For now, Thursdays are the province of Thor to help promote IAT’s new sister site, TheDailyThor.Com. This Thursday, I’m taking a look at a movie figure you probably aren’t seeing in stores: the 8″ rotocast Destroyer. It’s not the greatest figure to write about it, but it’ll look good on the shelf.
I haven’t caught up to the Destroyer in my daily Thor readings just yet (his first appearance looks to be about three weeks away), but the Destroyer has a fairly basic premise. It’s an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin to battle the Celestials, though the time between its creation and intended use is rather lengthy. The armor is more often seen being utilized by someone to beat the crap out of Thor. This secondary use, beating the crap out of Thor, also comes into play during the feature film which this figure is based on.
This figure’s success rests almost entirely on its sculpt and, fittingly, that’s the best part of the figure. It’s a great recreation of the movie design which itself isn’t too different from the comics that inspired it. He’s appropriately massive and hulking and, perhaps most importantly, looks like he could kick Thor’s ass.
There’s not much paint here, but what is here is well done. The Destroyer is cast in a nice gun metal silver with some black wash to bring out the details. It’s overly concentrated in some areas, but I see those as some scuffing/damage from his most recent exploits. The only issue I had with the paint is more about how he’s packaged. He’s in an open box, so he’s susceptible to the elements. I had a few scuff marks in the paint on my Destroyer, but they didn’t really show up in the pictures, so I can’t complain too much. There are two other issues though…
The first problem with the figure is the scale. He clocks in at 8″ and while the Destroyer can be different sizes – at his biggest, the corresponding figure would have to be 111ft tall to be in scale with the 4″ line – he’s generally just a little bigger than Thor. Basically, if you wanted this guy to go with your 4″ line, I wouldn’t stop you, but I’m thinking ahead to the (hopefully) eventual 6″ movie Thor for this guy.
But here’s the big drawback: articulation. I imagine some of my loyal readers are questioning my judgment on picking up a guy with just 5 POA. For the most part, I agree with them. While he has a nice aesthetic quality, he’s particularly lacking in the articulation department. Just a little more would’ve gone a long way too – ball shoulders, just about anything on the legs, a waist… but nada. Just swivel shoulders, a t-crotch, and a ball-jointed head.
So why did I buy him? Mostly because he looks cool and fun. And sometimes, it’s fun to just buy a neat looking toy and not worry about the sticking points. Plus, I knew going in that he was a $10 toy aimed at the younger generation, not some $40 “adult collectible, so there really wasn’t much disappointment about his lack of articulation on my end. I did pay a little more for him ($12.99 at Amazon) because he’s only available online at the moment. Anyway, if you’re a big Destroyer fan, trying to learn about Thor through the comics and toys like me, or if you have some younger kids that you want to give a cool looking toy that they can bash into their other cool toys, this guy might be for you.
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