Packaging - ***1/2
This toy line has used identical packaging throughout the entire span of the series, which is actually great for carded collectors if they want to keep a level of consistency in their collection. Each figure and cardback are encased in a plastic shell protecting it from most damage, though it is still possible to crush the bubble if not careful. As always, the comic book serves as a backdrop behind the figure and provides a visual energy to the package.
The cardback features the "Power Grid" (power and intelligence statistics) as well as a small blurb about the character, just in case you need a refresher on who it is your looking at.
I've said it time and time again, this packaging is probably the most practical to keep both figure and comic book protected and I wouldn't want it any other way. The one thing I had a problem with is in regards to his claws. They affixed a plastic "sheath" to keep the claws straight in the packaging. But rather than keeping them straight, the claws got flattened out and warped to the side.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Wolverine looks fantastic. What can I say? He's got an awesome expression, and everything looks pretty much dead on. I probably would have preferred a more "Jim Lee"-esque representation but it's pretty close, and that's only my opinion. This is the best looking Wolverine of the entire Legends, and you might not agree until you take him out of the package.
The only problem I have with Wolverine doesn't really have anything to do with the sculpt, but rather the quality of plastic. The claws are just completely warped from the packaging. Members of fwoosh.net suggest running it in hot water to soften the plastic, then again with cold to stiffen it up. I haven't tried it yet, but that's food for thought.
Paint - ***1/2
As always, there are only slight problems with the paint, but you should have no problem finding one that is pretty close to perfect. The area you might want to keep an eye on is where the face and the mask meet. It's generally pretty decent but it can get sloppy at times.
Articulation - ****
Wolverine has 39 points of articulation! I think that says it all right there.
Accessories - **1/2
Nothing really special here, just a comic book and a rehash Elektra base with an added Sensei. Sculpting on the Sensei is pretty good, but the real bonus is the removable sword that he's holding! Not that Wolverine needs a sword, but it's an extra piece that should increase the fun factor a tad.
Value - ****
No doubt about it, $6.88 at Wal-Mart is an amazing bargain for figures with this much detail and articulation. Even at a Toys'R'Us' $7.99 price tag, this figure is well worth it.
Overall - ***1/2
What an awesome figure. No bones about it, this is one of my favorites of the line so far and I'm only getting started with series 6! You have 39 points of articulation which is fantastic, you have an amazing sculpt, good paint, and a cool character. The only thing holding this baby back from recieving a perfect score are the warped claws. Even if they are fixable, these are pretty badly warped right out of the package.
Where to buy -
I've seen these figures already at Wal-Mart and Toys'R'Us stores, so happy hunting!
On-line options include:
- CornerStoreComics sells
individual figures from this (and other waves) for $10 each.
- Alter Ego Comics has cases
for sale at $105 each.
- Southern Island has the set
of 4 non-short packs for $30 or each of the four for $9 individually.
- Qwiksand Collectibles
has a variety of the Marvel Legends stuff available in different deals.
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