WOLVERINE — OLD MAN LOGAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With incredible powers of strength and healing, Wolverine reveals his claws and uses them to slash down opponents.”
Okay, I know I’m trying not to critique the bios, but shouldn’t there be at least some mention of this being Old Man Logan in there? Just seems a touch generic. Oh well.
So, back in March, Logan was released, and met with near unanimous praise. I gotta say, I didn’t really get it. I mean, it was far from the worst comic movie I’ve seen, but I felt it had a lot of the same problems of the last two Wolverine films, but without Origins’ fun cameos or The Wolverine’s slightly more cohesive story to make up for it. All it really had going for it was the R-rating, and I’ll be honest, there’s only so many times you can see people getting stabbed in the face before it loses its edge. On the plus side, it did inspire an action figure, so that’s good. Since Disney is discouraging licensees from releasing any direct tie-ins to the Fox movies, we didn’t get a Hugh Jackman Logan, but rather a Logan based on “Old Man Logan,” the Wolverine from the bad-future story that Logan the movie drew some inspiration from. Yay?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine is part of the Warlock Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the one figure in the set not to include a Build-A-Figure piece, taking the the loosely movie-themed figure slot from last year’s Deadpool figure. The package just calls him “Wolverine”; no denotation of the storyline he comes from or anything. There’s a part of me that wonders if they were initially planning for this to be a more standard civilian Wolverine figure at some point and that’s why the name and bio are more generic. Who knows? Anyway, the figure stands about 6 inches tall (just a smidge taller than the Juggernaut Series Wolverine), and he has 32 points of articulation. Logan is based on OML’s look after he was integrated into the main Marvel universe. It’s not wildly different from his prior appearances, but this way he fits in a bit better with the main X-Men figures. He sports an all-new sculpt, which depicts him in his usual civilian garb. I feel almost certain we’ll be seeing the body again for a 616 Logan at some point, just to get some more milage out of it. The body is pretty solid; his general build is a pretty close match for the last Wolverine, so it looks more or less like the same guy. The level of detail on the various bits of clothing is quite nice; not quite Star-Lord level, but given this is supposed to be a comic figure, that’s excusable. The head is a pretty nice piece of work, and sells Logan as being as old and cranky as he should be. Once again, the features on the face line up pretty well with his younger counterpart, or at least what we could see of his face. He loses the wacky Wolverine hair, which makes him look a bit more average, but is also accurate to this take on the character. The paintwork on this figure is pretty subdued; there’s a whole lot of brown going on here. That’s pretty accurate, I guess. The paint is all pretty cleanly done, and there’s even a touch of accent work on his face, to bring out all of those extra wrinkles. Some of the rest of him could do with a little accenting work as well, but he’s on par with the rest of the line as of late, so I’m not really going to complain. What I am going to complain about, however, is the complete lack of accessories. When this figure was first shown, a lot of people were hoping there would be an extra 616 Logan head included. Not only does he not get that, he also doesn’t even get extra non-claw bearing hands, which wouldn’t have even required any new tooling. And on top of that, he’s the only figure in the set not to get a Build-A-Figure piece, leaving him feeling very empty for the $20 most places are charging. Compared to last series’ Deadpool, who lacked the BAF piece but made up for it in spades with all the other extras he included, this is incredibly disappointing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Logan was the third of the figures I found from this series, alongside Sunfire. I wasn’t sure I was going to pick him up at first, but I sort of got caught up in the thrill of the hunt, and thus he was purchased. He’s not a bad figure, but the lack of any extras really hurts him when he’s compared to the rest of the series, which makes him the weakest in the set, in my opinion. Still, weakest in this particular set isn’t the worst thing ever, since the Warlock Series is probably my favorite Legends line-up in recent history. And with that, my reviews of this series come to a close!