Famous Covers Wolverine 2 Pack
Today I returned to my local Toys R Us, and what should my eyes spy, but
the new Wolverine Famous Covers 2 pack. This is the second in the
set, after the Toad set I reviewed just yesterday.
There are two more 2
packs - one for Storm, which is rumored to be delayed for at least
another month, and one for Toad, which is currently shipping to stores. They are a limited run of 15,000 and retail for $24.99
Packaging - ***1/2
See yesterday's review. I like this package slightly better than the
Toad package, however. This is probably due to the fact that neither
the classic or movie Wolverine are as butt ugly as poor Toad.
Sculpts - ***1/2
Excellent work, even better than the Toad set. The movie Wolverine
looks a lot like Jackman, and the classic Wolverine is a tremendous
improvement over the original, removable mask Famous Covers version.
See below for a comparison shot.
Articulation - ***1/2
Classic Wolvie is a type 2 body, while the movie version is a type
1. Nothing particularly unique here.
What is that circular thing on the back of his costume
supposed to be? Why don't I remember this from the movie?
Costumes - **1/2
At first glance, these are pretty nice. The classic Wolverine is in
particular an improvement over past versions. The sculpted head is
far nicer than the previous removable mask versions, and the new hands
with cloth cuffs are far superior to the old 'toxic waste gloves'.
However, I'm not happy with the new boots - I actually prefer the big
boots the older versions had. Also, we can see one of the major cost
savings in the feet - these boot feet are the exact same ones for the
movie Toad, movie Wolverine and classic Wolverine.
Movie Wolverine looks good, but the pleather they've used feels thin
and cheap. It's also tough to use the articulation of this figure,
since the pleather does not bend and move the way the spandex or cotton
uniforms do. Again, the movie versions really don't fit in well with
the other, older FC figures on the shelf.
Value - **1/2
If you hurry, there is a $5 off $25 dollar coupon in the store circular that
is only good through 8/12/00. If you grab one, they will let you use
it (wish I'd known that at the time!). For $20, these are an even
better value! This set is a little tougher to spend $25 on, since the
average FC collector already has two previous versions of the classic
Overall - ***
Cool, though not perfect. If the pleather material had been a higher
quality on the movie Wolverine, I would have liked this set better.
But if you are looking for a strict comparison, I prefer the Toad 2 pack
The previous FC Wolverine (l) meets the new kid on the block
Figure from the collection of