Diamond Select produces some incredible figures. Not all of them are perfect but in my opinion they produce more hits than misses. There are several factors that go into how I formulate a review including both poseability and sculpt and Diamond does a fine job on both sides. Speaking of Diamond Select I really wanted to see what the Thor from Thor: Ragnarök from their Marvel Select line was like and what I found was a near perfect action figure.
Thor: Ragnarök had many memorable moments and the battle of champions in the arena was one of the best. I had hoped to be able to review both the Gladiator Hulk and Gladiator Thor at the same time, but things don’t always go as planned. So first up is our review of the Gladiator Thor figure from Thor Ragnarök.
Standing approximately 7 inches tall Gladiator Thor looks every bit the warrior. Thor’s points of articulation include:
- Knees (double joint)
Thor also comes with an extra set of hands which are clinched into fists as well as 2 swords and blue lightning. Sadly he does not come with his trusty hammer, Mjölnir because (SPOILER ALERT) his sister Hela destroyed it during their first confrontation. Sounds like a typical family reunion to me.
I think that the face sculpt is pretty spot on and overall I think this figure looks great. Since Thor was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios I would expect no less. This version of Thor is probably one of my favorites.
So, you heard the good, now we need to dish out some yang to go with the yin. First off and probably my biggest problem with the figure is that it does not come with an alternate head. I can’t seem to understand why Thor wore the gladiator helmet for a very brief period of time and yet the figure comes with only a helmeted head. Even if the helmet was removable that would have worked out.
Another issue would be the single jointed elbows. Double joints allow more range and motion for the figure and it gives you options when setting up battle poses. I am sure that both issues can be explained by saying it would have raised the price point. Neither of the issues I mentioned here really take away from the figure, it just limits your options.
The bottom line for the Gladiator Thor figure from Thor: Ragnarök ranks 8 out of 10. Simply speaking, this means that it isn’t perfect but it is a pretty damn nice figure. I think one of the last times I gave a 10 would have been the Marvel Select Hawkeye from the first Avengers’ movie.
The Marvel Select Gladiator Thor figure retails for 24.99.
This figure would make a great addition to any collection and Thor is essential if you are building your own team to take down Thanos. AVENGERS…ASSEMBLE!!!