MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“So I didn’t make the cut for the school super-mutant team — so what? I’m my own yellow-clad, spandex-wearing, most popular-girl-in-school cheerleader. My mom would be so proud.”
Why settle for just one Deadpool variant when you could just as easily have two? That would be totally ridiculous…again…man, I gotta work on diversifying my phrasing. Or get way worse at it and just start actually repeating reviews in their entirety. Admittedly, that second one would be way easier on me…which is why I totally am going with that first one, because why would I go with the easier thing?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Deadpool is figure 2 in the Sauron Series of Marvel Legends. Numerically, he’s the first of the two Deadpool variants. He’s based on one of the handful of times that Deadpool was attempting to join the X-Men by way of showing up in one of their uniforms. This one’s kind of at the mid point between the not all that comical variation of Cyclops’ Astonishing suit and the really quite ridiculous short-skirted Marvel Girl costume. It’s a fairly distinctive look, and it’s also not too far removed from the X-jersey look he sports for part of Deadpool 2’s run-time. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. This variation of Deadpool follows the model of the First Appearance Deadpool from the last series, putting Wade on the 2099 body. It’s actually a pretty reasonable choice for him, and it’s honestly a shame they couldn’t have just been building him on this body from the beginning. Those butterfly joints definitely come in handy for him. He gets the head and shoulder harness from the Juggernaut Deadpool, the belt from the X-Force Deadpool, and the wrist and leg straps from the Jim Lee Cyclops. It’s overall a decent selection of pieces, and they work well enough, but there are some slight compatibility issues, since all of the pieces were originally intended for the Bucky Cap body, and the fit isn’t quite the same. The head’s the biggest issue, since the necks between the two bodies are slightly different lengths, so it sits a little bit too high on the head. What’s weird is that all of the prototype shots for this figure were using the 1st App head, which was actually sculpted for this body and as such would be a better fit. Not sure why they made the change for production. It’s not terrible, but it’s a little off. This figure’s paintwork is pretty decent stuff overall. He’s certainly bright and colorful and the application is all quite clean. Deadpool is packed with a pair of katanas, a large rifle, and the head of Madcap. The Madcap head is definitely the most intriguing…he’s quite a minor character and not one I ever imagined having a figure of. Now we’ve just got…his head? No body to go with it, but I guess it looks reasonable enough when placed on this body. He’s also packed with the tail of the Sauron Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Of the two Deadpool variants in this series, this is admittedly the somewhat less exciting of the two, and in addition the one with the slightly lesser execution as well. That being said, if you’re a Deadpool fan, this is certainly still a pretty solid figure, and feels like less of a waste than some of the major character variants we’ve gotten in the past.
Like casual Deadpool and Lady Deadpool before him, this figure belongs to my friend Max from All Time, with whom I split this case. If you’d like one of your own, He’s still available through All Time’s store. And if you’re interested in buying other Legends figures, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.