MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The epitome of Loki potential! Powerful, carefree, and mischievous, this Loki’s decisions led to a long life, but that didn’t come without its own baggage.”
One of the coolest parts of Loki, which was admittedly a show with a lot of cool parts, was the introduction of “Variants”, or alternate timeline versions of characters we’ve seen before. After introducing us to Sylvie, the main Loki’s distaff counterpart, the show took things even further as the season progressed, with a whole host of different Lokis. Amongst them was “Classic Loki”, portrayed by Richard E. Grant, who is, for all intents and purposes, just a straight adaptation of Loki as he appeared in the comics in the ’60s. He’s a rather glorious adaptation of the character, with a rather glorious focus and send-off, and now he’s also got an action figure. Is it glorious? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Classic Loki is figure 2 in the Khonshu Series of Marvel Legends. He’s one of two Loki figures in this line-up, joining up with the other three we’d gotten up to this point in the main line. Classic Loki is the first of the secondary variants of Loki to get figure treatment, but hopefully some of the others aren’t too far behind. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. This figure’s articulation scheme is surprisingly rudimentary, especially given where the line’s been headed recently. It’s not terrible, or anything, and he does get that nifty pinless construction on the elbows and knees, which is always fun. That said, the other movement is a little awkward, and the joint construction is a little out of date. The waist is really where it gets hit the worst, with the flat swivel waist looking rather odd, and the hips not being even remotely worked in. All that being said, the articulation is still generally workable, once you get used to it. Classic Loki’s sculpt is all-new for this figure, and apart from the awkward articulation layout I mentioned above, it’s honestly pretty strong. It matches well with the design seen on the show, and I quite like the way they weave the comics elements in with their real world equivalents. He gets two different head sculpts, one sullen, and the other grinning. Both of them sport a spot-on likeness of Grant in the role, and grant the figure quite a bit of versatility for posing. Classic Loki’s color work is quite nicely handled; while his costume in the show stuck to his comics counterpart’s stark green and yellow coloring, it was also rather grimy and worn-in. The figure has some decent accenting on the yellow sections, which makes him look appropriately disheveled. Classic Loki is packed with a spare set of hands with magic effects, as well as extra magic effects for the wrists. He’s also packed with the right leg to the Khonshu Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Loki variants were such a fun concept, and really showcase the high point of the show for me. Classic Loki in particular was just a treat to watch, especially given how satisfying an arc he was given, even just in his single episode of focus. I wasn’t sure we’d be seeing a figure any time soon, since he’s so similar the classic comic Loki from the Retro line. I was definitely happy about his inclusion here. His articulation’s a little wonky, but beyond that, I actually do really like the figure a lot.
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