Toy Review: Marvel Legends | King Thor


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The All Father/Odin Series King Thor Build-a-Figure. There are technically two BAF’s in this wave. You can build King Thor or Odin. All of the parts are the same except the head and cape. For the King Thor you need to buy the Captain Marvel figure and for Odin you need to buy the Scarlet Witch. I would have preferred to build Odin, but I really wanted Captain Marvel. I may go out and buy the Scarlet Witch at some point, but there won’t likely be another review since the only difference will be the head sculpt.

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

    • Character: King Thor
    • Manufacturer: Hasbro
    • Series: Odin All Father
    • Dimensions: 7.25″
    • Recommended: Ages 4+
    • MSRP: N/A Paid: $0.00
    • Part Number/SKU: N/A
    • Buy it on Ebay

As is becoming my tradition, I like to put my Build-a-Figures together in a little different way. This helps keep the anticipation of building the figure high for a much longer period of time. For this stop motion film, I finally got to use my new Diorama I’ve been working on for the past several months. It’s still not done yet, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I hope you enjoy the short video.

Articulation – ★☆☆☆☆

King Thor is chock full of crappy articulation. Well, the articulation actually isn’t that horrible, but… no it is. It’s really hard to get this guy to stand on his own. Even if you take the cape off, it’s still hard to stand him up. Let’s take a closer look at this guy.

Total POA’s = 28

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which are ok, but not really. He can get his arms to raise to about level, but that’s with some careful forcing of the joint. The swivel of the shoulder is fine, but incredibly hindered by the rigid cape. The peg joints on my figure are quite loose. This makes posing pretty difficult.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint that works well and is sculpted well.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint at the top of the elbow. Both joints are pretty disappointing. The sculpt of the bicep drastically reduces the bend of the arm and the swivel is not needed in the elbow since we have the bicep joint.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. They operate, but you’ll notice my King Thor doesn’t have the armored left arm. This is because the peg joint snapped off when I tried to adjust the position. A closer look at this peg joint and I noticed the peg is very thin for such a bulky figure. It’s no wonder it snapped off. Be careful with this figure.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint could have been a decent joint, but the rigid plastic they used for the skirt piece really hinders the action of this joint. It really doesn’t matter how much forward or backward motion is possible because it’s not going to stay there unless you really heat up that plastic.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint which is the joint in which the legs assemble. This was a precarious job assembling these legs. You never really know if you’ve got them attached or not. This joint is very tight on my figure, but functional.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a really good bend in the knee, but due to the ankle joints being so bad, this really isn’t as great of a joint as it could have been. Add in the skirt piece and you’ve got the equivalent of a wasted set of knee joints.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for good backward motion, but forward motion is horrible. There is pretty much no forward motion here. This is critical to this figure because he is so top heavy and back heavy due to the cape. He really needs to be able to lean forward a bit to stand and these ankles don’t allow for any movement towards the front. The ankle rocker works, but with such a bad hinge joint, they aren’t as useful as they could have been.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. This is a double ball joint in the torso. This isn’t a bad joint, but also, it’s not that great. There are some sculpt choices that didn’t have to be there that limit this joint and make it just ok. The ab crunch is not good. Add that to the bad ankle joints and your figure is gonna be falling backwards most of the time it’s on your shelf. Back arch is ok, but again, with such a heavy figure, you may not want to have him leaning backwards unless you’ve got a stand for him. The side-to-side crunch and swivel are good though.
  • Head: A large single Ball Joint provides almost no range of motion for King Thor’s head. He can move his head side-to-side a tiny amount. There is a little tilt and practically no up or down. Horrible.

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Mold – ★★☆☆☆

There are a lot of things I love about the sculpt of this figure, but there are also a ton of things I hate about it. Thus, the 2 star rating.

At a glance, this figure looks awesome. He’s got a lot of details sculpted throughout the figure. Some of my favorite pieces are the knee plate and the chest plate. The problem is that this figure at a closer examination, looks really weird and is just not balanced well at all, as well as designed to ruin the articulation.

We talked already about some of those issues with the articulation and the quality of the peg design in the wrist, so I won’t belabor that. Let’s look at some issues I haven’t already talked about. The torso, though it looks good, is way too small. In the gallery of pics, you can see the one with the cape off. He looks weird. The chest is far too small for a guy his size, who is wearing armor. The shoulder plates could have been a nice touch, but they look really stupid with the gap at the top of the shoulder. They do come off, but the sculpt of the arm and shoulder still look weird. There are a lot of anatomical issues with the torso.

The cape and skirt are made of a far too rigid material. I wish they would have used a softer plastic. This would have easily relieved several headaches while posing this figure.

Overall, the figure just doesn’t hit the mark for me. Yes, there are some very nice, visually appealing sculpt details, but it’s just not enough.

Paint – ★★★★

Though there isn’t a ton of paint throughout the figure, there’s enough. I love the work they did with the armor pieces. They really nailed that look. I even like the pant legs just above the knees, they did a fine job with them, even though that may just be plastic cast in that color. There’s no shading on the arms and the wrist straps have little rivets that could have been painted, but I just couldn’t remove another star for that. The cape is well painted, there may be some subtle shading, but that may just be my lighting playing tricks on me.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

King Thor comes with a battle axe and his removable cape. The cape is too heave and rigid as was already pointed out. It looks nice, but it doesn’t stay on very easily. It pegs into a hole on the figures back an then rests on his shoulders. If you’re trying to move his arms in any way, you’ll find the cape will come loose. Pose the figure first, then put the cape on.

The battle axe has a really nice sculpt, but the paint is lacking. There’s no shading, and no detail.

Packaging – N/A

This is a Build-a-Figure so there is no packaging to rate.

Overall Rating – ★★☆☆☆

Technically, King Thor averaged to a 2.5, but I’m just so disappointed in this figure that I decided to round down. I’m torn because I really like the look, at a glance. It’s just not at the quality I expect of a Build-a-figure. It’s not well made. There are a lot of choices made that reduce the overall appearance and articulation that just are not forgivable. He’s an easy pass if you’re not a big fan of Odin or King Thor.

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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