MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Need someone to do the dirty work? Great news: that’s his favorite kind of work.”
This spring has been jam-packed when it comes to big blockbusters. Wedged in-between event-film-10-years-in-the-making that was Infinity War and the decidedly-smaller-scale-but-base-breaking Solo, was the somewhat quieter, more laid back Deadpool 2. I was apparently one of the few people on the planet not terribly thrilled by the first one, so I wasn’t expecting much from the sequel, but I actually rather liked it. As a Fox-produced film, it’s got no direct merchandise from Hasbro, but it did get an assortment of loosely themed Marvel Legends. There were two variants of the title character included, and I’ll be looking at one of those today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-Force Deadpool is numerically the first figure in the Sasquatch Series of Marvel Legends. A quite similar figure was released earlier, as an exclusive to HasCon 2017. While the main figures are similar, they are not identical, and the accessory complements are completely different. Both figures are based on Deadpool’s more monochromatic look from the pages of Uncanny X-Force, which is coincidentally quite similar to how Wade looks after taking a fair bit of damage in the final act of Deadpool 2. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. On the outside, the figure’s doesn’t seem all that different from the one released two years ago in the Juggernaut Series, but he’s actually more different than you might think. They share the same base body (the Bucky Cap), and the same head. They also share the same shoulder harness and thigh holster. Beyond that, he gets a new belt, wristbands, and ankle bands. They succeed in making the figure moderately different, and by extension, more accurate to the original source material than a simple recolor would have been. Even the paint masking is a bit different, and not just a simple palette swap. The shaping of the black sections of his costume are actually the inverses of the last figure’s, which is another point in the accuracy column. Sadly, Deadpool’s accessories have been stepped way back from both the HasCon offering of this costume and the prior standard release. Still, he does get the swords, the rail gun, and the pistol (both painted in a fun blue color that makes them look vaguely Nerf-ish), and he also comes with the head of Sasquatch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had no real intent to pick up this figure. I have the standard colors version from 2016, and I figured that was good enough. Then I ended up with every other figure from the set, and I saw DP2, and I found myself kind of wanting this figure. Sadly, by that point he’d sold out pretty much everywhere. I eventually found him on Amazon for base retail, and here we are. He’s a surprisingly enjoyable figure, and I’m happy I tracked him down.