Packaging - **1/2
I prefer more personalization in packaging, even for a movie line like
this. The packages do show off the figure pretty well, however, and
stand out on the pegs.
The cardbacks are designed to sell the movie, not really the figures.
All of them show the artist version of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, even
though the Deadpool and Wolverine I picked up are part of the 'comic
series', and therefore based more on the comic book look than the film
Sculpting - ***1/2
From what I've seen so far, I like the overall sculpting of the XMO:W
line the best of the three new Marvel small scale series. But that's in
general - it is pretty apparent that if you want to display a true
universe of cool Marvel characters in this scale on your shelf, you'll
have to pick and choose between this series and the MU series to get
the best of both worlds.
I think Deadpool is the overall
winner in this first wave, but he does have one huge, glaring problem.
I love the sculpt of the body, and it works fairly well with the
designed articulation. He stands great on his own, and comes in at
about 4 inches tall. Both hands are sculpted to hold his various
accessories (although the smaller hilts on the two swords aren't going
to work with the left hand sculpt), and his internal proportions are
What's the glaring problem? Oh,
c'mon, you can't miss it - it's the clunky, goofy looking scabbards on
his back, designed to hold the two swords. The swords fit within just
fine, but the square designs don't just lack detail - they look rough
and unfinished. Their large size makes them too obvious, they stick out
from the body quite a ways, and the biggest problem - you can't get rid
of them. Well, at least not without cutting them or the harness off his
body. But if you use a razor and cut the harness free of the belt,
you'll have a great looking Deadpool.
leave the belt on if I cut off the harness, but I do have to admit that
the sculpt on the belt and pouches is a little soft. Rack that up to
the very small scale.
Wolverine's sculpt is also
great, done in a very comic book based style. Unlike the version we got
with the first MU wave (which is pictured in one of the comparison
photos), this version is more old school, shorter and squatter in build
than the rest of the line. He stands about just under 4 inches tall,
reasonable difference from characters like Deadpool and Iron Man.
He also stands well on his own,
although I did have more trouble getting the sculpt to work well with
the designed articulation. His one hand is sculpted to hold his
included sword, while the other is in a simple fist.
than try to sculpt his claws as three separate tiny blades, they went
with a single 'claw' sculpted and painted to appear like three. This
makes them much sturdier and straighter, and was a great idea
considering the scale.
Paint - Deadpool **1/2;
Neither of these figures has an outstanding paint job, although some of
what you see in the photos is not visible by the nekkid eye.
there was plenty of slop, stray marks and poor cut lines that you CAN
see in person. This was worse on Wolverine, and the slightly thick
paint also softened the face sculpt too much. This same situation is
visible on Deadpool's belt, where the thick paint obscures whatever
detail there might have been in the pouches and doodads.
Articulation - Deadpool
If there was anything here that disappointed me, it was the
articulation. The reason is simple: in the package, it looks like these
guys should kick ass. Out of the package, the result is not quite said
is a big plus here over most of the Marvel Universe figures - ball
jointed hips. No, not the clunky ball and socket ball joints that most
of the MU figures have, but the pin and post style ball joints that
Marvel Legends collectors are familiar with. Because there's a post on
both sides of the ball, the legs can turn outward (and inward) from the
hip far better than with the ball and socket joints. This is a big plus
in my book, and I like these joints much more.
But instead of
taking the best of the MU articulation and adding in these hips, they
also take away some of the things we get with the MU's! Yes, the
shoulders are pin and post ball joints too, but there's no pin on the
bicep side. That means that this Wolverine can't turn the arm in
relation to the ball, unlike the MU version I
elbows are similar to a single pin joint through a disk, although you
don't actually see the pin. The disk is also on a post that inserts
into the upper arm, so the lower are can turn. The ankles are a similar
style. The sculpt of the elbows, especially on Wolverine, don't allow
for much mobility. Even worse, the sculpted legs and feet turn the
ankles into pretty much just cut joints.
There's cut wrists, a
chest joint (no waist joint), the usual ball and socket neck joint, and
double pin knees to round things out. As I said, looking at these guys
in the package, I was expecting great things, but once out, they
decent, but a bit disappointing in this category.
Accessories - Deadpool
Thankfully, they load up Deadpool with lots of great weapons. The
plastic they are using is a bit soft, but this is a 4 and up toy.
has two identical swords, which fit in those aforementioned damned
scabbards on his back. He can hold one of these in his right hand, but
the left hand sculpt is designed to work better with the guns or the
larger hilt of the giant sai.
Yep, it's really a giant sai.
It's almost as big as the swords, and he could certainly club somebody
to death with this thing.
is also a machine gun and a smaller pistol. The pistol can fit in a
holster on his right hip, and he can hold either gun or both at the
same time in either hand.
Wolverine includes a sword of
with a sculpted pattern on the blade. His is made from soft plastic as
well, and fits in his sculpted right hand. You can see how excited I
was about it though - I completely forgot to include it in the photos.
If you were going to give Wolverine a weapon he really doesn't need,
why not a gun? Kids might have gone more play action out of that - he
already has his claws to carve up Deadpool with.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
These figures are great toys, first and foremost. Sure, collectors
will pick them up as well, but they've been designed for kids, and as
such, they've done a good job of hitting the mark. Reasonable play
decent accessories, and an assortment that hits up both the movie and
comic book all add to the fun.
Value - Deadpool **;
Eight bucks isn't a bargain by any means for figures in this scale.
Deadpool at least includes a bevy of accessories to help assuage some
of that pain, but Wolverine only has his sword...which isn't exactly
something he really even needs.
Things To Watch Out For
If you're picking them off the shelf, I'm betting you'll be able to
find better (and worse) paint jobs, so take your time selecting the
Overall - ***
If Deadpool did not have the clunky harness, he'd have scored another
half star higher here, as his overall sculpt, articulation and
accessories are great. Sure, his paint ops could be a little better,
but he's the best of the XMO:W figures so far.
Wolverine is decent, but not outstanding. The paint here bugged me
more, with a lot of stray marks, poor cut lines, and sloppy work, and
the articulation doesn't work as well as it should. At eight bucks,
he's not going to do better than three stars overall with me.
figures really need to be six bucks - at this higher price, it will be
interesting to see if they can succeed. I suspect there won't be many
completists, and instead collectors will cherry pick the better
characters out of this line and the MU line to go together.
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - Deadpool **1/2; Wolverine **
Articulation - Deadpool ***; Wolverine **1/2
Accessories - Deadpool ***1/2; Wolverine **
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - Deadpool **; Wolverine *1/2
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
- you can pick them up by the case from Urban Collector.
I picked these guys up at Toys R Us, and other mass market retailers
are carrying them as well. Other online
options include these great sponsors:
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