Volstagg the Valiant is famous across Asgaard
for his boundless bravery, mighty axe, and endless appetite. It is rare, even in battle, to find him without food in his hand, or at least a pouch full of snacks. His hunger never distracts him from a battle, however, and his brother warriors are always glad to have his axe at their sides.
That stuff about "boundless bravery" is true now, but it wasn't always so - in the Warriors Three's first appearance (Journey Into Mystery #119, August 1965) Volstagg was portrayed as a bumbling blowhard who more of a problem to have around than an asset. As he appeared in more issues, however, that changed to the boisterous warrior he is today.
Volstagg was played in the film by Ray Stevenson, in his second comicbook movie role. When these figures were shown off at Toy Fair, we made fun of the Warriors Three as "Dread Pirate Roberts," "Jet Li in a historical epic," and "Gimli," and we stand by it: Volstagg has a big red beard and long hair pulled back into a ponytail.
In the comics, Volstagg wears pink and yellow, but the movie put him in orange, brown and silver. Yeah, that's probably for the best. And though Stevenson is bulkier than the other actors, he's not as gigantic as the comic character, who's not only fat (thus the nickname "Volstagg the Voluminous"), but also towers over his companions. Of the three, Volstagg looks the least like the comicbook design, but he still fits into the movie's aesthetic, and looks unmistakably like an Asgaardian warrior.
The figure has swivel/hinge ankles,
double-hinge knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, a balljointed torso, swivel wrists, swivel/hinge elbows and shoulders and a balljointed head. He's armed with an axe (furthering the Gimli comparisons), and a ridiculous "spinning ram axe" that you'll use maybe once and then lose forever in a drawer somewhere.
The Warriors Three are sold individually (as figures 08, 09 and 10 in the Thor line), but we reviewed them as a set because let's face it: they're a team. Hasbro could have
put them in a three-pack and sold them that way. Maybe then they would have shown up in stores on time. People who are more charitable than we are have suggested that stores were just holding these figures to coincide with the DVD release (it comes out tomorrow), but whatever the case, we're just glad these figures made it out at all. But seriously, a note to Hasbro: rethink your casepacks. The Captain America cases have been slightly better than Thor's were, but they've both been pretty bad. The Green Lantern toys may be utter garbage, but at least there are a lot of different ones out there. You're surely already working on next year's Avengers toys, so for Pete's sake, don't repeat the mistakes of this line.