MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Razor-sharp claws and an incredible accelerated healing ability make Wolverine a nearly unstoppable threat.”
Did you know that the scientific name for the wolverine is “Gulo Gulo”? That’s your fun FiQ fact of the day…or at least of this particular tiger-stripe Wolverine review. Listen, I’ve got a small handful of running gags on this site, and if I don’t keep up with them, the universe might end. Or my reviews might be slightly less fun to write. It could really go either way.
So, it’s that wonderful time of year. That one time each year where we get an X-Men-themed series of Marvel Legends. And there was much rejoicing (yaaaay…). There is, of course, a Wolverine figure in this assortment, surprising pretty much no one, but given how good the last few Wolverines I’ve gotten from Hasbro were, this one’s got a lot of traction from my end.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is figure 1 in the Apocalypse Series of Marvel Legends, which is the third wide-release X-Men assortment since the Infinite Series relaunch. The first assortment gave us Wolverine in his brown costume, an important look for the character, but perhaps not quite his definitive look. After going a bit off the wall last year with an Old Man Logan release, Hasbro’s going back to the basics this year, and finally giving us an update to Logan’s yellow and blue, tiger-stripe number. While it hasn’t been quite as long since we’ve seen this one as it had for the brown one, it’s still been a decade since the last release. We also got a preview of this particular figure a little earlier this year, in the form of the 12-inch Legends Wolverine, who got me quite pumped for this guy. This figure stands just under 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. This guy shares more than a few parts with the Brown Costumed version from 2016, but does still get his fair share of new pieces. This includes a new head and belt, shoulderpads, and arms that are, at the very least, slightly retooled. All of the new pieces are very similar to the ones we saw on the 12-inch figure, which makes a lot of sense, what with them being the same costume and all. The new head definitely took some getting used to at first; I was quite a fan of the brown costume’s head sculpt, and was a little worried about this one’s ears being a little too close to the head. In person, I actually quite like how they look, and I’m very happy with the slight differences in the masks between the two costumes. It helps that this new head also sits a little further down on the neck peg, alleviating one of my complaints about the prior figure. The “new” arms have been changed up to add a little more detail, specifically of the arm-hair variety (since Wolverine is a hairy dude), but also to allow for the attachment of the shoulderpads. Like the new head, the shoulderpads help to cover up the slightly disconnected shoulders of the base body, thereby removing another of my issues with the last figure. If I have one small complaint, it’s to do with the belt, which is sporting the “X” logo. I’ve never been much of a fan of that particular look (I like the more basic buckle), but it’s accurate, and I can’t fault them for giving us a new piece. The paint on this figure is largely very similar to that of the 12-inch figure, albeit with a slightly oranger color for the yellow. This matches with the Cyclops figure from the last series, so it makes sense, and it’s certainly nice looking. Wolverine is packed with a pair of non-clawed hands, as well as the two arm tubes for the Build-A-Figure Apocalypse. It’s a shame we’re not getting an unmasked head for each Wolverine, but this is, at the very least, an improvement over Old Man Logan.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Juggernaut Series Wolverine was one of my favorite figures to come out of that series, and has been my go-to since its release. I was initially unsure if this variant would be able to live up to those standards. When I picked up the 12-inch release a few months back, I started getting a bit more excited to see how Hasbro could do translating that into the smaller scale. I’m happy to say they’ve done a pretty spot-on job of shrinking that figure down, and they’ve created my favorite Legends Wolverine to date.
Wolverine was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s currently available here. If you’re interested in purchasing other Legends figures, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.