This Thor figure was one of four Marvel Universe exclusives released at last year’s San Diego Comicon and is based on his appearance in Ages of Thunder. I wasn’t able to get him reviewed in time for Thor week, but that’s okay, because now he can be a THORsday review to help promote The Daily Thor!
I don’t know if we know exactly what Hasbro is doing for SDCC this year. I know there’s an exclusive deco of the Masterworks Sentinel, but after having so many exclusives at last year’s comicon (I still kinda want that Movie MU Spider-Man), having just one this year seems odd. There is a Marvel Legends Thor (based on his heroic age armor, supposedly with a “lightning deco”) this year, so maybe that’s taking up the spot for all the MU exclusives. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.
As I said above, this Thor is based on his appearance in a one-shot back in 2008 called Ages of Thunder. I haven’t read the issue, but it tells a couple stories of Thor from days gone by and I know that everyone seems to universally have enjoyed it. That said, I’m not sure why this particular look was so deserving of a figure other than they wanted to promote Thor at SDCC because of the (now released) film and this was a popular, different, and recent look for the thunder god.
When it comes to the MU exclusives, I really appreciate that Hasbro keeps the packaging consistent with the rest of the line. Sure, we get an extra sleeve for the package to slide into – which raises a question – if you’re an MOC collector, do you keep him in the sleeve (and it’s plastic baggie) or do you pull him out and put the matching package with it’s retail released brethren? Conflicting desires there, I’d imagine.
Anyway, I don’t normally comment on packaging, but this is an exclusive item and it’s nicely done, has great art, and I liked the little touches like the image of Mjolnir where the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo would normally go. The back of the box also lists a short bio for Thor, though it’s not really specific to Ages of Thunder:
There was a time when the crack of thunder rolled across ancient battlefields, calling men to war. This was the call to arms of Thor, ancient god of thunder. He was the master of the storms that whipped the North Sea into frenzied whitecaps and drove the Norsemen to conquest. He was their strength and their armor. In the millennia since, Thor has turned his eye to the protection of all mankind, rather than the patronage of a slect few. He wields his hammer as a defender of Earth, and protector of the weak, calling down the fury of his storms on the evil that plagues mankind.
You can tell this particular Thor figure was made on a budget. While the overall look is pretty accurate to the Thor that’s pictured on the Ages of Thunder covers, it’s done with almost entirely reused pieces. Hasbro took Thor’s boots, gave them to Thunderball, and by adding softer plastic overlays for the loincloth, cape (and a hole for it to plug into), and bandolier got the details pretty close to right.
Thor also features a new head sculpt and I really like it. It doesn’t look like the Thor we’re used to, but it does echo an earlier, meaner, grizzled Thor. Which is exactly what it should do. Continue to Page 2…