We’ve got a Theme Week planned for next week, and that sorta encapsulates nearly all of my recent purchases (also, I haven’t shipped my POL in awhile), so I was looking across my shelves for a good, quick review subject. I didn’t see one because this guy isn’t on my shelves. He’s big, he’s too fun to bury in the back (even if he’ll tower his way into getting noticed), and my Marvel Legends shelf is like a house of dominoes. I don’t want to touch it.
Yep, Rhino is actually hanging out with some other unshelfable items. My boxed up Hot Toys Collection, my still incomplete & supine not-Superion (I should at least get that second leg out of the way),, and my really sweet set of 25th Anniversary Adventure Team vehicles*. Rhino hangs out there in his massive glory, but he hasn’t been there long. I actually passed on him when he was released late last year.
*- Gee, was that a list of reviews I need to get around to, or what?
My wonderful LCS Guy showed me Rhino when he came out. In the box, he’s damn impressive. His size is amazing, if not entirely ML-compatible, the sculpt and paint is wonderful. But I knew a secret about Rhino – his articulation is partially ill-conceived. For once, I showed restraint. I passed on him. Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I was at an out of town Hastings. There sat Rhino. His box crushed, but the figure intact. The markdown sticker partially torn off, but enough to get the point across. I turned Rhino down at full price, but everybody loves a discount, particularly for damaged, trash-destined-anyway cardboard.
I don’t advise this, but I opened Rhino while driving home. I’m sure there’s a “don’t open your toys & drive” slogan out there and I’m going to get an e-mail, but I did it. I admit it. He was half out of the package anyway! The highways in Kansas are pretty strai- alright, alright. I’ll try and do better. Thanks, Mom.
Out of the package, Rhino’s sculpt is even more impressive. The craggy level of detail is fantastic. The horns and toenails look great. The proportions are solid. He’s just gorgeous. I still regret parting with that awesome 4H-Sculpted Rhino from the ML Sinister Six pack, but this figure does help heal that wound more than I expected. I mean, he is too big for the MLs. Marvel Select runs at a larger scale – that comes in handy for some figures like Uatu or Thanos – and Rhino is big, but he’s not this big. The figure clocks in at a proud 9” tall. He makes Thor & the Wrecking Crew look small if that says anything. But I don’t care about scale on this one. This is my new Rhino. Spidey can suck it up. Continue to Page 2…