Absorbing Man Week!
Marvel Legends BAF Absorbing Man Review

“I’m Crusher Creel! They call me the Absorbing Man! I guess ya can see why!” – Carl “Crusher” Creel, the Absorbing Man (You can see why).

So three days ago I started this review with the setence “The universe has been fighting my success this week.” There had been some… unplanned events, big stress at work, and then the site went down. And stayed down. For three days. All the gobbedlygook is fixed up now. I guess I just wasn’t meant to get 8 reviews done in 5 days! But alas, we’re still making it in the calendar week, at least if you figure the week starts on Mondays. On to the Absorbing Man…

Much like some other characters I’ve reviewed this week, I can’t tell you exactly when I started following the Absorbing Man. I’ve just always kind of known about him, enjoyed his pretty cool super power, and could never get a good figure of him. Toy Biz did get to him back in the Hulk Classics days but he was impossibly rare (don’t even talk to me about Dragon Man, that wound is fresh). He was a more modern take with the orange pants and a Hulk arm which was pretty cool, but he was in the tail end wave of a doomed line and well, you know how that goes. Toy Biz tried to rectify it with their Spidey 2-packs a little while later, but that two-pack ended up in the tail end wave of a doomed line and well… you know how that goes.

Hasbro got in on the action in their Fin Fang Foom line. He wasn’t impossible, but Hasbro hadn’t quite figured it out yet. I liked his brick leg, but not much else about that figure. So I waited and waited – seriously being a fan of Thor villains is akin to liking girl characters. The toy companies don’t always have your back. Luckily, Hasbro has been on fire with the ladies & with the Thor big bads. I mean, I’m still waiting on Loki, Enchantress, Grey Gargoyle, Mr. Hyde… you get the idea, but an upswing is an upswing. And, 51 years after he debuted, Absorbing Man has a great figure, even if he’s a Spider-Man BAF.

The first thing you might notice about ol’ Crusher Creel is his size. Yes, Hasbro has decided to upscale Thor’s whole life. His figures are huge. His villains are huge. Valkyrie was huge. It’s just a thing, Asgardians are now seven and a half feet tall and if a human has to fight them, they’re apparent seven and a half feet tall too. At least that’s true for the Wrecking Crew & Absorbing Man; poor Radioactive Man got the short end of the stick there. The good news for Crusher is that he can totally be this big. He could be as big or you or I if he touched something massive enough and absorbed its properties. So making him big enough to go toe-to-toe with the giant Thor’s we’ve been getting? Perfect.

I don’t know the specifics here on the reuse, but I’m guessing some Terrax parts are at play based on the size and the old ball-jointed hip design. Everything works fine even if the old hips are giving me Toy Biz flashbacks. The buck body has some new bits like the belt, the lower pant legs, and prison issue boots to finish off his iconic look just fine. He is missing nipples, but we won’t hold that against him, or hold anything against him for that matter. That’s how trouble starts.

Up top is of course his new noggin’. I love & hate it. I’ve always thought his uneven cone head was weird, so I don’t like it, but the toy absolutely nails it and I love that. His face sculpt is spot on to me too. I mean, he looks like he’s seen something really disconcerting and he just doesn’t know what to make of it, but that makes sense given the character. Continue to Page 2…

9 thoughts on “Absorbing Man Week!
Marvel Legends BAF Absorbing Man Review

  1. Creel’s head almost looks like Michael Berryman? (FYI: Who’s father was an actual brain surgeon and one of the few qualified to perform a necessary operation on his young son…the rest is cinematic horror history.)

    I’m not sure about the upper arms being reused, but the torso is definitely mostly Terrax. I just compared the two and only the right hip ball connector is slightly different, like it’s a knockoff repro? looking closer at the left connector, there is also a slight difference, but comparing two random pieces, it may just be coincidental. (also, the right connector is on the ball, while the left is the joint inside the ball?? #phrasing)
    btw, my Terrax arms have the shoulder ball attached to the torso, not sure if they just popped off that way, or they originally came that way? I don’t have any of the Creel arms, yet.

    For his wrecking ball, many have already traded off the plain grey one for the painted Wrecking Crew, but most say they finally found a use for the extra ball that came with Piledriver, as Thunderball actually uses his. (#phrasing??)

    I never have seen a proper Creel figure, and always wanted the orange pants version especially, because of the “secret code” on him by Ed Wires. I recall teasing him he missed mine by one. Anyway, I hear they aren’t that outrageously expensive, these days? and may drop even more now that this figure is available and people want to “update” their collections?
    Meanwhile, I think I still have that “construction worker Goldberg” from ToyBiz’ WWF line filling in that spot? LOL

    also, those cartoons. not sure which is my favorite: Hulk or the faces. LMAO

  2. I think it’s time to embrace that you’re a Marvel Legends Collector and make a full ML checklist on this site. It’s LONG overdue!

  3. The paper towel joke. Man made me flashback to Deadpool.Merc with a Mouth tale where Wade’s in the Zombie verse and fights a Zombie version of this guy and tosses a roll of TP at him. Wish that joke that was left blank actually made it it in as he sliced his paper body to shreds.

    On the hunt and enjoyed this whole set of reviews and as always great comics/jokes.

  4. Great review.

    Question when I click the review index link it appears the most recent is a two face review from 2014… Is the link broken or is it just me?

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