Packaging - ***1/2
The clam shell packages are standard issue for Marvel Legends and this is
essentially identical to the normal THING, even the comic book remains the
Sculpting - ****
The sculpt underneath the additional accessories is one exceptional figure.
There probably isn't another figure in the line with this much attention to
detail. Just looking at the individual stones that stretches over the
entire figure is more than enough to make you appreciate the work that goes
into the figure. There are literally thousands of sculpted stones on
THING's body. Even the expression on this guy's face is incredible.
Toy Biz did a smashing good job here.
Paint - ***1/2
You'd think that with that much attention to the sculpting, that the figure
would be one solid shade of orange with black cracks. No sir, Toy Biz
takes an extra step and gives the entire body a weathered look so that it
looks like the THING means business. The paint ops are excellent all
The eyes and line work are extremely clean; it's close to perfect. The
one change that I'd like to point out can be seen on the trunks. The
standard THING has black trim on his shorts. The variant THING
features a white trim.
For a figure of this size, it's certainly refreshing to have a load of
articulation as well. There's a ball jointed neck that allows a better
than decent range, ball jointed shoulders, additional movement behind the
shoulders, elbows and knees, wrists, upper torso, waist, cut thighs, heels,
toes, and bendie fingers (that's 20 points right there alone!). The
fingers of the hands are all bendable and much more effective than the
initial HULK fingers.
Accessories - ***1/2
There are three accessories, which is three more than the regular THING -
trench coat, sunglasses, and hat.
The removable trench coat is exactly what you'd hope it would be.
Looks great and relatively easy to remove and put back on. The hat is
sculpted to fit THING's head but doesn't stay on too well if his head isn't
positioned straight. The sunglasses are also kept on via clear rubber
band. Without it, the shades would not be able to stay affixed to his
The comic is a reprint of the original, and is identical to the previous
Value - ****
For a figure that is selling under $7 at retail, it definitely is a terrific
buy. But since this certain variant is so difficult in locating, the
price will range from $12-35 depending on where you make the purchase from.
I definitely wouldn't mind paying a tiny bit more than retail to obtain this
figure, especially since it comes with additional accessories that are
removable. If you do pay more than $15, you can start taking off a
full star and keep going until it hits two stars.
Overall - ****
If you're a fan of The THING, then there definitely shouldn't be
anything holding you back from getting this figure. Unless of course
if they short pack the hell out of this variant and even limit the stores
that carry it. This is one of the greatest Marvel Legends figures made
but it is rather disappointing that they made a variant that offers so much
more than the regular issue for the same price. Other than that major
setback, this is a terrific toy.
Where to Buy -
Variant THING has been seen in Wal-Marts for under $7 and in scalper's hands
for as much as $35.