Marvel Legends Paladin figure review – BAF Sasquatch Wave

Paladin is a character I’ve read a few times in Avengers and Spider-Man. He’s a cool enough mercenary and I’ve always liked his costume. Hasbro continues to show an impressive commitment to fleshing out the Marvel Universe and now we get our first Marvel Legends Paladin figure. Let’s see if he was worth the contract.

Packaging:   Hardly a household name, Paladin gets the Deadpool logo for his packaging. The side portrait shows a more intense version of Paladin in action making me wish we’d gotten that kind of head sculpt.  The bio sums up the character just fine.

marvel legends paladin figure review - package bio

Likeness:  Hasbro went with Paladain’s more modern attire since that allowed for a simple reuse of the Blade body with some unique gauntlets and boots beyond the head sculpt. Ironically what I like about his classic attire is the prominent purple.

marvel legends paladin figure review - main pic

This attire actually has about the same amount of purple, but there was something cool about the purple armor over the black bodysuit.

This modern outfit makes him look far more generic and loses the ribbed, padded style of the original costume. Hasbro’s sculptors got the modern look right, but it’s definitely somewhat boring and has that realistic, movie style mindset.

In my limited exposure to Paladin, he’s been more of a rogue so a cocky, self-assured smirk would have helped to make him more expressive.

marvel legends paladin figure review - guns up wide

Paint:  I mentioned the purple and black color scheme earlier. Hasbro seemed to get the shade of purple down perfectly and it’s strong enough that the purple and black don’t blend together at all. The silver accent points and sheen on the goggles also came off very nicely.

marvel legends paladin figure review - scale with deadpool, nuke and cableScale:  Paladin is another average size guy so I wasn’t expecting him to tower over anyone. I think his size is just right for a guy wearing a lot of armor.

marvel legends paladin figure review - facing deadpool, nuke and cable

Articulation:  The Blade body was not one of my favorites in terms of posing for the Daywalker vampire killer. For a hitman/mercenary, it’s not bad and he can be posed in various aiming and shootout situations.

marvel legends paladin figure review - aiming to the side

marvel legends paladin figure review - vs. dominoPaladin has:

  • neck
  • ball-jointed shoulders
  • bicep
  • elbow (double jointed)
  • wrist
  • wrist hinge
  • torso
  • waist
  • hips
  • thighs
  • knees (double jointed)
  • ankles

marvel legends paladin figure review - taking aim

 

marvel legends paladin figure review - ready for battle

Accessories:  Paladin doesn’t come with a super arsenal as he typically uses smaller pistols. Hasbro reused the ones from Baron Zemo, which seem about on model from the comic. If you’d like, you can store one of the pistols in the holster and the accompanying knife in the sheath by the boot.

marvel legends paladin figure review - drawing guns out

Finally, Paladin gets the right leg for the Build-A-Figure Sasquatch.

marvel legends paladin figure review - accessories in tray

Worth it?  I grabbed Paladin for $12. That’s the best price for a figure who benefits from the BAF concept and further divides his fanbase with the attire choice.

Rating:  9.5 out of 10

Paladin is the kind of deep dive character that makes this line so great and while I’d rather have him in his traditional attire, this modern outfit is fine while assembled with other rogue mercenaries.

marvel legends paladin figure review - shooting on both sides

Where to get it?  Paladin is still available on Amazon.com for under $15. He could go down a few more dollars around Black Friday, but as the Alpha Flight box set arrives, he could just as easily become a far more in demand figure and see his price skyrocket.

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