Hasbros Infinity Gauntlet is a Big Glowing Clanky Godfist

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on target A few weeks ago at Toy Fair I saw Hasbro’s Marvel Legends series role-play version of the Infinity Gauntlet. I fell in love as soon as I saw the ridiculous bronze mitt with the glowing stones and loud clanks and space noises. I’m a sucker for sci-fi/fantasy/comic/anime/game prop replicas, and the Infinity Gauntlet itself is just amazing to see (we had a big foam Hulk hand version of the Infinity Gauntlet, one of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives from a few years ago, but alas it’s no longer with us for comparison), so seeing a movie version with articulated fingers, lights, and sound effects hit all of my weak points.And Hasbro obligingly sent us one. Which I’m currently gazing lovingly at as it sits on my desk.AdChoices广告First, here’s an important detail about Hasbro’s different role playing toys and their tiers. There are lots of simple masks and gloves and Nerf guns based on Marvel and Star Wars that you can pick up at any toy store. Basic stuff so you and your kids can have fun pretending you’re Star Lord or Black Panther without spending a lot of money.Then there’s the collector’s tier. For Marvel, it’s Marvel Legends, and for Star Wars it’s the Black Series (or, for lightsabers, ForceFX). They’re the step up line from basic movie tie-in toys, designed more for collectors than kids. They’re often larger, with more intricate engineering and better details. They’re also more expensive, with the role playing items specifically easily breaking $100 each (though the 6-inch Legends and Black action figures are a more affordable $15-20, and can be more easily found at stores).Yes, this is a $100 toy glove. It’s also the Infinity Gauntlet, so show some respect.The Infinity Gauntlet is massive. It stands nearly 20 inches tall and over 8 inches wide, dwarfing even my large hands. It’s made of heavy, dense plastic, mostly colored a metallic copper-bronze with some subtle two-tone shading. The fingers are gigantic, with articulated, mechanical. They’re possibly the most interesting part of the gauntlet.You don’t move the Infinity Gauntlet by flexing your fingers inside its fingers, like a proper gauntlet. Even my hands aren’t big enough to wiggle Thanos’ beefy sausage fingers on their own. Instead, each finger is basically a puppet. Some sort of… finger puppet.You hook your fingers into five plastic rings inside the gauntlet, surrounding a fixed plastic bar if you just want to make a big fist and swing it around without moving the fingers. Each ring moves a finger, flexing inward as you pull. It’s some pretty impressive engineering to make the Infinity Gauntlet life-sized and not just a gold glove that would have been clearly smaller than the giant doom mitt in the movie.Yes, because you can move each finger individually, you can make different weird gestures. You can also try to grip things, but I wouldn’t drink wine with the gauntlet.The Infinity Stones (not the Infinity Gems, because this is an MCU Infinity Gauntlet) are mounted in the knuckles and on the back of the hand. They’re translucent colored gems, molded to look rough and permanently attached to the gauntlet. So, no, you can’t take the Infinity Stones out and store them separately, which is a bit of a shame. Fortunately, the gauntlet’s goofy effects make up for it.Three AA batteries fit in a battery compartment under a panel on the gauntlet’s bracer, and they enable all the special effects. When batteries are in, pressing the yellow Infinity Stone lights all of the Infinity Stones up and makes the gauntlet hum and make space noises. It first thrums loudly, then makes a crackling woosh sound that quickly becomes annoying. The dumb energy sounds are fine, but the real joy is when you flex the fingers. The gauntlet makes loud, creaking, mechanical sounds, as if you were really swinging a big metal glove with articulated fingers.The Infinity Gauntlet doesn’t come with a fancy base or stand, but it doesn’t really need one, because it stands up on its own. The bottom is flared so wide and the plastic is so hard that it can stand straight up on any flat surface. And, while Hasbro didn’t include a nice stand to keep the gauntlet lifted, they did include a handy locking switch for displaying it. The hand stays open by default, but a small mechanical switch below the yellow Infinity Stone lets you lock any of the fingers in place closed. With the switch flipped, you can keep the gauntlet in a fist, or throwing up metal horns, or making any other gesture. It’s a nice touch. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The only real complaint I can make with the Infinity Gauntlet is that the front of the hand doesn’t look as seamless as the back of the hand. Several black screw holes can be seen on the palm, and the fingers’ hinges are clearly visible like Transformers kibble. Some bronze/copper-colored rubber plugs over the screw holes would really have made the front of the gauntlet look as good as the back. I also wouldn’t mind if the finish was a little more gold than dull copper/bronze, but it still looks good.The Hasbro Marvel Legends Infinity Gauntlet is a huge prop/toy/collectible that’s worth getting excited over. It’s a giant mechanical mitt that glows and makes noises and looks just like Thanos’ big dumb hand. If you’ve been invested in the MCU since the first Avengers and you love the Infinity Gauntlet, this is a must-have item. $100 is pricey if you look at it like a toy, but it’s in line with if not slightly less expensive than similar prop collectibles, like Hasbro’s ForceFX lightsabers or Bandai’s Proplica line. Basically, it’s big, loud, and looks cool, even if you don’t have purple skin and a problem chin.last_img read more

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