I have no idea who the crap this guy is.
Seriously – the extent of my knowledge is that he was also released in 3 ¾” scale in a Guardians of the Galaxy 3-pack.
To keep this from being the worst, shortest intro in the history of Needless Things, I’m going to do a quick run-down of green folks from the Marvel Legends line.
She-Hulk – I wasn’t going to worry about building the Blob figure because there were so many figures in this wave I hated (movie Jean Grey, movie Juggernaut) or just didn’t want (Yellowjacket, Thor [at the time I didn’t care about Thor], She-Hulk). But then I found Jean Grey and She-Hulk on clearance for a couple bucks apiece and decided I wanted that Thor. Anyway, this She-Hulk is pretty good. Her body is weird and I prefer the head on the Savage She-Hulk from the Fin Fang Foom line, but overall I think this is the best one. Purple and green.
Uh… that’s kind of it. I can’t think of any other green-skinned Marvel Legends I own. And no – I don’t have Green Goblin, Leader, Man-Thing, or a Skrull. Nor did I buy any of the Fin Fang Foom series (because fifteen bucks was just ridiculous for a figure, am I right?). So here are a few that I would love to see sometime soon:
Sauron - I suppose he’d be a 100% tool, but I’ve always really liked him for some reason. A character as important as he was in the 90’s X-Men cartoon should definitely have happened by now.
Ch’od – Obviously you’d need the rest of the Starjammers too, but I’d really like to see that happen anyway. It would be awesome to see one of the old five figure box sets with Ch’od, Lady Hepzibah, Corsair, Raza, and Lilandra.
And I’ve hit a wall after only a couple. Feel free to mention some of your green-skinned favorites in the comments.
First Glance: I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of having to buy a guy I had never really heard of, but once I saw him in the store I kind of liked him. Even though he’s wearing blue jeans.
Sculpt: Drax has ball joints at the neck, shoulders, and hips. There are swivels at the biceps, forearms, and thighs. The elbows and knees have double joints and the ankles pivot.
All of the joints are tight and have a good range of motion, but the ankles are amazing. I don’t know about you, but I see an ankle joint under a pants leg and I tend to wonder why they bothered. An action figure’s feet never move well when there is a pant leg hanging down over them. But not so on Mr. Drax, here. His feet have an impressive range of motion that I still don’t quite understand. They almost defy the laws of physics! Okay – maybe I got a little over-excited about his feet. But they do work amazingly well.
While I like this particular style of hip articulation, sometimes it is a bit difficult to move. You really have to wrangle that ball joint to get certain poses.
Because Drax shares a chest piece with Bucky Cap, he has that hole in his back and I hate it. His left forearm doesn’t quite match up with the rest of his arm. And no – I’m not even talking about the paint. We’ll get to that. The sculpt doesn’t even match. Also the wrapping and knife on his right forearm kind of looks like crap. Maybe if the knife were made of sturdier material and were removable it would be okay, but as it stands it just looks like something that should be on an old late-90’s Toy Biz figure.
But the rest of Drax looks pretty good. The head sculpt is unique and has a great expression. I like that the body is lean, but I’m not sure if that is how the character is or not. I mean, I’d think a character named “Drax the Destroyer” might be a little bulkier, but I dunno. (okay – I looked and he doesn’t seem to be too huge ever) The jeans and shoes are well done, even if I do find the fact that he’s wearing jeans and shoes to be a little ridiculous.
I particularly like his belt. It moves around a little too much, but it looks good on the figure and has sheathes for his knives. It is hugely important to me that figures have places to keep their accessories.
Design: This is where Drax stands out. Well, mostly.
That left forearm is just a huge problem for me. I checked it out and as far as I can tell Drax doesn’t have the forearm of some other, slightly lighter green species sewn onto his arm or anything. So it just looks like shit for no good reason. As for the right forearm, that is part of his modern look but it was just executed poorly. Even the paint job here wasn’t all that great.
But the rest of him is great. The green of his skin is very nice and the washes really make Drax look more lifelike. The red markings are a deep color and tightly done with no bleeding or messy edges. Even the eyes are well placed and stay within their bounds. The jeans look fine as well.
Accessories: Drax comes with two knives, Arnim Zola’s left leg, and a page of the epic, six-part Arnim Zola story.
The knives are too soft, but they have a great shape and are painted well. Most importantly, they fit well into Drax’s hands and the sheathes on his belt.
Stay tuned for more on Arnim Zola.
Packaging: A plastic blister taped to a cardboard back. Drax’s card is a little nicer than some of the others, which is good because this is not a character I gave a crap about.
Overall: Drax is one of those figures that looks good on the shelf from across the room, but kind of doesn’t work when you get too close. My biggest problem is those awful forearms. The rest of him is so solid, but then those eyesores really muck it up.
3 out of 5
I didn’t want to be overly harsh and give this guy a “2” because I do like him for the most part.
You shouldn’t have a problem finding Drax at retail if you want one.