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Fire Blast Marvel's Destroyer

Thor: The Mighty Avenger

Height: 12.5cm overall height.

Articulation: 21 points overall - ball-joint neck; 4 points each arm: swivel shoulder, double jointed elbow, swivel wrist; 6 points each leg: double-jointed hips, knees, and ankles.

Colors: Molded gunmetal gray and translucent smoke-gray plastic.

Accessories: None.

Release Data: Released Summer 2011 at an MSRP of $7.99.

Author: RAC

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Forged by Odin and infused with his power, the Odin Force, this unstoppable weapon is locked deep beneath the palace in the Allfather's Weapons Vault. Created to defeat the most terrifying threats in all the Nine Realms, no enemy has ever faced this guardian and won. Its sole master is the reigning King of Asgard, and so it waits for Odin's next command.

Recently I lucked into one of the other Thor figures that has eluded me: the Destroyer! I've given up on King Loki, as the Avengers version will do the job in a pinch, and Heimdall because he's expensive, so finding a random Destroyer at Target was great.

For the record, there are two Destroyers you never saw in stores. This "Fire Blast" version is the one you were slightly more likely to see, as Wave 2 did actually appear in a fair number of stores eventually. The "Inferno" version was this same mold with probably a better paint job; it didn't show up until Wave 4, which means in most stores it simply didn't show up.


The Figure

Destroyer is pretty massive. He's nearly as tall as the Frost Giant who- and let's be totally honest here -isn't. He's the Frost Slightly Tallish Guy. But that's still the tallest figure in the wave, and Destroyer comes close to that. And he's much, much wider: the Destroyer is designed to look like a muscular male human body made of metal, and that's pretty much what you get here. The specific proportions are a bit different, but unless you're staring at a screenshot from the movie you probably won't notice. What is a bit more noticeable is the lack of spikes on the figure: the movie Destroyer is pretty spiky, but due to safety reasons the spikes have been reduced to rivets here. Which, since the movie and comics designs both had rivets too, isn't a big thing. That's one last thing worth noting about the Destroyer in general: it's probably the least-altered costume design in the entire Thor movie. Not that the costumes bugged me- I like them -but you really wouldn't have trouple putting a Destroyer figure up against your comic Thor figures.

Particularly this Destroyer. See, in the film the Destroyer is generally a deep, glossy black color. Inferno Destroyer, the later release, is a much better match for that. This is a deep gunmetal kind of color, which matches the comics much better. Inferno Destroyer also has his eyeslit painted as though he's charging up to fire his ear-rending energy blast from the movies, which is a nice bit of deco. Speaking of that energy blast, that's the inspiration for this figure's action feature: press the square button on the Destroyer's midsection, and his torso lights up with a red LED. Matching the gunmetal of most of the figure pretty well is a smoke-gray translucent plastic in the upper front of the torso, neck, and- unfortunately -the head. Because that's not backed with darker plastic as the torso bits are, it's more noticeable as being translucent plastic. Which would be fine with me if the LED was strong enough to really light things up, but it barely registers in the ball-joint inside the head. So you're left with a slightly ethereal-looking head that doesn't light up very much, which is at odds with the solid metallic look of the rest of the toy.

If I had one of these to burn and was a competent customizer, what I'd really like to do is paint the head and torso over with gunmetal paint, leaving the seams unpainted, and then install a much stronger LED. That would give the effect from the movie, where the Destroyer's blast was visible through the seams of the armor before it fired. That was a really neat effect, and I feel it is repeatable on a figure this size with enough budget for paint and electronics. Maybe if they'd done a Deluxe Destroyer they could've pulled it off, but I do feel that this was the best figure that you could make with the same budget as any other Basic figure in the Thor line.

And as often happens, there is a price paid for the action feature in terms of arm articulation. The shoulders are reduced to swivels; I guess they didn't want the mounting for the typical universal joints to show through the torso when it lights up. We also lose a waist since it'd be impossible to have the LED mounted in the torso with a torso joint in there as well. Otherwise it's articulated normally, and quite well. The head has a good range of tilt and no restriction in its swivel. The shoulders swivel freely at least, and the elbows bend to about 90 degrees and also have free range of swivel. It does have swivel wrists, and the typical Marvel open hand/closed hand setup. The hips are typical as well, and have about the best range that kind of universal joint can manage. The knees are double-jointed and have great range, allowing the legs to double over with ease. And the ankles do well too, though I wish they could lean a little farther forward. Destroyer has no stand and no peg holes to use a stand, but balances well enough as not to need them, and the seams of the armor continue over into the soles of the feet, which is a nice touch. Overall, I'd say the articulation the figure does have comes close to compensating for the sacrifices made for the gimmick.


Closing Remarks

If you want a Destroyer bad enough to go to eBay, and only want to get one... get the Inferno version. It looks better, and more like the film version. But you're more likely to run into this one for retail or less, and at those prices it's a decent enough figure, particularly if you'd like a comic-version Destroyer. Overall I'd say it's Good on our Non-Numeric Rating Scale, and if the Inferno Destroyer figure looks as nice in person as it does in photos, I'd likely knock that up to Very Good for that version. As what may be my final Thor purchase, it's a pleasant way to wrap up the line.

-RAC