OK, Pirate Deadpool finally allows me to complete the Strong Guy Build-A-Figure. As a one-off gag, this isn’t the worst idea for the 76th Deadpool variant and at least this one is more than just a basic repaint.
Let’s see if I’ll still want this figure to walk the plank.
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. I really like his take on Pirate Deadpool.
The bio is written in the typical Deadpool tongue-in-cheek manner.
Likeness: In basically the common theme as ever for these Deadpool variants, I hate on them and they’re executed so well they still manage to win me over.
That’s definitely the case as Hasbro’s sculptors really went all out with the Pirate Deadpool theme. He’s got the lone pirate glove that also has unique sculpted detail.
He’s got a high collar for his tattered cloak. Deadpool’s doublet features all of the flair you’d expect from a pirate coat with actual sculpted ornamental buckles and the DP on the right breast section. I love the muskets inserted in his cummerbund. They’re not removable, but do a lot to sell the pirate visual.
Finally, Deadpool’s hat is tattered and full of holes just like the comic inspiration. And the squinty eye raising into the headband is some classic Deadpool signature style.
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Paint: This is a more elaborate paint scheme than a standard Deadpool figure. There’s a lot of areas ripe for sloppy and inaccurate paint applications, but it’s mostly clean.
For a mass market figure this is better that what I expected especially with the buckles, jacket skirt decoration and the outfit frills.
Scale: Pirate Deadpool is not the character I’m going to die on Scale Mountain over so him towering over Colossus doesn’t even bother me. It’s not like I’m going to have him hanging out with the regular X-Men anyway.
Articulation: Deadpool is a crazy agile assassin, but I think he’s more posing and preening in this Pirate garb. Fortunately the jacket skirt flares out enough to hit the obligatory Captain Morgan pose.
The combination of the tiny feet and thick cloak make it harder than necessary to retain a pose or in some cases just stand up, which proves very annoying.
Pirate Deadpool has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Deadpool actually doesn’t have his regular gear, which was a nice touch for Pirate Deadpool. He’s got one standard katana blade because….it’s Deadpool.
More importantly, he’s got a musket gun, which I think is an all-new piece.
Additionally, he’s got a classic pirate sword with a nicely detailed hilt.
Finally, he’s got the left leg for the Build-A-Figure Strong Guy. The real selling point for me with this figure.
Worth it? I got Pirate Deadpool for $14, which makes paying for yet another Deadpool variant far more tolerable.
Rating: 8.5 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 I’ve seen Pirate Deadpool enough at nearby GameStops, which tend to keep older Marvel Legends waves stocked longer than Target and Walmart. If that fails, you can always pay a little bit more for the Amazon route.