It’s been a long trip since starting this wave with Ant-Man many weeks ago, but now I’m finally up to the final boxed figure and, oh what the hell, we’ll check out the BAF today too just so that I can finally put this wave to bed. The final figure is Giant Man and he also gives us a right leg, the last piece needed to put together the BAF Ultron.
And look! It’s actually Hank Pym! Yes, while all the packages in this wave have Ant-Man stamped on the top and very ant-y illustrations on the side panels, only a select few (Wasp and Ant-Man) of these figures until now could really be considered Ant-Man related. Unless you want to argue that the three villains have all had run ins with The Avengers, and there’s your rather tenuous connection. And since I don’t think we’ll be seeing a Michael Douglas figure anytime soon, Giant Man here is as close as we’re likely to get to Pym for the time being. I find all this pretty ironic since you could practically build an entire wave of figures just out of Pym’s knack for changing costumes and identities.
Giant Man is a very simple figure, with his entire costume being achieved via a painted buck.. Normally, that would be fine, I actually really dig this costume, but unfortunately, the craftsmanship just isn’t here. The red plastic that they used for a good portion of this figure feels exceptionally gummy and it doesn’t seem to hold the black paint very well. There’s chipping to the black as well as some transfer from the black onto the red. What’s more, the lower boots are sculpted in black plastic and it bleeds through the red paint, which doesn’t match the rest of the figure well to begin with. You also get a cape hole in the back from whatever character this buck was originally used for. Besides looking a bit off, the figure feels rather cheap in hand, which is rather unusual for the Legends line.
The real shame here is that as rough as the body is, the head sculpt is quite good. The definition in the face sculpt is fantastic and the paint lines are all crisp and clean. I especially dig the soft plastic antenna. This head really needed a different body to attach to.
Articulation is standard stuff for this line. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, the elbows are double hinged and there are swivels in the biceps. THe legs are ball jointed at the hips, the knees are double hinged, the ankles have hinges and rockers, and there are swivels in both the thighs and at the tops of the boots. The torso features a swivel in the waist, an ab crunch hinge, and the neck is both ball jointed and hinged. While he can take and hold a lot of good poses, the elbow hinges are all rubbery, which is always disappointing.
I’ve got no problems with Hasbro painting costumes on bucks as opposed to throwing in a lot of new sculpting, but if you’re going to do it, you have to do it right. Giant Man, from the neck down, looks like a barely competant custom job and that’s too bad, because I was really looking forward to this guy, especially to use with my Universe scaled figures. But hey, at least he gave us a leg, so let’s put that sucker in and check out…
ULTRON! Yes, this is indeed Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Spader Ultron and if you’ve collected this entire wave than you have the head, torso, arms, and legs needed to assemble him. He’s a big guy, easily a head and shoulders above your average Legends figure. It wasn’t until seeing this figure (and the Hot Toys one) that I realized Ultron was so damn big and it certainly justifies his existence as a Build-A-Figure. I’ve only seen Age of Ultron a couple of times and I’m really anxious for it to hit Blu-Ray so I can start scrutinizing it a lot more for details such as this. It’s a busy movie and there’s a lot of stuff to see.
The sculpt here is pretty good with a lot of detail to the armor. Yeah, in some areas it doesn’t quite live up to all the fine points of the movie design, but for a Legends BAF it gets the job done and it looks really nice on the shelf. I do like that both of his hands are sculpted to look like they’re shooting beams out of his palms.
I also really dig the head sculpt. What the body lacks in some details, I think the figure makes up for in the portrait, which captures the movie look perfectly. The paint does feel a little flat in some areas. You get a base grey plastic with some silver sprayed over some areas and a little red here and there. A more deliberate deco would have helped a lot, but again, what we got is serviceable and when the light hits it just right the silver paint does look exceptionally nice. I certainly like what they did here a lot better than if they had just sprayed the whole thing silver, or used the crappy looking plastic that they did for the last Legends Ultron.
The articulation is overall pretty good. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, swivels in the biceps, and double hinged elbows. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels at the top of the thighs, double hinged knees, and hinged ankles with lateral rockers. Ultron can swivel at the waist and has an ab crunch hinge. The neck is ball jointed and hinged. The cut through the waist looks rather awkward when swiveling, but that can’t really be helped.
The movie version of Ultron is a design that really needs a higher end figure to do it justice, but I think what we got here is pretty damn good. I can’t say as there are any figures in this wave that I would have passed on if it weren’t for needing the BAF part. It was overall a solid assortment, which happily added quite a few villains to my shelves while also expanding my Marvel Cinematic Universe Collection by two. I’d say that Giant Man was the biggest let down here, and it’s possible that a lot of that has to do with the QC on my specific figure. Either way, with this wave down, I’ve still got a lot of figures to pick up to stay current, including The Hobgoblin Wave, which I initially passed on, The Hulkbuster and Rhino Waves, which are just starting to trickle out, and I’m still considering going back and finishing up that Amazing Spider-Man 2 Wave just so I can finish up that Ultimate Green Goblin. Phew! You’re killing me, Hasbro, but don’t stop!