Thorbuster Iron Man Variant
Comic Book Bin, Canada - Mar 19, 2007
The Destoryer is a creation of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby. He was first introduced in 1965, in Journey Into Mystery #118. The Destroyer, Odin's protective construct against the forces of the Celestial, was created to be a near unstoppable test for Thor. This walking suit of magical armor has remained one of the durable opponents in the Marvel Universe.
This version fo the Destroyer is a mixture of Jack Kirby's original design with the streamlined body found when Iron Man wore armor based on the Destroyer. This version of the Destoryer is reminscent of what was seen when Thor became the Lord of Earth.
The plastic used on is very solid. The only soft parts on the figure is the neck guard that rests on the top of his chest. My standard mode of operations is to drop my figures off of a shelf or a table to see how they stand up to the damage. After the trouble I have had with certain figures recently, I just had to put him to the test. I was happy to see him survive the outcome with no damage to the body or harm done to his articulation. (See my toy blog for more details on my action figure woes). I could swear that my Destroyer looked at me after I dropped him to the floor as if to say. 'Human, is that all you got?'
The Destroyer is a typical Toy Biz Marvel Legends, so that means the clamshell packaging. I like the clamshell because it is protective to the figure and the accessories, although you need a scissor or knife to open it. Since the Detroyer is a variant version of Thor-Buster Iron-Man, you get to see the Destoyer's likeness on the cover isnstead of ANOHER version of Iron-Man.
However, on the back of the card on the clamshell, there is a plus. I don't know if they did this for the Spider Woman 2 variant, but for the Destroyer variant of Thorbuster Iron-Man they gave him a brand new and completely different bio/ history legend for the character. Normally all variants are subject to the same bio readout even if they are different characters. (Ex.: Baron Strucker, Genis-Vell, Dark Phoenix). Since I did not read the back of the Julia Carpenter variant, I don't know if it is the same as Jessica Drew's. I will say that I was thrilled to read the way they described the history of the Destroyer. That was a pleasant surprise from Toy Biz, I just wish they had a chance to continue thrilling me. Hey Hasbro, you guys better be good!!!