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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
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.
Finally, Paladin gets the right leg for the Build-A-Figure Sasquatch.
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.
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.