MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Laura Kinney uses assassin training paired with powerful claws to take down anyone who makes the mistake of crossing her.”
X-Men fans have had it pretty good this year when it comes to Marvel Legends. In years prior, we’ve been lucky to get a single X-based assortment, but this year we got not only a proper X-Men assortment, but two heavily X-Men-packed Deadpool assortments as well. It’s looking like those floodgates are finally opening! The second Deadpool assortment is even more X-Men heavy than the first, even including usual X-Men staple Wolverine. Sure, it’s not Logan, but is that really the point?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is figure 4 in the Sauron Series of Marvel Legends. As with her presence in the first series, Laura’s connection to Deadpool is tenuous at best, but she definitely feels more at home in this assortment than in the last one. As noted by her name, this figure of Laura represents her look from after the death of the mainstream Logan, when she officially took over the mantle. It’s a more current look than the last figure, and is definitely a prominent design, well worth the inclusion in the line. As I noted in my X-23 review, it rivals the X-Force costume in definitiveness. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. She’s constructed from a lot of the same pieces as the X-23 figure. She uses the Spider-Girl body, and the clawed hands from X-23. She has a new head, boots, and belt add-on, replicating her Wolverine costume nicely. Like the X-23 figure, Wolverine’s head is sculpted in a rather dynamic fashion with wind-swept hair and all. It looks quite good; there’s a lot of room for error with this sort of look with the hair, but Hasbro’s two-for-two on Laura’s head sculpts. The head’s expression is calmer than the X-23 one, representing Laura’s increased maturity at the time of taking over the Wolverine mantle. The new boots have the usual Wolverine shaping, and include her foot claws, which had been left off of the last figure. They can easily be removed as well, if you’re like me, and think the foot claws are kind of dumb. Off to the cup of random accessories they go! Wolverine’s paintwork is bright and bold, and pretty cleanly applied for the most part. It’s quite a striking look. Wolverine is packed with an alternate unmasked head. This one’s much more reserved, both in expression and the hair styling, which is decidedly not dynamic. Also included is the left arm of the Sauron Build-A-Figure, who I’ll be reviewing at the end of the week.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was pleasantly surprised by last series’ X-23, so I wasn’t sure what to think of this one. I wasn’t really looking to have one figure of Laura, let alone two, but I do rather like this design. And, more importantly, I wanted Sauron, so there was that. While she didn’t catch me off guard the same way the X-23 figure did, but I do still quite like Wolverine. She’s certainly a fun figure.
I picked up Laura from my friends over at All Time Toys. If you’re interested in buying other Legends figures, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.