4” Appreciation Week rolls on! It was a little tough figuring out what to review for this week. I haven’t bought any new toys at retail in nearly five weeks (my Joe Sub & Matty Sub toys were some of the only new toys during “No Toy February”). I didn’t want to review all Joes, so I was looking back for any Marvel Universe, Star Wars, 4” DC figures that I bought over the last year and didn’t review. Sadly, that made it not that difficult! There’s a lot of stuff that hasn’t made it on the site for one reason or another.
In my Marvel pile, I had a few choices, but ultimately went with ol’ Hercules because he’s one of the more fun, and more well done, figures out of the crop I have sitting on my shelves. I haven’t bought a ton of MU since ML came back, but I’m always down for Thor-related figures and Hercules fits the bill. He first appeared in Thor’s first annual, way back in 1965. (A Herc had previously appeared the year before in Avengers, but he doesn’t count.) Hercules, a great Lee & Kirby creation, has been Thor’s rival ever since that First Appearance. I haven’t followed the character religiously, but make figures of characters that first appeared in Journey into Mystery, and I’ll surely bite.
My favorite thing about Hercules is that he’s so hilariously ripped that Hasbro had to make an all-new buck for the figure. Seriously. They had a bigger, more muscled buck and still had to say, “nope, not good enough”. Now, I’ve got no problem with “buck”-based toy lines. I understand the times we live in, but the flipside is that it’s special when a figure gets an all-new sculpt. This is the son of Zeus, the mightiest Olympian, and the sculpt shows it. The other great thing is that Herc creates a new buck to be used in the future. Some smart add-on parts like the harness and the belt, along with his unique bracers and sandals makes the figure absolutely Hercules while also making it available for re-use. Gotta love it.
There is one funny thing though – this isn’t Herc as he originally appeared (we did get that in a so-so Hasbro Marvel Legend), this is He-Man Hercules from the 1980s. I don’t mind one bit, it still looks cool, but I’ve never been able to shake off the He-man vibe. Maybe it’s the giant H on his belt. Which, I mean, obviously stands for Hercules. I think one thing I appreciate about the 80s look here is the Secret Wars thing. If Herc had gotten a Secret Wars figure, it would’ve looked like this, except y’know posed in that odd “taking a step” stance.
Even better, the articulation lives up to the great sculpt. The ball-jointed neck is great. There are also ball-jointed shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, thighs, and shins, single-hinge elbows, double-hinge knees, and the ab-joint. Everything works great (except maybe that ab joint, Hasbro does weird things in these torsos) and it’s what makes Hercules really sing. He’s bulky and can pose great. That’s awesome. Continue to Page 2…