Marvel Legends Abomination Review! (SDCC 2016 The Raft)

Today is the big day that Hasbro will be selling the remainder of their SDCC 2016 exclusives stock online, so what better day to look at another heavy-hitter from the SDCC Marvel Legends The Raft set than today, right? I expected him to be one of the most sought-after figures from the set on the aftermarket, but the Marvel Legends Abomination is actually one of the least expensive figures from the set! Is the lack of interest in this Abomination figure justified…?

Marvel Legends Abomination Build-A-Figure ReviewThe Right:

After a new Marvel Legends Abomination 6″ scale figure hadn’t been released in many years, suddenly Hasbro revealed not one, but two versions of a new ML Abomination in one month. Now that’s ambition for you!

While both versions of this figure share the same mold, the Captain America Marvel Legends Abomination Build-A-Figure features a light, olive green color, whereas the SDCC The Raft Abomination I’m reviewing today is in a far darker forest green.

2016 SDCC Marvel Legends Abomination Action FigureFor my money, I was reasonably sure that the Comic-Con exclusive version of this figure was going to be by far the more popular of the two. To me, this dark green-colored Emil Blonsky figure just looks right, and I really thought the vast majority of other collectors would feel the same.

Hasbro Abomination Marvel Legends 6" FigureBut as much as I prefer this SDCC Abomination, it appears that this version just is not in much demand–the figure is selling for barely 30 bucks online, which is nearly rock-bottom for a Build-A-Figure.

Back of Marvel Legends 2016 Abomination 6" FigureBut hey–sellers’ losses are buyers’ gains, and I think the paint deco on this figure looks downright awesome. If dark green is how you see Abomination in your mind’s eye, you’re gonna love the look of this figure.

Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man vs AbominationAnd speaking of looks–if this figure looks a bit familiar to you, it’s because it’s mostly created using retooled parts from previous Build-A-Figures such as last year’s Rhino Build-A-Figure.

SDCC Hasbro 2016 Abomination Marvel Legends FigureThe notion of retooling Rhino into Abomination struck me as absolutely crazy, but Hasbro pulls it off with flying colors. The sculpt is so good and looks so appropriate to the character that I think many collectors won’t even notice that this figure isn’t all “new”!

Close-Up of Marvel Legends Abomination SDCC Exclusive Figure HeadOne 100% newly-tooled part of this figure is the head. Whereas Diamond Select Toys aimed for a more sinister, intelligent-looking Emil Blonsky with their Marvel Select Abomination, Hasbro has gone with a monstrous, savage head sculpt for their Marvel Legends iteration.

Marvel Legends SDCC Abomination Figure Close-UpThere’s pros and cons for this choice, but from an aesthetic standpoint, I like that this Abomination Marvel Legends figure looks different from what we usually get, and the bestial head is aesthetically compelling. In short–I like it.

The amphibious ears, rubbery “hair” and mismatched teeth on this Marvel Legends Abomination figure make for a fantastically fun–but gross-looking–monster.

Marvel Legends Civil War Captain America vs. Abomination FigureAn area where this Abomination absolutely beats out the DST Marvel Select version is the articulation scheme. For a bulky behemoth of a figure, the articulation on this Abomination Marvel Legends figure is terrific.

Abomination SDCC 2016 Marvel Legends Action FigureAbomination features a ball-hinge head with a great range of motion, upper torso ab crunch, swivel waist, ball-hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbows, ball-hinge wrists, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees and hinged ankles with ankle rockers.

Hasbro Marvel Legends Abomination BAF Looking UpCould Hasbro have implemented slightly more articulation, such as double-jointed knees and elbows? Yes–but to what end? For the size and bulk of this brute, the flexibility here works phenomenally, and I don’t honestly believe that adding more articulation points would have added much to this figure at all.

The Raft Marvel Legends Abomination Kills Hulkbuster Iron ManQuality-control on this figure is outstanding, with Abomination feeling nice and heavy and standing up stably (even when holding up another figure!) with no problems whatsoever. The paint apps are also stellar–no QC complaints at all.

Abomination Marvel Legends Figure Throwing Spider-ManThe Wrong:

This won’t count against the figure–because that absolutely wouldn’t be fair–but I think Hasbro took a lot of the wind out of the sails of both this SDCC Exclusive Abomination figure and the Abomination Build-A-Figure by releasing them within a few weeks of each other.

The result is that this figure is easily obtainable for under 30 bucks on the secondary market, which is a shame for a limited exclusive that’s actually extremely nice.

I’ve also heard some folks say that they feel Hasbro compromised the authenticity of this Abomination figure so that they could easily release a tweaked version of it as Marvel Legends A-Bomb down the road.

Marvel Legends The Raft Set Abomination FigureHaving reviewed reference art of Abomination from different eras of the comics, I don’t necessarily agree with those thoughts–this look like a very accurate Abomination figure to me–but I wanted to mention them here for readers to contemplate nonetheless.

If I had to name one real gripe about this figure, it’s that I would have liked alternate interchangeable fist hands. The “claw” hands look formidable and all, but I think Emil would fare better against Hulk if he had some fists to bash up against him.

SDCC 2016 Exclusive Abomination Marvel Legends FigureOverall: Although I wasn’t as excited about the SDCC 2016 Marvel Legends The Raft Abomination figure as I was most of the other figures in the set, it turns out that this figure is virtually perfect.

Despite being largely composed of retooled parts, the mold for ML Abomination looks ideal for him, and the paint and articulation for the figure are both immensely impressive.

I’m not sure why this figure isn’t more popular on the aftermarket right now, but it’s a stunning home run in-hand. Whether you opt for this version or the olive-colored BAF, this new Abomination is highly recommended.



Marvel Legends Abomination Review! (SDCC 2016 The Raft) — 18 Comments

  1. This version of Abomination reminds me of the coloring he had in the Hulk: Countdown to Abomination comic I loved as a kid and still have today in my collection. The Cap MLs wave has ZERO figures I’m interested in, so I’m glad I got this version for less than $40! What a deal!

  2. So exactly what time (EST) does Hasbro sell its remainder of their SDCC exclusives? I see the items, but they are “out of stock” Did it go on sale at midnight (and missed the boat) or does everyone hang around the website and wait for it to suddenly become available?

  3. Love the review! Yeah I do have to agree on your points all the way on this figure. I’m not sure myself why this figure isnt more popular really. I’m a huge Abomination fan and personally I think this is the best looking and most accurate we’ve got to date. I absolutely love this figure! Hopefully it will catch on more as time passes;)

  4. I got everything I wanted all star wars figs and marvel, mostly because I am a computer programmer and I know how to bypass things that slow others up. My favorite part is watching those morons on the fwoosh after the fact, they complain about losing out to scalpers and what not yet they broadcast there every move and easiest ways to navigate including posting links so those said scalpers, (and everyone else) that they complain about don’t have to do much to figure it out on there own. I am not a fwoosh member because of how insanely pathetic they are, which is a prime example, I can watch for there cues.

  5. B stop acting imature LOL. Its too funny, and sad. You say your a programmer and other things on various post, however theres no proff, therefore your a fraud LMFAOOOO

  6. Lol, I love it! The apache wins again, lol, I was even able to get multiple orders through without getting cancelled if that helps. Obi wans sell like hot cakes to.

    • It helps because theres ton of raft sets on ebay that no one is buying. You’ll end up broke. Those hot cakes will be flop cakes LMFAOOOOOOO

      • Who said I bought multiple east sets, I profited on those weeks ago, I’m onto Star Wars now, obi wan/jyn erso = hot cakes, lol, what’s wven more ironic is I just got my first order and erso was double packed when that order I only was supposed to have 1.

        • ok thats how we know your lying LMFAOOO. Honesty is the best policy. If u really want to spam and troll, reddit is your place L O L

  7. Great review Dabid! You guys in the USA have it better than we do when it comes to figures. I always end up having to go to Ebay to get the SDCC exclusives here in Canada. Unless anyone knows of a better way?