WOLVERINE — HOUSE OF X
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With adamantium claws unleashed, Wolverine is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom for all mutants.”
Last year’s main X-Men-theme per Marvel Legends was very event-based, specifically centering on 1995’s “Age of Apocalypse” event. For the first X-themed assortment of this year, Hasbro is once again going event-based, but this time around is something far more recent, this time being 2019’s “House of X”, the event which served as the launching point for the Jonathan Hickman-driven current era of X-Men. A lot of the team’s biggest names were central to both that event and what’s followed in the on-going books, making this a nice way of refreshing some of the X-Men’s heaviest hitters. You don’t get much heavier hitter than Wolverine, I guess, making him a pretty solid starting point if I do say so myself.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is part of the Tri-Sentinel Series of Marvel Legends, and is officially branded as “House of X,” much like the rest of the assortment. He’s the only non-numbered figure in the set, as the only figure not to include a Build-A-Figure part. He’s sporting his current costume design, first showcased in the event. It’s an update on his brown costume, with a little bit of the Black/Grey X-Force layout worked in. It’s not a bad look for the character, and really checks a lot of the classic Wolverine boxes. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s built on the modern Wolverine base first introduced in the Juggernaut Series. He uses the more utilitarian gloves and boots from X-Force Wolverine, which are good match for what he’s sporting in the comics these days. He’s also got a new head sculpt, and an add-on for his belt, both of which are pretty decent pieces. The head in particular I quite like, as it’s got him actually cracking a smile, which is a nice change of pace for a Wolverine figure. I also like that the mask is differently shaped than other Wolverine figures, and that they’ve included all of the seams and such on the cowl that help to “modernize” this design. Wolverine’s paint work is generally pretty solid. He follows the established color scheme from the comics well, and there’s no notable slop or bleed over, so that’s good. I do like that they actually went to the trouble of differentiating the browns on the main costume vs the accessories. The arm hair detailing on the arms is about the same as other recent Wolverines, which works from a consistency stand point if nothing else. Wolverine is the lightest figure in the assortment on the accessory front, due largely to the lack of a Build-A-Figure part. He does at least get an extra head, based on his time as “War” in the future sequences of “Powers of X.” The main difference is the presence of a beard. Very different. It’s a decent extra, I suppose, although the likelihood of getting the other three horsemen seems slim, giving this particular piece limited applications.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The whole House of X thing just sort of happened around me, I guess. I read it, and I was familiar with the whole concept, and I’ve stuck with the comics since then. The designs are generally pretty decent, and Wolverine’s a good, fairly standard Wolverine. The figure doesn’t really do anything new, but he’s not bad, either, and certainly has more reason to exist than some of the other recent Wolverines.
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