You know you’ve been waiting to get your hand in this – we have, too.
Of all the merchandise and related licensed items to have come out of the hype surrounding Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Legends Series Avengers: Endgame Power Gauntlet is perhaps the (more affordable) crown jewel of the bunch.
If you’ve seen the movie, it’s the gauntlet that Tony Stark creates, to handle the new set of Infinity Stones that the team manages to pluck out of the timeline. Modeled after his Iron Man suit, it expands to fit the hands of whoever wields it. Never mind the Hot Toys version — this one is actually wearable, and that factor alone makes it a heavily-anticipated treasure.
And now we have it. And as a TL:DR of this review: we’re here to tell you to go get it.
For starters, this is the Thanos variant of the Power Gauntlet, which is the one Thanos wears at the end of the movie (remember how we said the gauntlet expands to fit the wearer?), which explains why it’s the exact same size as the Marvel Legends Infinity Gauntlet from last year. This is not to be confused with Tony Stark/Iron Man’s Nano Gauntlet, which is the smaller, human-sized version as seen in the movie, just to get that out of the way as well.
Besides the colour scheme and overall aesthetic, the other main difference is the fact that the Power Gauntlet is right-handed as opposed to the Infinity Gauntlet’s left. If you’re like us, you know what this means…
In any case, the Power Gauntlet is a really faithful adaptation of the one in the movie. From the finger joints, to the various plates adjoined by nuts and bolts, the Power Gauntlet simply screams awesome when you wear it.
The red-and-gold Iron Man-inspired hues looked amazing in the movie, and the paintjob by Hasbro is pretty darn good as well, unlike the mainly gold aesthetic of the Infinity Gauntlet. The gold inlays really make the joints pop out, in typical Tony Stark fashion.
When put up alongside the original Infinity Gauntlet, it’s a refreshing sight to behold (although Infinity Gauntlet loyalists may say otherwise).
And speaking of wearing the Gauntlet, it bears the same finger pulley system as the original, and also has the vertical grip for your hands to slip into and control the fingers.
However, while the Infinity Gauntlet was a nightmare for small hands due to the relatively large gap between the hand grip and finger slots, the gap in the Power Gauntlet has been noticeably reduced. This makes for a much easier time controlling the finger articulation of the Power Gauntlet and you need not worry about cramping your hands while wearing it.
And when you clench the whole hand into a fist, the oh-so-satisfying power-up sound effect will go off, as was the case in the movie as well. Note that the sound effects are different in this gauntlet as opposed to the Infinity Gauntlet; where the Infinity Gauntlet’s fingers emit more medieval chain-grinding sounds, the Power Gauntlet’s fingers emit more smooth robotic sounds, very akin to that of how Iron Man’s joints move. Hasbro did a fantastic job at not only replicating the visuals here, but they also followed the aural aspect of the Power Gauntet quite faithfully.
As with the previous iteration, the Power Gauntlet comes with a locking mechanism to secure your preferred hand position of the day.
It’s just a shame you can’t snap with it. But what you can do is show Thanos the finger.
The Infinity Stones light up as they should, and pressing onto the Soul Stone in the middle activates another sound effect as well. However, for these to all work, you’d need three AA batteries, which can be affixed in a compartment under a hatch on the forearm.
The Marvel Legends Power Gauntlet is a real quality build — arguably Marvel Legends’ best effort yet. Whether it’s the freshness of the concept, or simply because we’re still fresh from watching Endgame just a few months ago, this is a must-have for any serious MCU fan.
And at US$99 on Amazon and S$199 in Singapore, the exact same price as the Infinity Gauntlet from last year, there shouldn’t be any reason for you not to get it.
And if you do manage to get it within the weekend, we won’t be surprised if you wear it to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame/Spider-Man: Far From Home double bill screening on July 1.
GEEK REVIEW SCORE
Fresh off of Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Legends Series Power Gauntlet is easily the talking point at your next five or ten gatherings. Bonus points if you have last year’s Infinity Gauntlet. Too bad you can’t snap things into or out of existence.
Aesthetics - 10/10
Build Quality - 9.5/10
Playability - 8.5/10
Value - 9.5/10
Geek Satisfaction - 10/10
User Review( votes)
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.