Marvel Legends Warlock Build-A-Figure Review X-Men

Before I dive head-first into reviewing the new Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Series, there’s one more figure from the 2017 Marvel Legends X-Men series left to talk about. You’ll have to buy the whole set to build him–but it must be fate, because this week only, you can get the case for $15 off  MSRP and free shipping with code “XMEN” at WoozyMoo! It’s my favorite Marvel character ever, the shape-changing techno-organic member of the New Mutants–the Marvel Legends Warlock Build-A-Figure!

Marvel Legends Warlock Build-A-Figure ReviewThe Right:

If I have a favorite comic book series of my entire life, it’s the original Chris Claremont-era New Mutants comic book series from the 80’s. And while I love all the characters from that original roster (well, maybe not Magma), the X-Men’s first extraterrestrial techno-organic alien is my favorite by a landslide!

The mutant pacifist member of The Technarch, Warlock was a staple of the original New Mutants team and one of the most unique X-Men members ever. There’s no question the former member of Excalibur,  X-Factor and the New Mutants deserves his own Marvel Legends action figure–and its every bit as unique as he is.

Warlock Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure New Mutants 2017The standout aspect of this figure is undisputedly the sculpting. Covered from head to toe in sculpted technological circuitry detailing, Warlock looks incredible. The black paint wash on his arms and legs especially bring out the details and look like they’re straight out of a classic comic book.

Close-Up of Hair on Warlock X-Men Legends 2017 Figure BAFWarlock’s “hair”, made up of hundreds of strands of wires, is a sight to behold–especially from the back. The sculpting and texture of the hair is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in Marvel Legends.

And although he’s a 100% new unique sculpt (with zero potential for reuse that I can think of), the ML Warlock figure is just as super-articulated as we’ve come to expect: ball-hinge head/shoulders/wrists; hinged ankles with rockers; ball-jointed upper torso and hips; swivel thighs and biceps; and even double-hinged knees and elbows.

Marvel Legends X-Men Build-A-Figure Juggernaut vs. WarlockOver the weekend, I reviewed the Mantis Build-A-Figure that many collectors complained about the size of for a Build-A-Figure. Those fans won’t be complaining here, though–the Warlock Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure is huge. He’s easily taller than the Juggernaut, although not quite as tall as Giant-Man.

Warlock Marvel Legends 2017 Figure X-Men SeriesPersonally, I think Warlock should only be about 7″ tall–I think he’s going to look really out of place when/if Hasbro finally releases his teenage New Mutants buddies. That said, collectors seem to prefer larger BAFs and Warlock is a shape-shifter, so I’ll let it slide.

Close-Up of Marvel Legends X-Men Warlock Figure Head SculptThe other thing I’m going to let slide, even though I’m not totally in love with it, is the facial expression. In a perfect world, the Warlock Build-A-Figure would have a crazy toothy smile. But probably realizing how bizarre that would look in a realistic-styled Marvel Legends lineup, Hasbro took a different route instead.

X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock Build A Figure ReviewWarlock is sculpted with asymmetrical eyes (which look perfect) and an open-mouthed expression (which looks less perfect). It’s a slightly comical look that leaves ‘Lock appearing somewhat bewildered, and I really don’t like it that much. It’s a wonderful sculpt, but I’m personally just not that into it.

Hasbro Marvel Legends Warlock Figure with Buzzsaw ArmThe Warlock BAF comes with one extra accessory: an interchangeable buzzsaw hand. The sawblade itself doesn’t turn (that would have been wicked, so I’m rather saddened by that), but you can rotate the whole wrist. I think it’s an appropriate accessory for the transforming alien, so it gets a thumbs up from me.

Wires Hanging from New Mutants Warlock Marvel Legends FigureThe Wrong:

The most obvious and baffling thing about this X-Men Legends Warlock figure is the wires on his arms. The wires are meant to connect to the holes is his back, but not only do the  pegs refuse to stick into the holes on mine for even one second for photos, but the wires themselves are simply far too short!

If you do manage to get the wires to stick into Warlock’s back, they’re so short that you can’t even lift his arms with them plugged in. And so, we’re left with the cords perpetually dangling from Lock’s forearms. From a design perspective, this is really strange.

Back of X-Men Legends Warlock Figure Build-A-FigureThe other major shortcomings of this figure–or at least the one copy of it that I’ve built–has to do with the quality control.

If I have the Warlock BAF knees bent to any degree, they wobble as bad as a bobblehead. His hip joints are also ultra loosey-goosey–it seems like Warlock’s thin joints just can’t quite handle his thick lower legs. (For those of you readers who’ve already built Warlock–how are the joints? Loose or sturdy?)

Marvel Legends Nova Punching Out Warlock BAFIn addition, while the black paint wash on the gold limbs looks fantastic, I’ve yet to find a Sunfire with a Warlock torso with the same amount of paint wash. As a result, my Warlock’s body looks way too gold (almost entirely so), and it’s really jarring when compared to his perfectly-colored black and gold limbs.

2017 Marvel Legends Warlock Action Figure Hasbro New MutantsOverall: It pains me to not give ‘Lock a perfect score, but I’m bothered enough by his super-loose joints, too-gold (and too-tall) body, too-short wires and derpy expression that I can’t give him that elite of a grade.

Even so, the sculpting work on this X-Men Marvel Legends Warlock Build-A-Figure is absolutely gorgeous and among the best I’ve ever seen in the line. Factor that with super-articulation, a cool interchangeable buzzsaw hand and an A+ character selection, and you have one of the most visually-compelling and unique Marvel Legends Build-A-Figures ever. Flaws and all, I outright love this Warlock figure.



Marvel Legends Warlock Build-A-Figure Review X-Men — 17 Comments

  1. Guess I got lucky. The one leg that I have so far seems good. Just can’t find Cyclops yet.

  2. Mine sucks as the arm pegs do not fit in their holes sexurely and so not only am I left with dangling wires but occasionally, dangling arms. I know this isn’t an isolated thing too since I know four more people who’s Warlock has that issue. Anyone else having the same problems?

  3. It’s ” ’80s “, not “80’s”. In this example, the apostrophe takes the place of something missing (which in this case would be the “19” for “1980s”. You don’t use the possessive apostrophe for writing decades ever.

    • Good note, but language evolves mate. Let’s focus on the subject of the article and not the arbitrary punctuation… especially as this site is labor of love. Cheers!

      • But this isn’t an issue of evolution. This is how the rules for apostrophes work in the English language. I mentioned this because this is one of the most common errors I come across in writing. This wasn’t intended to be a critique, but rather a helpful tip for the future. Surely he uses a spell check tool to reduce errors. So why wouldn’t he want to eliminate this error in future pieces?

        We don’t often get the chance to make a difference in the world and I’d like to think this is my contribution. 😛

        • Misuse of apostrophes bother me too. Thank you.

          Also, language doesn’t evolve. “Thru” is still wrong. No matter how many times it’s repeated.

    • Oh geez, I guess I’ve really unleashed a blight upon the world in the form of all the students I told that either way was acceptable back when I was teaching. Alas. Haha. =D

      • Haha! I’m not even sure this comes up for English classes but I always point this out to my history students on the 2nd day.

        Some people already know about rules, and others don’t know they exist. I’ll give you an example: I came home one day wearing suspenders and a belt and was chewed out for my fashion faux pas. I figured the suspenders were keeping my slacks up and the belt was to match the shoes. But fashion rule here is that only ONE accessory can be worn to keep the slacks up: either the belt of the suspenders, not both.

        Now I always share this rule with strangers who ignore this rule. This is the other way that I make a difference in the world.

  4. The joints on my Warlock figure are likewise loose. But he can still do a lot of interesting poses.

    For the arm wires: if you shine a light into the holes on his back, you’ll see you have to rotate the pins about 45 degrees to get them to seat properly. However, because the wires are too short, securing them limits his range of motion.

    Still… awesome figure, I’m glad I was able to complete it (got everyone else online; found Colossus at Target two weeks ago, and Cyclops just this past weekend at Toys-R-Us).

  5. Hey dude! Thanks for all you do on this site. I read it daily and appreciate your clear and concise reviews. I live in Nashville TN and finding figs in the wild is always a gamble, but thats the life of a collector. Keep up the great work!!


    • Good note, but language evolves mate. Let’s focus on the subject of the article and not the arbitrary punctuation… especially as this site is labor of love. Cheers!

  6. Great review. I am a big fan of this BAF. Yes, the hoses pop out of mine too. But I’m a vanilla pose person so Super Glue fixed the problem for me. Same with Cyclops’ straps.

    As for reusing the mold… were Hasbro ever to start redoing old 90s X-Men figures we could get another Phalanx figure!

    I really wish they would do so, by the way. I’d love to have Exodus, Senyaka, Rictor, Sunspot, Wolsfbane, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Feral, Fitzroy, Killspree, Slayback, Black Tom, Commcast, X-Treme and The Starjammers in 6 inch form!

  7. My original set came with a shoulder stuck so bad that I had to buy a replacement arm on ebay. Except for that and the arm cables he’s perfect.

  8. I finally got all the parts to put Warlock together (and never paid more than retail price for any of the figures in this line – take that ass-scalpers!). The only problem I’m having with my figure is that his fist hand that can be replaced by the buzzsaw WILL NOT STAY IN. I would have to glue it in place or always have the arm raised so gravity holds it in place. Am I the only one that has this problem? If not for that and the weird arm cables that just dangle (as described in the article), I’d love every single thing about this figure. All other joints are the right tightness and there are zero issues with mine other than that hand.

    • If the buzzsaw peg is too loose, I’d just put a tiny bit of blu-tack around it’s peg and it should fit like a charm into the hole.