As we here at MTV Geek impatiently wait for the 2011 American International Toy Fair, we’re still bringing you the latest and greatest toy reviews from all over the landscape of action figuredom. “Figuredom?” Yeah, just go with it. This week Diamond released another bruiser to their line of Marvel Select figures: The Unstoppable Juggernaut! He’s 2 ½ lbs. of plastic mayhem, but is he worthy enough to mingle with our other Marvel figures? Only one way to find out…
According to the back of Juggernaut’s humongous blister package, this is his history, in brief:
Finding a mystical ruby in a lost temple in Korea, U.S. Army soldier Cain Marko read aloud the inscription to the gem: “Whosoever touches this gem shall be granted the power of the Crimson bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words shall become… forevermore… a human Juggernaut!” Charles Xavier’s half-brother became and unstoppable force soon after joining Magneto in the fight against the X-Men and anyone else that dared stand in their way!
Ol’ Juggy has one helluva sculpt! While we’re refuting the claim that he ever joined Magneto (except in our semi-filthy fan-fics), we can’t argue the tremendous detail captured in this hulking mass of destruction! Gentle Giant Ltd., best known for their line of Star Wars busts and laser-scanned head sculpts, are credited as the sculptors of this particular toy. Whether this was achieved through computer-aided design or the good ol’ fashioned human hand is not clear, but we couldn’t care less! Juggernaut’s imposing mass is captured expertly, as is his menacing visage. Xavier’s red-headed brother from another mother has a separate faceplate attached beneath the helmet to give the appearance of having his bulbous melon hidden beneath. Speaking of the helmet, it is appropriately huge and is pockmarked with damage from all the random running through walls and whatnot that the Juggernaut is so well known for. Like the helmet, the bands around his arms are also sculpted to look like hammered steel. The rest of Cain’s outfit looks like a tough leather or hide, like that of an elephant or the inside of a boxer’s cauliflowered ear. Gross, yet durable. Juggy’s (you know he would just LOVE being called “Juggy”) boots look as if they are made of thick, wrinkled leather. The soles of his boots are even fully sculpted with deep tread, so he doesn’t slip and fall while on a rampage through the streets of NYC. Very practical.
Cain’s been granted a quality paintjob on his action figure. Most of the various parts have been molded in their proper base color, but then have all seen the business end of a paintbrush to help bring out the detailing of the sculpt. The bands on his arms have been painted brown/copper and then have been drybrushed with a gold tone to really make them seem like they are formed from metal. His base body is molded in brown, but there are plenty of paint washed to show off his musculature and the rough texture of his clothing. The part of the paint that could really make or break this figure was the face. Thankfully, the exposed eyes and gritted teeth have been done up minus any slop or stray brushmarks. His gums are a sickly gray around his slightly yellowed teeth, but the real clincher comes with the paint on his eyes. Juggernaut has perfectly placed pupils with light reflections painted on top of the blue. The kicker is that he even has a red line running the length of his lower eyelids. Somehow this just makes him seem more evil… of course, a bad case of dry-eye will do that.
Juggernaut’s never been known for his limber and flexible poses, and neither is this toy. It’s all about business here, with articulation points starting with his swivel neck (possibly a ball-joint but constricted by the helmet), swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, ball-joint torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. He’s limited in what he can do, but as you can see in the pictures, he’s still more than capable of being posed in a charging stance. The width of his chest keeps the figure from being able to cross the arms over the chest, but that’s on par with other deluxe-sized figures from the Marvel Select collection. His ankles are of note due to the placement of the hinge. Normally, this lets the ankles move front-to-back, but Juggernaut’s go side-to-side. What this accomplishes is the ability for Marko to stand with a very wide stance without any worries about toppling over.
Juggernaut is fairly light in the accessories department; since, his unyielding rage can’t really be counted as an accessory, even though it’s quite palpable. What Cain DOES come packaged with, is simply a cardboard background that can be inserted into a thin plastic stand, which is sculpted to look like a rocky base. It doesn’t even reach the top of Cain’s thighs, so to call it useless would be an understatement in this instance. Luckily, it happens to work perfectly with Hasbro’s 3 ¾” Marvel Universe figures.
That’s about it for our look at the Marvel Select Juggernaut figure. Thanks to his sheer size of the character in the comics, this humongous figure fits well into a Marvel Legends or Marvel Select collection. For more info about this big brick of a toy, or any other Marvel Select offerings, be sure to hit up www.diamondselecttoys.com and your local comic shop.