I’m not sure exactly what to call this review. I was going to call it a Marvel Universe Ant-Man review, but it’s really Marvel Infinite Series now? Even though the Legends Scale is also called Infinite Series… it’s kinda like Star Wars Black coming in two sizes. I hope that’s somehow useful for toy companies to sell to retailers because it’s just confusing for collectors. Anyway, the other thing is that this particular Ant-Man figure isn’t labeled as Marvel Universe or even Infinite Series.
It’s just “Marvel’s Ant-Man: Ant-Man & Ant”. Regardless of the label on the box, this figure is intended to fit in with the other 4” scale movie-based figures Hasbro has been producing since Iron Man 2. For the most part, I haven’t bought many of those, particularly as the articulation went away, but the great thing about a character like Ant-Man is you can buy him in any scale and he’ll fit right in.
The 4” version is again an all-new sculpt and we can compare to it the Marvel Legend to see it’s another really nice rendition of the suit. The retro feel is still there and well captured with the various costume details. The only real difference on the sculpt is something I failed to mention yesterday: the head sculpt. The 4” version features a more traditional look with the helmet closed rather showing the open mouth. Since we haven’t seen the helmet open the way the Marvel Legend showcases it (though I presume it can), this makes the 4” version the more accurate sculpt between the two.
The 4” figures does fall behind a bit in the paint department though. First, the simple comparison shows some missing paint apps, notably the silver piping on the front and a few other areas on the back of the figure. I understand the smaller scale is a bit harder to get right and there are cost considerations, but I don’t like to see the paint apps missing. Luckily, I don’t think the figure looks worse for it. The costume still looks sharp for what’s there.
There are other paint nitpicks too like the dark grey areas on the helmet and the particularly bright red used for the suit. With those, I’m just surprised that the different design teams at Hasbro don’t work from the same material or to make the colors match. For me, I’m buying this as a companion product to their 6” figure and that would be better served if they matched up. It’s not a dealbreaker, it’d just be nice. Continue to Page 2…