MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“I am inevitable.”
Heads up, there may be some mild spoilers for Avengers: Endgame in today’s review. If you haven’t seen it, I’m not giving anything major away, but you’ve been warned just the same.
So, how about Endgame? That was really something. Captain Marvel gave it a nice lead-in, with all of the money it raked in, but Endgame‘s blowing away…pretty much everything, firmly marching its way to being the biggest movie ever. But how was the movie, you know, as an actual movie? Well, if you ask me, it was fantastic. It was pretty much everything I wanted, and it was a wonderful cap to the previous 21 movies in the MCU. I was very, very content with this finish. Thanos is once again a central player in the story, but where Infinity War made Thanos a complex and intriguing figure, Endgame really ramps up his monstrous side.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Thanos is the Build-A-Figure for the first Endgame-themed series of Marvel Legends. Since he was also the first Build-A-Figure last year, it’s not a huge shock that he got this slot again for the follow-up. When Thanos’ Infinity War appearance was first revealed, a lot of people were let-down a bit by its very stripped down nature. While it grew on me after the movie had come and gone, I could definitely understand why some fans were bummed that we didn’t really get the Thanos that we’d been teased with since back in the first Avengers. Endgame made it a definite point to use a fully armored up appearance, and this figure follows suit. The figure stands 7 3/4 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Apart from a lack of waist joint, and a slightly restricted set of shoulder joints, his articulation is pretty much comparable to his prior figure. Thanos is sporting a mostly new sculpt with only his left hand and the slip-over for his forearm being reused. This Thanos is just a little smaller than his unarmored appearance, at least in terms of bulk. In terms of height, he’s actually a touch taller than the preceding figure. The size change mostly comes into play with the torso, which is just not quite as broad across the shoulder as the prior figure. Honestly, I’m not sure he’s really any less accurate than the prior figure, and to my eyes, his proportions actually seem a little more balanced this time, so I don’t mind it so much (it’s also nowhere near as pronounced a difference in person as it is in the photos). Thanos’ sculpt is quite nicely rendered. The armor appears to be accurate to what I’ve been able to find in way of reference for his film design, and the detailing is nice and crisp. Under his helmet, there’s an angry grimace that matches the updated head from the Infinity War three-pack release, which seems to suit his more battle-ready appearance this time around. The figure even manages to avoid the prior figure’s issue with popping apart easily after assembly, which is perhaps the biggest plus in my book. Now, I do have one slight bone to pick with this figure when it comes to film accuracy, and that’s what’s going on with the left hand. He’s sporting the Gauntlet, fully powered up and everything, which is…well, it’s just plain not accurate. Thanos ditches his armor in Infinity War before gaining all of the stones, and by the time he’s armored up again in Endgame, he doesn’t have the Gauntlet in his possession. In fact, keeping the Gauntlet away from him is a fairly major plot point. What’s more, the original Gauntlet isn’t seen at all following the film’s opening minutes, so this isn’t the one he’s trying to get to anyway. The point is, it’s really not accurate. That being said, Thanos and the Gauntlet are definitely linked, so I can’t entirely fault Hasbro for wanting to include it. I suppose perhaps the best case would be including an alternate forearm for him, but perhaps that was out of their price range. Thanos’ paintwork is pretty good overall. The skintone matches with the three-pack release (which was the more accurate of the two hues), and his face uses the printing style. The armor is mostly rendered via molded plastic, but what paint is there is well-applied for the most part. There’s a little slop on the arms, but it’s not as bad as some of the other figures in the series. Thanos one-ups his prior figure by actually getting his own accessory. It’s his double-bladed weapon…or at least an early version. It’s not strictly screen accurate, but it gets the idea across, and it’s nice that it wasn’t left out entirely.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was a little disappointed with last year’s Thanos Build-A-Figure, and while the three-pack rerelease did a lot to salvage that sculpt, I was still happy to see him get another shot for Endgame. The armored appearance is certainly more dynamic, and the resultant figure is generally a more solid release, and one that I’m actually pretty happy I assembled.
This set of figures kind of dropped on us quickly, so I didn’t have the same time to soak up the line-up that I’ve had previously, meaning I didn’t so much go into it with much by expectations. I knew I wanted this Thanos, and I was right on that front, but, aside from the somewhat weak Living Laser figure, I really enjoyed this assortment as a whole. Hercules tops off the singles as one of Hasbro’s best single releases, Nighthawk and Citizen V are good formula figures, Ronin and Ebony are strong film-accurate releases, and even Cap, in all his inaccurate glory is still a fun figure in his own right. If you’re interested in getting a set of your own, all seven of the single figures are still in-stock at All Time Toys’ webstore. And, as always, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out All Time’s website and their eBay storefront.