Marvel Legends – Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Marvel Legends Classic Thor

The Figures

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Here we have Classic Thor from Toybiz and Hasbro. Toybiz Thor is from Toybiz Marvel Legends Series III and the Hasbro Thor is from the 80th Year Anniversary release.

There is actually another release of this version of classic Thor in the early Hasbro Giant-man BAF Wave, but I don’t have that figure.

It’s not to obvious, but the Toybiz Thor looks like he skipped leg day lol. His upper body is very broad and muscular but his legs are kinda skinny and not so proportionate to the upper body.

Differences

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

The height of the figure is about the same. You can see in the picture above that the wings on the helmet of the Toybiz Thor is bigger. He also has a bigger and more muscular arm. The arms however, are single-hinged joints at the elbows, unlike Hasbro Thor who has double-hinged elbow joints.

The Toybiz Thor is quite early in the Toybiz production and the articulation isn’t that great. Toybiz tend to make their figures over-articulated, but this Thor is the opposite. I feel that it was early in the Toybiz Marvel Legends series and they were still fine-tuning their figure design.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

The Toybiz Thor has a bigger and broader cape than Hasbro Thor. I think it looks quite majestic, the way it flows up over the shoulders before drooping down. Having said that, Hasbro cape is not bad either.

Toybiz Thor’s cape is made of softer rubber and Hasbro has a harder cape, but both capes restricts their respective figure’s ability to pose.

Paintwork on the hair of the Toybiz Thor is better.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

The Toybiz Thor has 4 circle plates on his body instead of 6. In the comics, he’s usually drawn with 6 circular plates on the armour.

The colour of the circular plates on the armour of the Toybiz Thor is blue, while on the Hasbro Thor, it’s silver. In the comics, he has been drawn with both colours; blue or silver. I’m not sure if it’s because of artist’s interpretation of the character, or the colour is over a different comic era.

The Toybiz Thor head sculpt somehow has a likeness to Arnold Schwarzenegger lol. Like really, the similarity is uncanny.

The colour on the helmet is also different. I’m not sure which one I prefer, the rustic metallic silver of the Toybiz helmet or the clean, slightly shiny helmet of the Hasbro helmet.

Both sculpt on the belt buckle is great, but the one on Toybiz stands out more because of the black wash. I prefer the cleaner Hasbro belt buckle.

The arms of the Toybiz Thor can’t go any closer to the body as shown in the picture. Hasbro Thor is able to bring his arms closer to the body than Toybiz Thor.

The Toybiz Thor does not have any articulation on the torso except for waist swivel joint (ie no ab crunch or mid-torso joint).

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Toybiz hammer looks like crushed aluminium lol. I definitely prefer the head of the Hasbro hammer.

The length of each handle is also different. Both design of handles looks decent though.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Hasbro Thor hammer, however, can afford to have the handle a bit longer. You can see that the handle can only fit one hand holding it. The sling on it, on the other hand, is very long.

I feel Toybiz did it better with the handle of the Mjolnir; it has a longer handle and shorter sling.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

But then again, what matters more is the head of the hammer. Toybiz’s crushed aluminium hammer head just doesn’t cut it.

Hasbro hammer even has those words on the hammer head.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

The strappy boots on the Toybiz is so heavily black-washed that it actually looks downright dirty lol. Hasbro Thor has a pair of very clean yellow boots, and a smaller-sized knee guards. Those ankle rocker joints are also a good upgrade.

TL;DR

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III):

+ Paintwork on hair is good

+ Nice cape

+ Belt buckle stands out

+ Helmet: bigger wings and more silver

+ Face sculpt like Arnold Schwarzenegger (LOL)

– Articulation not that great

– Only have 4 circular plates on armour instead of 6 like in the comics

– Head of hammer is like crushed aluminium

– Black-wash on boots a tad too much, almost no yellow seen

– Legs a bit skinny compared to overly muscular body (looks like he skips leg day lol)

– Cape may get in the way of dynamic poses

Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary):

+ Good face sculpt

+ Nice cape

+ Decent belt buckle

+ Helmet: smaller wings and less shine on silver

+ Better articulation

+ 6 circular plates on armour, just like in the comics

+ Better head on hammer, with wordings

– Handle of hammer kinda short

– Hard cape may get in the way of dynamic poses

– Hair is very yellow (some brown wash like the Toybiz Thor’s hair would make it look better)

My Verdict

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Centre: Hasbro Thor (Odin All-father BAF Wave) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

I find the Hasbro 80th Year Anniversary Thor to be the best classic Thor so far. He’s really a big improvement over Toybiz Classic Thors, and also Early Hasbro Thor from Giant-man wave. He has better articulation and good detail and sculpt.

Above is the Marvel Now! Thor lined up with the Toybiz and Hasbro Classic Thor. He’s bigger than the both the Classic Thors.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) vs Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)
Left: Toybiz Classic Thor (Series III) Right: Hasbro Classic Thor (80th Year Anniversary)

Both Thors scales well with 80th Year Anniversary Iron Man, but as I mentioned earlier, I definitely prefer Hasbro Thor for this one.

>>You can get the Toybiz Series III Thor here.<<

>>You can get the Hasbro 80th Year Anniversary Thor here.<<

>>You can get the Hasbro 80th Year Anniversary Iron Man here.<<

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