Well, since I find myself on something of an asgardian bent, today I’ll talk to you about one figure that came out not too long ago in the Marvel Legends line.
Thor is basically a repaint of the one offered as an exclusive in the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. As such, I must say that I actually like this version better, but let’s not get ahead of us yet.
This incarnation of the Thunder God depicts him beardless, clad in scale mail and sporting the heavy cloak and winged helmet. The outfit is a close match to the smaller, Marvel Universe version released a few years ago, but the overall body proportions seem to have been tweaked to make him look even bulkier.
And this is quite a bulky action figure. Thor is easily one of the heaviest figures I have ever gotten in the Marvel Legends line.
The cape is not removable and the sculpted texture on the limbs helps to hide the articulation quite well. The face sculpt is clean and unquestionably Aryan in the same style as fellow ML inductee Hyperion, although his articulation is not quite on par with that found on more recent figure designs.
Thor has the following set of joints.
• Pegged hinge neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Upper biceps swivel.
• Pegged hinge elbows.
• Pegged hinge wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Pegged hinge hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
Sadly, the range of movement on several of these articulation points is somewhat limited either by the sheer bulk of the pieces or by the costume design. And if you add the bulk and extra weight from the cape, there is a definite limit to the number of poses Thor can achieve.
The paintjob on Thor is deceptively simple. The scale mail is painted bright silver and has a very nice blue shading wash that really enhances the texture. The boots and tabard received very discrete highlighting with an airbrush and Thor’s facial details are painted neatly. Even the cape received subtle shading on the deeper recesses of the folds.
Thor comes equipped with his hammer. This time, Mjölnir has a rather long handle and the hammerhead seems quite worn off, full of scratches and pitting. The hammerhead was painted silver with a fairly generous blackwash, while the handle itself was painted simply in brown.
Overall, the size and styling of this figure may not be a perfect match for the look of the Marvel Legends line, but as a whole this one is a really good version of a comics-inspired, modern Thor.