WOLVERINE, CALLISTO, JASON WYNGARDE, OMEGA RED, & CYBER
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Wow, it’s been, like, weeks, plural even, since I reviewed any Marvel Legends. That’s crazy. I mean, technically, I haven’t reviewed any of them since last year. Can you believe that? I’m honestly still sort of wrapping my head around it after two months of un-filtered Legends reviews. Well, there’s still more to be reviewed, so I’d best ease myself back in. Today’s review fulfills the component of being both a Legends review *and* a post-Christmas review, so it’s the perfect choice! The last couple of years running, Amazon has gotten a larger boxed Legends-exclusive nearer to the holiday season, and 2021 followed suit, with a five-pack of figures, all (sort of) Wolverine-themed. And that’s the set I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Wolverine, Callisto, Jason Wyngarde, Omega Red, and Cyber make up the Amazon-exclusive Wolverine 5-pack of Marvel Legends. Well, it started out as an Amazon-exclusive, anyway. It didn’t stay that way for much time at all, though, and is already available through a number of other retailers, including my sponsors over at All Time Toys, if you’re feeling inclined to pick a set up.
It’s difficult to do a Wolverine-themed set and not include a Wolverine, so Hasbro opted to do that. I suppose that’s a reasonable stance for them to take. We’ve had no shortage of Wolverines in the line, especially recently, so a lot of the major looks have already been covered. In an effort to be a little bit different, Hasbro’s gone with a look that appears to be at least a little bit inspired by the cover of X-Men #251, which features a beaten Wolverine in his brown costume, sans shirt, cowl, and gloves. It’s an interesting twist on his usual design, and has a fairly distinctive visual to it, so it’s not a bad choice. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the same core body they’ve been using since the Juggernaut Series, which is especially fitting in this figure’s case, since it’s meant to be the same costume as that one and all. He gets two new head sculpts, both of them unmasked. As of yet, the unmasked Wolverine heads for modern-era Legends have all felt a little bit lacking, so there was definitely a big push to get some ones that worked a bit better to translate that crazy hair into three dimensions. These two give us both crazy and slightly more neutral expressions, and are easily the best unmasked Wolverines that Hasbro has produced. I myself really like the calmer expression, but they’re both quite impressive in how they capture that more ’80s style look for Logan. Otherwise, Wolverine is using re-used parts, and doing pretty well with that. The paint work on this guy is pretty strong, as making him shirtless gives him all that body hair to contend with. Fun stuff, right? It actually works pretty well, and doesn’t look as goofy as painted hair can, so kudos to Hasbro on that. The heads get some pretty solid work, with the calmer expression actually getting some bruising and cuts. It stops it from being a totally standard head, which is a slight bummer, but at the same time, it does look really cool. Hopefully, they’ll just repack this head with a more standard paint app later down the line, for a best of both worlds sort of set-up. In addition to the two varieties of head mentioned above, this figure is also packed with hands both with and without the claws. No X-crucifix, but I can see why Hasbro might want to forego packing such a thing in.
This set is, ostensibly, supposed to be Wolverine-themed, being Logan versus a bunch of his foes. Two figures in, we’re already kind of loosing that. Callisto was introduced alongside the rest of the Morlocks, a group of sewer-dwelling mutants, in X-Men #169, as an attempt to have a few more mutants who weren’t quite as physically pristine as a lot of the X-Men were. While she and the other Morlocks have certainly been involved with Wolverine by virtue of being in the X-Men universe and all, it’s not like there’s any sort of particularly close ties there. That being said, she’s been without any toy treatment up until this point, so an excuse to finally release her in some form isn’t unwarranted. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. For the most part, Callisto is really just an excuse to get another use out of the Mohawk Storm parts. Everything but the head and hands are shared with that figure. It’s really not a bad bit of re-use; the two designs are quite similar, and given Storm and Callisto’s history, I suppose it wouldn’t be the weirdest thing in the world for them to share a taste in fashion. Callisto’s new head sculpt is perhaps a little more conventionally good looking than Callisto was classically portrayed, but it’s in line with her more modern incarnations, and it’s not a bad sculpt. The detailing on the scarring and the eye patch is pretty decent, and I do like that they’ve gotten at least a little bit of her usual scowl going on there. Her paint work is generally pretty straight forward. There’s not a ton of work going into it, since there’s a lot of molded color work, but the work on the head is well-handled, and the application is overall clean and fairly consistent. I’m not big on how the painted edge of her torn shirt looks, but it was unlikely that they were going to sculpt a new lower torso just for Callisto. As it stands, it looks alright. Callisto is packed with two sets of hands, one gripping, the other in fists, as well as two different knives.
Remember this being a Wolverine-themed set? Hasbro doesn’t seem to so much, because the third figure, much like the second, is kind of not fitting that mold. Appearing during “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” Jason Wyngarde is key to Jean’s descent into madness and her eventual dark turn. Late in the story, he is revealed to be former Brotherhood of Evil Mutants member Mastermind in disguise, leaving the Wyngarde identity largely discarded, though it does get dusted off from time to time. Wyngarde has little to no actual interaction with Wolverine, since it’s Jean he’s attempting to seduce and Cyclops he’s in more direct conflict with. Perhaps he’s here because he and Wolverine both sparred with Cyclops for Jean’s affections? Or perhaps because they both share a love of unique facial hair? I don’t know, and I won’t complain, because I really like the Wyngarde persona, so I’m down for whatever needs to be done to get it in figure form. Well, within reason. Like, you know, this. This is actually about as far as I’d go, really. So, it worked out, all things considered. No real moral compromises or anything. You know what? I’m proud of us. We knew where to draw the line. Great. Back in the land of actually reviewing this figure on this here toy review site, the figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Wyngarde is largely using parts from the two male members of the Hellfire Club set released last year. Since he’s of similar build and also wore the same basic attire as Shaw and Pierce, it’s a sensible and in fact an expected choice. This is the first time I’ve gotten to mess with the body, but it’s a pretty decent piece of work, and matches up well with how the characters are depicted in the comics. Wyngarde’s head sculpt does a good job of capturing Byrne’s design for the character, while also translating that into the more standard Legends styling. He’s suitably smarmy, while also still looking suave enough to understand part of how Jean might be swayed by him. Wyngarde’s color palette is an interesting choice, since he’s patterned not on this “Dark Phoenix” appearance, but rather on his more recent All New All Different X-Men appearance. It’s a minor change, and it’s not a bad color scheme, it’s just odd that they went for something other than literally the one appearance everyone knows him from. Wyngarde is packed with an alternate Mastermind head. It’s an impressive piece, though one that’s a little out of place without a body to match. I’m sure it should be easy enough to rig something up, though.
Okay, now we’re actually getting to something properly Wolverine-related. How about that? Omega Red has had the Legends treatment rather recently, and is mostly just here in this set because that particular release has gotten rather pricey on the aftermarket these days. This figure, like that one, stands about 7 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Omega Red is using the same parts selection as his Sauron Series release. That was quite a nice figure, and by extension so is his one. The molds have held up pretty well, and they still suit the character quite nicely. I really do like those butterfly joints a lot. The color work marks a notable change-up. The colors are even brighter than they were the last time, with more brilliant whites and reds, as well as a few changed out colors on certain parts of the costume. Overall, I like the new color scheme more than the old, though I will admit that I miss the cool omega symbols on the backs of the hands. Otherwise, he’s got more of a ’90s animation feel than the last release, and I really dig that. Like the last release, this one gets the two sets of tendrils, and also adds in a second head sculpt, with a screaming expression, which gives him some more posing options.
Certainly the most obscure of the figures included here, Cyber is also the one that’s really the most sensible, as he’s actually only got the ties to Wolverine, and not the rest of the X-Men, so he’d be kind of out of place in a main assortment. The figure stands just shy of 8 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Cyber makes use of the Colossus body, which is honestly a kind of criminally under-used base body. He makes use of a combination of parts from both Colossuses, as well as Death’s Head, in order to have the most basic selection of parts possible. He also gets a new head, as well as forearms and hands in order to complete his look. It’s a very basic look, but that’s true to the character, so I guess Hasbro got it right there. He’s big and imposing, which is pretty cool. Cyber’s paint work is actually surprisingly involved, given how basic the design is. There’s some accenting going on for the blue sections, which helps them to look a lot better than they would if they were just flat blue plastic. I can dig it. There are no accessories included for Cyber, though I’m not entirely sure what exactly you could give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this whole set as a Christmas gift from my parents this year. It’s one of those sets that’s kind of a hard sell, if I’m honest. It’s not that any of the figures are bad, but really that they don’t seem to make for much of a cohesive package. I myself really just view this as a very expensive way to finally own a Jason Wyngarde figure. A very nice Jason Wyngarde, mind you, and one I’m very happy to have. The others are all nice figures on their own, but ones I might have just as well skipped if I’d been given the option. They’ll all suit my collection well when divied up to go into various different sections, though, so I can’t really complain too much.