Hot Toys Review: Avengers: Infinity War Thor

Sister received a special gift last Christmas (from yours truly, of course😉):

Hot Toys Thor from Avengers: Infinity War.

After his release last year, we watched review after review praising Infinity War Thor.  Let me tell you, the reviewers aren’t exaggerating.  This figure is truly spectacular!

I’m just going to hit the high points here, but Sister did a more thorough video review which I will link to the bottom of this post.  So, if you want to see something more in-depth, be sure to watch the video!

Hot Toys Review: Thor from Avengers: Infinity War.

Likeness and Face Sculpt:

Everyone knows Hot Toys’ is unbeatable when it comes to head sculpts.  They’ve mastered the skill replicating our favorite characters on a one-sixth scale.  Infinity War Thor is no exception.  The details on him are unbelievable.

Hot Toys nails the likeness of Thor in his Infinity War look.

I really like his intense expression.  In my opinion, it says he’s not ready to admit defeat–an attitude which is very fitting as we near Avengers: Endgame.

Of course, Thor has expertly painted, textured skin (one of the qualities that give Hot Toys figures their realistic look).  There are a few wrinkles on his forehead, slight bags under his eyes, and also the scar left by Hela.

The detail on Hot Toys' Infinity War Thor is superb.

It’s hard to see in the photos, but Thor’s right eye is slightly askew and a different color.  If you recall, Rocket gave him a new eye when they were traveling to Nidavellir.  This, my friends, is a perfect example of how movie accurate Hot Toys figures are.  They nailed Thor’s likeness right down to his fake eyeball!

Both his hair and beard are finely sculpted.  When you look at him from the side, you can see he still has marks from his encounter with the Barber on Sakaar.

Height and Articulation:

Thor stands roughly 12 1/2 inches tall.  He is taller than both Loki and Tony Stark.

Hot Toys' Infinity War Thor is about 32 cm (or 12,5 inches) tall.

He has a muscular body and about 30 points of articulation.

Infinity War Thor has over 30 points of articulation.

The Alternate Look:

Infinity War Thor comes with two different looks: the one seen at the beginning of Infinity War and the one he wears after forging Stormbreaker.  To change his style, you’ll need to pull off his armored arms, pop in the bare ones, then remove his cape and replace it with his black collar.

Thor's alternate style in Infinity War.

I’ll be honest, it took me a while to get up the gumption to change his arms.  I was so nervous the joint would break!  Thankfully, Hot Toys products are well-made.

Instead of having visible hinges at his elbows like most action figures and dolls, Thor has seamless elbows.  The joints in both his armored arms and bare ones are completely hidden.

While this is great for photography, it does have one drawback–it limits his elbow articulation just slightly.  If I had to pick, I would probably choose better articulation over seamless joints.  Still, this is a pretty cool feature.

To make Thor look like he does during the battle in Wakanda, just switch out his bare arms for the armored ones, remove his black collar, and slip on his cape.

Between the two, this is my favorite style.

Hot Toys Quick Tip: Don’t leave figures with rubber arms in dynamic poses for too long. Leaving their elbows in a bent position can cause the rubber around the joint to split. Bring them out, pose them, take pictures, and enjoy them. Just remember to straighten their arms before putting them back in the box or display cabinet.
Accessories:

Infinity War Thor comes with an array of accessories, like:

 

  1. Two magnetic eye patches.
  2. Stormbreaker.
  3. A set of bare arms.
  4. Four pairs of alternate hands (fisted, relaxed, open, and weapon holding).
  5. A figure stand with the Avengers: Infinity War logo.
  6. A black collar for his alternate style (the one at the beginning of Infinity War).
  7. Lightning effects that clip to his armor and around his arms.

You’ve already seen both of Thor’s outfits, and going over his variety of hands seems unnecessary (I’m sure you guys already know how that works😉).  So, we’re just going to take a quick glance at his eye patches, Stormbreaker, and, best of all, lightning effects!

Thor comes with two eye patches: one is solid black while the other has a gold streak on one side.  The eye patches connect to his right eye using a small magnet on the back.

The magnet does a good job of holding the eyepatch over Thor's eye.

Next, is Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker.

The details on Stormbreaker are amazing!  The wood handle has branches and vines running up it reminding us that Groot helped create the ax.  There is even a tiny green leaf at the bottom.

Last but not least is Thor’s light-up feature and translucent blue lightning bolts.  There are LED lights under the black plates on Thor’s vest.  These lights illuminate the six lightning bolts which clip to the vest.

Infinity War Thor LED light-up feature.

All you need to do is pop out the black plates, replace them with the lightning effects, then flip the switch on his back to give Thor his “BRING ME THANOS!” look.

The lights on Thor’s chest are bright enough that you can see them shining even in a well-lit room.

While the lightning effects work via LED lights, a black light is required to make Thor’s eyes light up.

Thor’s glowing eyes is undoubtedly a neat feature; however, I would have preferred his eyes light up using a switch rather than a black light.  As you can see, the black light distorts all the colors in the photo and gives off a violet undertone which is hard to correct even in Photoshop.

Final Thoughts:

Since the first Thor movie, Hot Toys has released nine versions of Thor.

Hot Toys Thor Figures 2011-2018.

  1. Thor from the original movie–MMS 146 (2011).
  2. The Avengers Thor–MMS 175 (2012).
  3. Dark World Thor–MMS 224 (2014).
  4. Dark World Thor Light Asgardian Armor–MMS 225 (2014).
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron Thor–MMS 306 (2016).
  6. Thor: Ragnarok Roadworn Thor–MMS 416 (2017).
  7. Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Thor–MMS 444 (2018).
  8. Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Thor Deluxe Version–MMS 445 (2018).
  9. Avengers: Infinity War Thor–MMS 474 (2018).

Which of these figures is the best?  That depends on your personal taste and whether you want Thor with long hair or short.  I usually prefer Thor before his hair cut; however, Infinity War Thor has changed my mind.  He is definitely one of my favorite figures!  (My other favorite is Dark World Thor).

Dark World Thor and Infinity War Thor by Hot Toys.

He is a solid figure, comes with a variety of accessories, and has the best head sculpt to date.

I paid roughly $267 for him (plus about $20 for shipping) which isn’t a bad price for a Hot Toys product, especially considering all the fun extras he has.  Figures with light-up features (like Iron Man) often cost upwards of $400.

Hot Toys Infinity War Thor and Ragnarok Loki.

So, if you’re a Thor fan, I highly recommend adding Infinity War Thor to your collection.

But don’t take my word for it.  After all, my loyalty ultimately lies with Iron Man—and Loki😉.  No, why don’t you hear it from a true Thor aficionado: my Sister.

Since, apparently, I’m not worth to handle Thor, Sister put together her own video review for this post.  So, without further ado, here is the full video review of Hot Toys Infinity War Thor:

Want to buy Thor for yourself?  He’s still available!  Just follow this link to Sideshow Collectibles: Marvel Infinity War Thor by Hot Toys | Sideshow Collectibles

But don’t wait too long.  With Endgame coming out in just 10 days I doubt he’ll last much longer.

Hot Toys photography: Possible Endgame scenario involving Thor, Tony, Loki, and time travel.

Rumor has it that our heroes may revisit the Battle of New York in Endgame.  Some speculate it’s to gain information from Loki about the stones.  I have no idea if this happens and kind of doubt it does.  Still, if they do time travel to seek help from Loki, this is my idea of how the scene might play out.

Now, before I sign off, I would like to thank everyone again for helping me find a better name for this blog:

Pixie Dust Dolls.

I am thrilled with this name and can’t wait to make the switch!

When will it happen?  The first week of May.  I’d love to start immediately, but, since I’m doing everything myself, need to wait until I have enough time to spend a few days staring at the computer.  At any rate, I intend to continue posting reviews (and maybe some crafts🤞) up to and throughout the name change.

So stay tuned because fun times are in store for Tinker Bell’s Treasure soon to be Pixie Dust Dolls!

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