Welcome to our review of the 2018 Ant-Man Marvel Legends 6 inch figure, released as part of the 2nd wave of 2018 Avengers figures. Ant-Man is as seen in the 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel and comes with both masked and unmasked head. He also includes the left leg for the waves Build-a-Figure, Cull Obsidian from Avengers Infinity War.
While Ant-Man (and Wasp) sit in an Avengers wave, there packaging design is specific to the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the box design and background colours remain consistent, the Ant-Man figures get a red character name band and red themed side panel images.
The same red flame effect carries through to the back of the pack where we have an image of the figure in a running pose - to the side of this sits the character text.
"Scott Lang suits up as Ant-Man with a specialized suit engineered by Pym Technologies that let's him blast into any battle, big or small."
While the yellow cardback for the figure looks similar to that seen on Thor & Black Widow in the same wave, it is a different shade of yellow and instead of an Avengers "A" logo it carries the Pym logo in the centre.
The figure sits in the inner tray with the helmet neatly tucked under his arm. There are no straps or ties holding Ant-Man in place.
Paint & Sculpt 3/5
It seems the next evolution from the Face Print Technology is Hasbro trying to sculpt character specific facial expressions onto their figures rather than going with a neutral face on all figures. The Scott Lang head included with this set has been sculpted to include Rudd's smirking face, and while the likeness is there the head itself is a touch out of proportion and looks stretched and elongated which then makes this expression more exaggerated and almost comical.
The Ant-Man suit, the newer version from Ant-Man and the Wasp, is really well done with crisp panels and textures throughout and a good paint job varying from bright red to black and silver.
For anyone hoping to swap the Ant-Man head on this set with the more neutral head from the First 10 Years set - sadly the pegs are considerably different and that means without work you will be stuck with what you get with each figure.
Thankfully, for those not liking the Lang head, the Ant-Man helmeted head is well done. It is coloured in a silver base colour with darker grey panels and red striping. The eyes sadly are not clear like we saw with Wasp and instead are quite a dull purple colour - the only downside with the helmet.
Ant-Man includes no accessories in the set, and that is probably OK considering he uses no real weapons or accessories of any type in the movie.
Ant-Man comes in with the full 19 points of articulation and is extremely easy to pose. Both head options have movement on the ball jointed pivot neck. Arms are made up of ball jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, double jointed elbows and wrist pivot pegs. The legs similarly have a ball joint hip, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle rocker. The main trunk of the figure has a T-joint chest to allow the body to lean forward and back - supported by a waist swivel to add the rotation if needed.
Posing is easy with all the joints moving freely, and none are loose or floppy allowing Ant-Man to stand perfectly well. I love the helmet under the arm pose which is how he comes in the box of course, and the scale to the accompanying Wasp figure is great.
The 2018 Ant-Man is a much improved version of our tiny hero than the original release or indeed the First 10 Years set. The exaggerated smirking Paul Rudd head will not be to everyone's taste - but I do hope Hasbro will press on with these expressive heads for future releases.
With a great looking box, good sculpting and paint execution and excellent articulation then Ant-Man is a deserved 4 out of 5 release.