MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Armed with Stormbreaker and Mjolnir, the son of Odin steps onto the battlefield to face Thanos one final time.”
Happy Thor’s Day, everyone! Man, it’s been too long since I’ve gotten to use that one. I blame my own poor forward planning when it comes to review schedules. But I totally remembered this time, so a-ha! Though Avengers Endgame got a lot of coverage in Marvel Legends, the nature of a good chunk of the designs either being downplayed for the Quantum Suits, or kept completely secret until the film’s release, like Thor here, meant that there were still a number of designs still left out in the cold. Thor effectively has three main looks during the film. His pre time-skip look, which we got with the Infinity War stuff, his post-time-skip “the Dude” look, which we got as a Build-A-Figure in 2019, and his final battle attire, which we’ve just gotten now!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Thor is the last single-release standard figure for the Infinity Saga sub-line of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. He’s one of three items in the sub-line based on Endgame, which is the movie with the heaviest coverage here. The figure stands about 6 3/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. After years of the MCU Thor’s being almost comedically larger than the rest of the figures, it seems they’ve begun to slightly down-size him, ever so slightly, for more proper scaling. So, this Thor is actually a little smaller than prior versions, but that’s actually more accurate to Hemsworth’s relative height to everyone else. In terms of articulation scheme, this figure more or less sticks to what the Infinity War versions of him had, albeit slightly more restricted by his added bulk. He does get the pinless construction on his elbow and knee joints, however, which is pretty cool. Thor’s sculpt is all-new; the arms look similar to the IW ones, but, as noted previously, they don’t have exposed pins on the elbows, so they’re new too. It’s a pretty solid sculpt overall. Since it’s being released two years after the film, it doesn’t have to worry about odd preliminary design details that got changed, meaning it matches up pretty well with the design seen in the finished movie. The head sports a respectable likeness of Chris Hemsworth, which, much like the Bro Thor, I think is aided a bit by the more distinctive features of the more disheveled appearance. I quite like the detailing on the braided beard, and they’ve done alright with capturing the more scraggly-looking hair. The body gets the slightly heftier build down pretty good, and the texturing and small detail work on the outfit’s all rather nice. The paint work on Thor is generally pretty basic. Most of the outfit and such is just molded colors, with more of the intricate work on the head. The head ends up doing the same thing that the three-pack Infinity War version did, going for a more “powered up” appearance. While I’m not opposed to the general concept, or even how it turned out on the figure, it’s a little bit limiting of a choice for the only included head. Maybe at least throw us an extra head with standard eyes? Like I said, it does at least still look pretty cool, so I can’t entirely fault it. Thor is packed with both of his hammers, done up in clear blue to somewhat match his powered-up look, as well as two sets of hands (gripping and open gesture), and two lightning effect pieces.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was honestly a bit surprised when we got the full-on Bro Thor before this one back when the Endgame product was first hitting, and even more surprised by the complete and utter lack of this figure in any of the immediate follow-up. I was at the very least expecting some sort of multi-pack with the big three in their final battle attire or something. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a single release on him, but I can’t say I was disappointed by the choice. Thor’s a pretty solid figure. He’s a bit late to the party, perhaps, but that means we only have to contend with just the one of him from the start. It’s certainly nice to get another final battle figure.
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