You know that Hot Toys could have easily made this one figure with interchangeable parts, but instead they had to make two versions of the Thunder God just so they could get to that small group of collectors who will be compelled to get both versions.
Yeah, I griping, so sue me.
Bitching aside, this figure clearly exhibits the "wow factor" that we've come to expect from Hot Toys. What really impresses me is seeing how much their head sculpts continue to improve over time. They've always been the best in the business in that department, but looking at the progression of detail and likeness from the first Thor, to the Avengers version, and now this one, it's just amazing to see the progression in quality.
For me, though, I've got a nice Thor that I really like. Same with Loki. So who else will be made from the Thor: The Dark World film? We could see a new Odin, perhaps a Jane Foster-- a Lady Sif would be nice-- certainly a new Loki (as he's already been announced) and possibly the film's main villain Malekith.
Or, maybe Hot Toys will just stop with Thor and Loki. With all the other upcoming Marvel films coming next year (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy) Hot Toys is going to have a very full plate for the next few years, so perhaps they'll keep the Thor: The Dark World line rather small. On the other hand, knowing Hot Toys, they're going to make the grab for every dollar they can, and we'll see five or more figures from the movie!
Good thing for them that they're the best in the business and their figures never disappoint.
(LIGHT ARMOR VERSION)
They are slated for a September 2014 release for $229.99 each.