X-MEN: THE MOVIE (TOY BIZ)
“Logan is a loner by nature and a hunter by trade. Dressed in civilian gear of jeans, leather jacket, and flannel shirt, no one would ever know this ordinary looking man possesses the untamed savagery of a wild beast combined with the battle-skills of an international secret agent. His power to heal virtually any wound in minutes combined with his superhumanly keen animal senses and razor sharp adamantium claws and skeleton make him the perfect fighting machine called Wolverine”
Who wrote this bio? And did they have any idea who the character was going in? Or what figure this bio would be going with? I enjoy that the bio describes a completely different set of civilian clothes than this figure is actually wearing, but I think my favorite part may be “battle-skills of an international secret agent.” That’s one specific descriptor, let me tell you.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Logan was released in Series 3* of Toy Biz’s X-Men: The Movie line, which tied in with (big surprise here) 2000’s X-Men film. The figure stands a whopping 7 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. The X-Men: The Movie figures were already pretty out of scale at the time of their release (being Toy Biz’s very first 6-inch figures), but Wolverine takes this to ridiculous levels, being about an inch out of scale with even the figures from his own line. He’s larger than Sabertooth for pete’s sake! Why is he so freaking huge? Because of re-use, that’s why. He’s built on the body of the Power Slam WCW Wrestlers Hak figure. The WCW stuff was always much larger than the Marvel stuff Toy Biz did, and Hak was even pretty sizable for his own line. I’m not entirely sure why Toy Biz opted to re-use this particular body. I guess they felt they just had to have another Wolverine in there? Completely divorced from the line that spawned him, I guess Logan’s sculpt isn’t terrible. He got a new set of lower arms and feet, and what appears to be the Series 1 Wolverine head sculpt scaled up. The pieces all mesh okay together. The head definitely resembles Jackman as Wolverine, though it’s not quite as good as later figures would be. The build seems rather on the bulky side for Wolverine as seen in the movies, and his proportions in some spots look like he’s trying to smuggle meat in his clothes or something. You’ll note that my figure is missing three of his claws; this isn’t by design, they just fell off, because this figure had some of the most easy to tear claws of any Wolverine figure. In addition to the sculpted parts, Logan also has a cloth jacket. It’s kind of thick and oddly shaped, and makes him look even puffier than he already was. Paint on this guy was okay, but nothing tremendously exciting. The colors are well chosen, and the jeans in particular have some nice accent work. This Logan is from post movie release, so he’s after Toy Biz started adding the goofy painted on sideburns to all the movie Wolverines in an effort to make them more accurate. It looks really goofy. Super goofy. Crazy goofy. The figure was packed with a small dog tag that isn’t even remotely close to proper scale. He’s also got the “action feature” which I think is supposed to swing his arms back and forth when the torso is turned, but it never looks like anything more than panicked flailing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Series 3 X-Men: The Movie figures were rather hard to come by at first, even Logan. He was one of the last ones I got, courtesy of my parents, who bought him for me while they were on a weekend trip to the beach. I know I really wanted one at the time, but boy is this figure odd in retrospect. Not only does he feel rather redundant (he was the fourth civilian version of the character in the line), but he’s also just laden with strange design choices.
*Though this series was dubbed “Series 3” by Toy Biz, it was effectively Series 2 of the line, as the first 2 series were released simultaneously in order to have all of the main characters on shelves for the film’s release.