Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Thundra


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Series Thundra. Of the figures in this series, this was the least anticipated figure for me, solely because of the outfit. Let’s take a look and see.

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Thundra
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Hulkbuster
  • Dimensions: 7″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $12.23
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509310890
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★☆

Hasbro has really been letting me down when it comes to the articulation on their female figures. Thundra is of course, no exception. There are some positives, but overall, I just don’t care for the choices they’re making.

Total POA’s = 28

  • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which is pretty good. The figures arms can raise slightly higher than the shoulders which is not as common in all the male figures not using the Bucky Cap mold.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint with no major issues. It conforms to the arm and hides the joint very well.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint which barely provides any bend at all. You’ll get about 65 degrees of bend. I would expect at a minimum 90 degrees for a female figure as their arms aren’t nearly as bulky.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joint along with a Disc Joint provides good forward kick with some manipulation of the joint, but there is pretty much no backward motion. The outward motion is decent, but for a female figure I expect a little more here.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. There are some continuity issues with the mold of the leg and this joint regarding the shape of the leg. There is a definite loss of shape integrity when you use this joint which causes the leg to look wrong, though the paint isn’t horribly affected, though it is affected.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for near complete bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for excellent backward and forward motion. The ankle rocker is quite functional as well.
  • Body – Double Ball Joint in the torso provides good backward arch, but ab crunch is very limited. Side-to-side crunch is quite good and full 360 rotation is possible. With the lack of a waist swivel, this is a decent torso articulation point, but moving the joint too much will reveal some really strange sculpt.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint with no disc joint which would have allowed Thundra some ok articulation, but the hair sculpt limits articulation in nearly all manners. No up, down, or side-to-side motion. There is a tiny bit of tilt to the head, but not enough to be very useful.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

I like and hate the sculpt work on this figure. I was torn giving Thundra 3 stars as she probably only deserves 2. The biggest fail on this figure is the hair sculpt. Though it is visually appealing, it limits the head articulation entirely which is always an unforgivable offense to me.

Aside from that major fail, the rest of the figure looks really nice. Since it seems several of the parts of this figure are recycled from other figures, there isn’t a lot to complain about. She’s a fairly tall figure at 7 inches, which is on par with the Valkyrie figure from this wave.

I would have loved to see a little more texture and detail throughout the figure, namely the shoes. There’s zero detail on the shoes which is just a little boring to me. I get they would have had to throw some texture throughout the figure if they were going to do something with the shoes, but why not? Give us a little definition texture wise to the suit, instead of just a paint app to define it.

Finally, I’d say the belt is one of the better points of the sculpt. Though it’s quite simple, it really gives the figure that added pop that it desperately needed. The belt is a floating piece that can move with the figure. This is good an bad, should you choose to pose the figure in anything but an upright position.

Paint – ★★★★

Paint apps on Thundra are clean, though there is little to no shading anywhere on the figure. She gets a slightly higher rating from me simply because of the cleanliness of the lines and the color consistency. The apps, though simple, really do look nice. Her face apps are really well done, and I managed to get one with eyes that look normal instead of the derpy look a lot of the Hasbro figures have been coming with. Good job on this one Hasbro.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Thundra comes with one accessory, her ball and chain. I’m not familiar with the character or her weapons, but for all intensive purposes, this is a pretty cool accessory. The paint app on it is really well done. There’s a black wash and what seems to be a silver dry brush. It really looks nice. They would have made it five stars had they made it bendable to pose it in different ways.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

I like this figure, but I certainly don’t love it. I’m on the fence with the outfit they’ve put Thundra in. As I noted before, I don’t know much about the character so this may be the only outfit she’s worn. So be it, they had to put in the the tummy exposing outfit. It makes me a bit uncomfortable displaying it, but, if I throw her in the back then it’s not so bad I guess. As far as the figure goes, it’s average. If you’re like me, and never knew much about her, you’ll be fine passing on this one. If you need it to complete your Hulkbuster BAF, you won’t be disappointed, just not super excited either.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.

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