Time to begin my next Marvel Legends focus for the next week or so. Age of Apocalypse was one of the better alternate realities stories I’ve read thanks to some very different yet similar portrayals of the X-Men. I figured it made sense to get started with one of the outcasts from the team — Weapon X aka Logan.
Toy Biz dabbled into the AOA realm with their Marvel Legends line, but Hasbro seems more intent on a more comprehensive take on the acclaimed series. Let’s see if this Weapon X makes the cut.
Packaging: This is an X-Men wave, but from a unique event so we get the standard gold accent color, but a blue insert with an image of Apocalypse. That’s a nice touch. The ominous Apocalypse head carries over to the side package making for a unique element for this wave.
Marvel Legends have started to go a more cartoonish art style for the packaging. Unlike some other recent waves, this one features the figure on the back instead of artwork on the back. The write-up is an overly simplified take on the history of the character, but the bio can only be but so long.
Likeness: It’s weird how perfectly satisfied I’ll be with a Toy Biz figure — besides the ball joints — and then Hasbro totally blows it out of the water. That is definitely the case here with Weapon X. I was fine with Toy Biz’s take, but this is far more in line with the comic book version.
Weapon X sports a wilder, fuller hairstyle right down to the strand coming down his face. The expression is solid too and fitting for an annoyed Weapon X getting ready to get into the fray.
He’s packaged with his ultimate look with the claws poking through his stump. Fortunately, Hasbro also included the standard stump since that was how Weapon X looked for the majority of the series.
Hasbro’s version also gets the bonus of having a more accurate outfit over the Toy Biz figure as he wore an X belt signifying his past association with the X-Men.
I like the size of these claws. They’re a good length and width and look like they’d do major damage. Of course they’re not as straight as I’d like, but a hot water treatment should fix them up.
Paint: Hasbro did a solid job with this paintjob. The red stripes on the torso could have gotten another coat of paint as there’s a very minor bleed through, but it’s consistent throughout. For whatever reason I really like the bright red paint on his forehead.
His stubble could use a bit more coverage along the left jaw. And Hasbro definitely should have added a wash to the stump sections to bring up more grime and wear and tear. Hasbro did make sure to add the arm hair on Logan though so it’s a tie on the more essential extra paint job.
Scale: Hasbro has done a great job of keeping the Wolverine figures shorter than the other characters. Weapon-X gets a little extra height due to the hair, but he’s still appropriately shorter.
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Articulation: The Wolverine buck is great for Wolverine’s attack style as it’s stout and allows for a terrific range of movement.
The butterfly joints help for those forward stabbing poses. Hasbro raised Weapon X’s hair around the neck so it doesn’t restrict that movement much even if it makes his head look super weird from certain angles.
Weapon X has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Weapon X has his alternate default stump. Toy Biz released a variant head sculpt with the burned Weapon X, which would have been a cool additional accessory here.
Weapon X also has the left leg of the Build-A-Figure Sugar Man.
Worth it? I got Weapon X for a little under $20 thanks to a sale at Target. Expect to pay around that price for him online and at retail.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This is a really strong AOA Weapon X figure. The head is a tad oversized thanks to the hair and a more dinged up, washed paintjob on the stump is all that’s really missing.
Where to get it? This wave is showing up at retail. I’m not making figure runs yet so my purchases since March have all be online. Weapon X is currently available on Target, Entertainment Earth and Amazon.