It was almost exactly three years ago that I featured Marvel Legends Thor from the initial wave of the line’s triumphant return. I was totally blown away by what a great figure Hasbro had built and it had me convinced that Hasbro was taking Legends in the right direction. And now here I am with dozens of these figures on my shelf and Hasbro is gracing us with another version of the Norse God of Thunder. This new Marvel NOW! Thor is heavily built on the previous Thor’s body, so you may want to take a glance at my review of Heroic Thor first, because I’m going to be doing a lot of comparisons.
The packaging sure has evolved nicely. The 2015 Legends are still coming in these wonderful window boxes with opening side flaps that allow you to remove the tray without damaging the box. The window displays the goods quite well and there’s even an extended back to the card that lets you hang it from a peg or stand it on a shelf. With Thor’s big bulk, two accessories, and BAF part, there is not a hell of a lot of room left on that tray! The back of the box shows the other figures in the wave needed to build The Allfather, or King Thor if you prefer, but nope… I’m building Odin, baby!
So, let’s start off with what’s recycled here. You get the same legs with a bit of a paint change. New Thor’s leg armor is painted black on the inside of his thighs whereas Heroic Age Thor’s were all silver. The silver paint used on the new Thor is also more vibrant. The torsos and capes are both reused from Heroic Age Thor, again with some little paint changes. NOW! Thor lacks the two extra silver disks painted near the bottom of his tunic and the sculpted disks on NOW! Thor are painted a brighter silver to match his chain mail legs. The belt buckle is now silver instead of bronze and while the sculpted piping on Heroic Age Thor’s tunic was painted bronze, This new Thor’s is left black. The biggest change below the neck is found in the arms, which are brand new sculpts. NOW! Thor casts off his chain mail sleeves from the Heroic Age outfit and goes full on bare arms with just a pair of black fingerless gloves.
And that brings us to the portrait. Both Thors seem to utilize the same face sculpt, which features a great, stern and powerful visage. That’s the face of a God that is about to smite you! The main differences lie in the helmet. Heroic Age Thor wore the more traditional skull cap with the feathered wings, which had its roots firmly set in his classic design. NOW! Thor features a more elaborate and far more modern helmet with metal wings and cheek protectors. It’s painted bright silver and it does indeed look glorious!
The articulation here is identical to what we saw with Heroic Age Thor, but let’s run through it anyway. The arms have swivel hinges at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, and have swivels in the biceps. The legs have swivel hinges in the thighs and ankles, and double hinges in the knees. There’s a generous ball joint in the torso and another in the neck. For a bulky figure like this, the articulation is very good and there’s no mushy joints. He’s also nicely balanced even with that big cape.
As expected, Thor comes with Mjolnir and it’s just a repaint of the same accessory that came with Heroic Age Thor. The handle seems a little less bendy and it is a nice, hefty version of his trusty hammer.
You also get a sword and I really dig the sculpt on this beauty. Not sure I’m going to go the sword route when displaying him, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at such an awesome looking piece of 6-inch scale cutlery.
So, it should be no surprise that I love this figure. Sure, it’s just a variant of the Heroic Age version, but that was three years ago and I think Hasbro waited the appropriate amount of time to roll this new version out. As to which one is my favorite, well that’s a toughie. Heroic Age Thor has that more tarnished and armored up look to him that I really dig along with the classic style of the helmet. I also think that Heroic Thor totally nails the likeness to the character design of the time. Marvel NOW Thor, on the other hand is just gorgeous newness and the helmet and bare arm look nicely bridges the gap between comic and movieverse for a rather exciting look. Aw, I can’t choose which one I like more, so I’ll just be content to have them both!