It’s that time of the week where I open another Marvel Infinite Series from my pile and today’s random grab into the stack turned up Omega Red! This figure was originally released in the final wave of the Marvel Universe line, and as is often the case when lines end, he was ridiculously tough to find. I remember hitting the Targets around here a bunch of times trying to find him on the pegs and never with any luck. I even came close to paying a scalper prices for him online. But my laziness and procrastination paid off because Hasbro got him back into the hands of collectors by repacking him in the Infinite Series. And I’m mighty grateful to them for it!
Damn, this guy knows how to fill out that bubble, and considering how big the bubbles are on these Infinite Series cards, that’s really saying something. I guess there’s also something to be said for the minimalist crap design of the package here, because when I look at it all I see is the Marvel tag up top and an awesome looking figure below it. Everything else just seems to melt away into the background. I’d like to think that the strategy here is “Let the figure sell itself!” rather than, “Let’s be cheap and not pay for good artwork!” Yeah…
And there’s Omega Red out of the package and looking like every bit the vicious piece of shit that he is. Seriously, going by some of the darker aspects of his backstory, I’m kind of surprised that someone like this got a mainstream action figure, let alone a re-issue. But don’t get me wrong, I’m mighty glad he did. Arkady is a great character and I’m not just saying that because I love just about everything that ever flowed from John Byrne’s prolific noggin. Villains are there to be hated and that’s never been a problem for Omega Red because I’ve always found him to be a bastard through and through. But, I digress…
Everything about Omega Red makes him a stand out figure. Hasbro built him on a larger sized buck. He’s obviously not Juggernaut or Thanos big, but he’s big enough to hulk over most of the other characters. The base body is a nice combo of red and white with a tasteful wash over the red to bring out the detail in his muscles and a blue wash over the white in his upper arms and face, which I’d like to think is meant to depict his Carbonadium poisoning. The body is rounded out with some newly sculpted pearlescent white boots and a separately sculpted harness and shoulder pads. The overall coloring on this figure is magnificently striking, I particularly love the Omegas on his gauntlets, and even on a shelf of colorful characters Omega Red stands out.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what a great job Hasbro did on Arkady’s head sculpt. The portrait here is one of pure rage and his face is nicely framed by his cyborg parts. The hair sculpt is also particularly great and the Omega on his headband ties the whole thing together.
The articulation here is quite good, and pretty much in line with most of the modern MU/MIS figures we’ve seen. His arms have rotating pins at the shoulders, hinges at the elbows, and both the wrists and biceps have swivels. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, with swivels in both the thighs and lower legs, and hinges in the ankles. He’s got a ball joint in the torso and another in the neck. He is definitely a fun figure to pose, although I wish he had swivels in his lower arms, because sometimes the tentacles won’t do what I’d like.
Speaking of the tentacles, Omega Red’s carbonadium tendrils are sculpted in soft plastic, but they’re definitely pre-posed. You can bend them, but they tend to go right back to where they were. It seems like they’re socketed into his lower arms, but I haven’t had any luck removing them, so I’m guessing they aren’t made to come out. Seems like making them detachable would have been a nice substitute for them actually retracting, which of course wouldn’t work in this scale.
And so, a figure that I was almost ready to pay $40 landed in my collection for a mere $10. Needless to say he was a very sweet deal and I can’t recommend him enough. He was definitely the showpiece of Marvel Universe’s last wave and while he’s got some heavier competition in Wave 3 of the Infinite Series, he definitely shines as one of the better figures in this assortment.