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“The strongest and kindest Eternal, Gilgamesh becomes Thena’s de facto partner when the events of the past exile them from the other Eternals.”
Introduced in Eternals #13, the character that would become Gilgamesh wasn’t actually named at all, being simply dubbed “The Forgotten One,” as he was an Eternal exiled from the rest, who had actually taken many names over the millennia. Upon meeting back up with the main Eternals, he went by the simple monicker “Hero.” It wasn’t until he joined the Avengers in the ’80s that he finally took up the name Gilgamesh, with the rationale behind it being shared with the ancient mythological figure was that he *was* the ancient mythological figure. The movie opts to just name him from the beginning, which is honestly the best call, because, you know, everyone else gets to start with names, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gilgamesh is the Build-A-Figure for the Eternals tie-in assortment of Marvel Legends. He’s spread across the six non-Ikaris Eternals in the set. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is pretty much the same as all of the other male Eternals. It’s generally pretty good, but the hips are slightly restricted, and, unfortunately, even though we had that uptick with Druig, we’re back to the more reserved neck mobility. Alas. At least the mid-torso movement is a bit better on this one. Gilgamesh gets an all-new sculpt based on his movie design. In the comics, Gilgamesh has had several designs, all of them quite different from each other. Rather than trying to replicate any of them, the movie design instead tries to tie him in more with the rest of the group. It’s not super distinctive, but it’s also not the worst looking thing either. And believe you me, Gilgamesh has had his fair share of the worst looking things. The sculpt is pretty solid. He’s notably larger than the other figures, which is cool. The likeness on the head’s not a bad match for actor Don Lee, which I’d also count as a plus. In general, it’s just a good translation of the movie design into figure form. His paint work is generally pretty decent. The face gets the printing, which is solid, and the base application’s not terrible. There’s just a touch of misalignment on the green in a few spots, but it’s not as bad as some of the others in the set. Despite being a BaF, Gilgamesh does actually get two sets of hands. It’s a pair of fists and a pair of gripping. Not entirely sure why, since he’s got nothing to grip, but I guess it’s nice that he has something at all.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Gilgamesh is the character I knew the most about barring Sersi going into the film, as I recalled his time with the Avengers. That was not a point in his favor, mind you, because he’s not a character I’ve ever had any sort of attachment to. He’s about as interesting as a yawn, in the comics at least. So I certainly wasn’t poised to like the guy. Kudos to the movie, because damn if they didn’t actually make me care about Gilgamesh. Good on yo, movie. The figure isn’t notably different than the rest of the set that builds him, but he, like the whole assortment, is a pretty solid offering all around, and I’m glad I opted to build him.
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