Marvel Legends Ares Review & Photos Thor Ragnarok Series

Sometimes figure re-releases end up being a disappointment, as the demand for a reissued figure ends up being less than the manufacturer thought and the toy ends up rotting off the pegs. This is not one of those times. Collectors have been calling out for a re-release of Marvel Legends Ares Build-A-Figure for years and paying $100+ for him in the meantime. Hasbro has heard fans’ cries and responded–with the new and improved Thor Ragnarok Marvel Legends Ares figure!

Thor Ragnarok Marvel Legends Ares ReviewThe Right:

Ares didn’t exactly have an amazing run as a Marvel superhero, as his most memorable moments including being ripped in half by the Sentry, working as a part of Norman Osborn’s evil Dark Avengers, and leaving behind his son Phobos (who ended up getting murdered himself shortly after Ares).

Not exactly an impressive resume, but you’d never know it: the Hasbro Ares Build-A-Figure has remained one of the most popular and expensive Marvel Legends figures for over half a decade since its release.

Marvel Legends Ares Ragnarok Figure PackagedAnd finally, Hasbro is throwing a bone to collectors who can’t afford to pay over $100 for the Ares BAF on the aftermarket with an updated version of the figure. And this isn’t just some lame repack–it’s a superior version of the original.

Back of Packaging Thor Ragnarok Ares Figure HasbroAt a glance, the first thing many collectors will notice is that this figure has been repainted quite a bit from the original release. Gone is the off grey chest armor and brown pants, replaced with sleeker, cooler looking black for both parts of the costume.

Marvel Legends Ragnarok Ares Figure with Helmet OffAres’ head sculpt gets a big change as well: instead of sporting mere mortal eyes with pupils, the new version is sporting powered-up “God” eyes that look downright malevolent and a whole lot more intimidating. You can remove the helmet if you want to see his newly-painted piercing eyes even more.

Back of Thor Ragnarok Legends Ares 6" FigureBecause the old Ares Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure was, well… old… the figure didn’t have any ankle rockers or double-jointed knees. Hasbro has fixed this issue by giving the figure a more recent lower leg mold, which improves both his aesthetic and his functionality.

Armored Boots on 2017 Marvel Legends Ares Action FigureThe silver boots with black weathering on them look downright amazing as far as armor on an action figure goes–every bit as good as we see in popular lines like the Four Horsemen Mythic Legions.

Ares Marvel Legends 2017 Figure with New AxeAlong with the reworked legs, the Marvel Legends 2017 Ares figure also includes one new weapon: a large double-sided axe. The axe has paint deco along the edges to make it look snazzy, and having Ares be able to dual-wield his humongous sword and this giant axe increases his badass factor considerably. Excellent addition to the figure.

Thor Legends Ares Six Inch Figure Sword and KnifeThe two weapons from the original BAF also make a return: the humongous sword and decently-large knife (which can be sheathed on Ares’ right thigh). Both weapons now have extra gold paint deco on them, which makes them really pop and improves them visually. I love the battle damage on the sword, as well as the fact that it’s as tall as Ares himself from neck to toe.

Hasbro Marvel Legends Ares Figure and AccessoriesIf all that isn’t enough, though, this figure also includes the gigantic war hammer and left arm of Gladiator Hulk from Thor Ragnarok! Hasbro really wanted to make sure we got our money’s worth from this guy!

Marvel Legends 2017 Ares Figure Wielding AxeThe Wrong:

While Hasbro has made quite a few improvements to the old Ares BAF, this figure still inherits several of the inherent flaws of that figure.

I definitely appreciate the new legs that Ares is sporting with ankle rocker ankles, but he’s still missing some standard points of modern articulation: double-jointed elbows and swivel calves/boots. Getting him into dynamic poses wielding his weapons is consequently pretty tricky, especially because of the sub-usual elbow articulation.

Ares Marvel Legends Thor Ragnarok Figure ReviewIn addition, while Ares is sporting a ball-hinge head, it has a terrible range of motion with virtually no ability to look upwards whatsoever. The God of War can look down and straight and diagonally to the side, and it’s somewhat awkward.

Marvel Legends Ares Action Figure with Giant SwordThe helmet is also too loose, and that led to it falling off about a dozen times just in the minutes I was photographing Ares. The head sculpt itself is wonderful, but I wish the helmet would stay on when I want it to.

Review Marvel Legends Ares Figure Thor RagnarokOverall: This Marvel Legends Ares figure isn’t just as good as the original release–he’s better thanks to an extra weapon, new legs and improved paint deco. Even so, his articulation is still a step behind what we’re used to over half a decade after the original Ares BAF, and his helmet falling off all the time drives me nuts. This is a great-looking Ares action figure that is a definite improvement on the original, but he falls just short of being as good as the best modern Marvel Legends.



Marvel Legends Ares Review & Photos Thor Ragnarok Series — 11 Comments

      • The legs have the OLD ball joints Hasbro used before creating a superior hip/leg connection. I would have loved to have gotten an Ares figure with the newer molds they use now. Disappointing

  1. They also left off the 5.o clock shadow and hair on his arms. What I don’t get is why was the KO only released a few months before this?

  2. I wish his helmet had a gold patina finish. But what really stands out to me like a sore thumb is that the belt detail is all screwed up. The end of his belt strap is on his left side (as it should for men); therefore the belt sleeve should be on his left side as well, while the belt buckle should be facing the opposite direction. If what I said is confusing, go look at your own belt and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    • The helmet definitely needs some patina. I didn’t notice the belt until you mentioned it. Overall, I love that there is just soooo much plastic in this box. Compare it to, let’s say, rocket raccoon or old man Logan. It makes me feels like they gypped us on those boxes.

      • Speaking of “…gypped us on those boxes”, not only should the consumer get its money’s worth from the figure, but we should get it from the packaging as well. I plan to email Hasbro to consider printing a backdrop on the inner cardboard sleeve such that you can paste/tape together with the inner cardboard sleeves of the other companion figures to create a panoramic diorama. That would be getting our money’s worth.

        This idea has been in the back of my mind for a while. The inner cardboard sleeve, depicting an excerpt from an X-Men comic strip, in the TRU 2-pack with Dark Phoenix and Cyclops reminded me of it again.

        On a side note, I’ve noticed that in the past year or so Hasbro has modified its design of the inner cardboard sleeve such that right side of the sleeve is just an open flap which makes it easier slide the plastic tray (which keeps the action figure secure) in.

  3. Pretty sure the original had double jointed knees. My knock off does and the only pics I see on google of the BAF appear to have two hinges. The only difference structurally is the ankle rockers. There are also the new paint apps, inclusion of the bearded Thor axe, and the helmet being made from super soft plastic. The figure is nice but I agree with the sentiment that they could have actually updated the figure instead of just giving him ankle rockers, painting him differently, and acting like it was an overhaul.