The Eagle has landed, and it’s been long enough.  For the good of the people, the collecting community, and MUReview.net readers everywhere, I went out and spent too much on a figure so that I could bring it to you as soon as possible.  That figure, Sif, from the Thor movie toy line.  Also, scroll to the bottom or check out a summary of our new rating system HERE.

Sif

Packaging

My apologies, I have no good personal example of the actual US packaging here.  I purchased the item from overseas and this thing is covered in messaging in 9 different languages.  Otherwise, you have the very standard fare of Thor line packaging.  The movie image of Thor in Costume front left, and the Avengers logo, top right.  Sif comes securely packaged and was not difficult to get out of the plastic which, is the case with many 3 3/4 Hasbro action figures.  The back of the packaging features a blurb about Thor, otherwise, the only Sif specific information on the packaging is where her name appears in title form (front and back).

Paint

 I’ve found so far in the Thor line that the paint apps appear to be generally “good” and consistent.  Sif is right in line with existing Thor line figures.  Reasonable paint app, no smudges, blemishes, or “weak” / “light” spots in the app.  There is a good level of detail and the colors are near accurate to the movie (more in likeness).  Sif’s arms feature excellent paint detail for her gauntlets, but it seems that her boots could have used a little more attention with detail highlights.  The shape is there, but it’s pretty much just brown leather type paint down the legs.

 

 

 

Articulation

 Every figure has a moment where it shines or sinks.  Unfortunately for Sif, this is where she sinks.  I’m going to skip ahead a little from where I should start to the point that just confounds me with this figure.  There are no peg / foot holes.  This character is wearing heeled boots with thin feet, and very thin legs, and there is little hope of her standing without a figure stand.  I tried standing her up on her own and failed miserably multiple times before saying “okay, I’ll just pop a stand in there”, and…wait…no holes?!?!? Min-rant over.  Moving on, the range of motion on Sif is highly limited.  Top to bottom, the head spins but there is very limited tilt range.  You have torso movement, shoulder spin and tilt, bending at the elbows, we also have nice spinning wrists.  The leg / hip movement is incredibly limited due to the “Skirt” portion of Sif’s jerkin.  There is virtually no forward or back movement at the hips.  The knees bend, and the ankles tilt forward and back, but do not spin or tilt side to side. 

Character Likeness

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I watched Thor, and trying to find a good front shot of Sif online has been painful at best.  From what I can tell however, Hasbro has opted to go with a slightly different pallet, darker in some places, lighter in others.  Sif does wear a few different costumes in the movie though and this seems to be a mix of most.  In one she is sleeveless with a white shirt under her armor, in another sleeved, with what appears to be chain-mail under her armor.   In some scenes her outfit has the tail from her cloak, and in others, arms are covered, but no cloak.  Probably something setup for a stunt in the movie that should have been there but I’m just catching it now.  The face isn’t too far off, though my figure definitely has more of an Asian look than I feel is visible on Jaime Alexander’s face.  Another point to call attention to, the back of Sif’s cloak, in the movie, there was additional detail here that is missing from the figure.

Accessories

Apart from the fact that they are bright white, Sif’s sword and staff appear to do their movie counterparts good justice, even including the mid-handle on her sword.  The sword fits nicely in Sif’s hand, but the staff is a bit of a challenge and you may have to bed her grip fingers out a little bit.

Overall

As a representation of an onscreen character, this figure does a pretty good job.  I find the lack of foot holes near inexcusable, but who knows, maybe this is a European release only type of thing.  Maybe the English just hate figure stands?  We have good detail with Sif, limited points of movement / pose-ability, but in Sif, we complete really, what are the must haves for the Thor movie toy line.  I use the term complete loosely mind you, because outside of eBay and jacked up Amazon prices, good luck finding this figure, especially if you live in the USA.  Sif will absolutely be displayed, probably nowhere near prime shelf realty, but she’s the only of her character, and the only that is like to come out.

Grade

Displayed somewhere I might see it (3 out of 5)

 

Rating SystemEach figure will be reviewed under the following categories:
Packaging
Paint
Articulation
Accessories
Character Likeness
Overall

Each figure will then be given an overall grade out of 5 levels:
Displayed front and center – Perfect score
Displayed but more to the side – Second best, nothing wrong with that
Displayed somewhere I might see it – Displayed, it’s good, I like it, not as much as others.
Displayed but buried in the back – Not all that great, but no other options for this figure
Stored* – It’s really not worth displaying. 
*This will be caveat-ed, if the figure is excellent but is being moved out in favor of a better version of the same character, this will be explained.

 

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