After a few weeks of hunting, I’d given up on finding the six inch movie Avengers figures around my area, and I was mostly right. Luckily we were out of town for a comic book convention, and I happened across a few of the figures.
The amazing thing about Loki’s character is, that after being the main antagonist in two movies, you still don’t hate the guy. He lies, cheats, steals, and even kills, yet we can still easily sympathize with his character. Even better, the audience is put in Thor’s shoes. Why can’t Loki just be good and come back to Asgard where we can all eat shawarma happily together? But alas, Loki is a villain and he plays his part perfectly thanks to Tom Hiddleston.
I really have to commend the Hasbro sculptors on this movie Avengers line. Most of the figures are really well done, but Loki and Hawkeye seem to be a bit above the rest. Loki’s likeness to Tom Hiddleston is damn near perfect. My only complaint is that his face is too placid, and he would really look perfect with a slight mischievous grin.
The other thing I really love about this figure is his size. Most Loki figures are given muscular or bulky bodies. I realize this is mostly because of the influence of Jack Kirby’s style, but I never really liked seeing Loki in hulking muscles. He’s a thinking man’s villain, the perfect tactician that would rather trick an opponent into defeat than face him head on. So this slimmer, human-sized look perfectly fits how I see the character.
The texturing and sculpted details on Loki’s costume are pretty thorough. Every plate of armor or decorative seam is a sculpted piece, with nothing only using paint to show definition. Even the areas we don’t normally see because they’re covered up have these details. One of the most impressive parts to me is the front ends of his coat. You can plainly see tiny sculpted fabric patterns running horizontally all the way down. His coat also has this subtle windblown effect on the right side.
Loki’s cape is designed to be removable, and is held onto his back by a peg. His coat is made out of a soft plastic and can also come off, although without the extra body padding it makes his head look a bit large.
Loki’s paint job is pretty good, especially considering he’s a movie figure. There are a few areas with slop along straight lines, but they’re mostly unnoticeable because of the slight difference. Probably the most annoying part is seeing the unpainted plastic on the underside of his hair, which I can easily fix myself. As for his costume, I really love that they didn’t overplay the green and chose to go with the more fitting gray as his majority color. I also like that he wears golden armor, but not so much that he’d be weighted down. Making it gold also seems much less battle ready than for show. Continue to page 2…