I didn’t really know much about Bill Foster before he died and I’m not exactly sure how important of a character he was before his death. He appears early on in the Avengers comic (Avengers #32 – 1966) and it’s not until almost a decade later when he learns the secret to Pym Particles and becomes Black Goliath (1975). Over the years, he would lose and regain his powers here and there and change his nom de guerre a few times including a stint as Giant-Man and most recently as just plain Goliath. It was as just plain Goliath, and in this particular version of his costume, that he appeared and challenged Thor (not knowing he was about to face Ragnarok) and was murdered by the clone/cyborg for his trouble. His unfortunate demise aside, the issue in which he dies, Civil War #3, is a great read and is included with this 2pk.
Like the other Gigantic Battles figures, Goliath reuses a 12″ Marvel Legends Icons body. In this case, it originally belonged to Cyclops. That means there’s surely a big “X” underneath that big “G”. I don’t know why, but I think that’s funny.
I don’t know if Cyclops’ slender build was the right way to go. I mean, Foster is a scientist and that may not scream bulk, but this body just seems too scrawny for a giant. He doesn’t look wrong, but just off enough to be annoying. If the arms were a little meatier and the legs a little shorter, I think I’d enjoy this figure quite a bit more. Also, Goliath isn’t supposed to have that tubing running through his suit. It doesn’t look bad or even out of place, but it’s not supposed to be there. That said, it’s the new pieces that really make the figure stand out. I love the big, bulky belt and I really liked the head sculpt.
The head, in fact, was what sold me on the figure in the store. It’s a great sculpt. It looks realistic with a great determined expression.
The paint on Goliath is decent, but it could be better. There was one each at three nearest Wal-Marts and I drove around to all three to compare paint (Ironically, the Frost Giant had sold out at all three locations, let the toy companies sort out the demographics on that one). This guy was the best of the three by far and you can see in the photo above that the paint on his collar is still rather fuzzy. The rest of the figure is more or less molded in the right colors, so if that line were as sharp as it should be, I’d probably be saying he had great paint. The rest of the paintwork is fine, airbrushing for depth and the little details on the symbol and his head. I do like that the eye slits are silver. He looks really cool in low light when those eyes are piercing through the darkness at you.
The articulation is pretty good too. He has a ball-jointed head with some tilt and I love that. He also include ball-joints at the shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles, swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, and calves, double-hinges at the elbows and knees, and the ab-crunch. They all work well, but some of them are ratcheted and extra, extra tight. I feel like I might snap his twig-like arms off when I’m posing them and I still haven’t quite figured out the right arrangement on those ball hips to get him to stand level. His left hip likes to sit up higher than his right hip.
Overall, this is a good 2pk, it’s just not as good a 2pk as its casemate, Loki & the Frost Giant. Bill Foster has two new nicely sculpted pieces, but the reuse of the Cyclops buck makes him a tad off. If you turn his biceps inward, you can give them some extra width (the ol’ DCUC ladies’ fix). Then, pose him in the back of a display to take advantage of his height and you’ll block his legs. Those two things will help blend the figure into your setup better. Despite those nitpicks, he’s still fun to pose and play with and you can never have too many appropriately scaled oversize figures in your collection.
Ragnarok is fun to own too. He makes better use of the Thor mold than the original and the head sculpt is killer. We need someone to put together a “Dramatic Ragnarok” video in the same style as that Dramatic Prairie Dog clip from a few years ago. The new head looks great and the better colors make you long for a better regular Thor in your collection too. Right now, this 2pk may be getting left behind in favor of the Frost Giant, but I don’t think any MU Collection would be complete without these two.
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