MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Wielding a powerful and terrifying weapon, Gorr will let nothing stand in his way.”
With Loki, the Frost Giants, Malekith, Hela, The Executioner, and Surtur off the table (and the Enchantress effectively adapted into Sylvie in Loki), the Thor franchise had to move to more recent additions for an antagonist in Love and Thunder. Enter Gorr the God Butcher. Introduced during Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Marvel Now!-era run on the book, Gorr has no ties to pre-existing mythology, and was a new creation in wholesale. He doesn’t exactly have a ton of comics appearances, but he played a role in the run that led up to Jane Foster becoming Thor, so including him in this particular story isn’t the craziest idea. For the film, he’s played by former Batman actor Christian Bale, making him the second live-action Batman to join the MCU as a villain. Bet George Clooney and Val Kilmer are feeling real skipped over right about now.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gorr is figure 2 in the Korg Series of Marvel Legends, which is entirely based on Love and Thunder. This is Gorr’s debut in action figure form, making him the one truly new figure in the bunch, although it was also the first time we’d gotten an MCU Jane. But this is our first Gorr regardless of universe. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. Gorr’s articulation scheme is slightly more modernized, matching up with robed characters from other lines. Obviously, he’s restricted on the legs, due to the skirt, but otherwise mobility’s pretty solid on the range front, and he’s also got the pinless joint construction on the elbows and knees. Gorr’s sculpt is all-new. It’s not a bad piece. For the movie-verse, Gorr’s design is slightly less inhuman than his comics-counterpart, largely to keep Christian Bale’s face clearer for the purposes of emoting. It makes for a slightly less distinctive design, but I’m sure it’ll work better within the movie proper. The sculpt does a respectable job of capturing the design, at least based on what we’ve seen so far. The face has a rather spot-on likeness of Bale, and the texture work on the outfit is rather impressive. I don’t much care for how floaty the cape is, but other than that, the sculpt works well. Gorr’s paintwork is rather on the drab side, seeing as he’s really just a lot of off-white. It’s largely molded, but he gets a little bit of accenting on the exposed skin, as well as getting some pretty in depth printing for the face. Gorr is packed with a black sword, which is presumably All-Black the Necrosword, Gorr’s weapon in the comics. He also includes the left leg for Korg.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I know nothing of Gorr, at least from personal experience, so I’m pretty much banking off of a hope that I’ll like the character’s appearance in the movie. Also, I wanted Korg. So, there was that. I honestly picked him up for that. It’s not a bad figure, though. Design’s a touch on the bland side, but the likeness is really good, and he’s pretty posable, especially on the upper half.
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