Toy Review: Marvel Select | Thor


Today’s review is the Marvel Select Thor action figure. From the pictures, this figure really looked cool. Marvel Select does a really great job on realistic molds of their figures. Let’s see if it stands up to the articulation tests.

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  • Character: Thor
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select
  • Dimensions: 7″
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.99 Paid: $21.24
  • Buy on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★☆☆

Overall, the articulation isn’t too bad on this figure. It could have really been much better, but considering the articulation we got, the figure is actually quite fun to pose, which is not always the case with Marvel Select figures. I spent quite a bit of time posing this Thor, which I don’t typically do on figures that have really bad articulation. Let’s take a closer look at his articulation.

Total POA’s = 19

  • Arms – There are 5 joints per arm
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with a Pin/Hinge joint. Allows for a decent amount of outward action, even with his cape. Forward and backward motion is limited considerably by the cape, however.
    • Elbow: Peg Joint allows the elbow to swivel above the Pin/Hinge joint in the elbow.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint that is very tight on my figure. So tight that I feel if I force it to move, I’ll likely break Thor’s hand off, so I’ve left it where it’s at.
  • Legs – There are 3 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint allows for a decent amount of forward/backward motion, though there is a lot of improvements that could have been made.
    • Knees: Peg Joint above the Pin/Hinge Joint allows for decent swivel in the knee area and the Pin/Hinge joint is adequate for knee bends.
    • Ankles: There is a single Pin/Hinge joint in the ankle. This figure desperately needs an ankle rocker. Forward action of the ankle is pretty good, but backward is very limited.
  • Body – There are zero body/torso joints. This is very disappointing and limiting.
  • Head: I believe this is a double Ball Joint in the head/neck area. Because of Thor’s hair, it’s quite difficult to move his head a bunch, but otherwise the joint is relatively sufficient.

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Mold – ★★★★★

This figure looks cool. Really cool. The detail of the mold is really nice. From the armored look of his legs and arms to the wonderful molded chest. All around the mold on this figure is excellent, though I have 1 major complaint. The gripping hand is far to big for Thor to hold his hammer tightly. It’s possible if I heat it up, I might be able to tighten it a bit, but I doubt it will work.

Diamond Select did a really good job on the mold of this figure. The mold doesn’t even hinder much of the articulation either, which is great. This is why I’m giving this figure 5 stars.

Paint – ★★★

The paint work on Thor was done very well. I really like the details they did on his shirt as well as the straps and power plates (I forget what they’re called) on his chest. They could have used 2 colors for those, but otherwise they are really nice looking. Thor’s hammer is especially well done. They gave it a great textured look and the paint is really detailed.

The 2 complaints I have with the paint job are on Thor’s hair which is two colors, but the color they used to make his hair look dirty, just doesn’t look right. It just looks like they didn’t put enough of the yellow on. The other part I don’t like is the more you pose your figure, the more paint you see chipping off the joints. As I posed Thor for the pictures in the gallery I kept having to swipe away all the paint that was falling off.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Thor comes with his hammer Mjolnir, as well as a really well sculpted display stand. The stand has a really nice sculpt and the paint work was done just as well. The one thing I would have liked to see would have been a second peg for posing, but that is minor. Thor’s hammer is really well done. Both sculpt and paint are superb.

Packaging – ★★☆☆☆

I can’t stand the packaging from Marvel Select figures. It just is big and ugly. I wish they’d shrink it down a bit and make it a little more durable.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I really like this figure. The articulation is the weakest part of the figure, but it is sufficient. Sure, I’d love to get Thor into a little more action poses, but in the end, I’m more likely to pose him standing in a power pose, rather than some action pose so no big deal. Where this figure shines is in the sculpt and paint detail. If you’re an articulation fan, probably pass on this figure, but if you’re a Thor fan, I’d recommend it solely for the look.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Ultimate Hulk


It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing the Marvel Select Ultimate Hulk figure. This figure is actually the very first Marvel Select figure by Diamond Select Toys I purchased. It wound up sitting on my shelf all this time in its packaging. I never looked that closely at the figure when I bought it. I wish I had and you’ll find out why. I hate to say it as I love everything about the Hulk, but this figure is so disappointing, it makes my fingers hurt as I angrily type this review.

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  • Character: Ultimate Hulk
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 8″
  • Weight: 14.4 oz
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: MAR031852

Articulation – ★☆☆☆☆

Articulation on the Ultimate Hulk figure is atrocious compared to the other Marvel Select figures. I believe the one I purchased was a re-release, which I would have hoped would have had a slightly higher quality not lower quality than the original. I have no idea what the original was like, but this one was horrible.

Total POA’s = 13

  • Arms – There are 3 POA’s on each of Hulk’s arms. There isn’t a lot of positive words I can find. I cannot believe there are no elbow joints.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation capability as well as outward motion.
    • Upper Arm: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand.
  • Legs – There are 3 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. Similar to the arms, there are no knee joints. REALLY? No knee joints?
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. This is the only highlight on this figure and it’s a real stretch to call this a highlight. It is adequate to allow Hulk to stand. This gets cancelled out, however, because if you move Hulk’s legs backward too far, they bind in his butt and some of the plastic is then easily cracked.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for about 30 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back, there is also just a little bit of tilt capability of the foot to allow the foot to remain flat on the floor in different positions. This is almost unnecessary considering the figure really can’t be put into that many poses because of the lack of POA’s.
  • Body: There are no joints in the torso.
  • Head: Pin/Hinge joint in the neck. This means Hulk can look to his left and right and that is all. This motion is also very limited.

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Mold – ★★☆☆☆

The mold of this figure is only slightly better than that of the articulation. At a glance, Hulk looks decent enough. The sculpt isn’t that bad. There is good detail, it actually looks like Hulk which is good. For a limited articulation figure, he’s closer to a statue and he doesn’t look too bad. The problem is the materials used. Cheap and brittle plastic was used. You can easily see the seams on his legs, arms, and torso. As noted above, the way the figures back side was molded, it impedes the motion of his legs and with the cheap plastic, you’re going to wind up chipping the plastic, but who poses their figures butt side out right?

The biggest positive is the mold of the head and face. This looks very well done. No complaints there.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

The paint isn’t too bad, though it really just looks like it’s wearing off. It gives a decent enough look, though I wouldn’t have minded a little better paint on the pants/shorts. Otherwise, I don’t have a lot to say about the paint on this figure.

Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆

Ultimate Hulk comes with pretty much zero accessories. Aside from a cheap cardboard background that a lot of the re-released figures are coming with. These stupid cards are just that, stupid.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Ultimate Hulk comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard. The unfortunate part is that the packaging is the highlight of this figure.

Overall Rating – ★★☆☆☆

Overall, I gave Ultimate Hulk 2 of 5 stars. Disappointment doesn’t even begin to explain my feelings toward this figure. The worst part is he was my first purchase. I didn’t unbox him until yesterday, only because I needed space on my shelf. I wish I would have left him in the box. Had he stayed in the box I wouldn’t have seen all those cheap “features.” I keep asking myself if this was Diamond Selects’ attempt at an action figure or something. It seems like the quality I would have gotten from a late 80’s action figure.

If you’re on a budget like I am, pass on this figure. Get one of the other Hulk figures. This one is not good.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Cable


It’s and EARLY Toy Review Tuesday because I just got this new Marvel Select Cable figure before the official release date of March 18th, 2015. I’ve never had a Pre-Release figure before and when my local comic book store owner e-mailed me to let me know he had just 1 that just came in, I jumped in my car right away and got it. So, this is the reason I could not wait for Tuesday to post my review of this new figure. I only wish there were more of you out there who were as obsessed as I am about these figures so I knew I wasn’t just talking to myself. But who am I kidding, I’m doing this for me anyway.

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  • Character: Cable
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 7
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs (w/packaging)
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: OCT142189

Articulation – ★★★★☆

Excitement aside, let’s take a good look at how well they did with the articulation on this Cable figure. Cable’s 22 POA’s goes a long way for the flexibility you get with this figure. He can be posed in a large array of stances, which I am so happy for. I was worried all my excitement would be met with a huge letdown. Luckily, my excitement was not let down one bit. There are some limitations, but nothing worth getting bent out of shape over.

Total POA’s = 22

  • Arms – There are 3 joints per arm. The arms are one of the areas I would have liked to either see a double jointed elbow, or an upper arm joint. Adding one more joint in Cable’s arms would have got him up to 5 stars in articulation. That said, his arms still provide a sufficient amount of flexibility, so no harm done.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint but because of the massive gear, Cable cannot rotate his shoulder 360 degrees. There is also a decent amount of outward motion capable.
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 75 degrees of motion. Joint grooves allows for the joints to remain in place.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. These 7 joints enables Cable to be posed in a huge number of ways beyond the normal standing pose.
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The combination of these two joints in each hip is huge. the allow for great lifelike poses, as well as balance that this figure needs to badly due to his large upper body. I did notice his right hip joint for the outward positioning is somewhat loose. They did make these joints grooved, but there seems to be a small number of grooves and due to the looseness, they don’t hold very tight.
    • Thighs: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge Joints with about 120 degree bend ability. Both joints have locking grooves. My figures knee joints are extremely tight which is great.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints as well as a ball joint that allow for about 65 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back.
  • Body: There is a single Peg Joint in the waist allowing for 360 degree rotation of the torso.
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for a very limited rotation due to the collar. He also does not have very much tilt capability in his head which was a little disappointing.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

The mold on this figure is awesome! There are definately some points in which the mold limits the articulation of the figure which is why I had to drop one of the stars. Overall, though, I love the mold work they did on Cable. The amount of detail in his clothing and extremities is amazing. My favorite part has to be the weapon vest detail work. There are just so many fun little nuggets to find.

As a side note, as I was working to figure out a pose for Cable for my display, I accidentally slipped and thought I had broken off the left knee plate. Turns out, it’s actually not really glued on, but has a small tab that inserts into the top of the boot belt. So this was a nice find because getting Cable to kneel was difficult because of this knee plate. I can now remove that plate and he can actually kneel on his knee which is great. Not sure if this was the intended purpose, but sometimes an accidental slip in which you think you just broke your brand new figure turns out to be a great discovery.

Paint – ★★★★★

The paint on Cable is superb in pretty much every way, except perhaps his accessories, but I’m not counting that against the paint work on the figure itself. The color pallet they used was exactly as I like Cable in the comics. The shading and work to create a dirty effect is so realistic, for an action figure that is. I especially appreciate the detail work on Cable’s face. Along with the impeccable sculpt work they did on his face, the paint was just as good with a great skin tone color. The best is probably his right eye which almost glistens in the light.

Accessories – ★★★★★

Cable comes with an assortment of accessories. I gave Cable 5 stars for his accessories even though I had noted the paint work on the guns was a little uninspiring because I didn’t feel it really brought this category down enough to warrant the loss of a star. I wouldn’t say the accessories are on par with Venom whom I reviewed a while ago, but pretty darn close. Here’s the list of accessories he’s got.

  • Giant silver rifle
  • Medium size gun
  • 2x Oversized handguns (holsters on each leg)
  • Small handgun w/holster insert allows gun to be holstered in either leg holster
  • Knife which is stored in sheath on back of weapons vest
  • Detailed Display Stand

As you can see, there are a lot of accessories. All of which provide a huge number of options for changing the look of Cable. You can give him a different look every day of the week and still have a few more options after that. I really like the display stand that came with Cable. There is a little bit of rubble and the helmet of some foe whose name is alluding me right now.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Cable comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

Overall, I gave Cable 5 stars. All my excitement was warranted in my opinion as this figure delivers on articulation, mold, paint, and accessories. You cannot go wrong with this figure, especially if you already have the Marvel Select Deadpool figure. They compliment each other very well and I cannot wait to figure out how I’m going to display these two together on my over crowded shelf at work. You definitely need to get this figure when they release it on March 18th, or talk to Craig at my local comic book shop and maybe he can hook you up early. I’m kidding, he wasn’t even sure how he managed to get this one early.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Venom


It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing the Marvel Select Venom figure. I’m not the biggest fan of Spider-man, but I sure do like Venom. This figure is totally bonkers. It comes with amazing accessories that just makes Venom a sick addition to my collection and yours too.

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  • Character: Venom
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 8
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs (w/packaging)
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: AUG121762

Articulation – ★★★★☆

The articulation on the Venom figure is quite good. There are a fair number of POA’s, not including the few that are on the accessory arms and heads.

Total POA’s = 21

  • Arms – There are 4 POA’s on each of Venom’s arms. The best part about the POA’s on his arms is they blend very well with the mold of the figure so you don’t notice they are there, which is a double bonus since the articulation is great.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation capability as well as outward motion.
    • Upper Arm: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 90 degrees of motion. Joint grooves allows for the joints to remain in place.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand as well as removal of both hands to allow for other hands to be installed.
  • Legs – There are 5 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. The number of joints in the legs is critical to be able to get Venom to stand on his own. He is a very top heavy figure without the multi-head accessory, then when that is added, it makes it very hard to balance him.
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The combination of these two joints in each hip is huge. the allow for great lifelike poses, as well as balance that this figure needs to badly
    • Thighs: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Knees: Pin/Hinge Joints with about 100 degree bend ability. This joint has locking grooves.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for about 30 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back.
  • Body: There are no 2 joints in the torso.
    • Chest: Pin joint allows for limited ab crunches
    • Hips: Peg Joint allows for full 360 degree rotation
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for full 360 degree motion as well as the ability to remove the head to replace with accessory heads.

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Mold – ★★★★★

The mold on this figure is awesome! As I noted in the articulation section, the mold work done on this figure does a wonderful job of masking the joints. I would say the most detailed work was done on the faces, which there are many that come with the Venom figure.

The only molding issue I’ve seen thus far is the hip swivel does cause a bit of a ridge when you twist Venom’s body. This is a pretty common thing and it’s not even that noticeable. The other issue, which is caused by the mold, but simply isn’t that big of a deal is the fact the figure is very top heavy which can cause difficulty in getting Venom to stand on his own. The key here, though, is that you can get him to stand on his own, you just need to do a little extra positioning to ensure he’s steady.

Even with those couple issues, I still cannot really warrant taking away a star. This figure is just so cool.

Paint – ★★★★☆

Venom is black and white, but not this figure. He’s got some blue highlights mixed in with the black that really makes this figure pop. Add in the awesome white spider on his chest and you’ve got the foundation of a great paint job. Now, where this figure jumps out ahead of many of the other figures is in the paint details on the many faces of this figure. The detailed paint job is amazing. They used a high quality paint and the application was stellar with few, if any paint bleed or chipping.

Accessories – ★★★★★

If I haven’t already convinced you that you must get this figure, then the accessories should. Venom comes with a slew of extra goodies that just makes this a great addition to any collection. Here’s what he comes with.

  • Symbiote back attachment with 6 heads (4 articulated) and 2 arms with 3 POA’s per arm. Hands are interchangeable with all other hands included.
  • Symbiote head – Grinning
  • Symbiote head – Tongue sticking out
  • Symbiote head –  Eddie Brock/Symbiote
  • Set of forearms – With open hands
  • Set of Fists

As you can see, there are a lot of accessories. All of which provide a huge number of options for changing the look of your Venom figure. You can give him a different look every day of the week and still have a few more options after that.

The only thing that would have been helpful would have been a stand of some sort since Venom is so heavy, but with all the other accessories, just go buy one and you’ll be fine.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Venom comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I gave Venom 4 of 5 stars. I had to drop the star for the overall figure because of the difficulty in getting him to stand. Yes, I didn’t take the star away on the mold because of it, but it is a detractor. I don’t know that you could do much about it, so it may be unfair of me to do so, but I felt I needed to. Even with the loss of the star, I would definitely recommend you get this figure. He’ll look sick on anybodies shelf.

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