MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The Weapon X program experiments on humans and mutants alike, including Wolverine, who undergoes a brutal process that bonds Adamantium to his skeleton.”
An X-Men line-up is just no good without a Wolverine variant, right? Even if he’s not actually named Wolverine on the box (well, not the front, anyway; he gets a name drop on the back). Today’s figure goes back to a rather tried and true Wolverine variation, the Weapon X experiment look. First appearing in the pages of Marvel Comics Presents in the early ’90s, Logan’s cyber-punk looking gear has been a mainstay of toyline’s ever since Toy Biz’s ’90s X-Men. And now Hasbro’s brought it back into the Legends fold.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Weapon X is figure 2 in the Caliban Series line-up of Marvel Legends, where he fills the slot of required Wolverine variant. This marks the second time that this design has seen Legends treatment, following Toy Biz’s offering back in 2004. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. He follows the trend of rebuilding past Wolverine figures on the 2016 Brown Costume body. He uses that base, in conjunction with a new head, shins, feet, and an assortment of add-on pieces for all of the gear that’s stuck to him. As far as base bodies go, it’s really had to do better than this one, especially for Logan, so it’s a solid starting point to be sure. The standard head has his weird visored helmet sculpted in place, and is a rather impressive piece of work. The actual head’s detailing is a little on the soft side, but the helmet is definitely top-notch. The new add-on parts give us all the tubes and gear from the comic, attached at his wrists and waist. They’re intertwined with his limbs, and not designed for easy removal, but if you’re determined, they’ll come off (I was not particularly determined). He’s also got a harness on his torso, again not really designed with removal in mind. They’re all nice and sharply detailed, and the tubes are flexible enough to not really impede his movement, but not so frail as to break if you aren’t careful. Perhaps the crowning achievement of this figure is the paint, or more specifically, the painted body hair. That takes commitment and dedication, let me tell you. Beyond that, he kind of looks a bit bland, but that’s true to form. Weapon X is packed with an extra un-helmeted head and the leg of the BaF Caliban.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I run hot and cold with this particular Wolverine design. I had the 5-inch figure as a kid, and always enjoyed that, but I harbored something of a resentment towards the original Legends release, given the abnormally high-pack out numbers of it compared to the likes of Vision and Hawkeye from the same assortment, and the fact that I ended up seeing that damned figure hanging everywhere, taunting me for several months at that time. Ultimately, though, this is a design that makes for a good toy, and Hasbro translated it well here. He’s not going to be my go-to Wolverine by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a good deal of fun.