Apologies for fans of other action figures. Trying to stay remotely timely with Marvel Legends reviews has been tricky. Which makes this review all the more fitting since I’m dealing with the biggest trickster in the Marvel Universe with Thor’s “adopted” brother Loki. Thanks to the MCU, everyone knows this guy now, but this is Loki in his classic comic book attire from the early days of Thor.
The Marvel Universe line got this version years ago so I’m thrilled Hasbro is finally tackling him for the main moneymaking line. Let’s see how they pulled him off.
Packaging: Loki gets his own logo, which is pretty funny for a villain to have such mainstream status. The side portrait is cool and shows him in the midst of mischief.
Loki fills out the package pretty well on his end and is one of those figures you can’t see everything due to the height.
The bio writing department must have felt inspired as this was another winner. Seriously they just need to write all of them like this as it creates a little excitement about opening them up and pitting them against the Asgardians and Avengers.
Likeness: I’ve gotten plenty of Loki figures and have never felt like one captured the character that tormented the Avengers on their first mission or helped engineer the Avengers/Defenders war. Finally, I’ve got the classic Loki and he’s just about perfect.
I love the head sculpt with the full out trickster expression like Loki has come up with a tremendous scheme to screw over Thor and his allies. His helmet has nicely angled horns and the ponytail looks good as well.
One issue a lot of collectors raised is the lack of sculpted chainmail for the center piece and shorts. Maybe I’m letting Hasbro off the hook too easily, but this looks like the comic even if there’s precedence with sculpting chainmail like with the 80th Captain America figure.
The belt can be positioned to rest higher so you can see more of the chainmail tights, which are also comic accurate.
Paint: Most of the figure is molded in green and yellow with the only thing painted on is the scale mail print. The line in the chest joint makes a perfect application close to impossible, but you’d need to look close to notice it. The gold along the chest doesn’t match the yellow throughout the rest of the figure.
I wasn’t sure about the left eye as I keep thinking it’s just slightly off center. After being able to see more than one at a time, mine wasn’t unique and I… guess it’s fine? From online comments it seems to be a pretty common problem though. If you’re able to be picky, check the eyes out carefully.
The work on the mouth section is very well done as Hasbro avoided making it look like Loki is wearing lipstick and the teeth came out clean.
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Articulation: Loki isn’t this big fighter and really all of the articulation I need from him is crouching, scheming and reeling from Thor attacks. This figure is strong enough to support some unique poses on that front and if you really want Loki in battle, you’re covered with the articulation here.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Loki comes with a broadsword. I don’t remember Loki going into battle like that very often, but he needs something to block Mjolnir. It’s a nice looking sword with a wide blade and detailed hilt. The hilt looks a little too plastic-y and would have benefited from a wash, but I’ll explain it away by saying it’s just enchanted.
With a little work you can have Loki pose holding the sword in both hands for when he’s really serious.
I think this was the perfect opportunity for Hasbro to throw in a Thor Frog accessory, but maybe next time?
Finally, Loki comes with the right leg of the Build-A-Figure Smart Hulk. At this rate, it’s a race between M’Baku, Sasquatch, Kingpin, Sauron, Thanos (x2), Smart Hulk and Molten Man with which BAF actually gets completed first.
Worth it? I didn’t want to mess around and pre-ordered Loki for $20. While he isn’t packed with the slew of accessories like some figures, he’s still a decent deal at this price. I also suspect he’s going to be one of the harder figures to find later on and I did not want the hassle.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This is the classic Loki that I’ve been not so patiently waiting on. It’s not gonna be on a lot of people’s Top 10 list due to its simplicity, but Hasbro didn’t overthink it and just delivered the classic comic Loki that I wanted. Posing him around that left eye doesn’t bother me nearly as much.
Where to get it? GameStop is vying for the title of Marvel Legends retail stop. I saw most of the wave during stops at various GameStops including four Loki figures. If you want to avoid the roulette wheel that is retail, you can grab Loki from Amazon, Entertainment Earth or Hasbro Pulse.