Marvel Legends (Thanos Wave): Thanos Build-A-Figure by Hasbro

Here we are, finally at the end of the most recent Wave of Marvel Legends and I’m all ready to piece together my very own Mad Titan. I’m sure I’ve already commented about how Hasbro has been killing it with the character selection on these Waves lately and I couldn’t think of a better BAF to hit right around now than Thanos himself. There’s no package to look at, so let’s just go ahead and cobble this baby together.

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Here’s all the parts you need to build Thanos scattered across five of the six figures from this Wave. If you bought both Hellcat and Spider-Woman then you’ll find yourself with an extra head and left arm. The doubled up head feels like a missed opportunity to provide us with a second portrait, like they did in The Allfather Wave. Also, the lack of an Infinity Gauntlet kind of sucks. I remember way back when Mattel did the DCUC Collect & Connect Darkseid they were able to get us his an extra hand with a swap out Killing Glove. I’m sure Hasbro is just planning on selling us a new Thanos when Infinity War hits the theaters a few years from now.

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This is a fairly modern take on the character, without venturing into the actual MovieVerse territory. He isn’t massive, but he’s certainly big enough. Average size characters, like Hawkeye, only come up to about his shoulders. Thanos is a fairly simple figure, cast primarily in nice, glossy dark blue plastic. I like the silver segmented bits showing through on his legs. The armor bits, consisting of his shoulders, wrist bracers, belt, and the tops of his boots are all separate pieces, which is cool, but the matte gold plastic they used is kind of bland. Some nice metallic paint on these would have really gone a long way. Also, while the shoulder piece does peg into the top of his shoulders, it still has a habit of detaching and riding up when I manipulate his shoulders.

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The portrait, on the other hand, is spot on awesome. I love the toothy grin and the texturing and purple paintwork on the skin looks great. The head could have been a little bigger, but then Thanos always was a bit of a pinhead.

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Articulation is pretty much in line with the regular Legends figures. The arms have rotating hinges at the shoulders and wrists, hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, have swivels at the thighs, and the ankles have hinges and lateral rockers. Thanos can swivel at the waist, there’s an ab crunch hinge in his torso, and the neck is ball jointed.

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I can’t tell you the number of times I came close to picking up the Marvel Select version of Thanos just to have the character represented on my Legends shelf. I was hoping that this BAF would justify holding off on that purchase and in the end it sort of does, but in fairness the two figures are very different treatments of the character. I may wind up still picking up that Marvel Select release. I like this figure well enough, but it feels rather “phoned in” to me, especially after how much work clearly went into the Odin BAF. Indeed, I think Hasbro did a much better job on the Marvel Universe Thanos. Even for a little 3 3/4″ figure, that one had some really sharp looking gold painted armor and chunkier boots and gauntlets. If they could have just up-scaled that beauty, I think I would have been happier.

And that’s going to wrap up Marvel Monday for a little while, or at least until I can get my hands on the Hobgoblin Wave of Spider-Man Legends. But, much like Hydra, if you cut off one weekly Feature, two more shall take its place. In this case, I’ll be starting weekly Star Trek and GI JOE features starting this week on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout most of the Summer as I try to get through the boxes of figures sitting over in the corner.

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3 comments on “Marvel Legends (Thanos Wave): Thanos Build-A-Figure by Hasbro

  1. Funny thing is the Marvel Select version is still available for around $20. Diamond Select just seems to be available whereas MLs come and go! Once I had Hellcat and the Thanos head BAF piece I was all in. Man that head sculpt is awesome. This Thanos doesn’t disappoint. Where I have like 20 Spidermen, 15 Wolverines, and 27 Iron Men I have less inventory of baddies! Got 2 Magnetos, 2 Ultrons, and now 2 Thanoses. Its all good. Nice to have options! If you go for the Marvel Select you also get a (static) Lady Death which is pretty nice.

  2. …the Marvel Select Thanos comes with a Infinity Gauntlet glove too which is pretty awesome. This new ML Thanos is great but if you got an extra $20 and you want a bigger, beefier Thanos with more comic bookey colors then the Marvel Select has you covered with some nice extra accessories. Marvel Legends is the bomb but Marvel Select saved my Marvel Legends arse with figures like Thanos, Watcher, and Brood babies, to name a few, for adding extra oompahpah to my 6″ Marvel Legends action figure collection and display options.

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