Deadpool is one of those comic book characters I love in limited doses. He’s a welcome departure from the overly stuffy, moody tone of most X-Men titles. This year’s movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, remains one of my favorites of 2016. Hasbro’s latest Marvel Legends Deadpool figure from the Build-a-Juggernaut wave will be joining its cinematic counterpart. It’s been a good year for Mr. Pool.
Like most of the figures in the wave this is an upgrade on the Toy Biz Marvel Legends Wave 6. Many ML collectors consider that to be one of the best waves in the line. Hasbro has certainly staked claim on that title with this wave and their take on Deadpool only further tips the scale in their favor.
Packaging: Deadpool actually breaks away from the normal packaging in a clever fashion. Yes, at first glance it’s the typical Marvel Legends packaging with the dominant black and an accent color. The X-Men’s gold accent makes for a strikingly classy presentation.
But the back features some fun personalization including a drawing of Deadpool saying I’d Date Me and hearts pointing to Deadpool in the wave lineup. The interior lining also features Deadpool’s logo.
Likeness: This is a more modern take on Deadpool. You can tell from the more realistic take on the costume from the mask seams, gauntlets, shin protectors and thicker sword harness. I only really miss the smoother one piece look in regards to the boot area. For some reason, the ankle strap and random black foot stripe worked for Deadpool. For some reason, Deadpool’s pinky finger is out. I’m sure that’s some reference to the comic and another cool touch with the figure.
Scale: I can’t quite place the body Hasbro used for Deadpool. It’s taller than the regular Bucky body seen on Black Panther and Hawkeye. The difference isn’t too great though. I like the scale variations, but with my limited comic book knowledge on Deadpool, I’m not sure how tall he should be in comparison to other characters.
Paint: Deadpool’s costume offers plenty of opportunities for inconsistencies thanks to the line work. Then there’s the little details such as the silver accents and buckles. Hasbro did such a great job here that the only issues were that annoying retail stamp on the rear left thigh and a minor overspray on the left boot shin pad.
It would have been nice to get a wash on the brown harness and waist and thigh ammo clips. They look a little too plain without it.
Articulation: In a rarity for a Hasbro figure, Deadpool’s articulation is a little too stiff. He’d love to hear that. He’s got all the articulation you’d expect from a Marvel Legends figure, but you’re going to have to be more deliberate. Considering some figures have soft plastic and topple over from the slightest movement that’s hardly a bad thing.
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (hinge and swivel)
- wrist (hinge and swivel)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Wade misses out on contributing to the Build-A-Juggernaut, but he’s packed with so many accessories it’s not an issue. Deadpool comes with a knife, two pistols, two swords, a bazooka with boxing glove, a rifle, a taco and an alternate head sculpt.
Everything fits great and in a nice bonus, Deadpool can hold everything thanks to the various holsters, sheathes and scabbards. The alternate head sculpt is Wade unmasked. It’s gruesomely detailed to show what Wade looks like under that snazzy red and black outfit. It has a fun expression that works great with the taco.
Worth it? For $20, you can’t beat what you’re getting with Deadpool. Even without a BAF piece, he’s stacked. Between a strong likeness, tough articulation and a ton of accessory options, Wade sets a terrific standard on what we should be getting with every Marvel Legend release. Of course the rub is Deadpool is so popular that finding him for that $20 retail price is tricky.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Could Deadpool be the 6″ figure of the year? He makes a real strong case. He’s definitely on the short list and with just a few months left his odds are definitely looking good.
Where to get it? Ha! Yep, that’s the catch. Toys R Us, Walgreens, Gamestop and Target have all had the X-Men wave. Wolverine, Rogue and Deadpool appear to be the favorites so they always vanish the quickest. You can pay over retail price at Amazon or stalk Hasbro Toy Shop in hopes of finding him there.
In this instance, you might be better off getting a full case from Entertainment Earth to avoid the hassle. Right now you can get a set for $160 with free shipping, which breaks down to an outstanding $20 per figure.