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by yo go re

Remember the days when you could just walk into a store and manage to find a variant on the shelves?

Mere moments after his escape during the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and arrested for his crimes against the sacred timeline.

Well, first he had to stop off and film a car commercial, but then he was apprehended by the TVA. Anyway, we're only three episodes in to the run of Loki on Disney+ as of this writing, but so far the show's pretty good. Wandavision was great from start to finish, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier was a muddled mess, so maybe the D+ shows will be like Star Trek movies, and every odd-numbered installment will be quality? If that's the case, I feel bad for whatever's coming up next. [Correction: Falcon was supposed to be first, in August of 2020, followed by Wanda that December. Loki was always third, though. --ed.]

You may recall that the previous Marvel Legends Loki was one of the first Hasbro figures to use the Photo Real face-painting process. Early attempts at anything ae always a little rough, so it should be no surprise that this one is better - no more weirdly glossy eyes and lips! The unruly hair matches what's seen in the first episode, though the straighter hair seen on the packaging art would also have worked fine. A missed opportunity for an alternate head!

Loki is wearing civilian work clothes, so he uses the suit body - the one with the extra ankle joints, putting him in rare company. He uses Nick Fury's torso, possibly because that one's just been sitting in storage and hasn't been reused yet. Yes, it has a sculpted holster around the shoulders, but 1) it's under his jacket, and b) it's not painted, so you won't notice it even if you look under the lapels. His necktie is straight and squared off at the end, and its brown stripes just give the whole thing a very "early 1970s" feel.

The first thing I did upon getting this figure was open it and check the back of his jacket. In the show, he's wearing a garment that identifies him as hailing from a variant timeline, so that no one around the office forgets who he is. None of the pictures online showed whether or not he had the appropriate orange "VARIANT" label across his shoulders, but worry not: he does!

The body being reused means the articulation holds no surprises. Other than the extra ankle joints, but that's just a surprise because we didn't know he'd be using these legs. Loki has swivel/hinge feet, swivel ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, a swivel waist, hinged torso, swivel/hinge wrists, double-elbows, swivel biceps, swive;/hinge shoulders, a hinged neck, and balljointed head. The size of the socket on the head is the same as on the last Loki, though the depth is different: that means you could swap them if you felt like it, but it would look weird.

Loki has no accessories of his own, not even his knives or a stack of folders or a reset grenade or anything. That does mean there's plenty of budget room for BAF pieces. He's got a stand to make Falcon fly, plus the Redwing drone.

Because of the order the shows were made in and the time it takes to get a toy into production, this Loki is the only Loki figure in this series. There's an exclusive Mobius M. Mobius coming to Target at some point, but there are definitely other characters who would make for good toys, as well.

-- 06/28/21

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