With Thor debuting in theaters this week (and another project we’ll announce soon) we’ve decided to celebrate the God of Thunder with a week dedicated to reviews of toys based on him and his supporting characters in the Marvel Universe line. For today, we’re taking a look at the single-carded Thor from Wave Seven.
If you read my reviews regularly, you know that I don’t know very much about Thor and his section of the Marvel Universe. And as such, I haven’t paid much attention to his toys. Reviewing the Frost Giant & Loki required a fair bit of research to get the back story for those characters. And, as often is the case when I find something I don’t know much about it, I wanted to learn more. My comic fandom and toy fandom are intertwined, so it’s little surprise that as I learned more about Thor’s history, Thor toys that I’d previously passed on started coming home with me.
This figure features Thor in his current look, Marvel’s “Heroic Age”. It’s a great update to his classic costume in the comics, and this figure is particularly faithful to it. When you factor in that Marvel Universe is largely a buck line that thrives on reuse, it’s great to see Thor get an entirely unique figure covered in little sculpted details. You’ll find some little detail on nearly every piece – armor scales, fabric folds, straps, seams, etc.. It’d be impressive on a 6″ figure and it’s even more so on a 4″ one.
And while the sculpted and comic accurate details make this a great looking Thor figure, the proportions of this figure were something I really appreciated too! While I haven’t been the biggest Thor fan in the past, I’ve taken notice of the various toys he’s received over the years. And a fair share of those figures didn’t quite get his “perfect godlike” physique just right. This one does. He’s wide and his limbs are appropriately bulked up, but without looking bulky. He just looks all around great, as long as you don’t look at the head too closely.
See, the only thing I don’t really like about the sculpt is the head. I’ve seen a lot of Oliver Coipel art where he draws Thor with a rather wide nose and wide set eyes. It looks perfectly fine on the page, but not so much in three dimensions. It’s right at the cusp where you can almost get used to it looking off and accept it or it could drive you crazy and really dampen your excitement for the figure. It’s a shame because the rest of the figure is so spectacularly well done that Thor ends up feeling like a hot fudge sundae with an anchovy on top.
I do like Thor’s colors. The armor is a nice greyish silver, the fabric on the tunic is a nice faded blue, and the cape a muted red. The boots have blue splotches throughout to simulate leather and that doesn’t do a very good job, but he looks okay anyway.And yet, I find myself a little disappointed. I picked him up without checking out the deco he has in the Greatest Battles 2pk with Iron Man. To be fair, this is a better purchase. I only had to spend $8 as opposed to $15 and I don’t need that particular Iron Man whatsoever, but I noticed his deco the other day and it’s kinda more awesome. The armor and discs on his tunic are more silver, the tunic a nice black, the cape a vibrant red, and the leather and gold trim are also done in nicer colors. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the deco on the figure. It’s sharp and he’s even painted really well for his size, but I guess the grass is always greener on the $15 more dollars side. Sigh. Continue to Page 2…