Review: Marvel Select Thanos

If you haven’t gathered as much from my reviews of Agent Venom and Star-Lord, I’m not much of an avid Marvel comics reader. Like many of the general public, my first real introduction to Thanos was in the stinger of The Avengers, after my initial reaction of, “Wait, who is that?” My research into the character never amounted to any real comic reading, and shamefully I have still yet to read The Infinity Gauntlet or, well, anything featuring Thanos. But since the Mad Titan is (very slowly) shaping up to be the arc villain for the entirety of the Marvel Universe, it was hard to pass up on a huge comic version of the guy for $25. Is Marvel Select Thanos a suitable stand-in for the inevitable Hasbro MCU toy in the near-future, or is he just for fans of the comic character?

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Appearance

Obviously, this is very much Thanos from the comic books, though due to my general ignorance of the medium and its stories I couldn’t tell you if this toy is meant to represent a specific artist or book iteration of the character. He’s blue, gold, and very big, and looks just about right to me. The blue is very rich and pretty, but the gold… isn’t. It looks more mustard-colored than anything else. It seems like it should make the figure look ugly, but I think the blue is just nice enough and the yellow is just metallic enough for it to kind of work. The sculpt itself is quite impressive, with all the exaggerated, bulging muscles that befit a comic book character. The paintwork and detail on his face is pretty good, too, but should Thanos really have white eyes? Most depictions I see show his eyes either red or blue.

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Articulation

Where Thanos really falters as a toy is his articulation: there’s not much of it. I suspect this is something of a trait throughout the Marvel Select line due to its more collector-oriented nature, but it is kind of a bummer when the Marvel Universe Thanos figure, over half the size of this one, packs in more poses. His joints are all hinges, with a ball-hinge for the neck, shoulders, and hips, regular hinges on the elbows, knees, and ankles, and standard swivels for the waist, biceps, and wrists. Most of his joints are hindered by his bulging muscles, making it clear that this toy was very much a “sculpt first” design. You won’t be able to put Thanos in any real action-y poses, but admittedly Thanos doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to need to do that kind of thing, so I suppose I can forgive the figure.

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Accessories

The primary accessory for Thanos is a separate character entirely, but the sole traditional accessory comes in the form of an alternate Infinity Gauntlet hand, which I currently have on him in place of the standard fist. Why didn’t I photograph him with the fist? Because his hands are really, really hard to remove. It took me a solid four minutes of twisting and pulling to get the fist off, and another two to cram the Gauntlet hand on the peg. It’s a chore, but I suppose it’s worth it. I really wish we could’ve gotten an extra hand that is the Infinity Gauntlet in a fist, as the current “grabbing” hand is a bit limited in good-looking poses. But hey, it’s the Infinity Gauntlet!

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Death

Thanos smiles at the chance to court death, because he literally courts Death. The biggest accessory of this pack is the anthropomorphic representation of Death in its form as a curvaceous skeleton. How a skeleton can have boobs is beyond me, but whatever. Death has no articulation whatsoever and is little more than a statue, but she’s nicely-sculpted and well-painted, so there’s that. She also comes with a face to stick on over her skull… and it looks utterly terrifying. Like, this is actually really scary. Needless to say, I tend to keep this face out of sight.

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Overall

I never had too much interest in the Marvel Select line, especially when the relatively easier-to-obtain and better-looking Marvel Legends line has been doing quite well lately. Thanos is a special case, mainly because he’s an impressive villain in the mythos who has donned the spotlight off and on since his MCU appearance, but also because this is an already-huge toy that comes with a small statue as an accessory, all for only $25 retail. Considering regular-sized Marvel Legends retail for $20 (if you’re lucky), this is a great deal. As far as I can tell, MS Thanos isn’t particularly rare (though I’ve heard this is a rerelease, and the original version had slightly different colors), and I found mine at a Books-a-Million, of all places. If you want a good-sized Thanos for your Marvel comics or even MCU collection, see if you can hunt this one down!

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