One of the more annoying trends Marvel started doing over the last few years was replacing most of its marquee heroes with new characters. Everyone from Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Wolverine got benched for these newcomers. Granted some of these swaps led to some interesting stories like with Captain America and Thor, but that wasn’t always the case. Eventually, I’ll write all my thoughts about that, but for now, I’m looking at one of those character swaps from the Marvel Legends side with Wolverine.
Laura was being positioned to replace Logan as his clone so it wasn’t a shock when she put on the yellow and blue outfit when Logan got killed off. Hasbro released a great X-23 figure in her X-Force attire. I liked that figure a lot so I was a little irritated having to do such a quick double dip. Let’s see if I come around on this version of Wolverine.
Packaging: Nothing new here. Wolverine is part of the Deadpool Build-A-Figure Sauron wave and gets the dark red accents, which makes for a nice contrast with the colored portrait of the character on the side.
I love the Wolverine logo on the front. The bio is OK although I’d love to know exactly what goes into “assassin training.”
Likeness: Pre-Jonathan Hickman X-Men continuity started to get real fuzzy and I’d long since stopped reading X-Men by this point. Wolverine apparently got killed and like Wally West and Dick Grayson before her, Laura decided to honor her mentor by adopting his identity and a costume reminiscent of his old school outfit.
I really like the flow of Laura’s hair. It has the dynamic, windswept look and will play off well in action poses. I like Wolverine’s expression as well as it’s stern without looking too wild and unfocused. Laura’s belt is positioned and breaks up the bodysuit visual. I’m also a fan of the flared boots with actual sculpted lines not left up to the paint job.
The X-Force figure lacked the foot claws, but Hasbro made sure to incorporate them in this version. Those seem less practical than some characters’ high heels. The foot claws are removable so you can have a standard look for her.
Paint: Yellow always seems like a tricky color for companies to pull off. Hasbro did a decent job with Wolverine. The paintwork is somewhat hurt from the lack of sculpted lines throughout as there’s a bit more fading and fuzziness when the yellow breaks into the blue.
Scale: Laura is much smaller than the average Marvel Legends female figure, which seems about right. She’s just a tad taller than the old school Wolverine and the X-23 figure.
Maybe those Wolverine boots are a bit higher?
Articulation: Wolverine is a lot of fun to pose and put into action. I don’t have many of her era X-Men so she’s going to be kind of on an island unless I just make her a member of The Champions on my shelf.
As usual, I wish she had a bicep and double-jointed elbow, which would be very useful for a ranged claw fighter. Her neck range is good enough that her hair doesn’t interfere with her up and down and side to side movement.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Wolverine has an alternate head sculpt. This has a very I’m about to claw you up expression. I really like it as well. If you’re so inclined, you can swap this on the X-23 figure too.
Additionally, Wolverine comes with the left arm for the Build-A-Figure Sauron figure. Wolverine was the last one for him so (spoiler) he’ll be on deck soon too.
Worth it? I got Wolverine for $20. That’s a fair price for a strong figure with an essential BAF piece.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I was good on getting this version of Wolverine, but Hasbro did a really great job on
Where to get it? You’re going to pay slightly above retail to get Wolverine from Amazon.