MARVEL LEGENDS VINGTAGE (HASBRO)
“Wolverine is the X-Men’s greatest fighter! A master of all forms of hand-to-hand combat, Wolverine also has a fearsome secret weapon – razor sharp retractable adamantium claws that can slice through anything.”
What’s an X-Men assortment without a Wolverine variant? Statistically, not made. They’re quite the hard sell. For that reason, Wolverine gets toy love for just about every costume change, no matter how minor, no matter how restrained. Case in point, today’s offering. It’s Wolverine in his “Madripor” costume, an all-black number he picked up right around the time of his ongoing solo series starting up in 1988. He wore it for a few of his world travelling adventures, before ditching it after less than a year. Not exactly stuck in the minds of fans, but it’s only had one toy before, and it goes with Silver Samurai, so how about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is the final figure in the X-Men-themed third series of the Marvel Legends Vintage line, where he fills the required Wolverine slot. Though the Madripor costume was featured back during the Toy Biz days, it was much later in the line, and under a bunch of goofy armor, meaning he’s not quite a direct counterpart for any of those earlier figures. Nevertheless, he gets the retro styled card, which honestly suits him better than the standard packaging might. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the re-engineered brown costume body, since that’s our new standard for Wolverine. It’s a solid choice given the simple spandex nature of the costume. He gets a new head and shins (which give us clean shins without the usual Wolverine boots for a change), plus the wrist bands from Union Jack (which are a very tight fit here) and the belt from Brown Wolverine. The new head goes for a screaming expression, which works well enough, and is honestly a nice change up from the slightly more reserved Wolverines we’ve gotten recently. The rest of the parts a pretty standard issue, which works well enough. The rest of the figure is sold by the paint, or at least what there is of it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the body suit is actually a slightly off-black, with the “boots” being a more straight black. It’s subtle, but I like it. What I’m not as crazy about is the face, or more specifically the eyes. In Hasbro’s defense, the weird fishnet look is accurate to the comics…it’s just really goofy, and the lack of extra head means you’re stuck with it. Wolverine is packed with a spare set of gripping hands and a katana. But it’s not just any katana, it’s actually the Black Blade, which figured into the Madrior story and was wielded by Wolverine in this costume.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got no attachment to this Wolverine at all, nor do I find it to be a particularly exciting variant. However, I was grabbing the rest of the set and felt bad about just skipping one figure, meaning he was along for the ride. I can’t really say that he swayed my opinion on the design or anything, but it’s not like he’s a bad figure, and he’s certainly a nice accent piece for the Silver Samurai.