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“Weapon X infused Wolverine with adamantium to make him a powerful mutant with superhuman healing ability.”
Hugh Jackman’s turn as Wolverine was one of the constants of Fox’s X-Men movies, appearing in all but one of the films (Dark Phoenix, for those curious), and just generally being as much of a pop culture icon as the character’s comics incarnation. He’s been no stranger to action figures, since he’s, you know, Wolverine and all. The fall out between Fox and Disney meant we went a good gap of time between releases, of course, but he’s back in full force, with three different variants in Hasbro’s Legends assortment devoted to the movies. I’m looking at the one standard release in the bunch today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is the last of the three standard release single-packed figures in the X-Men Movie sub-line of Marvel Legends, following Domino and Mystique. It’s an interesting selection of characters to say the least. This Wolverine is based on his jacketed appearance, which is certainly a distinct look for the character. That said, they’ve opted to specifically base him on Origins: Wolverine, which seems like a slightly odd choice. I mean, the look doesn’t shift much between the films, but it feels weird to specifically base him on a far less regarded film. Could be worse, I suppose. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. The articulation scheme on this guy is pretty impressive. The butterfly joints on the shoulders add some nice extra posability to him, and the ball joint on the neck is great for adding a bit more expression to the figure when posing. Wolverine’s sculpt is another all-new offering (although the legs are shared with the Amazon-exclusive Wolverine variant). The body sculpt does a good job of capturing Jackman’s build from the movies, as well as translating all of the textures and layers of his clothing. This guy includes two different head sculpts, giving us differing expressions. The one he comes wearing is an intense, screaming head, which is kind of a weak offering. The expression’s certainly got an intensity to it, but it ends up looking goofy, and the Jackman likeness really isn’t there. The second head is a more neutral expression, and this one is definitely the stronger of the two. The Jackman likeness isn’t spot on, but it’s still close enough for recognizability. The paint work on this guy is a bit of a mixed bag. The head works out well enough, and the weathering on the pants isn’t *terrible*, but it’s not great either. The wear on the jacket isn’t really that great. It just kind of looks like a bird pooped on him to be honest. Not exactly the most imposing look. In addition to the previously mentioned extra head, he also includes hands with both claws and without.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m still recovering a bit from some serious Wolverine exhaustion from last year, so this guy being the first of the movie figures shown off didn’t exactly thrill me. I mean, he looked cool and all, but he’s Wolverine. I have a lot of Wolverine. He benefits from the fact that I got the rest of the set first, so as to cushion the whole “it’s another Wolverine” bit. He’s a pretty solid figure on his own, and I look forward to having more figures to go with him.
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