Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Toy Review – Marvel Legends Drax By Hasbro

I have no idea who the crap this guy is.

Seriously – the extent of my knowledge is that he was also released in 3 ¾” scale in a Guardians of the Galaxy 3-pack.

To keep this from being the worst, shortest intro in the history of Needless Things, I’m going to do a quick run-down of green folks from the Marvel Legends line.


Hulk – First there’s Hulk. There have been better Hulks than this one, but he was the first and I never liked comic book Hulk enough to bother buying another. I bought the movie Hulk they produced a few years ago and even though he’s too small I like him best. I just wish they could do a Ferigno Hulk.

– I didn’t particularly want this future version of Hulk when he was offered, but he came with a piece of Apocalypse, so I had to get him. That actually really pissed me off. I hated having to buy non-mutants to get all the pieces of the sentinel and Apocalypse. And this one didn’t even come with all the awesome parts from the conquered heroes like the old Hulk Transformations one did. I bought that one because it was so rad I had to have it. Not because Toy Biz forced me to buy it. Seriously – that was a much better figure. And it didn’t have stupid, knobby legs.

She-Hulk – I wasn’t going to worry about building the Blob figure because there were so many figures in this wave I hated (movie Jean Grey, movie Juggernaut) or just didn’t want (Yellowjacket, Thor [at the time I didn’t care about Thor], She-Hulk). But then I found Jean Grey and She-Hulk on clearance for a couple bucks apiece and decided I wanted that Thor. Anyway, this She-Hulk is pretty good. Her body is weird and I prefer the head on the Savage She-Hulk from the Fin Fang Foom line, but overall I think this is the best one. Purple and green.

Uh… that’s kind of it. I can’t think of any other green-skinned Marvel Legends I own. And no – I don’t have Green Goblin, Leader, Man-Thing, or a Skrull. Nor did I buy any of the Fin Fang Foom series (because fifteen bucks was just ridiculous for a figure, am I right?). So here are a few that I would love to see sometime soon:

Sauron - I suppose he’d be a 100% tool, but I’ve always really liked him for some reason. A character as important as he was in the 90’s X-Men cartoon should definitely have happened by now.

Ch’od – Obviously you’d need the rest of the Starjammers too, but I’d really like to see that happen anyway. It would be awesome to see one of the old five figure box sets with Ch’od, Lady Hepzibah, Corsair, Raza, and Lilandra.

And I’ve hit a wall after only a couple. Feel free to mention some of your green-skinned favorites in the comments.

First Glance: I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of having to buy a guy I had never really heard of, but once I saw him in the store I kind of liked him. Even though he’s wearing blue jeans.

Sculpt: Drax has ball joints at the neck, shoulders, and hips. There are swivels at the biceps, forearms, and thighs. The elbows and knees have double joints and the ankles pivot.

All of the joints are tight and have a good range of motion, but the ankles are amazing. I don’t know about you, but I see an ankle joint under a pants leg and I tend to wonder why they bothered. An action figure’s feet never move well when there is a pant leg hanging down over them. But not so on Mr. Drax, here. His feet have an impressive range of motion that I still don’t quite understand. They almost defy the laws of physics! Okay – maybe I got a little over-excited about his feet. But they do work amazingly well.

While I like this particular style of hip articulation, sometimes it is a bit difficult to move. You really have to wrangle that ball joint to get certain poses.

Because Drax shares a chest piece with Bucky Cap, he has that hole in his back and I hate it. His left forearm doesn’t quite match up with the rest of his arm. And no – I’m not even talking about the paint. We’ll get to that. The sculpt doesn’t even match. Also the wrapping and knife on his right forearm kind of looks like crap. Maybe if the knife were made of sturdier material and were removable it would be okay, but as it stands it just looks like something that should be on an old late-90’s Toy Biz figure.

But the rest of Drax looks pretty good. The head sculpt is unique and has a great expression. I like that the body is lean, but I’m not sure if that is how the character is or not. I mean, I’d think a character named “Drax the Destroyer” might be a little bulkier, but I dunno. (okay – I looked and he doesn’t seem to be too huge ever) The jeans and shoes are well done, even if I do find the fact that he’s wearing jeans and shoes to be a little ridiculous.
I particularly like his belt. It moves around a little too much, but it looks good on the figure and has sheathes for his knives. It is hugely important to me that figures have places to keep their accessories.

Design: This is where Drax stands out. Well, mostly.

That left forearm is just a huge problem for me. I checked it out and as far as I can tell Drax doesn’t have the forearm of some other, slightly lighter green species sewn onto his arm or anything. So it just looks like shit for no good reason. As for the right forearm, that is part of his modern look but it was just executed poorly. Even the paint job here wasn’t all that great.
But the rest of him is great. The green of his skin is very nice and the washes really make Drax look more lifelike. The red markings are a deep color and tightly done with no bleeding or messy edges. Even the eyes are well placed and stay within their bounds. The jeans look fine as well.

Accessories: Drax comes with two knives, Arnim Zola’s left leg, and a page of the epic, six-part Arnim Zola story.

The knives are too soft, but they have a great shape and are painted well. Most importantly, they fit well into Drax’s hands and the sheathes on his belt.

Stay tuned for more on Arnim Zola.

Packaging: A plastic blister taped to a cardboard back. Drax’s card is a little nicer than some of the others, which is good because this is not a character I gave a crap about.

Overall: Drax is one of those figures that looks good on the shelf from across the room, but kind of doesn’t work when you get too close. My biggest problem is those awful forearms. The rest of him is so solid, but then those eyesores really muck it up.

3 out of 5

I didn’t want to be overly harsh and give this guy a “2” because I do like him for the most part.

You shouldn’t have a problem finding Drax at retail if you want one.


  1. oK OK OKO......The ball buster has returned...The guy that gave ya grief over not reading Secret Wars comes back here to enjoy comic toy goodness and comes to find out you didn´t read the infinity Gauntlet EITHER?!?! Drax is heavily in the Infinity Gauntlet. That is it. Turn in your geek card.

    1. Heh. I'm not sure the distribution of geek credentials relies on the recipient having read things they have no interest in. There was nothing that attracted me to Infinity Gauntlet back in 1991 and nothing has changed my feelings about it since. But you're right about Secret Wars. I'll get around to it.
      I'm not sure where this idea of things being "essential reads" comes from. I heard for years about how amazing and "essential" Watchmen was. I read it before the movie came out and found it to be an absolute bore. I'm not saying people shouldn't like it or that it isn't good - it just isn't for me.
      I'm not going to give anybody crap for not watching Doctor Who, know what I mean?

  2. I only know who Drax is because I had a bunch of Marvel Universe cards back in the early 90's. Actually, collecting comic book cards is what got me into eventually buying comic books. Anyway, he did not look anything like this. I think he work a purple suit, had a big cape, and was much more muscular than he looks here. I just remember thinking all of what the cards called "cosmic beings" were cool, and that is the category Drax fell into.

    Anyway, this figure does nothing for me. I think his older look was better, and every toy I've seen in the store has a really dark wash on his chest with lighter arms, or vice versa. Also, he just looks too skinny. He either needs to be shorter or have a bigger chest.

    1. Obviously I am always in favor of a purple costume. Boo to Hasbro for putting this guy in skinny jeans. As for his physique, I dunno. If you say it's wrong I'll go with that. But his ankle joints are still amazing.

  3. AGree with you on that one. The older looks is MUCH better! Get cha butt over to the comic store now and get Infinity Gauntlet and the Secret Wars. They are great reads for all Marvel goodness!

    1. Well, my local used bookstore had a copy of Secret Wars on the shelf, and I had an additional 15% off, so I went ahead and bought it. I was pretty much introduced to Marvel characters through the secret wars toyline back when I was a kid, so I love all the classic costumes. We'll see how I like it, I'll probably start it this weekend or later in the week.

    2. Let me know what you think, Clark. I'm making pretty good headway through my stack now. Once I finish Elektra: Assassin I think Secret Wars might be next.