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Classic Loki

by yo go re

What if... Loki had appeared on the Adam West Batman show?

The epitome of Loki potential! Powerful, carefree, and mischievous, this Loki's decisions led to a long life, but that didn't come without its own baggage.

In Disney+'s Loki, the titular Laufeyson ends up meeting a whole bunch of alternate versions of himself - Sylvie, obviously, but also Kid Loki, Alligator Loki, President Loki, Frost Giant Loki, Satyr Loki, Bicycle Handlebars Loki, Tour De France Loki... dozens overall, with the most surprising perhaps being "Classic" Loki, who was just straight-up wearing the classic comic costume instead of something at all "realistic" like the other Lokis have been wearing since Thor 1. He revealed that, instead of fighting Thanos aboard the Statesman ship, he hid and then went into exile on some distant planet, only drawing the attention of Time Variance Authority when he decided he missed his brother and wanted to go home.

Classic Loki is wearing a real-world version of the vintage Jack Kirby design: a green bodysuit beneath yellow trunks, boots, and gloves, and a spiky Kermit the Frog collar. It's done like simple fabric over a human body, rather than whatever shaped stuff most superhero movie costumes are made of. He does have several layered belts, and a cape hanging off his shoulders, and he wears a golden helmet with the large, curving horns sticking out the front. Truly a classic! He just looks a little frumpier than most characters would, underscoring that he's been living alone for ages.

Old Man Loki was played by Richard E. Grant, a respected British actor who's actually been in quite a lot of your favorite things: Doctor Who, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Dracula, Spice World... he was even the evil scientist guy in Logan, so being Loki isn't even his first comicbook role. The toy includes two heads - one serious, one smiling - that both have very nice likenesses. The extra is folded up in a little cardboard frame inside the package to prevent its horns from getting bent; how thoughtful! I may have to hold onto that for when I put this figure away in storage.

Loki's accessories include translucent green energy swirls, plus new hands that have clear green energy molded onto them. Or, well, technically they're molded from translucent green energy and then have the yellow gloves simply painted on top, but you get the idea. Unfortunately, the yellow paint isn't solid enough to fully cover the green, but this isn't bad for a first-time effort.

Articulation is unsurprising: barbell neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists on both sets of hands, hinged torso, balljoint waist, balljoint hips, swivel thighs, double-hinge knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. His cape will always drape straight downward, but he's not a super dynamic character in the first place, so he's look weird doing flip-kicks anyway.

This series's Build-A-Figure is Khonshu, and Classic Loki includes the right leg.

Including this comicbooky version Loki on the TV show was an unexpected move, and we really weren't expecting him to get a toy. Now to just keep our fingers crossed for President Loki and the Lokidile.

-- 01/16/23

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