Zadzooks: Marvel Legends: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Build-A-Figure Thanos review

April 25, 2019

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic book and cartoon characters, companies are bombarding consumers with an incredible selection of action figures. With tongue-in-cheek, lets take a peek at some of the specimens worthy of a place in Zads Toy Vault.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Armored Thanos

Hasbro celebrates Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and villains with its latest series of 6-inch-tall Marvel Legends action figures. Tied to both Marvel Entertainment’s sequential art and cinematic universe, the latest lineup includes Captain America, Ronin, Ebony Maw, Living Laser, Nighthawk, Citizen V, Hercules and in all of its “Build-A-Figure” glory, an armored version of the seemingly unstoppable Thanos.

Figure profile: As comic book creator Jim Starlin’s ruthless and mighty hybrid bent on balancing the universe through the elimination of half of its living things, Thanos defeats the Avengers after acquiring the six Infinity Stones. Embedded in his heavy-duty gauntlet, the gems transformed him into the most powerful being in any galaxy as he successfully carried out his diabolical plot.

Accessories: Since 2005, Toy Biz and Hasbro’s Build-A-Figure has given collectors a way to find specific Marvel Legends figures and assemble a key character from the Marvel universe.

In this case, six pieces of Thanos are contained within six of the Endgame Legends action figures’ packaging. After extricating the pieces from the plastic casing, assembly time is easily under 5 minutes and the result is an 8-inch-tall Thanos wearing his golden armor and helmet.

Eyes squinting, teeth clenched and bared, his head sculpt offers a nearly perfect recreation of the live cinematic version of the monster seen in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

The figure also offers 16 points of articulation and comes with a silvery-grey bladed weapon that looks a bit like a solar panel from a space station or a canoe paddle.

However, to get this bad boy, collectors will need to purchase those extra figures. Here are some of the highlights of the collection, by order of favorite, each boasting more than a dozen points of articulation and an accompanying the Thanos piece.

Ebony Maw (left leg): This 7-inch-tall figure perfectly recreates the cinematic design of one of Thanos’ Black Order assassins seen in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Offering silvery-grey skin and a head sculpt that reminded me of Harry Potter’s Voldemort, he wears a darker-grey faux metallic tunic and garb with gold highlights, black pants and boots, and rings around his fingers.

Alas, the figure gets no accessories but, according to online buzz, might be one of the most-coveted for the Avengers movie fans.

Ronin (left arm): Famed archer Clint Barton aka Hawkeye goes full ninja in this impressive figure plucked from the new Avengers: Endgame” movie.

Awash in plastic textures simulating cloth stitching and seams, he wears nearly all-black garb with tunic highlighted with some gold details and a detachable cowl that rests over his masked head, and black boots.

He comes with a Katana, wakizashi (long sword), both can be stored on his back in a rubbery sheath, and an alternate left hand with translucent tendrils attached to throwing stars that simulate an in-flight motion.

It’s a great addition to the collection, but I could have used an extra head sculpt of actor Jeremy Renner to complete the gem.

Hercules (head): Taking its cue from the 2015 comic book series and the art of Luke Ross, Emilio Laiso and Clay Mann, this 7-inch-tall figure offers the muscle-bound, Olympian god ready for battle and packed with accessories.

Shirtless, and even with a pinch of drawn chest hair, the bearded warrior wears leathery brown pants and boots, a belt with green pouches and golden-crested buckle, gold gauntlets and a strap across his chest.

He comes with attached fisted hands that can be swapped for a pair of grasping hands to hold the included mace and large sword. The weapons can also be stored in his rear straps.

Living Laser (torso): Easily the oddest choice for the collection, the 6-inch-tall figure recreates the alter ego of gifted scientist Arthur Parks, and sworn enemy of Iron Man.

A pair of soft, rubbery and white tendrils that attach to his arms to simulate lightning effects spotlights the figure’s translucent hot pink body with white highlights and a metallic purple helmeted head.

The comic-inspired figure first appeared in the Legends universe in 2016 in a 3 3/4-inch version, so the large format will certainly catch a collector’s attention.

Nighthawk (right arm and weapon): A 7-inch-tall, 1970s, comic-inspired version of one of the Defenders as the alter ego of Kyle Richmond shines through a blue and orangish yellow costume with painted hawk on the chest and a large, sweeping, red cape that stands as tall as the figure.

Talons jut from his clenched, gloved fists, and details include silver eyes and mask with a yellow painted wing on its right side only.

Although, the other side of the mask had the outline for a wing, unpainted, and that signals a faux pas on the paint detail. A big boo-boo here.

Citizen V (right leg): The leader of Marvel Comic’s 1990s Thunderbolts team, that also happens to also be the villainous Helmut Von Zemo in disguise, arrives at 6.5 inches tall with a massive U.S. flag-inspired, blue-red-and-white-striped and white-starred removable cape. He has a white mask, blue-costumed body, red gauntlets and comes with a swashbuckling sword that can also store in his belted sash.

Note: The odd man out in the series is the 6-inch-tall Captain America. He does not get a Thanos piece and has an oddly proportioned larger head compared to his body that comes encased in the Endgame’s Quantum Realm suit. It’s easily the least impressive piece of the collection. As far as the suit accuracy, I’ll reserve judgment until I see the movie.

Price: $119.94 (requires purchase of six figures at $19.99 each).

Read all about it: Marvel Comics offers a collected version of the six-issue series from 1991 “The Infinity Gauntlet” ($16.99) that stars Thanos and many of the Avengers. Written by Jim Starlin with illustrative might from George Perez and Ron Lim, the story and his universe-cleansing plot provided the basis for the movies “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

What’s it worth: Well, hardcore fans looking for a way to spend some of that tax refund will certainly want Marvel Legends’ armored version of Thanos, no matter the required scavenger hunt and cost.

Parents might have a hard time shelling out $120 for the figure, but Junior can argue he’ll get plenty of rugged playtime with all seven figures before displaying them on a bedroom shelf.

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