For the ten year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hasbro is putting out a special sub line of Marvel Legends celebrating the event. These figures all come in special boxes that create a little mural when combined along the edges, and all are themed around different movies from the MCU so far. Its sort of the Marvel Legends equivalent to the Transformers Studio Series line. They are also using it as a chance to catch up on characters who may have been missed over the years in the previous lines. This particular set is for the second Thor movie, Thor: The Dark World. In case you forgot which one that was, since its often thought of as one of if not the worst movies in the MCU so far, its the one where Thor has to rescue Natalie Portman from an infection of Aether, and stop the evil Dark Elf Malekith from using it to destroy the Nine Realms.
This set includes Thor and Lady Sif. I’m going to start with Thor, since he’s kind of the boring figure of the set. We’ve gotten several Thor figures over the years, and several releases of this particular Thor, more or less before. It’s not a bad figure really, and the beefed up paint jobs that the Ten Years line is getting really help bring out the niceness of the sculpt versus the previous releases.
The main weaknesses aren’t anything new. The long plastic cape kind of hinder a lot of more dynamic poses and the long hair is a little thick and weird looking. It’s probably the nicest version of this early style Thor we’re ever going to get in Marvel Legends though, so it’s not a complete loss or anything. His only accessory is his hammer.
Moving on, there’s Lady Sif. Lady Sif is a character whom a lot of fans have been wanting a figure of for a while. She was fairly prominent in the first two Thor films and has appeared in a couple of episodes of Agents of SHIELD as one of the few connecting threads between the TV and Movie world. She never showed up in Ragnarok so she wasn’t wiped out by Hela. It’s possible she could even return for Avengers 4 I suppose.
In the MCU, Sif is just sort of, one of Thor’s friends. In the comics, she is sometimes his girlfriend. In Norse Mythology, Sif is the wife of Thor. The fact that she hasn’t been included in previous lines is kind of a good thing really, she’s being released now, while Hasbro is at a nice peak for paint and sculpt. Also, it’s not like the first two Thor Movies really had dedicated waves. Almost all of the MCU films have gotten some sort of pretty dedicated wave except the Thor films. Thor pretty much just gets figures for Avengers films.
The sculpt on this figure is pretty great too. The head looks like Jamie Alexander. The armor and weapons is full of neat little etching and detailing. The paint work is is very nice as well. Like I said, it’s kind of a plus that she is just now getting a figure. She also has a ton of accessories. She has her little shield, and three swords. Two of the swords are identical, one of the two can peg into the larger one and create a larger javelin sort of weapon. I do have a bit of a nit picky complaint on the swords. There is nowhere to store the swords on her person. There aren’t even any loose belts to let you fake it by wedging the sword under the belt.
Is the two pack worth it? I suppose it depends on some things. How much do you want a Lady Sif? How many versions of the old Thor design do you already have? It’s been discounted down already so getting it cheaper than the usual 2 pack price isn’t too hard. It’s a nice set, but it’s mostly the Lady Sif figure.