I had little intention of buying the Frost Giant. He looked cool at SDCC , but I generally only buy Marvel Universe figures of characters I know & like. And yet, when Vault called me late last week to tell me the newest Gigantic Battles had shown up at Wal-Mart, I found myself driving over to check them out.
As you’ve astutely gathered, that Frost Giant came home with me. There were a few reasons: he looked cool in the package, I had $25 burning a hole in my pocket, my wife wasn’t with me, etc. But to be honest, I think the biggest factor in my picking him up was because he didn’t have to be just a Marvel Universe purchase. He belongs with them to be sure, but he also fits well in a Marvel Legends display. He could come in handy battling against the Legendary Comic Book Heroes’ Conan, Masters of the Universe Classics Vikor, or a bevy of other warrior-themed figures.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that there’s a Loki in the set too. He wasn’t so much of a selling point for me, though he certainly helps to justify the price of the set. It’s not Loki’s fault, I’ve just had very little experience with the character. I’ve never read a Thor comic (though I am picking up Keiron Gillen’s new run on Journey into Mystery), so most of my Loki knowledge came from an old episode of Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends. Thor appears early on in the episode (it might even be the first time I ever saw Thor) and gives viewers a quick monologue about Asgard, the Rainbow Bridge, Frost Giants, Loki, etc. For the longest time, I thought Loki was simply Thor’s brother – that his origins in Norse mythology were simply overlooked for the sake of convenience. It wasn’t until years later that I learned Loki was indeed still a child of the Frost Giant Laufey, but had been raised by Odin as Thor’s adopted brother and later his arch-rival.
* – That episode actually features Frost Giants too, if I recall. Iceman ends up being sent to Norse Hell and is saved by the Frost Giant queen who then takes him back to her kingdom as her lover. Hilarity ensues. That was show as crazy like that. I’m still kicking myself for not picking up that 3pk.
Loki appropriately uses the thin MU buck (think Spider-Man). Below the neck, it’s the same body we’ve seen a time or two before. I still don’t like how soft the hand sculpts are, but the fist and the open hand work really well for Loki (as you’ll see in a few of the pictures).
Like any buck figure, the head sculpt is where the whole piece succeeds or fails and, man, does Loki succeed. The horns and ponytail are present for accuracy, but it’s the face sculpt that really impresses. It’s not soft at all despite the scale and has excellent details with a great expression that’s perfect for a trickster god.
The paint work was hit and miss on my Loki. You can clearly see where the gold stripe down his chest didn’t quite meet the yellow paint for the collar, but it’s mostly blending out because most of the edges are sharp. The tampo for the scales is extra clean and that saves the whole area I think. The various yellow and gold parts blend well throughout the figure. The face is well done, but also peculiar. The face is molded in a yellowish flesh tone and then painted with a darker flesh tone. It’s hard to see unless you’re up close, but the highlights on his face are actually areas where there is no paint. It’s so strange, I almost question if that was done purposefully, but it works so well that it must have been.
Articulation is the only area where I wasn’t pleased with the figure, but it’s more about my dislike of how Hasbro handles the articulation on the line. I lament any figure that doesn’t have a waist joint or uses the simple one-piece ball joint for the head. Despite the head only having limited up and down movement, the other joints all have decent range and the figure stands well unlike a handful of my other Marvel Universe figures (there are some leaners in the above photo).
Loki is a nice figure. His face and hands are expressive and he looks sharp on the shelf with his color scheme. It’s just that I clearly bought the set for the Savage Frost Giant and Loki hasn’t been getting my full attention. I mean, a Frost Giant picture even spilled over to his page. Sorry, Loki. Continue to the Savage Frost Giant…