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S.H.Figuarts Thor -《FINAL BATTLE》 EDITION - (Avengers: Endgame)

In this second edition, Thor fan and movie magazine editor Natsuko Nara is reviews the S.H.Figuarts Thor -《FINAL BATTLE》 EDITION - (Avengers: Endgame), with plenty of new photos!

Thor Odinson, born and raised in Asgard. Blood-son of Odin, All-Father of the Asgardians and its new king. Filled with love for both Midgard (as Asgard knows Earth) and his homeland, he fearlessly takes on galactic threats as (in his own words) the Strongest Avenger. Humans know him as Mighty Thor. And now he appears in a new Thor -《FINAL BATTLE》 EDITION - (Avengers: Endgame), portraying him as he appeared in his strongest form during the final battle against Thanos.

The figure capably captures the face of the world’s most handsome man, Australian-born Chris Helmsworth, and includes both normal versions and a lightning-eyed version that makes me want to crank Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” up to 11.

Thor’s trademark hammer Mjölnir and the new battle axe Stormbreaker are included, letting you put the figure in awesome two-weapon poses. Speaking of two weapons at the same time, that reminds me of his two-sword look in the arena on Planet Sakaar in 2012’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” And Chris Helmsworth also carried two axes in “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). So two huge weapons at once is a good fit for Thor.

When you think of Thor, you think powerful, healthy, alluring muscles and muscles but... This figure has a potbelly. And all that stuff I wrote about his handsome face? It’s covered by a beard. It makes you want to say, hey, couldn’t he at least have gotten the hunky Thor at the end? But no, this body of his has a meaning. Let me explain what I mean.

In 2011’s “Thor,” the overly cocky candidate for the throne is banished to Earth, which he falls in love with in spite of the huge culture gap between it and his homeland; in 2012’s “The Avengers” he learns the power of camaraderie and teamwork; in 2014’s “Thor: The Dark World,” he faces a threat powerful enough to destroy the universe; in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” he visits Earth again before setting off to search for a threat in deep space. Then in “Ragnarok,” he partners up with his brother-rival Loki to guide his surviving people, who have lost their world, to safety on a spacecraft. That was the start of a new chapter for him as king of his people – until Thanos appeared.

In 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” Thanos suddenly wiped out most of the Asgardians and killed the brother whom Thor had forged an unlikely truce after years of rivalry. Thor, of course, swore revenge by his own hand. Joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy, then the Avengers, Thor lays waste to the attackers in the Battle of Wakanda. Finally confronting his sworn enemy, Thor hurls Stormbringer into Thanos’ chest but fails to slay him, giving us the classic Thanos comeback “You should have gone for the head!” Thor has lost his people, and half of his friends on Earth, disappeared with a snap of Thanos’ fingers. There’s practically nothing more for him to lose at this point.

At the beginning of “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), Thor and the surviving Avengers search for and find the planet where Thanos is hiding. Thanos has already done what he wanted to do and has lost his thirst for battle, but Thor cannot help himself; he cuts his hated foe’s head off with a single stroke – shocking not only his comrades but all of us watching in the theater, too. With nothing left to lose or live for, Thor forgot everything he learned and focused only on his quest for vengeance. It was as though he had regressed to his old, short-tempered, cocky and arrogant pre-King self.

But revenge did not lift his spirits. Not at all. If he had taken Thanos’ head at the Battle of Wakanda, or been able to show his true power the first time they faced off, if he’d had his hammer, his father and mother, if only he’d had Loki... He undoubtedly wished he could wind back the clock and do things over. But there was no way to fix what had been done. In fact killing Thanos might well have ensured that fate once and for all.

There was nothing to do about it except drink. Drink and forget. Drink, sleep, wake up, and do it again... Over and over again, forgetting everything for the rest of his days. And the end result of all that indulgence was this body. This muscular physique transformed into flab, filled with regret.

Thor should have, by all rights, died in his dissipation. But there was a compelling reason why he didn’t. His stomach and liver are micro-cosmoses unto themselves. In the movie “Thor,” he consumes an entire box of Pop-Tarts (roughly 2000 calories) followed by countless pancakes, and in the OVA “Ultimate Avengers” he drinks mug after mug of beer from a barrel held under his arm, so this guy is a big eater and drinker. His monstrous appetites are such that he can keep eating and drinking indefinitely.... And when you think about that insane, inhuman metabolism and his never leaving the house, you start to realize just how much he must have consumed to earn that belly.

But this is the amazing thing about Thor. He still decides to join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers. He transforms all of his sadness and regret into courage and power, to fight for his lost people and reclaim the pride of his lost family, to face off against Thanos in a final battle.That’s why this body of his, as seen in the climactic conflict, is the true form of Thor, making a new start for himself.

The way the figure captures how Thor tied up his wildly unkempt hair and beard for battle mode is really charming. Blue lightening effects are included for Mjölnir and Stormbreaker. Body lighting effects are included too, so you can re-create scenes with the reincarnated Thor as God of Thunder.

In 2022, we’ll be getting a new standalone movie, tentatively titled “Thor: Love and Thunder.” But this time, Thor has left the Kingdom of Asgard in the capable hands of the Valkyries. This will give him the chance to get out, exercise more, lose a little weight, and hopefully return to his normal size. I suspect this is the first and last time we’ll see a potbellied Thor. So from that standpoint alone, this figure is historic.

Text: Natsuko Nara (Editor, Eiga Hi-Ho Magazine)

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