Sister received a special gift last Christmas (from yours truly, of course?):
Hot Toys Thor from Avengers: Infinity War.
After his release last year, we watched review after review praising Infinity War Thor. Let me tell you, the reviewers aren’t exaggerating. This figure is truly spectacular!
I’m just going to hit the high points here, but Sister did a more thorough video review which I will link to the bottom of this post. So, if you want to see something more in-depth, be sure to watch the video!
Likeness and Face Sculpt:
Everyone knows Hot Toys’ is unbeatable when it comes to head sculpts. They’ve mastered the skill replicating our favorite characters on a one-sixth scale. Infinity War Thor is no exception. The details on him are unbelievable.
I really like his intense expression. In my opinion, it says he’s not ready to admit defeat–an attitude which is very fitting as we near Avengers: Endgame.
Of course, Thor has expertly painted, textured skin (one of the qualities that give Hot Toys figures their realistic look). There are a few wrinkles on his forehead, slight bags under his eyes, and also the scar left by Hela.
It’s hard to see in the photos, but Thor’s right eye is slightly askew and a different color. If you recall, Rocket gave him a new eye when they were traveling to Nidavellir. This, my friends, is a perfect example of how movie accurate Hot Toys figures are. They nailed Thor’s likeness right down to his fake eyeball!
Both his hair and beard are finely sculpted. When you look at him from the side, you can see he still has marks from his encounter with the Barber on Sakaar.
Height and Articulation:
Thor stands roughly 12 1/2 inches tall. He is taller than both Loki and Tony Stark.
He has a muscular body and about 30 points of articulation.
The Alternate Look:
Infinity War Thor comes with two different looks: the one seen at the beginning of Infinity War and the one he wears after forging Stormbreaker. To change his style, you’ll need to pull off his armored arms, pop in the bare ones, then remove his cape and replace it with his black collar.
I’ll be honest, it took me a while to get up the gumption to change his arms. I was so nervous the joint would break! Thankfully, Hot Toys products are well-made.
Instead of having visible hinges at his elbows like most action figures and dolls, Thor has seamless elbows. The joints in both his armored arms and bare ones are completely hidden.
While this is great for photography, it does have one drawback–it limits his elbow articulation just slightly. If I had to pick, I would probably choose better articulation over seamless joints. Still, this is a pretty cool feature.
To make Thor look like he does during the battle in Wakanda, just switch out his bare arms for the armored ones, remove his black collar, and slip on his cape.
Between the two, this is my favorite style.
Infinity War Thor comes with an array of accessories, like:
- Two magnetic eye patches.
- A set of bare arms.
- Four pairs of alternate hands (fisted, relaxed, open, and weapon holding).
- A figure stand with the Avengers: Infinity War logo.
- A black collar for his alternate style (the one at the beginning of Infinity War).
- Lightning effects that clip to his armor and around his arms.
You’ve already seen both of Thor’s outfits, and going over his variety of hands seems unnecessary (I’m sure you guys already know how that works?). So, we’re just going to take a quick glance at his eye patches, Stormbreaker, and, best of all, lightning effects!
Thor comes with two eye patches: one is solid black while the other has a gold streak on one side. The eye patches connect to his right eye using a small magnet on the back.
Next, is Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker.
The details on Stormbreaker are amazing! The wood handle has branches and vines running up it reminding us that Groot helped create the ax. There is even a tiny green leaf at the bottom.
Last but not least is Thor’s light-up feature and translucent blue lightning bolts. There are LED lights under the black plates on Thor’s vest. These lights illuminate the six lightning bolts which clip to the vest.
All you need to do is pop out the black plates, replace them with the lightning effects, then flip the switch on his back to give Thor his “BRING ME THANOS!” look.
The lights on Thor’s chest are bright enough that you can see them shining even in a well-lit room.
While the lightning effects work via LED lights, a black light is required to make Thor’s eyes light up.
Thor’s glowing eyes is undoubtedly a neat feature; however, I would have preferred his eyes light up using a switch rather than a black light. As you can see, the black light distorts all the colors in the photo and gives off a violet undertone which is hard to correct even in Photoshop.
Since the first Thor movie, Hot Toys has released nine versions of Thor.
- Thor from the original movie–MMS 146 (2011).
- The Avengers Thor–MMS 175 (2012).
- Dark World Thor–MMS 224 (2014).
- Dark World Thor Light Asgardian Armor–MMS 225 (2014).
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Thor–MMS 306 (2016).
- Thor: Ragnarok Roadworn Thor–MMS 416 (2017).
- Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Thor–MMS 444 (2018).
- Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Thor Deluxe Version–MMS 445 (2018).
- Avengers: Infinity War Thor–MMS 474 (2018).
Which of these figures is the best? That depends on your personal taste and whether you want Thor with long hair or short. I usually prefer Thor before his hair cut; however, Infinity War Thor has changed my mind. He is definitely one of my favorite figures! (My other favorite is Dark World Thor).
He is a solid figure, comes with a variety of accessories, and has the best head sculpt to date.
I paid roughly $267 for him (plus about $20 for shipping) which isn’t a bad price for a Hot Toys product, especially considering all the fun extras he has. Figures with light-up features (like Iron Man) often cost upwards of $400.
So, if you’re a Thor fan, I highly recommend adding Infinity War Thor to your collection.
But don’t wait too long. With Endgame coming out in just 10 days I doubt he’ll last much longer.
Rumor has it that our heroes may revisit the Battle of New York in Endgame. Some speculate it’s to gain information from Loki about the stones. I have no idea if this happens and kind of doubt it does. Still, if they do time travel to seek help from Loki, this is my idea of how the scene might play out.