CORVUS GLAIVE & LOKI
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Known for his shifting allegiances, Loki faces evil head on when he is confronted by the Black Order — a sinister group of Thanos’ cohorts that includes the menacing Corvus Glaive.”
Hey, I hear there’s like, this movie coming out this week, that’s supposed to be a big deal or something. You’ve probably never heard of it. Yeah…
So, Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters this Thursday night, and is already starting to break all sorts of records. Odds are good that it’s going to be the biggest movie of the year. As the 22nd entry of the MCU canon, it’s got a lot riding behind it. Product for Endgame officially started hitting shelves on the 31st of March, and is making its way around right now. And I’m going to hype myself up for the movie by reviewing some of that product this week. First up, something that’s not *technically* Endgame-related, Corvus Glaive and Loki!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Corvus Glaive and Loki are a Walmart-exclusive two-pack in the Marvel Legends line. Though officially based on the characters as seen in Infinity War, the set is part of the official Endgame product, and has been showing up alongside it. Corvus was shown last year (alongside Ebony Maw, who I’ll be looking at later in the week), but it was not until just a few months ago that we knew he’d be arriving alongside another Loki.
As I noted when I reviewed his minimate release, Corvus Glaive is the Black Order’s least developed member in Infinity War. And, if you don’t believe me, just read that bio up top from the back of the box. That’s a Loki bio with “oh, and Corvus, too” tacked on the end of it, despite the fact that Corvus is undoubtedly going to be the main selling point for most buyers. That said, I think he’s got the coolest name of the bunch, and I liked what I saw of him, so I’m certainly happy to have him cropping up here. The figure stands 7 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He ends up being a far more mobile figure than Proxima, which is a definite improvement (Cull gets a pass due to his extra bulk). There’s some slight restricting on the left arm due to the design of the cape, but that’s a fairly reasonable sacrifice. Otherwise, there’s a lot of potential with these joints, and he’s a very playable figure. Corvus is sporting an all-new sculpt, and, of the three members of the Black Order I’ve looked at so far, it’s definitely the most screen accurate, thanks to having an extra year to get everything right. His sculpt is, in addition to being film accurate, is nice and sharply detailed. The details of costume in particular are really crisp and really pop out at you. It’s all topped off with an impressively subtle paint scheme. The gold detailing on his add-ons, as well as the entirety of his facial detailing, are handled via the printing technique, which gives them a nice amount of depth and realism. Corvus’ only accessory is an acceptable choice: it’s his glaive, and it’s actually quite a nice piece, and is held well in his hands. Plus, he can actually properly hold it, unlike the Minimate.
Though only a small part in the overall film, Loki’s role in Infinity War is still a very prominent one. Despite that, the sheer volume of characters in the film, coupled with his coverage in Ragnarok, meant that Loki was absent from IW‘s product line. It’s not a huge shock to see him crop up in this set, though, especially given he was packed with the completely uniquely tooled figure. This figure, comparatively, is a straight re-use of the Ragnarok version from 2017. There are positives and negatives to that, because that sculpt was a bit of a mixed bag in regards to quality. On the plus side, though, it means the two figures are consistent, so hey that’s cool. The paintwork has been changed up to match Loki’s more stark green and black garb from the end of Ragnarok and the beginning of Infinity War, meaning we finally have the costume that actually goes with the headgear that came with the prior figure. Also, I do think these colors work a little better for the sculpt. Loki is packed with the most natural inclusion for an IW Loki, the Teseract, re-used from the Mandroid Series Red Skull. It fits surprisingly well in his hand, and I’m glad it got another release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hey, wanna guess where I got this Walmart exclusive? That’s right, a Walmart! Yeah, when the Walmart around the corner from work put out their Endgame display, this showed up in surprisingly high numbers, so I had no trouble at all getting one. I’m on record that Corvus Glaive is my favorite of the Black Order members, and I was waiting for him to get his figure due. I’m quite happy with this figure, and I think he’s probably the best of the three we’ve gotten so far. The Loki he’s packed with is definitely a space-filler, but he’s a reasonably well chosen one, and honestly I think he improves on the prior release enough that I don’t mind that I had to get a second one to get Corvus.