I’ve not seen Ant-Man yet (obviously), but I’ve gotten a wee bit obsessed with the toys. I’ve already bought over a dozen items from Hasbro, Diamond, Funko, & LEGO. (fingers crossed!). Truth be told, its’ not really about the movie though. I’m sure I’ll like it, but it’s more that I just really like the suit. If nothing else, they really nailed a great overall look for the Ant-Man. Part of it, from what we’ve seen in the handful of trailers, probably stems from them setting Hank Pym in the past a bit. The suit gets a great retro feel as a result and I’m seemingly fascinated by it. There’s even a children’s book I’m eyeing at my LCS… The suit looks great on the LEGO minifigures, particularly good on the POP Vinyls and Mystery Minis, but we’ll get to all that – today is about how it looks best on action figures proper. Looking it over, I think the only thing I don’t like about the suit is that, if past Marvel movies are any indication, it will be different when he appears in Captain America: Civil War. I just hope they keep the changes simple.
Despite my myriad of purchases, the two main figures of Ant-Man I wanted to add to my collection are the eventual Hot Toy & the Marvel Legend. The Hot Toy just because it will be awesome, and the Marvel Legend because… it’s kinda the ultimate Marvel toy line, right? Hasbro hasn’t conquered the MCU as much I want – we’ve only barely completed the basic Avengers line-up and we’re missing a ton of villains (let’s just add Yellow Jacket to the list right now), but it’s ML and I’m hopeful Hasbro finds a way to work the major movie characters into the line sooner or later. We did get Coulson & Maria Hill this year, and the comic line-up has become amazing, so I have hope for some of more unlikely wants.
Ant-Man finally get his due with an all-new sculpt and headlines his own wave. It’s pretty cool! The rest of the wave was loosely affiliated with him – we did get a Giant Man & Wasp, Ultron was the BAF (though based on the movie design, Ultron will forever be associated with Ant-Man in the comics) and them some C-List villains rounded out the wave. Overall, it’s a decently strong wave with Ant-Man & Ultron pretty much swallowing the tooling budget whole. It’s a pretty good wave even if I might sell off one or two now that I’ve built Ultron.
Since he got an all-new sculpt, we’ve ended up with a particularly accurate figure that really looks fantastic. The details are found throughout the figure, front & back, and it really stands out on the shelf. The helmet looks great, the exposed face is probably the softest part of the sculpt, but it’s decent enough. The only thing I would’ve liked to have seen differently is some layering with the mask that would let the lenses be translucent.
Articulation is a high point for the figure. There’s nothing missing that I really want! He’s got ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, & inverted ankles; double-hinge elbows & knees; swivels at the waist, biceps, and thighs; and an ab crunch. The hips could use a little more movement, but he can pose well with what’s there and I’m satisfied with the results. Continue to Page 2…