After a particularly hectic September and a promotion in October, my ability to keep up with the latest toy news is a bit compromised. I had no idea that the 6” movie-related Cap & Thor figures had reached stores when I found Loki sneering at me from the pegs last night.
Yesterday, I found myself staring at my (relatively) small pile of unopened toys, trying to choose what to review. After some facepalm-inducing logic in the Ask Matty forums, I wasn’t in the mood for anything Mattel. I have some Glyos I really want to get to, but I need a day off for that (and to let my wife have at them for some crazy builds too). I had some MUs, the Glyos Xodiac, TVC Logray… Anyway, I wasn’t sure, so I did what comes naturally. I went out for a toy run.
Well, to be honest, I was just making a trip out for some groceries and such; I wasn’t aware there was anything I needed to be looking for on Wal-Mart pegs at the moment. Little did I know that 6″ Thor and Cap movie figures had started showing up early this week, and that Missouri was one of the first states where they turned up. There I was, minding my own business, being mocked by the GA Batman (san a much wanted Bat-Mite) sitting on the pegs when just a few steps later, Loki was hanging out with a couple of his friends.
As I write this, I’m not sure of the case pack out. There were 2 Lokis, 2 Movie Thors, and 1 Asgard Thor repaint, but I thought that the Thor & Captain America figures shipped together – and there were no Cap figures to be found. If anyone knows the skinny on that, let me know.
The Lord of Asgard Thor appears to be better painted than the original (far right), but I don’t really need them both. Movie Thor was pretty cool, but I just don’t like the helmeted head. It’s funny because in the 4″ line, I once lamented that I wanted a helmeted Thor and… I was wrong. I’d rather have movie Thor sans helmet. Either way, it was just Loki that came home with me and my groceries. And unless one of those Cap figures impresses when I see them, I think he’ll be it for this little sextet.
I’ve wanted this Loki since it was announced. I wasn’t terribly familiar with this particular version. The packaging insists that he is the “Ultimate Asgardian villain” which might lead one to believe he’s the Ultimates version, but it turns out this is simply one of his more recent costumes. I’m not sure exactly when he used it, but definitely during the Siege crossover.
The reason I wanted it is because I’ve never been terribly fond of the Marvel Legends Loki from the Onslaught Wave. It’s a good figure, but I long for a “Classic” Loki (like the Marvel Universe 4″ one). And, yes, clearly, since this figure sports an even more recent costume, he’s not classic either, but I think he invokes it more for me. I just find him a visually stunning figure. His sculpt is easily his main selling point.
While I enjoy Loki’s sculpt, the first thing I wanted to figure out was where the parts were reused from. I’m not as well versed in Marvel Legends pieces as I am with DC or MOTU, so I hit up OAFE’s extensive review index and found what I was looking for pretty easily: Doc Samson. It’s the molded collar that gives him away. The reuse is actually pretty extensive – Loki appears to get by with add-on fur over the boots and shoulders, a leg strap, the new belt, all-new arms (I’m pretty sure they’re new, but, again, if you know better, let me know), and a new head. Despite being somewhat cobbled together, the figure looks great. In the SDCC pics, and even in the package, I couldn’t wait to get him home.
Once I learned more about the costume, I saw that a few tiny liberties were taken to keep costs down, but not many. It’s mostly that Loki tends to wear looser clothes and isn’t renowned for being all that buff. I don’t mind his stature, but it does bug me a teensy bit that his tunic is stretched tightly over this chest while fitting more loosely over his arms. I’ve gotten used to it though because the add-on pieces like the fur, straps, and belt give the figure some layering and depth. I always appreciate that about Marvel Legends. What really sold me though is his amazing head sculpt. I love my smiling/maniacal MU Loki, but I love this one too. He’s evil, sneering, and ready to crush you like a bug. It’s a terrific sculpt. Continue to Page 2…