Packaging - ***
The packages sport the movie artwork and labels, including the
"Avengers Assemble" logo. They stand out well on the peg, but aren't
over sized or wasteful. And while they aren't truly collector friendly,
there's very few rubber bands and no twisties.
the back of the package is a figure photo and bio, along with photos of
some of the other figures in the series. I almost gave these another
half star, but I am disappointed in the 'bait and switch'
nature of the cardback on the LC Thor.
When I grabbed him off the
shelf, I noticed that the hammer was supposed to light up. Cool. But
with just a glance at the figure, he looked to be articulated in a
similar fashion to the rest of the line. A look on the cardback
confirmed it, as the figure is shown holding the glowing hammer in an
action pose, with bent knees and raised arms.
Ah, but that's a
fabrication as you'll come to see in this review, and while it was only
true for the LC Thor, I found it highly annoying.
Sculpting - ****
The strength of these little buggers - everyone in this first wave - is
their sculpts. Considering the scale, there's some amazingly good
detail work here.
looks like the same head sculpt on these two, at least when I view them
with the nekkid eye. And it's a very good one, matching the screen
likeness extremely well. Again, considering this small scale AND the
general trouble companies have doing real people, it's quite impressive.
hair is finely detailed as well, more so than much larger figures and
statues. The facial hair is sculpted, but so soft and thin that it
Of course, when you start
getting all macro up in his mug, you'll see issues. They've given these
guys a texture that looks fantastic in person, but can look odd under
the camera lens at times. Keep that in mind!
The modern costume and armor
looks great, with
plenty of sculpted details (rather than simply painted) and sharply
Both figures share the gesturing
left hand, which
looks great on the BH Thor, but not so much on the LC Thor. That's not
a fault of the sculpt, but rather the articulation. Since the arm can
only stick straight out in front of the body, and the wrist can't turn,
what looks dramatic on the BH Thor simply looks arthritic on his less
These guys might be in a 4"
scale, but they
are on the large side. LC Thor stands about 4 1/4", and BH Thor is
about 1/8" shorter. If we assume that they were going for a
4" was a six foot male (also known as 1/18th scale), then at 4 1/4"
Thor would be about 6' 5". Seems sensible to me, but since there are a
lot of lines in this same general scale that are 3 3/4" instead of 4",
your mileage is definitely going to vary. I've included a shot with
and several other popular figures in this same general scale to give
you some idea of what you'll end up with on the display shelf.
Paint - ***1/2
Much like the sculpt, the paint ops are extremely impressive both for
the scale, and for the price. Clean lines, lots of small details, and
even the difficult silver is fairly consistent and even.
The face is even more
impressive. The eyes are straight and even, and the facial hair is so
subtle that almost blends in - but not quite. I don't think I've seen a
beard and mustache quite this realistic on a 4" figure before.
Articulation - BH Thor ***1/2; LC
The package lied to me when it came to the LC Thor - the articulation
is not similar to the other figures in the series.
BH Thor has a ball joined neck, shoulders and hips. These are the
standard 'post/disk' style, where a post goes into the body, and a disk
inside the ball allows the limb to not just turn, but to swing inward
I suspect the ankles are this
same style, but the
sculpt restricts them, turning them into a cut joint for purposes of
The knees are double pin, the
elbows single pin, and the
torso has a rocker/ball joint that allows the upper section to turn and
The LC Thor appears to have a
similar scheme, but that's
because they hid the joints so well on the others. The neck can turn,
but it also wobbles and bobbles. The shoulders look like ball joints,
but are really just cuts that allow the arms to move forward and back.
And with no elbow or wrist articulation, moving them forward simply
leaves them stiff armed out in front.
The hips also look like
they could be ball joints - until you get him out of the package and
realize that they too are just cuts that allow forward and backward
movement. Again, there's no ankle or knee joints, so he simply stands
stiffly in one pose.
I understand the effect that the
feature has on the neck, right shoulder, right wrist, and torso. But
the lack of articulation every where else? I assume it can only be due
to cost, but it hurts this figure severely.
Accessories - BH Thor ***; LC
While it might seem that LC Thor has no accessories - his hammer is
part of his hand, after all - I'm giving him a slight score due to the
inclusion of the removable cape. It's not the greatest cape ever - it
falls off too easily, is difficult to get back on, and rides too high
on his shoulders - but at least it's an extra and can be used or not
depending on your preference. I suspect a lot of people will abandon
it, since without much leg articulation, wearing it tends to pull him
BH Thor comes with two accessories. One is the hammer, of course, and
this accessory is also included with another of the Thor variants. I'm
sure we'll see it plenty of times, as you'd expect. The sculpting is
good, but the smooth face of the head and the mold lines around the
edges take away a bit of it's realism.
He also has a sword that
becomes a hammer. Don't ask me, I'm just telling you what the package
says. The sword is weirdly shaped, and has two short blades at the very
end. These can turn on their single post articulation point, and I
suppose that when they are down, flat side out, the sword is
technically a hammer. There's no explanation on the package, but I'm
assuming this feature is something that will make more sense after we
see the movie. Or maybe not.
Light Feature - LC Thor **; BH
This is one of those rare occasions where getting a bupkis in a
category isn't a bad thing - it's a good thing!
assume the 'sword becomes a hammer' is supposed to be BH's action
feature. While it's about as lame as they come, at least it doesn't
interfere with the general coolness of the figure itself.
same can't be said for the light up feature on the LC Thor. I get that
since the head is the button to light up the hammer, and the batteries
are in the back of the torso, that the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist
articulation was going to be impacted. But what about the hips, ankles
The hammer does light up well,
but you have to press the
head down just the right way for contact to be made. It doesn't stay on
- you have to hold the head down to keep it lit. And I pity the
parent that has to change those batteries.
I'm hitting him hard
here for this feature, not because it works poorly, but because it's
there - it seems that the only sensible reason why the figure lacks so
much articulation is because the light up feature cost too much and
they had to start cutting elsewhere to remain cost effective. While the
light up hammer works, it's not worth trading all the other playability
of the figure for it.
Fun Factor - BH Thor ***1/2; LC
The BH Thor has everything you need for a great action figure in this
scale - excellent sculpting, good paint, reasonably useful
articulation, and a couple accessories. He'll fit in with other lines
in this scale as well.
Thor is not as fun. He still has the great sculpting and paint, but the
action feature removes all the useful articulation, and the feature
itself isn't that great. Oooo, look - Thor has a big flashlight!
Value - ***
Far too many figures in this scale are creeping up on ten bucks.
Getting these at the $8 price point is a very good value.
Things to Watch Out For -
I mentioned earlier that the right hip on the Frost Giant snapped like
a brittle twig. Even on the BH Thor, who has similar hips, it seemed as
though they were much too tight and might break any time I moved them
outward. Take particular care with these hips!
Overall - BH Thor
***1/2; LC Thor **1/2
I got snookered on the LC Thor, but you don't have to. He's got a nice
sculpt and solid paint work, something that is a strength of this
entire first series. But he's the weakest of the Thor versions because
of the action feature, and the one collectors (and kids) are going to
find the least enjoyable.
you're looking to only pick up one Thor, your choice is really between
the much better Battle Hammer Thor, or the not yet reviewed Sword
Strike Thor. Both of these Thors come with one dorky accessory and the
necessary hammer. The big difference is that the SS version has the red
cape, and clearly the BH does not.
I'm going to grab another of
the Frost Giants, as well as an Odin. Both of these have excellent
sculpts, and the paint work was solid on every figure I saw.
Drop the dopey action features, and this is a nicely done line. Now
let's just hope that the movie is as good!
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - BH Thor ***1/2; LC Thor *1/2
Accessories - BH Thor ***; LC Thor **
Light Up Feature - LC Thor **; BH Thor Bupkis
Fun Factor - BH Thor ***1/2; LC Thor **
Value - ***
Overall - BH Thor ***1/2; LC Thor **1/2
Where to Buy -
These have just started hitting retail, and I found them for $8 a pop
I haven't reviewed a lot of Thor action
figures over the last 11 years, but there's been a few. My favorite is
probably the Hasbro Icons
version, but there's also the Marvel
Legends series 3 version (guest reviewed), the Marvel Legends series 2 version,
and the Marvel Legends Giant
Man series version.
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