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Heimdall

Avengers: Infinity War
by yo go re

If you've ever wondered who could beat Sauron in a staring contest, welp, here's your answer, Fishbulb!

Guardian of the Bifrost Bridge, Heimdall uses his all-seeing eyes to protect Asgaard at all costs.

Okay, I know we said the same thing about Valkyrie, but is this figure based on Thor: Ragnarok? We know it's not Endgame, because he didn't appear there... although, in an early draft, he did: rather than Thor and Rocket going after the Aether, it was Iron Man; he would have worn Stealth Armor that turned him invisible, but of course Heimdall would still have been able to see him, so the two would have fought. Anyway, the front of this box may claim he's from Infinity War, but is there really that much difference between that and Ragnarok? I say thee nay!

Heimdall is played by Idris Elba in full-on "black Jesus" mode, which must have just thrilled the handful of racists who tried to boycott the first film because he was in it. (Yes, that was a long time ago, but no, we're never going to stop making fun of them because they're racists and deserve to be ridiculed and belittled every day of their stupid racist lives.) He's got a beard and dreadlocks, and golden eyes, but the likeness beneath it all is wonderful!

Gone is the "Oscar statuette" armor seen in the first two Thors, replaced with something that looks more realistically Norse faux-medieval and perfect for someone who's living on the run. He's still got his fancy Asgaardian boots, but pairs those with plain maroon trousers, a red vest, and wraps around his forearms and hands. He wears a simple belt with two pouches hanging by the hips and a sash that runs over his left shoulder. It looks like something a totally unremarkable peasant in a fantasy world would be wearing - which is exactly what he was going for, so I guess that works! There's a red slash on his right bicep, but you won't see that too often.

Heimdall stands 6⅝" tall and moves like any other Marvel Legend: balljointed head, hinged neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed chest, balljointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. If any of Hela's zombie troops had been turned into toys, he'd be able to dynamically re-kill them in the name of protecting innocent civilians. Or he would, if his cape didn't get in the way of a lot of it.

Oh, did we forget to mention the cape yet? Well guess what!

Over his plain clothes, Heimdall wears a hooded brown cloak with thin red/bronze stripes. A simple clasp holds it shut over the right shoulder, and the way it hangs only leaves his left arm and leg exposed. So if you want to really pose him wildly, you'll have to get creative. He also comes with the sword he once used to activate the Bifrost. That's a piece we've seen before in this scale, but Hasbro was really clever here, and used the drape of the cloak's hood to form a notch where the sword can be stored.

His part of the Thor Build-A-Figure is the left leg. Its stripey pants make it feel like it belongs to Absorbing Man.

Heimdall never really got a chance to shine in the movies, but at least Ragnarok gave him more to do than stand in one spot and stare into the distance. Get this toy and you can create your own story for what happened between the end of Thor 3 and the beginning of Infinity War.

-- 12/24/19


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