Now that I’ve reviewed the vast majority of this year’s Hasbro Marvel Legends figures, I can take my time backtracking and filling in the gaps. And there’s no figure review more requested than the one I’m discussing today! Those who found one already know how great he is, and those who still need the X-Men Legends Deadpool figure should lock in a pre-order from the restock while they last, because this 6″ Deadpool figure definitely meets and exceeds most collectors’ lofty expectations…
One of those figures happens to be arguably the single hottest Hasbro action figure of 2016: the Marvel Legends X-Men Deadpool action figure!
Is ML Deadpool worth the massive hype (and the hunt to find one)? Read on…
I’m going to be break tradition here and talk about the accessories this time before the figure that they come with. Why? Because Hasbro has well and truly blown my mind with the crazy number of extras included with this Deadpool six inch figure.
Along with a crag-faced unmasked Deadpool head that I will never be displaying, this figure includes two katana swords, a knife, twin pistols, a tommy gun, a large blaster rifle, a taco and… a boxing glove bazooka. (No, seriously.)
[Sorry, the Deadpool-inspired “Foxpool” Fox Spirit poseable art doll seen in some of my photos doesn’t come with this figure, and can’t be bought at all right now. But if you want one, you can enter to win it for free from The CreatureSmith’s grand opening contest on their Facebook Page this week! I recommend entering The CreatureSmith giveaway, because this thing freaking rocks.]
The standouts as far as the accessories go are the taco, the boxing glove bazooka, the unmasked head and the katanas. The taco is molded in yellow with green and brown paint deco on the filling, while the katanas have very nice red and black deco on their hilts.
The boxing glove launcher is definitely a bizarre addition that I don’t think would work with any Marvel character other than Deadpool (and maybe Slapstick). With a serious character like the Punisher this type of accessory would seem insane, but with Deadpool I don’t bat an eye.
Deadpool also has an amazing ability to store his arsenal on his person, with two sword sheaths, two pistol holsters and one knife sheath. I’ve never seen a 6″ figure with five holsters/sheaths before. Crazy! One of the pistols looks a mite big in the belt holster, but I certainly won’t complain about the option to store it there.
And speaking of Deadpool’s belt: it’s fantastic! The brown-molded belt is nice and tight and doesn’t flip around at all, and has four colors of paint deco on it: green grenades and red, white and black on the Deadpool logo. This belt is a very underrated contributing factor to this being such a great figure.
Deadpool’s paint apps are super-sharp, with no noticeable uneven lines or slop anywhere. The red and black don’t even bleed into each other at all, and the silver on his chest and boot buckles really pops!
Some folks will probably dislike ‘Pool’s asymmetrical facial expression, but the whimsical eyes are so synonymous with Deadpool’s personality that I think they really add to the figure’s expressiveness. We’ve had plenty of “serious” Deadpool figures before–I like the more wacky approach taken this time.
The extreme attention to Deadpool’s costume detailing also makes this figure a standout. From his kick pads to his wrist guards to the intricately-sculpted straps and pouches, this figure is loaded with a little something extra to help it stand out from the pack.
This is also an instance where Hasbro absolutely could not skimp on the articulation, and thankfully, they did not. X-Men Marvel Legends Deadpool gets the total package in poseability: ball-hinge head/shoulders/wrists; swivel waist/biceps/thighs/boots; upper torso ab crunch; double-jointed knees and elbows; ball-jointed hips and ankle rocker hinged feet.
The hips and upper head range-of-motions aren’t quite as large as I would prefer, but for the most part, the articulation scheme here is aces.
While this Marvel Legends figure includes a metric ton of accessories, he can’t necessarily wield them all. In fact, while has has two swords, Deadpool can only hold one of them at a time, because his left hand is totally unable to hold a sword hilt.
The knife poses a similar problem and can only be held with the right hand, and awkwardly so at that. Interchangeable hands would have been immensely useful on this action figure, but alas, I guess you can’t have everything.
In addition, the guns included here are pretty, well… plain. None of the guns get any paint deco on them at all, and while it’s refreshing to get so many weapons with one figure, I’d happily sacrifice one or two guns to get paint deco on the remaining ones.
Finally, the plastic used for the elbow joints on this figure feel pretty flimsy, and I’m worried about them becoming floppy and loose over time.
Overall: While there are a few irritating quirks about this figure that prevent me from giving it a perfect grade (no alternate hands, weapons missing deco or not holdable, slightly limited range of motion), that doesn’t mean that this highly-anticipated Marvel Legends Deadpool figure isn’t one of the best Hasbro 6″ figures of the year.
Tons of accessories, terrific new parts and my favorite Deadpool action figure head sculpt ever make this figure tons of fun. If you haven’t found this figure yet, make sure to pre-order from this winter’s ML Deadpool restock before these are all gone. You don’t want to miss this Deadpool.