Figure Friday: Marvel Select Thor

Published on May 6th, 2011

Did you know there is a film opening today called Thor? If you didn’t know that, you probably don’t know that it’s based on the Marvel character from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and now thanks to Gentle Giant Studios you can hold your very own Chris Hemsworth as Thor figure.

Will this figure make the people of Asgard jump for joy, or will it make Odin so mad that he’ll stop reading this review?

Package Description:

Once the heir-apparent to the throne of Asgard, Thor, the brash god of thunder, is exiled to Midgard (Earth) by his father, Odin, after a rash decision threatens the peace.  Regretting his actions and hoping to return to his home, Thor enlists the help of human Jane Foster in his quest to recover his mythical hammer, Mjolnir, and return to the shining halls of fabled Asgard in their time of direst need. However, before he can do so, he must first defend the Earth from a threat the likes of which it has never before seen!

Appearance:

First off, this figure is BIG and feels like what the God of Thunder would look like. A few months back I reviewed the Thor Sword Spike figure from Hasbro.

This figure from Marvel Select is kind of awesome, the likeness of  Chris Hemsworth is uncanny. One of the only  few problems I can find in the face sculpt is that his beard does not match his hair. It’s like two different colors. Not bad, considering that that is the only problem I have with his appearance.

The rest of the figure is just remarkable. Everything from the chain mail to the details on his boots are superb.  The texture on the  costume and armor looks GREAT and it matches the screen likeness extremely well.

Marvel Select has done a remarkable job of making this God of Thunder  in a six-inch figure  that can now be displayed on your desk. This is probably the best looking figure when it comes to  movie likenesses since we started the site back in 2009.

I do have one tiny problem Mjolnir (his hammer) does not bare the writing which reads, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” I know it is a small detail, but it would have been a nice extra for the fans.

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Poseability:

Don’t expect the best articulation when it comes to this figure.  What I have noticed in the past is that these figures (Marvel  select)  are very much  like the DC Direct figures so, don’t try any crazy poses. Sure, his arms and elbows move and you even have a bit of  wrist action. Even his knees can  move 360 degrees, but it does not go up and down, his torso only goes sideways.

Now, the biggest problem I have with this figure is he cannot stand-up straight because one leg is longer than the other one. This might be only a few centimeters but it kills his balanced.

Final Judgment: 7/10

I guess if you’re looking for a good Thor figure based on the film, I’ll say, “Sure, go out and buy this one.” Unless you want to spend the extra cash and purchase a hot toys figure  from Sideshow Collectibles.

I’m not sure if I am going to review the Loki in this line and I am more than a little bit sad that there is no Destroyer Marvel Select figure. I’m more excited about the Captain America the First Avenger figure that is due to hit comic book shops very soon.

Make sure to stay tuned to ComicImpact.com for a special Thor movie review podcast next week.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com