MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Reanimated into super-powered dominance, Deathlok is a cyborg hero bent on demolition.”
Hey, how about something new and different? Like Marvel Legends. I hardly ever review those, riiiiiiight? Frequency of reviews of Marvel Legends aside, there’s no denying that this line is a force to be reckoned with at retail. Hasbro had a whole slew of new Legends for this upcoming year to show off at Toy Fair, and even before that, they have no less than four series of figures showing up at retail this month. I’ve already completed my Okoye Series, but of course, the next three are just out there waiting for me. Today, I’ll be looking at Deathlok! He’s the death-lock-iest cyborg around!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Deathlok is figure 6 in the Sasquatch Series of Marvel Legends. This assortment is supposedly Deadpool-themed (in an effort to tie-in with the movie), but Deathlok is definitely the figure in the set that is the least Deadpool-y. I mean, they both have that “death” thing going on, and they were both on the X-Force at the same time (I think), but it’s definitely a loose connection. I’m not really going to complain, though, if it gets me a Deathlok. This is actually Deathlok’s second time as a Marvel Legend; he first showed up in Series 9 of Toy Biz’s run on the line. It’s been a good long while since that figure, so I’d say the update was much needed. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. There have been several incarnations of Deathlok over the years, with a few varying looks. This figure goes with the most classic Deathlok appearance, meaning he’s either Luther Manning (Deathlok I) or Michael Collins (Deathlok III). Given the size of his build, I’m gonna guess it’s Collins, but it could really be either in a pinch. Deathlok’s sculpt is all-new, which rather surprised me. Obviously, I expected the cybernetics to be new, but the costumed parts also being unique was certainly unexpected. I’m definitely not complaining. Deathlok’s sculpt is definitely top-notch. His decaying visage is well depicted, and I quite like the slight folds and wrinkles on the torso. They add a nice bit of character. In terms of paint, Deathlok is pretty solid. The base work is all pretty cleanly applied, apart from one or two small areas of slop. I appreciate the use of drybrushing on the head to bring out some of the details; the smaller Deathlok didn’t get that, and he looked slightly doughy. This one definitely looks a lot better. Deathlok is packed with two different guns: a smaller pistol, and a mini gun. The mini gun is particularly fun, sporting a removable ammo belt and a rotating barrel. The figure also includes the left arm of the Build-A-Figure Sasquatch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Admittedly, I wasn’t really sure I’d be picking up any of this particular assortment, what with all the other sets that are hitting at the same time and my only moderate interest in things pertaining to Deadpool. However, I was always pretty sure I wanted a Deathlok. So, when I came across the series at Toys R Us, this guy was the first one I grabbed. He’s a cool character with a cool design, and this figure does a really great job of translating him into plastic.