MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A female Wolverine clone, X-23 slashes out uncontrollably when exposed to a deadly ‘trigger scent.’”
I have an extensive enough knowledge of the Marvel universe that these days it’s unlikely for Hasbro to stump me with one of their line-up choices. That hasn’t always been the case, though, and especially during the Toy Biz days, there were a few times where the announcement of a Marvel Legend was my first introduction to the character depicted. Perhaps the most extreme case of this was X-23, who joined the line in Toy Biz’s twelfth series, to the chagrin of most of the fanbase, myself included. She was, at the time, a rather untested character, but Laura’s stuck around over the years and now that she’s gotten her latest Legends release, she seams to be living more up to that Legend-ary status.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-23 is part of the Sasquatch Series of Marvel Legends, which is a series loosely themed around Deadpool. As with Deathlok yesterday, X-23’s ties to Deadpool are somewhat tenuous. They were both on the covert-ops incarnation of X-Force, but not actually at the same time. But, as counterpoints for Wolverine, it’s not like the two have never interacted. This is only the second time X-23’s gotten a Legends release, following her Toy Biz variant from all the way back in 2006, meaning this is the first Legends X-23 we’ve ever gotten from Hasbro. That genuinely surprises me, given how many Wolverine and X-Force-themed assortments we’ve gotten over the years. This X-23 is based on her X-Force costume, which is a decent enough choice. For one, Hasbro’s released a lot of the other members of the team in their matching costumes, and as her first proper costume, it certainly got a lot of recognition. I’d say only her Wolverine costume even comes close to this one in terms of definitiveness. The figure stands about 5 1/2 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She’s built on the Spider-Girl body, with a new head, hands, and boots, as well as an add-on belt piece. The Spider-Girl body is one I’ve always liked; it’s well-proportioned and moves really nicely. Definitely a good starting point for any figure. The new pieces are all really top-notch as well. Her head is definitely the star piece here, sporting a teeth-bared, grimacing visage that much more fits the character than Toy Biz’s expression of boredom form their X-23. The hair is done in a dynamic fashion, which doesn’t always work (Hasbro’s own Ultimate Spider-Woman figure is a good example of it holding back an otherwise pretty great figure), but I think it looks really good here, especially in conjunction with the expression on the face. I also appreciate that it’s sculpted in such a way as to impede neck movement as little as possible. X-23’s new boots are definitely a lot of fun as well; all those buckles make for some intriguing detail work, and there’s just a nice uniqueness that’s added to the figure by these boots. The hands work in pretty much the same way as the most recent Wolverines, which is to say they continue the trend of being much better than earlier Wolverine claws. The belt is a decent enough piece, but I definitely wish it were a little less free-floating. In terms of paint, X-23 is another solid figure. The application is all very clean and crisp, and the contrast between the black and grey looks quite nice. While the color scheme is definitely monochromatic, I admire that Hasbro kept her from looking too washed out. Perhaps the only downside to this figure is the lack of any real accessories. She comes with the torso of Sasquatch, but that’s it. No extra hands without the claws, no extra feet *with* claws, and not even an unmasked head. Surely there was something they could have thrown in there?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t intend to buy X-23. She’s never been a character I’ve had a ton of interest in, and I don’t have any of the other black and grey X-Force members. So, why do I have her? When I found Deathlok, Toys R Us was running a “Buy one, get one 50% off” sale. The only new Legends they had were the Sasquatch series, and they only had half of them at that. Ultimately, it came down to either Paladin or X-23 at half price, and X-23 just looked to be the better of the two figures. She’s a pleasant surprise, to be sure. I went in expecting nothing, and I got a downright cool figure. Hasbro definitely put in the effort on this one, and, apart from the slight issue with the lack of accessories, this is a top-notch offering.