|"You want the Thing, you gotta feed me first, Father's Day or not!"|
Whoddathunk that I had to get married and become a father first. Why? Because the Thing turned out to be my first the Father's Day present! How? well, the wife said, "I'm not even gonna try and surprise you because I'm not sure what's the next figure on your list. So we're gonna go to the store and you're gonna pick out something."
Funny. SomeThing was exactly what I chose. So thank you, Mel my dear, and little Christian for a fantastic (Four) first Father's Day gift!
Like: He's a chunk! The Thing's sheer size and weight is amazing. It's as if they've not just copied his look, texture and colors but also his weight and reduced it proportionately till he was in 7"-scale. If you had him displayed on your shelf and he fell on your foot, you'd probably break a metatarsal.
Like: His face sculpt. He's got a brooding pout, low brow ridge, and fantastically apt blue eyes fer the Ever Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing!
Like: His rocky texture. Marvel have perfected making Things with the right color and feel of rock, not matter how different the look is. In this case, they've given him a dark undercoat and highlighted over with orange-brown paint for that craggy look.
Like: The size of his meat hooks. They didn't pull any punches here. (Get it? Get it?) Thing's arms are over-large and each of his fists are way bigger than his head. If you had him posed with a fist out and dropped him on your glass coffee table, well, good luck to the coffee table! ;P
Dislike: That they could've given him more accessories than just a fancy stand that looks like some sort of futuristic exhaust pipe and a super small, double-sided cardboard background piece. (They were so underwhelming I forgot to take a pic! Doh!) I don't know that it even works properly behind him because of the figures sheer size!
Like: That he balances well because of his big feet and heavy body. I just love it when you can pose two figures together like this!
|"It's Clobberin' Time!"|
- This is the one area Marvel Select was made for--looking good! While not all characters might come off the way you or I might like, the Thing certainly does, I'm sure! From the rocky texture of his skin, the wonderfully sculpted head and fists to the excellent paint, on to the spray shaded light blue tights and shiny black-painted boots, there's hardly a part of the Thing that is not beautiful to look at. And the eyes? Well, that's the cherry on top!
Fun: 8/10 - I like Thing figures because I find the character fun. He's the fun guy on the Fantastic Four despite being the sulky dude and always find time for a wisecrack during combat (or otherwise). I mean just looking at his mug makes you wanna grin with joy. And this is just when Thing's by himself. Throw in another member of the 'Four or another bulky figure and you'll have yourself a hoot.
Value: 7/10 - Large figures are always feel more worth their weight in gold and Thing really takes the cake when it comes to being a heavy hitter. Add to that the fact that other toys (Marvel Universe, DC Universe Classics) are going up in price but Marvel Select figures have dropped some and you won't regret shelling out for o' Ben Grimm.
I paid S$40 (US$32) for this guy when I would've paid upwards of $50 for him maybe a year or two back for a figure of equal bulk. Part of it is due to the falling U.S. Dollar but even then the prices could've been hiked up like MU or DCUC stuff. Instead, they've fallen and I can't see how the Thing isn't value for money!