Following up my reviews of Hope Summers and Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier earlier this week, I’m jumping to an unlikely third entry in my series of Marvel Legends Series 1 figure reviews today: the Build-A-Figure of the set, Terrax the Tamer! Perhaps the most famous of Galactus’ heralds other than the Silver Surfer, the would-be dictator Terrax has the ability to control earth and rocks but is even more well-known for his massive cosmic axe! The would-be dictator Terrax caused problem after problem for Galactus over the years with his rebellious nature, though he’ll trouble Galactus no more after being unceremoniously disintegrated instantly by the Phoenix Force last year. Having appeared in comics for over three decades as well as various appearances in the 1990’s Marvel cartoons, Terrax is a true legend. His figure, well… it’s not legendary, but it’s pretty good…
ANKLE ROCKERS!!!! Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I bitch incessantly about the wonders of ankle rockers and how they should be mandatory wherever possible in toy lines. Hasbro said they were working on incorporating these in the new Marvel Legends at SDCC last year, but Terrax is the only figure in Wave 1 to actually have the sacred gift of ankle rockers. Although Terrax is a huge figure which would otherwise have a high probability of toppling over, he’s saved by the much-loved ankle rockers on his feet. With the ankle rockers, you can get Terrax into a ton of poses and actually balance him seamlessly–a feat which would not be possible without ankle rockers.
…Oh, and Terrax has some other points of articulation too. Terrax has a total of 25 points including a ball-jointed head, upper torso ab-crunch, swivel waist, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, double-jointed elbows, double-jointed wrists, ball-jointed hips, swivel calves, double-jointed knees and ankle rocker ankles.
Sculpt-wise, my favorite part of Terrax is unquestionably his head. He has an asymmetrical head sculpt with one eye noticeably larger than the other, and a great “Don’t fuck with me” growl on his face. His costume is the traditional Terrax costume in all its glory, and has been sculpted separately on top of Terrax’s actual body mold in a flexible, rubbery plastic. As a result of the plastic used, the costume only slightly inhibits Terrax’s articulation. Terrax’s body itself looks bulky and powerful, just the way that it should.
Terrax has one weapon: his signature comic axe. As you might expect, the axe is freaking enormous! Seriously, this is probably the most crazy-huge axe in the history of 6” figures. The cosmic axe comes with the Hope Summers figure, and consists of two pieces that easily fit together tightly and won’t come apart. I’m especially delighted Hasbro gave it to us after Mattel jipped us on the awesome scythe they showed off the Nekron prototype with.
Terrax comes broken up across all the figures in Marvel Legends Series 1 besides Thor, so he doesn’t have any packaging of his own to speak of. What Terrax does get is a fun series of pieces of paper that come with the six figures with Terrax parts, dubbed “Tales of Terrax”. Each one has a diagram on one side showing how to build Terrax, and a summary of a classic Terrax tale on the reverse side, with each tale featuring a different character Terrax interacts with. I was surprised to learn something, as I seriously had no clue that Terrax ever had his plans foiled by disco Dazzler! I like the “Tales of Terrax” as a welcome treat and bonus, and think they’re pretty fun (if not cheap).
Also, I’m grateful that even though there are seven figures in every wave of new Marvel Legends, Hasbro is only making us buy six to form each build-a-figure. I wanted Thor anyway in this wave, but I appreciate that I might not have to spend $15-$20 for an extra figure every wave just for a build-a-figure part.
There’s a lot to like about this Terrax Build-a-Figure, but there’s unfortunately a number of obvious flaws with him as well.
Terrax is pretty huge. As in, gigantically tall. This isn’t really in keeping with the depictions of Terrax that I’ve seen in the comics or even the 90’s Marvel cartoons. Muscular and ripped, yes–but not excessively tall like Giant Gozales (Google it). I think the real problem here is that Hasbro sort of worked themselves into a corner with the Modern Thor figures. Thor is freakishly huge, and as a result Terrax needs to be about his height or else he’ll look “weak” in comparison. But at this size, Terrax looks just too big to me. It’s jarring to me and I’m not really thrilled that Terrax looks tall and fit instead of bulky and tank-like.
I also disagree with the way that Terrax’s costume has been painted. While Terrax’s actual skin and muscles have fine paint detailing on them that adds depth to the figure, there’s nothing of the sort on his clothes. Terrax’s tunic badly needs detailing or a paint wash—it looks pristine and plastic and not like a Herald that wants to get down and dirty for a battle. I don’t believe that Terrax is ever this clean—his unweathered clothes make him look like a shiny toy, and that’s really too bad considering how well-done the actual sculpt is.
As imposing and lethal as the cosmic axe’s size makes it look, it has its own issues. The handle appears to have the slightest bit of paint weathering added to it, but the blade is totally plain and without detailing. It doesn’t look like a metal axe blade to me—it looks like dull grey plastic. Since the cosmic axe is such a critical accessory to Terrax, it’s really disappointing that its deco is so lackluster.
In addition, Terrax’s right hand is made out of a rubbery plastic to allow you to easily put the axe into it and take it out, but the rubber is so bendable that the axe is often able to slide around and not stay the way you want it to be posed. This wouldn’t even be a big problem if Terrax could hold the axe two-handed, but with his left hand being a closed fist that’s completely impossible.
Terrax is the Build-A-Figure of Hasbro’s 2012 Marvel Legends Series 1. As such, you’ll need to buy all of the figures except for Modern Thor to get all the parts for Terrax, or else look around for someone selling the individual parts that comprise Terrax. As of writing, the figures in this wave have only been sighted at retail at Toys R Us, where they retail for $17.99 + tax.
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Amazon has all the figures in the Terrax wave in-stock right now from various sellers, but prices and availability change rapidly on Amazon so you’ll need to click through for the current specifics.
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Overall: Terrax is an overall worthwhile first Build-A-Figure for the new Marvel Legends line, but he’s not everything I’d ever dreamed of in a Terrax action figure. He has a tremendous amount of articulation, far beyond any Terrax figure that’s come before. And he comes with my absolutely favorite point of articulation, the much-coveted ankle rockers! Terrax can stand in many poses stably that would otherwise be impossible because of the ankle rockers, and all of the rest of the articulation he has is meaningful and works great. Terrax’s skin itself is nicely detailed, but the lack of any weathering or paint wash on his actual clothing makes him look like he just came out of the department store with some brand new clothes—shiny, plastic-looking clothes. The blade on the cosmic axe is totally lacking weathering or detail of any kind as well, making it look far too plastic for such an integral accessory. Terrax has some issues with loose joints that I fear are going to be exacerbated over time, and his hand grip is too rubbery causing problems holding the axe (in addition to not being able to hold the axe two-handed due to his left closed fist). Terrax is a hell of a “free” bonus figure and I’m glad to have him on my shelf, but there’s definite room for improvement with him that I hope we’ll see in future Build-A-Figures.