By Miguel Acuña
Huzzah for jumping on the hype train! I’ve had this figure for a while but debated on actually opening it because of the story behind it. Initially, I was going to pre-order it but didn’t act fast enough and it quickly sold out everywhere. By the time it hit stores, it became near impossible to find. It was shortpacked in the Juggernaut wave (meaning there were fewer included in a master case of figures) and was the “hot in the street” figure because Deadpool the movie had just come out. On eBay, the figure was hitting as high as $60 and was too rich for my blood. The convention scene was even more difficult. Resellers either had it for WAY too high or simply did not have it at all. Finally, a light shone on one seller at a con and he had it for $35. I bought a few more things and was able to haggle him down to $28 for Deadpool. After so much strife, I had him in my hands. He wasn’t just a figure, but rather a representation of my struggle and my achievement of procuring this figure. He sat in my collection as a trophy and I had no intention of opening him. However, times change and with the arrival of a new Deadpool movie, it felt like a good time to open this figure and have some fun. So grab your chimichangas and get ready for the review.
Round One – Packaging & Accessories
Packaging – Normally this figure would get the usual rating for Marvel Legends packaging, but this figure goes above and beyond with small but greatly appreciated details. The box is the traditional Marvel Legends packaging but displays ALL of Deadpool’s accessories. Everything is clearly shown off and able to be appreciated through the packaging. The figure tray slides out for easy access and as always, is ready to be put back for display. This packaging is awesome because, on the back, you get a small Deadpool drawing which says “I’d date me” in different languages. Near the bottom of the packaging on the back, you get to see which figures come with a part of Juggernaut, but as Deadpool does not come with a piece, he gets tiny hearts and arrows. These are two incredibly small additions but it was awesome that Marvel was able to include some 4th wall breaking jokes to the packaging. Afterall, you can’t have Deadpool without obliteration of the 4th wall. 8.5/10
Round Two – Paint, Sculpt, and Articulation
Paint – I’ve heard from others that the paint job was a major let down with this figure. But that wasn’t my experience. The paint isn’t as detailed as NECA or a Mcfarlane figures, but it’s far from splattered on. The paint lines between the black and red section are clean and precise, the silver on certain patches and buckles are also expertly painted on with no smudging, and there is even a difference between certain matte and glossy sections. The figure would have benefitted from a black wash to help define some of the shadows and depth. Additionally, the accessories, belt, and pouches could have definitely used some detail painting. Some accessories did get extra attention which balances out some of the oversights. The katana blades have painted handles/hilts and the alternate unmasked head makes great use of paint details on the skin, teeth, and eyes. 8.5/10
Sculpt – The body sculpt on Deadpool is nothing new. It’s the now famous “Bucky Cap” body that has been used on multiple figures. There are some newly sculpted boots, shin guards, buckles, gauntlets and obviously, a new Deadpool head sculpt. The main head sculpt has the recognizable mask flap on the back, sculpted lines where the mask was sewn together and has enough detail to emote the way Deadpool does through the fabric. It’s subtle (almost too subtle) but is still very well done. The pouches and belt are also sculpted and molded to show folds in the fabric which offsets the lack of paint details. There is a nice sculpting touch which I feel is also a hindrance and ties to accessories. Deadpool’s hands are both sculpted to hold all of his weapons. The right hand is sculpted with the pinky out which is a VERY Deadpool “thing”. As much of a fun detail to include, it also means that every picture you have of this picture will have that damn pinky. Hence, why an extra set of hands would have been very much welcomed. To end on a high note, the alternate head has one of the best sculpts for an unmasked that has perfectly molded scars and skin that I’ve seen in a while. 7.5/10
Articulation – The “Bucky Cap” mold brings the same articulation as almost all of the recent male Marvel Legends figures. The reason for this is because A) it’s cheap and B) it’s a good mold. It has the needed articulation to pull off some great poses while remaining believable enough to be accepted as actually possible. The part that does disappoint is that by the time this figure came out, articulation at Marvel had evolved beyond the “Bucky Cap” mold. We have a ball-hinged neck, which could have been a double jointed neck. There are ball jointed shoulders but no butterfly joint in the chest (possible due to holsters in place). We have a bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, hinged wrists, ab crunch, waist swivel, ball jointed hips, thigh cut swivel, double jointed knees, calf/boot swivel, and an ankle swivel. There are a few more changes here and there that would have escalated the articulation to God status, but people too easily forget that this was a mass market figure, albeit a hard to find one. It easily could have gone the route much more standard (and cheaper) articulation, but they keep a mold that allows recreating almost as many poses and shots as you can imagine. 7.5/10
Deadpool has always been a fun character but not so long ago, he wasn’t anywhere near his current popularity. One of his last major toy incarnations was when Marvel Legends was being produced by Toy Biz. He had some comic book adventures and was Marvel’s wacky crazy answer to Deathstroke. In 2012, his comic book runs began to get funnier, more extreme and lived completely beyond the 4th wall. After that, he overtook comics, geekdom, and conventions. Despite being so ubiquitous, the toy community did not get a proper Deadpool figure…until this one. Since the arrival of this figure, we’ve now gotten an X-Force version in black and grey, a more traditional Deadpool with a brighter red color scheme with black holsters and belt, and this summer, Marvel will release a wave of Deadpool figures in a multitude of colors. As popular as Deadpool is, his current fame and success in terms of toys would not have been possible had this figure not been so well received and praised. It was an amazing return for Deadpool to the toy community world which, in all honesty, was inevitable but still pulled off pretty damn well. Well done, Mr. Wilson.
So, until next time, and there will be a next time, enjoy the hunt!