X-MEN: DELUXE EDITION (TOY BIZ)
“The most feared member of the X-Men, and some would say, the most loyal as well. His razor-sharp claws and his ferocious attitude make his enemies think twice about crossing him!”
Did you know that wolverines are part of the weasel family? That’s your fun FiQ fact of the day!
I have reviewed a surprisingly small number of Wolverine figures on this site, which is a little odd, given how many I owned growing up. It was the ‘90s, after all, and he was at critical mass in terms of popularity. I’ve reviewed even less of Toy Biz’s 10-inch figures, the larger scale brethren of their main 5-inch line. Today, I’m killing two birds with one stone, and looking at one of the many 10-inch Wolverine figures in my collection!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is one of the earliest entries in this scale, released as part of the first series of the X-Men: Deluxe Edition line. That’s right, he’s from before the whole scale was thrown together under one line, and while they were still passing them off as a more “premium” line. Both those went out the window pretty quickly. This figure stands 10 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. This figure was an up-scaling of the Wolverine II figure from the smaller-scale X-Men line; it’s about as basic Wolverine as you can get. He’s actually one of the better classic Wolverine sculpts out there, presenting a solid late ‘70s-style Wolverine that we’ve pretty much not seen since. It’s also one of the sculpts that really benefited from the larger scale treatment; the smaller figure was a bit rudimentary in certain areas, but this figure looks a bit more organic, and thus more aesthetically pleasing. There are some very clear differences in place. The sculpt’s still pretty stylized, but it’s less so than, say, the Cyclops figure. He’s at the very least internally consistent. Like a lot of the up-scaled figures, Wolverine removes the action features of his smaller figure, namely the torso spinner-thin and the spring-loaded claws. Of course, my figure actually just removes the claws entirely, but that’s purely limited to mine. They were there at one point, and they looked cool, I assume. I was rather amused to see that the two sets attached to the hands in two completely different ways. That seems kind of odd to me, but whatever. The paint on Wolverine is pretty straight forward; it’s just basic color work, but it’s all pretty clean. The colors are bright and vibrant, and everything really pops. In particular, I think the blue just really hits the right hue, which is something that has been lost on a lot of more recent Wolverines. Wolverine was originally packed with a weird gun thing. Because why not, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was just a bit young for the earliest 10-inch figures, so I didn’t have this guy new (though I had a handful of the repaints based on him). This figure actually came into my possession more than a decade after his release, at a time when I was largely beyond collecting these guys. My brother’s second grade teacher had this box of various toys that her students were allowed to take something from when they did a particularly good job in class. Apparently, this guy was in the box, and my brother got him and rather excitedly brought him home for me. Because he’s thoughtful like that. It’s actually a pretty solid figure, especially for the time!