It’s taken me a long time to complete the Strong Guy Build-A-Figure largely because I’m drowning in a sea of unwanted Deadpool variants. Today I’m looking at the X-Men Deadpool based off the Cable and Deadpool series. It’s possible I might be more exasperated with this figure than others so consider yourself warned.
Packaging: David Nakayama handles the package artwork for this series. I like his iconic style so much for these takes on the characters and wouldn’t be upset if Hasbro just had him handle all of the package artwork going forward.
The bio is written by Deadpool in a cheeky unique way, which is clever since there’s nothing else Hasbro could write about Deadpool at this point.
Likeness: Before he became a morose killjoy, modern-esque Beast still had a sense of humor and gave Deadpool an X-Men costume as a gag and Deadpool fully committed to being a team player. OK, in fairness Hasbro has mixed up the look of these Deadpool figures so we’re not just getting the same thing repeatedly.
The head is reused from the X-Force Deadpool that has been heavily used over the years. Switching the colors up does help it look different enough so the X-Men Deadpool feels like a fresh figure.
His body is also different with the one from the BAF Sasquatch wave and the harness from the scooter set. At least Hasbro mixes and matches up enough parts that it’s much more than a standard repaint.
Hasbro already knocked out this attire back when they were figuring out the best approach for Marvel Legends with a 2008 two-pack with Warpath, but that figure was dated even back then. I’d still like the silver and black Warpath figure though.
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Paint: This is a brighter than standard X-Men blue — Cyclops’ Byrne/Cockrum or X-Factor/Jim Lee is always the definitive blue in terms of X-Men costumes for me. The X-Men Deadpool color is more of a thisclose to turquoise shade of blue.
I like the pop of the yellow, which is nice and bright. The linework on the smaller yellow areas is sharp.
There’s a little fuzziness around the eyes, but given the nature of the head sculpt, I’m not sure Hasbro would have made that look better with yellow paint.
Scale: Deadpool is average height putting him at eye level with Cyclops, taller than Wolverine and shorter than Cable. No issues with his height here.
Articulation: Deadpool is an agile assassin so he needs an easy to pose articulation scheme.
We get that with this mold allowing for some fun and limitless Deadpool pose options.
X-Men Deadpool has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Deadpool comes loaded with hardware. He’s got his two katanas that have a painted blue and yellow hilt in a nice touch. They fit smoothly into the scabbard on his harness.
He also has a small handgun and larger blaster. I wish there were a place to store at least the smaller gun like the X-Force Deadpool.
Finally, he’s got the head for the Build-A-Figure Strong Guy.
Worth it? I was able to get Deadpool for $17 cheaper than the normal retail price, which is ideal for the 70th Deadpool figure.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Despite my bellyaching about having to buy another variant, this is a well-executed Deadpool figure. Hasbro really knows how to make them strong enough for me to find a spot in the collection instead of trying to offload him on eBay. That’s a skill.
Where to get it? This line is done at retail for the most part, but check your local GameStop, which have been great about keeping Marvel Legends stocked in most cases better than Target and Walmart. If that fails, you can always go the Amazon route.