Wolverine was never my favorite X-Man — I’m Team Cyke all the way — but I loved his original role on the team. He was this little irritant who annoyed his teammates who didn’t know what to make of this guy’s attitude. Hasbro already delivered on a perfect orange and brown attire Marvel Legends Wolverine, but we still needed that classic Tiger Stripe outfit. Fortunately it didn’t take too long and now we have a new candidate for best Wolverine figure.
Packaging: I love the gold accent on the X-Men Marvel Legends series. It helps them stand out against the Spider-Man red, Captain America blue, Guardians of the Galaxy purple, etc. The drawing on the side seems more like modern Wolverine than a more traditional take. Not shockingly, the bio isn’t all that detailed, but in Wolverine’s case it’s understandable.
Likeness: While it would have been easy for Hasbro to simply repaint the orange and brown figure, the new costume elements were given the same attention to detail as the original mold. In this case, that’s the shoulder pads, the belt and new head sculpt.
I love the ferociousness of the head sculpt. It captures more of the feral mindset Wolverine had when he initially joined the X-Men.
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Scale: Wolverine is about a head and a half shorter than Cyclops in the classic old school comics. Recent artists tend to make them eye to eye, which is silly. Fortunately, Hasbro stuck with the old scale and made Wolverine noticeably shorter.
Paint: In their original take on this costume, Hasbro got the yellow down closer to the comic book appearance. This figure is more of an orange yellow. That’s not necessarily comic accurate, but it looks better and matches up with the yellow orange used on other figures that have yellow in their costumes.
The rest of the paint job is mostly fine. The black lining on the X on the belt isn’t covered completely and as I figured, the yellow on the nose piece needed another coat of paint. It was a little surprising that the sculpted hair on the forearms wasn’t painted though.
Articulation: Even with the shoulder pads, Wolverine can achieve all of his signature slicing and dicing poses. This body works really well for Wolverine and offers a lot of options to showcase him doing what he’s the best at doing even if it isn’t very nice.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Wolverine comes with an alternate unsheathed set of fists. That’s useful for when he wants to threaten his fellow X-Men. This is a switch from the brown and orange figure, which figured removable claws.
Wolverine has the least impressive elements of the Build a Figure Apocalypse as he just comes with the tube connectors. It’s not exciting, but it’s better than nothing.
Worth it? Wolverine isn’t the obvious $20 value thanks to the slight accessories, but he’s still a high quality figure. This is one of those cases where the other figures in the wave help balance out a more cost effective figure like ‘ol Logan.
Rating: 10 out of 10
This is another winner for Hasbro and there’s not much with this figure that could be improved upon. Now if we can just get the rest of the Classic X-Men roster in this superior updated format.
Where to get it? Target was the spot I found these guys, but GameStop and HasbroToyShop has also had them in stock. As always, check out Amazon.com for the solo figures or Entertainment Earth.com for the full wave.