WOLVERINE — STREET CLOTHES
X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“Outside of the X-Men, Wolverine often escapes form the pressure of being a super hero by slipping into his secret identity, Logan. Unfortunately, trouble always seems to find Wolverine even when he’s out of costume! Still, uniform or not, with his six adamantium claws and one bad attitude, Wolverine has a way of taking care of just about any problem which comes his way!”
Two years into Toy Biz’s X-Men line, getting a new Wolverine was practically a clockwork affair. Marvel made Toy Biz’s job fairly easy at first, since he had a whole assortment of reasonable costume changes to take advantage of. By Series 6, they were definitely running thin on valid variants, though (hence that assortment’s Wolverine technically not being a Wolverine). Fortunately, they did still manage to squeeze out a few more sensible variants before descending into completely made-up nonsense. Today’s figure is one of those “sensible variants,” depicting Logan in civilian attire, as he was frequently seen in the comics.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Street Clothes Wolverine was released in Series 7 of Toy Biz’s X-Men line, and was proudly marked as the “7th Edition” of Wolverine. The figure stands just over 5 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation. He misses out on the usual elbow articulation due to his action feature, which I’ll touch on in just a moment. Wolverine’s sculpt was all-new to him and would remain unique, never being used for any other figures. And that’s really the best thing to be said about it, that it was never used again, because boy is it not one of Toy Biz’s stronger offerings. By this point in the line, Toy Biz was actually starting to get the hang of that whole sculpting thing, so the fact that this Wolverine ends up so rudimentary and backwards is a little bit of a surprise. This guy was in the same assortment as Ch’od! That sculpt was awesome and fairly naturally posed. This one? Well, natural certainly doesn’t describe how he looks. Let’s start with the head. Of all the unmasked Wolverines that Toy Biz produced, this one’s got to be one of the least intimidating takes they presented. He just ends up looking a little lost and bemused. He’s also got those dopey looking super straight arms. The illustration on the back of the box shows the arms having a slight bend to them, but there’s nothing of the sort on the final product, which makes the whole upper torso feel rather stiff. The arms are of course like this thanks to the claw-popping feature. We had last seen in on Wolverine I, where it honestly worked a fair bit better. This just really didn’t hold to it. Even the detailing on this figure seems rather soft compared to others in the same set, with most of the figure being very smooth and without texture. Comparing the jacket on this figure to the one on the Rogue from the same assortment is like night and day. Hers looks sleek and sharp and cool; his just looks puffy. His paint work is alright, I guess. Nothing amazing, but they did manage to keep his usual colors in the mix, and he doesn’t look any more awful than the sculpt already has him looking. Street Clothes Wolverine included no accessories. What, not even a goofy, out of place gun?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As a kid, I didn’t have this figure, but my cousin did. It wasn’t one of my favorites. Or one of his favorites. Or one of anyone’s favorites, I’d wager. Mine was fished out of a bin of loose figures a few years ago, alongside some other X-Men figures. He’s not great. That’s about the most I can muster. Like, he’s not actively bad, so I can’t really say I hate him, but boy is he just uninspiring.