DEADPOOL & NEGASONIC TEENAGE WARHEAD
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Wisecracking Wade Wilson and stoic Ellie Phimister team up to defend all mutants.”
Almost an entire year ago, I looked at Domino and Cable, who made up either half or two-thirds of Hasbro’s slightly late tie-ins for Deadpool 2. Notably, I did *not* look at the title character, which did seem a bit odd, didn’t it? Yeah, it seemed that way to me too. I assure you, it wasn’t an intentional slight; I really did mean to review him, and his packmate Negasonic Teenage Warhead, right around the same time, but, as you can see, that didn’t happen. Which I guess makes these tie-ins a bit more than slight on the lateness scale. My apologies. I guess I’ll just get to them now.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Deadpool and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are the second of the two standard release two-packs for the X-Men Movie sub-line of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. They were supposed to be released at the same time as the Magneto and Xavier set, but that didn’t really seem to happen. A small amount of them shipped to people who’d placed online preorders, and a small amount showed up in stores, but there were no notable signs of stocking the way the rest of the line dropped, and most retailers had them continually pushed back for the better part of a year. It seems that they’re finally starting to truly make their way out, now, though, so that’s good, since this was probably the most in-demand item from the whole sub-line.
Deadpool has no shortage of action figures, but the less than stellar relationship between Fox and Disney the last decade or so meant that actual proper movie toys weren’t a thing, at least until now…or last year, I guess, if you want to be more technical. Deadpool’s movie costume was not only quite comics accurate, it also changed very little between his two films, meaning that this one figure can also pull double duty for both movies, which is exactly what it does. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. His articulation structure is pretty darn good, working in a set of butterfly shoulders, and making sure he’s got the pinless construction on the elbows and knees, making him a rather slick figure. His sculpt was initially all-new to him, but was subsequently re-used for the single-release ash-covered Deadpool that was an Amazon-exclusive last fall. It’s quite an impressive sculpt, which does a strong job of capturing the costume design from the movie. It’s rather distinctive and it translates well. I quite like how they’ve handled all the texturing on his outfit. The figure’s paint work is generally pretty solid. It follows the slightly toned down scheme of the film’s design, but it again looks pretty good as a toy, and the application’s all pretty clean and sharp. Deadpool is quite well accessorized, with four sets of hands, two pistols, two katanas, a knife, and a small stuffed unicorn. The hands are all in different poses, but two pairs are all black like in the first movie, and two have the silver stripes from the second. While it’s nice to have the options, it does somewhat limit what you can do with him, since you have to make sure the style of gloves match. I feel like the original plan was probably to do a full set of hands in both styles, but it probably didn’t cost out. The two pistols are Forge’s sci-fi styled gun, which isn’t really true to the movie. Also, there are more film accurate pistols in the holsters, even, but they aren’t meant to be removed. They’re separate pieces that have been glued in place, so you *can* remove them, but I gave it a fair try, and didn’t really want to force it. Presumably, this is some sort of a request from Disney, who are trying to downplay the use of real firearms with Marvel figures.
NEGASONIC TEENAGE WARHEAD
While Deadpool may be no stranger to action figures, Negasonic Teenage Warhead has thus far only had the one. Admittedly, prior to being featured in the first Deadpool, the character struggled to be considered even D-List, so there wasn’t much call for toys before this. While Deadpool had more or less the same look between the two movies, Negasonic had two fairly divergent designs for the two films. This figure opts for her Deadpool 2 design, which is really the more fully formed and actually toy worthy of the two. The figure stands 5 3/4 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Negasonic breaks from the movie X-Men norm and is largely re-using parts, specifically the Spider-Girl body. It’s really not a bad match, and it’s just a decent starting point in general, plus, with as many new parts as the X-Men Movie figures had, it was a good way to save some money on tooling. She still gets a new head, upper torso, upper arms, and a belt add-on piece, which help to keep her fairly movie accurate. The head’s got an okay likeness of actress Brianna Hildebrand, at least from a sculpting standpoint (paint’s perhaps a different story), and the rest of the parts are all pretty good matches for her on-screen design. The paint work is a bit of a mixed bag; the base work is okay, but the face paint on mine’s not quite right, resulting in her looking a little bit doofy. Her eyes are definitely not pointing the same way, and that’s not ideal. Negasonic is packed with two sets of hands (fists and open gesture) as well as Scarlet Witch’s effects pieces, presumably to emulate her powers in some fashion.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wanted this set, not so much for Deadpool, since I’ve got plenty of figures of him, but actually for the Negasonic figure. But, then I got both Domino and Cable, and so it made sense to have Deadpool too, so I decided I was down for both parts. And then I patiently waited for the set to arrive….and that was a lot of waiting, now wasn’t it? When I found out these were coming in, I honestly expected some sort of diabolos ex machina sort of a thing to ensue and prevent me from getting them yet again, but it didn’t, and now I have them. How about that? Sure, I wish Negasonic’s face paint were better, but otherwise, it’s quite a nice set, and I’m happy to finally have them.
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