Marvel Universe Two-Packs:
Thanos vs Adam Warlock Review

The things that set Warlock apart are the things that are unique to him – a great, “taking names” head sculpt and his cape. Both pieces are fantastic. I love the head sculpt. The cape is a little bulky, but it does aid in some poses and the high gloss on the red outer color looks sharp. Actually, the paint choices on Warlock really helps sell the figure: the high gloss on the cape and the silver/metallic paint with the tranluscent red coat make the figure pop off the shelf!

Warlock included his karmic staff and a clip-on infinity gauntlet. Both are nice pieces, but I’m in-between on the clip-on gauntlet. I do wish it were a fully formed swappable hand/glove, similar to the one included with Thanos, but the bright side is that the clip-on feature allows the gauntlet to be an amazing accessory that can be worn by most of the MU figures. It does look a little silly on a figure like Warlock who sports a fist on his left hand (a fist that’s noticeable when the gauntlet is on), but it looks great on figurews with a sprawling left hand like Loki or Captain Marvel.

Well, the review has almost run its course and I haven’t mentioned Thanos. That’s mostly because I’ve already reviewed this figure. I love Thanos, though I wouldn’t think I’d need three versions of him, Hasbro got me on this one thanks to his new, killer head sculpt.

I do enjoy the colors here even though they’re not particularly accurate. The dark blue and pale gold look great together. And yet, it’s the new head sculpt with not only better details, but also a great new sculpt featuring a classic Thanos grin. This is one of those cases where I was perfectly happy with the old figure’s head sculpt until I saw this one. A fantastic update and somehow Hasbro has tricked me into wanting to display both of their Thanos figures.

Overall, I was happy to finally run across this two-pack after I had all but given up on it. Better still, the figures in the pack really rocked. If I had one complaint about the two-pack, it’s that Hasbro couldn’t cost in the larger, Thanos-sized Infinity Gauntlet accessory in the new pale gold, but there’s no rule that the gauntlet color should match the rest of Thanos costume I suppose. The better articulated buck and sweet paint choices make Adam a must have figure for me (though I still need to grab him in 6″ someday…) and the new head sculpt and Thanos and new color scheme eliminated any misgivings I had about buying the figure twice. I don’t know if Hasbro needs to be doing so many of those two-packs featuring characters that have or will get the single figure treatment relatively close to the 2pk release, but when they do versions like this, that compel you to buy both the single and the 2pk, you know they’re doing something right.

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16 thoughts on “Marvel Universe Two-Packs:
Thanos vs Adam Warlock Review

  1. Noisy, Go read Infinity Gautlet IMMEDIATELY!!! It’s one of the best summer events and the ending is great.

    Also great review, The new comic head just screams Infinity Gauntlet Thanos more than the original.
    Now Hasbro just needs a Magnus figure (Although Gamorra and Pip would also be welcome).

  2. I second Shadow_Contact’s suggestion. Infinity Gauntlet is an AWESOME story. It made me a Thanos fan for life.

    The new head sculpt is much more menacing than the previous one. I love it! I’m hoping that Adam’s 70’s costume (from his classic “death” two-parter) shows up as a repaint down the line since that’s how I first discovered the character. Here’s hoping for more of Starlin’s supporting cast, especially a classic Drax!

    I missed these MU reviews. It’s my favorite line right now and the drought we’ve been experiencing has been a major drag. Wave 21 (?) has just shown up on the ‘Bay, so I expect you’ll have new stuff to review before the summer is over.

  3. Sad I don’t have a gauntlet for thanos, were I to get this 2 pack. This thanos looks awesome though. Nice to see the updated articulation from Warlock too.

  4. I never saw the single Thanos, and hope to see this set, as this big Purplepuss looks so much more awesome than his previous release. I can live without that Infinity Gauntlet, at least until Avengers 2, where he’ll likely have it. (esp if that rumor about the blue gem in Loki’s staff is true!)

    Adam looks ok, but he’s had enough costume variations over the years, that any variation would be nice. I got the ML Rulk wave version, but it just wasn’t “Adam” to me. I set aside a Mar-Vell of all bases, to custom my own, but never got around to finishing him. :/

    If we do get the 70s look Clutch wants in the future, it’s an easy paint deco and head away from Magus!

  5. Another awesome review! I really dig the darker tones on Thanos, but his golden crotch piece looks odd compared to the single version with solid blue pants. Here’s hoping for a Marvel Legends BAF Thanos.

  6. Whoa, before you jump into Infinity Gauntlet, start with the old Starlin Warlock stories. I re-read those this week, and they’re great!

  7. The Diamond Select one is cool, but I’d like more articulation, and the colors are too vibrant for my taste. Plus, I like to avoid crossing the two lines because of the different sculpting styles. But that’s just me, and if I had one it would be in my ML display. (Heck, I already switched out the BAF Galactus for the MU one, and I never looked back.)

  8. That last picture put a much-needed smile on my face this morning. Thank you, Noisy!

    I know “Infinity Gauntlet” has already been mentioned, but if you want to read something great, go spend a few bucks at your local comic shop and grab Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. Awesome stuff starring Thanos with a short (yet crucial) appearance by Adam Warlock. Your comic book collection is incomplete without this two-parter!

  9. Great overview, it might have convinced me to snag this set.

    If I see it, it’s probably coming home.

  10. Ok I have a few things to say here
    #1…that last pic is really really really great!!
    #2 I agree fully that this pack should have had a Thanos size gauntlet
    #3 Infinity guantlet is one of the best Marvel books of all time…yes even better than secret wars…although seeing Spidey (in SW) pushing Prof X down is one of the highlights of comics history if you ask me
    #4 Great job!

  11. I won’t like: I’m always a sucker for your Marvel Universe reviews. As usual the photography and writing is top-notch. I’m currently looking for this set for an affordable price as well (although I was already “sold” before reading the review!).

    I do wish Thanos had been a little brighter in his palette. I have seen this figure referred to as “modern” Thanos, but truth to be told his headsculpt looks more like Jim Starlin’s characteristic sneering Thanos than any of the modern portrayals of him. And even in modern comics, his colors are usually not -this- muted. I think I’ve seen the comic where he had this color scheme, but can’t remember exactly where it was. The downside to the color choice is that the single-packed Thanos’ interchangable gauntlet does not fit on this guy well without repainting. A shame!

    As for Warlock, he is my preferred version of the character (with the Starlin bronze age costume second and his Guardians of the Galaxy duds third). Love that he got his trademark staff, a rarity in 2-packs.

    Overall the latest few 2-pack releases for MU have been spectacular. I hope the unending glut of Cyclops/Dark Phoenix, Wolverine/Sabretooth, Power Man/Iron Fist and Cyclops/Marvel Girl packs that have been clogging the pegs since last year is finally lifting over in the states.

    Again, great review.

  12. Great review and funny captions as usual. I do disagree that this Thanos is less accurate than the single-carded version. This version’s colour scheme is definitely more accurate to the comics if you’re looking at the character’s appearance in the covers to the Infinity Gauntlet books, whereas the single-carded Thanos’ colours look more like they were inspired by his appearance in the Marvel vs. CAPCOM video games (although to be fair, I guess most younger fans are more familiar with the video games than with Infinity Gauntlet at this point).

  13. Thanos Quest (the lead up to Infinity Gauntlet) was also good reading. I loved how he tricked the Elders of the Universe out of their Infinity Gems.

  14. Loved Warlock, and that surprized me, I always kind of felt he was a bit of jerk to many of his companions and thus never liked the character much, he was cool in Guantlet and the SS series which lead into gauntlet but I never felt much towards him beyond that.

    Still the figure rocks hard.

    Thanos, I am in the same boat, love the guy and wanted this fig as soon as I saw it at SDCC. Great one overall imo.

  15. I agree that those old Starlin Warlock stories were cool and Infinity Gauntlet was great, but I must echo Megagearmax’s comment that the real awesome story is Thanos Quest. It’s how he got the Infinity Gauntlet and made me a Thanos fan for life.

    So it’s sad that there are now 2 versions of a really great Thanos for MU and Marvel Legends never got one. Never, and I’ve been clamoring for one since 2001. And to answer the question “Why not buy the Marvel Select one?” – because it’s Marvel Select, specifically designed to NOT be in scale with Marvel Legends. It’s in MS scale, which means it’s too big for ML.

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