Death’s Head II is one of those characters whose design immediately piqued my curiosity when he got a mini-series and started interacting with mainstream Marvel characters in the early 90s. Considering the wealth of characters from the DnA Guardians of the Galaxy run, Death’s Head II seems an odd character to include in the Guardians Vol. 2 Marvel Legends wave. But one look at this figure and it’s hard to complain as he’s just got that awesome cool toy vibe. Let’s see how this one fares, yes?
Packaging: Nothing new on the packaging here. Death’s Head II is part of the Guardians wave so he gets the deep purple accent. The side portrait is OK, but I’d argue doesn’t look as cool as the figure.
The bio actually does a good job of explaining the character although Hasbro could offer some info about his allies and enemies.
Likeness: This is an impressive looking figure. The sheer size alone is amazing, but taking into account all of the unique elements of the sculpt it might be one of the stronger Marvel Legends figures of the last decade.
Whether it’s that terrifying head sculpt with the peeling mask revealing the skin and teeth underneath or that massive right arm cannon with its shelled, layered appearance. The sunken eyes add to that sinister look and the horns and braided hair provide a very unique look.
The corded “fanny pack” is twisted and wrapped in a way that shows care for the design instead of giving it a belt appearance. Death’s Head II’s left arm gauntlet is sculpted as well as the shin guards and boot blades. I’m a fan of how this guy turned out.
Paint: As nice as the sculpt is, the paint job was equally important here and Hasbro delivered. The head alone has seven different paint applications.
The main body has a blue pearlescent paint job and the gold elements have a nice sheen as well. His right arm cannon also features a gradient blue, grey and silver paint job.
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Scale: Death’s Head II is a towering massive character who stands taller than the regular Marvel Legends figure. That checks out with how he looked in comics as well.
Articulation: For all the size, Death’s Head II is still very fluid in terms of how easy he is to use. His base body is the X-Men Colossus and he was no trouble to pose. That’s the case with Death’s Head II even with the arm cannon.
Death’s Head II has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Death’s Head II with a pointing left hand. He’s coming up pretty short in this category so it’s probably important to keep in mind his size and all of the original sculpting.
Worth it? I found Death’s Head II at a massive discount of $5 from Five Below. That’s a steal so that price tag eliminates any other issues for what’s basically a Build-A-Figure in standard packaging.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This is a cool figure to add into the collection. I don’t know how often I’ll bring him out in posing sessions, but he’s a unique piece that once again shows off the depth of this line.
Where to get it? If you missed out on the super discount you can still get him for $17 at Amazon. That’s cheaper than retail and well worth it for a figure of this size with so many unique sculpting elements.