The paintwork is similarly impressive. The washes on the figure’s rhino-suit really add a fantastic extra layer to the sculpted texturing. The figure also has this shimmer to it, which I can’t quite explain, but I like it. The duller paint used on the toenails and horn also help with the realistic feel (even a bit of slop seems to work), but the key paint area is the face and it’s done well. I’m still not totally sold on the yellow space between the teeth, but unless it’s got up-close, direct light on it, it actually seems to add much needed depth. It’s interesting.
And then we get to the articulation. It’s not all bad. In fact, some of it is deliriously awesome, but that might just further illustrate the one dark spot. There are a lot of fantastic ball-joints here. The neck has excellent range, including great side-to-side tilt. The ball-joints on the shoulders, elbows, knees, and the inverted ball-joints on the ankles are all fantastic with great range. The ab joint is particularly useful and the wrist swivels don’t hurt either. The knee ball-joints are a little loose, but it’s not a dealbreaker as the other joints are all tight and really make the figure shine. But dem hips.
The hips absolutely kill me. It’s frustrating because everyone in the toy industry should know – they should know – that putting the hip pegs up into the torso stinks. My hop bones don’t connect that way and for good reason. It’d be mighty hard to walk. For Rhino, it makes him difficult to pose. There’s not a ton of great range anyway, so I’m not sure having proper, horizontal pegs would do great things, but it would have to help. If you look at the pic above, even that slightly wide stance requires me to turn Rhino’s thigh to face inward. It’s just funky. Maybe they did this to keep them from being loose on such a massive figure – those knees are annoying, but there had to be a better solution so that the legs could be as possible as the rest of the figure.
Overall though, those bad hips and somewhat loose knees are just blemishes on an otherwise awesome figure! I kinda regret not picking him from my LCS earlier this year, but I can’t knock getting him on discount. He was worth the wait and he always would’ve been worth not waiting. I think I might have a soft spot for Rhino (Spidey villains are some of my favorite Marvel characters, strangely), but I think this is a must have figure form a Marvel Select line I rarely collect. The aesthetics are amazing and the articulation almost keeps up. With releases like this, Venom, and Wolverine, I think I need to be paying more attention to ol’ Marvel Select.
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