The Thing
7 Inch Scale
By: Marvel Select

This is a review I’ve been sitting on for a while. I love the Thing. Ben Grimm is one of those characters that I’m constantly picking up in various forms. When Marvel Select announced a Grimm, I wasn’t sure if he’d be able to stand up to my Thunder Launcher Thing as one of the best versions of the character. However, I soon realized that this Thing was perhaps the biggest version of the character released in a long time and at an affordable price, too. In that sense, he became a must buy.

The Thing’s mutated physiology grants him tremendous superhuman strength and durability, the levels varying with his different forms. There have been periods where Ben could assume human form at will; however, these situations seldom last long. He also has enhanced stamina and lung capacity, and increased resistance to sensory and temperature extremes. His reflexes are above-average by human standards despite his immense mass, and he retains a reasonable level of agility and dexterity.

But if you’re not a collector of the Marvel Select line, is this one Thing you should pass up? How good is his articulation? Is this finally the definitive Thing figure that we’ve been waiting for? We’ll answer those questions and more, inside.

The package is pretty standard for Marvel Select, although exactly how identical to previous packages I couldn’t say right offhand. It’s definitely similar in style, but it’s been a while since I’ve had any MS. Regardless, the similar style bubble card will go well with your previous collection if you’re a MOC kind of guy.

The back has a little info on Ben and shows off the other upcoming figures. I also want that giant Abomination figure, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think part of the problem is, I’m not 100% sold on the Marvel Select Hulks, and since I’m not as enamored with Hulk as I am Thing, it’s not an instant buy… But I digress.

There’s a fair amount of Thing artwork on the exterior and even some on the interior. Some of the inner artwork is sort of wasted, as you can only really see it when you rip the package open. However I definitely give points for effort and it wasn’t too hard to open this package. However it loses some points for having about 6 twist ties that were a bit of a pain.

Sculpt & Paint:
This is an impressive sculpt. One of the things that Marvel Select has finally started to embrace is doing larger scale characters so that this toy line can be compatible with Marvel Legends. Thing here in my mind is a bit too big for Marvel Legends, but if you’re one of those guys who likes your Thing HUGE as sometimes depicted in artwork, he’s perfect.

The face is a little small for my tastes as well, but he doesn’t look at bad as the MS Hulk. That figure seemed downright pinheaded to me. There is a great expression etched across his face and plenty of stone and chisel to give ol’ Blue Eyes his patented good looks. There’s a nice black wash over the orange stone that gives it one of it’s most realistic stone visages. As much as I love Thunder Launcher Thing, this guy has even better detailing than him.

The size is what’s really impressive. It’s hard to get a grasp on just how huge this dude is until you have him in hand. He’s heavy too. Not only is this guy tall, but he’s wide. His fists are gigantic. This is one of the most imposing figures released in recent years.

Ben definitely looks like he could unleash a clobbering on just about anybody. If anything, the sculpt is perhaps a bit one note, but it does portray the character well. I think even harsh critics would be generally impressed with this figure. Again, a lot of that has to do with sheer size. This guy would be less impressive if he was 3 inches smaller all around.

This guy has been worked over pretty hard online for his articulation. Part of that seems to be based on the face that Marvel Legends were able to pack in so much articulation in their toy line. Marvel Select has never been able to compete, even though they have a fair amount of articulation in their figures.

The articulation is definitely lacking if you’re comparing him to one of Toy Biz’s old Things. However, I don’t think that necessarily makes him a bad figure. The Thing is sort of a big giant block of rock. This figure has ball jointed shoulders, a ball joint neck, ball jointed legs which more or less end up like a v-crotch, as well as hinged ankles, elbows, knees and swivel wrists. He’s not going to win any awards for articulation, but for Ben Grimm he’s not bad.

My one real complaint in the articulation would be that one elbow has a deep hinge with a cut out in the rock allowing him to get pretty much a full 90 degree bend. His other? It has a signifigantly smaller cut in the hinge, allowing him less of a bend. I’m not really sure why that is.

He also looks like he might have upper bicep swivels, but they weren’t added. It’s hard to say if they were originally intended or not. His design could be a bit confusing. Still, even missing a few swivels and some limitations on his actual articulation… I think he’s passable.

Marvel Select is sort of random with their accessories. Sometimes a figure will have several and sometimes they’ll have next to nothing. Ben Grimm falls into the latter category.

He was actually announced as coming with a strange little round hoverboard-like stand. Instead he comes with this lump of metal. Historically Marvel Select has included some sort of diorama type piece, but this isn’t really in that same realm.

It does have a two sided paper background which you can stick in it. Novel idea, but one I never cared for in the Legends line either.

Of course, even if you love the idea… It’s not exactly useful for this figure. It barely comes up to the rim of his pants. Hardly what I’d call a decent background display.

It works okay with Marvel Universe Thing, though, should you decide to use it there.

This guy retails for $15-$18 depending on where you pick him up at. I actually found him a few months back for $13! Pretty incredible when you get him in hand. The average DCUC figure which has far less sculpting and nowhere near this kind of size, runs $15. That makes this a pretty good deal. He’s big, he’s bulky, and while he may not be the best articulated figure around, he’s a damn good Ben Grimm figure.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this guy, nor would I pay much north of $18 for him. But if you’re a fan of a bigger figures, like I am, then this guy is very nice. You could even squeeze him into other collections, like TMNT as a General Traag, or MOTUC as giant rock beast. He’s that big and impressive.

Score Recap:
Packaging: 8
Sculpting: 8
Paint: 8
Articulation: 6
Accessories: Techno-Crap Background
Value: 8
Overall: 8 out of 10

At the end of the day, I can’t score this guy any less than an 8. Even though he’s not super poseable, he works well for the character. He’s not really in scale with much else in my view, but he still works well as a giant badass rock man. That’s what Ben Grimm is, right? So how can this not be a good figure? Especially for the price and the size and girth that you’re getting for that value. If you’re a Thing fan, you owe it to yourself to have this guy in your collection. However if you’re just looking to own the definitive Thing… I’m not certain he’s been released yet.

8 Responses to Figure Review: Marvel Select Thing

  • fengschwing says:

    I almost got this guy, then I sold up on Marvel and didn't want to start buying them again. That said, he does look pretty awesome, minimal articulation or otherwise.
    I'm pretty sure I've seen him here in the UK with the hover board thing. Maybe I'm wrong…
    Anyway, top review, nice one.

  • Thanks.

    All the advertising here still shows him with the board deal, but it seems as though it got cut from the final release. Although perhaps the UK release got it? I suspect it was cut because of cost, which is fine. It's a huge figure and the little board wouldn't make or break it either way.

  • wesitron says:

    man, he looks awesome! ive added him to my cart several times on amazon, but always remove him because of the negative articulation points everyone gives. still, he might be worth it to round out my fantastic 4. crap, i guess that mean i need a reed.

  • I think he's a big ol' block of awesome, but again, admittingly, I love the Thing.

  • fengschwing says:

    Ah, I expect I'm wrong then, he'd be an import over here anyway.
    Despite kicking the Marvel habit, I still find him really, really tempting…

  • Mecha-Shiva says:

    I love how he is sculpted but the only part that makes me not want to buy him are his pants,I don't like the thing wearing pants.

  • Tarman13 says:

    I have every single figure of the THING except the MEGO THING which kinda gets iffies whenever i see him, but i do like this version– my best THING is the second wave of the TOYBIZ THING, "TWIST & SLAM THING… The cartoon was alright— was really mad mad when TOYBIZ cancelled this Thing–

  • clark says:

    The only thing figure I have is Hasbro's ML thing from a two pack. Although all the reviews I read say he's too short, I think he looks great.
    The only Marvel Select figure I have is Mk IV Iron Man, which was the Borders exclusive. I really like him as a display piece, but he's not a great toy. Nevertheless, the sculpt alone makes me want this figure, but I've never seen him for $15. If I found him, and possibly Juggernaut, in stores for that price I'd get both of them.

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