When I found out that Hasbro is releasing a Marvel Universe Thor in his modern costume, I waited for the chance to scoop one up...until I found out it either didn't get here, or it didn't even get the chance to warm the shelves before being bought on sight by collectors. I don't blame them, it was a beautiful figure. Thank the toy overlords then that the latest wave of Marvel Universe Greatest Battles 2-packs are now available in Manila, because now I get one of my most wanted figs in my most wanted way!
Marvel Universe Greatest Battles Comic Packs (whew...that's a mouthful) feature two figures and a comic pack-in highlighting the 'battle' in question. In this case, it's Iron Man and Thor, both of whom went head to head in Thor #3, which is included with them.
Let's start with Thor!
This Thor is simply a redeco of Marvel Universe Modern Thor from wave 7, with brighter reds and yellows and browns to give it a more 'comic book' look. I actually prefer this redeco since he's so colorful!
This is the first time I got to see this figure in person, and I don't think anyone can dispute it's one of the best Marvel Universe figs to date. Thor's so awesome, he gets his own sculpt! There's nothing I don't love about this fig. His cape looks awesome, the detailed scale mail is cool, his tunic actually looks battle-worn, and his helmet wings have sculpted feathers!
I love this costume. I think it's one of the strongest redesigns I've seen, next to post-Annihilation Nova.
Of course, Thor isn't Thor without his mystical hammer Mjolnir, so he gets one. It really looks like hewn rock, and it fits in his hand just fine.
Articulation is above average, what with the soft plastic cape not giving Thor that many options if he wants to move his arms any higher to call down lightning on his foes. Below the waist? Thor gets thigh swivels, giving him a good range of motion with his legs, better than most MU figs. Definitely an improvement over the ball joints.
All that articulation can mean one thing: Thor gets to look good while beating up his pack-mate Iron Man!
Iron Man here is also a redeco of an earlier Iron Man figure, this time with a brighter shade of red and gold than the previous fig. I've put them side by side so you can see what I'm talking about, the 2-pack Iron Man on the left, the MU Series 7 Iron Man on the right.
It's not that noticeable here, but the new Iron Man is redder and golder than his previous fig, which is an improvement for me. He's still got a waist that would make Barbie envious, but whatever.
Hey, this pack isn't called Greatest Battles for nothing! Let's see some pain!
Thor and Iron Man comes with a reprint of Thor #3, which happened right after the big civil war between superheroes. It's a pretty messy affair, but all you need to know is Iron Man was the douche king there, and Thor was the right guy to give him a stern telling-to he'll never forget.
Toy collecting for the average joe here in Manila is rollercoaster crazy. Sometimes we get a toyline's waves by the truckload, and sometimes all we'll get is one case, and sometimes you'd be lucky to get anything at all...which is why I'm happy (and lucky) to get this 2-pack right now. Two great-looking (and, in my opinion, improved) figs and a good comic...the Marvel Universe just got bigger and better.
I hope you found this review helpful and, at the very least, enjoyable. If you've got your own thoughts about these two figs you'd like to share, leave me a comment below and let's talk about it! For more Toy Reviews, just click here. Thanks for reading!