MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Wolverine is a nearly indestructible mutant with a gruff attitude and the formidable skills to back it up.”
There have been no shortage of Wolverine action figures, even when just looking through the narrow lens of Marvel Legends. In the last year, there have been six separate Legends Wolverines (with a seventh right around the corner). That places him second only to Spider-Man for Legends releases, which is really quite a bit. I’d say there’s a little bit of Wolverine overload going on for a good portion of the fanbase, and I definitely include myself in that grouping. But hey, it’s okay, this one has a new hat!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine was officially the first of the Fan Channel exclusive Marvel Legends, though exactly what order they actually hit in is a little bit fluid. He was the first one to be shown off, though. After a number of different costumed variants throughout the year, this one goes for a civilian Wolverine, rocking the jeans and the wifebeater. But also that hat. The hat is very important. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. From the neck down, this figure is the same as the Legendary Riders release from last year (which I never picked up), itself a retooling of the Old Man Logan (which I *did* pick up). It’s really not a bad body, and this particular release is really crisp on the texturing of the shirt and pants, which looks really good. My figure does have a slight molding issue on his torso, so there’s a little bit of plastic missing at the collar of his shirt. It’s fairly minor, and confined just to mine, but it’s something to keep an eye out for. The body’s not the main focus of this release, though. No, no, we gotta talk about what really matters: the new hat! Yes, Logan’s sporting a cowboy hat, an item he’s frequently seen sporting in the comics, but has largely been absent from his action figure coverage. It is admittedly a pretty distinctive look, and the head that it’s permanently affixed to isn’t a half bad unmasked Logan either. I actually really dig the grin; it’s a nice change of pace from the usual growls, screams, and grimaces we get for the character, and yet this is still very true to Logan, especially the more relaxed civilian take we’ve got going here. Wolverine’s paintwork is fairly decently handled. He swaps out the white shirt from the Riders release for black, which I think actually looks pretty cool. Beyond that, it’s fairly standard stuff. Wolverine is packed with an extra head (the same as the head from the Madripor Wolverine, but without the weird eye stuff), a set of gripping hands without the claws, and the Muramasa blade.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Wolverine overload is a thing that’s been plaguing my Legends collecting since Toy Biz first added him to the line in Series 3, and it was the primary reason I didn’t buy the Riders release last year. With Madripor and X-Force, I almost waffled on this one too, but I like the civilian look enough that he felt worth it. Ultimately, I do quite like this figure, and I think he’s the best of the 2019 Wolverines. Sure, he’s another Wolverine, but at least he’s a decent figure in his own right, and I didn’t have to pay for the motorcycle to get this one.
I picked up this Wolverine from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s currently in stock here. If you’re looking for Marvel Legends, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.