I would imagine that the people who takes collecting as a hobby, does so under some degree of compulsive behavior. I will not go deeper into the subject, but the “compulsion” part of what I just wrote has a lot to do with me getting the subject of today’s review.
I am not a fan of the Hyperion character although, I did get the 6-inch Marvel Legends figure that came out in the Hit Monkey wave mostly because of the Build-A Figure parts, but I was certainly was not expecting to see a 4-inch version of that character anytime soon.
When the Marvel Universe line went away and came back as the Marvel Infinite Series, all I wanted were very specific characters from the first wave of figures and frankly, Hyperion was not in this list. And yet, he was the first figure I got from this revamped line.
The Infinite Series Hyperion is wearing the same costume as his Marvel Legends counterpart, but the 4-inch version has a few interesting elements added to it.
For starters, this Hyperion uses the tall muscular body molds we saw first used for characters like Captain Britain and Cable. Overall, I feel this is a pretty good choice, as he comes off being strong, but not quite as buff as the 6-inch version.
The head sculpt is new this time, and it even has a good resemblance to the 6-inch version. The cape is removable and is sculpted shorter and in a more dynamic shape than the Marvel Legends one.
One particularly interesting piece of the sculpture can be found in the abdomen, where Hyperion has a row of rivets running just below his ribcage, and which was not present in the 6-inch version.
Articulation in lil’ Hyperion is really good and is comprised of:
• Pegged hinge neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Upper biceps swivels.
• Hinged elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Upper calf swivels.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
• Rocker feet.
Even though the articulation works great, Hyperion is made from a softer material, which causes some stability issues in some poses, although for the most part he can stand upright without much trouble.
The paintjob on Hyperion is good and simple, with solid blocks of color applied over the bright red plastic used to mold most of the figure.
The head and arms are made from flesh colored material, with the boots made from a warm yellow plastic.
The paint applications all over are neat and precise, with a nice, rich golden color selected for the abdomen piece and the atom crest on his chest.
Hyperion does not include accessories other than the cape, but both his hands are sculpted in the universally useful grabbing shape.
About the only thing that I don’t like about this figure is the line that runs across his neck, where the neck plug is glued to the torso, but other than that, I am quite happy in the way this Infinite Series Hyperion turned out, even if he was not a character I actively wanted in my collection.
Errex Score: 89/100