MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Wolverine joins the militant group of super beings known as the X-Force, using his powerful adamantium claws to slash down opposition.”
You know, it’s been like a whole week since I reviewed Marvel Legends, and I’m really starting to miss those little scamps. It’s a shame I don’t have a plethora of them on-hand still in need of review. What’s that? Oh, I’m being informed that I do indeed have a plethora of them on-hand to review. In fact, they’re coming in so fast that I’ve acquired another series just in the time it’s taken me to write this intro. Didn’t even buy them, they just materialized right beside me. Weird. Well, guess I gotta do another week of Legends reviews. How ever will I cope?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is figure 1 in the Wendigo Series of Marvel Legends, our third X-themed series of the year. He’s in the spot of requisite Wolverine variant for the line-up. Wolverine is sporting his garb from his time leading the covert ops version of X-Force. We’ve gotten this design once before as a Legend, but he was an exclusive and built on an out-dated body. This figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. This Wolverine follows the tried and true method of building a Wolverine figure these days, starting with the updated Brown Costume Wolverine body. He actually has more new parts than you might expect at first glance. The head, forearms, hands, belt, and boots are all new. The head is the most similar to prior parts, but gets some added stitching on the cowl to further distinguish him from the older designs. The boots and gloves follow the updated stylings from the comics, with all the straps and such. Most impressively, this figure gets a new style of claws; rather than the more classically-inspired rounded points we’ve been getting, these follow the more extreme, wider blade style that we saw start showing up more in the ’90s and onward. While I’m still a classic man myself, I do certainly appreciate them doing something different with them. Wolverine’s paintwork is much more reserved than others, which I guess fits that whole covert ops thing, doesn’t it? The grey and black is actually pretty striking, and the application is nice and clean. I like that they went with grey over silver, as it just reads a bit better I feel (and also matches the other two X-Force figures we’ve gotten, I suppose). Wolverine has no accessories for himself, but is packed with the head to the Wendigo Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This Wolverine isn’t one I have a ton of attachment to, so I don’t know that I would have picked him up on his own, but there’s that whole Build-A-Figure bit he’s got going for him, so here we are. Honestly, he’s nicer than I would have expected, and reinforces that this body can make (most) Wolverine designs work.