I’m back with my review of the 4th of 5 figures in Marvel Universe Wave 16! Following a variety of X-Men figure reviews (including Ultimate Magneto, Astonishing Wolverine, and X-Factor Iceman), it’s a classic Avengers villain–Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man! While not the most popular villain in the Marvel Universe, the Absorbing Man is known for his ability to trade blows with The Hulk and transmute his body into any material he touches, including adamantium or ever the Cosmic Cube! With a rep like that, this figure must be pretty cool, right? In this case, it turns out that that’s exactly right. In my opinion, this metal-skinned Absorbing Man variant is the highlight of the entire Marvel Universe Wave 16 set.
Marvel Universe Wave 16 is seemingly a wave filled with firsts, as we got the first-ever Ultimate Magneto, the first-ever X-Factor Iceman, and now the first-ever fully-transmuted Absorbing Man action figure! That’s right, over the years we’ve had a Marvel Legends Absorbing Man, a Hulk series Absorbing Man, a Comics Pack Absorbing Man, a Minimate Absorbing Man, and even a Bowen Designs mini-bust of the Absorbing Man, all with one thing in common–they’re all half-human, half-transmuted! This metal-skinned variant is truly a version of the character that’s never been done before, and Hasbro once again earns my love with it. There’s also a totally human version of the Absorbing Man out there, but I didn’t purchase that one.
Being a first is all well and good, but it turns out that’s only one of the many virtues of this action figure. After all of my complaining about the lack of accessories in this set, I finally come to the one figure with a fantastic, huge accessory aside from his stand: the Absorbing Man’s giant wrecking ball. This accessory is a repaint from the earlier Secret Wars Comic Pack Absorbing Man, but the new dark metal paint on the wrecking ball looks particularly eye-catching.
Absorbing Man shares a body with the Drax the Destroyer figure from the terrific Guardians of the Galaxy set. Like Drax, Absorbing Man has tight joints and his body feels solid, steady, and stable. In fact, he’s so stable that he can actually strike a pose lofting his giant wrecking ball accessory straight up into the air! I was stupefied to see that this figure can actually pull this off, as I thought it was a certainty that the weight would make him crumble over. Being able to stand up with the wrecking ball hoisted high into the air adds a plethora of posing opportunities to this figure, and make him one of the most dynamic and fun villains to stick into a Marvel Universe diorama. Hasbro really did a tremendous job with engineering this figure and his accessory.
Also, I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the paintwork on this figure is stellar. The gunpowder gray paint chosen for this figure makes for a figure that looks intimidating and really jumps off the shelf at you. Given that paintwork is one of the weaknesses of the Marvel Universe line as a whole, it’s pretty thrilling to finally see a figure where the paint complements the figure and even adds to it.
I really don’t have much of anything to complain about with this Absorbing Man figure. Sometimes his grasping hand is too rubbery and the chain to hold up his wrecking ball slips out. It’s a little annoying when that happens.
In addition, I would have preferred a fist to his one open hand. I understand the hand is totally open so the wrecking ball can rest in it, but for personal preference I’d have liked a fist for him to punch Hulk in the face with.
These are starting to hit comic book and specialty shops right now, but if you want Absorbing Man without the hunt, there are a couple options online.
BigBadToyStore has the best price on the Set of 5 for Wave 16 for just $49.99 (including Iceman, Ultimate Magneto, Absorbing Man, Astonishing Wolverine, and Tony Stark Iron Man) . That’s essentially the retail price, and I doubt any online stores will beat it. They also have Absorbing Man available individually for $11.99 right now.
The fine folks over at CMDStore just received their shipment of this wave, and they presently have Absorbing Man available for just $12.95, which is only slightly more than what you’d pay at Target or Toys R Us–and without wasting time and gas looking for him. You can also get the whole Wave 16 set of 5 there for just $54.95 (including Iceman, Ultimate Magneto, Absorbing Man, Astonishing Wolverine, and Tony Stark Iron Man).
The Coast City Styles webstore on Amazon has the whole wave including Absorbing Man available with FREE shipping, including a bunch of hard-to-find figures like Ultimate Magneto, Ultron, Iceman, X-23, Darkhawk, and more. You’ll get the figures fast and with free shipping there, but they’ll cost you a couple dollars more per figure. I paid a little over $13 for my Absorbing Man to get him off the internet, but whether or not he’s worth that to you is totally up to you.
Overall: The Absorbing Man isn’t a favorite character of mine and I wasn’t really looking forward to him, but it turns out he’s far and away my favorite figure in Marvel Universe Wave 16! He’s a never-before-done version of the character, solidly constructed with tight joints and a striking paint job, as well as having the biggest and best accessory in the entire wave. An outstanding figure in this or any wave of Marvel Universe, he’s the only figure in Wave 16 I can feel good about awarding an ‘A’ for a grade. Highly recommended as an excellent figure to display or to play with.