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Marvel Legends Marvel Thor Ragnarok 2017 Wave: Ares

Welcome to more of MUReview’s Marvel Legends Thor Ragnarok 2017 wave coverage!  We’ve been waiting to get our hands on this wave…and in particular this figure, the figure far longer than the wave, but still, we love new toys and we hate waiting, so I’m excited to be able to share Ares with you today.  Ares has a little bit of a story.  He was until this point, one of the most sought after Build a Figures in recent memory.  His wave came out in 2008 and featured some of the hardest to find Legends to date including Vision, War Machine, Ben Reilly, and Kang.  This scarcity served to drive up prices on the aftermarket for Ares exponentially.  Now though, in like a champion comes Hasbro to give us Ares as a single card figure in 2017, and all things being equal, he’s even more awesome as a single card figure than he was as a BAF…at least, that’s what I think.

The Good | The Bad The Rest | Availability  Photos

The Good

  • Ares includes a long sword and battle axe, both fit well in his hands and look evil and awesome.
  • Ares helmet is removable, pop it off to show shadow / smoke detail around his eyes.  Helmet looks great on and off and fits the figure very well, I could flip him upside down and had no trouble keeping it on.
  • Paint application here is crisp, very clean, nothing stray to complain about, black is deep and solid, skull and crossbones has good detail, very sharp.
  • Ares jerkin, through paint does a good job of looking like it’s made of a different material than his pants.
  • Paint wash on his boots ably achieves the look of worn and weathered metal.  
  • It’s attention to the little details on this figure that really make it stand out, the spiked elbow pads, the brown leather under his jerkin, his left arm guard, all look great.
  • Ares comes with a dagger that can be holstered on his right leg.  This also fits well in his hand.  

The Bad

  • Look Up movement of his head is pretty much entirely not possible.
  • He’s missing some more modern articulation, double-jointed elbows, swivel calves.  The elbows I think may have been a sacrifice for the sweet spiked elbow pads look!

The Rest

So many Marvel Legends collectors have waited for so long to pick up Ares.  So many others paid insane prices to get him in secondary markets as a build a figure.  Beyond the fact that this figure is only $19.99 as opposed to folks charging in excess of $100 for the 2008 build a figure, he’s improved from that time period in more than enough ways to justify the purchase, even for those that may have picked up him up on a secondary market.  Ares comes with one of Gladiator Hulk’s arms, and his war hammer, so if you are planning to build Hulk, you have to pick up Ares.  You really should pick him up regardless, fantastic figure, excellent detail, addresses a character that many don’t have in their collection…and what an awesome helmet!!  

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MUReview received these figures for free for review purposes from Hasbro

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