We welcome guest reviewer Al Hemmings (@awesome_geeky_stuff) as he takes a look back over the Hot Toys MMS472 Thor Ragnarok : Loki what with the announcement of an updated Avengers Endgame variant last week. Take look at what he has to say about it alongside a select gallery :
“Your saviour is here!”
With Hot Toys’ recent announcement of a total, ground up remake of its first incarnation of Loki (and in my opinion, it’s looking to be a massive improvement on the original) to fit into its Avengers Endgame line, it’s a great time to reappraise a figure that many of us may have in our detolf’s right now – The 3.0 version from Thor Ragnarok.
– Newly developed head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed skin texture
– Black color hair sculpture
– Body with over 30 points of articulations
– Approximately 31 cm tall
– Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable hands including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of open hands
– One (1) pair of dagger holding hands
– One (1) piece of Tesseract holding right hand
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
– One (1) green-colored cape
– One (1) black leather-like vest
– One (1) long sleeve leather-like black shirt with green and bronze-colored armor
– One (1) pair of leather-like green and black colored pants with patterns
– One (1) pair of boot covers
– One (1) pair of black colored boots
– Two (2) daggers (can be placed into the sheath)
– Two (2) dagger sheaths
– One (1) Loki’s gold helmet (wearable to the head sculpt)
– One (1) Tesseract with base
– One (1) translucent orange colored Surtur’s Skull
– Specially-designed figure stand with character nameplate and the movie logo
Upon release, this was quite a controversial headsculpt – not quite Scott Lang level controversial, but a fair few collectors grabbed the ol’ pitchforks and headed to the comments to voice their concerns when the blogger images hit the social media channels. The likeness is not 100% – that’s for sure. But it’s not too far off. My main problem with it is the choice to use such a serious expression.
We know that Hot Toys don’t dabble a lot in overly expressive sculpts, as the few they have produced in the past and since have had rather, shall we say, mixed results (another Scott Lang reference, wow, I’m so current!) but for a character from one of the MCU’s lighter entries, the inclusion of a smirking headsculpt wouldn’t have gone amiss. The film is basically an absurdist comedy and also: He’s the God of mischief! Basically, Picture Tom Hiddleston as Loki – I guarantee you he’s smiling in your mind’s eye. The likeness is taken up a notch however once you equip him with his trademark horned helmet. The helmet itself is painted and sculpted beautifully and has a foam lining so it slips on and off really easily. We’ve seen this used again this year with the Endgame version of Thanos, and it’s a fantastic design feature to use with helmeted characters as there’s no way the headsculpt can be damaged when taking it off or putting it on.
The paint app I have no complaints with at all. The paint and the materials that Hot Toys have used throughout the outfit all help to give it an opulent, and regal, look. He is a prince of Asgard, after all.
Let’s get this out of the way upfront: this figure was not designed to move (much). The materials used for the outfit look great and replicate the on-screen suit but are quite restrictive. I’ve not pushed the limits of Loki’s articulation because the figure means so much to me, and I fear that pushing movement of the arms and legs may cause the seams connecting these points to tear.
The long, sculpted hair also restricts the head’s movement. You can get the slightest of turns before the hair is stopped by the shoulders, with most of the movement coming from tilting the headsculpt either up or down. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why score so highly here? Well, the character isn’t really one for dynamic posing. He’s a prince and wannabe ruler. There’s an air of arrogance and dignity to Loki, and the figure can replicate this perfectly. So, in a sense, the figure moves as much as the character would on screen.
I picked this up for retail price back in 2018, and I was really happy with the package as a whole. Loki comes with an array of accessories, and if you can still get this guy for around £300 I’d say it was a bargain. With the announcement of the 4.0 version, you’ll probably see a bunch of these popping up on the secondary market.
So, would I recommend the Loki 3.0? Personally, Yes, I would, Absolutely.
I feel that right now, it’s hands down the best version of the character on the market. The limited articulation may be a sticking point for some. You could also argue that the likeness is slightly off, and that’s true. It’s not 100% there, but the previous two versions didn’t have exact likenesses and I’m pretty sure their articulation wasn’t amazing either.
The materials, sculpting and paintwork that the Hot Toys crew have been using for their figures for the last couple of years are top notch, and the Loki 3.0 benefits immensely from all of it. It’s the most up to date version of the character and if you’re a Loki fan, you should definitely pick one up, if you can. Plus, due to Loki’s appearance in Avengers Infinity War wearing the same outfit, he can be used alongside the figures from that line as well as the Ragnarok one, meaning he wouldn’t look too out of place next to the Infinity War Thor or even the Mark 50.
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Last modified: June 30, 2020