Yes, Ant Man, Wasp, and The Flying Ant (it deserves caps too) are included in this set, which boasts some newly sculpted parts, lots of great re-use, and a whole lot of whopping bang for your buck.
Just how did I get this so early, you ask?
Well, I was doing nothing one day as I am wont to, when I get a call from the mysterious Rangerlord. He was on one of his ranging trips overseas in the Philippines blah, blah, blah, but mentions he stumbled upon this set! He'd already picked up some of the newest Transformers from the Generations and Reveal The Shield line on the cheap for me, so I hesitated when he said he'd found this awesome 3-pack. Can you believe it? I hesitated!
But he snagged it all the same for moi, that good ol' buddy o' mine, and man has it turned out to be much more than I expected. What are you waiting for? I couldn't wait to open this despite all the Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern goodness I was neck deep in. Click on the jump, dudes and duddettes!
One thing that Hasbro has mastered is the reuse of parts to create something seemingly new. They're so good at it that you can't tell straight away what they've reused. Besides repainting/re-molding parts in a different colors, they do very minor retools like changing the way the part is spray shaded or throwing in specially tooled but separate pieces to "break" the sculpt. In the Hulk's case, they gave him a, olive green body, which I thought was repainted/re-molded parts from World War Hulk. But it turns out he's mainly got Juggy parts. :)
Dislike: That the Hulk's lower legs don't match up completely with the excellently large feet. He actually looks like he's wearing pants. The upside is that the swivel/hinge ankles have room to move freely and have their full range of motion.
Like: That all three have newly sculpted heads! For Thor it's the classic look: longer-haired, sharper-chinned--more girly, if you will--but nevertheless it's the spot on classic look!
Iron Man is a complete reuse of the body from the IM2 First Appearance Armor figure (gray). It's a great body, but he too has a completely new head! They've also added the shoulder antenna that was missing from the previous version and really gives the figure character! :)\
Hulk's head is probably the most distinctive new sculpt of the three. Just look at that hair cut! It's almost as if he was so dumb back then that he couldn't tell the difference between a good barber and a gardener with a pair of shears. And check out gaping mouth, the raised left brow, and the spaced out look! Lol.
Like: Iron Man's gold! It's the perfect shade of plastic they've used and they've given it a yellow wash to shade the recesses of the armor. The result is just...golden! Once again, Hasbro demonstrate their ability to reduce, reuse, and recycle! (And do it well!) ;)
Like: The inclusion of Ant Man and Wasp, even if they are accessories. Heck they've even thrown in you generic rubber flying ant. This one's special, though, because he's not just your typical house-brand toy--he's made by Hasbro. Oooooo... O.o
Like: The great price of S$51 ($US63.75). That's S$17 a figure, plus you get 5 accessories--the 3 "insects," Mjolnir and Thor's cape. Hey! Why is Thor getting all the love?
Dislike: The thing about this set right now is that it's not widely available in retail. Some of these sets, like the X-Men 6-pack or the X-Force 3-pack, might take a while to reach certain places because said places might be trying to clear old stock first. But here's hoping they put the old stuff on major clearance and bring in some of this 3-pack Avengers goodness to your area!
Hulk 9/10 - As near a naked figure as we're gonna get. And that's a classic look for the good ol' Hulk--no shoes, no shirt, ALL SMAAAASH!!! ;P Oh yes, and his paint is excellent too--sharp hairline, eyebrows (one's raised), green eyes, teeth, and a light spray shade over his body.
Thor: 8.5/10 - His colors are slightly brighter than his Secret Wars counterpart (no dark blue ash on his blue tights, mainly), while his helmet's wings are larger and washed with a light blue. I also love the attempt to give his skin a ruddy wash but I think the matte finish of the redder flesh paint is slightly mismatched next to his shiny molded plastic skin.
Iron Man: 9/10 - He's all gold and brilliantly so! Hasbro didn't really have to give his awesome gold plastic a wash but they did, and boy does it make the figure pop. The new head with a smiley face is also a great addition and prevents him from being just a straight repaint. And guess what? They gave him a shoulder antenna!--All the better to tune in to FM radio with! ;P
Poseability: All three figures are articulated slightly differently from each other but all work very well to bring out the best of each characters' poses. But I think the most pleasing thing is that despite using the same plastic bar ball-joints for the legs on Hulk and Thor, this time the legs don't come off with a wayward twist. I'm not sure how they've improved it but no more "break a leg" moments!
Hulk 9.5/10 - We knew this (b)hulky body was one of the best in terms of articulation and poseability--Thanos and Juggernaut have already proven this. But we see get to see the full potential of the body because Hulk is just a bare buck and thus completely unhindered from head to toe. The thigh cuts help tremedously with a figure this size and the way Hulk can position his legs is a far cry from what the original MU Hulk can do.
Thor: 9/10 - With a waist swivel that is missing from almost all other characters in the line, Thor is right up there with Captain America and original Spidey in terms of PoAs. It's a pity about his long hair, which will always hinder movement. It's either this or give him a ponytail. No, don't give him a ponytail. Ever.
The other thing that restricts his movement is his cape. But that's removable comes off easily if needed. I do love that his right hand is sculpted with each finger separate, because that means you can do stuff like this!
Iron Man: 9/10 -This sculpt's mobility is very deceptive because he looks so chunky and inflexible. Add the fact that old school Iron Man was much less flexible in the comics, and you can see where why anyone would assume this Iron Man figure is stiff as a board. But it's simply not true--this Iron Man is one of the most flexible. It's just that we all know Tony Stark wouldn't last 2 seconds in this armor against a common street thug. And his new armors are so much more sexy. ;)
The best part of Avengers First appearance Iron Man? His awesome leg swivel/hinge ball-joints and his big'ol feet. (Ok that's two things but who's counting? ;P)
|Hank Pym's favorite ride|
Let's also not forget Wasp, Ant Man and Dr. Pym's pet ant. These guys were meant to go together--you get a super team and its classic origin all in one fell swoop. So whether you're gonna have them duke it out vs the Hulk or have them all gang up on Loki (when they make him more available...), you've basically bought a pack of fun and a great way to start your Marvel Universe collection if you haven't got one. ;)
Hulk 10/10 - Hulk figures are always fun because of their size. But this one is especially enjoyable because of the look on his face and his major lack of pants. Where World War Hulk had great articulation to go with a bunch of weapons and armor to make him fun, this Classic Hulk also has similarly great articulation but is bare. And it's this "nakedness" which truly brings the funnest fun out of playing with the Hulk.
Thor: 10/10 -What can I say? Maybe it's the movie, maybe it's because he can twirl his hammer like no other figure can.
Secret Wars Mighty Avenger, the Ages of Thunder Thor, or this one. Capes are fun, Mjolnir (Myehmyeh) is fun, and his articulation is great. Dare I say it, his blond prettiness has a certain charm that no other MU figure will ever have...
|Yellow Wash! (Can you see it?)|
Value: I paid a measly S$51 (US$41) to get this 3-pack, which works out to be S$17 ($US13.60) per figure. That's aboy a couple of dollars below retail for individual figures in these parts. Getting figures in packs always seems to work out to be cheaper per figure, so it's a win-win when you can get much sought-after figures for a better-than-single-packed deal.
Hulk 9/10 -The figure in the pack with the most new parts, and aside from the minor issue of the shins looking like they might be pants, all of him is done really well, especially the head.
Thor: 8/10 -You get Mjolnir, his sweeping cape, and a brand new head which will please a lot of Thor fans. Heck, it pleases even me. Verily. The only thing holding Thor's value back its that his body and accessories are a complete re-use of the Secret Wars version. So if you missed out on that one, you can make up for it here it a much more value-for-money pack.
Iron Man: 8.5/10 - Fancy new head sculpt? Fancy a new antenna? What about some gold-molded plastic? Well Iron man has them all right here in one figure. There's no other way to get this version of IM right now, so that alone makes this a value for money buy, even if you're not an Iron Man fan, because you can always sell it on to someone who is! :P
Overall: This is the best multi-pack offering I've seen so far from Marvel Universe. And that's saying something with the likes of the X-Men 6-pack and the X-Force 3-Pack floating around as well.
|How the heck is he doing that???|
The star of the set. Brilliant re-use of parts combined with excellent sculpting of new pieces and great paint. All this in one super articulated package--a must have!
Thor: 8.9/10 - It's a keeper!
It's hard to rate this version of Thor any higher because of the excellent Modern Thor. But this guy does have the classic Thor look spot on and much of it is because of the excellent head--the large wings, the sharper chin, the classic hair length. Throw in a brighter shade of colors all round and we've got a winner!
Iron Man: 8.9/10 - It's a keeper!
In truth, Marvel Universe Iron Men have been far inferior to the figures from the Iron Man 2 line until maybe the recent Modular Armor. The good thing is that Hasbro manufactures them both and we're reaping the benefits of sharing here. Yes, this gold Iron Man sculpt is stolen from the IM2 line, re-tooled and re-released! The one's who benefit the most? Us, of course!