Marvel Legends Weapon X figure review – BAF Caliban wave
I’ve never gotten the fascination with Wolverine as Weapon X. Can’t say I’ve had this overwhelming desire to have swimsuit Wolverine in my collection yet with any Marvel Legends line worth anything, there’s inevitably a Weapon X figure. Hasbro released a new version with the Build-A-Figure Caliban ensuring I’d have to get this one. Let’s see if this was one I should have just found the BAF part separately.
Packaging: This is a straightforward X-Men wave so we get the gold accent with the basic black background.
The Weapon X portrait on the side is a nice action shot. This time the bio is more than acceptable as explains exactly this point of Wolverine’s backstory and what happened at the Weapon X program.
Likeness: Swimsuit attire aside, the Weapon X appearance is a unique look for Wolverine and this figure turned out nicely. The helmet has a good amount of detailing although the visor should be a bit thicker. I’m definitely getting some Barry Windsor Smith vibes from the helmet/calm head sculpt.
What really helps this stand out though is the cords and readouts, which gives the look of Wolverine escaping and on the run. These readouts have tremendous detailing for this scale and that’s necessary to avoid the appearance of Logan lugging around some small boxes.
Paint: There’s not a ton of paintwork here, but the little details came out nicely. The panels on the gear boxes have some color that gives them a sense that they’re still operational and measuring Logan’s vital signs.
The silver buckles were clean although I wish Hasbro added a wash to the leather straps to get more of that leather appearance. Maybe Logan’s hairy chest, arms and legs could have been more pronounced, but that’s a real minor complaint.
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Scale: Hasbro has their scale game down pretty good when it comes to Wolverine. He remains appropriately smaller than the other characters.
Of course this look is not one that he should be chilling next to other X-Men anyway. This is more of Logan interacting with civilian characters or soldiers. Time to make a run on Hugo Strange figures.
Articulation: For Wolverine on the wild strong articulation was a must. The helmet does restrict some side to side and up and down movement, which is to be expected.
The alternate head surprisingly is more restrictive as the hair fits around the neck like a shell and limits a lot of movement. The butterfly joints add so much for strong claw charging poses.
Weapon X has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Weapon X comes with an alternate yelling Logan head sculpt. It’s OK, but he looks more like he’s yawning than about to go on a ferocious berserker rage.
He also comes with the right leg of the Build A Figure Caliban.
Worth it? Weapon X is around $20 now, but you can find him cheaper at some retailers. Given the complexity of the figure, it’s worth the price tag.
Rating: 9 out of 10
I didn’t want this figure, but it really turned out nicely. My lack of excitement from it doesn’t take away from the fact that Hasbro really knocked this one out.
Where to get it? This wave is pretty much everywhere at this point from Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and GameStop. Amazon.com is starting to discount this wave and you can grab Weapon X now for $19.