Marvel Legends Wave 2: Thunderball by Hasbro

Happy Easter, everyone and welcome to the end of this week-long slog through Marvel Legends, Wave 2. Today we’re looking at the last packaged figure in the assortment, Thunderball. Just like Madam Masque, Thunderball’s slot is shared by a variant that makes up a totally different character: Piledriver, and I do believe I’ll be trying to hunt that figure down as well. In the meantime, if you’re going to take one thing away from this look at Thunderball, know this: He’s freaking huge!

Just like with Madam Masque and Viper, Hasbro uses some clever packaging trickery to get away with releasing two figures in one package slot. The sticker on the bubble just reads “Marvel’s Wrecking Crew” and the character art up top shows both Thunderball and Piledriver. The package uses the huge-ass bubble we saw with last wave’s Thor. Why? Because this is one freaking huge figure with a freaking huge accessory. Because of his bulk, Thunderball comes with just the tiny ESP Box and remote control for the Zola BAF. I still think Thunderball’s BAF parts should have come with Spider-Man, though.
Thunderball continues the trend of solid head scupts in this line. There’s a decent amount of detail in his face, the mask looks great and the paintwork around the eyeholes and his eyes is well executed. I like the contrast between the texture of his hair and the mask and he just has an all around grim and determined expression that suits him. The rest of the figure’s sculpt is a pretty simple mix of muscles and wrinkling in his costume. The costume mostly gets by with paintwork contrasting the green of the suit with the yellow of the gloves, boots, and mask. He also has a yellow belt that hangs loose around his waist. He’s a big, bulky satisfying hunk of plastic.
Articulation is fairly standard for what we’ve been getting. The head is ball jointed and features the extra hinge to allow him to look up and down. The arms have ball joints in the shoulder, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels at the biceps and gloves. His legs feature ball jointed hips, double hinged knees, swivels in the thighs, hinged ankles, and the extra hinge in the middle of the foot. I think the foot hinge works well here because the figure is so big and there’s room to accomodate it more naturally. The torso swivels at the waist and features the ab crunch hinge.
Thunderball includes his giant ball and chain weapon. It looks great, with a nice worn-looking metal finish. I was hoping the chain would actually be an articulated plastic chain, but it is just sculpted in one piece. Still, he can wield it pretty well in either hand.
Thunderball is another one of my favorites in this wave. His design suits the character really well, he looks imposing on the shelf, and he’s a big enough figure to go head-to-head with last wave’s Thor figure, and that’s saying something. Plus his sheer bulk of the figure and the accessory really helps to justify the price tag. I’m anxious to hunt down the variant Piledriver and I’m hoping that Hasbro puts Wrecker into the line sooner rather then later.
And that’s it for the packaged figures. I’m going to go off and enjoy some Easter festivities, which means I’ll likely be getting hammered drinking shots out of plastic eggs. I will, however be back tonight to take a look at Wave 2’s Build-A-Figure, Arnim Zola, so we can wrap this baby up without bleeding it into next week.

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