By Hervé St-Louis
July 4, 2005 - 19:54
The sculpt is pure Jack Kirby rendered to life. The size of some decoration and stripes on his suit are different from in the comics because some artists make them thick, while others, thinner. The size of the antennas and their distance is also debatable. Another major changes are the ridges on Galactus, boots. They are not the same weight everywhere. Finally, there is far more grey on Galactus than some in some comics.
This action figure is the ultimate action figure ever. The promotional images of this action figure don’t render it justice. The images make you think you’ll receive some cheap parts to assemble a gestalt action figure. This is not how it is. Galactus is a full action figure, as complete and detailed as any. It’s just bigger. The figure’s sculpt in details aren’t complex, but Galactus’ sheer size and imposing demeanour will capture the favour of any collector. Deep inside his helmet there are square irises that look sinister. This figure will make you believe that it can stand head above all others. Each details of Galactus’ suit are sculpted in.
Galactus is not really in scale with the Marvel Legends six inch action figure line. In reality, he should be at almost twice his current size. This action figure is about 16 inches. To be in scale, Galactus should be 28 inches. Nevertheless, I can live without any problem with a smaller Galactus. He looks great next to other Marvel Legends action figures, but will also fit with the older Marvel five inch line and Hero clicks.
Galactus is stable thanks to his sheer weight that anchors his feet on the ground. Although Galactus’ right leg is curved, he still maintains good balance. The figure really looks off balance as if it were going to fall any moment, but it’s mostly due to his irregular size that makes him appear unstable. Nevertheless, a flat surface, without many shakes and not too high up the ground is the best. Don’t put Galactus on a desk!
Galactus has 28 articulations at the neck, the shoulders, the biceps, the elbows, the forearms, the palms, the abdominal, the hips, the thighs, the knees, the ankles and the toes. The elbows and the hips have ball joints allowing more range of action. The neck, the elbows, the knees and the ankles have double articulations. Many of Galactus’ articulations are stiff so be careful not to put too much pressure on them.
Galactus himself is a prop as he comes disassembled in the package from seven Marvel Legends Series 9 action figures. Professor X’s package contains the head. Deathlok’s package has the upper torso. Nightcrawler has the lower torso. The first appearance Hulk has the left arm. The right arm is from Doctor Strange. The left leg is from Bullseye and the right leg is from War Machine.
Each action figure contains a piece of Galactus packed within the bubble package. Wires and a plastic casts hold each of Galactus’ parts. Inside the card stock of each action figure’s package, there are instructions on how to assemble Galactus. Unfortunately, none of the packages offer any information on Galactus.
Collectors must purchase each of the seven action figures in the Marvel Legends Series 9 to assemble a complete Galactus. Often, Marvel Legends action figures retail for $12. That would make Galactus at least $84. Some of these figures are rarer than others, so it’s common to find auction sites and store selling them for more. Toybiz does not suggest any price to retailers.
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