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“A powerful mutant with superhuman strength and speed, Warpath is a formidable warrior with a proud and noble heart.”
One thing that seems to accompany the mutant gene in the Marvel universe is a propensity to breed like rabbits. Everybody and their brother seems to have…a brother. Okay, poor choice of words. But, the point still stands, that a whole lot of the merry mutants have siblings, frequently with similar, or even identical, power sets. I guess it’s a pretty easy way for the writers to “bring back” a character that can’t really be brought back. Such was the case James Proudstar, brother to John Proudstar, the original Thunderbird and early addition to the X-Men’s casualty list. James cropped up first under the same title as his brother, before jumping into his own identity as Warpath, whose wound up with a good deal more staying power than his brother. That’s probably why he’s got so many more figures. Well, here’s one more.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Warpath is figure 6 in the Strong Guy Series of Marvel Legends. Unlike a lot of this assortment, this isn’t Warpath’s first time as a Legend; he got two separate figures back during the two-pack days of Hasbro, covering two of his later X-Force costumes. This one, however, goes back to his start with X-Force, and gives him that proper Liefeldian design. Shoulder pads and pouches! The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Warpath is built on the body introduced with Omega Red back in 2018. It’s honestly surprising it took this long for the body to crop back up, because it’s a really solid big guy type of body, with a really good articulation scheme. It’s certainly a welcome improvement to the Hyperion body, or even that weird Hulkling take-off the prior Warpaths made use of. Warpath gets a new head, hands, forearms, shins, and add-ons for his shoulder pads, wrist bracers, and belt. The head seems perhaps a touch on the large side, if I’m honest. Not terribly so, but in line with Hasbro’s usual difficulties getting the proportions just right on some of the larger characters. Sizing aside, though, it’s a really nice sculpt, definitely befitting James’s usual depictions. The forearms clean up the Omega Red-specific elements of the prior mold, paving the way for easier use for other characters, while the shins not only add another point of articulation, but also add in Warpath’s fringed boots. The shoulder pads do a variation of the Omega Red ones, pegging into place on the shoulders. It keeps them secure, while still allowing for removal, if that’s your thing. The bracers and belt wrap things up with some fairly standard issue parts, which work out pretty well. His paint work is pretty basic, but also pretty appropriate. They did tone down his colors ever so slightly from how they were initially depicted in the comics, but it definitely still works, and probably even works a bit better, since he ends up a little less garish. Warpath’s accessory complement is…odd? He’s got a second pair of hands for gripping, but nothing to grip. I don’t mind the extra hands at all, but I’m not used to seeing them without accessories to interact with. Perhaps he was supposed to have some knives or something? He also gets the left leg of Strong Guy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Warpath’s not a character I’ve ever had any sort of major attachment to, due mostly to never really following any of the stories he was a part of. Subsequently, I’ve also not really collected many of his figures, apart from having his first Toy Biz offering. That said, he’s got a pretty distinctive design, so I was down to see his classic look get some Legends love, especially with most of the team already here. He’s a pretty strong figure.
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