MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With keen senses, a mutant healing factor, and zero moral restraint, Sabretooth is a dark reflection of his archnemesis, the mutant hero Wolverine.”
I fully intended to begin today’s review of a Sabretooth figure by bringing up the fact that he didn’t actually start out as an X-Men or Wolverine antagonist, and was instead an Iron Fist villain, but in doing some back-reading of old reviews in preparation, I have discovered that I’ve actually mentioned that fact in almost all of my Sabretooth reviews here on the site. I…I should probably double check old intros a little more often, shouldn’t I? Eh, I probably won’t. Look forward to hearing about the Iron Fist thing in my next Sabretooth review, after I’ve completely forgotten the lesson I learned in this one’s intro. Just try to pretend its new and exciting information when you hear it then. And give me a break, because I’ll be older and more tired by that point. Just keep me comfortable, is what I’m getting at here. Man, this intro’s getting really meta and really bleak, really fast. Well, onto the toy, I guess.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sabretooth is figure 6 in the Bonebreaker Series of Marvel Legends, and is the final figure needed to assemble the Bonebreaker Build-A-Figure. There’s also a Wolverine variant, but I’ve honestly got enough Wolverine variants, so I passed on that one. This Sabretooth is based on his first appearance costume…more or less. It marks the first time Hasbro’s done the design, and its second time in Legends form, following the Toy Biz Face Off release. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. While the last two standard universe Sabretooths have been based on the Hyperion body, this one is on the slightly slimmer Reaper body. It makes sense, since the earlier Sabretooth design was always depicted as being a little slimmer anyway. It’s also a body that’s not super over-used, so that’s a plus. The figure gets a new head, forearms, shins, hands, and feet, as well as an add-on for his fur collar. The new parts mesh well with the old, and the whole thing’s a rather cohesive looking take on the original design. The head in particular is quite nice; rather than the more frequent screaming expression, he’s got Creed’s evil grin, which is frequently overlooked for such figures. The figure’s paint work is generally pretty decently handled. He does have a bit of a departure from the proper 1st Appearance look, with fingerless gloves and…toe-less boots? They don’t appear to be based on any particular version of the costume, but I do kinda dig how they look. Sabretooth has no accessories of his own, but he includes three separate pieces for Bonebreaker, all meant to connect to the lower tank-portion of the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was very happy with the Jim Lee style Sabretooth from the Apocalypse Series, so I didn’t need another. That said, I get the desire to update this look, since it’s been a while since it got toy coverage. This one turned out pretty well. He’s not going to be my go-to Sabretooth or anything, but he’s certainly a cool figure.
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