Today we bring you a review for Hasbro's 2012 Marvel Legends wave 1 Terrax Build-a-Figure by John Harmon from Mint Condition Customs. You can check out hi-res images for the figures below in our GALLERY!
PACKAGING - Technically Terrax does come in a package. Actually, he comes in 6 packages being a build-a-figure and all. Itís of course the same new Marvel Legends packaging weíve come to love, and his pieces are always packed neatly to the center left in plain sight. I dig that.
PACKAGING SCORE: 4 / 5
SCULPT Ė Terraxís sculpt is just fantastic. Itís 100% new and itís awesome. Heís got great proportions, and finely toned muscle definition. His clothing is not connected to his body, and with the exception of his boots, nothing on the sculpt is specific to one character, so I could see them using this later down the road. For customizers, his body can be quite useful.
Oh, and thereís the head. Wow. Seriously. That is an amazing head sculpt. I love actual expressions on my figures, and Terrax has got one awesome expression that is sculpted to perfection. I love his cocked eyebrow, and his big sneering grimace, and that stony beard. It should be noted here that Terrax only has one open hand, so he canít double fist the shaft of his axe (wow, did I really type that?), but regardless his sculpt is still amazing.
SCULPT SCORE: 5 / 5
PAINT Ė Hasbroís really been knocking it out of the park with paint jobs in this new wave one. Considering how few paint apps there were on the original Hasbro Marvel Legends offerings, this is a very welcome change. Terrax has a great marbling wash on his stony parts that looks fantastic. At least I think itís paint. It could be different colored plastics swirled together, something I read Toybiz used to do a long time ago. Iím not sure. Either way, it looks great.
Thereís not a single bit of paint slop that I can see anywhere on him either. I will say that his clothes, gloves, and boots could use something more. It looks good, but itís just a very bright shiny red. It looks too clean, and with all the destroying Terrax does, thereís no way he stays clean. Some kind of wash on these parts would have looked good.
PAINT SCORE: 4 / 5
ARTICULATION Ė Terrax has a good wide range of articulation. He has a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, bicep rotators, single elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ab crunch, waist twist, ball jointed hips, thigh rotators, double knees, shin rotators, and the new angled peg rotator ankles.
I really like the new ankles Hasbro is using. Weíve seen them doing this recently on some G.I. Joe figures, and before that the only other time Iíve seen ankles like this were on the SOTA Street Fighter Revolutions figures. Itís actually pretty nifty, since it doesnít break up the sculpt as much, itís easy to accomplish, and you get an extremely wide range of ankle pivot. So yeah, Terrax has a lot of posability, and itís useful to boot. Double elbows would have been welcomed, but I think thatís just picking nits at this point.
ARTICULATION SCORE: 4.5 / 5
ACCESSORIES Ė Terrax has the great pleasure of not only being an accessory, but he comes with one too! So few BAFís come with accessories, and Terraxís is a great addition. He comes with his giant Cosmic Axe thatís so big it had to be broken up into two separate pieces inside the packaging.
Thereís no paint on it at all, but the sculpt is very detailed with lots of tech looking parts. I just love the design of the axe overall. Thereís no paint detail, but itís big, the sculpt is great, and itís very character appropriate.
ACCESSORIES SCORE: 4 / 5
FUN Ė Usually itís hard for me to grade this seciton, since I try to be as objective as possible, but sometimes my biases for the characters come through. Here, I donít have that problem, because I have no idea who Terrax is and I think heís EXTREMELY FUN. I know heís a herald of Galactus and thatís it.
Before this figure came out thatís all I knew, and usually characters Iím familiar with are less fun as action figures, but Terrax is just eight kinds of awesome rolled into one. I think a lot of it is a combination of his great sculpt, that awesome face, and his giant axe. I guess Iím a sucker for big muscular angry dudes with giant things to wield (again, did I just type that?). So to reiterate, Terrax is a lot of fun even if you have no idea who he is.
FUN SCORE: 5 / 5
OVERALL Ė Terrax is an excellent figure, and very much a worthy addition to the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure collection. Hasbro really knocked it out of the park with the new wave 1 which is really hard considering how hyped up the return of Marvel Legends was. It very easily could not have lived up to all the anticipation, but instead it really raised the bar for Hasbro.
I was really wary of Terrax at first too. After seeing the new wave 1 build-a-figure was such a short character (compared to the giant characters that preceeded him when Toybiz was doing things) I thought the figure wouldnít be very good. Turns out I was completely wrong and Terrax was amazing. Not only that, but for those who have the Galactus BAF Terrax would go right alongside him, being his herald and all. While I do hope that Hasbro will start making some more giant characters into BAFís (Sauron, perhaps a BAF Juggernaut, etc. etc. cough cough wink wink nudge nudge), it doesnít take away from how truly a great figure Terrax is.