DEADPOOL & HIT-MONKEY
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The most bodacious team-up this side of Miami: Deadpool & Hit-Monkey make being an internationally feared assassin look easy.”
There’s no denying that Deadpool has popularity and recognition behind him, which makes him an easy pick when it comes to merchandise. It also makes him useful leverage for getting retailers to support other items, meaning that for every time that we get the likes of yesterday’s Havok and Polaris, we also get the likes of today’s offering, a Deadpool-centric two-pack, pairing him off with one of Marvel’s many attempts at spinning other goofy characters out of Deadpool, Hit-Monkey.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Deadpool and Hit-Monkey are the other half of the Fan Channel-exclusive assortment of Marvel Legends that contained Havok and Polaris, also bearing the “80 Years of Marvel” branding, and clearly meant to capture a more modern piece of Marvel history, though if it’s a reference to a specific comics occurrence, I will admit I’m not familiar with it.
There have been quite a few Deadpools in the last two years of Legends, but this one does manage to actually be a little more distinctive, mostly by being in something other than a variation of his standard costume. This one embraces the vague Miami: Vice theme of the set by sticking Wade in an all-white suit, which is admittedly a pretty striking look for the character. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Wade makes use of the newly re-worked suit body that we got with Nick Fury, which is a pretty decent upgrade on the prior body, and now scales a little bit better with Bucky Cap-sized heads like Deadpool. Topping off the body, he’s got a selection of three different heads: fully masked, fully unmasked (both from the Juggernaut Series Deadpool), and half-masked. They make for a nice variety of options, and it’s good to see Hasbro really taking advantage of that bank of existing parts for stuff like this. Deadpool’s paintwork is pretty straight forward and clean, and keeps with the striking nature of the design. The reds are very bright, keeping with the Sasquatch and Sauron assortment coloring, which I’m okay with, even if they don’t quite match the Deadpool Corps release from earlier this year. The unmasked head actually gets pupils this time, and while I myself prefer the prior deco, I do like getting a change-up here. Deadpool is packed with a solid selection of accessories, which includes two katanas (same as prior DPs), a pink zebra-patterned handgun, a guitar (re-used from Spider-UK, and in a funky Madcap color scheme), headphones (re-used from Star-Lord), a Captain America shield with Deadpool’s face painted on it, and a re-worked RC Silvermane with Headpool in Silvermane’s place. There’s no new parts in here, but that doesn’t change how impressive it is to get this many extras.
Not long after Hit-Monkey’s debut in the comics, he found himself chosen as one of Hasbro’s smaller-scale BaFs from the tail end of the pre-Infinite Series Legends. As with everything from that period, distribution was spotty, making completing him either woefully easy or near impossible, and crafting quite an odd after market. Whatever the case, I suppose Hasbro felt they should give fans another chance at the character, so here he is. The figure stands just shy of 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation. His sculpt is the same as it was the first time around, which is reasonable enough. Hit-Monkey’s really only had that one look. The sculpt is a little bit more stylized than Legends tend to be these days, but for a character like this, that’s honestly not a bad thing. Given the alternative being the rather bland and off looking Spider-Ham we got last year, I’m more for this. The figure changes things up from the last release by swapping the color of his suit from black to white, and the tie from blue to red, all in order to match the Deadpool. Again, no clue if Hit-Monkey’s ever looked like this, but it works out alright for him. Hit-Monkey includes the same accessories as the first time around: a pair of pistols and a pair of submachine guns. Not quite as impressive as Deadpool, but two sets of guns is still pretty good.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wanted Havok and Polaris, and this set just sort of came along with them, I suppose. I wasn’t exactly expecting much of anything from either of them, and that probably worked out in their favor, because it allowed me to really approach them with fresh eyes, and just enjoy them for what they are. What they are is pretty fun. It’s a cool look for Deadpool, a second chance at Hit-Monkey, and a boatload of really fun extras between them.