MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“The Silver Samurai has but one goal in life: to become the leader of the Japanese underworld! Trained in the martial arts and wielding a massive katana through which he can channel mutant energy, this honorless samurai has often come close to achieving his desire – if not for the interference of Wolverine and the X-Men!”
When you get down to it, it’s kind of amusing how many Wolverine foes began their careers not only not fighting Wolverine, but not even fighting the X-Men at all. Much like he acquired his arch enemy Sabretooth from Iron Fist, today’s focus, Silver Samurai, first appeared in the pages of Daredevil. After bouncing around the Marvel Universe for a bit, he would eventually be folded into the X-Men franchise, and found himself on multiple occasions paired off against Wolverine, and would even serve as the primary antagonist in 2013’s The Wolverine…albeit in a slightly convoluted sense. Whatever the case, he’s just gotten a Legends release, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Silver Samurai is the second the last figure in the third series of Marvel Legends Vintage figures. This is Silver Samurai’s first time as a Legend, making him the only all-new character in this assortment. He is, of course, the classic Kenuchi Harada version of the character, the same one to be released in the old Toy Biz line. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Samurai is an all-new sculpt, which is quite the impressive feat for a line that was previously completely recycled parts. What’s more, I don’t really foresee much parts reuse from this particular assortment of parts. Not exactly a lot of samurai in the Marvel universe. What really impressed me was the lack of add-on bits; everything is actually fixed in place or just part of the main sculpt, meaning he’s not as floppy as some earlier built up Legends. Silver Samurai isn’t without a few QC issues, mostly to do with flashing, especially on his helmet. On my figure I actually had to do a little bit of clean up around the eyes, as his left eye was almost completely covered. It’s an easy enough clean-up, but still a little frustrating that I had to do it at all. Paint work on this guy is minimal. There’s really just the rising sun and the eyes. His logo is a little messy, but not awful. The rest of it’s molded plastic, which can be a slightly iffy prospect with silver, but it works out better than I’d expected here. Samurai is packed with two swords, which can be sheathed on his belt.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Admittedly, I don’t have a big connection to Silver Samurai as a character, since he’s only in a single episode of the ’90s cartoon and doesn’t really figure into the periods of the X-Men comics I followed. That said, he’s certainly got a distinctive appearance and I can appreciate his importance in the line-up. I didn’t know what to expect from him, but he’s actually a pretty solid figure.