THE AVENGERS (HOT TOYS)
Well, it looks like I made it another hundred reviews. That’s cool, I guess. Admittedly, we’re getting to the point where 100 reviews doesn’t feel like that big a deal anymore. I mean, I’ve done it 12 times, so, maybe I should up the interval again. I don’t know.
Anyway, it’s an ’00 review, which means it’s time for another high-end figure review. Once again, it’s a figure from our friends over at Hot Toys. More than a few of my Hot Toys figures hail from the MCU, and today’s entry is no exception. Yes, it’s the God of Thunder himself, Thor Odinson! Is the last name too much? It sounds goofy, doesn’t it. But, well, that’s his name. So there it is. Onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Thor is figure 175 in Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series, which puts him smack dab between the Avengers versions of Captain America and Loki, which is sensible. Like those two, he’s based on his appearance in The Avengers, specifically his fully armored up look from the film’s climactic battle. He hit in early 2013, which was actually pretty good turnaround for a HT figure of the time, arriving less than a year after the movie he was based on. The figure stands about 12 1/2 inches tall and has “over 30 points of articulation” going by the blurb on the Sideshow website.
First off, let’s have a look at Thor’s noggin. When this figure was first shown, there was quite a bit of contention over the likeness on the head, due to the prototype shots looking less than stellar (he looked more like Leonardo DiCaprio than Chris Hemsworth, and those two don’t particularly look similar). The final product showcased a marked improvement. The final sculpt isn’t a spot-on Hemsworth likeness, but it’s very, very good. A lot of it depends on the angle; when viewed from the right, as seen in the close-up shot, it’s clearly Hemsworth, but flip over to the other side and the likeness gets off pretty quickly. You can always tell who he’s supposed to be, but it’s not always very convincing. Likeness aside, the actual detail work is solid regardless; his face has tons of subtle little wrinkles and such, which really make him look like a real person, and the detailing on the stubble of his beard is surprisingly well-rendered. Thor has long hair, and no matter how you handle that, there are always some compromises. HT opted to go sculpted for this figure, which I think was the right call. The hair is decent enough, but there are definitely some section s that are more convincingly hair than others. Also, there’s a seam running near the front of his head, which is more present than I’d like. As far as paint for the head, it’s the usual HT standard of insanely lifelike. Really, it’s quite impressive how well down they have this. The eyes in particular are what really sells it for me; there’s just so much life behind them.
Thor’s costume more of a mixed media effort than usual for HT. The vest, pants, cape, and the red sections of the wrist bands are all cloth pieces, and are mostly tailored pretty well to the body. The pants look a little odd in certain poses, almost looking backwards at times, but they’re not bad. I like the brightness of the cape, and it’s a good, sturdy material, which is always a plus. The rest of Thor’s costume pieces (the outer vest, sleeves, wrist guards, and boots) are constructed from various sculpted elements. By and large, they do a good job capturing the movie’s designs. The sleeves are a rubber cover for the arms, and do most of the work to give the arms actual shape. They look good, but end up being very limiting when it comes to posing the arms; the elbows barely have even 45 degrees of movement, and even then, they have a tendency to slowly return to a straighter pose, due to the heaviness and thickness of the material. Later Thor figures tackled the sleeves/arms by just putting a joint on the outside, but they were still figuring everything out for this guy. The boots are each two pieces: a foot and a slip-over piece that covers the shin. This is nice from a movement perspective, but ends up looking a little goofy in practice.
Thor isn’t super heavy on the accessories, but he does have a few fun pieces. He comes with:
- 9 hands
- The Tesseract in its fun little carrying case from the end of the movie
- Display stand
The hands come in relaxed (L and R), fists (L and R), tight grip (L and R), loose grip (L), and wide gesture (L and R). They’re all very nicely sculpted, and look like real hands. They’re a bit difficult to swap out, but do ad some nice expressiveness to the figure.
Mjolnir is definitely the main highlight here. It’s made from metal, which gives it some really nice heft, and there’s even a little leather strap at the bottom, just like in the movie.
The Tesseract is definitely the most unique of the pieces. It’s sort of fun, and allows Thor to be posed with the Loki figure, like at the end of the movie. It also continued the trend of giving us all possible variations of the Tesseract, after the normal one from Red Skull and the one in the metal case from Nick Fury.
Last up is the stand, which is the same basic stand we’ve seen tons of times before. There’s a logo for Avengers and Thor’s name is on the front.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I pretty much have Thor because I was getting the rest of the Avengers line-up from the first movie, but what’s kind of amusing about him is that he was really the lynchpin of me getting the whole set. Initially, I had just planned to get Black Widow and Hawkeye to put with my Mech Test Tony Stark and First Avenger Captain America. Then I realized I would have most of the team, so I went ahead and pre-ordered Thor, which eventually led to me picking up both the Mark VII and Hulk, and realizing I might as well get Cap as well. So really, it’s Thor’s fault. Silly Thor.