Amazing things happen when a character gets a movie. You start seeing hipsters wearing their T-shirts, featured roles in comic books and when they really get it made a San Diego Comic Con exclusive set. Ant–Man was probably the last guy I thought would get a set based around him, but Hasbro managed to pull it off.
The really neat aspect of this set was it was the many faces of Hank Pym. It expanded well beyond Ant–Man to fill in some notable gaps in collectors Marvel Legends display.
Packaging: A lot of companies do a little something extra with their SDCC exclusives, but Hasbro is untouchable in this category. This set had a really creative and unique packaging as it was shaped in the form of Ant–Man’s head right down to moveable antennas.
Pull the opening tab and you get a well-crafted bio and a nice showcase of the set’s offerings. You could argue that Pym is a character that’s always overthinking things and unable to get out of his head so this was a clever presentation tying in to his history.
Likeness: During its run with the license, Hasbro released a 12-inch Goliath figure and a standard 6-inch Giant Man. For the set, Hasbro finished what they started by giving us a 6-inch Goliath and 12-inch Giant Man.
Like the larger Goliath, Giant Man is a repainted Cyclops Icons figure. That base body featured Cyclops in his Astonishing X-Men look so there’s random piping along what should be a smooth outfit. That’s just a failing of the original mold and it wasn’t realistic to think Hasbro would use a new body to correct the various issues with it. The antennas aren’t lined up the same way as the six-inch version and I’ll need to straighten them up as they look a little goofy.
Goliath fares better as this is the Black Panther buck with a new head sculpt and belt. The belt will need a super glue dab as it likes to slide down with any movement. I really enjoyed the post-Captain America Avengers team from their early run when Goliath and Wasp returned. This was also the Goliath color scheme Hank wore during Ultron Unlimited, one of my favorite Avengers stories so I’m partial to this look.
For Marvel Universe collectors, there’s an Hank Pym in lab coat with an Ant–Man helmet. I appreciate the addition of the lab coat as I fits with Pym and is an appropriate box set variant appearance.
Next up is a Scott Lang figure based on his look during Geoff Johns’ brief run on Avengers. This is a micro figure and looks good enough for a small pack-in. Even smaller is a classic Ant–Man figure. Just like the Lang figure, this one doesn’t have any articulation and is only useful riding on an ant. But this is a necessary figure for anyone trying to reenact Avengers #1.
Scale: This modern Giant Man won’t be nudging the Toy Biz version from its prime display spot in my Avengers setup. While it’s taller than most Marvel Legends, it lacks that true giant scale and looks overall too slight. That worked for Goliath as he was trapped in a mid-giant phase for a while, but Giant Man looks underwhelming.
Goliath is right in line with the regular size figures. Most importantly, he’s the same height as the regular Giant Man figure.
My Marvel Universe collection is currently boxed up, but this Hank Pym figure looks to match right up with the others. The Scott Lang figure is scaled well in terms of actually being able to see and do things with the figure. The smallest Ant-Man doesn’t have much use besides getting on the ant from the MCU Ant-Man.
- Marvel Legends Toy Fair 2017: Fantastic Four, A-Force, Mary Jane, Sinister Six set
- American Alpha, Miss Elizabeth part of WWE Then Now Forever Series 3?
- Action Figure Reviews
- 10 best comic-book based cartoons
Paint: I was a little disappointed with the paint coverage on Goliath. Blue and yellow is a particularly challenging color scheme so it wasn’t a shock the yellow had issues.
I was surprised there was a gap in the stripes as they go in to Goliath’s shoulder that breaks up the visual weirdly, which seems like an issue Hasbro should have considered.
Giant Man doesn’t have many problems on this front. There’s a few rough areas where the glossy black wasn’t fully covered and the red bled through.
No issues at all with the Hank Pym, which is ironic since he’s one of the smaller figures. The Lang figure has the same bleeding paint issues with the black seeping through the red this time. At his scale though it’s not as noticeable unless you’re really looking closely.The mini Ant-Man surprisingly is the best of the bunch.
Articulation: Giant Man uses the old Marvel Icons body. As far as articulation goes, it’s a big departure from today’s standard. It’s especially lacking in the shoulders and hips department. He’s more of the stand and look imposing figure of the set.
The ratchet clicking of the joints makes for difficult posing and the ball jointed hips don’t allow for decent crouching poses. Knowing what to expect this wasn’t as disappointing as it would have been otherwise.
Goliath is more the regular Marvel Legends articulation. There’s not a lot he can’t accomplish and he’s the usual fun to pose figure from this mold.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Hank Pym is restricted somewhat by the lab coat, but if you can find a decent stool, he can sit down fine. With lab coat Pym that’s pretty much all you need.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- knee (double-jointed)
The other two figures are static and don’t have any articulation.
Accessories: This category really depends on your perspective. I’d count the two mini Ant Man figures as accessories, but you could also count the helmet for the MU Pym.
Worth it? You can get the set still for under $100. Unless you’re a really big Hank Pym fan, the Goliath is the one worth tracking down and maybe Giant Man if you want to match them up.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Crappy paint on Goliath and outdated articulation on Giant Man hinder this set for me.
Where to get it? Amazon.com or eBay are the only real options at this point, but they’re not so hard to track down you’ll have to spend a ton on the secondary market.