Hasbro’s Avengers Legends has had a great run in 2015. We’ve seen the release of previously-canceled fan favorite figures like Blizzard and Batroc, Marvel Now! updates to core comic book characters like Doctor Strange and Iron-Man, and a number of movie style Avengers including Captain America, The Hulk, Iron-Man, and War Machine.
I love the movie figures. Marvel’s movies have done a great job of capturing the essence of each character into a more realistic and practical style on screen, and these designs have been translated perfectly by Hasbro’s team. So, of course, when the toymakers announced a movie-themed four pack of Legends exclusive to Amazon, I had to jump on it right away.
This new box set features Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, all in their updated Age of Ultron costumes, as well as our first ever Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner figure. Each figure is a huge step up from their previous releases, and the inclusion of the Hulk’s more chill alter ego sends this set over the top.
Hawkeye is probably the most similar to his previous release. For the sake of diversity, it would have been cool if Hasbro had opted for his long coat costume, but instead he reuses the same body as the Wal-Mart exclusive Avengers Legends figure. He does, however, get a brand new headsculpt, with a vastly improved portrait of Jeremy Renner. I like that this figure can effectively serve as the go-to cinematic Hawkeye for either Avengers movie, and the sculpt remains really nice overall, with lots of detail and articulation effective enough to hit any number of bow-aiming poses.
Black Widow got a slightly revamped costume in Age of Ultron, along with some new, more comic book-y weapons, and her new Legends figure translates those new digs very well. Her new figure sports the eye catching blue piping on her black jumpsuit, which breaks up the mono-chromatic look of her uniform. The first movie Black Widow was kind of a mixed bag– her two Scarlett Johansson portraits were outstanding, but her body proportions were off, with too-skinny arms and a midsection that was weirdly flat, as if she’d been flattened out. The new Widow uses the much better Maria Hill body to great effect, correcting all the design problems with the first Widow figure., while reusing that figure’s perfect short-haired headsculpt. Natasha Romanov includes her twin stun batons, which she holds quite well, and still rocks two guns in holsters on her belt (which are, sadly, not removable).
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new movie style Thor figure, but this guy was worth the wait. Not only does he look awesome, with his intricate Asgardian armored tunic, bulging bare arms, and flowing red cape, but he is HUGE. Chris Hemsworth’s hero is pretty big in the films, and the toy takes this to a bit of an extreme– he stands a full head above Dr. Banner– but it works really well to convey his godly presence. The figure is all new, head-to-toe, and features a lot of really smart articulation, including a hinged right wrist with a wide range of motion, perfect to capture some really cool hammer-wielding poses.
Rounding out the set is our only new character, Bruce Banner, and he’s the coolest addition to the movie Avengers in this pack. True to the movie, Bruce’s toy form features the super scientist in a grey jacket, purple shirt and blue pants, much of which is reused from the Agent Coulson figure. His headsculpt bears a great likeness to Mark Ruffalo, and he fits in perfectly with the rest of the team, especially when using the unmasked variant heads packed with figures like Captain America, War Machine and Iron-Man. As a “guy in suit” figure, I can see why Hasbro would be leery to release Bruce as a single figure at retail, but as part of this box set, he’s a perfect addition to the team. I wish he included an accessory– a computer, lab equipment, anything– but even without those sorts of trappings, Bruce Banner is awesome.
The Avengers box set essentially completes our cinematic team, at least from the beginning of Age of Ultron. I’m hopeful that we’ll see The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon in next year’s Captain America: Civil War Legends, which would basically bring us up to date on the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in the meantime, the Age of Ultron box set is a solid step in that direction, and it’s available right now, only on Amazon. CLICK HERE to order yours today.