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.
- 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.
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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