It is Thursday, once again. Well, not really, but all the same, today I bring yet another Thor action figure. This time it is the Avengers Movie Series Thor, released ny Habro as Walmart exclusives in the USA around the end of summer 2012.
For some strange reason, these 6-inch scale figures arrived to Mexican Walmart stores just in time for the holidays shopping season and even though Thor was not the first character I’d pick from this line, I still ended up buying him.
First things first, this version of Thor uses molds designed for the first Thor movie line with only a new head sculpt. The amount of detail on Thor’s costume is really good but be aware that the details on the costume are not really a match for his appearance in Avengers.
The new head is nicely sculpted and a turns out to be a reasonably faithful portrayal of Chris Hemsworth, but the hairpiece is a separate mold glued in place, which looks rather bulky and not quite as natural as the rubber wigs we have seen on other long-haired characters.
Thor’s cape is not removable, as it is glued in place with rather thick globs of glue. The piece is fairly heavy and sculpted asymmetrical, which poses some problems when trying to get Thor into dynamic stances. It does have a nice texture sculpted on and the folds flow in a very natural way.
• Pegged hinge neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Double hinged elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Pegged hinge hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
Even though I don’t really miss hinged wrists on Thor, I have come to require my 6-in. figures to have rocker ankles, and Thor would certainly have benefited from them, especially in trying to balance the heavy cape.
The paintjob on Thor is decent but not without issues. For the most part, Thor is molded from several colors of plastic with just a minor amount of detailing added with paint, but even on simple block colors it is possible to detect small rubs and stray paint marks.
The really annoying thing is the unsightly amount of glue spilling over the contact points holding the cape with the shoulders. These globs of adhesive are clear and glossy, really hurting the overall look of this figure.
Thor comes armed with a suitably scaled, movie-style Mjölnir, which is surprisingly smaller than the hammer packaged with the non-movie versions. In addition to his weapon, Thor comes with a futuristic-looking display base with an Avengers crest painted on top. This type of base looks like you could interconnect a few of them to form a larger display.
Despite his few small problems, this is not a bad version of Thor to have. He is patently shorter and not as bulky as his comic-inspired versions, but he is limber and at about 7 ½ inches tall, he is still quite an imposing sight among the other Movie Series figures.