Adam Warlock might have been teased in both Guardian of the Galaxy films, but he’s a major player in the comics that have inspired the movies. I got tired of waiting on a good price for the GOTG Omnibus and just grabbed the Complete Collection Vol. 1. After reading through it, completing the DNA Guardians in figure form has shot up on my priority lists.
Fortunately, Hasbro can add telepathy to its growing list of super powers. A DNA version Adam Warlock was included in wave 2 of the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lineup. And after some mild stalking of Amazon and a heads up from a pal, I’ve got an Adam Warlock figure.
Maybe I need to start re-reading Uncanny X-Men Omnibus and subtly steer Hasbro into more Giant Sized X-Men figures? We’re still a few more members away from a completed team, but with a third Guardians movie set Hasbro should be able to make that a reality. For now, let’s look at the man formally known as Him.
Packaging: Same story, new wave. The window shows off everything within nicely, which is helpful for picky consumers (like me). Adam shares packaging with Ex Nihilo so he only gets on side portrait. The bio is a tad confusing as Ex Nihilo was at times a villain.
Likeness: This is a rare instance where I’m happy to get the modern outfit over the classic attire. In fairness, an attire from 2008 probably doesn’t qualify as ‘modern’ at this point. I found Adam to be too much of a know-it-all in Infinity Gauntlet/Infinity War and I prefer his Guardians role. The design is a lot more interesting to me than gold guy with a huge cape and shorts.
Adam’s head sculpt reflects a character who’s used to thinking through problems. That’s useful on a team with Drax and Rocket. The unique aspects of the costume like his big gold belt and skirt are nicely done, although it would have been nice for his thigh boots tip to have been sculpted on.
I like that he has one wide hand and a fist, which allows for a bit more options with posing.
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Scale: Warlock uses the Bucky mold. It’s so useful I haven’t grown tired of it, but I am glad to see Hasbro introducing some new base bodies into the line. He matches up just fine with most cosmic characters though Star-Lord will be a little taller thanks to his helmet.
Paint: The paint job must do a little more work than the usual blank body. The lightning bolts and thigh boots had some inconsistencies. Hasbro has been better about this lately, but some lemons still slip through.
Mine wasn’t terrible, but I definitely would have preferred a cleaner paint job. His hair has a slight wash, but it’s the blacked eyes and whited pupils that give him such a cool visual.
Articulation: Nothing new here as I’m sure every Marvel Legends collector has a ton of figures using this mold. That’s just because it’s such an articulation friendly setup. I’ll want a flight stand to best capture him in action, but there’s not much I can’t accomplish.
Adam Warlock has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Warlock has a nice array of accessories. Looking at the package it seems kinda weird he has two heads on either side. Only one goes with him of course as one is the head for the Build A Figure Mantis. I hope this means a DNA version of Mantis is on Hasbro’s radar.
The other head is Magus, Adam’s doppelganger/evil persona. Hasbro is giving us two figures here, but you’ll just need to track down a second Adam Warlock. The Magus head is a great contrast to the Adam head with a maniacal grin and wide eyes. You wouldn’t want this guy popping over at your BBQ.
Adam also gets the overused power bubbles accessory clip. They’re in a ‘energy blue’ color, which looks great for surging power even though Scarlet Witch’s hex effects might have been more accurate to Adam’s power. I’m tired of seeing these, but they look fantastic on Adam.
Worth it? I got Adam for $21, slightly higher than the norm for Marvel Legends. He’s an in-demand figure though and I imagine he’s going to be tough to find lower than $20.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Team building aside, Adam is another strong effort from Hasbro. For fans of the comic, this figure doesn’t disappoint.
Where to get it? I got Adam from Toys R Us. I haven’t heard of this wave hitting anywhere else besides Target. Wal-Marts in my area haven’t been helpful on the Marvel Legends front lately. The less annoying route is to simply grab him from Amazon.