Review: Marvel Legends Korg (Build-a-Figure) from Thor: Love & Thunder
At the time of writing, we have only seen a short teaser trailer for Thor: Love & Thunder and in this, we see Korg in an updated costume from the one he was wearing in Thor: Ragnarok and then in Avengers: Endgame.
This review is written ahead of the movie release and is done so only with the information to hand via the packaging of each figure and the teaser trailer from late April 2022. I will update these reviews once the film has been released. This review may contain minor spoilers but only in the context of any information provided on the package or visually on the figure.
Korg is the build-a-figure from the April 2022 Thor: Love & Thunder wave with Korg split across 6 of the 7 releases (Armoured Thor does not include a BAF part). Once all the parts are collected, Korg is easy to assemble with each part snapping into place without much effort - even the thighs which are often more difficult due to the thickness of the joint you are trying to close.
Korg, from Love & Thunder, is now wearing a more Norse inspired outfit compared to his previous gladiatorial costume. Comparing the Teaser to the figure, and the recreation in the 6-inch scale is relatively accurate. Korg is bare-chested but has a fur wrapped around his shoulders and straps across his torso and arms, with leather studded bracers on his wrists. He is then wearing a thick brown leather studded belt with armoured side panels and a gold rams head buckle. The trousers are blue with a random triple diamond design with selected patches painted either full red, or red outline with a pink interior. The figure is finished with more fur around the feet.
The upper body is cast in the grey of Korg's rock-like sin with no other paint applied, not even a slightly darker wash which would have brought out the depth of the granite sculpt. The other parts are added as softer plastic accessories and these two are cast in the base colour with silver studs added to the leather armour and a wash to the fur to darken it, but only at the front oddly.
The legs are cast in glue with painted blue, red and pink panels all applied neatly, The knee pads are also painted with gold applied here, and on the armoured panels and belt buckle. Like the shoulders, the fur lining Korg's lower legs is cast in the base colour and has the darker brown wash at the front - but not the sides - the straps are also painted and this is the roughest painting across Korg with much of what should be dark brown missed and left in the base bone white.
There are likely some re-used parts from the first Korg figure, notably the chest. But much of the figure is new, including the head which now features a more closed mouth serious look for Korg.
Like the body, the head is cast in the grey granite base colour and has no paint apps at all other than the two small grey eyes beneath Korg's brow. Considering the details we get on other head sculpts, Korg feels a little short-changed in this area.
Korg should stand about 8-inches tall but upon assembling Korg, it is worth noting he has a very wide stance for some reason that doesn't quite look right - the hips do not seem to be able to come in far enough to straighten the legs. While this is a disappointing design flaw, thankfully there is a workaround with a bit of heat treatment. I used a tall mug full of hot water to first soak Korg's hips to a softer state, then emptied the water but kept Korg in the cup to continue to hold his hips in a straighter finish. He then went in the fridge for a bit.
This will give you a straighter leg look, but it can pull the thigh joints a bit wider leaving a notable gap. I've also noticed that in the week or so that I did this the legs are gradually working themselves back to that much wider stance.