MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“An arms dealer obsessed with vibranium, Ulysses Klaue infiltrates the secret nation of Wakanda to steal the sacred metal and sell it for a hefty profit.”
Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue was definitely one of my very favorite parts of Black Panther (and Age of Ultron, for that matter), largely because it was so clear just how much of a blast Serkis was having playing the part. While he was privy to two Minimates, I honestly wasn’t expecting a Legends release, due to him being just a kind of normal looking guy. Of course, since we got Everett freaking Ross, I guess it shouldn’t be too shocking that the comparatively more exciting Klaue would be given his due, now should it?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Klaue is figure 3 in the M’Baku Series of Marvel Legends. Like the Minimate, he’s based on Klaue’s appearance during the sequence at the casino and the ensuing chase scene. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Klaue is built on a variant of the suit body, though no one would blame you for missing that at first glance. He uses the torso and legs from that body, with an overlay piece on the torso, plus new arms and a new head, in order to give Klaue a sufficiently unique appearance. I wasn’t sure about the overlay piece at first, because such pieces can end up overly bulky and cumbersome, but this one actually works out alright, and matches Serkis’ build in the movie pretty decently. By far the best part of this figure’s sculpt is the head, which has to be one of the finest likenesses Hasbro has ever put out. I feel like I’ve made this claim on a few figures recently, but Hasbro genuinely seems to be getting better and better at this stuff. Not only does the head look just like Serkis, but it’s also got the mad cackling grin from the movie down pat, which is a nice change of pace on the sometimes overly stern shelves of Marvel Legends. Klaue’s paintwork has its ups and downs, but the ups definitely prevail. The base paintwork, especially on the tie, is a little sloppy, but the work on the arm tattoo and especially on the face is really strong. Normally, scene-specific battle damage can be frustrating on a figure intended to replicate a character’s entire movie appearance, but I can’t help but love how beaten up Klaue looks. He genuinely looks like he’s stepped right out of the movie. Klaue is packed with a basic handgun, as well as an alternate left forearm with his sonic cannon in its deployed form, and the torso of M’Baku.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Of the single release figures, Klaue was definitely at the top of my list for this assortment, because how could he not be. Even with the bar set pretty darn high, this figure still managed to really surprise me, because I just wasn’t expecting to like him so darn much. He’s just a lot of fun to mess around with, largely because of how well that awesome facial expression lends itself to all sorts of poses. For me, this guy is definitely a star figure.