Goliath vs Thor was released in Series 2 of the Wal-Mart exclusive Gigantic Battles, which also featured a Loki and Savage Frost Giant set. The Gigantic Battles sets have always featured a normal sized Marvel Universe figure along with a 12″ Marvel Legends Icons sized figure of a large scale character.
This one has box packaging with a plastic window that displays the figures nicely if you’re keeping this one MOC. Nice artwork on the front which I believe was drawn by Mike Deodato Jr.
Goliath is made from the Marvel Legends Icons Cyclops figure but has a brand new headsculpt and belt. Goliath’s body could’ve been a bit bulkier for a giant character but his headsculpt is fantastic and really makes the figure standout. Ragnarok AKA Clone Thor uses the Secret Wars 2-Pack Thor body with a brand new headsculpt. His battle damaged cyborg head seperates him from the rest of the Thor figures in a great way.
No complaints on the paint here, both Goliath and Ragnarok look great. Goliath’s simple blue and white costume is done really well, simple but no mistakes. Ragnarok has slightly different colors then the Secret Wars version along with a very detailed paint job on his battle damaged face.
Goliath has 20+ POA , think of him as a giant Marvel Legends figure. Ragnarok also has just under 20 and the only problems are the hard to pose hip joints.
Like the rest of the Gigantic Battles sets you get a comic book, this one is Civil War #4. I’ll get to the importance of the issue in the accuracy section. Ragnarok includes a removeable soft plastic cape and a highly detailed Mjolnir. The right accessories for the figures have been included, no complaints here.
Comic Book Accuracy
Goliath’s costume is perfect for his modern appearances and Ragnarok looks exactly like the clone of Thor that he is. If you don’t know about Ragnarok, he was cloned by Tony Stark using hair from THor stolen the first time they teamed up as Avengers. Ragnarok’s battle damaged face comes later at the hands of Hercules bashing it in but it was a nice touch to separate him from being just another Thor figure. The set as a whole is disturbingly comic accurate. Why disturbing? In Civil War #4 (included), Ragnarok uses lightning to blow a hole right through Goliath’s chest instantly killing him. Goliath’s death caused alot of heroes stances with the pro vs anti-registration sides. Oh and he has to be buried in 35+ cemetery plots because his body wouldn’t shrink down after death. Strange choice for a action figure set? Yes. 100% comic book accurate? Yes!
It’s a shame that the Gigantic Battles line has been Wal-Mart exclusive, not all of the stores stock them and the ones that do sell out pretty quickly. As far as this set goes, it’s easily worth the $25.00 retail price. It’s an excellent representation of Civil War and one of the Marvel Universe’s darkest moments in recent history. Goliath fits well in any Marvel Universe or Marvel Legends collection and Ragnarok is a quirky figure that probably wouldn’t have been released otherwise. On a separate note, Goliath’s nephew is now using this costume in the Revengers and Ragnarok will be returning in the Dark Avengers.
I picked this set up at a convention recently but you might be able to find this store exclusive in the clearance section of your Wal-Mart as it’s been out for awhile now.