While today is the day of the much-anticipated sale of the leftovers of the SDCC 2017 Marvel Legends Battle for Asgard set on Hasbro Toy Shop, there’s plenty of Thor Legends figures released this summer that aren’t in that set that I still need to review. And one of those figures is the subject of today’s review: Marvel Legends Thor Ragnarok Loki! Despite being the first Hasbro 6″ Loki Marvel Legends figure ever made for mass retail, Loki is readily available online now for MSRP or less–is he worth picking up?
Packed at two-per-case and hitting stores officially this month, Marvel Legends Tom Hiddleston Loki is here!
For this action figure, Hasbro went with the blue and purple costume Loki appears to be wearing for most of Thor Ragnarok. While I’ve seen plenty of hate for this non-green Loki costume, it’s his primary costume for the movie and thus probably the appropriate choice for Hasbro to make.
As this costume is pretty far removed from any mold we’ve ever seen before in Marvel Legends, Hasbro whipped up a 100% new tool for Ragnarok Loki. The unique creases, folds and armored parts in the sculpting detail all look very nice, and it’s clear that this is a unique mold and not any kind of kitbash.
Obviously, one of the most crucial components of a movie-based action figure is an accurate actor likeness portrait. In this regard, I think Hasbro was very successful with Thor 3 Loki.
While they went a bit overboard with the shading around Loki’s eyes (giving him a slight drug addict look), the actual Tom Hiddleston portrait is pretty solid. Not Hot Toys level or anything, but for a 6″ figure, I’m more than satisfied.
Rather than making us settle for crowned or uncrowned Loki, Hasbro included a removable Loki helmet with this figure so you can decide on the Trickster God’s wardrobe for the day yourself. The helmet is made of a soft rubber that goes on and off without damaging the head, and which stays on firmly when you want it to. Good stuff.
Articulation-wise, Loki has the usual standard of super-articulated excellence. He’s missing any kind of boot/calf swivels, but everything else you’d expect is present, including ball-hinge head/shoulders/wrists; double-hinge knees and elbows; hinged ankles with rockers; swivel waist/biceps/thighs, ball-jointed hips and ab crunch.
I was concerned his flowing long hair might ruin the head articulation, but Loki can actually look up, down and all around with ease due to the soft plastic used for the hair. However, moving the head too much can cause the cape to fall off due to the cheap pegs on it (more on that in a bit).
The first deficiency most collectors will notice in this Ragnarok Loki Legends figure is that he comes with a whopping zero weapons. No daggers, no magic effects pieces… nothing. The sum totality of what this Loki figure can do is hurl his cape or helmet at you or stand around menacingly holding up his hands. A very odd and boring choice. (Although I guess Loki could wield Hulk’s severed leg if it really came down to it.)
Loki’s Thor 3 movie costume also has its share of problems. The big gold belt doesn’t look to be faithful to the source material, and I hate how Loki’s lower tunic “skirt” is a separate piece. The skirt gets pushed up to Loki’s waist when you raise his legs (and sometimes when you don’t), and it looks downright ridiculous during posing.
The bane of Hasbro’s 2017 ML series also rears its ugly head here once again: cheap, rubbery plastic. The plastic used for Loki’s knee and elbow joints is incredibly cheap and loose, and consequently all four of those parts wobble like crazy like a bobblehead.
Overall: While this Thor Ragnarok Loki figure is far from being a bad figure, I just can’t rate him as anything higher than average. While I think the Tom Hiddleston portrait is well-done and I appreciate the brand new tooling on this figure, there’s a lot of flaws to overlook.
The color scheme on Loki’s costume isn’t quite accurate, he comes without a single weapon or effects piece, his “skirt” piece pushes up way too easily and looks silly, the shading on his eyes is too heavy, and some of the plastic used for this toy is pretty low-quality.
This Loki action figure is “alright” overall, but just not up to the ultra-high bar that Hasbro has set with other Marvel Legends 6″ figures in 2017.