Namor the Sub-Mariner was released in Series 3 Wave 15 of Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line (2011). Wave 15 also includes Darkhawk, Steve Rogers, Ultron & X-23. I’ve been looking forward to adding Namor to my Defenders team. Let’s get this fish out of the water!
More awesome card art from Simone Bianchi. Bianchi captures the brooding nature of Namor very well, he’s a hero but he’s also pretty dark. Would look nice displayed on the card but of course I take everything out of the package.
Namor’s sculpt is perfect. He’s got bulk which makes sense since he’s supposed to be a strong character. A very simple design but the small details really make the figure stand out. The wings on his feet to the scales on his trunks and his arm bands, all look great. I dig the pissed off look on his face which makes sense since he rarely smiles. This is a huge improvement on the previous Namor figures and a much welcomed re-do (which i’ll get to later in the review).
The paint job isn’t awful but it’s not perfect either. Like the previous Namor they went a little overboard with the muscle shading and the paint on his hair and face is spotty. The color for the trunks look good and the color of the arm bands is perfect. Odds are he’ll be easy to find so you should be able to get a Namor with a decent paint job.
Namor is another figure using the new Cyclops mold. He’s got plenty of articulation points (24+) and can be posed in any number of ways. A potential problem I brought up in the Steve Rogers review is more apparent in Namor. The new articulation is very welcome but the thigh-cuts seem to make it easy for Namor’s legs to pop off when you try to pose him. It’s not a huge deal but it’s noticeable and gets a bit annoying when you have to put his legs back on frequently.
Maybe i’m just not a fan of Marvel Universe accessories. The stand is decent but I don’t use them. There’s a Namor “variant” and i’m using the term VERY loosely, the first batch of figures says Imperious Rex on the stand and the newer ones say Sub-Mariner. Pretty sure the Sub-Mariner stand is the more common one. The variant stands have been done recently with Skaar and Scarlet Spider. He also comes with Neptune’s scepter. I guess it’s ok but Namor never used it all that much and i’m not going to be using it when displaying the figure.
Comic Book Accuracy
100% accuracy. This is the perfect classic Namor. He’s worn this outfit everywhere from the Golden Age to the Modern Age. The trunks, the arm bands, the hair capture Namor’s look. Even though he’s got a different uniform for X-Men he also wears this one in the recent Namor: The First Mutant.
Recently Hasbro’s been re-releasing figures without any changes other than a paint job (Wave 14 Doctor Doom & Wave 15 Ultron). Namor is a complete do-over from the previous attempt which was a SDCC exclusive in the Invaders box set. Better paint, articulation and sculpt make this figure the definitive Namor for your Marvel Universe collection. I’m still going to keep the previous Namor for my Invaders team since the new one would look too bulky, but he’s perfect for my Defenders team. Nighthawk & a new-mold Hulk will be released in future waves but i’m hoping Hasbro also makes Valkyrie and Hellcat. I want the complete Defenders (Vol. 2) team!
Purchased off the shelf at a Target, he should also be easy to find at Wal-Mart, Toys R US or online. Some LCS‘s carry Marvel Universe, so it wouldn’t hurt to check. Will probally end up peg warming since Namor isn’t the most popular of characters and I don’t see many kids wanting a pointy eared man wearing Speedos.