Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Toy Review – Marvel Legends Arnim Zola By Hasbro

And now we come to Arnim Zola, who I like for no other reason than his greatest accomplishment is projecting his face onto a TV in the chest of a robot.

Seriously – that’s his big accomplishment. He has his consciousness stored in what basically amounts to a cloud drive, and he inhabits these robot bodies that rather than just being normal robot bodies have giant TV screens built into the chest so that Zola’s face can be projected onto them. The little thing on top of his shoulders is the electronic psychic device he uses to mind-control monsters and zap superheroes. Of course.

Now that the excellent Toby Jones has portrayed Zola in his human form I like the character even more. I can’t wait to see Jones’ face on a giant robot chest.

Zola’s parts are packed in with six of the seven figures from the second wave of Hasbro’s 2012 Marvel Legends revival. For some reason Spider-Man was chosen to not have the Zola part. I guess they figured people would buy Spidey without any additional prompting. They were right. If I ever actually see the Big Time Spidey variant I’ll buy him, whereas I could not say the same thing about Bucky Cap or either member of the Wrecking Crew.

First Glance: I was initially disappointed that the face in this figure’s chest was not sculpted, as I had always imagined Zola’s face to be a 3D projection. But whatever. It looks good and I suppose the original Zola wouldn’t have even thought about 3D technology yet. Isn’t it enough that he invented the cloud drive?

Sculpt: The pieces fit together very securely, but are not quite as permanently affixed as some of the older Marvel Legends build-a-figures. Remember the days when the instructions would warn you that once they were connected the pieces would not come apart again?

Zola has ball pivot/swivel joints at the shoulders, elbows, hips, wrists, and a ball joint at his uh… neck? There are swivels at his waist and thighs. The knees are double-jointed and his ankles are something sort of different. There is a pivot that is particularly deep and functional, but the feet are mounted on these sort of swiveling rockers that are very firm and tight. It’s a great ankle joint and one that I’d like to see more. It’s far superior to the ball pivot/swivel that most of the new Marvel Legends sport.

All of Arnim Zola’s articulation is very functional and aesthetically pleasing. They are worked into the sculpt, something that I have noticed tends to happen more with build-a-figures than regular ones.

All of the details of his costume are sculpted rather than painted on and I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate that. Putting Mattel’s Metron next to this guy is just going to be shameful. Heck, putting Metron next to Mattel’s Parademon is going to be bad.

Design: I like the orange and purple color scheme. And the sticker or piece of paper or whatever it is in his chest really does look great under the translucent plastic piece.
The paint job is solid and flawless, with just enough little details to keep the figure from being bland. I mean, I know it’s ridiculous to suggest that a human-sized robot with a giant face in its chest and a camera for a head could be bland, but it could.

Accessories: Zola himself is a bunch of accessories stuck together, but he does come with his little remote control thing. It fits perfectly in his hand and is a neat-looking piece.

Packaging: Since Zola has no package (huh, huh), I put my shelf pic here. There's a special surprise down where the shelf pic normally goes!

The figure came packed in with the Marvel Legends from the second wave of 2012 figures. The designs on the packaging get across the concept of the build-a-figure very well and I like that the back specifies which figures come with what pieces.

Overall: Fantastic. And apparently the Madame Hydra figure comes with an alternate torso with Red Skull’s face in it. I am going to have to track that one down now.

5 out of 5

If you don’t want all of the figures from the wave, I still strongly suggest you find this guy on eBay. He’ll be pricey, but Arnim Zola is a great figure and a must-have for any Marvel Legends collector.

And now, here's what Arnim Zola looks like after using Photobucket's new Disney Parks themes!:


  1. I only collect MU. It fits in better with my collection. With that said I KNOW they will make an Arnim Zola for the Mu line. It is a foregone conclusion.