About three months ago, Thanos came to my attention at The Tangled Web. I was unable to purchase him at the time, and hadn’t seen him since he was evidently snatched up on that fateful day.
I saw him a few more times in other stores. But usually the price was jacked up. He was at one store for $40. This was wrong to me because I knew I could order him off of the internet for cheaper…
But no need. He returned to the Tangled Web back in Spartanburg! And at the correct price, $24.99.
In my mind Thanos is one of the Big Bads. He’s up there with Darth Vader and Skeletor and Darkseid. I have limited experience with Thanos in comics, but what I have made a deep impression on me. He appeared in a Spider-Man comic that I had in the 1990’s where Spidey had a near death experience and got to see Thanos in his death. Not God. Or Satan. Thanos. The outcome was always confusing to me…Lady Death was there. Thanos was in love with her. She said let Peter Parker go. And basically Spider-Man woke up shaken, but not dead. I hope to find that comic one day to do a vintage review.
Oh yeah. This is a toy review. Sorry! See my pics and captions.
The back of the box is nice. It gives you lots of information.
You get this summary of Thanos’ fictitious life.
Thanos is most famous for having the Infinity Gauntlet. I know mostly of this from a Video Game for the PS1, way back in the day. You had to tray and capture the Infinty Gems before Thanos. In the end, he usually got them, and then beat the snot out of you. A quick search on Wikipedia gave much more information. Apparently he used the gauntlet to wipe out most all life.
As in the Marvel Select Deadpool and Thor, you get an awesome grimace on the side of the box.
When you open the box you see this. The little booklet is propaganda. Not instructions.
Here are the contents freed from the packaging.
Thanos is easily the most muscular figure I own! Look at those biceps! The pic on the right has Thanos wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. This accessory is actually an alternate hand. I was afraid to remove the closed fist hand. It didn’t come off easily, and there were no instructions. I just braved it, and popped the hand off. It is held on by a substantial peg and plug.
The gauntlet has the gems embedded in it!
Now for Lady Death. In the comic I had, she was there with Thanos. And he expressed his love for her a few times. She was usually the human woman, but sometimes appeared as a skeleton. (Kind of the Grim Reaper.) Lady Death was included as an accessory with Thanos. And she has a removable face, so you can get both looks from the character. Notice the silhouette shots I included here. This is kind of how I remember her being depicted. Sometimes an attractive profile, and sometimes the skeleton.
For risk of sounding like Pixel Dan, I’m going to say it anyway. Its comparison time! There really is no competition from Thor. Thor is easily one of the worst action figures I have. He has articulation joints, but he is very rigid in the ways that you can pose him. But Thanos is free! The only thing missing from Thanos is the ability to hold a weapon. His fists are closed, and the infinity gauntlet hand is open. Which is how it should be. This is the only area articulation wise that Thanos is inferior to Deadpool. Deadpool is just about the gold standard of all action figures. (Another gold standard would be Vikor from MOTUC.) Thanos isn’t quite gold standard. There is a little bit of paint slop on his foot joint. And he comes with no accessories, I mean like weapons. Death and the Gauntlet are nice. But why not give him something to hold? (or the power to hold something, for that matter.)
I give Thanos a 5/5. Maybe not gold standard, but too awesome to deduct any points. What do you think, oh Hub City Geeks? Leave a comment! I’ll leave you with some humorous pics!