MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Sharp claws, pointed ears, and super speed turn Miles Warren into the Super Villain known as Jackal.”
Wow, talk about tip of the iceberg. I mean, sure, those are all words that describe Jackal, but oh boy is he way more complicated than this one sentence bio makes him out to be. The average person probably isn’t super familiar with Jackal, but he’s actually a pretty integral character in the Spider-mythos. He’s the creator of both Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker (both Scarlet Spiders) and a major driving force in the infamous “Clone Saga,” but he’s also responsible for the introduction of the Punisher, and has been a major part of several big Spider-themed cross-overs, including “Spider-Island” (my personal favorite Spider-Man story in recent years) and the just finished “Clone Conspiracy.” Despite all of this, up until recently he’s only had one single action figure, and it was just a crappy repaint at that. Fortunately, he was among the figures chosen for the most recent Spider-Man-themed series of Marvel Legends.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jackal is figure 6 in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. There are a few different versions of Jackal out there to choose from in terms of design. This figure more or less goes with the classic guy in a furry suit look, though he looks to take more specific influence from Stefano Caselli’s rendition of him during “Spider-Island.” It’s a versatile look, fitting in with a large number if different eras, so it’s a good choice. Plus, you just can’t beat the classics. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Jackal is 100% a new sculpt. He also appears to be remaining a unique sculpt, at least for the time being, which is a little surprising for a character like Jackal. I personally was expecting him to get re-purposed as a Perez-styled Beast, but Hasbro themselves have ruled that one out on the basis of him being too small. Perhaps we’ll be seeing Werewolf By Night and Vermin in upcoming assortments. So, how is this all-new sculpt? Actually pretty awesome. The texturing on the fur parts is really nicely rendered, and the different spots even have the fur hanging different ways. Even lesser-detailed the shorts have some decent work on the folds and such. The proportions on the figure The figure’s build feels rather similar to the Spider-UK body, though he’s a bit broader in the shoulders. The neck is a tad skinny, and the head sits a little oddly on it, but a good crouching pose is enough to hide those issues. Atop that neck is a pretty fantastic head sculpt, sporting a sharp maniacal grin, and those goofy, pointy ears. Jackal’s paintwork is pretty solid work; for the most part, it’s just molded green, but he’s also got a little bit of brown accent work, which makes the fur look a bit more believable. The rest of the work is all pretty clean, continuing the trend of the last few series of Marvel Legends. Jackal includes no character specific accessories. To be fair, I’m not really sure what you could give him, and he is an all new sculpt. Maybe an alternate unmasked Miles head might have been cool? He does come with the right leg of Sandman, which is decent enough for what it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first introduction to Jackal was via that first action figure of his, included in the big-box store-exclusive Maximum Clonage set. I knew nothing about him, and that figure didn’t do much to enamor him to me. I’ve long since parted with that figure (rather foolishly, it would seem, given the aftermarket value of the set). In the mean time, a subscription of Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man has given me a much greater appreciation for ol’ Miles Warren, so when this figure was announced, I was actually pretty excited. The final figure is definitely a strong entry in the line. Solid sculpt, fun design, and great execution. The Jackal has finally been given his due! Now, how about a “Clone Conspiracy” Jackal?