Saturday, April 30, 2011

1st Appearance Wolverine: Marvel Universe Figure Review?

The question mark at the end of the title for this blog is because while I have opened the figure and played with it, and I can give a review about it. I haven't taken any fancy pictures. But I will.

Why Did I Buy This Figure?: I like Wolverine and there are a whole lot of people that agree with me. Wolverine is tough, invincible, has a unique look and he's a mystery. (I tend to ignore that fact that he's no longer a mystery. Ignorance is bliss.)

So I was waiting to get this new wave and I liked them in this order (from most wanted to least):
  • Cyclops
  • 1st Appearance Wolverine
  • Apocalypse
  • Cable
  • Gladiator

I decided to open Wolverine because he's the peg warmer, and I knew the body would be a good one since he's recycled from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine line. With a new head sculpt and shoulder pads.

Where Did I Buy This Figure?: Target of course, for the low price of $7.99. I have been alternating between the Skyview Target and my lucky Target, and I have to say I don't call it Lucky for nothing.

We should get a mini comic!

Face Sculpt: With this wave I've noticed some weird going ons with the face and the paint applications. Especially Archangel and Gladiator. You have to check the eyes of some of the figures on the peg.
Other than that I like the head sculpt. Marvel Universe has come a long way baby. (Virginia Slims anyone? Don't smoke kids it's bad.)

Mr. Whiskers
Articulation: I was expecting a cut bicep joint, but there isn't one. I love the Hip joints, which is something Marvel Legends introduced. It's incredible to see it applied to a figure of this size. Until I put up the picture I will list the joints. If you own the unmasked or regular tiger stripe Wolverine you know what you're getting.

  • ball jointed neck
  • ball hinged shoulders
  • swivel wrists
  • ball hinged torso
  • ball hinged elbows
  • ball hinged hips
  • swivel thighs
  • double hinged knees
  • ball hinged ankles

If you squint you can see the joints I'm talking about. Or just click on the image.
Accessories: All you get is the stand. And if you want to count them "his claws."  But considering that series 1 had no stands and a bunch of paper, and this series has no paper but has a stand. I think it's a better trade off.

Final Verdict: This an excellent figure. It's well made, but i do have one problem with the figure I opened. The left hand does not swivel. This for me is a big disappointment, because I can't pose the figure in any cool slashing poses. Of course this is limited to my figure and you may get lucky. I still find it sad that in this day and age that still happens. What can you do it's the luck of the draw.

Another thing I want to bring up is the new card art.

Chris Bachalo?
I didn't like the Copiel art so much but it was acceptable. Spider-Woman looks great. And the others were just average. But there is something about this art that throws me off. I think it's the small squiggly lines. Apocalypse looks OK, but the others are just "meh."

I have to wonder why they switched artist after just 5 figures. Like the licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop "The world may never know". If you do know leave a comment!

Should You Buy It?: No. I will be blunt here and say 1st appearance figures have no place in a display. If you are an adult collector like me you'll buy it. But if you look at the history of 1st appearance figures in the Marvel Legends line they weren't the best sellers. If you aren't a completionsist. This "bub" is not for you.

The decision to by this is up to you though, I can see myself putting this figure with the Avengers 3 pack Hulk. And since he's a peg warmer, he'll be easy to find.

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