AVENGERS (HOT TOYS)
Would you look at that? Seems I’ve made it another hundred reviews. As I noted in my Thor review, I’m honestly getting to the point where 100 reviews isn’t that much of a milestone. This particular review will mark the thirteenth time I’ve done it. Still, it’s worth noting it, right?
In honor of getting though another hundred of these things, I’ll be doing another of my milestone deluxe reviews, focusing on one of my higher end figures. Like almost all of my high-end reviews, today’s figure is from Hot Toys, and is yet another figure from their impressive Marvel Cinematic Universe subset of offerings. For the last monumental review, I looked at Thor, and today I’ll be following up on that with a look at his mischievous brother, Loki!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Loki is figure 176 in Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series, directly following the Avengers version of his brother and immediately preceding the Dark Knight Rises re-release of the Batpod. The figure hit around May of 2013, a full year after the release of the film he was featured in. As with Thor, Loki is based on his appearance in 2012’s Avengers, specifically his fully armored appearance, seen during the film’s big climactic battle. Initially, Loki was to be done in his armored look from 2011’s Thor, and a finished prototype even showed up a few places, but in an effort of finish out the Avengers set and be a bit more timely, he was re-fitted into his later costume. It’s for the best, really, since I think his Avengers look is his best to date, and a more fitting adaptation of his comics design. Loki stands a little over 12 inches tall and he has “over 30 points of articulation” according to the Sideshow solicitation for him.
Loki’s head was the source of some strife amongst fans and Hot Toys. There was a debate about how exactly his helmet should be handled. The final solution was a removable helmet, which not everyone was thrilled with, due largely to the necessary compromises for both the head and the helmet. The head did actually turn out pretty well. The Hiddleston likeness is one of HT’s best, at least as far as the face is concerned. The compromises, of course, really come into play with the hair, which ends up a little matted down to the head. Admittedly, Loki’s hair in the movie doesn’t have a ton of volume, but it’s still a little more present than what we see here. It’s still very well sculpted, and quite realistic, but it’s undeniably sculpted to sit best under the helmet. He’s not really designed with an un-helmeted appearance in mind. Which, if I’m honest, results in a bit of disappointment when you finally get the helmet placed on the head, which is no easy feat, let me tell you. It’s two pieces that pop apart; the bottom is supposed to slide up under the head and the top goes over top and then you snap the two pieces back together. I’ve never been able to get a perfect fit, and the difficulty involved means that you really aren’t going to be taking it off a lot. This whole two piece construction is meant to give the helmet a tighter fit (which is also true of the actual film prop as well), but due to the scale, it’s still noticeably thicker than Loki’s helmet from the film. To be fair, it’s mostly only an issue when viewing the figure head-on; in profile or even three-quarter view, it looks pretty good. The detailing on the helmet is the usual HT-quality, of course, which is nice. Ultimately, it’s far from terrible, but I just really feel the figure would have benefited from two separate heads to depict him with and without the helmet (especially since in the movie the helmet just magically appears on his head; we don’t see him carrying it around or anything). The paint on both items is up to the usual HT standards; the face is incredibly lifelike, and the helmet looks suitably weathered.
Loki’s outfit is something of a mixed media effort, though not quire so much as Thor. Most of the base clothing is actual cloth, with plastic boots and armor plates. The plastic bits are all exquisitely sculpted, and the cloth sections are generally pretty well tailored. The coat(s) sit really nicely, and I really love the way the cape hands. Easily the best cloth cape I’ve ever seen. My one real complaint is the weird bead things that line the edges of the coats. In the movie, they look to be a zipper or something, but this figure uses these needs that look like those things that banks use to make sure you don’t steal their pens. It’s not bad from far away, but looks rather hokey when you get up close. I’m not sure why they were handled this way, rather than the way most zippers are handled at this scale. I mean, they don’t ruin the figure, but they do just look weird.
Loki includes the following accessories:
- 11 interchangeable hands
- 2 versions of this scepter
- 2 daggers
- Display stand
The hands come in relaxed (R and L), fists (R and L), dagger holding (R and L), gripping (R and L), gesture (R and L), and larger gesture (L). All of them are very nicely sculpted and they suit the character. They swap out pretty easily, but there’s an extra set of wrist pegs as well, just in case something goes wrong.
The scepter comes in both short and long configurations, which is nice, I guess, but in this get-up, he really only needs the larger one. Still, both are very nicely sculpted, and it’s nice to have the option.
The daggers are both the same piece, and are just as well sculpted as the scepters. They don’t get much use in the film, but they’re still a cool extra to have.
The shackles and muzzle allow for Loki’s look from the final scene of the movie, when he and Thor go back to Asgard. It’s nice that they included them, and they allow him to pair up nicely with Thor and the contained Tesseract. Technically, like the short scepter, they don’t really go with this costume, but the inclusion’s still nice.
Then there’s the stand, which is the same basic stand we’ve seen over and over again. There’s a logo for Avengers and Loki’s name is on the front. It helps him not fall down.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When the Thor version of Loki was first announced I was really excited, because I really like Hiddleston as Loki, and was bummed he wasn’t one of the first two released. When that figure was re-worked into this one, I was initially uncertain about getting it, but ultimately decided he still looked cool enough that I’d kick myself if i didn’t get him. In the ensuing months between pre-ordering him from Sideshow and his release, I grew to like the Avengers design even more, and I’m ultimately pretty happy that this is the one they went with. The figure is not without his issues, but I think he’s still one of the coolest HT figures in my collection. He’s just hard not to love.