last one, just with a slightly different paint scheme.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really like Korg, and I really liked the last Korg figure, so I wasn’t certain I needed this figure. That said, I did like the new design for the character, and I was at least somewhat interested in most of the figures needed to build him. I was able to snag the part that came with Star-Lord on its own, meaning I had less figures I needed to buy, and making the whole thing just a bit easier. While there are some slight issues with this figure, I do really like the end result, and he’s another fun Korg figure.
This is a more focused set than previous movie sets, to be sure. I’m glad that Hasbro’s finally splitting movie and comic into their own things, as I think it allows them to cover more of the core movie stuff without dipping into exclusives and multipacks, which are usually pretty frustrating. That said, for me personally, I’m hitting a point where I don’t feel as pressed to buy every single new MCU figure any more, given how many versions I have of some of these characters. This one was an interesting experiment for me. I think Korg remains my favorite, as I expected. The two Thors I picked up are both fun, if maybe not much beyond what I was expecting. Valkyrie and Groot are both figures that exceeded my expectations, and have become my favorite versions of the characters, so that’s pretty cool. And Gorr…well, he’s just sort of there. Again, hard to judge without seeing the movie. With the projected price jumps, this one does feel a bit like a last hurrah for this type of assortment, but we’ll see how things progress.