MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
Boy howdy am I running out of compelling ways to start Deadpool-themed reviews. To say he’s overdone may be something of an understatement. There’s *only* been three figures of him this year for Marvel Legends though, so I guess that represents Hasbro backing things off a little bit. Lucky us. I’ve managed to pick up all of them so far, so why stop now, I guess. So, here’s one more Deadpool.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Deadpool is a standalone Marvel Legends release, done up in the retro style cardback packaging. Like the Grey Hulk I reviewed earlier this month, he was originally slated to be a con-exclusive release, before being moved to the fan channel. This Deadpool is designed to be an earlier in his career Deadpool, specifically patterned after the ’90s Toy Biz figure whose packaging this one mimics. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Sculpturally, he’s essentially identical to the classic Deadpool figure released in the Sasquatch Series last year. The only difference between the two is that this one adds a second strap of pouches to the left leg so as to better mimic the old figure. He’s using the 2099 body, which is a solid starting point, especially for a character like Deadpool. He then has add-ons for his webgear/belt, the pouches on his legs, and his neck, wrist, and ankle straps. He’s also got the classic Deadpool head, which fits the body a lot better than the Juggernaut Series one did for the X-uniform Deadpool. Ultimately, it results in a pretty solid figure, especially if you missed the Classic Deadpool like me. The figure’s paint mixes things up a little bit as well. This is in part to more closely match the old toy, so things like the belt and torso gear have been left red like on that figure. However, they’ve also changed the black parts of the costume to a dark metallic blue, which is honestly a pretty cool look, and really feels like it hearkens back to those early ’90s appearances of the character. The application is all very clean, and the colors really pop off of each other. Deadpool is actually pretty decently accessorized for a vintage-packed release, with two swords, two small machine guns, a pistol, and a larger assault rifle. Given that the Classic Deadpool only included the swords, that’s actually kind of surprising, and I’m definitely glad they went the extra mile.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Much like Hulk, when this was still planned for a con release, I paid very little attention to it. I passed on the Sasquatch Series release numerous times, and this one, while certainly a neat look, didn’t feel any more essential than that one. The shift to Fan Channel meant that he more or less arrived in my lap, and going in with no expectations, he’s another figure I ended up liking quite a bit. Honestly, that’s kind of been the case with all of this year’s Deadpool figures, so maybe I should just stop complaining about them.