MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The X-Force joins forces with a rogue Deathlok unit to face an army of Deathlok cyborgs.”
Hasbro’s Fan Channel exclusives for Legends began as a few one-off figures and quickly evolved into what essentially is a series of its own, just split up into single releases. The defining element amongst them is relying heavily on parts re-use, which has certainly led to some eclectic choices. Who would have thought that we would one day be able to say you could choose between three different Marvel Legends Deathlok figures? Certainly not me, but hey, here we are.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
X-Force Deathlok is one of the later announcements for the Fan Channel-exclusive Legends releases, and is probably the most odd-ball and out there. Others were either heavy hitter characters or tweaks of difficult to acquire figures from earlier in the line. Deathlok is neither of those, being c-list at best, and with a figure released just over a year ago that’s hardly difficult to come by. Whatever the case, he got another figure. I guess it’s that X-Force tie; it makes everything easier to sell. Whatever the case, this figure is based on “Deathlok Prime” from Rick Remender’s run on X-Force, who is apparently a distinct-ish character from previous Deathloks. How about that? The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, this figure is about 99% identical to the previous Deathlok. The only change between the two is a slight re-working on the upper torso to change the flag on the original to the X-logo seen here. Beyond that, the two figures are the same. Honestly, that’s not a bad thing, because it was a great sculpt then, and it’s still a great sculpt now. The paint marks the real change-ups for this figure. He goes from the slightly more colorful classic Deathlok to the standard stealthy X-Force colors, but also improves a some of the apps on the exposed skin of the face, giving him a more proper zombified appearance. Deathlok gets the same two guns as his prior release, pretty much the same in deco, apart from the ammo belt becoming a translucent yellow. He also gets the shotgun-style rifle from Bishop, which is a solid addition to his arsenal.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really liked the first release of the mold, and I do dig the X-Force sub-set we’ve been getting throughout the last year. I like having another chance to appreciate this guy, and he’s honestly pretty fun, even if there’s not a lot new going on with him.