Marvel Select Ultimate Thor
By Hervé St-Louis
September 26, 2004 - 15:30
The figure resembles the character drawn by Bryan Hitch. The character's pinch are evident to. One funny aspect of this figure, is that it feels like the rendition of a wrestler, not a comic book character. That's due to realism which naturally occurs in Hitch's work.
The figure's sculpt is almost perfect. Thor has a hunched back because his neck is overly muscular. It's as if he had no neck. His pose is standard which increases the playability. What would have been great is if his arms were sculpted so that one could pause them as if he was about to hit something, as in the cover of The Ultimates # 4. Thor tends to lean forward, although his articulation allows corrections.
Thor is a perfect match with fellow Ultimates members, Iron Man and the World War Two Captain America. He also matches other Marvel Select action figures such as Elektra and the Green Goblin. The Ultimate Thor does not fit well with regular six-inches Marvel Legends action figures, such as the Thor version of that line.
Thor is very stable. If fact he is so stable, that's is easy to pose him on top of the Hank Pym base he comes with. However, there are no peg holes in his feet. Depending on the pose of his hammer, there could be problems with stability.
Toy Biz used two types of plastics on this figure and the mix is not perfect. On one hand, Thor's head, arms, legs are solid and thick, while his torso is made of brittle plastic that doesn't covey the paints as well. Although this is a huge figure, it avoids the problem of being top-heavy, but sounds too hollow. If the base plastic is made from glow in the dark materials, then that would explain the cheapness factor.
There's a huge Hank Pym/Giant Man/ Ant-man base, half covered with rubbles. It looks great. The details in the rubble and the paint job are awesome. There are no pegs on this base and in the back, there is a wall-mountable peg hole. This base is so weird, that people never understand what it is exactly!
The packaging for Marvel Select action figures is always huge and bloated, compared to recent DC Direct releases. However the artwork on the box is nice. It's a collage of several Thor comic book covers and a painting of the Ultimate Thor on the other side.
Like all Marvel Select action figures, the Ultimate Thor cost more than two Marvel Legends action figures. Toy Biz and Diamond Comics, the exclusive distributor claim that it's because more effort is taken during the design process. Had they made Thor's torso of superior plastic, the price would have been more justified.
This action figure set is readily available in comic book shops and specialty stores where Diamond Comics' products are resold. Although popular, this figure is not rare. Some great deals have even been spotted in the secondary market, like auction sites. This figure is the most articulated Marvel Select I have purchased. It's also very beautiful, although very much a deluxe wrestling action figure.
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