So let’s start talking toy. I kinda feel the same about the toy as I did the character in the movie. Some promise, probably enough to keep most folks happy, but just not quite executed to the point of being a memorable, great toy. I bought him for the ensemble – though it’s not much of one since the MCU has thus far only received four villains in the Marvel Legends line (that averages out to about one every other year!).
Things start off strong with the sculpt. The height is great clocking in at 8” and towering over the handful of MCU MLs we already have. And while the sculpt is more an approximation of the film than accurate, it’s not bad. A lot of the details are there with the figure only deviating when the film opted to use gaps. This is worst at the waist joint where a swivel cut chops mercilessly though the circuity and filled in areas alike and cheapens the whole area as a result. The elbows & thighs have similar issues, but are covered for much more easily. I’m okay with most of those decisions here. What hurts the sculpt for me is the expression. He kinda looks like he can’t believe you just hurt his feelings instead of anything remotely menacing. As a whole piece, he looks good on the shelf though, so I’m content with the sculpt.
I also enjoy the articulation. Ultron has ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips (limited), & ankles; double-hinges at the elbows & knees; swivels at the waist & thighs; and an ab-crunch. This is actually a ton of great articulation that should allow for some truly great poses. And it does, as long as you compensate for some soft plastic on the legs. Not just the knees, but everything from the knee down. This is where things take a turn. That soft plastic, along with a hollow torso (why not have the gaps then?), just make the figure feel really cheap. And when you just bought six figures and paid $120 to get this guy, cheap is the last word you want to enter your mind.
Which brings me to the worst part: the paint. Now, silver is tricky for toys, but that’s a problem to be overcome, not an excuse. Ultron is molded head to toe in a dull gray and then only select areas were painted silver: the front of the legs, the front of the shoulders & biceps, the front and top of the upper torso, and most of the head. The silver blends into the gray well as it curves around the figure, but it’s pretty terrible in certain spots. Compare the top & bottom half of the arms, where the thighs meet the hip joints, or the entire back of the figure. It’s not terrible – it’s not early Hasbro Marvel Legends, but it takes us right back to that cheap moniker.
Overall, I’m torn about where to place the final verdict on the figure. The scale & sculpt are what we’ve come to expect as Hasbro has continuously upped their game on their BAFs in recent years, but Ultron’s cheap materials and paint simply doesn’t continue that trend. If you just collect Marvel Legends, or are like me and love the MCU while enjoying oddball figures like Tigershark & Bulldozer, then this is an easier pill to swallow. You get seven figures for your $120 purchase. If you’re just a fan of Ultron though? This figure isn’t good enough for that kind of coin. For me, I’ll be adding him to shelf and blending him out with the other MCU figures, but I’ll also have my fingers crossed that Hulkbuster – another MCU BAF ensconced in a comic wave – turns out a lot better.
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