ShartimusPrime takes a look at the new 1/6 scale Ant-Man movie figure from Hot Toys. Check out his video and written review below as well as a IMAGE GALLERY full of in-hand images for the figure.
Hey, wasn't Ant-Man great in Captain America Civil War? Just a couple of weeks after the release date of Marvel's latest blockbuster, Hot Toys has released their 2015 Ant-Man Movie Masterpiece MMS308 1/6 Scale Collectible Figure. Will the action figure live up to the hype the character has built up after only 2 film appearances, or will this figure be a Big Time Let-Down? Let us view and discuss, and discuss we shall.
PACKAGE!: The packaging for this figure is so cool that I wish I could have it on display. I'm pretty sure there's a poster out there with a similar design. I like that the black rings that represent his shrinking effect are embossed. The extreme angles throughout are just fun to look at. I also like how the text wraps around and that we see a white silhouette of an ant on the right side. After removing the sleeve, you can see the figure in the window box and read the names of the creators of the figure on the back. I love that they used the Star Wars scroll for this, however the names of the poor bastards at the top are difficult to read. Let's all just assume it says J.C. Hong about 5 times up there . . . oh wait, it does.
ACCESSORIZE: We get a decent amount of accessories with this figure, and I do like them. While the accessories are a bit on the small side (HA!), they do look great. The Pym Particles are made with a translucent red and blue colored plastic. I love that we get 2 of each, and they all fit nicely into his belt as they should. He gets a blue and red throwing disc (just one of each), and I really like these as well. The red and blue really pops on each of them, and the rest of the discs live up to our expectations of Hot Toys paint detail. Actually, all the accessories are painted consistently with silver over black. Ant-Man also comes with 2 little bombs that he places on the back of the ants while infiltrating Cross Industries. I picked up some little rubber ants from a local hobby shop, and these bombs fit perfectly on their back. The bombs fit nicely on the Marvel Legends Antony figure too. My favorite accessory is the tiny Ant-Man that stands about 1 inch tall. The detail on it is pretty impressive. Where most tiny Ant-Man accessories (ie Marvel Legends or Marvel Select) can get a little sloppy with paint, this tiny Ant-Man looks nice and crispy. I love that it also has a little stand to go with him, where is feet plug in.
And on to our less unique accessories, the figure comes with 3 LR621 batteries for his helmet's light-up feature. The figure also includes a sweet display stand. I like that Hot Toys utilizes multiple textures for the base. The text and red dots are all smooth, while the rest is rough. Also, the plaque looks exceptional with the checker design and "Scott Lang" engraved along with an engraved image of Ant-Man. It also has the adjustable cradle that works fine, but I still prefer the dynamic pose stand.
For interchangeable hands, we get 5 for the right and 3 for the left. The reasoning for the extra right hands is because that is the side of which he has the button that makes him shrink. We get 1 right hand where he's about to hit the button, and then 1 right hand for holding accessories. We also get 2 fisted hands, 2 relaxed palm hands, and 2 Hope Pym booty grabbing hands. The figure also includes 2 extra wrist pegs incase you break one, which I doubt. Interchanging the hands on this figure is a bit easier than some other Hot Toys.
THE DEETS: The details on this figure are stunning! I was actually excited to go grab this figure again to write this article. It's fun to look at and looks incredibly accurate to how Ant-Man looked in the film. I really can't say anything bad about how it looks. Maybe add a little more dirt to it? But it already has a lot of paint detail throughout, so I can't even feel just in making that a legit complaint. The helmet is incredibly film accurate with a vibrant silver paint, translucent red plastic over the eyes (we'll get to the light-up feature, hold on), and the scuffed wear on the helmet just adds another level of detail that makes the whole thing realistic. After removing the face plate and dropping the mouth piece down we see Paul Rudd. Hot Toys is known for capturing the likenesses of their subjects, and they killed it this time! So much to the point that I caught my wife softly stroking his lips. The little wrinkles on his face are placed perfectly, and the the smirk they gave him with the left side of his mouth slightly lifted is spot-on. The expression on his face carries the optimism the character had in the film. The belt and wrist pieces are painted with the same silver over black that we saw on the accessories. I love how the variety of textures that we get on the entire suit. The fake leather looks really good, and I love how the red sections are textured with little bumps and still have black paint fading from the edges. The joints look like they're made of a ribbed rubber-like material that allows movement, and the added silver tube-like sections throughout the whole body of the figure really make it pop! I love this design for our original MCU Ant-Man and Hot Toys executed the look of the character splendidly.
I STILL FUNCTION: The functionality of this figure could definitely use some improvement. While it wasn't very difficult inserting the batteries, the light up feature for the eyes simply does not work. Let's actually take a step back here and talk about how this complex helmet comes apart. We have a magnetized face plate that is removable, but can also sit at the top of his helmet very much like an Iron Man mask. The mouth piece is pretty scary business because it's so stiff. The section shaped like an upside down fang is right beneath the antennae and that slides away from the figure, and then hinges down, and the mouth section can swivel up and down too. The top of the helmet comes off as well, and that's where we can insert the batteries and turn the switch on and off. With both the top of the helmet and face plate removed, we can see a bright red LED light shining from his forehead. As soon as we put everything back together . . . no light. In a dark room, you can barely see it from the side, but it looks nothing like the promo images.
The other thing that doesn't work too well are the tubes that connect from the back of his helmet to his backpack. They're made out of a soft material that makes me feel like they could break with just a little too much pressure. I feel like I can never truly port them in all the way, thus the tubes pop out very easily. Luckily they're shaped in a way where they look like they're plugged in, even though they're not.
The belt on the figure is made of hard plastic that is separate from the rest of the suit. It can shift up and down some and actually has a decent amount of give. I like that it can come apart from the back, and then it's fairly easy putting it back together. Belts with this type of port system are usually frustrating to put back together, but for this one it's a breeze.
GIVE IT ANKLE PIVOT!: The instructions clearly show the limitations of the articulation. I think it was smart that they did so, however I think it would have been better to have more articulation. I understand that with a full leather body suit for the design is going to create some limitations. Not only that, but that bumpy red section for the torso is made of a pretty firm material that limits the torso articulation to practically zero. I can't get any horizontal movement out of the figure's torso at all. The only torso articulation is a slight crunch forward. This is only disappointing because the buck for this thing has a diaphragm and waste joint that should allow for full movement, but then they're totally hindered by the suit.
They aced the head articulation, and I have no problem with it aside from the removable face-plate being a little flimsy while moving the head around. It can move it's head in any direction with easy. The arms can bend a fair amount, but you can't really go crazy with it. The directions say 45 degrees outward (but I can move it more than that), 70 degrees forward, 120 degrees at the elbows . . . which isn't too bad really. The wrists rotate nicely and have a hinge.
The legs are pretty disappointing with only a slight 40 degree outward movement at the hips. It's really scary moving the legs outward because you don't want to pop the stitching. They can move forward only 40 degrees as well. The knees bend only at 90 degrees for me, however the instructions say you can get more out of the knees and bend them at 70 degrees. The ankles move down and up a little bit, and rotate side to side just fine. I do wish it had more ankle pivot. I know the legs aren't well articulated, but more than just a tiny wiggle for ankle pivot would have made me happy.
IN CONCLUSION: It all really depends on what you do with your figures. I don't like giving scores because we all collect for different reasons and appreciate different things from our action figures. I like posing action figures a lot and there's some people that don't care at all about articulation. If you really like posing your figures, you're going to be disappointed in this piece. If you put more weight into the aesthetics, then I guarantee you will be pleased. Even though I consider the helmet's light up feature a fail, I do think the helmet's look is one of the most impressive characteristics. The Paul Rudd face looks incredibly accurate as well, and the suit is truly stunning to look at. With shipping, this figure should run you about $300. Hopefully you enjoyed this article and I hope it helps you in your decision making process. If you'd like, you can help us back by leaving some feedback in the comments below.
Check out more images for the figure below. You can order this figure now at BigBadToyStore.com.